I feel like life has been going by at 150 kms/hr lately and I haven’t really have a time to stop and blog much. So allow me to rewind a little bit and play catch up.
Just over a week ago I headed to my hometown with Isla and my mom for the annual rodeo parade and to visit family. The trip also coincided with my 10-year high school reunion, which turned out to be slightly uneventful but still enjoyable! You see – we had a very small grad class (evident by the photos in the link), and while you’d think it would be easy to organize something for that small amount of people, it wasn’t. Out of the eight people (yes, eight), who said they were coming, only three of us confirmed we were still coming, one of those three being the hostess (my old friend) and one being myself. We ended up cancelling the “official” event but I did go visit my friend and our kids played together.
As for the rodeo part of that trip – it was fun! I always enjoy going back to watch the parade, even if it’s the same thing year after year. I think being able to take Isla to watch it and see what I grew up with means the most to me. She loved watching all the parade entries go by, from the horses to the music, she was having a blast! I also learned that I can dress her up but I can’t take her out; I had bought her a cute little tennis-type dress and thought I’d put it on her, but she proceeded to lift it up and flash everyone, then she dripped jam from her bannock down the front of it. Oh well – that’s what happens when you’re a toddler!
Kyle and I also planted a tree a couple weeks ago! We’ve been wanting to for a while but have just never got around to picking one out, plus it comes with work – ripping up grass, digging a hole, and laying down mulch. But – we finally went and picked out a pretty red maple tree (so very Canadian) and got it planted. We put in a nice brick border and filled up the space around the tree with mulch. It looks so awesome and I can’t wait for it to grow big and tall! (Photo of it in this post.)
Isla also had a fun time in the yard with us while we were ripping up the grass and digging the hole. There were a TON of earthworms in the soil and she was enjoying picking them up and putting them in a bucket we gave her. Then, when I told her that worms eat dirt, she proceeded to fill the bucket with handfuls of dirt. It was too cute. I will say that she wasn’t so sure about the worms at first – she didn’t want to hold them and freaked out a little bit. She got over it in a hurry though ;)
In slightly more down news, Kyle’s grandma passed about a week ago. We kind of knew that her passing was coming – she had been in and out of the hospital several times over the past two years – but it was still hard to hear. His grandma played a big role in his childhood and Kyle had a lot of respect for her. Her service was this past Friday, so we headed to Ashcroft for the day, and Kyle delivered the eulogy. While it was a somber day, it was a good day. Kyle got to catch up with some of his family and rekindle his relationship with his dad. Isla also got to meet some of her 2nd cousins, and she got to see her cousin Logan. Let me tell you – she has a thing for babies and does SO well with them.
But back to more exciting stuff – I picked up a game of slo-pitch on Sunday which was a lot of fun. I really miss playing and wish I could commit to an actual full season of ball, and picking up games only pains me more sometimes. One day!!
My wonderful yoga instructor also announced that she’s just taking July off of teaching and that she’ll be back in August, which was wonderful to hear. I don’t necessarily have to find a new studio to practice at, but I may just do a couple of drop in classes here and there to keep myself in check. I may even do a hot yoga class just to see what it’s like, even though I hate being hot. (Amber, I give you permission to nag me to get this one done, ha!) In the meantime, her last class is this Thursday and I’m just hoping it’s nice enough for us to be outside.
I’ll also just mention that I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER how my little baby girl is going to be 2 years old on Sunday! How do they grow so quickly?! It makes me sad because she’s becoming less and less like a baby and more and more like an independent little girl. “I DO IT” seems to be her most used phrase these days – don’t even bother asking if she wants help with something. She also likes to tell me to “Go to the kitchen” if she doesn’t want me near her. Ah, from the mouths of babes ….
After Isla’s birthday on Sunday, Kyle is on holidays, so we’re going to have a fun week of adventure! I cannot wait :)
So tell me what you’ve been up to these days?