This is Three

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We had the most amazing time celebrating Brynlee’s third birthday in Maui. We ogled at fishies during the day at the Maui Ocean Centre & enjoyed some deep dish at Lahaina Pizza Company in the evening. To top off the day our little was serenaded with Happy Birthday by the entire restaurant before enjoying a scrumptious birthday dessert.

Our little girlie has big thoughts, wild dreams and a crazy imagination. She loves horses and wants to be an astronaut (& a million other things) when she’s older. Her favourite colour is blue, she loves hard and is adored by her entire family. She is eager to learn, help and explore the world around her. She is compassionate, thoughtful and often the loudest one in the room. When you hear her full bellied laugh or see her ear to ear grin, you can’t help but smile & chuckle to yourself.

She made me a mama & this is three.


Colour: blue & green (just like Daddy)

Number: 5 4 2 3 4 5 blast off

Book: Oopsie Daisy Here Comes Maisy

Food: chocolate & orange spicy chips (Mexican Doritos)

Drink: chocolate milk and white milk

Animal: all of them. But dogs & horses and cows

Toy: Bunny Bunbun & blankie

Shape: triangles

Thing to do at the park: go down the slide & under duckie on the swings

Thing to do in the backyard: throw a ball for Floydie

Best friend: all of my cousins

Silly words she cannot pronounce

  • elevator : alligator
  • ambulance : angalince
  • school bus : scoobus
  • hospital : hostipull
  • animal : aMimal
  • nutella : hella-tella
  • paw patrol : paw t’trol



Jessica Olive Turns One


On March 23rd, our littlest babe turned one. While Craig was at work we celebrated with helium balloons, birthday hats and as per a request by Brynlee – ice cream cone cupcakes with icing and sprinkles! That evening we celebrated with Craig’s family as we were leaving for Maui with mine a couple days later. It was small, it was memorable & I cannot believe she is already one!


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Maui Bucket List



  • Duke’s Beach House
  • Slappy Cakes
  • The Fish Market Maui
  • Aloha Mixed Plate
  • Fleetwood’s on Front Street
  • Kihei Caffe
  • Paia Fish Market
  • Ono Gelato
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Honolulu Cookie Co.
  • Paia Gelato


  • Kahekili Beach
    • Surfing and SUP
  • Ka’anapali Beach
  • Baby Beach
    • Snorkeling
  • Ulua Beach
  • Makena Beach
    • Snorkeling around Molokini Crater


  • Lahaina
    • Play at the Banyan Tree Park
    • Visit the Lahaina Animal Farm
    • Hit up Friday Art Night in Lahaina
    • Ride the Sugar Cane Train between Ka’anapali and Lahaina
  • Whale Watching
  • Road to Hana – Twin Falls
  • Attend a Luau or Ulalena
  • Drive up to Haleakala
    • Surfing goat dairy farm
    • Ali’i Kyla Lavender Farm
  • Go on a hike
    • Waihee Ridge Trail
    • Iao Valley
  • Maui Ocean Centre & Mini Golf and Sports Park
  • Atlantis Submarine
  • Take a helicopter tour of the island
  • Send the boys for a round of golf
  • Target. duh…


Brynlee’s Favs These Days

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Favourites [as per January fifth 2018]

Colour: still blue

Game: cheek kisses

  • ask her to kiss your cheek & at the last second turn your head and plant one on her

Food: toast

Drink: milk (of the cow, chocolate & snowman variety)

Best friend(s): Addy, Morgan, Eli, Molly & Sam

Thing to do: ‘play in my ice cream stall’ aka her fort

Princess: Princess Jessie!

Animal: elephants, horsies & elephants

Book: bedtime stories about Princess Brynlee (obviously!)

Thing to wear: pink snowsuit & donut jammies

Still obsessed with horses, trains & her baby sister. Insists daily on going outside to play in the snow & jump on Mom and Dad’s bed. Loves to ask people what their name is, their favourite colour and what they’re ‘doing here’. Still debating between becoming a baby doctor, astronaut & princess when she’s older.

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Winter Bucket List

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A fun little list of things we want to do with our littles around #yeg this frosty winter

  • Take the girls on our first winter vacation as a family of 4
  • Enjoy an afternoon at the Festival of Trees decorating gingerbread men & trimming trees
  • Set up and decorate our real Christmas tree
  • Make sugar cookies with Lola (& other various Christmas baking)
  • Build a snowman on our front lawn
  • Cozy up on the couch for some hot chocolate and a Christmas movie
  • Check out some amazing Christmas lights
  • Take Brynlee for her first skate
  • Decorate the Hunt Gingerbread House
  • Visit and take a photo with Santa
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Write a letter to Santa and his reindeer
  • Visit the YEG Ice Castles
  • Go tobogganing with friends
  • Take Brynlee for her first ski-doo ride for a wiener roast
  • Make New Years resolutions that we do not intend to keep
  • Keep the girls up late to watch the NYE fireworks
  • Put out a jar to collect special memories & moments of 2018 in

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