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Weekend Recap

Party weekend!! I am relieved the birthday celebrations are over – they left me tired! Now we have 5 months before we have another one 😉

Friday

Since it was a holiday Chad was home, we worked out in the morning, ran party related errands then came home for lunch and naps. During naps we did cleaning and yes, more party stuff. I decorated cookies and made cake #2:

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After naps we walked to Starbucks and the park. Crazy how the sun is almost down at 4pm now!

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Chloe dressed in her poppy shirt for Remembrance Day:

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I was SO tired that night but managed to stay awake after the girls went to bed to finish the cake and watch I Love You Man with Chad.

Saturday

My Mom came over in the morning and helped out with the girls while Chad picked up food and the balloons and before we knew it guests were arriving!

I am super bummed that I forgot to take photos of all the party details – fail. This is only because I love planning parties and really think of these things so when I remembered it was too late I was pretty mad at myself but life goes on.

The good news? The party was awesome, Avery had a blast and all the kids got along great. After the party I felt so grateful for all the love we are surrounded by from both family and friends. I will recap the party later this week.

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It was 5pm by the time everyone was gone we had leftovers for supper and called it a night!

Our princess:

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Sunday

We slept until 7am – a win in our house! I ran 7km on the treadmill while Chloe played in the gym – she is getting better at playing alone so I can workout while she is up easier now. Since we did not get to Costco Saturday we went there then grabbed groceries.

Nap time involved us finishing up Christmas lights and hanging out – as much as I wanted to jump into Christmas decor I also wanted to rest.

We had family birthday supper out for my brother and Avery, I was so full I did not get dessert – which never happens!

I only took three photos all day so will share the random three photo I took, Avery’s “morning after party” photo, Chloe’s newest obsession – the ball tent and my supper:

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Lindsey

A Day In The Life – Photo Session

Okay guys, I am SO excited for this post. A few months ago, a friend of mine, Tawnya contacted me about doing a “day in the life” photo session with her through her photography business Tawnya Nicole Photography. I was so excited since I had chatted about her doing photos with me but she is a few hours away so I never knew we could make it work. She is beyond talented and almost daily I swoon over her photos on her personal and business Instagram accounts.

I first met Tawnya a couple year ago when she opened up her house for me and my family to stay at while we were going to a race in the city she lives in (Lethbridge). While we knew each other through blogging we had never met! I am still thankful to this day that she did that for us! I remember that first night after we went to bed I instantly wished we lived closer. She is a wife, a busy Mom of two, a nurse, blogs and does photography! Amazing, right?! Oh and her kids are super adorable and so stylish!

Back to the photo session. I was excited to do this very candid session since while posed photos are great  those are not reality in our daily lives – these days are crazy mostly but filled with more love than I ever could have imagined. Tawnya captured this perfectly. I ran across a quote the other day and it was perfect to describe this type of photo shoot:

“We don’t remember the days, we remember the moments”

This photo shoot was all about that for us, remembering those moments, no matter how small they might be. And as you will see it did just that.

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One thing I never imagined these photos doing as much as they do is capturing the girl’s personalities perfectly. Avery in her “threeanger”, giddy, everything princess stage and Chloe who is the sweetest, calmest baby but also is showing her sassy side more every day.

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We were still in PJs when Tawnya arrived and as any of you know I am not a fan of character clothing – what was Avery in? Her Dora PJs! But they are her favourite and I reminded myself this photo shoot was not about being perfect in any way so I rolled with it.

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We got ready, we played, we baked, and went to the park. Basically what you will find us doing around home these days!

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From the moment Tawnya posted the first photo from our shoot I knew she had nailed it like I knew she would and I am still in awe of every photo we received. I went to use the photos for our Christmas card and had the hardest time picking only eight to use 😉 Tough problem to have right? Now to plan my newest home project and create a gallery wall with these photos!

Lindsey

Weekend Recap

It was such a beautiful weekend! I will take this sunny, mild November for the snow in October since this only makes winter seems shorter to me.

Friday

A morning Starbucks date to have a holiday beverage and treat then an afternoon run in the sun followed by a park trip.

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Chad and I had a date night that night to a small, local event that was a revue of music from the 60s and 70s. The show was so good, and all the singers were amazing. I hope they do more!

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Saturday

Chloe had swimming and loved it again, Avery did not cry this time when they were watching us so it was a good morning!

Oh and check out this sun rise!

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During naps I decorated the mantel for Avery’s birthday week – a new tradition I decided to start 😉 And Chad put up Christmas lights. After naps we went for a walk to the park.

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Funny story, a little boy was at the park with his pretty spiffy power wheels SUV – it even had subs! Anyways, he totally “picked up” Avery with it and wowed her. Before he left in it he shouted “see you later Avery” and then she cried that he left…kids.

I had a girls supper and night out so made Chad and the girls supper and went out for the evening. We had supper and then went to the local escape rooms which was so much fun! We went in the padded room one and it turned out to be one of the harder ones with only 15% of people escaping. I cannot wait to go back!

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Sunday

Avery was never affected by daylight savings time but we did not get that lucky with Chloe and she was up before 6am – YAWN. That meant I had a productive morning and then we headed out for a 9km run and were home at 10am.

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Chad wanted waffles and since I am slacking on brunch these days I could not say no!

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During naps I ran out to do some kid free errands. My Mom, brother and his girlfriend visited in the afternoon. And I made banana muffins. By 6pm I felt like a zombie so after blogging I called it a night!

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Now I am hoping to keep away Chloe’s cold for a busy birthday week for a certain almost 3 year old!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

This week we welcomed back the SUN! It also seemed to be the week of appointments

Monday

Halloween! In the morning we went to my work and Chad’s work. Avery was over the moon that she got to wear she costume all day! The best photo I got of them together…

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After naps we went to the girl’s dayhome then to see my Mom at work since she worked late. We had an early supper then I headed out with the girls while Chad handed candy out. Avery was done after our block but after a quick stop at home I convinced her to do another street. I was so impressed with some of the houses in our area – they went all out!

Once we got home Avery helped hand out candy – she said she liked this more than trick or treating – I agree kid 😉 We only had 60 kids, I thought we would have closer to 100!

Tuesday

I am blogging this day as a day in the life – SAHM edition next week so will skip Tuesday!

Wednesday

Chloe came down with congestion Tuesday night and slept until 8am – Avery too – this never happens! Anyways, it put us at a much later start to our day.

I decided to run on the treadmill and managed 5km before Chloe has enough.

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I had promised Avery we would go to the museum so could not pass even though it was after 11am before we left the house. We made a quick trip there and I learnt they have crafts Wednesday mornings too! We will be going for that for sure.

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After naps we went to our chiropractors appointments then came home and just hung out – I gave Avery the option to go to the park but she chose Playdoh instead.

I sorted through gifts that evening to decide what Avery would get for her birthday versus Christmas and worked on blog posts for next week.

Thursday

We ran a few errands in the morning which included picking up Avery’s birthday gift from Chad’s Mom at the post office…

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Chad took a half day at work so that I could go to a hair appointment, I thought I wanted to stay light for awhile longer but a few weeks ago decided to go back dark:

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I came home to the girls napping so once they were up we went for a walk to the park since it was 19 degrees out!

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After supper I met up with a friend’s Mom to start baby shower planning – so fun!

Okay meal planning:

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Saturday – Pizza

Sunday – Chicken Pad Thai – Cooking Classy

Monday – Crockpot Lasagna – Gimme Some Oven

Tuesday – Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos – Belle of the Kitchen

Thursday – OUT – Avery’s birthday choice!

Friday – Asian Chicken Wraps with peanut sauce – Well Plated by Erin

This weekend is pretty quite, party prep, a date night and a girls night out!

Lindsey

 

 

Weekend Recap

Happy Halloween! I am a lover of all holidays but now that we have kids they are just that much better 🙂

Friday

It was a quiet day, we had doctor appointment in the morning which went fine, then we ran a couple errands, got coffee and headed home for naps. It fell apart then when neither girl wanted to nap so instead we watched a Halloween movie  – and took no photos!

Once Chad was home we had an early supper and my Mom, Avery and I headed to the craft sale. We took Avery as a treat and she did awesome! She coned us into a Sky necklace and a toy for Chloe – besides that we did not buy much!

Saturday

Chloe had her first ever swim lesson and I am ashamed to say it was also her first time in the pool! I am just not brave enough to go alone with both girls yet. She did so good, and was the youngest by far in the class since it goes up to 24 months. The instructor was impressed she had never been in a pool before. Avery on the other hand was not happy she was not swimming too but we explained she has other classes right now so this is for Chloe.

After we went to Costco and got groceries, I treated Avery to ice cream since she was still not too happy about not swimming too.

After lunch and a nap for Chloe at home we left to Calgary for the evening to the Halloween event at Heritage Park. We had been years ago before kids and wanted to take Avery back.

Avery picked out her princess costume and requested her hair and makeup done.

Praticing the pricess attitude 😉

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She was SO proud!

We met my brother and his girlfriend there, had supper then headed to the event.

Chloe loved the paper on the table at supper:

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It was a nice evening but still cold after being out for a couple hours. Avery was very brave and even went through a haunted house with us – after she broke into a weird giddy laugh – maybe from shock? or relief?

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Around 8:30pm we called it a night and headed home – Avery did come into our room just after going to bed to say she heard a ghost but we reminded her they are pretend and just silly, not scary.

Sunday

I had hoped Chloe would sleep in but she was up at 6:30am!

My run was 8km on the treadmill:

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And we treated ourselves to a joint (and very early) Christmas gift:

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It will help with training for our next half, as well Chad and I shared a running watch before. I knew I wanted a rectangle looking one with a wrist heart rate monitor. GPS and that synced to my phone and after looking at options and reviews the Samsung one won!

Later I ran out to pick up a huge surprise for Avery. My dayhome lady messaged me that her daughter would sell us all the Barbie stuff for $50. A remote control Corvette, a bug, Jeep, camper, and a ton of dolls and accessories. Avery asked Santa for a pink Barbie car and a Barbie so I will be giving her some of this for Christmas – do not judge 😉

Chloe is so smiley these days!

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It was such a nice day I skipped washing floors and we went for a walk so I could take Avery’s 3 year photos and Chloe’s 7 month ones. Since it was last minute their outfits were not perfect but hey that is life these days so it is perfect 😉

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Some teasters:

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The rest of the day was spent getting ready for Halloween, doing laundry, editing photos and blogging.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Lindsey