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A high of the week was getting to go to – and participate in – Isla’s dance class on Wednesday. It’s “Bring a Friend Week” and while I kept asking Isla who she’d like to bring, she forgot to ask someone before it was too late. Cue the tears :( So, I offered to be her “friend” and she was so excited to show me how to dance! She even picked my dance outfit for me. (“You can wear a sweater and then if you get too warm you can take it off and hang in on the barre!”) Anyway, it was fun to be be 5 and I’ll tell you – it was a lot harder than I was expecting! They did burpees. BURPEES. Safe to say Isla is tougher than I am. Isla thought I was pretty hilarious and I’m glad I turned her “Bring a Friend” day around for her.

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A low of the week was Norah slipping and splitting her frenulum (aka that lip-tie bit) with a straw. While she barely made a fuss about it, I took her to the dentist to make sure everything looked okay. She should heal up just fine and there’s nothing to be concerned about, so yay!

Also, our Christmas tree fell over due to GHOSTS (I swear!), but thankfully there were no decorations on it yet and nothing got broken. It’s now shoved against our railing so it won’t fall over again, and we’re seriously considering a fake tree next year.

An internet find I loved was pretty much all of the Carpool Karaoke segments with James Cordon.

The best money I spent was no money at all – I had a voucher for a free 2kg bag of dog food, but alas, my dogs don’t eat the brand the voucher is for. I got the bag anyway and I’m going to take the girls to the BC SPCA to donate it to the pups there.

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was taking them to see Santa on Monday after school! Norah was drawn instantly to him and cozied right up for a photo, but Isla was very reluctant and shy. She ended up not sitting with him at all for the photo, and when I asked her why she didn’t want to visit him she told me that she wanted Norah to have a turn to have her photo taken all by herself since she’s always been in the photo with her. It’s quite the excuse, but it’s an adorable one!

A song that has been stuck in my head is “Sorry not Sorry” by Devi Levato. Girl is fierce!

My notable meals of the week were dim sum on Tuesday! Norah and I went out for dim sum with Kyle’s uncle and we stuffed our faces with so much food. I haven’t had dim sum in who knows how long, so it was a nice treat!

My plans for the weekend are celebrating Christmas early with Kyle’s dad, and watching Die Hard. (a.k.a. The Only Christmas Movie that Matters!)

What’s your favourite Christmas movie??

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A high of the week was Norah actually enjoying swimming lessons on Tuesday! While she likes being in the water, she wasn’t interested in actually listening during her lessons. I’ve discovered that the less time we have to wait in the pool before lessons start, the less restless she gets during lessons and she’s more likely to participate.

A low of the week was finding out I got a less than stellar mark on a final exam. I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting to pass with flying colours, but it was a good reality check. Also, being allowed to do open book tests during a course but not being allowed to have one for the final is BRUTAL. Lesson learned? Always study as if you were going to do a closed book, regardless!

An internet find I loved was this guide by Reviews.com on how to choose the right office chair for you. I may not work in an office setting at the moment, but one day I hope to get back to work and I know from experience how the wrong chair can make a day drag on. Luckily, the fine folks at Reviews.com have put the top-selling office chairs to the test and have chosen the top 3 based on ergonomics and what was most comfortable. Definitely check out their guide if you’re ever in the market for a great chair.

The best money I spent was on a Red Flag Thursday deal on a SodaStream for Kyle and I. We’ve been wanting to get one for a while, so we figured to snag one while it was on sale. (Also, how did sale “days” like Black Friday get all these ridiculously-named bonus days? Cyber Monday? Small Business Tuesday? Pffffft.)

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was Norah just being, well. Norah:

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A song that has been stuck in my head is a little ditty called “Nowhere to be Found” by a (BC) local artist named Kazz. Fun fact: The dude singing backup is a friend of mine from ball, so definitely give it a listen!

My meals of the week were fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans, mild Italian sausages with carrots and pasta, pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and baked zucchini, spaghetti, roast beef, and Actifry chicken wings.

My plans for the weekend are watching the Santa Clause parade Saturday morning, Christmas shopping Sunday, and relaxing on Sunday!

Have you started Christmas shopping?

Full disclosure: This post features promotional content but as always, all thoughts are my own. 

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A high of the week was getting they vinyl decking installed on our new deck! Now we just have to get the railings up and it will pretty much be complete! (As complete as we need it to be to be able to enjoy it.) Not going to lie though, it’s pretty nice having an unobstructed view of the hill behind our house. Too bad glass panelling is expensive! (And a pain in the ass to keep clean.)

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And a bonus shout-out to the amazing weather we’ve been having all week! I know it’s been insanely hot back east, but the weather here has been absolutely perfect.

A low of the week was Norah’s sunglasses going missing. She was wearing them yesterday morning while we walked Isla to school, and I don’t know if she tossed them out of the strolled on our way there or if someone swiped them while we were going inside the school, but they’re gone :( We even re-traced our steps and walked the same way home, but I didn’t see them anywhere. Oh well, they lasted a surprisingly long time, so I guess it’s okay.

An internet find I loved was the latest edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets. The last one? DYING!

The best money I spent was on the fresh mozzarella I picked up to make homemade chicken parmesan. The fresh stuff is SOOOOO much better than that plasticky garbage that comes pre-shredded in the bags.

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was getting Norah on the potty training train. I don’t know if it’s my absolute favourite moment of the week, but it’s been one of those milestones that I’ve been putting on the back burner for far too long now. We’re a few days in and things are going fairly well. *knocks on wood*

A song that has been stuck in my head is “What About Us” by Pink.

My meals of the week were meatballs, barbecued pork chops, baked chicken parmesan, carne asadas. Tonight’s meal is a mystery for now.

My plans for the weekend are playing in the final slo-pitch tournament of the year. Wish us luck! (We’re going to need it!)

How’s the weather where you are? Sun? Snow? Rain? Wind?