Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Farms and Baby Food

This past weekend we took our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch.
It was so much fun. I love fall.
But you know what was the best part of it, the farm fresh food!
I got so many veggies to make baby food! (Who knew I would love making baby food so much!)
Here are some pics from our trip, and then the fun time of baby food making!

Now onto the fun part of baby food making!
Here I made Green Beans and Asparagus.

Farm fresh green beans!

Green Beans

Green Beans




Do you visit the Pumpkin Patch every year? 

What is your favourite baby food to make? 

~ Michelle

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Myself

I haven't written for a while, not because I haven't wanted to, it was because I couldn't find the right words.

Lately I have been feeling lost. Like some where along the way I lost myself. Don't get me wrong, I love my life, I love my kids, I love being a stay at home mom, I even love our mini van. But some where along the way, especially the last few months/year I feel lost.

Maybe it started when I got put on bed rest for 6 months and felt like I couldn't parent my boys since I couldn't actually get out of bed to do anything, I couldn't even make my kids dinner! I had bad days when I felt like such a failure as a mom - I was having a hard pregnancy which some days made me feel as if I couldn't even care for my unborn child, and because of that I couldn't even care for my boys. It was a tough, very long 6 months.
But now my daughter is here. I love her to bits. She has completed our family. Yet I still feel lost.
Maybe it is the lack of sleep. I have a 6 month old that wakes as much (if not more than) a new born!
Maybe it is because I still feel as though I haven't found a balance with a new baby. I feel so torn between everything that has to get done and everything I want to do. I feel like I am in a constant state of chaos.
Maybe it is even just my hormones going crazy still and a little postpartum.
Whatever is causing it, I just want it to stop.

I want to feel like me again.
But who is that? I'm not the same person I once was. I'm now a mother to three beautiful children. Motherhood changes you, and changes you again and again with each child you have.
Now in the midst of life and kids I am struggling to find myself. Can I ever feel the way I did before? Or do I just have to find a way to be comfortable in my new skin? If so, how do you even get to know yourself again in the middle of being so busy?

I remember feeling like this with the boys, but I passed that off to entering motherhood for the first time. Things completely changed then. But now... I've been in motherhood land for over 8 years now. So whats changed?

Now to find myself in this craziness I call my life.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Niagara Falls with a baby

The other week my hubby and I went away for a little mini vacation.
We have been planning this since I was on bed rest!
To say we were looking forward to it was an understatement. The only thing we didn't plan for was having a 6 month old with us who sleeps like a new born!

Also I forgot how much I would have to pack when traveling with a baby!
Yeah, that was all the baby stuff. For 3 days.
Have I mentioned before that I tend to over pack?
We did use it all, well most it, so I guess its not really over packing?

So once I got the packing all done, it was time to deal with the car ride. My baby hates the car. It took us over double the amount of time to get to Niagara Falls. We had a lot of stops to make. Which was ok, it gave me time to take lots of pictures of clouds after a storm pass by.

In case you can't tell, I like clouds.
The nice thing about stopping all the time is that we got to stop at the new outlet mall. Where I learned a new lesson.
Along with hating the car, my baby girl hates shopping. But thankfully instead of screaming, she just got bored and went to sleep!

Finally we got to our hotel.
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott. Beautiful hotel. Close enough to the hill to walk, far enough away you didn't hear any noise from the hill.
They were so nice. The staff was really wonderful. They provided a playpen for baby girl to sleep in and even gave her a little toy.
She fell in love with her little pink hippo.
Thanks for the thoughtful little gift Marriott!
The hotel itself was beautiful. When I got a chance to relax it was wonderful. When I actually got to sleep in the bed, it was the most comfy bed ever!
The room even had a bit of a view to it, which was nice. Baby girl loved sitting at the window and watching the Sky Wheel. Especially at night when she couldn't sleep. It provided endless entertainment for her!
She even got to see her very first fireworks show! With a perfect view from our room! 

We went on a Sunday-Tuesday. Which was so nice. The hill wasn't so busy. Only thing missing where my big boys (who were having way too much fun at home with Grandpa and Grandma, and in school).

Because you can't go to Clifton Hill and not take a picture of the Sky Wheel
And of course you need the night picture of it!
I can not tell you how many times we walked up and down that hill with the stroller. Baby girl loved looking around at everything, and of course loved all the attention everyone gave her! And bonus, walking up and down this hill so many times pushing a stroller was such a good workout, that it totally justified when I bought ice cream! 

All in all it was a wonderful time away. 
The hotel was wonderful. There were a few minor issues, but the staff was so wonderful and fixed it right away. So helpful and kind. I loved the location of the hotel. Like I said, close enough to walk, but far away enough from the noise. We were able to go for walks, out to eat, and be back in time to feed baby girl and have her go down for her naps. And we never had to take the car out! 
Clifton Hill was almost empty for the most part. And the falls, like always were beautiful. 

Next time I go away to try to relax, I just hope I get to sleep more then 2-3 hours at a time. That would be wonderful. 

And one last picture, I promise. Another must. The #NiagaraFallsSelfie (Yes, its a thing).

~ Michelle

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Baby Feeding and Baby Food Making

I can't believe my baby girl is over 6 months old already!
Where has the time gone?
Its not time to start her on foods.
I attempted to make baby food with the boys and failed so badly at it. This time it seems to be going better, of course I have only started with sweet potato and carrots!

Sweet potato

Sweet potato ready to freeze


Carrots ready to freeze 

Would love to hear your favourite baby food making recipes!


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!)