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.

Keep calm and party on


A real-life conversation from 2014 in regards to Isla’s birthday.

At the end of this month Isla will be turning 5, and my days of simple “Mostly Family and a Few Friends” birthday parties are over. With Isla being in preschool and dance for the past nine months she has developed a wide circle of friends and of course, she wants to invite ALLLLLL of her classmates to her party.

And then of course, there’s friends outside of school and dance who she’d like to invite, and at that point, do you even bother inviting family to a child-dominated screeching fest? Oh, and how on earth do you even decide on how many kids to let her invite?! AND HOW DO YOU HAND OUT INVITATIONS WITHOUT HAVING SOME OTHER KID FEEL LEFT OUT?!

Of course, I have answers to those questions. Or at least answers that work for us and our situation.

Backstory: Isla decided that she’d like to have a bowling birthday party after attending one back in February. After looking into the cost Kyle and I thought it was totally doable, plus it takes the chaos and mess out of our house. Win!

When it came time for Isla to decide who she’d like to invite to her party I simply asked her. She had her go-to friends (the ones who she’s been friends with pre-preschool and dance), and then she went on to list nearly every kid in her preschool and dance classes. Ruh-roh. Cue one of what will be many sit-down serious discussions with Isla: We told her how she unfortunately couldn’t invite everyone she knows, and to think about who she likes spending the most time with, and we’d go from there.

Eventually we had her par down her list to a few kids from both preschool and dance. I scrutinized her list a little, asking if she was certain on who she wanted to invite, but she seemed certain so we let that be that.

How to hand out the invitations was the biggest stress factor for me. As much as I didn’t want to hurt any tiny human’s feelings, Isla knew who she wanted to invite and while I did my best to sway her decisions, I wasn’t going to make her invite anyone she didn’t want to. I managed to hand them out on the DL with relative ease and so far, there hasn’t been any backlash. Whew! <wood knocking>

Of course, there’s always going to be some second guessing, mostly on my part. Should we have invited one child instead of another? What if no one can come? What if she suddenly becomes “not friends” with someone she invites? (Which may have already happened …) Should we let her invite someone else? What do we tell parents who ask why their child wasn’t invited? What do I tell Isla if someone can’t make it?

The mom-guilt is real and I just have to keep reminding myself that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to birthday parties and that things are only going to get more complicated as she gets older, especially if her social circle grows.

I know I’m most definitely over thinking all of this and Isla probably won’t even notice if only two out of the however many kids she invited show up. She gets cake? Yay! Bowling? Yay! I just need to remind myself to keep calm and let her party on.