Overwhelmed!

August 21, 2015


I am overwhelmed by so many things right now!

Overwhelmed that my baby is now 2, talking in full sentences and not so much a baby anymore at all,

Overwhelmed with denial that I have to go back to work full time in 2 weeks 

Overwhelmed with sadness that I'll be missing Nora so much while I'm working

Overwhelmed with happiness that she has grandparents to take care of her and love on her as much as we do

Overwhelmed with joy over the pay cheque I'll be getting after 2 long years of much less moolah coming in!

Overwhelmed with excitement that we will be moving into our new house in a few months

Overwhelmed with decisions we have to make about our house finishings

Overwhelmed with the enormous task of trying to finish painting ALL the siding for our new house with Nora running around

Overwhelmed with disbelief that my Etsy shop got too popular for me to handle-- it is closed temporarily while we deal with all the other things going on right now

Overwhelmed with disappointment that I haven't kept up with this blog and have left you all hanging for the last month, like I said I wasn't going to do! 

Overwhelmed daily by the number of things I seem to have on my plate and looking forward to just starting new routines so I can stop worrying about them all!

Overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you that have stuck with me and this blog for as long as you have. THANK YOU!

I am signing off for a while, a few months, perhaps. I am not sure when I will find the time to feel motivated and devoted to writing here again regularly, but I hope this isn't goodbye forever. 

Thank you again for keeping up with it all this time! 







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Nora June, 23 Months

July 08, 2015

One month until she is 2! How did that happen?!


My favourite comedian does and says so many funny and interesting things all the time.

Here are the Top 10 from this week:

1. Swam with me to the dock at our local beach and slid down the big waterslide with me into the deep lake!

2. Ran through the sprinkler saying to herself "rain, rain, go 'wayyyyy!"

3. Exclaimed "THUNNNNERRRR!" and hid under a blanket whenever she heard even the smallest thump like a cupboard door or footsteps.

4. Repeated "OH GOD" several times after hearing me say it when we made a wrong turn in traffic. (Oops!)

5. POXCLE! POXCLE! on repeat all day every day.

6. Made a concerned face and furrowed brow saying "OH NO! Heavvvyyy!" as she watched me haul 5 bags of toys, towels and snacks out of the car to the beach. When I asked her to carry her life jacket, she said "NO, too heavy!!"

7. Recited her entire Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book to herself on a long car ride (in toddler language, of course, and ridiculously cute!)

8. Counted to 14!!! I heard her counting her "guys" (little people) and she went all the way to 14 without skipping a beat!

9. 'TICKER!-- she loves stickers right now!

10. And her favourite word of all- MOMMY! All different expressions, emotions and tones... ALLTHETIME. If I had a dollar for the number of times she has said that word... oh boy!

With her buddies Findlay and Luca on Canada Day

Checking up on the house building

Watching Daddy ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade

Beach day with my beach bum!




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Weekly Nora- Summer Lovin'

July 01, 2015







Summer is here and it feels so good to have a whole 2 months off with my little monkey! We spent the weekend at our friend's cabin at Premier Lake and it was HOT HOT HOT. Luckily the little swimmer didn't want to get out of the water! 

Happy Canada Day!

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This week in pictures

June 24, 2015

You guys! She is becoming a big girl before my very eyes! You should hear her talk. And she sits at the table like a REAL person now! And licks ice cream from a cone! And GROCERY SHOPS!






The sub floor is on our house! Did I tell you we were building a house? Well, we are. Today is my last day of school for SUMMER and I am hoping to do some more blogging about our house while I'm "off" for the summer! Stay tuned and thanks for reading! 

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Nora, 22 Months Old

June 10, 2015


At 22 months, Nora is still our going concern. She says so many more words and phrases now, it’s awesome to have her communicate with us in a new way. She can actually ask what she wants or tell us what hurts, or why she is crying. It opens up a whole new level of understanding for all of us. Plus the fact that it is incredibly cute and funny!

She is such a little character, it’s hard not to smile and laugh at absolutely everything she does. I hate to be “that mom” that thinks their child is the funniest and laughs at everything they do and then tells you about it a million times, but I think I am? Sorry, I can’t help it! 


Some of our favourites include:
  • the Dora dance- at the end of the show, Dora and Boots dance to this song saying “we did it, we did it!” after they finish their little trip they go on each show. Nora LOVES that dance and she twists her body back and forth yelling and singing “did it! did it!” She bends down really low and goes way faster than the actual beat, of course!
  • “GET UP!”- she has started to tell us to “get up” if we are sitting in a chair and she wants something or if one of us is still in bed in the mornings. 
  • “Pay DOH”- She loves play doh these days and she will sit in her high chair with the play doh and cutters for about 30 minutes quietly playing with it. I love watching her because she talks to herself and makes up little stories to herself. She will say, “sqqqiiiishhh!” or “cut cut cut” or name all of the cookie cutters and then all of the words she associates with those cutters. 
  • “Scaaaaeeeddddd!” for Scared- she is beginning to actually know the meaning of different feelings now, which is really interesting. I especially like that she can express them in words too! She will say scared, sad, mad, funny, goofy, silly, crazy, laughing, hugs and love. 
  • “Oh no!” which she exclaims several times throughout the day for various reasons! 

This little monkey fell off the bed and bumped her head! (see the black eye!?!)

She has been really into baby dolls right now too. I two cute little cradles and some new doll clothes at the thrift store and garage sales on the weekend and she LOVES wrapping them up in blankies and carrying them around. She just wraps them and unwraps them, puts them in the bed and out, on the coffee table, and then on the floor. I actually saw her lift one up above her head, swing it down again and then kiss it! Too cute!

She LOVES singing and music and is always demanding me to “SING!” I have sung to her before bed and naps since she was born and now as soon as it’s nap or bed, she states in a matter of factly voice- SING! She also sings to herself and I love, love, love listening to her. She can sing Twinkle, Twinkle and No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. They sound a little off, of course, but she gets the gist of it!





Nora has also learned a few colours and numbers! She can count to 4 and knows red, blue, green and pink. Our car is “RED!!!” and the chair in the backyard is “BOOOO!” She doesn’t pronounce her F’s all the time, so “four” and “floor” sound like “hore” (translate also to a bad word! lol) She was pointing to a little princess toy she had saying, “pincess, hore!” Bahaha! When she counts to four, it’s “one, two, three, hore!” 

She still eats anything and everything, but she has her favourites- waffles, watermelon, apples, berries, mango (which she mixes up the word “Dingo” with, a character in one of her books). We are still giving her a bottle at night and in the mornings. I tried to break the habit and switch to a sip cup and she quit drinking the milk! So, I am sticking with the bottle for now. She isn’t even two yet and what’s the harm, really?


She is our shining star and I often wonder if I will always look and her and think about how wonderful she is and how much joy she brings us. Does that feeling every wear off?

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Weekly Nora

June 03, 2015




Sorry for the lack of writing this week! It's report card season and I have a million hoops to finish this week! I'll post more updates next week when Nora turns 22 months old! 

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Weekly Nora

May 27, 2015

This is her face when I tell her to smile! She is such a ham, although in this case, I'm pretty sure she thinks she is smiling! 
She looks like such a big girl in this pic! And she is still GROWING so fast it's INSANE! She is still a giant and growing out of clothes every week/month. I haven't weighed her in a long time, but I am sure she is well over 30 lbs now. She is also taller than all kids her age.
There's that "smile" again! 
It has been so hot here, that we've spent a few days at the splash park! "plassss parkkkk!" Nora has a ball there and it's a really fun and stress free way to kill an afternoon!

I just had to take this picture because Nora'a grandparents bought her this pretty sweet water and sand table brand new, but the monkey goes straight for the box of garage sale books and plops herself down to read instead! Books are THE ONLY thing that makes her sit still. It's pretty awesome :)



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Mother's Day Weekend

May 13, 2015








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