Oct 15, 2017

We just had Thanksgiving last weekend. We went out to my in-law's for dinner on Sunday. We had an amazing dinner, and an amazing time visiting. Family is pretty much everything. If there is one thing I want to do right in this life, its to spend enough time with my family. We are lucky to live pretty close to all of them, but busy lives can still get in the way of that. I want to do better and try and see or talk to them more often. My Mom was such a good example of that and was always gathering her family together. And of course I would give anything to be able to spend just one more day with her. I don't want to have any regrets when it comes to giving my love and time to my family. Every single one of them.

The majority of the weekend was spent at the dance studio. The girls are learning their duo's, and solo, so we were there Friday, Saturday, and Monday. I am so grateful that they have found something that they are passionate about. They work so hard and spend so much of their time dancing. I love watching their talent grow and see how it is shaping who they are. Last year it was like pulling teeth to get McKenna to practice her duet. This year she has taken the initiative with her practicing. I usually tell her she should practice and then she decides what and how she's going to practice and when she feels satisfied and is done. She has also been setting her alarm for school and is getting up an extra 15 minutes early to get her stretching in. I am already in love with her ballet solo and duo, and can't wait to see her perform them. Hayley loves to practice so that hasn't been a problem so far. She is doing so well with her duet. Its interesting because I find she picks up on things a bit slower then McKenna did at her age, but she will come home and practice till she gets it. And I love how McKenna helps Hayley and always has some corrections for her. lol.

Love these two so much.

The weather is starting to cool down, and when I say cool down what that really means here is that it turns freezing cold like winter over night, but then can be back up to 15 degrees within a matter of days. The weather is so bipolar here. This week its supposed to be warmer but super windy. And we're talking a biting cold wind. Sure makes me grateful to have a nice cozy house. This is how I cope...

An nice fire, pumpkin muffins, and of course tea always. My favourite right now is the Fall flavoured David's Chai tea's. Pumpkin spice, s'more's, and white chocolate. So yum. We also eat a lot of pumpkin baking. Pancakes, muffins, cookies...I love pumpkin season. Ryan has been getting the garage ready so I can park in it. He finished painting and is now building shelves and organizing all his stuff. Hopefully I can start parking in there in the next few days. I am so grateful for a garage. And a husband who can fix and build anything. I have so, so much to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you're enjoying the sporatic days of Fall while they last.

Waterton May 2017

Oct 3, 2017

My Christmas gift came early this year (it pretty much does every year)...

Its a Canon M10 and I'm super excited to play around with it. I'm not a super fancy picture taker. I like something that is simple and takes decent pictures. I got this mostly for my video's. My phone doesn't have a lot of storage so I feel like I'll be able to do more with this camera and be able to hold more video's and get a little more creative.

I put the SD card in from my old camera and there were a bunch of Waterton pictures I had taken when we went in May that I had forgotten about. We hiked Bear's Hump which is one of our favourite hike's to do as a family. As you all know Bear's Hump was hit hard in the fire that just happened. We are actually going to Waterton over Thanksgiving weekend so I wanted to post these as like a pre-fire and then I'll post some pics after we go next weekend. I don't know, I never really got caught up in the heartbreak and sadness of it when the fire was raging through. I always just felt like it was going to be okay. That whatever happened we could rebuild and that nature would take its course and re-grow, maybe even more beautiful then before. And thankfully we had amazing people protecting the village and Prince of Whales and there was minimal damage to any of the buildings. I know some were destroyed and that is awful, but it could have been much worse. More importantly, no one was harmed, and I think that is a huge win. Anyway, here are the pics.

When I think of Waterton its beauty definitely comes to mind, but its more then that. Its memories, family, connection, fun, adventure, and all the happy feels. I know that will never change for us. No matter what happens or happened. It will always be our Waterton.

Canmore & Banff.

Oct 2, 2017

Remember when I went to that Roxy Fitness Event over the summer and won first place in the SUP race? I do! That was so awesome. I received my $250 gift card in the mail a while back and have been itching to go use it. Sadly I can only use it in a Quicksilver store which are quite limited in this area. The closest one to me is all the way in Banff. So this past weekend McKenna, Cody, and I headed to Canmore for the night so that I could spend my money. Why was McKenna the lucky child who got to come? Well, Hayley just went for a daddy daughter date and got her ears pierced, and the boys are headed to the Imagine Dragons concert next week with Ryan, so it was her due time for some extra fun and attention. But also between you and me, she's actually the best behaved out of all my kids (well Nate is up there too), and she is super laid back and just goes with the flow. Super low maintenance. (and if my other two kids are reading this then know that I love you and you are always welcome to prove me wrong). Cody has never been to Canmore and Banff so I invited him along to experience it with us.

We left Saturday afternoon and made it up there just in time to visit with Shan for a bit before she had to go to work. Oh my goodness you guys. I don't think I have ever gone in the Fall and let me tell you, it was so incredibly beautiful. The pop of Fall colours just made everything that much more lovely. We ordered pizza from Redrock which was amazing as always, and then headed into Banff to go to the hot springs. It was pretty packed but it felt so nice and we enjoyed our time soaking. When we got back to Shannon's we were all pretty tired.

The next day we were able to visit with Shannon for a bit in the morning as she was just getting home from work, then we went and had breakfast at the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co, which was delicious. I also had to get some green juice from the Mountain Juice Cafe. After breakfast we headed into Banff to do some shopping. It was cold and rainy but luckily within a half hour the rain stopped and the sun starting peeking out. We walked through some of the Main street shops, I did my Roxy shopping and spent a good chunk of my gift card, bought candy for the kids and Ry from the Candy shoppe, and of course McKenna had to get a Beaver Tail.

Then we headed back to Canmore for leftover pizza and to pack up. Even though it was a pretty short trip we had so much fun. I'm glad Cody got to come with us, and we were also able to stop at Dad and Penny's on the way home and had supper with them. So much fun. So I guess until next time (I still have like $72 on my gift card).

Also, today is cold and SNOWY. Blah. No fun at all. Keep warm everybody.

New Partner in Crime.

Sep 29, 2017

I have a new little partner in crime this year. I finally got rid of all my kids during the day and what do I do...take in another one of course. I actually watched Will and Lily last year and watched Will two years before that, but this year its just me and Lily girl. She is almost two and is so sweet and fun. We have been enjoying our days together. Yesterday was a beautiful morning so we headed out for a walk around Indian Battle Park. It was so lovely and all the heart eyes for Fall. I'm crossing my fingers we get more days like that. Its supposed to snow next week but it could still be sunny and 20 degrees two days after that (good ol Southern Alberta) so here's to hoping.

We are still full force into football and dance. Ty has been playing quarterback still and is doing awesome. He's really hoping to play defense for the next game.

McKenna started learning her ballet solo and is loving it so far. Can't wait to see the routine all finished.

I'm taking off with my sister in-law this weekend and we're going to Canmore/Banff. So, so excited. How is September already over. Bring on October, but only if we can skip Halloween.


Sep 24, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year. A time for cute, casual boots, sweaters, changing colors, soups and chili, and all things pumpkin. Today was the perfect fall weather so the kids and I picked up my sister and headed for a walk around Henderson Lake. It was seriously perfection. We walked around the lake, then picked up donuts at Tim Horton's and ate them behind the Galt Museum on the coulee. Cody met us for that part. I love fall.

Hayley had a Daddy daughter date and went a got her ear's pierced. It was the Best.Day.Ever. She was a superstar and sat so still and didn't even flinch when they did the piercing. She got to pick out a beanie boo. She is doing so awesome at taking care of them and making sure they are cleaned each day.

Hayley's teacher sent me these two pictures. Isn't she just the cutest. I can't believe my baby is in grade one!

She also got to try on her costume for her ballet competition. She was so excited to find out they are the costume's McKenna wore for one of her dance's last year.

Ty got to play quarterback at his last football game and did awesome. I love his creative mind. Here is his way of blocking out the taste of the veggies he's eating.

McKenna and I having fun with the instagram filters.

I have definitely been getting into the soup, chili, and pumpkin craze, but I also decided to jump into the matcha madness as well. I picked up some matcha tea and have enjoyed drinking it in the mornings, but I also made a matcha smoothie bowl this morning which was amazing.

The smoothie consists of almond milk, plant based protein powder, matcha powder, spinach, frozen mango, and banana. The topping is raspberries, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut. So, so good.

I hope you're all enjoying the most amazing season ever. We definitely are.