May Recap!

Hello, friends!

While I’m never 100% sure what day it is, May seemed to go by in a flash! It’s always such an eventful month, so I’ll recap it briefly here!

The kids

Isla is still working hard on her schoolwork from home. I’m so thankful that she’s a bright girls and has a fairly good grasp at understanding her work; they finished the grade 2 math curriculum in May and started learning a little bit of grade 3 stuff – multiplication! She’s slowly figuring it out, so she’ll be good to go when she starts grade 3 in the fall!

Norah had her kindergarten immunizations at the beginning of the month and she was NOT KEEN on them at all, but she was treated to her choice of donut so all was well with the world after that.

We had the option to send them back to school on a part-time basis starting today (June 1) but I’m opting to keep her at home for the remainder of the year. It just didn’t seem worth it, as much as she misses her teacher and friends. Hopefully everything will settle over the summer and school life can resume normally in the fall!

Isla was supposed to have her final dance shows this past weekend but it sadly had to be cancelled. We were able to pick up her costume, so instead of performing, I did her full hair and makeup and we took photos in the park. Her academy also held a “reverse car parade” where we could drive by the studio and wave/see all the teachers, so she dressed up again and we drove by.

A little glimmer of brightness has come through and the teachers are planning an outdoor, adjusted/socially distanced choreography show so the students can perform for their close family.

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We also bought them a trampoline! It was SUCH a smart investment, especially for Norah since she has endless energy. We had to wait a couple of weeks for it to come back into stock, but we got it at the beginning of the month and had it set up in a couple of days for them to enjoy!

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Life

We/Kyle have been busy doing a bunch of work to the yard! Kyle built a new fence for the back portion of our yard and we got our garden in a couple weeks ago! We planted peas, two types of potatoes, bush beans, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes.

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One of the two plots!

We lost a few tomato plants and our zucchini because of an over-night cold snap, but thankfully we were able to find replacement plants.

I also celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month, as well as Mother’s Day! Kyle bought me an awesome Yeti Rambler and an amazing new crossbody bag for my birthday, and then he and Isla picked out some beautiful hanging baskets and flowers for my planter for Mother’s Day. To celebrate my birthday we had a little social-distance visit in our backyard with family.

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Hobbies

I finished three books this past month and just started reading The Testaments and am trying to get into it but like The Handmaids Tale, it’s a little tough to follow at first. It’s starting to pick up now, so we’ll see what happens!

I have Emily Giffin’s newest book on preorder and it should be ready to pick up at the bookstore sometime this week – Hurray for summer reading!

Since organized, outdoor races have been cancelled for the remainder of the year, I suppose all this running I’ve been doing has been mostly for fun, haha. I’ve been signing up for a few challenges/virtual races on Strava to keep myself motivated, and it’s been pretty productive. Kyle thinks I’m nuts, but that’s okay! Really, it’s been keeping me sane during all of this craziness, and he understands that.

Looking ahead …

June is already looking to be a busy one. I’ll be returning to the office on a part-time basis starting on the 15th, the girls will both be celebrating their birthdays, and Kyle and I will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary later this week! At some point Isla will also be performing with her dance studio too. I’m pretty certain June will fly by just as fast as May did!

What was the best book you read in May? Tell me something exciting that happened in your life this past month, or what’s happening this month that you’re looking forward to?

January/February Update (a.k.a., I’m still alive)

January was probably the longest month ever and I accidentally disappeared from the blog aside from book reviews. Apparently those are easier to type up than life updates?

Between January being 79 days long and being super busy with life, I finally have a moment to post a life update from the beginning of 2020 today. Hurray for long weekends! I’ll break everything down into categories so I don’t forget anything …

The Girls

Norah took a month-long break from preschool in January because her part-time program was cancelled due to a lack of enrolment. She returned earlier this month to a full-time program (more on that later) and she’s doing really well! Isla got her first report card of the year back and she’s turning out to be quite the student! Kyle and I are both super proud of them both; even though they’re so different they are both striving.

Norah is all registered for kindergarten starting in the fall, so there’s a lot of emotions surrounding that! I still can’t believe she’ll be 5 in a few short months and that she’s off to school with her sister in September! Where did the time go?! Really though, she’s SO ready and SO excited to finally be going to the same school as Isla; she’s been waiting for this day since Isla started kindie, so it’s been a long time coming!

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Isla and Norah both started swimming lessons at the beginning of January! Norah was going 2x week and finished up after four weeks, and she did amazing! To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure she was going to pass because she has a lot of energy and just wanted to swim around, but after a few reminders to listen she did awesome and got her badge. Isla’s lessons are only once a week, so we have a couple more to go before she’s done, but so far she’s looking strong.

This past weekend Kyle worked overtime one day, so we spent the day hanging out – we went and did the grocery shopping, and then after lunch we saw a movie (Dolittle) and went out and had sushi for dinner! It was a lot of fun and while they drive me crazy sometimes, it was nice to spend some quality time with just the two of them.

The Dogs

Campbell and Lars are … Campbell and Lars! Lars is growing like a weed and probably needs more exercise, which will be remedied soon as he’s going to go off to bootcamp within the next couple of weeks.

They are still getting along so well and Campbell is such a patient older brother to Lars, haha.

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Back in October I had mentioned briefly that Lars was suffering from a bit of a limp, and after Kyle and I had it checked out by two vets (the original appointment and a 2nd opinion), it turns out that he blew out his ACL somehow. (Likely playing too hard with Campbell.) We had the option to send him for surgery, but with him being so young it may or may not have worked, plus he’d need more in the future. (Read: $$$$) We opted to make him lay low and see how it healed on its own, and while he can’t put 100% of his body weight on it, you’d never think he’s injured. Lars is very much a typical Labrador retriever and acts like a doofus

Running

I took a solid bit of time off between the last race I ran and February, aside from a Mile-a-Day challenge I did in December. Race season is starting back up in a month or so, so I need to get my butt in gear! I’m hoping to conquer more 10K distances, even on the trails, so we’ll see how it goes! My shoes are two years old now, so I may or may not treat myself to a new pair soon. I just can’t decide if I want to keep wearing my current ones for the road and get trail shoes, or just get a new pair of road shoes for everything. This is the toughest decision by far because really, I can’t afford both. (Even though I really want to!)

Life

Overall, life has been pretty amazing. Kyle and I have been working together to hash out a lot of “life’s plans” and it seems to be going well! We have some big goals for ourselves and for our family, but I think we’ll definitely be able to accomplish them if we stick to the plan and life doesn’t throw us too many curveballs. (Because there’s always curveballs!)

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Last year when I finished my Administrative Assistant certificate I said I was going to reward myself with a new tattoo, and I finally got around to it at the end of January. (I finished school at the end of June, haha.)

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In a nutshell, I got a lupin tattoo in honour of my grandparents. Once upon a time they had a cabin, and the trail to get there had crazy amounts of lupins growing wild. My brother and I used to spend a lot of time there with my grandma and grandpa, and have so many fond memories with them there. Lupins seemed like a logical choice to honour them.

Work

Oh yeah – I got a job! I didn’t really plan on going back to work until Norah had started kindergarten, but a position for a part-time administrative assistant was posted for a local business and I couldn’t help but apply. The hours were perfect to accommodate drop off and pick up from school, so why not, right?

I ended up getting a call to interview a few days after I applied, and was offered the position a few days after that! I was thankfully able to get Norah back into preschool full-time, just at a different campus (the school she was going to has four locations) and nothing else really changed.

I’ve been at the position now for two weeks and I’m really enjoying it; there’s a lot to learn and do, but I feel like it’s going well. It really fell into my life at the perfect time and it almost seems too good to be true, especially with being able to get Norah into full-time preschool right away.

So that’s pretty much what’s been going on since my last update! The days are getting longer and I’m looking forward to what the warmer weather is going to bring. (Camping! Waterslides! Races! Slo-Pitch! Pool Days!) I’ll try not to go so long between updates this time.

October Recap

Hello, November! Can you believe there’s only a couple handful of weeks left in 2019? October seemed to fly by, so here’s what we got up to!

The Girls

Norah’s preschool class got to go to the pumpkin patch right at the beginning of the month! It was pretty great being able to go with her and share the experience with her; as the girls get older I think they start to value one-on-one time with Kyle or I more. Anyway, Norah had an awesome time going on a hayride, feeding the sheep, making friends with the guardian dog (of course), and picking out her pumpkin!

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We had a couple of pretty cold days, but for the most part the weather was fairly cooperative. Isla was enjoying raking up all the leaves that had fallen, so I made it a fun after-school activity for us to do with the boy I’ve been taking care of. (Dollar Store pumpkin bags, for the win!)

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Of course, one can’t talk about October and not discuss Halloween! We carved pumpkins the weekend before Halloween and Isla insisted that she carve her pumpkin on her own and she did a pretty good job!

From L to R: Norah’s, mine, Isla’s

This year Isla and Norah decided to be Luigi and Mario, which I had thought was a pretty original idea but as it turns out, there were a lot of Mario & Luigi’s out there this year! Regardless, they had a ton of fun with all the Halloween-related festivities. It started off with dressing up for Isla’s ballet class on the 29th, then for the school Halloween dance on the 30th, and finally for trick-or-treating on Halloween!

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to put together a costume for myself or not, but I ended up stumbling across an easy Mario-related idea on Pinterest and went for it! I think I spent just under $5 on materials, and I got a lot of thumbs up for it! (Especially from Isla and Norah, because when they “hit” the box, I was able to pull power stars and mushrooms from a hidden pouch!)

The girls had an absolute blast trick-or-treating, especially Norah! I think she proclaimed that she got candy after every house, and she didn’t want to stop going door to door even when she was exhausted. We were our for about an hour and a half and they each got a pretty good haul!

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Life

October was a fairly busy month in general, with Kyle and I doing a few home reno projects updating fixtures and such, and a few family gatherings in between.

I had a quick day-surgery right before the Thanksgiving long weekend. Nothing serious, (I’m fine, it’s fine, everything is fine!) but I’m pretty well all healed up and back to normal! (Click here if you so desire to read it, you just have to ask for the password.)

I took advantage of the pretty fall colours and warm-enough weather to take the girls’ photos for our annual Christmas cards one weekend. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to keep making them pose for photos every year, but as long as they’re down to sit for a few minutes, I guess I’ll still take the photos! I’m super happy with how they turned out and I’ve already ordered and received our cards. I wouldn’t say I’m on the ball, but it sure feels like it!

The Dogs

We’ve now had Lars at home with us for just over a month now and things have been going really great with him! He’s such a typical Labrador, loving everyone he meets and being a silly, goofy dog. His house training is going well and so we’re slowly moving onto other basic training skills. Kyle and I are hoping to get him into obedience school eventually to really harness Lars’ capabilities and give him an extra boost when it comes to listening.

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He and Campbell have really bonded and are enjoying each other’s company, although sometimes they play a little too hard and Cam starts throwing his weight around; Lars must’ve got too rowdy because he has a bit of a limp, perhaps from a sprain, but he has a vet appointment for his next set of puppy boosters so it will be mentioned to the vet. He doesn’t appear to be in pain, but it sucks seeing him hobble around.

I think that pretty much covers everything that went on in October for us! Keeping with the general rule, November is shaping up to be relatively busy as well, so here goes nothing!

What are some highlights from your October?!