Weekend Update

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope the time change isn’t messing with you too badly and you’ve adjusted OK! Here’s what we got up to this weekend:

Daphne had a vet appointment in the afternoon for her regular senior dog checkup. She’s been having some bladder issues, so the vet ran a few tests to see what was up, including blood work to check on her thyroid and see if her meds for that needed to be adjusted at all. Her thyroid was just fine, but she apparently has a bit of a UTI, so she was prescribed antibiotics. Other than that, she has a clean bill of health! Not bad for this old gal!

She was SO excited to be going on a car ride until I turned onto the street that the vet clinic is on.

She was SO excited to be going on a car ride until I turned onto the street that the vet clinic is on.

It was a busy one with it being Halloween and all! Isla got to dress up for dance class, and then after that we went home so she could eat lunch and I could nurse Norah, before we all headed down to the mall for some trick or treating! Isla’s costume was a huge hit, she got a whole bunch of candy, and she had an awesome time!

The Princess Zombie and Caterpillar!

After the mall we went home to have some supper before the trick or treaters started arriving at our door. They didn’t really show up until around 6pm, but Isla had a lot of fun answering the door! We hadn’t planned on taking her door to door as we thought she was a little too young still, but our neighbour (who is beyond awesome) showed up with his daughter (who’s about 9 years old), and asked Isla if she wanted to go to a few houses with them. Isla practically ran out the door without her shoes on, so she ended up going for about 20 minutes. Overall, it was a fun Halloween and we’re already plotting our costumes for next year!

Daylight Savings Time threw Kyle and I for a loop; we both woke up at 6 a.m., but the girls slept like nothing had changed! I headed out with Norah and my mom to a huge craft fair, while Isla and Kyle hung out at home and did some yard work. I did a bit of Christmas shopping, and bought Norah a cute little owl toque to match Isla’s for the winter.

Norah's touque

After the fair, it was time to head home and get back into the pre-workweek routine. It was a crazy busy weekend, but great memories were made!

How was your Halloween??


Happy Halloween!


Meet Frankenpire, Elmo, and Big Eyes

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween on Friday!

While we opted not to take Isla door-to-door for some trick or treating action (Kyle and I figured she was a little too young still), I did take her to the mall for their trick or treating event. All (well, the majority) of the stores hand out candy to kids dressed up in exchange for a donation to the food bank. I explained to Isla that she had to say “Trick or Treat!” and she’d get candy, and she got the hang of it pretty quickly! She was pretty sad when she had visited all the stores and it was time to go home, haha.

At home she just helped me answer the door. When the doorbell rang, she’d leap up from whatever she was doing and run to the candy bowl to give candy to whoever was at the door (as long as they weren’t too scary looking, in which case Mommy had to do it ;) ) The kids would say, “Thank you” and she’s say, “You’re welcome!” and “Bye!” as they walked away, and she’d close the door. It was too cute to watch.

Next year she’ll definitely be ready for going door to door!

And now for what you all came here for, Isla’s Halloween costume: My little butterfly!

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up? What as?

Listy Friday

– I hope everyone had a wonderful and not too spooky Halloween yesterday! Isla had a fun first Halloween experience yesterday, that’s for sure! The mall here does indoor trick or treating with the majority of the stores for the kids who want to stay warm and dry, so with a donation to the local food bank Isla scored some nice candy! She was a little skeptical of everyone walking around and was a little shy going up to some of the store attendant for her candy, but overall she had a good time. By the last few stores, she was getting a little cranky. But, here’s some photos!


– Somehow I managed to accumulate 4 pumpkins to carve up. Kyle was nice enough to gut them out for me (he wanted the seeds for roasting) so all I had to do was carve them. I got marginally more creative than I usually do, but they’re nothing spectacular. My favourite is probably my Jack Skeleton-esque pumpkin, followed by my polka-dot drill bit Pinterest-inspired pumpkin. (Which made a huge mess, by the way.)


– Kyle and I leave for Vegas SOOOO soon but it hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m sure once I drop Isla off at my Mom’s it will hit me and I’ll have a mild anxiety attack. But, I am excited to be going! We have a lot of stuff on our “To Do” list, including visiting the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, shooting some fully automatic rifles, and the Cheesecake Factory. Of course, I’m pretty certain you could be there for a week and not do everything, so here’s to hoping we get some things crossed off our list.

– Now that Halloween is all out of the way, I’m getting geared up to take Christmas photos of Isla for our Christmas cards. It’s a little sad (in a pathetic way) that I’m already doing it, but after last year’s screw-up when ordering them, I’m not risking it this year. So, this afternoon I’m hoping to get the photos done, and next week I’m hoping to get them ordered!

– I started reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed this week and I’m only about 2 chapters in but loving it! Amber had posted on Facebook that Reese Witherspoon was staring in the movie version, so I knew I had to get reading it soon!  It’s been on my Wishlist for a while now, so I figured it was the perfect time to download it to my Kobo.

– Isla has discovered television. She enjoys just sitting on the couch or standing at the coffee table and watching cartoons. She usually loses interest after a 1/2 hour or less, but I will admit to plunking her in front of it for 5 minutes of peace so I can get something done. She also has developed some kind of post-afternoon nap grumps where she just wants to cuddle on the couch with Kyle or I, which is challenging since that’s when I’m usually trying to get dinner finished. I don’t know if it’s because she’s hungry for her dinner, but wow – that kid sure knows how to throw a spaz.

– I believe I can officially say that Isla is off the bottle. I must admit, it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Our new bedtime routine is brush teeth, bath (when it’s bath night), PJ’s, sip of water, book, bed. She hasn’t protested at all and still sleeps right through the night until 8ish. No complaining from this mom!

– I’ve been going to yoga for just over a month now and I must admit, I’m really loving it! It helps that our instructor is super supportive and gives us great feedback and reassurance too. I love how that for one hour, I can just refocus all of my thoughts off of everything else going on in my life and just stretch and relax. I’m definitely going to look into taking more classes in the future.

– I’m getting a manicure tomorrow at my favourite spa ever and hoping that it doesn’t chip before we go to Vegas. Fingers crossed! (Pun intended)

That’s it for this Friday! Have a great weekend! xo