Monday, 13 January 2014

Life at two, juice boxes, and other stories

Here's the low down on life with this two-and-a-bit year old:

Juice boxes are a hot commodity around here.  She was happy with apple until I recently introduced berry, now it's ALL about berry.  Oops.

Eating is touch and go, and I try to remember she'll eat when she's hungry.  And she does, she just doesn't seem hungry all that often...

Dancing.  My girl likes to dance and she likes to dance often.  Tonight we listened to the Beatles and cut a rug before bathtime:)

Toopy and Binoo.  Over and over and over and over.  She loves that little cat and mouse.  I think they're a little weird.

She's got the gift of gab.  Particularly when when Jason and I are trying to talk to each other.  She'll systematically raise her voice until she is literally screaming overtop of our conversation, and we're forced to stop and pay attention.  It's actually pretty cute, even though sometimes I just want to finish my sentence.

Lately she has been a real mama's girl.  It's been a treat, but I'm prepared for the pendulum to swing back again and am just enjoying the extra snuggles while I can.

By the end of the week, Juliette has definitely had enough "school" (daycare) and I'm feeling like my decision to take on a full time job (compared to last year's four day work-week) may be a little too much.  Hopefully I'll be able to work out something more balanced in the long run.

She loves Gaga!  She's been on a real Lady Gaga kick ever since I played her a youtube video of a live performance of Bad Romance in Montreal.  She even tries to imitate the dance moves and sing along to the chorus!  I think it's the outlandish costumes and green hair that has her smitten.  And the catchy tune, I suppose.

She likes cozy snuggles.   Getting cozy under the blankets with a story or to watch an episode of Binoo is very popuar in our home.  Juliette will often say, "Mommy, come get cozy with me."  Melts me into an itty bitty puddle every time.

She can actually play with other kids now!  Not just alongside them, but WITH them.  And her absolute favourite playmate is hands down her cousin Lila.  Cause, you know, Lila is four and like super cool.

I'm finding that two-years-and-a-bit is probably the most fun of all the 'stages' we've passed so far.   (even if it can be a little exasperating at times:)


Monday, 6 January 2014

New year, new post, new intention.

Hello 2014!

And hello readers!  It's been a while.  But I'm back.  And I've got some stuff mulling around on how I want to tackle 2014.  The first of which is removed the word "tackle" from that sentence and replace it with something like savour or enjoy...  Tackle makes it sound like an obstacle, when in reality it's a marvelous gift, isn't it?

I've been doing some thinking recently and it occurred to me that I am really terrible at living in the moment.  Like, really TERRIBLE.  It's one of those sayings that gets tossed around all the time in various places by various people, living in the moment.  But have I ever really tried to do it earnestly?  I don't think so.  I have a constant hum of what I want to achieve, where I want to be going, what I want to buy, how I want to look, how I want others to treat me, what I can get from them, when can I get it, and on and on and on.  It's exhausting and it's empty.  And it's based in self.

So here's what I'm thinking...  Be grateful for what I have.  Be grateful for right now.  Be happy.  Be kind.  Find where I can give.  Enjoy today and let tomorrow arrive in its own time.  It will come and it will bring with it a multitude of gifts and challenges over which I have no control.

I've been making a lot of plans and designs for what I would like to achieve in 2014 - what I would like to GET out of 2014.  Those plans have the power to consume me if I let them.  And I don't want to let them.  I want to enjoy my beautiful life, my beautiful family, my beautiful friends and my beautiful city (as cold as it is!).  So instead of always thinking of what's coming to me this year, I'd like to focus that energy to where I can contribute.

You know how sometimes you just feel ready to grow up a little bit more?  That's how I'm feeling.  Ready to let go of some of my childishness and selfishness, and ready to grow toward the more solid version of me that I know I'm intended to be.

I recently posed the question on my Facebook page "2014, what will you have in store for us?"  Perhaps I should have said, "2014, wait til you see what I've got coming for you!"

I'll keep you in the loop! xo

Monday, 25 November 2013

Oh hello, haircut!

Hi guys, this is Michelle.  I've had a girl crush on Michelle and her hair for a few years now.  She rocks her short little hair-do and I swoon at every papparzzi pic I see.  Then she went and did this.  She partnered with the iconic Louis Vuitton for Fall/Winter 2013/14 and completely mesmorized all short-hair-loving girls like myself with her soft yet edgy hairstyle and bold red lips.

So, I'm doing it!

My December hair appointment is next Wednedsay.  I've already started texting my stylist Hanna these pictures (even though she's the one who showed me this 'do back in September) and harassing her with my hair ideas.  (By the way, that's totally typical of me - every time I'm about a week away from my hair appointments Hanna knows because I start bombarding her with text messages, Facebook posts and pictures.  I'm not sure how she feels about it, but I can't stop myself!)

I've always loved a great short haircut on a pretty lady and have played around a lot with hairstyles and lengths over the years.  As soon as I get the itch to chop it off again, it's really hard to shake.  And I've never been a long-haired girl.  Shoulder length is about as much as I can take before it drives me bonkers.  My problem is that sometimes I see really beautiful women with beautiful long hair and I feel slightly inadequate with my short little 'do.  So then I get all self conscious and grow it again (isn't that shallow?!  It's true though).  But I always wind up here again.  Drooling over the perfect pixie and ready to take the plunge.  Change is good, right?  I think so.

Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle. You are lovely:)

Friday, 22 November 2013

What Inspires Your Senses

Smell...  A beautiful fall bouquet.  I love having fresh cut flowers in the house and fall bouquets are among my fave.  Although now it's getting to be pointsettia time:)

Hear...  Juliette was listening to us sing Happy Birthday when I took this photo.  She was listening and loving every stinkin' minute of it!  She had a lot of practice singing it over the summer - imagine her delight when it was HER turn to be sung to!

Touch...  Sand slipping through your itty bitty little fingertips.

Taste... The first snow of the year.  Cold, clean and ever so inviting to a toddler's lips.

See... a Victoria Beach sunset.  They never dissappoint.

And lucky #6!  Feel... Sun on my shoulders, feet in the sand, my baby held tight in my grip, and my heart swell with joy.

This post is linking up with t.o and fro's What Inspires Your Senses?  Jump on over to t.o.'s site to see what inspires her:)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Classic Treats

Guys!  Guess what I made this week??  Rice Crispy Squares!  And holy holy, are they ever yummy!!  When's the last time you made/ate this delicious treat?  For me it had been years.  What a fun and nostlagic blast from the past:)  While I was out on Sunday morning doing some grocery shopping, I sampled Rice Crispy Squares at a little stand in Superstore.  I don't know about you guys, but I can't pass I can't pass by a sample stand and NOT try whatever it is they're selling.  Usually I just eat the free food and keep moving.  Not Sunday though!  On Sunday I ate that delicious little Rice Crispy square and immediately sought out the Rice Crispies and marshmellows.  As I continued shopping I came up with this really great plan for Juliette and me to make them together that afternoon.  Since she's such a great little sous chef and always eager to "help", I figured she's be really into it.  But you can't predict a two year old's whims and rants, and when I asked Juliette if she'd like to join me in the kitchen afater her nap, she was vehemently opposed.  Hmmm.  I tried a few more times with no luck.  There went that idea!    

She did, however, help eat them...

We can always try again.  You should too!  They're really good:)


Monday, 18 November 2013

Snow Day

We awoke to a winter wonderland in Winnipeg on Sunday morning.  Snowflakes were quietly and abundantly bustling their way down from the sky, and bringing with them no doubt that winter has arrived to stay.  November 17th is pretty good for our "first day" of winter.  It's been known to show up a lot sooner than that around here!

The first snowfall always brings a quiet blanket of serenity to our neighbourhood and this year is no different.  Jason had a 9am meeting, so Juliette and I snuggled up and watched some Dora while sharing p.b. and j. on toast.  As we cuddled in our cozy living room, I told her that when we were all done eating we'd go outside to play in the snow.  "NO,"  She declared, "I wanna stay inside!"  Luckily for her, I knew better than to take her at her word. So after we finished our toast, we bundled up in our warmest winter gear and headed out the front door.

We played in the front yard for quite a long time while Juliette ate half her weight in fresh snow:)  "I gotta eat more snow!" she announced to me over and over while she grinned and dove down to collect more shimmery, white flakes.  She was as giddy as... well, as a two year old! I, of course, snapped a gazillion pictures and watched her fall in love with winter all over again.  At this age, it's hard to know if she even remembers winter from last year, or if she's rediscovering it?  Either way, she loved it.  And so did I.

I thought about my grandma while Juliette and I played outside in the snow.  Sunday would have been her birthday, and if she were still living I know she'd be more than a little smitten with her great-granddaughter.  I also thought it was pretty neat that the snow arrived on what would have been her 96th birthday:)  I wonder how many times throughout her life of almost 80 years winter did indeed arrive on that particular day.  If she were here, I think I'd ask her. And I imagine she'd tell me a few stories about wintertime when she was a little girl growing up in Foxwarren, Manitoba.  I think we would have had a nice birthday visit. Happy Birthday, Grandma.  xo

And happy winter, Winnipeg!

p.s. First snowfall last year and one of the Winnipeg winter activities I'm really looking forward to.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

First Haircut!

Yesterday was a big day for my little monkey!  Her first haircut!  I've been wanting to take Juliette to get her hair cut for quite some time now.  It's been getting quite long and, to be honest, rather unkempt looking.  Juliette has poker straight hair and, as it's grown longer and longer, I've taken to calling her "banger baby" on account of the mullet shape that's taken shape at the back.  Not anymore though!  My sweet little lady has a blonde bob to match her mama now:)  She looks quite posh, if I do say so myself!

We went to a hair salon just for kids and it was awesome!  The walls are painted bright and cheery primary colours, there's plenty of toys for the little ones to play with, the seats are in all sorts of fun animal shapes (Juliette sat on a frog:) and there is a TV playing cartoons instead of a mirror in front of them.   Perfect for keeping little squirmy bodies still while the hairdresser does her thing. 

Here's her "before"...

And "after"...

She even got a little "My First Haircut" certificate.  How cute is that?!  There were a few tears shed - hers not mine;)  And I can't believe how quickly she's growing up!  With every new "first" that comes and goes, Juliette is becoming more and more of a little girl, and less and less of my little baby.  Well, that's not quite true, she'll ALWAYS be my little baby!  (She did, however, declare to me in the kitchen on Friday morning, "Juliette's a big girl."  I can't help but agree with her on that one.)

p.s.  It doesn't feel like all that long ago that my little girl was this little baby!
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