Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bark Thins

These are proving to be very dangerous to have in the house. Let this serve as a reminder never to buy them again.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I think it's so cute when the girls crawl into bed together to have a sleepover. That lasts about 5 minutes and then I regret agreeing to it because it tends to mean them playing and staying up much later than they should! This week they've been going straight to sleep though. When I went to bed, this is what I found...they couldn't be any sweeter!

Friday, January 8, 2016


Here we are, at the start of a brand new year.  We had what is probably my most favourite Christmas to date so while I'm mourning the end of that, I love fresh starts and getting back into a routine.  And what a routine it is!  The first week passed in a blur with the return of most of our regular activities and the addition of a few new ones.  The list includes 26 piano students in my studio, 6 Kindermusik classes a week to teach, choir for Sammy and I, new ballet classes for Sammy, new skating lessons for Presley, piano lessons for both girls, new guitar lessons for Shawn, work, school, piano practice, reading practice, working out, outside time and squeeze in time for family and friends.  It requires careful planning to go off without a hitch but we're pros at it by now.  With all of this, I haven't set any goals for the year (except survival?!).  Did you set goals?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Make a Wish

Sammy came home from school today with an interesting tidbit of information. If you cry a real teardrop onto a mirror, your wish will come true. 

So, the girls have been trying to make each other cry for the last hour so that they can make their dream of flyinf become a reality. Surprising each other, telling scary stories, telling sad stories and kicking each other in the stomach (I had to step in that point!).

Monday, November 23, 2015


This morning at 4:45am, Presley turned 5.  I really feel like I just wrote the 4 year update!  I've been reminiscing about where we were and what life was like when Presley made her entrance.  To read her birth story, click here.  Presley is her own combination of sweet and sassy.  She is so fun to be around and gives the best hugs.

At 5:
-is doing really well at Kindergarten.  She has good friends (interestingly enough, she naturally gravitates to hanging out with boys) and had a great first report card (where it was reported that she listens well, does her work eagerly and helps out).
-is going through a picky eater phase.  She is so stubborn that if she doesn't like the look of something, she will just not eat.  She loathes chicken pot pie, egg yolks and homemade soup.  Her favourites are cheese pizza, hot dogs, cucumbers, snap peas and watermelon.
-is reading early readers and starting to sound out words when writing.  She knows a bit of french (colours, singing a couple of songs and counting to 15).  She will be doing French Immersion Kindergarten next fall.
-is super cuddly.  She's the snuggliest member of the family, for sure.

Favourite things lately:
-joggers.  For those not in the know, those are jogging pants/sweats/track pants/yoga pants.  A day where she wears joggers is a great day in her books.
-Paw Patrol.
-playing piano.  She started piano lessons in September and has been doing extremely well.  She loves it and plays several times a day.
-going to school.
-colouring and drawing.
-getting groceries.
-playing with the cats.

Things I never want to forget:
-her "sassy" face.  I'm sure I won't ever forget that since it'll only intensify as we get closer to the teen years.  So, let me remember how the sassy face was at one time really cute and funny.
-her matter of fact tone of voice when she's explaining something.  It's a cross between an "I can't believe it" tone and a "know-it-all" voice.
-how good she is at sharing with Sammy.  Even when it's her birthday and brand new gifts, she's so happy to share and be generous.

Monday, August 17, 2015

2 weeks

2 weeks of summer left, I can't believe it!  We have had an AMAZING summer, I'm not ready for it to be done.  Definitely the most fun we've had as a family of 4.  We have great things still to come in the last couple of weeks and then begins grade 1 and kindergarten.  Can't believe that, either!  Fall will bring a very busy schedule as I increase my teaching schedule and Sammy begins full day school.  But, a blissfully relaxing and enjoyable summer has us ready to take it all on.  Hope you've had a great summer!