Weekend Update

Whew, what a weekend!

If I could make any recommendations, it would be to NOT have kids three years apart to nearly the day. Isla and Norah’s birthdays are six days apart and so this weekend was all about celebrating.

It was Norah’s 2nd birthday! We decided to have family over for a birthday barbecue to keep things simple(r) and she had plenty of fun.

That helium ballon? She’s OBSESSED and has been dragging it around the house like it’s an appendage.


Kyle and I got her a balance bike and while she seeeeems like she’s enjoying it in that photo, when we took her outside on Sunday to give it a go there were tears galore. Mind you, it was hot and she had just woke up from a nap soooo … probably not the best idea in the world. We’ll give it another try when it’s a bit cooler and she’s in a better mood, lol.

Saturday was Isla’s birthday party day! We opted to have hers the weekend before her birthday since the weekend after is Canada Day. She asked a while ago to have a bowling party, and since she’s obsessed with everything Moana we went with that “theme.” (Which really was a cake with blue-ish frosting, invites with Moana and Maui on them, and Heart of Te Fiti cookies as favours for her guests.)


I did not make these, FYI.

While her party was small she had a ton of fun with her friends. We lucked out and the bowling alley had all the glow and disco lights on, which didn’t cost us any extra. Woo!

After her party we had some friends over for dinner and we hung out outside. I don’t know what it was, but I had some crazy allergic reaction to something and my right eye got super swollen. It went down a little after I took an allergy pill, but it was so uncomfortable.

It was a fairly “routine” day. Kyle went for a quick run in the morning as he’s training for his first half-marathon next month, so while he was doing that I took the girls grocery shopping with me.

After lunch Norah had a nap and I helped Isla work on a Lego set she got for her birthday. I forgot how much fun Lego is, but also how nit-picky I can be because trying to get an almost-5-year old to follow instructions is HARRRRD.

When Norah got up from her nap we had that whole balance bike incident as mentioned above, so we opted to just play in the backyard for a bit before I had to go to slo-pitch. Isla tagged along with me and had fun playing with the other kids at the field, and Norah got to have some quality Gamma time without her sister 😉

Now it’s Monday and I’m still SO exhausted from the weekend. I think it’s a double-mug-o-coffee kind of day.

How was your weekend???

Norah at 2


How is it that you’re 2-years old already? There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how amazing it is to watch you grow. You go a million miles a minute and definitely keep your dad and I on our toes!

In the past year you’ve grown so much and have such a wonderful personality! If we could only use one word to describe you, I think dad and I would agree that the word would be “haywire,” and we say that with love. You love to get busy and are always pushing the boundaries to see what you can and cannot do. It doesn’t matter if you’re too little for something, you’re going to try and do it anyway! You love to explore and try new things; you’re always keeping dad and I on our toes, like the time you let yourself outside into the yard to play with Campbell, or when you stuck pieces of cork up your nose … Ask dad or I for the whole story one day!

You absolutely love animals and show no fear when meeting new ones. You’ve even said “Hi” to a couple houseflies and got upset when they flew away. You adore Campbell and love to feed and play with him. (He loves it when you do as well!) 

While you love hanging out with your big sister, you’re definitely your own person! While she loves to sing and dance, you love to run around, toss balls and swing bats. I think we might have a future athlete on our hands if that’s the path you choose to take. Differing interests aside, you absolutely adore Isla and I love watching the two of play together. I know it won’t be like this all the time but I hope you keep this amazing bond with her.

Your favourite foods are bananas, crackers and chicken and you definitely do not like broccoli. You love watching the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” and ask for it on a daily basis, and you love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as well.

You are most definitely Daddy’s Girl and my heart just melts watching you and him play together. He’s so proud of everything you do and I know he loves you so, so much.

I love you, my Norah, with all my heart and I’m so proud to be your mom. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings your way. Happy Birthday!

Love, Mom



Reading // “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doeer. I’m only a few chapters in so far and things are moving a little slow, but after reading reviews I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Watching // Kyle and I just started watching the new season of Alone. If you haven’t watched it, we highly recommend it! It’s a way more intense version of Survivor and it definitely gets some bonus points for being filmed on Vancouver Island.

Listening to // Throwback-style stuff on Spotify! Random songs from my high school years have been popping up in my head, so I’ve be reliving that ridiculous portion of my past thanks to Spotify, lol. Nothing like a little Limp Bizkit, DMX and Kid Rock to start my day!

Loving // That school is almost done for the summer! Only two (half) days left for Isla then she can tackle summer to her heart’s content.

Thinking // How I’m going to put together my office downstairs. I’m heading back to school in the fall (via distant learning) and I’m going to need a space where I can do my work without any interruptions from time to time.

Needing // A massage. I think it may be time for me to cash in my birthday/Mother’s Day present 😉

Anticipating // Norah and Isla’s birthdays. It’s going to be a busy weekend with Norah’s birthday on Friday and Isla’s party on Saturday. Please send me alllllll the liquor come Saturday evening 😉

Looking forward to // Summer vacation! I really hope to make the most of this summer before Isla heads off to kindergarten in the fall.