Been a little quieter round the blog than I’d like. We’ve been just soaking up some family time and getting some projects done around the house (with the Mister out of classes until mid-september – we are taking full advantage!!)
First item on the list was a storage method for Miss S’s toy “room”. I use the word room lightly because we just converted the eat-in area of our kitchen into her space. It has her gazzillian toys, a small desk, toy kitchen, toy stroller, toy lawn mower, mini basketball net etc – well you get the picture. For mostly anything on our main floor, I prefer semi-minimalistic and neutral colours (although I can’t avoid it with the rainbow colour explosion of toys). So this with the white bucket-drawers from Ikea ended up being the best option.
Aaannnd, Miss S is also getting a room update. I’ve been going crazy pinning, making lists and moleskin designing her new room. The main inspiration for her room has been her favourite colour (purple) and my research into Montessori bedrooms. Still in the planning stages but I don’t see the room being completely Montessori Method just because we don’t typically operate like that in our house (I don’t have any education in it), we are too much go with the flow/trying to stay afloat kind of parents (haha) and because Miss S is in just a regular daycare. In any case – here is a sneak peak of the mister painting in his PJs. Needless to say, Sanya goes into this room 1-2 a day just to admire the finish walls.
Since it’s the end of the summer we are trying to figure out when we’ll be doing our annual trip to the Toronto Midway. I really go for the food (hello deep fried everaayyy-thaang), the carni games (love watching my man slug a few fast ones for a tiny stuffie :P) and the photography :). But with the CNE being open, it means Fall is just around the corner – for me that means: pumpkin spice lattes, decorating the house for Halloween and dark moody nail polish!
Last but not least, I have been trying to be more consious to taking family photos. Miss S gets tons of photos by herself or with other family members so I realized that she also needs to be able to look back and see pictures with her parents. Even though it’s a grainy iPhone photo – it’s something!
The last few days have been unbearably HUMID. It’s no longer pleasant to take a walk outside on your lunch hour, waiting for the commuter train on the platform is daunting because the heat makes it hard to breath, and even after dinner it still feels like an oven so going for a walk to the park is not even an option. #SoReadyForFall
Thankfully it’s raining today, which has actually cooled things off a bit – so much so I had to wrap my shoulders in a shawl when we decided to take Miss S to the park after our dinner out today.
Love this shot I took on the drive back from the city. The iPhone was trying to focus with the motion of the car. I am actually glad it didn’t. I started reading this book – and I am hooked. I felt kind of after reading this and this, I realized I needed something thrilling and no so inspirational. I am sure I’ll be eating my words after this book scares the shIt out of me.
Outside of not wanting to read motivational and self betterment books, I’ve been saturating my self with positive quotes, inspirational tip and ideas on self care. Also found this on pinterest last week – can’t wait for there to be a printable version!
Finally, I’ve gotten bit by the moleskin hack bug. It happens a few times a year and it makes me feel so organized (even though it’s just the prep needed to become more organized).
Who else is ready for Fall? Do you think self care is important? What books have you read and recommend?
Had a busy week and weekend so wasn’t able to get another post in until now. So what I am up to? Watching the baby monitor, #SB50 playing in the background, pretending I don’t see Miss S’ play area as a disaster zone, finishing up some laundry and doing some SQL tutorials via Khan Academy
Miss S has a cold and an eye infection so she’s been fussy and more of a handful the last few days. Surprisingly, I was able to take her to my friends baby shower (which I just read online is bad etiquette :S), grocery shopping and then for a little play gym time. She’s a little baby and a little lady all in one. She’s putting 2-3 words together, a pro at eating cereal (often asking for seconds or thirds), she listens with intent (not sure she understands everything), “cooks us meals” in her play kitchen, calls the valentines decorations I’ve put up around the house “mamma niiiishh”, is now repeating colours, numbers (with more clarity) and the letters of her name if we spell it out (#ThankYouDaycare) and uses her voice when she’s bothered (mind your she still needs to reminded to be gentle).
Watching her grow and develop is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I am starting to understand why parents in general say that their kids are their greatest accomplishments.
I know the subject of this post has nothing to do with the pictures posted but I just wanted to remind myself that as I need to enjoy and celebrate my daughter (I always think I need to “document” what she does because I have a terrible memory) I also must not lose my sense of self and take time to do things that make me happy (adult only lunches #ThankYouGrandparents, cocktails, cute accessories, learn something and be creative).