Weekending.

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We’re weekending quite slowly this week (instead of the race morning I thought i’d have! hoping taking it easy will see me returning to running sooner rather than later). Garden work for those of us who can. Bread making for others. Visiting with friends & family. Mud-kitchen-playing, in a white dress. I woke up the the sound of play coming through the windows – the older two already enjoying the sunshine while Juliette and I were still in bed.

It’s a summer week-end in early May. We’ll take it.

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Also, I wanted to share this here — if you have a second to watch this video, I would be thankful. This lovely woman is one of my cousins (and by one of, you’ll need to understand that I have about fifty!) but she’s incredible in her love of life — and in her love of my children. And it’s mutual. My three kids adore her. They love that she has a yoga mat with her, everywhere she goes. They love that she will spend time with them when they see each other. When we visit my parents they always ask if she’ll be around. and if not WHEN could they please see her. They love her!

So please, oh please, click on this video and have a laugh with her. Every click helps get her closer to the possibility of winning 1500$ towards her yoga teaching tuition for this summer. She also blogs at The Bliss Project Blog about “Trying new things, living out loud and being amazing!”

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{It’s been a week of fabulous moments. a lovely week-end wedding. aunt+uncle. family. friends. perfect spring weather. happy.}

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On my thirty-fourth birthday…

I turned thirty four yesterday. And for my birthday, mother nature decided to send us a FULL WEEK of incredible weather. Summer, in May. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have days in which I can spend doing what I would like. Realisitically, I have very few of those days – I tend to do too much or not enough, but always in “doing something or should be doing something” mode. I don’t do well with sitting still in a productive fashion. My downtime is normally “exhaustion” and therefore I crash instead of actually relax. Yesterday, I spent a day doing anything BUT things on a list. NOTHING from a list actually. Other than the loose list of what it was that I was going to do with my day.

It went something like this…

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.. breakfast with the birds.

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.. soaking up the kids playing at school and then heading off on their morning walk with them. This walk is such a gift. This school is a gift. This teacher… well, there are no real words to describe this teacher. We’re blessed, that’s for absolute certain. And being that the kids are six and a half, I hold on to the fact that there’s a high chance this school occupies a large part of their childhood memories to draw from later in life.

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.. a walk in the forest ALONE. Not one, but two. (so yes, I went to the forest three different times on my birthday.) on the third time it was to run. during which I hurt myself so badly I’m forced to take a few days off. More importantly, I’m forced to not run the race I had been training for. I’m holding on to the fact that I sign up for these races to TRAIN. And I did train. And that it’s better to be hurt being active than getting hurt doing nothing and being out of shape. It’s helping a tiny bit.

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.. Found daffodils in the yard. I was 98% sure we wouldn’t have any by my birthday this year since last week was winter(ish) here. But they bloomed with perfect timing as they always do.

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.. picnic in the park with friends of seventeen years. This year, we flip the balance of ‘I’ve known them for longer than not.’ Amazing. (it also must mean I’m getting older, in theory. right?)

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.. Picnic. twice in one day. Need I say more? A rare dinner outside before black fly season. YES! Actually, come to think of it I only ate outside yesterday!

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.. key lime cheesecake. (we should refer to this as lime cheesecake. we didn’t have keylimes.) delicious. and an annual tradition since last year. With every bite I was thinking how glad I am that it’s easy to make a fabulous gluten free cheesecake 🙂 Well, for Adam to make said cake.

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.. and last but not least, colour in the sky at bedtime. and then quiet. while I sat still hoping my injury was less than it was. but today it was confirmed that it was as bad as I initially thought. and so sit I will do.

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{building a culvert. he was soooo into this project, it was remarquable. On this day spring was here. it has since fully frozen, and as I write this – it’s snowing. Mid April. It’s been a very wintery spring to be certain.}

also sharing a moment at Mariposa’s blog today – have a look!


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A treat for lunch

Yesterday I thought I’d make us a post-dinner treat (i suppose I could refer to it as desert!) of the slow roasted grape + brie kind. I saw this recipe (or method maybe?) on Lisa’s blog and had to try it. Well, as our evenings often do, it got carried away and between a playdate, a later than typical dinner, bath time and other routine things (as well as belly aches and cold symptoms!) we didn’t get to it. The grapes got pulled out of the oven as we were running around, five of us in five seemlingly different direction with one goal in mind: each of us colapsing quickly into beds/sofas — though each of us managed to taste the grapes at different times and all commented how delicious and apple like they tasted. Elizabeth & Alexandre insisted on bringing some on their lunches the very next day. Even when I commented that I wasn’t sure what I’d put on their lunch the next day, Alexandre exclaimed ‘as long as we have roasted grapes, it’s all good.’ funny kid.

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and so it is that today, we each had a treat for lunch. A brie wheel cut into four and sent in different directions. The same treat, just not together.

Twirl-ability.

Elizabeth & Juliette are going to be flower girls at the end of April for their aunt and uncle. They can’t wait. Elizabeth talks of dancing the night away while Juliette talks of her pretty dress and sparkly new shoes.

But they don’t have dresses yet. I had figured it all out — having basically carte blanche for creation. I was going to make a simple top + bubble skirt. I love bubble skirts on little ones – and haven’t made the girls any yet. I was taking measurements of Elizabeth – I had figured out yardage I needed and everything — when she says ‘no mama. I need it to be LONG.’ Uh-oh. LONG + Bubble wasn’t at all the look i was going for (cause unless it hits the floor — it doesn’t work. and frankly, while she might be ok in a long-to-the-floor dress, her two year old sister is absolutely not!) And so the dress was scrapped. Back to the drawing board. Not a problem.

A few days later we went shopping — hoping to find Alexandre shoes (cause he’s the ring bearer. well, regardless, he would need shoes I suppose!) and we saw a lovely summery bubble dress. large loud print — but the design of the dress was what I had in mind. ‘See Elizabeth… this is what it would look like!’ … pause … ‘but Mama… IT WON’T TWIRL!!!’

AH HA! She doesn’t need a “long” dress. She needs a twirl-able dress. Makes PERFECT sense. As the bride herself said ‘how could we have overlooked twirl-ability??’

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And so she shall twirl. A circle skirt. As twirl-able as they come Elizabeth. I drafted the pattern — and made her an Easter dress as a test. I’ll make Juliette one as well. My sister came over last night and asked if their dresses were yellow for the wedding. ‘Oh no, this is for Easter. This is the trial run. For the wedding I will splurge on actual fabric, not bed sheets!’ But oh how this bedsheet looks good on her, wouldn’t you agree? (for the record, this is a bedsheet that’s been used once as a photographic backdrop. never on beds. Not that I would care at all if it had been used – but I thought i’d share — in case you run into my daugther and you have issues with using bed linens for clothes. it’s crisp + new. Though wouldn’t it also look fabulous in soft vintage floral sheets? Oh yes! Must find some.)

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{apparently, my six year olds are naturals at cross country skiing. Better yet — they both absolutely love it. So grateful to have gotten back to the forest this way with my little ones. I skied for the first time in about 18 years this week!}

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