Friday, July 22, 2016


Just like that my baby is FOUR today!! So this Friday Favourites is focused on her and what she's been up to this year.

She enjoyed her sunshine birthday party last July.

And then she went to Disney in August

 In September, we started preschool

In October, we had our Halloween outfit changes.

And in November, I loved looking at all these different expressions.

Another wonderful Christmas in December!

January was pure mayhem when we did our big move

And in February, we sipped our steamed milk and got our first big haircut- a few weeks later, she gave herself another one at home and promptly went back to the hairdresser for a fix up.

We enjoyed the sun in Mexico in March! (fun fact, after this picture was taken, the waves virtually swept all 26 lbs of her into the ocean and the photographer had to race to get her)

We had hot and cold weird El Nino weather in April.

In May we celebrated dad (and four grandparents came to visit)

In June, we finished up school and began working on our tan.

And here we are in July again.

Little girl, words cannot begin to express what you bring to our lives with your special brand of sweetness, sass and smarts. These are just a few of the things we love about you:

You make us laugh daily with all your little stories and expressions. 

You're so weird with your love of olives, feta and babies (you must be Greek). 

Your kindness and empathy when someone is hurting

Your phrase when you bring your reading, "Ok, I'm ready to do some learning now."

Your consideration for the elderly and family.

Your love of sharing. If you like something, then everyone should try it.

You light up our lives, that's for sure. 

We wish you an amazing year of learning, joy and fun!

Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A lil' Q & A with a sassy (almost) four year old

On the eve of our little lady turning FOUR, I thought a lil' Q& A would be in order. I usually ask each kid the same set of questions and compare them to last year's and potentially embarrass them in years to come. 

What is your favourite colour?
Pink and Purple

And your favourite Food?
(both my kids LOVE pasta)

What toy do you like most?
Bitty Baby

What do you like to do the most?
(not a lie, she just can't quit me)

What's your most beloved Movie? 

Who is your Best friend? 
(this was after much contemplation)

What's your Favourite thing about Cassia? 
Playing play-doh and colouring 

What's your favourite thing about  mommy?
Hugging Mommy

What's your favourite thing about Daddy? 
Playing with him

What book do you like best? 
Cookie Monster and Goldilocks

What's your favourite fruit ?
Trees and Broccoli
Oh, apples of course.

What's your favourite TV show? 
Caillou, Toopy and Binoo & Paw Patrol
(She is watching way too much TV this summer)

What's your favourite thing to wear? 
My strawberry picking dress with the zip on the side

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
I don't know, what do you think I should be?

What's your favourite drink?
Apple sauce and juice boxes

Your best song is? 
Lollipop song that Miss Dani has on her phone with boop, doop, doo, doop

And your favourite game?
Frozen Patter
(I think she was done here)

What's your favourite animal?  
A flamingo, of course
(staring out at the flamingo float for her party)

What don't you like to do?
I don't like to run.
(they are doing a race on Saturday and both girls don't want to do it. I kind of regret signing them up)

What do you want for your birthday? 
I would like clothes for Bitty Baby-- she doesn't have enough clothes

Such a little lady, full of light and love!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Come on in--- a little peek inside.

I've already done a couple house tours in the past few months so bear with me today.

First there was our sweet old house. The house I loved with all my heart that I brought my two babies home to.

Then there was a  peek at our new home! It took something special to lure me away from the old house, let me tell you.... and we fell in love with this beauty.

And now here are a few pictures of what we've done so far in the main areas of our new home. I'll do the before and after for each. 

First off, we painted the entire house. D says that I switched the colour of the house from white to white. And I kind of did. Off white to a grey toned white. And we also painted most of the trim white. This made a huge difference! 

We painted the door, all the trim, the walls and took down the mirrored pieces in the shelving. 

And then the living room


And after.... trim painted, walls and fireplace painted.

 And the kitchen. The befores...

And the after:
We invested most of our spend here. We painted, switched the trim up and changed the counter tops, backsplash, sink, faucets, cook top and down-draft. 

(Ignore the dishes in the dish drainer)

And the family room downstairs. 


We just painted the orange wall but to me it's made the world of difference. 

And there you go. We have so many plans for our home. Be sure to tune in to see what we do in years to come.

Linking up for Show and Tell Tuesday today with Andrea. I can't wait to check out the other houses. Sanctioned snooping is the best!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekending--- how is it mid July already?!

I totally blogger failed with my lack of picture taking this weekend but it was full of the aforementioned sunshine and smiles.


+ said a fond farewell to Angel, Cassia's pony for the week, at horse back riding camp

+ had some of Cassia's old school friends and their parents over for a swim and dinner on Friday night

+ enjoyed a lazy Saturday at home during the day as C had the sniffles and wasn't up to much. I did manage to go for a midday walk and Starbucks  run.

+ went to an evening get together by some family where we had yummy food, spherical ice cubes,  and celebrated an eighth birthday with ice cream cake and Lego cupcakes and conversations that went way into mindnight. 

+  slept in on Sunday and went for a late breakfast at a local diner

+ A was excited to have an olive tasting at a local grocery store

+ had burgers, corn on the cob (A had two!)  and a playdate with friends on Sunday. 

... and just like that it was Monday again. 

Happy Monday, lovelies!

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