Saturday, March 1, 2014

as if magically

Somewhere between yesterday and today, as if magically, my baby girl turned 10. She was born on a February 29th and she chooses to celebrate her birthday on the 28th. When she was a baby we chose to celebrate her birthday on March 1st. Perhaps as a way for us to extend her growing up, if only for a day. 

On her tenth birthday, I pause and give thanks for my beautiful little girl, who is wise beyond her years. My girl has proven to been one of my greatest teachers. In a world that appears to be moving at one hundred miles an hour, she confidently moves at her own gentle, slower pace. 

Like all girls her age she loves to watch t.v, play on the computer and hang out with her friends. But, when the t.v. is off and her homework is completed, you will usually find her lost in a good book. She also loves to write stories, draw and lose herself in imaginative play. 

I love everything about her! She is for the most part an easy child; I sometimes wonder if she will make up for that in her teenage years. But for now I soak up all our moments together big and small, and I feel the deepest gratitude that God chose me as her mother.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

your beat

Miss I fell in love with hockey when she was very little. I remember the two of us in the basement playing when she was barely old enough to hold the stick. Bob loves hockey so I assumed he had passed his passion on to her. So, I thought that Miss C would naturally fall under the same hockey spell as her sister,  but this girl was having no part of hockey. When Bob and Miss I played street hockey, Miss C happily pushed her doll stroller around them or sat somewhere on the sidelines in her own imaginary land. To this day she arrives at Miss I's hockey games armed with a good book. 

I love that she has always known who she is. This month her dance studio had an open house and as I watched her twirl and tap her way across the floor I saw a joy that can only be found when you are doing what you love and following your own inner compass.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

snow day {family time}

We had our first Snow Day of the school year. I had to venture off to work for the morning, but thankfully I only work until 12:30 and I was able to come home and enjoy an afternoon with my two favourite people.

I soaked up every single moment. As the girls get older I realize more deeply how precious these moments are. 

I love that snow days give us a chance to slow down in busy week and just play together. It is good for all our souls.

We started the afternoon playing in the snow creating a snowman . 



Then we headed inside to warm up with some yummy hot cocoa.



We ended the afternoon by baking a batch of Gingerbread cookies. They were yummy!!


Ni Hao Yall

Sunday, November 24, 2013

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas {sunday snapshot)

We look forward to the Santa Claus parade every year. This year we met dear friends for breakfast and then joined thousands of other excited people to watch the annual parade. It was a cold Saturday morning, but we were prepared with warm blankets and warm clothes. We have been lining the streets to get an early glimpse of Santa for 12 years and this year was the first year it snowed during the parade and it added a little touch of magic to the morning. 

Waiting for the parade to begin.
Fireman collect change and toys to help Santa get presents to everyone. (We save our change all year)

They share a few treats in thanks for the donations.
This picture captures the spirit of the season -  love this moment.

So festive!
The floats are so much fun!
A reminder of why we get to celebrate this beautiful season.
Jolly old Santa!!

Miss I looking beautiful covered in snow.



Ni Hao Yall

Friday, November 22, 2013

time behind my camera {favourite friday photo}

One of my favourite creative outlets without a doubt is photography. So, nothing makes me happier than when I get to slip behind my camera and snap up a storm. Thankfully my sister-in-law put her trust in me again this year to take pictures of my nieces for her Christmas cards. They are such cutie pies and I loved every moment of our little photo shoot. Here are a couple of my favourite.



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

peace within {whole hearted living}

My best friend, Jacquie, and I are taking an online course by Brene Brown. The course is based on her book The Gifts of Imperfection.

The book and the course are life changing for me! I knew I would love it when the recommended course material included: 

  • a journal
  • watercolors 
  • waterproof pens or markers
  • and whatever art materials you have on hand and want to use to decorate your journal.
She had me at decorate your journal. 

Every Wednesday Jacquie and I gather pictures, magazines and our art supplies and we sit across my kitchen table from each other. We quietly play work on our journals. Paint brushes are dipped in paint, markers fly accross the pages and as we play work we are quietly changed. 

Our first assignment required us to take pictures of ourselves with the words "I'm imperfect and I'm enough." 



These pictures are to serve as reminders that we are enough just as we are. I can't tell you how empowering this is. I have spent the last 20 or so years trying to be a better version of myself, but for the past 4 weeks I have been constantly reminding myself that I'm enough. 

As I do this work I find myself feeling more at peace within my own skin and that in itself is a beautiful thing. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!