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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:
needing, missing, reading, hoping, playing

We are currently needing some down time as a family. The past two weekends we were away on camping trips, which both involved 3+ hour drives, long nights of fitful sleeping, and resulted in a mountain of laundry that will probably take me until October to catch up on. We were planning to head to my parents for the long-weekend, but staying home and lounging around the house seems a lot more appealing at this point. 

I am currently missing having time to blog. I'm hoping that once Kale is back to school next week that I might be able to catch up on some blogging. I have lots of posts to share, but just not the time. I actually started writing this post yesterday and it's 5:30pm and I'm only on the second theme. How is that kids know to wait until you sit down to do something to ask you for a glass of water??? Is this a gift that your kids have too? 


I am currently reading...

I am currently hoping that Kale's return to school next week is painless. As much as he enjoyed school last year, I think that being home with Bea and I this past month has been pretty special for him. I have a feeling that this year will be hard for him, when he knows that Bea and I are both at home. This "feeling" has been compounded by the fact that he's straight up been telling me that he doesn't want to go back to school....wish us luck! 

Kale is currently playing a few (carefully selected) video games. As much as I was a fan of Super Mario when I was a kid, I feel overwhelmed with the video game world as a parent and have no idea how to navigate it all. I really have no interest in trying to screen every game for my kid, but at the same time, don't particularly want him playing games with violence (which seems to be 90% of them). This week I allowed Kale to play a Paw Patrol game online and was really surprised at how well he listened to the instructions and kept trying even when he lost (Kale is of the "If I'm not a superstar at something immediately, I hate it" camp...tell me he isn't the only 4 year old like this???). 


Next weeks themes: 
loving, craving, demanding, questioning, worrying


CURRENTLY [link up]

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.

CURRENTLY [link up]

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.