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Interview with Avery – 3.5 Years

I have done this before and want to every 6 months or so to look back on. Last weekend I asked Avery some questions then took some photos of her to remember 3.5 years of age 🙂

She is growing up way too fast, I look back on photos from a year ago and can hardly believe my eyes when I look at her now. In some photos she looks more like 12 to me than 3.5.

She is my little “gold” child through and through. Everything is okay when kept in routine and order 😉 She is a pretty smart little cookie though hides it from us then when we are not paying attention she will do/say things that have us thinking “really?!”.

I feel like these last 6 months she turned a new page and her listening is way better, temper tantrums are rare and 95% of the time she is pretty darn happy. I joke that this summer would have been much better to have off with her than last 😉

Okay onto her “interview:

How old are you? Three

What is your name? Avery D Knudson

Where do you live? (street name), Red Deer, planet earth Canada

Favourite breakfast? Noodles with soy sauce (she never eats this for breakfast!)

Favourite fruit? Strawberries

Favourite vegetable? Cumbers – aka cucumbers

Favourite drink? Chocolate milk

Favourite colour? Pink and purple

Favourite book? My Jasmine book

Favourite song? Handclap song

Favourite show/movie? Shimmer and Shine

Favourite animal? Zebras and giraffes

Favorite place to go? My Mom’s work

Favourite thing to do with Mommy? Play hide and seek

Who is your best friend? Robbie and Haley – dayhome kids 🙂

Favourite family activity? Colour…umm she hates colouring 90% of the time!

What do you want to be when you grow up? A witch

What makes you happy? YOU

What is your favourite season? Summer Why? Because I like the sun and the beach

Lindsey

Weekend Recap

I think this was the first rainy weekend in almost a month, lets hope it stays that way for the next month 😉

Friday

We had the day off and went hiking with the girls. We plan to do one month through to September and some longer ones so thought this would be a test run. We went to Bragg Creek and did the Fullerton Loop. It was 6.4km roundtrip and family-friendly according to the online description. I would say it was an easy hike but the part we missed was the 600 foot elevation gain – both carrying 25-35lbs – OY. It was a semi cloudy day so worked out well for the way up and just as we came down out came the sun and blue skies!

Lunch in the truck before the hike:

After we explored Bragg Creek – it is a cute town! We had ice cream, bought rocks, and got coffee to go.

Both girls slept the entire drive home, so since Avery had a late nap we watched Lego Batman after Chloe was in bed.

Saturday

We woke up to rain and spent the morning running errands.

In the afternoon Avery and I went to a birthday party at the gymnastics club and she loved it. She surprised me by hanging from the rings and dropping into the foam pit and bouncing off the trampoline in the pit!

We spent the rest of the day baking and hanging out at home.

Sunday

It was a cloudy morning but long runs don’t care about weather so off we went for 16km.

The cool weather was fine but the humidity was hard a couple times! We ended up running 16.5km to get coffee after then walked home – perfect cool down 😉

Sunday is chores day, so i even put the girls to work sweeping the spider webs off the railings on the porch:

My Mom bought A the cutest romper at a market so even though it was a cloudy day she had to wear it:

Some days the girls fight over whose photo I am taking so now if they are both willing both get photos…Chloe’s “ootd 😉

My crew:

We later went to my sister-in-law’s to meet our 3 week old nephew and visit.

He was so alert! Chad loves babies (no joke) so got his cuddles in.

And that was a wrap to our weekend!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

This week has been an off one, on Tuesday I thought it was Thursday, Wednesday morning I thought it was the weekend and well yesterday was my Friday so I panicked at lunch thinking I did not do this post!

I was out of town one day for work so got home early and we did a park trip. My girls would stay at the park all day if we could!

With the great weather continuing I ran a couple nights:

Outtake – I never get a good running photo on attempt #1!

Avery pretending to fly – to be three!

And this one, she does not stop unless she is eating or sleeping. EXCEPT I found her sitting in Avery’s room (the best!) looking at books which lasted almost a full minute!

Last night we checked out the new Goodlife Fitness gym that opened by us, I was there on work duties since we had a presentation congratulating them. They had an amazing turnout and it was a ton of fun – they know how to throw a grand opening!

Oh and these two beforehand, such hams 😉

Today we are off work and going on a little adventure – just hoping for no rain! Other weekend plans are a birthday party and meeting our baby nephew since it is supposed to be rainy we kept it to indoor plans.

Onto meal planning…

Saturday – Smokies & Greek Kale Quinoa Salad – Chef Savy

Sunday – Turkey burgers & strawberry, avocado & spinach salad

Monday – “Gourmet” Mac & Cheese

Tuesday – Cod & Chicken Pasta Salad – Pulse

Wednesday – Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice – Damn Delicious 

Thursday – Chicken Burrito Bowl –  Damn Delicious with Cilantro Lime Chicken – The Lean Green Bean

Friday – Tuna Melt quesadillas – Garlic & Zest

Enjoy your weekends!

Lindsey

The Best Defense

Since summer is here – or at least it feels like it around us these days I thought we would chat more about how we plan to keep our sun safe this summer. Full disclosure first – I used to use tanning beds and never wear sunscreen but as I am older and wiser (HA) now I know better. Plus, I have two little ones to keep sun safe too -and like me they love to be out in the sun!

With kids that just want to run outside as fast as they can I have started to use spray sunscreen more – except on their faces – since it is easy and covers well.

alba BOTANICA Continuous Spray is SPF 50, eco-friendly, 100% vegetarian formula and contains no chemicals, parabens or oxybenzone – plus most of the other nasty “no’s”. PLUS it is water resistant for all those beach and sprinkler days and contains botanicas like Green Tea and Aloe to help keep your skin moisturized.

For Miss.Chloe I use live clean baby mineral sunscreen SPF 45. It keeps babies sensitive skin in mind, it is still easy enough to apply and also non-nano – meaning no small particles can get absorbed into their skin.

And again they contain no harsh chemicals or parabens – so important with little ones!

I am not sure about you guys but sunscreen is the easier part of keeping the little ones safe…The harder part? Keeping those hats and sunglasses on!

But like sunscreen we do not leave home without them – for myself too!

Our summer defense items – sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and water!

This year live clean introduced two new products that I have already used and loved:

A SPF 45 Face Mineral sunscreen and a After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel.

Since we have already had summer like weather I have used the After Sun Gel a couple times – still getting used to putting sunscreen on myself 😉 It instantly provided my skin relief from the sunburn and helped to soothe my skin.

All Live Clean sun care products are available at Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart. alba BOTANICA sunscreens are available at Well.ca and Wal-Mart.

My other sun defense tips?

  • Get a patio and/or portable umbrella (or portable sun shelter) for on the deck, backyard, beach days and more!
  • When planning a beach trip find a spot with shade if at all possible.
  • Limit your time in the sun in the peak hours – usually between lunch and supper time.

Lindsey

The Live Clean and alba BOTANICA products were given to me at no charge, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Weekend Recap

Is it possible that a weekend can leave one so exhausteed yet satisfied? Because that is how I feel these days. We pack a lot into two days since during the week our family fun time is limited.

Friday

Not much exciting to share, I went for a run & Chad assembled our new patio furniture.

Saturday

We swapped our long run for Saturday morning and boy did our legs struggle – we will blame the Friday run and Thursday leg workouts 😉

The girls looking too cute for a run:

We ran 14.5km before calling it quits.

Our afternoon was spent biking just over 15km to a little farm in our city (Sunnybrook for locals). It is easily one of our favourite summer places to visit. We met my Mom, brother and his girlfriend there too.

The animals are all so good with kids, both girls love animals so they were in their element.

After supper Avery and I cleaned up to go to a Peter Pan musical that a youth theater group put on.

I was beyond impressed and will be going to their future shows for sure!

Sunday

We had a semi slow Sunday morning until we headed to the neighbourhood clean up and BBQ. I helped with set-up while Chad and Avery did clean up. It is so awesome to be part of a great neighbourhood that puts these things together. I sit on the community board and love being able to plan these event with like-minded neighbours. We had a bouncy castle for the kids, face painting and the free BBQ.

I only took one photo of Avery’s face painting:

The rest of the day was spent visiting with my brother and his girlfriend, going to get Chloe a helmet and looking at stain for an outdoor project.

And that was our weekend! We have another busy week, Chad has a work event, I am out of town for work one day, have a dentist appointment a work luncheon and Friday we are off work and as long as the weather holds we are heading out on a hike for the day.

Lindsey