Commuting from the County and Weekly Date Night

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's been 4+ months since I've gone back to work full time, on a long-term contract. The company I contract for is in the data storage industry, an industry I was introduced to back in 2004. I enjoy this world... Fast paced, surrounded by highly intelligent individuals. And being 10 years older, I'm much more mature for this industry.

This company, and my manager, is flexible with working from home, but at least 2 days a week it's recommended we show our faces if we are not on a client's site. Since we only have one family vehicle, this means I take the via train in once a week to Toronto, and spend the night with my ultimate bestie.

Moving away from Toronto was hard, and it was moving away from her and her dance family which proved to be the toughest adjustment. Initially I thought it was the community as a whole I missed, not being able to teach the students and take pride in knowing that a small part of my teaching made them as successful as they are. And while I do miss that, them, it's really my friendship with my friend of 11+ years, and seeing her many times a week that I took advantage of. Fast forward to now, and being able to have a weekly grown-up date with her, outside of the studio. We pick up some food, go back to her place, drink wine, throw on some netflix, and chat. We chat about everything. I missed my person tremendously, and I'm glad we've found a way to get some much needed time with my twisted sister.  Pin It

Local News Headliner

Friday, February 6, 2015

When Eggs was born, I told Rockstar I had big plans that included him being the first ever Olympian/Juno winner. Well, looks like we're on the right path of future Olympian.

If you want to see the behind the scenes video of this photo, you can see that here.

PS - Although it would be cool for Eggster to be an Olympian/Juno winner, I'm totally kidding. I just want him to be awesome at whatever he decides to do and let the city council decide where to erect his life-size statue. Ha! Pin It

House Decisions and the Winter Carnival

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Every once in a while I wonder if our current house is our "happily ever after" home. I love this house, but at 3,200 sq feet, it's a big house. And unlike Toronto, any upgrades we put into this house does not guarantee we'll get that money back. So what's a home owner in the county to do? Do minimal upgrades in case we decide to move? Or go all in, enjoy the improvements, and if we decide to downsize, know we may lose our investment?

{Milford Winter Carnival 2015}

The couple of times I mention a possible future downsize to Rockstar, he responds the same way. "If we are selling this house, we are not re-locating to another part of the county. We are moving back to the city". Ugh.

{Milford Winter Carnival 2015}

While I'm not one to kick and scream at the idea of moving back one day, I really do love living here. The family friendly events, the abundance of farmer's market, the beautiful backdrop every minute of every day. The county is pretty damn special and a great place to live and grow with my family. That said, the city has my family, our friends, more job opportunities, and musical outlets for Rockstar. The only things, yet important things, missing from the county (although I do have forever friends within a 30 minute drive who I don't see enough).

{Milford Winter Carnival 2015}
My smart Rockstar said to me "Why are we thinking about this? Do we really want to live here thinking that maybe in x amount of years we'll be moving?". How right he is. Why try and predict what we'll be doing in 5 years? Instead, I will enjoy each day growing with my family, embracing this amazing community, and make an effort to form lifelong friendships. Oh, and make upgrades to our home along the way.
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Shared Room and a Cuban Wedding

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A week before Christmas, Rockstar and I enlisted the help of Pam Nease, Sleep Consultant. We used Pam with great success for Eggs when he was a wee little babe, and decided to use her to guide us through our next big transition. A shared bedroom.

{Photo of my bestfriend and me at her Cuban wedding. 14 years of friendship with this girl 
who knows all my deepest and darkest secrets. Photo by the amazing Erin Campbell Photography}

While pregnant with Miss A, Rockstar and I decided that it made most sense to move her into Eggs's room as it's the warmest room (coolest in the summer), and made the most sense logistically (you have to walk through his room to get to the other rooms in the house). Up until this point, Miss A was sleeping in my office, and with work ramping up, it was time for her to relocate.

{The dresses we wore were convertible dresses that can be worn 30+ different ways.  
I opted for the sleeve style to hide my  chicken wings and tan lines - photo by Erin Campbell Photography (crop by me}

So here we are, a week into the "shared-room experiment" and so far it's going amazing!
  • Miss A is still napping 3 - 4 times a day. On most days Rockstar is able to align their nap times so they both go down during Egg's sole nap.
  • Bedtime routine consists of a shared bath, book reading by kid #1, final feeding for her, the "goodnight" ritual to Frank the Monkey (toddler clock), song led by Eggs, and both are down, in their cribs, between 7 - 730pm
  • Both are usually dead to the world until 7-730am. The odd time she does wake up (one quick cry), he doesn't make a sound. They are learning quickly how to ignore one another.
{The beaches in Santa Clara are amazing! While the other gals in the photo didn't 
quite get the "jump after 3", I am quite impressed with the air I captured. Yay me! 
photo by Erin Campbell Photography

The kids seem to really enjoy having one another in their room.  Some times we hear R singing to Miss A with her cackling along, and sometimes we get the worried cry from him that "Lobster is crying!" But in the end, the sleeping is going strong (with his final 2 teeth and her first coming in during this time as well) and us parents continue to sleep 9+ hours nightly. Yes, 9 consecutive hours. 

{For more photos of the wedding, and some INSANELY awesome photos, check out Erin's gallery here}

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Ringing in the New Year Alone

Friday, January 9, 2015

This year I rang in the New Year fast asleep at my parent's place before taking off to Cuba, sans family, to celebrate my best friend's wedding. This was the first time I was away from my children, for a long period of time, since our trip to Iceland.

I have a confession to make. IT WAS FABULOUS!! To spend 6 nights without anyone to worry about was such a break. I woke up when I wanted to NOT when my kids told me it was time. I ate whatever and whenever I wanted. I took solo swims in the ocean, getting lost in my thoughts with each wave I jumped into. Simply excellent.

Yes, I missed my kids and Rockstar tremendously, and many times I wished Rockstar was there with me, but in the end, starting off the new year being forced to hang out with myself more than I have in a very long time brought such clarity. I AM AS COOL AS I THINK! HA!

No really, I enjoy my own company and decided I should do more of that in 2015.

Here's to an entire year learning more about the person I want to be. And here's to Rockstar looking after 2 kids, 2 dogs and a cat on his own for 6 nights. Total Rockstar.

ETA: If you want to check out some photos taken of the wedding, be sure to follow Erin Campbell Photography. Her work is excellent. Pin It

Ria joins the Kelly Clan in the County

Friday, December 19, 2014

This is Ria and she just turned 12 years old.

{awesome canvas captured by the amazing Marcia Leeder}

We met Ria back in 2010 when we met and fell in love with Seamus.

{baby Seamus at 10 weeks old and his mom, Ria .. "So long kid!"}

Ria joined our family on Dec 3, 2014 after I saw posting about her looking for a new home via Pointing Dog Rescue Canada (the rescue organization I have been volunteering with since 2012). Rockstar and I have been toying with the idea of bringing a second dog into our home for about a year, but really, our house is crazy enough. HA! However, when I found out that Ria, Seamus's mom, was looking for a new retirement home, we had to take her. HIS MOM PEOPLE!!

{velcro book ends}

Yes, I have become that lady. And yes, we are a little crazy to add another member to our clan, but .. she is awesome-sauce just like her son.

Again, his mom people. His real, live, birth-mom. Pin It

Christmas in the County

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I'm sure Christmas everywhere is fabulous, but Christmas in the County is amazing! There are so many activities to do that it's physically impossible to do it all. With that in mind, we've decided on events the whole family can enjoy.

This weekend my parents came down so decided to stay local and have pancake breakfast with Santa hosted by the Cherry Valley Lions. As soon as Eggs saw Santa, he ran over, said hello and jumped on his lap. We should have left him in his sweater and toque for his photo, because as soon as we took it off, he was no longer ... cooperative.


Aside from Miss A throwing coffee at me, it was a great way to kick off our weekend adventure. Next up, we made our way to Wellington to check out the craft sale and visit whoville. We didn't stay too long as we were long past Miss A's nap schedule and the temperatures were starting to drop.


To end our day, we finally got our tree trimmed and watched some Christmas flicks. Next year I hope to get to a tree farm and chop down our own, as we really should have a 10ft live tree in our house. It's only right. Next weekend, I plan to attend the Busy Hands Craft Sale with the intention to finish up my shopping. Key word there is "intention". Pin It