Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Parade Day

Every year we go to the Whoop Up Days Parade and this year was no exception. It was slightly cooler than usual but still hot. With no shade, the girls were pretty sweaty and flushed by the end but they always want to stay till the end. We went with friends and sat in front of Shawn's work where they nicely saved us seats so we didn't have to get there super early. A bonus is we have bathrooms right there, too! I find parades horribly boring but they seem essential to our summer and the girls love them!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Camrose Week

Normally when we head home, I cram so many visits during our time there.  Because our summer has been so busy already, this time I didn't.  Those visits typically require more driving and I was really trying to avoid that.  We really only had a couple of meetups planned and those ended up failing due to this!  So, my apologies to those that we didn't see this trip.  Next time!!

We ended up having the most relaxing week.  It was really great and just what we needed.  It was filled with tea parties,
many, many new parks,
lots of reading (including a trip to the local library),
playing around,
and a wedding with a chance to get dressed up and have a night out for us.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A First

While we were away last week, we experienced a first. Vomit in the vehicle. For 5.5 blissful years, my children have never thrown up in a vehicle, moving or otherwise. I guess I've lived in this false sense of calm the whole time. Because when it happened? I was completely unprepared. 

We had made plans to meet up with Amanda and her family while we were in Camrose. It's about a 75 minute drive so compared to all the driving we've done this summer, it's a walk in the park. Or, it would have been if Sammy hadn't started throwing up around 15 minutes away from Amanda's house. I had nowhere to pull over so I had to keep driving while I watched the chaos in the rearview mirror. A complete nightmare. And it didn't stop there. She threw up so violently that it hit me in the head and hit the front dashboard! Presley kindly let me know that there was vomit in my hair...as though that detail might escape my notice.

Needless to say, we showed up at Amanda's looking like complete messes. Sammy and I jumped in the shower while Amanda did laundry for us. Amanda helped me clean Mom's vehicle (this didn't even happen in my vehicle) as best as we could. We had to cut the visit short and miraculously, we made it home without incident. It takes a very special friend to help you wipe vomit from vehicle upholstery. This is what almost 20 years of friendship gives you!

After a long 3 hour nap, Sammy ate a bit for supper (and then threw it up), slept all night and seemed much better in the morning. Such a strange little bug but I'm thankful it wasn't worse.

It has totally shattered my confidence. I knew it was possibility but now I REALLY know it's a possibility!! It was SO hard to get the smell out of the car seat. I mean, car seats are made for pooping babies, potty training toddlers and germy, dirty kids. Why are they so difficult to clean?!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Nana treated the girls to their first manicure and pedicure while we were visiting. The girls were so so cute and sat so patiently. I've been painting their nails since they were wee so I figured they would be fine but wasn't sure how shy they would be. Turns out, not at all. I could hear them telling the lady about Ursula, the Sea Witch. A super fun treat for all of us. Thank you, Nana!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3 weeks

Today marks the 3 week mark. In 3 weeks, we will have a preschooler and a kindergartener. School starts in 3 weeks. Yikes!! We have literally been away from home more than we've been home this summer. So, now I need to start getting organized. Today my plan of attack is to see what we will need for clothes. While we were gone last week, it rained one afternoon so the girls put on a pair of jeans for the first time in a couple of months. Safe to say that the bottoms didn't get wet during our walk! They've both grown and are good to go with bigger sizes. I always overestimate what they will need so I'm trying to be conservative this time. It never fails that they get a dozen dresses and then wear only 2-3.

I'm sad that Fall is coming but I can definitely say we have made the most of this summer. I will post pics of our recent trip later this week.

Monday, August 11, 2014


We've been in Camrose for the last week and a bit.  We're on our way home today.  I wrote this post back on July 31 but I already know how I will be feeling.  Happy to be home but so sad to be leaving the place where my heart feels like home.  Do you have a place like that?  I know I always say this but it is true...I love Lethbridge.  We have a good thing going on here.  It's a great city, lots to offer young families, we have wonderful friends, and I could go on and on.  And yet there is something about going to the area where you grew up, where you still have lots of friends and a good chunk of your family.  I'm grateful that it's not too far.  Lots of our family is not this close and requires much more planning and money to visit.  However, I can still wish it were closer!  So, family and friends.  Move to Lethbridge.  Please!  It's fantastic here!  The only thing missing is you!

Friday, August 8, 2014

I Want...

Time for another edition of I want.  Not to be confused with I need.  I definitely don't need these things and I appreciate what I have.  But, I'm human and I like to like things.  Without further ado, these things are on my want list lately:

TNF Arctic Down Parka in purple.

Heritage Western J Toe
Ariat Western J Toe in sassy brown.

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Deluxe Airless Travel Kit
Sephora Deluxe Travel Kit

Looks like I better book it to...brooklyn :/ Trying to t+ and get out of this
No Sleep Till Brooklyn shirt.  I'm so sad that I can't find this shirt anywhere online.  It's gone.

Kitchenaid Scraper Attachment.  I've heard this is amazing.

Iced Cappuccino made with chocolate milk.  This one I will make happen.  Soon.  Ha!

So.  What's on your want list?  I want bigger things like a newer vehicle, new furniture, new flooring, etc, but am keeping the list for items under $500. Your turn!