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life with a toddler: waiting for dada

One of our favourite things to do at the end of each weekday is wait for Geoffrey in the window. I place Remy on the couch and sit on the trunk just opposite the couch. She crawls and walks back and forth, slapping the cushions, talking to people who walk by, and smiling at all of the vehicles. She always turns to look at me to make sure that I’m watching her, then resumes her window-watching.

When Geoffrey pulls up, I always say, “dada’s home!” She immediately starts smiling, and watches him intently as he parks, gets out of his vehicle, and walks up to the window. She says, “yeah,” “dada,” and “heyyyyy” over and over again. Then they play through the glass for a few minutes, usually peek-a-boo. It melts my heart.

I always thought that I would be more strict and not let her play and jump on the couch like this, but it’s just once a day and for a good reason. I love seeing her so happy, and seeing my husband’s face when he finally gets to see her at the end of a long day.

This is our life with a toddler. My heart is so full.

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Emory

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braiding palm leaves

This week is Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday. We were given palms at our church along with the rest of the congregation. Our newsletter states:

“Blessed palms have always been respected as holy objects or sacramental. Some families place one or more on the wall behind a crucifix or holy picture until the next Palm Sunday, or they might braid them into crosses for wall decorations.”

This was the first year that we received palms. When we got home, Geoffrey set to braiding them just as he had done when he was younger. We plan on displaying them with our other important possessions once they’re dry.

Remy was baptized at this time last year, which is so fitting given that this is the time when we, as Christians, renew our baptism.

I also found it fitting that Geoffrey braided the palm leaves on our church pew that serves as our dining room seating.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter! I’ll see you next week.

<3

Emory

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life with a toddler: early mornings

As I write this, Remy is currently twelve months old. From the moment she wakes up, she turbo crawls around the house all day long, quickly destroying one room at a time. Lately, her favourite has been removing the contents in the kitchen cupboards. She will open every door and pull everything out into the middle of the room. Once the cabinets are sufficiently emptied, she is satisfied. I clean it all up after her, putting everything back in its place. When she hears me shut the doors to the cabinets, she races back into the room, and pulls everything out once again.

I love this game of ours. I love the chaos that she creates. I want to capture these messes so that I may always remember them, rather than be ashamed of a somewhat ravaged home. To me, it’s a sign of a happy, healthy, and mischievous little girl.

This is our life with a toddler. My heart is so full.

<3

Emory

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1st birthday: wilderness outfits

mk-outfits-5-version-2Choosing family outfits for Remy’s Moonrise Kingdom birthday party has not been easy. I have been going back and forth on what we should wear. Should we dress up as the characters in the film? Geoffrey would be in a khaki scout costume, me in a schoolgirl outfit, and Remy in an island police uniform.

Or should we wear our regular clothes, but stick to the warmer tones that are complementary to the film’s vintage colour palette? Outfits that are also wilderness-inspired? In the end, I decided to go with the latter.

mk-outfits-4Remy is wearing her checked dress from Zara, black tights from Carter’s, and Elk moccasins from Minimoc. I am wearing a brown romper from Threadsence and black tights. Geoffrey has on a plaid shirt and Lucky Brand jeans.

Because we are hiring a photographer, I wanted the photographs to be reminiscent of a themed birthday and not a Halloween party. While I still may alter our outfits before the big day, these are very similar to what we will be wearing as a family.

Less than one week to go! Happy Family Day, Canadians. 

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Emory

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geoffrey’s many birthday parties

geo-bday-1-1Last week, my husband celebrated his 31st birthday. For five days.

During those five days, we honestly didn’t do very much, except have multiple meals and cakes. I told him that most wedding celebrations don’t even last that long. However, we really didn’t plan for it to continue on for so long. It ended up being the only way that we could see both sides of our family.

geo-bday-40We spent the eve of Geoffrey’s birthday at home having supper with his mum and sister who had come into town. They graciously brought us a cake.

geo-bday-11On his real birthday, he opened his gifts from everyone, including Remy’s first card that she “coloured” for him.

img_0353The next night, we went out for supper as a family. When we came home, we put Remy to bed and had our neighbour babysit her while we went on our FIRST date since having her. It only lasted about an hour, mainly because we were so nervous and just wanted to get back home to her. It was nice to get out, and now we can say that we left her at least once before she turned a year old!

geobday-19Our plans for Saturday didn’t come to fruition. I spent the day tearing up carpet and working on our new/old hardwood floors. However, that night we watched half of a movie on Netflix after putting Remy to sleep. Does that count?

geo-bday-13Sunday was our final day of celebrating. My sister and family, as well as my step-dad came over for lunch. We had more cake of course.

geo-bday-14All in all I would say that it was a nice, low-key (and long) birthday. I enjoyed celebrating, and I hope that Geoffrey did as well.

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Emory

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