Isla at 6


How is it that you’re now 6 years old? So many milestones have been hit in the past year; it’s hard to believe fast time flies.

The biggest, of course, is starting (and finishing!) kindergarten! I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous and apprehensive about how you’d adapt to being in school full-time, but you’ve done so amazingly well all year. From what your teacher, Mrs. Anderson, has told me, you’re kind and considerate, and very bright! You’ve excelled in reading and writing and are getting pretty darn good at math! I love hearing all about what you’ve learned and I cannot believe how smart you’re getting.

While you may not get along all the time, you and Norah love each other so much and you’re such a caring older sister. Norah is always asking where you are while you’re at school and cannot wait to join you at school one day. She truly looks up to you and I’m glad you’re such a good role model for her, even when you both get into mischief together.


Dad is one of your favourite people and you love spending time with him, whether is riding your bike or going for rides in the noisy truck. You’re the light of his life and he loves you so much.

You still love dance with a passion and cannot wait to start ballet in the fall. I’m so thankful that you’ve found something you love at such a young age, and I hope it continues to drive you to succeed in other parts of life.


You also love to create things – whether it’s art or singing made-up songs, you have a very creative mind and you always find a way to keep yourself busy.

Squiddo, I love you so incredibly much and I’m so proud to be your mom. Never stop being you, ever.

Happy 6th Birthday, Isla! I love you!

Love always,


Weekend Wrap-up

It’s the last week of school and I have so many mixed emotions! We’ve been so crazy-busy lately with everything that’s going on, so here’s a slightly belated weekend wrap-up:

Today we held Isla’s early 6th birthday party! Since her actual birthday is the the day after the last day of school, we figured it would be best to celebrate early as most of her friends would most likely be going away for the long weekend. We (very very wisely) rented out the local indoor play place for a couple of hours and the kids all had a blast! Isla really enjoyed having all of her friends party with her and was a great little hostess.


What happened to the “L” in her name is beyond me, haha

Also – having 16 kids running around and screaming is no joke, ya’ll. There was some serious decompressing (See: Eating/Drinking of feelings) happening after Kyle and I got the girls to bed that night!

Norah turned three!(!!!) We decided to go a little more low-key for her party and invited just family up for lunch to celebrate her big day. She requested hot dogs and cupcakes, and so that’s what she received! She had an absolute blast visiting with everyone and was so spoiled by everyone.



Kyle and I were so spent from the past two days of birthday celebrations that we ordered Greek take-out for dinner and soon settled into food comas.

We got up early as Kyle was heading out for paintball with his friends and I had a slo-pitch tournament to play in. I managed to get in a solo trip to the grocery store before Kyle left, and then later in the morning I dropped the girls off at my MIL’s so they could have a pool day and I could go play ball.

I ended up only having to play one game, so I grabbed some lunch and headed back to my MIL’s to chill by the pool and watch the girls swim.


I got this awesome floaty jacket thing from Costco for Norah and it is absolutely perfect for the pool! She loves the freedom of swimming around in it and I don’t have to stress out about her not being able to swim.


With a little encouragement/ice cream bribery, Isla was finally brave enough to jump off the diving board! Now she hooked and it took me forever to drag her out of the pool to go home.

Kyle and Dave eventually got back home from paintball, so we threw some hamburgers on the barbecue for dinner and had a nice visit before Dave headed home for the night.

I got a quick 5km run in before Norah woke up, and then after we dropped Isla off at school I organized her closet because it was a mess bloody disaster. Norah and I headed off to Costco to do a bit of shopping as well.

The entire primary division of Isla’s school headed to the splash park for the day, and Norah and I were going to go meet up with them after we had lunch, but due to thunder and lighting, the kids all got evacuated to a neighbouring school and those students who weren’t picked up were bussed back to the school. I thought for sure they’d head back to the park when the storm passed, but I was mistaken!

Now it’s Tuesday and the rest of the week will be busy as well! Today is Isla’s Kindergarten grad, Thursday is the last day of school, and then Friday is Isla’s *actual* birthday! Whew! Thank goodness summer is here!

Are you as pumped for summer as I am?


Norah at 3

My sweet NorNor,

Yet another year has gone by and now you are 3 years old! There are not enough words to describe how much you’ve grown in the past year.

You’re fiercely independent and yet still so loving of your family, you definitely do things on your terms. Dad and I have nicknamed you the “Honey Badger” because you do what you want! (To a certain extent, at least!) You’re tough as nails and not much slows you down. The zest you have for life is unbelievable and I can’t help but admire it!


You still love animals immensely and want to make friends with every creature you encounter, from chipmunks to cows. Campbell is one of your best buds and you fondly refer to him as your “Horsey.”

As much as you and your sister fight and argue, your love for one another is still truly amazing. You hurt your hand not too long ago and you asked for Isla to hold your hand while I put your bandages on. For the most part, you really do get along so well and I hope you both continue to have this close bond as you grow up.

Dad is one of your favourite people and you love it when he does your bedtime stories with you. I can tell by the way he looks at you that he loves you immensely; you’re “his people”, as he so frequently states, and I don’t disagree!


While you’re not picky at all, your favourite foods would have to be Mini Wheat cereal, yogurt, pasta, and steak. You’re slowly warming up to the idea of liking broccoli, but like your sister, you’re not crazy about bell peppers and mushrooms.

You always ask to watch the movie “Cars” but I think your favourite at the moment would have to be The Angry Birds Movie.

Norah, you put my patience to the test on a daily basis but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You are the sweetest little person and I’m so thankful to be your mom.

Happy Birthday, Norah!

Love always,