Mexico 2019

Well we are home from vacation and we had such a good time in Mexico! because this is our third time to Cabo (shameful, i hate people who vacation to the same place when theres so much world to see and here I am becoming one of those people!!) but it was an easy choice for us, as its a super short flight (4hours), and easy place to go to, all the kids want to do anyways is swim so we made sure to pick the best resort we could find with a huge pool and waterslides! Me being the person on vacation who has a hard time relaxing had to get over that this trip when the kids literally spent the entire day in the pool so i got comfortable swimming, laying around, suntanning (burning!!) and eating gross amounts of guacamole haha! It was a nice change of pace for us actually and such beautiful scenery, we were also blessed with gorgeous weather the whole trip and the resort being brand new it wasn’t busy at all so the kids had the slide to them selves the entire trip which was really nice. The only part of the trip that sucked was returning home in the airport Ryder being over tired and sick of being on the plane decided to have the worlds biggest breakdown which lasted im not kidding an hour, all because I took his suitcase from him on the plane and carried it out because he was going so slow holding up a line of people well I shouldn’t have done that because it made him so mad he cried all through the security and passport line and even security working there was asking why he was upset, come on people we are travelling with an over tired highly emotional toddler LOL from my experience with kids this happens frequently but I guess for people not used to kids they were worried or disturbed. All I could do was laugh because we had made it the whole trip with good behavior and everyone did really well on the way there that of course we needed to have one minor breakdown by someone haha. Traveling with kids is never “easy” even if they all were pretty chill this trip it still takes so much work packing everything they need and making sure everyone has everything in order, I think I am good now for another year without a kid trip! we did venture in to town one day for the kids to buy each an souvenir and to find someone to braid Autumns hair which she was so excited about! This trip I also didn’t bother booking a photographer, something I have done on all our past trips, I do kind of regret not booking it because with our self timer we didn’t get that many photos but at least we have one updated family picture for this year!

Now photo time!

Basement Reno and Life catch up

Hi Friends and family! since Christmas life has continued to be busy, this year we have bit off more than we can chew in a lot of ways, we decided to just go for the basement renos after we finished renovating lincolns room. We thought we would wait a while but after seeing how incredibly messy and dusty the job is to do drywalling tapping mudding etc in the basement we figured lets just get it over with because we know we will use the space a ton! We started with Lincolns bedroom as he desperately needed his own space, he has been such an incredible brother sharing his room with Ryder in our own house, he never complained and in fact for the few weeks in our new house Lincoln and Ryder both kept saying they missed each other so we said on a weekends the kids can sometimes have sleepovers in each other rooms or the bonus room. We let lincoln pick everything, he picked his wall colour, his desk, his bedding and of course the picture of the wall. So funny out of all the photos in Winners he saw that Cow and was like i need that!! I later told him its a Scottish cow which makes it extra cool and he was ecstatic haha, besides that we’ve been getting outside as much as we can when its not -20! I cannot wait to show everyone the rest of the basement when its done but were not close yet, still need to get our carpet installed and the finnishings! come April or may we may started the basement bathroom renos then!

a little backstory for the photos, some of new years eve because I totally forgot to share those, some of the kids opening up their valentines presents and I had a backdrop set up for a clients photos and Prairie was posing so hilariously on it we had to take some of her lol!

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