Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Mother's Day 2013





My mother’s day started with Greg getting up with Penelope at 645 even though I had been awake in bed since about 5am due to my darn cold.  I did eventually fall back asleep and was awaken by Greg and the girls.  They had made my beautiful cards complete with macaroni, lentils and finger paint!  They were awesome!!  I loved them both!!  I also got breakfast in bed which consisted of poached eggs and toast – my favorite.  Apparently Finley was upset that they were not making pancakes (her favorite) so Greg promised her he’d take her to Tim Hortons for a donut so I also got a maple dipped donut and a raspberry lemonade!!
While they were gone to Tim Horton’s I got ready for us to head to Banff for the day.  It is a tradition for us to  head to Banff on either the Saturday or Sunday of Mother’s Day weekend. I wasn’t sure how much fun it would be considering that I can barely walk let alone hike!!

We arrived at Lake Minnewanka for a picnic lunch and possibly a hike out to Stewart Canyon since it is relatively flat and easy.

Seriously how blessed are we to live so close to absolute paradise.  I always say the closeness to the mountains is the #1 reason why I never want to move away from Calgary!!


It was really windy out there but we managed to find a picnic table tucked behind some trees where our lunch wouldn’t blow away.

We decided against Stewart Canyon because I could probably only do one hike and I really enjoy Johnston’s Canyon and the girls were really wanted to see waterfalls.  Finley loves waterfalls and made one out of macaroni for me on my card.

When we got to Johnston Canyon it was crazy busy!!!  We somehow lucked out and found a spot in a parking lot but there tons of cars parked along the road just before the entrance into the area

There was still lots of snow, ice, mud and slush much to the dismay of Finley


I don’t know how many of my readers hike this canyon on a regular basis but we do it a few times a year since it’s an easy one for the girls to do on their own but this water is unusually high. I have never seen it that high before!





If you hike into the cave, you come out to an overlook of the waterfall.  Finley and Penelope are now both terrified of this and this is as far as they got.  I didn’t go in much further as it is wet and rocky and I didn’t want to hurt myself while pregnant.  I could see the water coming down and again, it was the heaviest I have ever seen it!

On our way back to the car, we came across some of the fattest squirrels ever.  The one thing about this canyon is that it is very popular and very touristy and so they feed the squirrels despite all the signs saying not to.  The fattest ones always live here!

Penelope checking out the friendly squirrel

Hello Mr Squirrel :)

Just before we reached the end of the hike, there was a crazy dust/rock avalanche that I had never seen before.  It was so hazy and dusty that you couldn’t see.  i was wearing sunglasses and I still got stuff in my eyes!

Me and the girls on Mother’s Day.  Finley kept wanting to sit on my knee but we probably would have fallen into the water!
We headed back into Banff and walked down Banff Ave where I spoiled myself with a new pair of the Studio Crops from Lululemon in Power Purple.  I have wanted these forever and I hesitated and they are sold out online!!  If you ever want a comfy pant or crop, I highly recommend the studio line because they are amazing!!  I have 4 pairs of the crops and 2 pairs of the pants.  Well worth every penny!!
We stopped at the Candy Shoppe where Finley picked out a chocolate toonie and Penelope picked out a very large junior mint.  The people ahead of us spent $52 on chocolate and candy.  I can’t imagine!!!  We headed further on down the Ave (in the rain I might add) and stopped at The Fudgery for some fudge for me and a bear paw for Greg.  I actually forgot about the fudge until I was cleaning out our Banff bag and came across it today.  Nice to know I will have a sweet treat for tonight once the girls are in bed!
We couldn’t decide where to eat in Banff so we drove to Canmore and had supper at the Grizzly Paw.  It was ok I guess.  It’s expensive for a) what you get b) quality of food but then again, it’s known more for it’s beer which Greg said was fantastic then their food.



All in all, it was fantastic day spent with the whole reason I get to celebrate this day in the first place and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Ok maybe it wouldn’t have rained in Banff and I wouldn’t have had a cold but that’s about it.  Don’t get me wrong I appreciated every single thing Greg and the girls did for me but I can’t tell you how grateful I was to come downstairs after my breakfast in bed and see my entire kitchen cleaned up.  I didn’t clean up the night before because I didn’t feel well and was prepared for a giant mess.  It’s amazing how the littlest of things make the biggest of differences.
I hope each + every one of the mom’s who read my blog were as blessed as I was on Mother’s Day!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mother's Day 2013



I had planned a much more elaborate post that included mommy and me day at finley’s preschool and a collection of all the artwork that she has made this week but on top of being pregnant, potty training the most stubborn 2 year old in the entire world and dealing with regular mom + household duties, I got seriously sick. Today marks day 5 of this awful cold that has inhabited my body. Yesterday my sinuses hurt so bad that they made my ears + teeth ache. Today i am just really congested and battling both a stuffed yet runny nose. Go figure.  
I will post the mommy + me stuff hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday along with a blog about today’s festivities.  We are headed to Banff today so hopefully the clean mountain air helps me out :) 
But before we go I just wanted to wish all the wonderful mom’s in my life a very happy Mother’s Day. I have been blessed to have a great mom, wonderful aunts + a grandma not to mention cousins, mothers in laws (yes I have 2) and great friends who have supported me throughout my life and continue to do so even if they don’t realize it.  I hope that wherever you are that you know that you are all loved and appreciated not just today but everyday of the year. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Spicy Green Ninjas



Last week Finley started soccer for the second year in a row.  Their team name this year is The Spicy Green Ninja’s.  There are two girls on the team and one girl said green ninja’s and Finley said spicy green’s so they combined them and came up with Spicy Green Ninja’s
Finley before practice
It’s hard to see her but she is right in the middle
Practicing running and kicking with the ball
Running drills
Snack time before the game
Soccer seems to be going so much better than it did last year.  Finley is enjoying playing and likes to be in on the field and Penelope isn’t the disaster she was last year but again, it is only the first game!
Finley was pretty tired with all of the running though.  Gotta get her endurance up somehow!!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Surrogacy



Well we are now in the homestretch of the final pregnancy of my ENTIRE LIFE and I could not be more happier!!
It has become harder to sleep, if not impossible.  I seriously cannot wait until I can crawl into bed and lay on my stomach.  I miss it so much!!  Sleeping on my side makes my shoulders hurt and my snoogle is no longer my friend. 
Finley understands what is going on completely.  Not so much.  Finley knows that the baby is not ours and who it belongs to.  Penelope really has no idea at all.  She just copies what her big sister does and says.  They both have babies in their stomachs like mommy.  Finley’s is never going to leave her because it loves her too much and Penelope’s occasionally leaves and flies away in the backyard.  Oh the imagination of little kids!!
I have about 6 weeks until my official due date.  I am proud to say that not once have I had to wear maternity bands.  Although without leggings and a bella band this would not have been possible.  I am at the point where I am so sick of leggings that I don’t know if I will ever wear them again!!!
Lots of people ask if I know what I am having – especially when I have Finley and Penelope with me.  Greg wants me to say that I am not having anything because technically I am not, if that makes sense??  Somebody at walmart asked Finley and Penelope if they were getting a brother or a sister.  This confused Finley who said I have a sister right here.  Then the cashier said oh did mommy already have the baby??  I was like no!!  She just laughed but I saw no humor in the situation.
My back is constantly sore and my pelvis aches all the time.  My doctor said it is because the baby is carrying very low and the pelvic pain is my body prepping itself for labour.  I have had this before as both girls carried very high and I was told both times that had I not had early sections that both would have been late (and HUGE) babies.  I was never worried about going into labour early with Penelope but I am almost positive that it’s gonna happen with this baby.  I am undecided how I feel about this.  On the one hand, it would be great to be done or as I say “free” but the thought of labour scares the crap out of me.  I go back and forth on this all of the time.
I worry that I will have no idea that it’s actually happening and this kid will come in our bathroom or on the side of Macleod Trail as I am going to get Finley from school.  I have heard that labour quickens with each additional baby and this is #3 so it worries me a little bit.  Hopefully this does not happen!
I crave coke and cream soda slurpees all of the time but they give me the worst heartburn!!  I don’t drink them like a slurpee, I have to spoon it out.  Yup I spoon out with a slurpee spoon the entire thing.  I did this with both of mine and as soon as they were born I returned to drinking slurpees the normal way!  I also crave watermelon, canned peaches that are refrigerated and snap peas.  ALthough my craving for snap peas has become a serious addiction.  I buy the largest bags I can find and go through like 3 a week.  That’s a lot of peas and I don’t like to share them.  I am not certain if this is pregnancy related or not but time will tell.  It’s gotten to the point where I seriously can’t stop eating them and they make me sick.  It’s so weird.  It’s like the Lays commercial where they say I bet you can’t eat just one.  And I can’t.  I think Greg hopes it’s a pregnancy thing because he figured out how much we spent on peas a month and it’s a bit excessive….any guesses?!?
I am mostly looking forward to getting back to running, riding my bike, shopping for clothes, sleeping on my stomach, having no problems getting in and out of my bed and bath tub and on and off our couch.  It is tough to pick things up, feed the cats and do most things around the house.  And if it isn’t physically tough then it is just exhausting. All I want to do is sleep but unfortunately my kids, husband and my house don’t allow that to happen.
Obviously I am showing alot and I get alot of congratulations from those who don’t know the situation.  They are super surprised when I tell them “Thanks, but it’s not mine” and its usually in a good way not a negative way.  The question I get asked most is do I worry about the emotional attachment to this child that I am carrying in my belly and the answer is no.  This surprises people but I didn’t even feel attached to my own kids in my belly.  It never became real to me until they were born and truly I don’t want any more children and I am more then happy to hand this little babe over to his own parents who I know are going to be fantastic parents to him. 
The only emotion I really feel is happiness that I am able to provide the most wonderful gift we as humans can ever receive.  I only want for my best friend to feel the unconditional love and completeness that I feel because of my own little family.  I know he is going to a great family full of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who already love him to the moon and back. 
This most likely will be the final update until the babe is born, perhaps I will have a more interesting story then that he came via c-section but maybe not.  Either way, I will let you all know how it goes.
Thanks again for all of your support during this during.  I couldn’t have done it without most of you
xoxox

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Things Kids Say



Here are some funny things to start your day:
Mommy, can you pour some water on my head so I can grow like a flower?
Luci bit me with her foot
Mommy please be really gentle with these clothes.  They are very special to me.
Finley goes to 2 preschools.  Greg randomly asked which one was her favorite.  Finley replied with Pacekids.  Greg asked her why and she said “because there are more boys”.  Needless to say this did not make Greg very happy ;)
One of Finley’s preschool teachers was pregnant and they had a going away party the day she went on Maternity Leave.  One of the kids asked where they baby was.  She told them it was in her tummy.  Finley replied why did you eat your baby??
Penelope was wearing a cowgirl hat so I asked her if she was a cowgirl  She said No Mommy I am a yee-haw
My back is sore daddy.  Why?  I ate too many spicy spring rolls