Her favorite perch to sit on as she brushes her teeth at the closing of the day.
We have a lovely park at the end of the path behind our house.  It is one of the true treasures of our new place and it is the perfect toddler-sprint distance.

We gave Zoey a pair of bob-skates for Christmas so when the first not-minus-a-gazillion winter day hit, we dashed to our neighborhood rink.  She had so much fun, stomping and gliding we could barely get her off the ice.  

Because when you find a original Lite-Brite in a thrift store for $4, you buy it and take it home immediately.

February always seems so dreadfully long, but when the warmer temperatures hit, boy do we make the most of it.  This girl has an easy-going, adventurous little heart.

Play it, girl.

Most days she still has a solid nap in the afternoon.  Some days she is out cold for hours and that means that I get to tip-toe into her room and squish her cherub cheeks with smooches.  The way she nuzzles that blanket is about the only baby-ish thing left in her.

Well, this is embarrassing.  Dedicate myself to a project and then take off!  Despite the appearances of my blog, I have been picking up my SLR more often than not, and taking weekly pictures of my growing girl has been a cinch.  Posting them, has been an altogether different matter, and I've been feeling a little bit uninspired with this blog.  I guess that comes with the ho-hum winter territory.  We all get a case of the blahs, do we not?  Well, we've actually gone on a number of wintery adventures lately and I truly need to share some of those shots here.  You know, before spring hits in full force and winter pictures are totally awkward.



Bathtime is still a time of calm and quiet play in our day.  She's a little bit possessive of the little blue container that we use to get her hair wet and very particular with the order that the squirt toys get lined up along the edge but the giggles flow freely when it comes time to clean between her toes.

The mild days have been perfect for adding a touch of adventure to our morning.



I know she looks pretty forlorn in this picture, but my first moments with my girl each morning are really my favourite.  Typically she awakes with a sigh and a song: a melody from a show she has watched recently, baby beluga, songs from dance class, anything is up for grabs.  I often hear her chattering to her dolls and stuffies and then at last she will call out for me, "Mama?  Maaaaaaamaaaaaa?"  And so our day begins.  She is the sweetest.

*Isn't the new blog design just lovely?  Many thinks to Suzana at This Girl Design.  I cannot recommend her prompt and warm services enough!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and yours!  I have a renewed desire to write and post here again, and you've probably already guess why that is.  Yes, we are so eager to share that a new little one will be joining our family July 4th, 2014!  Our kid will become kids, which is still so crazy to think about.  It has been a fun little secret to keep to ourselves, but as you can tell, it becomes a little bit trickier the second time around when overnight, it seems, you wake up with an expanded belly.  I'm sure some of you had a hunch when I took a 3 month vaycay from this space which was mostly due to the fact that I had little desire to peel myself off the couch for fear I would hurl.  Oi, 1st trimester, you are the worst!  Zoey and I had many days at home and this mama let her watch lots of TV as I sat with my head on the table munching on one of the 4 things that tasted OK for 12 weeks: yogurt, cereal, toast, or soup.  Seriously, what did pregnant ladies do before honey toast and ginger tea?

The past couple weeks have felt pretty good, besides a tendency to start yawning around 10pm at night.    I am grateful for a toddler that still naps so that I can rest when she does in the afternoon.  We are excited to be under the care of the same midwife that delivered our Zoey and we have already had a couple appointments that have basically involved Zoey exclaiming that there is a baby in mama's tummy and asking, "growing?"  So happy to report that this little one is growing well!



I have a renewed desire to pick up my SLR again.  After a crazy September/October/November/December, my poor beautiful Canon sadly gathered dust. Instagram and my iPhone were just an easier way to keep family in the loop.  But there really is nothing like a real camera, is there?  So this year, I am committing to a weekly photo challenge of taking a photo of my daughter.  And it should be a challenge because she is totally in a, don't take any pictures of me, ever, but if you do, it better be fun phase.  This week I captured a morning moment in her pop-tent Arden and I built her for Christmas.  Mornings are my favourite with Zoey.  She is chatty, content, and and oh so snuggly.  I love her wild morning hair and groggy little face.

*There's still time to join in the photography fun!  Anyone wanna join me???

More soon, I promise.  Shock of all shockers, I think I'm inspired to blog again.


The Summer of the Bucket List: Part 2

Our Zoey is 2, can you believe it?!?!  Mid-August we packed up the car one hot Saturday afternoon and took off to our city's zoo.  It was Zoey's first time and she had a hoot pointing out all the animals she knew.  She took in everything eagerly and with a grin.  When it came time for her turn on the carousel, boy did she have a death grip on that thing.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate our girl and her 2nd year.  I can tell you already, toddlerhood is a doozy.  But the way her soft voice sings first thing in the morning, and the way she will cup my face in her hands with care, and the way her head of hair bounces when she runs; they are all pennies that I tuck in my pockets so that I can hear them jingle softly when the meltdowns crescendo skyward.  Oh, the meltdowns.

This year has been my favourite and perhaps I may say that for the rest of her life.  It has been so special to watch her explore the world around her and find ways to communicate her affection and, to put it mildly, her distaste for things.  She is fiery and she is tender.  She is robust and she is soft.  She is determined and she is easygoing.

Zoey, mothering you will forever be one of my life's sweetest and trickiest of journeys.  Happy Birthday, my darling!  


The summer of the bucket list Part 1

Well hi,

I know it has been months and months and months since I've been in this space.  It's October and I flew the coup here long ago.  And then I hesitated starting up again because I had a bajillion photos and a gazillion things to say and there was no hope I would ever catch up.

This was a summer of easy going days that were back-to-back against days/weeks/months that were our busiest yet.  This was the summer that my baby became a toddler.  This was the summer that I thought toddler-hood was going to do me in.  This was the summer that we celebrated milestones.  This is the summer that dreams came true.  This was the summer that I couldn't wait to end.  This was the summer that I wanted to last forever.

And now here we are stepping into late-autumn with summer a distant memory.  Our days have truly been special but not without an element of intensity.  I'll try and toss in a couple of posts here and there of some of our summer highlights but let's start dusting off this 'ol blog, shall we?

Hope you are well!