Holiday fun!

Well since probably mid November we have been BUSY! half of it is entirely my fault, I plan pretty much as much Christmas themed activities so by the time december 25th rolls around I am entirely exhausted haha! But I do it for the kids, I hope we are making lasting amazing memories! This year we have done

  • - visit santa

  • Phil harmonic orchestra holiday theme

  • sledding

  • skating

  • weekend away to canmore/banff

  • The nutcracker, just mommy and Autumn (my fav!!)

  • the grinch movie

  • once upon a christmas at heritage park

  • a million viewing weeks at dance to watch their christmas dances ( we had 4 to watch)

  • Holiday theme night at school, family game night

  • The nativity pageant at heritage park

  • Christmas eve service at church (so beautiful this year!!)

  • Christmas eve dinner with family

  • Game night with siblings!

  • Holiday gathering with McCollums

Its been BUSY!! Also we went to camrose AB to visit my sweet Nana who just turned 90!! and had a surprise party for my bffs 30th birthday! This has been a crazy past few months and I am excited to have a little respite from the chaos, photography also was pretty been in decemeber so I think January should be a nice relaxing month!

Our christmas this year was awesome, the excitement was ridiculous with the kids and it was so fun in the morning, I couldn’t have asked for a better year, although we did go home from my families house at 6:30 lol we ate and ran, our kids were exhausted (so was i), andrew and I went to bed at 2 am on christmas eve, setting up ryders kitchen took forever and santa was busy for a while, miss Autumn was too excited to sleep and came out of her room about 3 times then officially we were up at 6. It was a great day though even if we were all exhausted! I Hope you all had an amazing day with family or loved ones!

New house - Renos

The past few weeks have been madness! We had started our home search back in August, we were on the fence for months about weather we wanted to build or buy used. Building has always been an awesome option since you get everything brand new and you can pick exactly how you want it! I know lots of people who built and love their homes, but my biggest worry with the process was being in a new neighborhood and that meant a new school. Most people know im a creature of habit and the thought of all those changes felt pretty scary, letting alone just the challenge of moving in its self. We searched bridlewood and surrounding neighborhoods but we couldn’t find what we wanted within our price range and bridlewood is a pretty small community and didn’t have a ton of options, when we saw our house Andrew wasn’t sure if he liked it, I loved the humongous yard and mainly the location, a few blocks behind the school, big corner lot but quiet corner of the neighborhood, we also knew this house meant changing floors, paint, kitchen and also the basement developed. But we thouyght with a little TLC towards the home we could make it what we wanted :). We have only lived in this house for a week and a half and I still have SO much to put away and do but when we got possession a week before we moved in Andrew and with the help of our parents demoed the floors, kitchen and we had painters come in and we hired people for our counters and backsplash but all the flooring installation and making and hanging the cabinets Andrew did. kind of scary since we are complete beginners at doing ANY renos, but we are happy with the results although it was harder than it looks and we expected haha!! The basement has not been started, and we still have our garage to organize but for now I will show you the before and afters of the painting floors and kitchen!

Andrew and I still want to do some crown molding to finish the top of the cabinets and change the black fridge to stainless steel but in time :)

Andrew and I still want to do some crown molding to finish the top of the cabinets and change the black fridge to stainless steel but in time :)

this was the only shot with the floors and colour of the dining room

this was the only shot with the floors and colour of the dining room


Summer recap 2018

So I wanted to do a summer recap back in august but of course life got busy and my blog is always on the back burner, but I love it for memories sake. This was kind a bust of a summer, the first week I remember only doing indoor activities with the kids because it poured rain then all of august it was a smokey mess and we ended up canceling our trip to summerland because it was basically up in flames and we didn’t want to spend all our days there inside. We compromised and went to sylvan for a close and easy get away, it was still smokey but not as bad as BC and we rented a boat for fun, we all LOVED it! We think we will do it again next summer since it is so close and you could even just go up for the day. We also managed to go camping which was awesome but it was 36 degrees in drumheller, we were so freaking hot there im pretty sure the entire trip we just were all sweating! The kids got a fun ride in a helicopter and go carting! We also used our passes a ton this summer to granary road and heritage park! I will definitely buy those passes again, probably not our calaway park pass though as we only went once! It was still a full busy summer and of course went by way too fast!

Autumn is SEVEN

I cannot believe this darling girl of ours is seven years old. Time with her is never enough and savoring every second is hard, life is so busy and has so many moving pieces but taking in the love I feel with Autumn is fulfilling and warming. This girl changed me as a person, sure all my kids have, Lincolns struggles profoundly awoke me, Ryder was a warm tender piece that I need but Autumn has been this amazing, yet strong willed child. She is full of personality, she is hilarious and weird, strong willed and determined, a true firecracker, just what I needed but mainly what we all needed. She’s helped shape Lincoln so much, shes helped teach Ryder, shes brought so much love to her daddy, shes given me such an eye opening glimpse into my self, because she really is so much like me. My friend put it best, Autumn is Andrea, if Andrea were an extrovert. LOL, totally true, and maybe she gets that fire cracker extrovert personality side from her daddy. Either way no matter who she gets what from, she is her own beautiful spirit, I love witnessing her growth, her achievements, but mainly just her love. Happy birthday my dear treasure. Lets all admire now how freaking cute she was and is!!