November Week 1 Recap

As this pregnancy progresses, I feel myself slowly withdrawing into a little shell of safety. Less people, fewer outings, low drama movies and books, and now the need to minimize the time spent on social media. I took my longest social media break about this time in my last pregnancy. It was great, but I do feel like there's a bit of a black hole of what actually happened during those months,...

Little Lumberjack

Halloween has never been my favourite, but excuses to create fun experiences with Sloane is up my alley, so we partake.  She was given a kid's Husqvarna chainsaw by her great nana and papa so we decided to work with that and dress up as lumberjacks.  We spent the morning watching the Log Driver's Waltz and Paul Bunyan and then went outside for some photos as she got to cutting down all...

Skating at Bowness Park

Here's a post from last winter that for some reason remained in my drafts. Sloane has been pretending to put on skates and slip around the hardwood these days, so Im looking forward to actually trying skating with her this year.  Colin works right by Olympic Plaza, which is a skating rink in the winter, so we are planning some lunch time visits once it freezes. Can't wait for the pink...

Halloween at Edworthy

We didn't set out to make this a Halloween walk, but the dreary skies and bare black trees made it a bit spooky! I love going somewhere where Sloane can lead the way and pick the trail, probably because exploring new trails with few people on them is one of my favourite things too.  At one point on our walk I sprained my ankle and had to take a breather on the ground.  She watched me...

Fall Walk at Nosehill Park

This year, Nosehill park has quickly become one of my favourite places to explore.  I've done several photoshoots here at all different times of the day and it always provides a lovely, dramatic Albertan backdrop. I went for one sunrise run here a few weeks ago and it was basically my dream trail run.  You rarely run in to anyone, only seeing the occasional person and their dog...

Fall Photos

Even though the engagement with blogging is considerably lower than actual Facebook/Instagram posts, I can't quit it. I feel like some photos deserve better than Facebook, and rather than have them viewed individually I feel they work better as a group. So, that's why I blog sometimes.  These evenings have been the kind tinged with magic.  Warm air that lingers past sunset, golden hues...

Weight & Pregnancy. I’m over it.

Here’s a topic I’ve simultaneously been wanting to ignore (because seriously, I’m so over it) while also wanting to contribute my voice to changing how we think and speak about it. Weight gain in pregnancy. Weight loss post pregnancy. Pre-baby body. All THAT. So I gained around 60 lbs last time around. This is over what most websites will quote as healthy weight gain by at least 20 lbs. I...

A love letter to Running

“Nothing is fun until you’re good at it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences....Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America. Once a child starts to excel at something-whether it’s math, piano, pitching, or ballet-he...

I’ve Got a Bird that Whistles

I've been able to look back at several blog updates I did when pregnant last and it's been so nice to see the similarities and differences between the two, so I've decided to keep it up, even if to a lesser degree.  Things are different, new things are being learned, and this baby is worth celebrating!We had the big anatomy ultrasound a couple weeks ago, and I am past the halfway mark. ...

Tokyo, Part 3

We have finally come to recap of our last couple days in Tokyo!  By this time, travel with a toddler was driving us to desperate measures.  Because we were staying in an Airbnb in an apartment building (where Japanese people are notoriously quiet and private) we were unwilling to let her cry for any length of time in order to fall asleep. By the end of our trip, we had to lie with her...