Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Kids in the Fall

dragged myself out with my not-so-little kids for some photos of their not-so-lilttleness
before flesh de bébé arrives and to capture a bit of the Fall's beautifully changing light

how is it possible that it will no longer just be these two fighting for my love and attention and the ipad all day long?  i've grown to know them so intimately over 5 years, it almost feels like "the new guy" is going to be a bit of an intruder.  i know that is luda (as in ludicrous) but i think every mother goes through these thoughts and fears of whether she will be able to love the older children as much as the new baby or vice versa, essentially questioning the scope and seemingly impossible expansion of her love… and patience for that matter!!!  time will tell as it always does.  as i have gone through editing and posting these photos, my heart feels sad that this chapter is coming to an end.  5.5 years of my life as a mother of two has consumed me entirely.  this is what i know.  it's been TWO KIDS BOOTCAMP for long enough that it has become the true norm…  that said, i realize it is not really an end, but a new beginning, the introduction of an unforgettable character that this novel could not exist without.  i know that i will laugh at myself wondering "what was i thinking?!!!" as i quietly swoon in awe over this new little person.

1.5 months to go...

Monday, October 27, 2014

C'est L'Halloween: Mon Petit Lapin!

it's Halloween week!  i love and hate Halloween.  it's my absolute favourite because it gives me a chance to challenge my creativity on my schedule of "LAST MINUTE" and i am always excited to see what i will be able to pull out of my butt 20 minutes before i need to be out the door.  this costume was a synch.  last month, chloe told me she wanted to be a bunny.  the same day, we ended up at the local Thrift Shop that JUST HAPPENED to be the same day they put out the first bunch of Halloween goodies and i found this full on suit for $5.  yes, $5.  it's slightly small for her, but i figured for $5, it would get her through this Halloween!

the pre-school held their Halloween festivities early, today for the MWF group and again tomorrow for the TR group.  thank god for costume day because it distracted her from being her usual royal pain in the butt this morning.  she brushed and jumped into her costume tout de suite, ready to have her face painted at 8am.  let me tell you, at 33 weeks pregnant aka sleeping badly and moving like a crotchety old lady, 8am is too early to face paint while still having to get snack and lunch ready for two kids!

i jumped on interest and searched "bunny facepainting", showed her my top 3 and let her choose which one she liked best.  we went with a mix of the three and i think it turned out pretty damn good.


more costumes and Halloween fun to come this week!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Girl Time: Le Marché

This tiny little corner sits beside the house of my second-cousin.  It was at his 15th birthday where I first met my husband-to-be.  I had survived my first year of high school, turned 14 and a week later, attended a small gathering with my cousin and his friends for his birthday.  Back then this tiny little place used to be a ramshackle convenience store that sold no name brand items.  Today, it is an exquisite little diamond in the rough for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, offering in-house baked pastries, crepes, coffee, tea, flatbreads, croissant sandwiches in addition to popular specialty foods including Earnest Ice Cream and sausages from D-Original Sausage.    

i've been wanting to come by since we last passed by earlier this summer.  it was one of the few places that had Earnest's Whiskey Hazelnut ice cream that we were bringing for dessert to a dinner in Vancouver.  i was so glad to have stumbled upon the revitalized shop as i was quickly overwhelmed by its ambience and menu of delicious items.  

Chloe and I met up with my cousin Nik for a brunch date after my doctor's appointment on the West Side of Vancouver.  I shared a London Fog and Pain au Chocolate with Chloe while my cousin Nik ordered a croissant aux amandes and a Chai Latte.  as much as I love London Fogs, the Chai was sooooooo delicious.  

as it was lunch and Chloe and I are piglets, we also shared a savoury crepe

i almost forgot, they also sell organic produce and grocery items

can't wait to go back for more crepes and to get that Chai on my next visit!