at the lake

We had spent Canada Day this year at the same provincial park where we built our last home. Three years ago, it was just Geoffrey, myself, and our dogs having a picnic on our newly purchased lot. We sat on the untamed earth, that was wild with sand, cacti, grass, and ticks. Later we went for a bike ride. The weather was hot and looking back, we were so young and naive about what was to come.

Last year, we took Remy to the beach that was only a stone’s throw from our home. It was overcast and muggy that day. We were the only people there, and for that reason, I loved it. We didn’t stay long as she was only four months old and couldn’t really appreciate it. However, I will always remember it and will tell her about her first Canada Day when she’s older.

This year, the weather was incredibly warm. Almost too warm! The sun shone the entire day, and there was hardly a breeze. We packed up Remy and her new Radio Flyer Trike, and made the long drive back to the provincial park.

A big part of me hates going there. I have such a hard time letting go of things. I always have and it’s something that I need to work on. I miss our little home on that sandy street more than I can bare sometimes. I often let Geoffrey know as he is the one who ultimately made the decision for us to move. Perhaps one day we will be back for good.

We parked in the church parking lot, and decided to walk to the beach from there. It was so busy this year! There were families and dogs everywhere. There were also many people paddle boarding and kayaking. Remy loved it, though. She’s a big people-watcher, and over the last few months she has started engaging with strangers a lot more. She won everyone over with her squeals and giggles and chubby thighs.

We also couldn’t get her out of the water. She’s always been a water baby and that day was no different. We spent the entire time being in the lake. She would crawl in up to her neck, or if I held her hands then she walked in up to her armpits. The bottom was pure sand, which is one reason why I love that beach. It’s small and soft on your feet. The deeper we went, the colder it became. She didn’t mind one bit. My tough girl.

It was just an amazing day. Did you guys enjoy your Canada Day/Independence Day as well? Let me know!

<3

Emory

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canada & independence day

Hello friends!

I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day. I also hope that my fellow Canadians enjoyed Canada’s 150th birthday! These holidays are always so much fun.

See you in a few days!

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life with a toddler: bubble baths

I always knew that Remy would be a fan of bath time. When I was still pregnant, she would come alive in my uterus every time I had a bath. I took the best videos of her swimming around in me while I was swimming around in the tub. Do you know what? I was right!

In the 15 months that she has been earthside, Remy has only gone without a daily bath 5 times. That occurred in her first week when we were told by nurses not to bathe her until her umbilical cord fell off. Since then, she’s had a bath everyday, and often twice a day. We just love them!

Bubbles are also her obsession. I didn’t realize it until she was 8 months old and one of her Kindermusik instructors brought them out. She was so amazed by them. Since then, we make sure to let her play with bubbles with each bath. They always thrill her, and they never get old.

She is truly a delight in the tub. My little fish.

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

P.S. Have a wonderful Canada Day, all! Let me know what you’ll get up to in the comments below.

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Emory

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a home birth story

Caitlin Newborn-4Just over a week ago, my sister gave birth to her sixth child.

It was an unplanned home birth. She had called me at 11 pm and had asked me to come over and watch her sleeping children so that she and her husband could make their way to the hospital. By the time that I had arrived 45 minutes later, I had expected to see them waiting in the driveway. What I saw instead was their garage door open, my step-dad’s truck, and an ambulance parked outside.

Caitlin Newborn-3I quickly parked and ran inside. I wanted to throw up and cry all at once, for I thought that something terrible had happened. What I saw instead was a scene of calm. Everyone was standing around and my sister was on the phone. I asked, “what happened?” The first responder said, “she had the baby.” I thought they were joking. I saw that my sister was holding a towel around her waist, but I didn’t see nor hear a baby. After looking more closely at my sister, I saw that she was indeed holding her daughter. I began to cry.

Caitlin Newborn-2My sister’s water broke as soon as she had got off the phone with me. She and her husband went downstairs to leave for the hospital, but the baby didn’t want to wait any longer. After getting 911 on the phone, my brother-in-law delivered his beautiful daughter into this world. She apparently came in four pushes, while my sister was standing up.

Caitlin Home Birth-29 - Version 2My sister is a warrior, and such a strong mother. She also had the home birth that she always wanted. I got there in time to witness the birth of the placenta. I was so thrilled, since my sister was there for the birth of Remy.

Caitlin Home Birth-3In the end, God and luck and everything else was on her side. The baby is healthy, and of course, very loved. What more could we ask for?

I hope everyone had a lovely Father’s Day! Welcome to the world, Esme Marie.

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Emory

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books remy loves: the classics

I must confess that I actually took these photos a few months ago with intentions to use them right away. However, too many more urgent blog posts needed to be published, hence the delay. That said, Remy still adores these books, and so the post’s relevance has not changed!

Goodnight Moon and Dear Zoo are two very sweet, and very classic children’s books. They’re also both amazing for two totally different reasons.

Dear Zoo is visually a very simple book. Each animal comes in a different cage- that of which the door opens. It therefore has the added bonus of being a lift-the-flap book. Plus, it has animals. What child doesn’t love a book filled with animals?

Goodnight Moon, on the other hand, is filled with delicate illustrations, colourful pages, and the best rhymes. It’s such a gentle and lovely little book.

Goodnight Moon remains one of my favourites to this day. I didn’t know that it came in a board book option until Remy’s grandma and grandpa bought it for her. I’m so glad! She loves it, and will look at it over and over again by herself throughout the day. I’m not sure why it’s so popular, but children and adults alike seem to love it.

I’m curious, readers. What are some of your (or your little one’s) favourite classic books? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Emory

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