Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Cape Breton Summer

Between a brand-new baby girl, Dan starting a new job, my health issues, and an effort to save our funds, Dan and I had a low-key, local summer so far. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we tried to keep our spirits up with little trips to fun spots in our area. We didn't get to the beach as often as we had planned (as of today, we've only been there twice) but plan to spend most of the evenings there this week.

Since Dan started a new job, we're on the hunt for a new home, too. The areas that we're looking in don't have many current options in our price range, but that doesn't stop us from looking. We have faith that the right place will come along at the right time. Before Dan took the new position, we had been searching for a home near his old job, but nothing worked out. We even had an offer in on what we thought was the perfect place, but it fell through. Now, in hindsight, we're thankful that it didn't work out. We were upset at the time, but since this new job opportunity came up, it's a wonderful thing that we're not stuck with a newly purchased home in the wrong community.

While we've been busy house hunting and baby-wrangling, we didn't plant a garden this year. I have a window box full of flowers and foliage, a container with three healthy basil plants, and a container with nasturtiums. That little bit of green goodness on my step is satisfying my need for growing things. I'm at home with Violet this year, so I have the opportunity to support our local producers and farmers' markets for our fresh veggies. My favourite grocery store is great to support Atlantic producers, so I'm able to support our local economy even at the "big box" stores.

Today's shaping up to be a good one. Violet had a great little nap, and I managed to have a uninterrupted shower, too. Dan's at work, so Violet and I are heading outside for a walk. Our dog, Sage, is eager to get out in the sunshine, and so are we!

How are you spending your summer? Do share!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Multitude Monday

Photobooth fun with our family of three
Good morning! Since it's Monday, I think I'll tackle another Multitude Monday. What's that? In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, or new to the blog, I'll explain the theory behind it. Each week, I like to list ten things that I'm currently thankful for. It's a great way to start my week off on a positive note, especially on Monday morning - which is usually a down-in-the-dumps time of the week. Feel free to chime in through the comments, on your own blog, or in a journal - you could even list a few things on your fridge as a gentle reminder this week.

Here's a list of the ten things that I'm currently thankful for:

771 - a much-needed quiet escape by myself on Saturday morning
772 - a yummy burrito, yellow beans, and an African necklace from the farmers' market
773 - enjoying a potluck and conversations with our church friends for lunch yesterday
774 - a calm morning: Violet enjoyed her feeding this morning, then fell asleep peacefully
775 - a working washer and dryer to keep our laundry fresh and clean
776 - being able to afford fruits and veggies that are delicious and nutritious
777 - singing "happy birthday" on repeat for V yesterday morning - it made her so happy!
778 - purchasing two new basic v-neck t-shirts that I'll get oodles of use from
779 - thrifting a couple of new-to-me books that I'm eager to sink my teeth into
780 - our recently cooler evenings that are so much better for sleeping

What about you? What are you currently thankful for? Do share!

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Still Kickin'

One of our beautiful Cape Breton sunsets
I'm popping in to let you know that after almost two months of not blogging, I'm still kicking.

Between doctors' appointments, family get-togethers, Cape Breton sunshine and raising a sweet baby girl, my blog has taken a bit of a backseat. I miss taking (and having!) the time to sit and edit photos, come up with clever graphics, and write. Dan went back to work this week after having the entire month of July off (which was amazing), so it's been a big adjustment doing this parenting gig solo during the days. Needless to say, I'm excited that it's almost the weekend - and he'll be home! I can't wait to spend some time with Dan, and to have some alone time, too… sometimes a girl just needs some of that, you know? Thankfully, he enjoys getting to spend time with his littlest girl and I can sneak away for a few moments. By the sounds of it, August seems like it's really going to rock!

I can't wait to get back into the blogging groove. See you soon!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dear Violet: One Month

Each month, I'll be sharing a letter that I write to Violet as a way to recap her growth and progress. I'm writing these letters to include in her baby book, but I'm excited that I get to share her monthly highlights with you, too. 

Dear baby girl,

Well, Violet, we're one month into this gig. We got off to a rough start, but your healthy little self made each day a little brighter. We spent a lot longer recovering than I had planned on, but you're totally worth it. I'm sad that I missed out on our first few days together, but we've more than made up for it in the time since. Watching you grow, change and develop seemingly every minute is an amazing thing to witness.

Watching you and your daddy interact is incredible. During our first rough week together, you guys really bonded in a special way that was entirely God-sent. If the situation had have been any different, I don't think that you would have had quite that opportunity. He loves you so much - his face lights up the moment that he spots you. He's been there every step of the way, falling into his role of a parent with ease. Not even your stinky diapers scare him… well, maybe a little ;) Seeing you two together makes me love you both even more than I ever thought possible.

Violet, you've been showered with grandparent love from all angles. Your grandparents adore you - they were each such a huge help during the first month. Your Nana flew in from Alberta to spend time with you within two weeks of you being born. Your Nanny MacLean spent so many hours with us, both at the hospital and once we got home: she love you girlie, her very first grandchild. Both she and your daddy were great mama stand-ins when I wasn't feeling so great. Your Gampy was delayed in meeting you, as fate would have it, but once he arrived he soaked up every moment he could spend with you. Your MacLennan grandparents did the same - everybody loves a Violet snuggle.

You got to meet so many new friends! I can't wait until you begin to recognize their faces and voices like you do with your mama and daddy. Between your baby shower and all of the drop-in visits, we were able to introduce you to a lot of awesome people. Everyone is so eager to be a part of your life… and no wonder. You're once special little kiddo.

Already, you're ten pounds and 22.5 inches long - you've grown so much since you were born. (Although I'm writing this a week after your last measurements, and I know that you're even bigger now! Wowza!) Because of our complicated start, you weren't too quick to gain weight and get back to your birth weight. Once you started gaining, you little stinker, you just don't seem to want to stop. Your new-found love of food is satisfying our health nurse and doctor… I think they may have created a milk monster. There's not much of a worry of you not thriving!

Your looks are already beginning to change. You're losing that newborn dark blue eye colour, and I think that you'll have your daddy's bright blue eyes. What a lucky girl! You're keeping your mop of hair, but it's getting so much lighter than when you were first born. I think that you may end up being a ginger as a child, just like your mama. Your uncle will be excited to share his hair colour with you.

Baby doll, I'm excited to document each month that I spend with you. Writing up this little letters to you is such a neat thought - someday I'll get to share them with you. Together we can read them and giggle at all of the silly things that you do. For now, I'm content with cuddling your warm little body and kissing your sweet nose.

Love always,
Your mama.
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