Monday, September 29, 2014

~Current Thoughts~

~ I think Audrey has some allergies. Lately, every time she eats raw strawberries or pineapple, she breaks out in a rash around her mouth. She loves them though :( Her eyes were also puffy later on but I'm also suspecting seasonal allergies since she got the sniffles, and runny nose after spending a good part of the day outside at the Zoo, around trees. Hubby also suffers from seasonal allergies. I guess we will have to talk to the Doctor about allergy testing.

~ It is with great sadness that we have made the decision to find a new home for Milo, our cat. Hubby's asthma is getting worse and both kids are showing signs of being allergic to Milo so it's time.  I feel horrible since he is a part of our family but I can't let the rest of my family suffer any longer. It's been difficult finding a home for him- a couple leads fell through so we will be returning him to the rescue foundation that we originally got him from when he was a kitten. My heart hurts but it's the only choice we have.

~ We went to the butterfly conservatory at the Zoo on the weekend. There were lots flying around- they are so beautiful to watch, although I admit they do scare me when they fly right past my head!
Audrey was in awe of them.

~ We went to the Farmer's Market on Saturday, like we often do on the weekend to shop. However, it was absolutely packed! You could barely find parking in the large lot and cars were parked on both sides of the road. Turns out there was an Etsy event going on- a bunch of Etsy shops set up booths. It was pretty neat. Lots of nice things and both hubby and I found some goodies.

~ Leo and I had a date on Saturday. We just hit up the health food store, Chapters and Starbucks. He's the perfect little shopping company!

~ My mouth is healing well from the surgery. I'm slowly starting to eat more solid foods. My lovely brother-in-law and sister-in-law came over on Friday night and brought take out and a smoothie for me! They are so awesome! Audrey loved playing with Auntie and Uncle. We always enjoy their visits and of course, their help!

~ I did another Jamberry nails set. This time I painted my nails first and then applied a couple clear chevron wraps over a couple nails. I love how it looks! It's only been a couple days so I'm not sure how it will last in comparison to just over my nail but so far they are holding up. I received the new fall catalogue and I want to try so many of them!

~ I bought a parenting book called 1-2-3 Magic

Audrey has been testing us lately, especially with her bed time routine, so we are looking for new ways to address her behaviour. This book was recommended to me by a few friends so hopefully it will be helpful.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

~Three Things Thursday~

1. I had my wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday. Other than being hungry, it hasn't been so bad. Thankfully my wonderful mother-in-law has been helping out with the kids so I've been able to rest a lot. I'm pretty swollen, as expected. Mostly, I just miss food!

Coconut and soy ice cream! Milo doesn't discriminate!
2. So I mentioned a couple weeks ago my plan to get back to working out. It started out great- the first 2 weeks I managed to do 3 workouts each and eat enough food. Last week, I only worked out twice, since I was short on time preparing for our trip and then being away. Obviously, this week is a write-off since I'm recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery. I'm quite sad that I'll be missing yoga 3 weeks in a row since we have dinner plans next Friday. Hopefully next week I'll be able to do some light exercises. I may have promised my running instructor that I was joining the fall half marathon clinic so I best get some runs under my belt before that starts!

3. These two crack me up! Their love for one another is the best thing to watch each day!
And no, I did not purposely dress them in similar colours!

Monday, September 22, 2014

~A Weekend in Vancouver~

We went to Vancouver this past weekend, one of my favourite cities.

Sadly, we were there for unfortunately circumstances. Hubby's uncle passed away suddenly in August so we were there to attend his celebration of life.

Hubby's entire immediately family went, minus one sister-in-law who had a wedding to attend.

We flew out early Friday morning.  Hubby's brother was on the same flight as us so it was great to have an extra set of hands. For three days, we sure packed a lot of stuff! We only brought Leo's carseat and rented one for Audrey but still! It's crazy how much stuff kids require and we packed "lightly."

Waiting to drop off our bags
So the trip didn't start off so great since we almost missed our flight! It was completely the airlines fault so while I don't feel too bad, I still felt horribly rushed and I'm pretty sure the entire plane of passengers shot us dirty looks as we arrived on the plane.

What happened? We arrived and dropped off our bags with plenty of time to go through security. The lady at the checkin told hubby's brother to double check the screens inside the terminal to see what gate we are at because they are changing things around. Our tickets said 21 but sure enough we checked the screens and it said 20. Good thing we checked the screens! Haha, not.

So we go to our gate as per the screens and the information at the gate was for our flight number, time, etc. Perfect. It did seem odd that there weren't too many people around but there was no one to ask. I packed up the stroller  and then hubby's Aunt from the other side of the family spotted us and came over to chat. We chatted with her for a bit and the guys went over to chat with their Uncle, since they were waiting for their flight elsewhere.

We started to get worried since our flight was supposed to leave in 15 minutes and no one was at our gate, despite there being a plane there. Hubby went to go look for someone to ask and sure enough, we were supposed to be at 21, which is at the other end of the terminal! Grrrr!

So we jumped on the shuttle and we drove, slowly, to the other part of the terminal where our gate was. Talk about being rushed and stressed! Apparently they were paging us but I'm pretty sure it wasn't where we were because there is no way the 5 of us would have missed our names being announced over and over again. The airline said it was their fault and they apologized profusely. I'm just glad they didn't leave without us!

We would have been fine if we hadn't checked that darn board like they told us to!

The flight itself was uneventful! It was Leo's first flight and he slept the entire time. Audrey was content just watching the TV, even if there was no sound! It's a short one hour flight to Abbotsford.

Happy 1st time flyer!

Entertained by her show

Just woke up!
Of course we arrived and it was pouring rain! I checked the weather a billion times and it said less than 1mm so I didn't pack rain gear, since I was trying to pack lightly! Oh well- we didn't end up really needing it.

We picked up our rental car. It was supposed to be a mini van but we got a Ford Flex instead. It was plenty big enough.

We were able to get early check in so we went to our hotel and settled in, and had some lunch. Audrey and hubby went to the pool while Leo and I had a short nap. Unfortunately nap time for Audrey was a bust! Too much going on and trying to share a room is just impossible. We were exhausted so we decided to load the kids into the car, get a Starbucks and drive around. That did the trick- they were both out within 5 minutes of getting in the car!

After nap, we stopped by hubby's uncle's house. We had a short visit with a bunch of family that had also come into town for the memorial. It was so nice to see everyone, despite the circumstances.

Afterwards, we headed down to White Rock with hubby's immediate family, for the best fish and chips in the world! I love Moby Dicks and must have it every time I go there! Hubby's uncle introduced it to him years ago.

Apparently it was 'International Talk like a Pirate Day' and there were clowns there as well! My niece was a bit scared but Audrey loved them, especially the balloon swords she made them.

 The sunset was just stunning when we went for a walk after dinner.

These little girls are so adorable!!

We even got them to pose at this bear sculpture!

 Audrey had no fear about riding the bear either!

We crashed early that night. I had hopes of reading my book or painting my nails after the kids fell asleep but that didn't happen! They struggled falling asleep in the same room together so it was lights out for everyone at 8:30pm and hubby and I also fell asleep.

Audrey had a rough night so no one slept well. Both kids were awake at 5:30am. Yawn!!

The celebration of life was at a golf course at 10:30am. It was a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Many tears were shed and a lot of laughs were shared as well.

It was a bit challenging for the kids, especially Audrey, to sit still for that long. Leo was pretty good and was happy to be passed around to whomever wanted to hold him.

After the reception, we hopped in the car to drive around for naps. We drove to downtown Vancouver which is such a great spot. It's the only city I would consider living downtown!!

After driving around for a couple hours, we went back to hubby's uncle's house, where the family was gathering. We visited a bunch more, and ate a delicious meal.

Playing in the tree house with Uncle C

Thankfully both kids slept much better the 2nd night! Audrey didn't wake up at all and since Leo was sleeping with me it was easy to feed him and fall back asleep. He did wake up at 5am and did not want to go back to sleep! He was happy though. Hubby and Audrey woke up at 6am and they let me sleep in for a bit longer while they entertained Leo.

We went back to hubby's uncle's house for a short visit and to say our good byes to everyone. It was so bittersweet- happy to see everyone but it's so sad given the circumstances.

Colouring with Uncle and Grandma

We went back down to White Rock Beach since we had a few hours to kill before our flight. We had some delicious sushi for lunch- possibly the best I've ever had. So fresh!! Even Audrey enjoyed her meal!

Afterwards we stopped for gelato (sorbet for me) and walked the pier.

Bad idea to give her chocolate ice cream!

"Do I have something on my face?"

Watching people fish for crabs
The last 2 times I've been to White Rock pier I've been pregnant with both kids. I had my picture taken along the pier so I thought it would be fun to take a picture with both of them outside of me this time!

It proved to be a bit more difficult than when they were each inside of me!

Leo was a bit more cooperative!

Then it was back in the car for nap time and the drive to the airport. This time we did not almost miss our flight. Leo didn't nap during the flight but for the most part he was happy.

It was an exhausting, emotional weekend but still so nice to see family and enjoy Vancouver. I'm so grateful that my brother-in-law and other in-laws were so helpful with the kids. They gave us lots of breaks so we could actually eat, get ready and visit a bit.