Father’s Day 2019

This is my second year of taking the time to photograph Craig opening his Father’s Day gifts and it’s crazy to see just how much the girls have grown and changed in a year. Craig started his day off with a round of golf and came home to two ecstatic little girls ready to leap into his arms and wish him a Happy Father’s Day. Brynlee and Jess were so proud to show off their artwork and for him to open his presents! I am so thankful to have these beautiful moments frozen in time.

You can find last year’s post here

This is 2

Our little princess turned 2!

We celebrated by painting each other’s nails (including painting Daddy’s toenails silver & sparkly) and partied during dinner with the entire family and gaggle of cousins. We kept it pretty low key as Brynlee’s surgery was the day before but we are certain Jessy felt all the love. Happy Birthday you diva princess!

Mexico [as per Brynlee]

“What’s that red bag?”
“Are those orange spicy chips?”
“Yes? Or no?”

#1 fav thing: swimming and playing the ‘dolphin game’ with Eli & Molly

Fav thing to eat: Mint chocolate ice cream from the cafe down the street

Fav drink: smoothies and the last bit of Mommy’s coffee

Fav stories: A Perfect Patient, Cowboy Mickey and Super Spooky Sleepover

Loved watching the Animal Planet. Particularly shows about snakes, baby puppies and animal rescues

Made friends with many Mexican puppies: Lola, Scarlette, Rosco and Focus

Would rather be hot and cold. ?????????

Thought sharing a room with her sister was pretty cool

Turtles released: 3
Names: Goopy, Yes and No
When asked what she think they’re doing now: “I think they’re swimming and trying to find the coin I threw”

Horses rode: 1
Name: Ranch

Dolphins trained: 2
Names: ________ & _________

Orange Spicy Chips

This February, we took a family trip down to my parents’ condo in Bucerias, Mexico (25 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta). We booked it just over a week in advance and altered our itinerary to 18 days from the 10ish days we originally had talked about. It was certainly a great decision as the Edmonton area experienced a ‘polar vortex’ for virtually the entire month of February. Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings nearly every single day… resulting in an absurd 60°C temperature difference!

The last time we took the girls to Mexico was in November of 2017. Brynlee was 2 ½ and Jess was 8 months. Apparently I didn’t blog about it… & thinking back, my fuzzy memory just includes Jessie being super miserable & irritable while cutting a gazillion teeth.

Luckily, Mexico has grown on Jess and she now enjoys it as much as her sister! They shared a room and bonded in a way I couldn’t have imagined. It certainly made the long nights and busy days with two young children extremely worth it.

Unsurprisingly our little fish spent every possible second swimming in the pool and making up games. She also enjoyed chasing the waves on the beautiful sandy beach.

Our first few nights were spent next door in a very generous family friends’ unit. Brynlee got to sleep in her very first bunkbed and the girls were thrilled to be able to slip on sandals and hop, skip or jump their way over to see their cousins staying at my parents’.

Having their cousins there certainly made an already amazing experience even more exciting. Growing up, I did not have the luxury of living close to any of mine, so seeing them play together made my heart burst.

Craig and I enjoyed a number of excellent full body massages at the spa just down the street. We walked down to the Bucerias square for churros & cotton candy at night, where Brynlee inevitably made new friends every single time. We also indulged in three once in a lifetime experiences: horseback riding on the beach during sunset; swimming with dolphins; and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean.

At the conclusion of Brynlee’s session of swimming with the dolphins, she was concerned that she never got to feed the dolphins any treats or get them to do tricks (as per her favourite movie A Dolphin Tale). Thus, the trainer came over and asked if she wanted to do something that no else ever gets to do… Enter Brynlee the dolphin trainer! We were actually quite shocked that she actually picked up the fish!! She was ecstatic!

While Craig and Brynlee swam with the dolphins, I got to be a spectator and take some pictures. I also made a new friend ^^^ This little guy definitely tried to make his way into the dolphin pools

We actually did the turtle release twice because it was such a neat opportunity. Below is a video of Jess & Craig. It is probably the cutest and my most favourite video of Jess to date.

Christmas 2018

This year was the best Christmas yet with the girls. We all went to go see Santa Claus, Brynlee 100% got the concept and Jessie was totally mesmerized by all the lights and decorations.

The girls helped me decorate the house.

And helped Craig decorate the outside of the house.

We went to Glow Edmonton to check out the million twinkling lights and had a blast. See my full blog post here.

Craig and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on December. 20th. The same day that our nephew came into this world!

On Christmas Eve we baked sugar cookies and went skating with friends. In the evening we watched Small Foot and put the final touches on the Christmas tree.

We played in the snow A LOT. And celebrated two Christmas’ surrounded by our amazing families.