Its hard to believe we are already through Thanksgiving. Before we know it Christmas will be here! My weekend was wonderful spent at our cottage among the beautiful autumn coloured leaves and with family. It was a busy weekend but I am starting to realize I think life with a baby (who is on the move) and a toddler will always be busy. On Thursday afternoon my amazing friend dropped off some amazing gifts for my hubby our babies and I. To say my babies loved their gifts wouldn’t be an understatement. I mean just look at their faces.

 

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Thursday was a late night after taking my dad for his MRI we headed to the cottage which was nice since we missed the cottage Friday traffic but it meant a late night for my babies which can always be a challenge. But thankfully we arrived safely which after witnessing two really bad accidents earlier in the day was something we weren’t taking for granted.

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Friday was a beautiful day and we took advantage of the cooler temperatures and the gorgeous leaves and went for a family walk in the bush. We also managed to squeeze in some coffee in town along with the obvious groceries needed to make our dinner on Saturday!

 

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On Saturday is when we choose to do the turkey dinner with some of my family. Cooking a turkey and all the fixings is a lot of work but the finished product is worth it (until you have to clean it all up).

 

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We tried out a new salad that Jillian Harris shared about when she was on the Marilyn Denis Show last week. It was delicious and will definitely become a staple in my salad rotations now.

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After all the delicious turkey and the fixings which pretty much results in a feast we needed to walk or waddle some of that food off. Going for walks at the cottage under the beautiful leaves that are dripping with vibrant coloured leaves is just so relaxing and calming. It is a true reminder of the gift of God’s creation and His marvellous handy work in all He has created.

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Sunday we headed off to church and then it was time for Turkey Dinner round #2 with my husbands side of family. My babies had fun playing with their other cousins that they don’t get to see very often.

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Monday morning was off to a slow, relaxing start and I loved that. I love long weekends and having my hubby home for an extra day. After tidying things up at the cottage we headed home later in the day. We thought we would miss traffic and my husband was anxious to get him in time for his hockey game that evening but man apparently everyone else was travelling on the highway at the same time. We ended up getting off the highway and taking the back roads home which made for a beautiful scenic route. Thankfully our babies are good travellers and they snoozed most of the trip and when they awake they were easily entertained and happy with snacks and toys.

 

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All in all we had a fabulous weekend and where reminded numerous times about all the things we have to be thankful for.  How was your Thanksgiving? How did you spend your weekend? I hope everyones short week is off to a great start. Long weekends are great but I also find short weeks hard!!

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  • Cold wet morning and early specialist appointment where they told me I had to wear loose fitting clothes- track suit it is! #monday #letsdothis
  • The privilege and blessing it is to be their mommy is one I don’t take for granted ever. They were each worth the years of heartache. Today is always an emotional one for me so today I say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms - the first time moms, the seasoned ones, the mommy’s in waiting, the hurting ones, the grieving one wether that be from the loss of a mom or a loss of a baby/child, to the foster mamas, to the bonus moms to the adoptive mommy’s and the birth moms - I am thinking of you today and I hope you feel love and valued because you are!
  • As a mommy I find myself often times so proud to be the mommy of my little people. I remember being proud when they slept through the night or took their first steps. The older they get the more proud I am of them not necessarily when they simply accomplish a task or master a skill but when they make choices that show their true character. This girl had another gymnastics competition today and she was feeling all kinds of nerves but as she told her brother and sister “I just went out there and did it” and that she did. I was so proud of her not just for being brave or not just because she put lots of work into learning her skills and ended up placing in each event she competed in but because my 6 year old was awarded the sportsmanship trophy for the ages 7-9 in the competition. That to me as her mama made me cry and beam with pride. My girl out there with a positive attitude encouraging the other athletes and competing in a kind and fair manner that’s what it’s all about to this mama. I can take no credit for her awards or her trophy today she earned them all but I sure am proud and not afraid to say it. I love you #graylynnhope and I’m proud to be your mama not just today but everyday!
  • Easter behind us (already) May is coming and dare I say summer is on its way... I’m pretty sure end of school will be here literally before I know it and I’m ok with that but lots of exciting things in store for the next little while and these little people make it all worth it.
  • Monday’s mantra! (And everyday) If we all where a little kinder think how different the world would be! Kindness always wins!

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