School Daze

Monday, November 2, 2015

Last week was quite the experience for us as shooting for a Canadian reality show kicked off. 

We shot in a local establishment, as well as at our house, and watched some professional cameramen work serious magic while they were being challenged by the crazy storm we had last week. 

It was completely surreal to have a makeup artist there to make us up, as well as having to make numerous outfit changes. Thank gawd I have some awesome dresses to choose from, unlike Miss A, who was thrown into whatever was clean. Luckily she has good looks and her charm to distract viewers of her mismash sense of style and wild hair.

Our house was the cleanest it has ever been, and I felt emotional and proud when I'd hear from our guests how awesome our house is. Rockstar also felt emotional when he pulled out the fridge to discover more handymen specials and skeletal remains, but not emotional in the good way.

This week demos take place, and we thought it was best to relocate the crew, minus Bonham the Cat, during this first week of chaos. We were lucky to score a room at our friend's spectacular B&B, South in Milford, which is an old rural elementary school turned home/B&B. Our "room" is the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Toronto, and they are both kid and dog friendly. 

After a couple more days of shooting this week, we will make the trip back to our house on Sunday, where the real chaos will ensue. 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 7 weeks of living in the deep pits of renovations. It could be worse. It could be us doing our own renos.
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Bring On The Lights, Cameras, and Hammers?!?!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Well, after almost 2 years of living here, and zero work done on our house, the time has come to fork over a crap load of cash-o-la and enter renovation land.

After reaching out to numerous county contractors, and not getting a single bite, we decided to approach this another way. Reality TV.

You heard that right folks! The Kelly Family in Cherry Valley is going to be part of a Canadian TV reality show involving renovations. After applying, getting accepted, turning it down, being approached again, turning it down, to one final plea, we finally signed up to join the mass culture's obsession, (and a lifelong dream of Rockstar's *sarcasm*) to be on reality TV.

While I cannot share which show we will be on, nor what work they will be doing, I do plan to share some of our adventures during the 8 week ordeal. Like our time at South in Milford where we will be staying while demolition takes place. How we will be trying to plan for Christmas with a group of our closet 30 friends in and out of our house. I sense some serious jam sessions around the Christmas Tree will be happening.

Stay tuned to my blog, or better yet, follow me on instagram for daily updates.

Count down to 8 weeks of chaos starts NOW!!
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"Shut Up and Do It"

Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Shut up and do it!"

A way of life I have recently adopted. It came to be on July 31, when the big fat sky lit up alongside the "blue moon" and I decided to make some personal goals for myself after reading an article on Elephant Journal.

I'm not one who believes in "hocus pocus". I do however believe in creating your own destiny
No more days should be wasted waiting for things to magically change. We are the ones that can create those changes as we have all the magic and creativity within. We just need to believe in ourselves, to be brave and rise like the phoenix from the ashes and we are capable of soaring. We can achieve everything our hearts desire with a little hard work, determination and—more than anything—self-belief.

On July 31, I practiced some yoga in the glow of the blue moon, and with a haunting storm on its way, I have made some choices:

1. I made a commitment to run three days a week, and as of last Friday, can proudly tell others I can run 5km. I am now looking forward to the 5km run Seamus and I signed up for next weekend.

2. I made the decision to terminate my working contract, early, in the data storage industry, in favour of taking on a new contract in the public transit industry. An industry I know nothing about, but with a company that is growing quickly, where I have the opportunity to work under the guidance of a successful business woman.

3. I am bringing back a bi-weekly house cleaner. She starts in two weeks, and I can't wait.

4. Cleaner eating. I have successful lost 30lbs since March 10, 2015. I feel fabulous and want to explore other areas where I can adapt a lifestyle change. It's important to me to make choices that can be forever. If it's something I know I cannot commit to, and know it's something I will not be able to sustain, then it's not for me. So while I will not eliminate animal products completely from my life, I'm going to be very choosy about what I consume. For example, if I'm going to get a burger, it better be the best damn burger.

The decision has been made, that while I have others who need my time and attention, if I continue to ignore my own health and happiness, I will one day wake up at age 60 and feel like crap-o-la. Well, that will not happen to this lady. Instead, I hope to wake up at 60 years of age, throw on my rockin' bikini, and head over to the Sandbanks and wake board with the best of them.

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It's Thursday, which means it's BEACH day!

Friday, July 31, 2015

When Eggs was just over a year, when we took him to the bluffs in Scarborough, and he was NOT impressed with the water. Nope, not happening.

When we took Miss A to the Sandbanks for the first time, she ran into the water, fell face first, and laughed her butt off. We have on our hands, a water baby, that's for sure.

The past few weeks, now that it's getting toasty outside, Rockstar and I decided that Thursday evening would be our family beach night, We pack up a picnic and head to the sandbanks, which, as I brag about all of the time, is a 10 minute drive from our house to the white sand.

While we only spend an hour there, the kids love playing in the sand, jumping into the waves, and eating our SANDwiches.

I'm not much of a sun person. Having see-through-white children, makes me that much more "meh" about the sun. That said, watching how excited the kids are to go to the beach, and having this national treasure a short drive away, not going would be plain silly. Pin It

Adventures in Prince Edward County as a Resident

Friday, July 17, 2015

This summer has been fabulous. With Rockstar no longer working every weekend, we've been able to get out and get our county on. Following are some of the highlights of our summer this far, with local favourites (and new discoveries) interspersed throughout.

Wellington is the place to be for Canada Day, and even more so when there are bouncy castles, and music by Rockstar and his father.

The Grange Winery has a Friday Night Market, and when you throw in a picnic basket dinner, you have yourself the perfect start to the weekend.

While Rockstar was getting set up for a week helping out at the inaugural Old School Bluegrass Camp, the kids and I took off to explore the yearly Lavender Festival

The local child care centre, The Hub Centre, hosts free events throughout the year. Last weekend the kids and I joined in on their water day, complete with lots of sun and tasty treats.

Every once in a while we need our "kids free" time, and last week we ended up at the annual Jamie Kennedy Fish Fry. Rockstar was trying to fit in as an adult. 

You know who is a fabulous entertainer? Fred Penner. And watching Fred Penner do this thing at The Hayloft Dancehall was a magical treat for the entire family. Although pretty sure Eggs would tell you the bouncy castle and slide was the real headliner.

Apparently this spring and summer's rain put a significant dent in the strawberry population. So when Eggs and I heard there were some "pick your own" strawberry patches open for business, we did not wait to get there.

Since The Surf Burger House opened up 5 minutes down the road, we've been there, ummm, a lot. Best.friggin.burgers. 

A friend of Rockstar's opened up Go Fish Vintage, a tasteful, addictive, barn-shop in Hillier. We went, I drooled, I came home with some fabulous housewares. I need to go back.

So there you go, since I can't tap my own maple trees, house chickens, or raise alpacas, I might as well explore the festivals and businesses of those who can. Go county or go home!

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Mr Eggs Graduates Pre-Pre-School

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This morning the fam jam attended Eggster's pre-pre-school graduation.

Back in September, we made the decision to enrol him into a program through the Hub Centre, which runs a pre-school program two mornings a week. My original thought behind enrolling him was to get him out of the house a couple of days a week for socializing, and allow us parents time to bond with Miss A.

Since starting school, in collaboration with what we do at home and natural development, Eggs can now:

1. Count from 1 - 100, count by 10's to 100, and can recognize numbers from 1 - 100. We've been working on super simple math and counting by 5's at home.
2. Recite the alphabet and recognize both upper and lower case letters. In talking to one of his teachers, she tells me that if one of his peers are stuck on the alphabet, when asked, Eggs will help his buddy figure out the next letter.
3. Read and write his first name clearly, and can spell his full name (most of the time)
4. He's potty trained!!
5. His love of building and creating structures has exploded and is getting quite complex
6. He's now working on puzzles as large as 48 pieces

Obviously I love the idea of my son enriching his vocabulary and filling his brain, but witnessing his sense of independence continue to strengthen, and watching his desire to embrace new challenges is just as impressive.

We have already decided Eggs will return to his final year of pre-school come the fall, and Miss A will follow in her brother's foot steps the following fall. I'm incredibly grateful for this local program. Pin It

Food, Wine, and Alpacas

Monday, June 8, 2015

Yesterday was a fabulous day to explore the Hillier gems in Prince Edward County. Being my birthday today, I'm 25,  I wanted to hang out with my peeps and check out some old and new favourites.

We started the day enjoying a tasty brunch menu at Agrarian, made by another Gemini, Chef Neil. Nothing kicks off a fun day with a belly full of drool-worthy eats. From there we ventured over to family-run Broken Stone Winery, who welcomed us with a bubble wand, hammock, and wine for me. The hammock ... le sigh ... I could have stayed in that puppy all day long. And I would have, if were weren't heading to the main event .....

AN ALPACA FARM!!!! Do yourself a favour and head over to SHED Chetwyn Farms. Not only do they raise alpacas that you can admire and talk to, but they converted a chicken coop into a pop up shop, selling the most beautiful knits I have ever seen.

I want a pack of alpacas. Rockstar says no. However, when he heard that llamas, the cousin of the alpaca, scare off coyotes, his "no" had some wiggle room around it. No, I did not come home with a pack of alpacas and llamas, but it will be something we explore. And no, explore does not mean execute the addition of llamas into our family next week. For a couple of years now, we talked about possibly adding Irish Wolfhounds into our clan 10 years from now. In reality, llamas would be much cheaper, and the names I picked out for the Wolfhounds, Wallace and Dougall, will transfer well.

Decision made. For my 29th birthday (AKA 4 years from now), I will be getting more land, and 2 llamas. Or 1 llama and 1 alpaca.

Be jealous, it's ok.

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