Monday, 7 November 2016

Potty Training Twins

Warning: This post contains information regarding bodily functions of toddlers.  Feel free to pass on by if not interested.

At precisely 2 weeks past the 3rd birthday of our twin boys, I can proudly say we have successfully accomplished the first stage of potty training.  If that doesn't count for celebration, I don't know what does!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

October greetings!

Happy October greetings to you!

The summer has come and gone, and this Fall season has slammed as busy and full as ever!  I am finally sitting down and taking a breath after the past two busy months.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Introvert Parent

Today I take a break from showcasing my outer world, to share a bit of my inner world with you.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Stay-cation Part II

Our stay-cation has come and gone, and we are back to the reality of work and life.  Yes, summer is still here and we are embracing it, but amidst the hustle of work and life tasks and preparation for the fall.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Stay-cation Part I

Happy summer vacation everyone!

We are enjoying our first ever stay-cation this year.  We had some plans to go away, but the timing fell through so we decided to make the most of it and enjoy the beautiful area we live in.  Seriously, I cannot describe how incredible summer is on the west coast.  If you don't like heat, you don't have to worry because the ocean keeps everything breezy and beautiful.  If you haven't been, you just have to check it out sometime.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

July + Garden


It has been a while.  I just can't believe how the days are flying by.  Summer sure is a busy time in our neck of the woods.  As soon as the sun hits, people just can't wait to get outside and enjoy this beautiful land, without the rain!  The past month has been especially busy for us.  After my husband came back from Peru, I took off on a trip to Minnesota to visit my brother and nieces and nephews.  Since I've come back, we've been tending to our garden, working, weekend camping, getting ready to say farewell to our exchange students who leave back to Korea, and just keeping up with daily life.  We have an official holiday coming up soon and it will be so nice to slow things down a bit and really take part in the beauty this land has to offer.

Our summer has been interesting because we had a long hot spell earlier in May/June, and now July has cooled down quite a bit.  It's nice not to have so many long hot days when stuck at home with little ones, but I am hoping for some nice beach days soon.  I'm not sure if the weather has really affected our garden, but I have noticed that a lot of other plants are blooming much earlier than previous years (our apples are almost ready for picking and blackberries are ripening on the bush). 

We are harvesting from our garden, though this year has really taught me a lot about what to do differently next time.  I must learn to plant in succession next year.  Plants like our spinach came up fast and have already gone to seed.  I'm hoping to get a fall variety planted soon again.  

Anyways, while I was out there today I just snapped a few pics on my phone to show you the progress.  Enjoy! 

We have been enjoying lots of this delicious butter lettuce from the garden.  It makes the perfect summer salad!

The tomatoes are nearly ripened and the zuchinni squash is starting to form.  I underestimated the size of my tomatoes and didn't use cages... a mistake I plan to fix next year for sure.

The kale is out of control.  I think I let it get too big and the leaves are starting to taste bitter.  Any ideas on recipes to use it up?  

Our snap peas were doing so well and then we had a few days of wind and the trellis started to fall over.  It doesn't look very pretty anymore, but the harvest is still plentiful. 

 Yum!  My boys love to snack on these.

The potatoes are starting to flower.  Should only be a few weeks till we can harvest the first planting.

The pole beans are the only thing growing unusually slow this year.  I have no idea why, but they are starting to blossom so hopefully the growing process speeds up soon.

I couldn't resist testing a carrot, onion and beet to see where they are at.  

They made a great addition to tonight's garden salad.  Yum!

We are not the only ones enjoying the fruit of our harvest.  This young buck didn't want to leave the apple he was chomping on in my front yard, even when I was only a few feet away from him.  

So there you have it.  Hope you are enjoying your summer, especially the great abundance that local gardens have to offer.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Currently reading

When I have spare time (what's that you ask???), one of my favorite pasttimes is reading.  It is hard to pick up a book and read and read and read like I used to, with little ones around, though I am carving out bits and pieces of time more and more lately.  I used to cozy up in a comfy place with a snack and a cup of tea and read for hours.  Now, I sneak in moments here and there reading articles I come across online, or tuck into bed with a book before closing my eyes to sleep.  Some are funny and give me a chuckle to get through the day, some are topics I scour the internet for advice on, and some are touching and moving in the throes of the difficult times of motherhood.  Most of them are centered on parenting/motherhood, because that is what I do with 100% of my time these days.  Feel free to skip on over if you're not interested.

If you are in a scrolling along, reading kind of mood, here are a few places online I have been reading lately.

1. Excuse me while I lather my child in this toxic death cream
This is not actually about sunscreen, but rather how overwhelming it can be to be a mother in this day and age

2. Toddlers Are Dictators
Just as it sounds

3. How to teach the non-conforming child
A nice read on changing the teaching style to fit the kid, when necessary

4. Managing your toddler: Tantrums
Because.... yes

5. Parenting the highly sensitive boy
A great read for anyone who spends time with kids in general

I have also picked up a few books in the last few months and was surprised that I was actually able to finish reading them... something that hasn't happened in a long time.  So if you're looking for something bigger to read, here are the books I have enjoyed:

1. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
A great, easy read, on allowing grace to enter your life, rather than comparison and rules and rigidity in this day and age.  (It's a Christian book, as a head's up)

2. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
A delightful little love story

3. The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
A funny (laugh out loud) story about a New York girl trying to make her way on a farm in Vancouver Island

4. Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
I haven't read this yet, but am waiting on it to come in for a fresh perspective on bringing the Gospel into motherhood.

So there you have it!  Anything good on your summer reading bucket list?