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.

<3

Emory

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mommy and me: christmas ootd

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast year, I compiled a Christmas outfit list that I desperately wanted to buy and wear. This year, I put together an actual outfit that I will be wearing. 

This OOTD is both practical and coordinated with my littlest. My dress was purchased from Choies. While light grey definitely doesn’t hide any flaws, I just adore the colour.

Remy’s cute onesie was actually purchased from the grocery store. It has a wonderful sparkle to it that makes it look dressier than a regular onesie. Her thick tights are from The Children’s Place.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI don’t always match my daughter like this. However, it’s Christmas, and if ugly sweaters are fashionable, then so are matching outfits. At least in my world.

See you next week!

<3

Emory

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matching green dresses

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetHave any of you ever seen The Money Pit? It has always been one of my favourite movies. Little did I know that I would one day be living it out.

Our new home so far has had its share of issues. Remember the scene in the film where Tom Hanks and Shelley Long had to boil water in order to take a bath? We did that for a week. Or when Hanks rings the doorbell and gets shocked, so he starts knocking on the door and it falls in? I got locked out one afternoon when I tried unlocking the door and my key got stuck in the lock and is now permanently bent. Or when they had to pack up the house and move out in order for it to get exterminated? Oh wait, that was us.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week was a complete nightmare. We ended up having to move back to the acreage while our own money pit was getting sprayed. While we were staying there, I wanted to make the most of it. I slowly began to feel more like myself. The weather was gorgeous, and the dogs were able to roam freely, and my little sidekick of a daughter adjusted exceptionally well. So on one particular day, I put on our new green dresses, and Remy and I had a photo shoot.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThank goodness for my family. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where we would’ve gone with all of our things, a baby, two dogs, and a cat. We will turn this money pit around, slowly, but surely.

<3

Emory

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3 months

Remy 3 Months - 2Yesterday Remy turned 3 months old. She has grown so much from last month. These are her recent milestones.

– She loves books and will let us read to her for hours on end 
– Still sleeps 12 hours and only wakes up once or twice to feed
– Has discovered and loves chewing on her hands
– Sticks out her tongue when we stick out ours
– Can hold her head up for long periods of time and now sits in a Bumbo chair
– Reaches for, grabs, and holds onto her toys
– Has discovered her toes
– Loves napping on mum or dad 
– Tries to pull herself up
– Smiles and talks all day long (when she’s not feeding)

Remy 3 Months - 9I wonder how she will change yet again in one month’s time. I hope it won’t be too drastic. She’s so serious, but so silly at the same time. I look forward to spending my days with her, as she makes me laugh all day long. I really love the little person that she is now. Happy 3 months, my love!

<3

Emory

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british columbia : video

I seem to be inundating you with videos lately! I hope that you are enjoying watching them as much as I have been in creating them.

Seen above is my latest video that I recently made for HSB. It’s of the journey that my mum and I took when we went to see her new home in British Columbia, Canada. The second half of this blog post is a letter that my mum wrote to my sister and I, since she will be moving away from us in a few short months. Feel free to read and watch, and to comment below.

Emory

British Columbia Trip 14A Letter to My Daughters

My darlin Girls,

I have cared for you since you were placed in my arms 30 plus years ago. I had no clue what I was doing. I had only cared for dogs and horses, and you were a mystery. I didn’t even know how to bathe a baby. I tried to live a conventional life raising you with a father, a big home, mortgage, car pooling and the trappings. Didn’t work. So, I took you little children and did it my way. I hope it was enough. I watched you grow and change from toddlers to balky teens to strong young women with lives of your own. I am so proud of you. 

Now dear hearts it is my time to start my new chapter. I understand you assume I will fall down my mountain retreat unable to call for help. One of you thinks I will be a target of crime. You may think I will be lonely. Well, it is true I will miss you physically but I have years and years of memories of you to carry along with me. 

I have raised you, buried both my parents and I have found my Mecca. 

I want to wake in the morning on that little mountain with the stillness and crisp air around me. Night Owl is a solid little structure that will not fall down around my ears I promise. My new perimeter fencing around my acres of heaven will deter predators. Night Owl is waiting. And calling. I hear her in my dreams. Last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It is true I am downsizing, but that is to make it manageable. I want to spend my days reading, and walking, napping, sampling the local wine, yes doing lots of equine chores but also reflecting. This is my final chapter in life. 

So, daughters, enjoy living. And being young! It really does gallop too quickly. 

My words to you? For what it is worth:

1. Stay close to nature

2. Love each other

3. Harbour no jealousy

4. Exercise 

5. Read

6. Find work you love and it won’t seem like work

7. Moisturize! You live in a harsh climate

8. Keep on rescuing animals 

9. Love who you see in the mirror

10. You get knocked down? Get back in that saddle real quick

11. Love your mama with all your heart. She loves you

Mum

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