Thursday, September 29, 2016

Life Update (Arianna Goes to School!)

Hello everyone! Let's pretend it hasn't been like 5 months + since I last blogged. K?

So much is going on in our little world and we are making some changes to our routine. Arianna officially had her first day of "school" at the beginning of September. Of course it's not really school, but she doesn't know that. It's a part time daycare program at a Montessori school consisting of 3 half days a week. It's supposed to be 9-1 but she usually naps at 12:30 so I'll probably be picking her up at 12 for awhile. I was so excited to find a program like this! It's basically preschool hours but she can go a year earlier than most pre-schools.

official first day of school photo

So far she's been really good during drop off, we've had a few mornings with a little bit of wimpering and fussiness but I peek in through the window from the parking lot and she's already forgotten all about me. When I pick her up she gives her teachers hugs and says "bye, guys" to the other kids in the class.

exploring her new classroom on the first day

Part of my reasoning for putting Arianna in this program was so I could work a little bit more. I find I am happiest when I have at least one client in the morning. This summer I had several of my clients off training with me for various reasons and I was actually rather bored and I think Arianna was too. I was just starting to think about looking for more clients and due to a few referrals I'm already getting pretty busy which is great! I have also started a Facebook motivation/support group so if anyone wants to be added let me know!
playing with some new fun stuff

Another very exciting thing happening is that I have booked PAINTERS! I know that our place is only a year and a half old, but after living here for that period of time I can tell you that the colour the builders picked is truly awful. I haven't' decorated at all because nothing goes with it! When I had the paint estimator in, he looked around and was like "Wow, this colour was really popular like quite a few years ago, it's like gold!" It really is gold. I can't wait. I'll have to take a before and after to show you guys, haha!

It'll be really nice to have it done before the birthday/Thanksgiving/Halloween/Christmas season in our family! I'm already planning Arianna's birthday, of course. I can't believe she's going to be TWO! She is so much fun at this age, even though she can be quite sassy and demanding. I have a whole other post planned for her update.

finishing her lunch on the picnic table, everrryy day haha

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Disney Hangover

We are finally home after our 6 day trip/3 days of Disney. Disneyland is so, so amazing. I seriously love it so much. I went years ago and I know I loved it but this time was even more amazing. Maybe it's having Arianna there with me or being with my family but it filled my heart up and I didn't want to leave. I found myself planning in my head when the next time I would return would be. I tried to soak up every moment.

A blogger I follow talked about vacation hangover and it's so true. It's so hard to get back into the real life routine. As my friend put it "Real life compared to Disney is garbage." However,our experiences after Disney make me appreciate real boring regular life.

No vacation is every completely perfect and ours was no exception. After a full day at Disney, I put Arianna to bed and all us kids went out with my Mom and Dad watching Arianna. Just as we were walking nack into the hotel my mom texted me that Arianna was throwing up. After that it was a bit of a domino effect. My niece got sick probably the worst, I ended up getting sick on the last night along with my parents, and the grand finale was Arianna and my two nephews in the row behind me all simultaneously barfing. The announced on the plane that there were sick kids and could everyone let us get off first. Then as my sister in law and I were gathering everything up with everyone watching us, they announced "Just till the ladies in pink get off, thanks everyone." So embarrassing! But it didn't end there, Arianna threw up again while I was standing at the front of the plane waiting to get off. It was literally a shit show. Everyone was so nice and kind on the plane, which was great. They told us we'll laugh about it later.

All and all I am so grateful to my amazing parents for this trip of a lifetime! So many amazing memories were made and I feel like we all got closer which is hard to do as adults. Us kids are busy with our families and its so rare to get to do something like this. It was a trip we will ever forget.

I have zero energy right now but I promise this week I will post some pictures and highlights from our trip!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Arianna Update!

What's that? Why was the last update 9 months? Well...if you've ever hung out with a toddler for a period of time, you'll know where they are. Floating somewhere with my ice cold coffee and half eaten breakfast. Besides people get huffy when you talk in months. Miss Arianna is now almost a year and a half!

Weight: 27lbs
Height: Around 32 inches
Clothing Size: 18-24/2T. She is tall but short arms and legs haha!

Words: Mama, Daddy, Layla, Nana, Grandma, Grandma, aunty, uncle, go, book. up (uppy), banana, baba (bottle), leash, keys, food, toast, lunch, walk, chair, avocado,(she says ack-odo haha) fun, potty, home and like a zillion more. Her newest things to say are 'Awesome" and "Hi Mom!" which means she's starting to speak in phrases.

Loves Paw Patrol, she can get on the iPad and get into Netflix by herself and open the episodes.

She's also really into Facetime, she loves to talk to her grandparents on there. A few times I've left her alone with the ipad for half a second and she's actually dialed people on Facetime. Whenever we call Leigh's parents and they're both on the screen, she always tries to swipe left and right so
she can see more of Nana or Grandpa.

She loves being outside, going for walks and to the park. If I say do you want to go for a walk she runs to the closet where we keep our stroller and bangs on it until I get the stroller out.

She's started doing this funny walk where she crouches down and walks.

She loves books just like her Mama! If I say go get me a book she'll grab one and like back up slowly into my lap and then snuggle in to read. The other day she brought me one of my magazines and sat down for me to read it to her.

She loves food but is getting into the picky toddler stage. Sweet potato and avacodo are always a hit. She loves smoothies so I try to cram as many fruits and spinach in as I can. Her favourite thing is white cheddar chipotle popcorn which I break into the tiniest possible peices.

She still has bottles but we are cutting those out after Disneyland. I've been reluctant to let go because I feel like that's the last "baby" thing. But she really doesn't need them anymore. I've put her down for naps and bed without them and she doesn't notice.

I could go on and on about her but that would make this post boring. The truth is, words can't even describe how much I love this girl. She is so funny and entertaining. She's sweet and cuddly which is so nice. A toddler hug makes everything better.

I'm trying to soak up these days because I'm really enjoying them but I know there's some toddler challenges ahead! I think they call this a "sweet spot" of motherhood because it is just that, so sweet.

Monday, April 11, 2016

We're Going to Disneyland!

I seriously can't believe I haven't posted on my blog at all this year. What have I been doing?! I love having this as a way to remember what I did and post pictures so I'm going to try starting today.

What's new so far this year? I've been getting into a great groove of balancing working part time and being a mom, thanks to my awesome babysitters (Grandma, Nana, and our awesome girl at the gym!). Arianna is at a super fun age and I'm loving it right now. I have a whole post on what she's been up to that I'll post tomorrow.

The most exciting thing I have to share and post about is DISNEYLAND! We are leaving in a week! Arianna and I will be joining my parents, my sister and brother in law, and my brother, sister in law and their 3 kids! It's going to be so much fun. I seriously cannot wait. I love Disneyland, I went eleven years ago so I'm kinda familiar with it but it's been long enough I don't remember most of it, haha.

I can't wait to stalk the princesses, take tons of pictures, go on all the rides, shop for fun stuff and eat the food! So excited. If anyone has any Disney tips please share! Arianna is used to sleeping in different places but it will be her first plane ride. I have a mile long list to pack, traveling with a child is no joke! I'm sure it'll be so worth all of the prep. Can't wait!

More tomorrow with my Arianna update, pinky swear!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy December!!

My favourite month is finally heeeeree!!! All of the Christmas spirit I've been keeping in is about to bust out like a can of silly string. I know I haven't blogged in forever but I really want to document our holiday season so I've promised myself that it's happening. Also I started writing this post on December 1st. At least I'm finally posting something!

We kicked off the month with a fun family night! December 1st is one of my favourite days. You can open your advent calendars, for one. Time to soak up the season! We've already had Leigh's work party which is my one opportunity to dress up. We also celebrated American thanksgiving with Leigh's family last weekend! Of course now it's already the 4th!

Our tree went up over the course of a week. One day we brought the box up, the next I put it up, then I put on half the lights the next day. It's a bit of a process with a toddler and a crazy work schedule. Thankfully things are slowing down and one of Arianna's official babysitters (aka Grandma) is HOME on Thursday from her mission trip in Columbia! I'm so surprised but Arianna has been great with the tree. Most of my ornaments are shatterproof, the special ones I have put at the top. The bottom has soft ornaments, kid friendly bulbs (Disney princess and Dora, both are mine lol) and these ornaments my mother in law gave me with bells. Those are great because if she's touching the tree I hear a little jingle.

Back in like September, I decided I wanted Arianna and I to have matching pjs. I found out a few places that sold them and stalked the websites until they showed up and ordered them! Of course they are already sold out so I'm glad I did! They're literally the comfiest pjs I've ever worn in my life. I was also really smart and got Arianna the same jammies in 2T for next year so I can wear mine again.

In other festive news, I got Arianna a Santa sippy cup from Target and it is the cutest!

I've been planning a mini advent thing for Arianna just festive little activities for each day, so I will post more about that later!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Arianna's First Halloween!

Just like that, her last first holiday has passed, and tomorrow is her first birthday. Ahhh!!

I knew I wanted to dress her up for Halloween, but the one costume I had in mind wouldn't be warm enough for trick or treating, so she got two costumes. I had to work Saturday morning, so she spent her morning with her dad cleaning the house haha.

When I got back, Nicky came over and helped me get her dressed in her first costume! She also got Arianna her first ever Halloween book.

After she had an amazing almost two hour afternoon nap, we headed out to meet my mom.

 I did dress Layla up but I ended up just taking her to my parents to hang out with my Dad and the other dogs.

wearing her cousin's gnome costume hat lol

We got some decaf coffees to keep us warm and headed to my brother's house. Arianna did her first "trick or treat" there and then burst into tears. Poor kid lol.By the end of the evening she totally got the hang of it. She was even holding out her bucket!

We also stopped by my sister's house for trick or treating. Jenn had to take a picture with Arianna of course, they were both very festive. In exchange for the picture, I scooped an extra handful of candy on the way out of her house. :-P

She started to get pretty tired so I took her home where she was in the happiest mood ever. She sat with her bucket playing with the miniature candy bars for like ten minutes, and then she was a happy girl in the bath. I wanted to dress her in her halloween jammies but I couldn't' find the top. Fail!

She ended up going to bed an hour later than normal at 8pm because I'd been creeping her schedule later with some wild hopes that it would help balance out daylight savings time. And it actually totally worked! I was able to keep her on the same schedule all day yesterday. And she woke up at about 6:20am which isn't too bad!

All in all, Arianna's first Halloween filled up my heart even more. Seeing her all dressed up and trick or treating with her cousins made me feel so happy and grateful. Watching her grow up is becoming so much fun.

More tomorrow for her first birthday...*tear*

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Girl's Weekend!

This past weekend, I left Arianna at home for a weekend trip with J and Nicole. Did you hear that? I left my baby at HOME! I was definitely worried about how I would feel leaving her for the weekend but I was actually fine. I knew she was in good hands! Leigh did such an amazing job handling things on the home front. So much so that I have been asking him for TIPS on what he was doing! Arianna had been having serious nap issues prior to me going away. Like Thursday was a 12 minute nap in the morning and a 20 minute nap in the afternoon. Babies need to nap for at least an hour. If you don't believe me, come hang out at my house after my baby has only slept for 12 minutes. Anyways, our amazing sleep consultant gave me a great scheduling tip that totally seems to have worked because from Friday onwards, she has been napping for at least an hour, save for a few 45 minute ones. *knocks on all the wood*

Anyways, enough about baby naps!

Friday my mom came over to take care of Arianna while Leigh was at work, and the girls came and picked me up.  The weather here or in Penticton did not look promising and definitely was about to get a whole lot worse here. We had a nice drive up and when we got there, it was cloudy but not too cold. We hung out on the beach for a bit with our jeans and sweaters on, and then checked into our room. I didn't take too many pics this weekend but I'll share the ones I did take.

outfit pic with amazing bathtub setup in the background

We had a little nap, then got all dolled up and went out for dinner to our favourite place, Salty's Beach House. It was funny because we all ended up wearing each other's clothes. I packed stuff I was excited to wear and ended up wearing Nicky's clothes both nights.

super cute store front (sadly it was sassy for like age 65+ but still cute nonetheless!)

Saturday we woke up early (haha it was like 730 but actually that's sleeping in for me and it was amazing!) got a coffee at Starbucks and walked the farmer's market, which is huge!

farmer's market flowers

The weather was fine when we ventured out but we ended up in like torrential downpour at the farmers market, so we walked to the nearest hotel and got a cab to Salty's for lunch, where I had a coffee with Bailey's. Amazing!

We totally lucked out and got a few hours of sun, so we hit the beach for some relaxing and reading. I'm so glad we got that time in, because it definitely made it feel more like a "beach vacation"!

After the beach the girls hit up a few wineries and I stayed behind to have a bath and read for a bit.

Another outfit pic! Hey, I don't get to get dressed up very often!

Nicky and I taking selfies on the patio!

We got all dolled up again and went out for dinner and drinks to a patio called the Barking Parrot. They had some seriously delicious drinks!

At least we have one pic together from our weekend!

 Sunday morning we got up, packed up our room, and went to this amazing placed called the Bench Artisan Food Market. We sat on the patio and had breakfast and amazing coffee. I got a giant latte and it was sooo good! After breakfast we headed home. I thought Arianna would be so excited to see me...nope! She was giving me the dirtiest looks like "Pfft, you think you can go away for the weekend and come back and get snuggles?!" but eventually she forgave me and was back to her usual self.

I can't even describe how relaxing it was to not have responsibilities (other than pumping) for the weekend. It was a total recharge for me. I'm so grateful to my husband and my mom/in laws for helping with Arianna so I could go do our annual trip. Even though my life is different now, I always want to make time for my friends and my traditions!