Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Free Books

I love visiting the library. So much fun to have access to an almost endless supply of books. You know whats even better, when they give away books for free.
Picked up some books for me and the kids! Can't wait to start reading.

~ Michelle

Monday, September 8, 2014

And Then He Said Those Words....

Ever have one of those days?
You know the ones, a million tiny things go wrong that just snowball into something big? Or at least to you it seems like a big deal.
The days when you just want to throw your hands up in the air in defeat and go hide in your bed?

Yesterday was one of those days.
I think the combination of everyone in the house being over tired did not help at all. Everything was going wrong (or so it seemed), and the kids and I seemed to be extremely overly sensitive to it all. As much as I wanted sit on the floor and cry (simply because I didn't have the energy to go to bed), I decided it would be best if we all went out for a walk. Leave the house, leave the problems behind. Its not like we were running away from our problems... we were walking, slowly, very slow.
Well turns out it wasn't just our house that was cursed yesterday. Even the world was against us.
I had two tired, cranky, hungry boys in the back of the car, and I had one baby girl that hates car rides  letting her opinion of said car ride be known.
We couldn't go for a walk at my favourite place. Like I said the world was against us too. Roads closed, construction and such.
So just as I was getting ready to wave the white flag yet again and go home, just then I had an idea. I would take the kids to a place they have never been before. New places always hold such wonder for them, and in turn it holds their attention which means bad mood would be gone.
As soon as they saw the nature trail they took off running to explore.
I was in my happy place. They were in their happy place.
Then it happened...
We came across a creek. And what would be in that creek you may ask, well I will tell you.
Salmon. Lots and lots of salmon. They were already starting their run up the rivers. They were jumping over rocks. They boys were beyond excited by this.

And then my 8 year old son said it to me. He came up to me with the biggest, proudest, most loving smile and looked me in the eyes and said "Mommy this is the best day ever, thank you SO SO SO much for bringing us here. This is so amazing! Thank you! This is the best EVER!"
My heart melted and I cried as I watched him run back to the waters edge.
I thought the day was horrible and I had just wanted to cry, and then my son said that to me. And then I saw it, I saw the day through his eyes. I saw his excitement, his wonder, his innocence of it all.
The next almost hour was filled with "MOMMY DADDY DID YOU SEE THAT?!" "WOW LOOK AT THAT" "THIS IS AWESOME". (Yes I used caps because the boys were just that excited!)

Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.

How true is that?

Sometimes its the simple things in the life that mean the most and create the best memories.

Are they going to remember a day that they were over tired and what seemed like a lot went wrong, when it reality it didn't, or will they remember the time they got to see salmon jumping?
My guess is if they remember anything, it will be the fish jumping.

Thank you jumping salmon fish!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Things I learned when I took my kids to the drive-in

This past weekend I took my kids the drive-in. At the time I thought it was a good idea.
But soon realized that may not be the case.
Here is my picture getting ready to go...

I swear we weren't going on a trip. Just to the drive in.
Let me explain.
I had to pack shoes, baby carrier for the baby, hats, bug spray, band-aids (because you know, I have boys), sweaters, pants for the kids, I brought the kids DSI games, because of the drive there is a bit far and the wait, I packed bubbles, the diaper bag, and a bag of toys for the baby in attempts to keep her entertained. Things you don't see, the stroller, a bug net for the stroller, and a plastic cover for rain. And snacks to be eaten before we entered the drive-in as it doesn't allow outside food or drink and we have witnessed people kicked out for bringing in outside stuff. We also already had blankets in the car.
Who would have thought you needed so much to go see the movies?!
Ok, ok, I fully admit it, I tend to over pack at times. But better to have it, and not need it, then need it and not have it! And in my defence, we did use all of that stuff.

My memories of the drive-in are usually just of me and my husband. We always arrive early (there is always a line up around 6pm, even though the gates don't open till 8pm) so that is why I brought games and toys for the kids. Waiting with just your husband vs waiting with 3 kids is totally and completely different!
So here came my first lesson: Don't take the kids to the drive in when the day before they spent the entire day out and already tired and cranky.
On the plus side watching the sun set was beautiful.

Once finally into the drive-in, we got to wait about another hour and half before the movie started.
Again, the toys and bubbles came in handy! At least now the boys had a place to move around and play.

Once into the drive-in I learned more lessons, hand sanitizer is your friend. Probably your best friend at this point. The bathrooms (at least at the drive-in we went to) weren't the cleanest. Also toilet paper is your friend as well. Both the boys and girls bathroom ran out of toilet paper before the first movie was over. I've never been so happy to see a roll of toilet paper in the car. Not sure how or why it was there, but I didn't question it.

I also learned another lesson once the movie started. Apparently kids are allowed to talk during the movie, parents are not. Who knew?!

And probably the most important lesson, check the weather!

This last picture was taken just minutes before the second movie started. Which was also the start of the down pour and severe thunderstorm.

After all was said and done and we were all soaked and tired, we got home around 12:30am, it was an awesome night. (Even if my bug bite count was over 25 bites, I stopped counting then and just kept itching). I would totally do this again! But maybe not on a night thats calling for a severe thunderstorm.

I love that even with a baby we were able to get out and make some great family memories. And I say "even with a baby", because I was super nervous about going out for the evening with the baby. What if she didn't sleep? What if she just cried the whole time? Would she be ok? At least we got to control the volume of the movie so I didn't really need to worry about loud noises.

You would think that maybe I would learn to pack less or something, but no. I could probably think of other things to pack for next time. (Sorry Hubby! And yes, I said next time!)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: My Day

I had plans today.
My daughter had other plans. 
This sums up my day...

Love baby cuddles with my girl.

~ Michelle

Monday, August 25, 2014

Command Centre

Its that time of year again. Back to school.
Its a time filled with mixed emotions, excitement and anxiety. But mostly for me its a time to reorganize after a summer of fun.
This year I set up a "Command Centre".
Want your own Command Centre?
Start off with a wall with a lot of space that is in a room in your house that you will be in every day. I picked my kitchen.

Next you will need a calendar. I LOVE the Ultimate Mom Calendar. Its all sorts of awesome.

Bonus, lots of stickers! Which the kids totally love to use when I am planning out the month ahead.

Next I find a white board/ cork board / chalk board works wonders.
Or if you are like me, all 3.

I found this beauty of a chalk board while out on a drive with my hubby at some handmade store we passed by. I'm in love with it.

( I love the message the kids put on it).

Put all these pieces together, and Ta-Da! A Command Centre for the school year!

The chalk board is used for meal lists, and to-do lists for mom and dad and to hold mail.
Calendar is for the family.
The cork board and white board at the end is for the boys. Reminders for school, pin up paper work and such.

Now to stay on top of the school year and all the kids projects, deadlines and appointments!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Days Ran Away From Me

I had plans, oh so many plans, carefully planned out the day perfectly.
I knew exactly what I wanted to get done. I knew exactly what I thought had to get done.
But it happened again, and again, and again...
I don't know how it happened.
The day ran away from me again.
The minutes turned to hours, hours into days, days to weeks.
Did I get anything done I wanted to? Nope.
Summer is almost over. My to-do list, despite my best efforts of planning, has been left untouched.
The house is a bit of a mess. Half done projects scattered around the house. My sewing machine left untouched. My blog has started to collect cobwebs.
But do you want to know what has happened?
I lived in the moment. So much in the moment that I don't even have pictures to show for it.
I lived life. I enjoyed the sunshine. I laughed with the kids. I created memories with the kids. I went with the flow. I let life happen and enjoyed the ride. I forgot about what I thought had to get done, and enjoyed what truly mattered: my kids.
We have gone on road trips, we have explored, we learned new things, saw new places, created lifelong memories and grew closer as a family.
My to-do list grew, but so did my list of memories.

This summer has really taught me that what I think needs to get done isn't always what my family needs to get done.
Even the most perfectly planned days don't mean a thing without love, some laughter and fun thrown in there.

Now back to enjoy the rest of the summer....

~ Michelle

Friday, August 1, 2014

31 Days Of Bliss

The end of July marked the end of the BlissDom Canada July Photo Challenge.
BlissDom Canada Photo Challenge
Its was a fun month, filled with amazing photos, and a great time "meeting" new people on Twitter and Instagram.

In case you aren't following along on Twitter or Instagram (which you totally should be!), here is a review of my photos for the month.

Day 1 Canada

Baby Girl in her new onesie on her first Canada Day! 
Day 2 Shoes

My Wedding Shoes! 
Day 3 You

ME! Back when I was about 3 years old. Wasn't I just the cutest?
Day 4 Happy

My Happy. 1st picture- out for a walk with the kids, 2nd picture- the beach (would prefer the ocean, but I will take the lake) 3 picture - Harry Potter Books! Reading. Reading with my kids. 4th picture- Kenya. Beautiful Kenya.
Day 5 Shiny

The Boys rock collection.

Day 6 Unusual

Nothing Unusual about this, my little man still loves to hold my hand when we are out. Love it. 

Day 7 Skyline

The skyline of Toronto. The view from my hotel room at BlissDom Canada 2013
Day 8 New

Baby Girl has a new onesie to wear. 
Day 9 Grass 

Picture of the Grass, and trees while out on a walk with the kids.

Day 10 Distraction

The Scale. I will not allow this to become a distraction or obsession!
Day 11 Strength 

My little man showing off his strength and running the field after dinner.
Day 12 Specialty

My Specialty according to the boys, being able to make their baby sister stop crying and put her to sleep.

Day 13 Cheer 

These 3 always brighten my day and cheer me up. Love them.

Day 14 Coffee

Love when Hubby surprises me with Tim Hortons.

Day 15 Bliss

This is my bliss. My kids. Outside. Having fun. 

Day 16 Workplace

My workplace is wherever I may be. Sometimes its on the floor. Whatever works.
Day 17 Sleepy

My Sleepy Dog didn't like it when I woke her up trying to take her picture.
Day 18 Love

Part 1. I Love the way she holds her hands when she sleeps.

Part 2. I love these boys and their imaginations. What started as a game of Checkers turned into something completely different. 

Day 19 Clean 

Had to take a picture to prove that it actually happened, a clean toy room!
Day 20 Bright 

After a rainy start to the day, the sun is finally coming out and shining bright.

Day 21 Crunchy

Crunchy snack whiteout for a walk with the kids.

Day 22 Bold

Picture I found on Pinterest a while ago.
Day 23 Fun
Baby Girl Having Fun playing with her brothers.
Day 24 Red

RED! This is from BlissDom Canada 2013! (Yes of course I kept it!)
Day 25 Opportunity 

When the Opportunity presented itself to watch some machines, we of course took the time to watch.

Day 26 Dessert 

Perfect way to end a hot busy day, dessert at Dairy Queen! 
Day 27 White

The day I waved the White flag on my to-do list and hit the open road with the family instead!
Day 28 Relaxation 

My idea of relaxation: rainy day, cuddles with my kids, and reading with them. Bonus that we are reading Harry Potter.

Day 29 Cold 

Who wants a cold one?  Finally found Tusker Beer in Canada! Love that I found Kenyan beer here! And to make it extra cold, its surrounded in snow. 

Day 30 Book

I would be lost with out this book! And late, or flat out forget about a lot of appointments!
Day 31 Proud 

So proud of my kids! Love them. And especially love this picture, and so proud of it. All 4 of my kids together.  What a special photo this is to me. 

Thanks to BlissDom Canada for the awesome photo challenge! It was a lot of fun! 

Hope you all enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!