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THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
calling, lighting, making, watching, planning


I am currently calling myself lucky for having avoided making a trip to the grocery store with both kids for six months. Unfortunately, my luck ran out this morning. Our fridge was sporting some fuzzy strawberries and a case of tonic and I fed Kale a scoop of WowButter for breakfast, so it was kind of necessary for us to go. I used to do the grocery shopping on my own. It was my sanctuary. Then Kale decided he wanted to roll with me and it became our special thing to do together. This morning was the end of an era and instead of leisurely making my way through the produce or trading jokes with Kale, I put the cart in high gear and we barely got out alive. 

My face is currently lighting up when I see that my TimeHop pictures are ready. Do you all have this app? It shows you the pictures you posted on social media on the same day in previous years. I love seeing all the adorable shots of Kale and seeing what we were up to at this point in time in years past. 

Kale is currently making sure I "don't say that word." You literally don't realize how much you say something until you ask a four year old to remind you not to say it. For us, it's "Oh my god." I asked Kale to remind me not to say it after I heard him drop it a few times and now he's regularly reprimanding me all.day.long. 

Beatrix is currently watching every little thing her brother does. Why is it that the worse his behaviour is, the harder she laughs? Kale LOVES to make his sister laugh, so this combination is a straight up disaster. 

We are currently planning a family photo shoot this weekend - if the weather holds out for us. One day the report says rain, the next it's sunshine and blue skies. Hopefully we'll have some lovely shots of my beautiful family to share with you soon! 

Next weeks themes: 
needing, missing, reading, hoping, playing


BEATRIX MAE [six months]

I need to update this once I get her height and weight :)

Six months!!! Half a year! This is craziness! I can't believe how quickly time seems to be flying by and how quickly Beatrix is growing. When Kale was a baby, we were so anxious to see him reach the next stage and hit new milestones - crawling, walking, talking. We wanted to see it all! While we're equally excited to see Bea grow, we're spending more time enjoying where she's at, rather than where she's going. Nevertheless, it all seems to happen just as fast. 

This month Bea mastered sitting unassisted - although still topples and face plants (evidenced by the mark on her nose in the pic - eek!). She's also become quite the vocal kiddo, hooting and cooing and making sure we all know she's there and has something to say. More than once this has caused Kris and I to exchange wide-eyed glances that silently say "omg, what's it going to be like when they can both talk?" No one gets more conversation out of her than her brother, which makes a lot of sense considering she's at the stage of development where she's enthralled by people that "act differently." 

We also introduced Bea to food this month. We wanted to wait until she was six months and sitting on her own a bit better, but this girl had other plans. She told us she was ready by making epic dives for our food and losing her mind when she saw other people eat. We've been doing Baby Led Weaning (BLW), just like we did with Kale, and she's pretty much inhaled anything she can get her hands on. 

In terms of sleep, it was hit or miss this month. We had a couple rough nights that seemed to come out of nowhere with little explanation, but for the most part she continued to be a good nighttime sleeper. Naps were a pretty different story, as she seemed to get stuck in the habit of napping for only 45 minutes and being awake for a max of two hours. I tried all the tricks I know before saying "whateves." I spent way too much time stressing out about Kale's sleep to last me a lifetime, that I'm not going to worry about it. 

This month Bea also started showing a clear preference for mama. Kris is an acceptable replacement as long as I'm out of site, but she's not too keen on hanging out in the arms of anyone else. Even when it's just her and I, she's started crying when I set her down and walk away. As much as I love having her close, sometimes my arm is aching so bad from carrying around on my hip all day that I'm sure it's going to fall off. Unfortunately she hasn't been a fan of any of the carriers I have, but a new mei tai wrap might have fixed that (TBD). 

Kris, Kale and I are so happy to have Bea in our lives. I can barely wait to see what the next six months bring.

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THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
searching, wearing, needing, moving, eating 

Kale is currently searching for Paw Patrol toys. His obsession with this show seemed to come out of no where, but kid is living and breathing Paw Patrol. I bought him the only character Toys R' Us had in stock and then he started asking me to check the website about four times a day to see if they had any more in. He was starting to wallow in a deep depression until we came across a Target employee unloading them into a new display. He freaked out so hard that he attracted a crowd. Our living room is officially Paw Patrol headquarters and the only thing Kale has said to me for the past three days is, "Hey mama, want to play Paw Patrol with me?" 

Beatrix is currently wearing her birthday suit. I either completely forgot how much mess babies make when they start to eat solids or Beatrix is a massively messy eater (I think it's a bit of both). Either way, we strip her down for all meals and it's usually straight to the tub afterwards. Good thing a naked baby covered in avocado is cute, otherwise I might get pretty annoyed at scraping it off the floor all day. 

I am currently needing to stop time. Our last few weeks of summer are booked solid and I know it's going to fly by. The next six months of our lives will be full of transitions and new routines, with Kale back to school, me back to work, Kris on parental leave, and then both of us going full-time with Bea in care come January. The thought of it all has me wanting to find the closest rock to climb under and I'm slowly starting to realize where Kale's resistance to change and transitions comes from. 

We are currently moving into a tent for the next five days. Tomorrow we are packing up and heading five hours north for five full days of the great outdoors. Wish us all the sunshine and cross your fingers for kids that sleep (particularly the six month old type that only really sleeps well in her crib). 

Beatrix is currently eating everything she can get her hands on (which, for a kid that isn't mobile, is a lot). We thought we had a laid back baby on our hands, but girl is aggressive with the food. The only things she's not really down with is the baby cookies. She gives us the whole, "I know what real food tastes like and this is no it. What are you eating? Hand it over." Can't really blame her. 

next weeks themes: 
calling, lighting, making, watching, planning


FRESH AIR & OPEN WATERS

August 11, 2014


Last weekend we went and spent a few days at my parents house and had the most amazing time. The weather was perfect and we spent our days on the beach, playing in the water, going out on the boat, and taking a few tours with the kayak. Kale is so in his element when he's there - spending from sun up to sun down in his swim shorts, being as free and wild as he wants. Beatrix, as usual, went with the flow and enjoyed all the fresh air, as well as her first boat ride and a few mouthfuls of sand (this is some kind of baby initiation at the beach, right?). 

I know I've waxed poetic a million times before about my love for Georgian Bay, but it really is the most special place to me and has become even more so now that I have kids. It's a bit surreal knowing that my parents grew up on these waters. That they raised my brother and I here, returning every summer to familiar places and exploring new ones too. That now I've introduced my kids to the same places I spent my childhood. Jumped off the same rock with my four year old that I jumped off with my brother 30 years ago. That I let my baby sink her toes into the same sand that I rolled in as a baby. 








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August 6th, 2014


THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
craving, cleaning, daydreaming, growing, reading 

We are currently craving another weekend like last. We had three amazing days on Georgian Bay at my parents house and loved almost every minute (I could have done without the baby refusing to sleep thing). There was go-carting, boating, kayaking, surfing (ish), and beautiful, beautiful sunshine. I could do that weekend ten times over and never get tired of it.  

I am currently cleaning all the closets. One of the downfalls of living in an old house is the lack of closet space. Bea's room is sans closet and somehow her and I ended up sharing, while Kris took a closet in the hallway, and Kale has his own. Every organized closet on pinterest can't help me on this one - I know the answer is to purge and minimize, but the undies have to go somewhere, right?

We are currently daydreaming about our camping trip next weekend at Grundy Lake. It's one of our favourite camping spots and - BONUS! - we get to share our time there with some of our best friends. Part of my daydream involves taking both kids out for a canoe ride, which is probably a really terrible idea given the fact that neither of them can stay still for two seconds these days - but I'm going to try it anyway. Wish me all the luck. 

Both kids are currently growing like weeds. On the one hand, I'm pretty excited for fall wardrobes, which they're both going to need, but I do not care for the hit to the wallet on a mat. leave budget! 

I am currently reading a lot about the Israel-Palestine conflict. I try not to stray from posting about the kids and parenting on here,but I will share a few articles that have helped me learn, understand, and reflect... 


next weeks themes: 
searching, wearing, needing, moving, eating