Christmas memories

Merry (belated) Christmas, my friends! Hopefully everyone is enjoying some relaxing time off. I certainly was feeling ready for a break!

We kicked off our holidays with a fun day of making french toast, lounging in our PJ's and watching christmas movies (Home Alone was a huge hit with Vince. Die Hard was a huge hit with Dad).

Vince and I baked cookies for Santa, while Daddy wrote a sweet note for Vince to colour.

Everyone was spoiled by Santa, but even more so by the " Bad Grandma's" - Bad for spoling Vince so much!

Kids are too funny. The first gift to be opened was Marty's, and in it Vince found a ball. He then proceeded to play with Marty forever and ignore all his own gifts!

 Vince carrying a gift to Dad in the kitchen..."Daddddddyyyyy"

 Spoiled with Love

 Christmas dinner at Grandma's

Nothing beats a happy toddler :D
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Cheers to the New Year!

Mini home reno

A couple months ago we started looking into renovating our basement. After alot of back and forth with a local company, we decided it just wasn't quite the time to undertake such a large change. SO...instead we took the plunge and replaced all our main floor hardwood to laminate.

Our enigneered hardwood was starting to show alot of wear and tear from our toddler and 70lb dog. Not a huge deal (life is life) but my husband and I love our home and are very proud of it, and at the end of the day it just looked...unkempt and rough. 

We've had a while to live with it and adjust, and I can honestly regrets!

It wears so well, looks just as "real" as our hardwood and is so easy to clean. We have tested the durability with Vince's massive push car, and Marty's race to the doorbell. No scratches!

We had narrowed it down from our top three, to this 'Walnut' colour. I originally had wanted to go with something a little more rustic and gray toned, but our warm toned brown furniture made the floor show more green than a true gray.

I absolutely love this colour! It is slightly lighter than our engineered hardwood that came out, is still wide plank and slightly rustic.

We hired a local small business to rip out the floors, replace with new and also paint and install all new (taller) baseboards. They were amazing to work with and very accomodating to this detailed orientated client!

For reference, here are the floors before. So still very similar, just fresher and lighter :)

Fall Family Photos

A few weeks ago we met our lovely friend and personal paparazzi Brendan Nogue for some updated family photos. We met in the exact same place as the last time we hung out. Back then, V was just a tiny little bump. Now...a full blown tempermental yet insanely adorable toddler!

 Forget posing for photos. ROCKS!!

 Every kid has their favourite little item or security blanket. Well, V's is a washcloth. Silk tags only!  He calls it his 'chag-ies' (Taggies)

Annie's ice cream was the perfect end to a fun photo session! Yumm

A Little Getaway

A couple weeks ago we jetted off to our favourite little spot in the west - Vancouver Island. 
Nothing like a little vacation to hit the ol' reset button in life. 

Delicious fresh BC fruit

 Sunny Beach 

Our 8 year wedding anniversary was the week after our trip, so we decided to celebrate it early and sneak away for a night to Victoria. S surprised me with the hotel booking & a spa date the next day.

That night away was probably the most fun I had on the trip. Although we missed our little guy, it felt great to get out and about on our own timeline, hit up a random sushi spot and people watch from the patio while drinking Sapporo.

We stayed at the Oak Bay hotel - it was perfect! 

 Date night! 
I am not a huge fan of selfies, but was feeling pretty proud of myself for finally mastering the french braid and scoring an off the shoulder top!

  View from our room

 Our favourite tradition - visiting Coombs

Can we just talk about these two for a minute? There is seriously nothing cuter than a man-bond between a grandpa and grandson. I looove watching them together, melts my heart!

Life, Lately

I haven't done one of these posts in awhile. Well...I haven't posted anything in awhile!

The past *almost* 3 months have seen a few changes around these parts. Mainly, my return to the full time workforce. I bow down to all the working parents out there, as it has not been the easiest transition.
But if we are honest, staying at home with a baby or toddler is not easy either. So, really, let's just bow down to working parents and stay at home parents in general.

I read a funny quote the other day "Be kind to whoever you meet, you never know if they have a toddler at home". 

 Trip to the zoo - Butterfly Gardens

 Love to wave hi

 We get daily updates and photos from daycare, and they are the cutest thing ever

 Working on a few backyard projects this summer. Deck painting, planting, etc. 
The gravel pad is where we are training Marty to pee so he stops ruining the grass. Good luck....

 This doodle got his summer cut is so happy about it

 Blurry, late night photo when your toddler wakes up from teething
But is too adorable to put back to bed :/

 Warm weather shenanigans. First time trying frozen yogurt. Was a huge hit!

 When the weather is nice we go for long walks after dinner, usually to the park. 
This little guy is still unsure about those swings

 Pitching in with weekend chores

 Apparently he sleeps in our room now. On a giant stack of pillows #princessandthepea

 All dressed up for Mother's Day dinner! 

 Annnnnd, the stomach flu. Thank you, daycare germs.

 Waking up at the crack of dawn to try and look halfway put together for work. Then getting there and realizing you have snot or cheerios wiped across your dress.
Cooking the quickest meals I can find on pinterest so everyone is fed and happy at a decent time. Even if they taste awful.
Calls from daycare requesting immediate pick up because your child is sick.
Relishing in the days that are Saturday and Sunday so you can spend some couch surfing catch up time with your husband, hot tea in hand, watching your kiddo feed the dog human treats he shouldn't be eating. 

Yup, this is where we are at right now. And we aren't the only ones. What I do know is that it will get better & easier with time. Routines will re-emerge. Babies will be become more independent. Moms will stop putting so much pressure on themselves to be perfect. And certain Dogs will learn to pee on gravel pads (fingers crossed on that one).

Vince's Birthday Party!

Today is my baby boy's first birthday! We had a fun party this past weekend, jam packed with all our family, friends and even a few of Vince's little buddies. It was a bit chaotic, but in the best way.

 Our foyer, all ready to greet guests
 We ordered Lemon, Coffee crisp and Cookies & Cream cupcakes from a wonderful local business

 Present table with all my fav photos. Banners from a Canadian shop on etsy. Love shopping 'small'

 He tried eating the candle :/

Happy Birthday, My sweet boy!