3 days with good friends!

Last week Olivia took her very first plane ride (actually 4 separate plane rides!) as we traveled down to southern BC to visit some wonderful friends. We spent three nights at my best friend Jen’s house and Olivia had the best time watching her two little ones. She has a 3.5 year old and a 2 year old so it was a busy busy – but super fun! – 3 days.

Olivia and Sydney (3.5 years old) are BFF’s now! Sydney was SUCH an amazing help with Olivia – or Baby Livy as she called her! – and was so so sweet with her.

BFF Jen and the brood of kiddos!

Just chilling in the big kids high chair!

We didn’t really get up to a whole lot. We hung out around the house, read to the kids, put the kids down for naps, went to the park, played outside on the deck and visited a lot! On our last day there Jen, Olivia and I went into Kamloops. It was a super quick trip and I didn’t get to see nearly as many Kamloops friends as I would have liked to – but I’m looking forward to being down for longer visits this summer!

We did see my friend Katie who was 5 days overdue when this photo was taken and since this has given birth to a beautiful baby boy!

And we stopped in to visit my grandpa!

My friend Carmine works right across the street from my grandpa’s apartment so she popped out for a quick walk and visit with us as well!

As mentioned, we didn’t get to see as many friends as we would have liked but our main reason for this visit was to see my friend Jen and her family.

Of course, now that we have adorable kids we only got one photo of us together! We ended each evening on the couch after the kids were in bed with a DELICIOUS glass of cold white wine and watching TV or visiting. We watched the season finale of our favourite TV show This is Us together! I also have continued the white wine trend since I got home. So delicious after a long day!

I met Jen 11 years ago when I was in my first year of college. We worked together at a restaurant in the city I was going to college in. It just so happened that she had grown up in Kamloops so when I moved there for school we kept in touch and she eventually moved back as well. We’ve been through a lot together and she is one of my go-to mom friends. She is an amazing mom to her kids and it’s wonderful to have a friend who knows me so well to lean on for advice and opinions. As I get older I know friends like this are one in a million, so I so appreciate the ones I have!

The visit was EXACTLY what I need to break up the monotony of maternity leave. I LOVE being home with Olivia right now and would not trade this time for the world, at the same time that the days are fast and busy they are also slow and boring and they all look very much the same. I really felt like I needed something different to break that up and this trip was the perfect thing!

I’m now back home feeling refreshed and with a renewed perspective and I just know that as we get into spring and summer the days will get more busy and less monotonous. That said, we have a HUGE snow storm rolling in tonight and we’re supposed to be getting between 30 and 40 cm of snow over the next few days – so spring isn’t quite here yet!

I will share more about Olivia on the flights in a separate post about traveling with a baby 🙂

White wine or red wine? 

Does your BFF live nearby or far away? 


Looking Back

I’ve often shared Looking Forward posts on this blog, but I thought that I would do a looking back post today because this first week of March has been significant for us over the last few years…

Three Years Ago 

Life was good and at the time I would have described it as “perfect”. We were both working jobs we enjoyed a lot, even though admittedly we did not have a lot of extra money. We spent our weekends going to the gym together, going for brunch or going for hikes and trail runs and we spent all of our disposable income on traveling. We were gearing up to head to Maui in a month and after three years of being married we were finally ready to start trying for a family!

Two Years Ago 

After a tumultuous year that included Eric being laid off from his job twice and our infertility diagnosis we made the huge, huge, HUGE decision to rent out our house, for me to quit my job and for us to move back to our hometown for new career opportunities. Still to this day the hardest decision we’ve ever made. And while I will never regret this decision because of what came afterwards, I will always miss aspects of our life down there. Especially the amazing friends we had.

One Year Ago 

At this time a year ago we had just found out we were 4 weeks pregnant. We also took possession of our house that week. It was the start of a very anxious filled several weeks as we’d waited so long for this pregnancy and early pregnancy is a scary time as you know the chances of something going wrong or losing the baby are very high. I was also insanely sick.


I’m 4 months into my 1 year maternity leave with our amazing, adorable, hilarious, fun baby girl. She absolutely lights up our life. Eric just started a new job where he will only work 8 hour shifts 5 days per week instead of the 12 hour shifts, 14 days straight he has been working for almost two years. This new schedule has just started this week, but we’re already so excited for the extra time we will have together as a family and I am excited that he will be able to participate so much more fully in parenting even on the days he is working.


There have been many trials and tribulations for us over the last three years, and life certainly isn’t perfect. But it’s also not about having a perfect life anyways. The messy parts can lead to something beautiful, they did for us. And I wouldn’t change the journey for anything!

What were you doing three years ago, two years ago and one year ago at this time?

What are you doing today?

How does your life look different? 

PS: Wishing my brother a very happy 25th birthday today! Also send him all your good thoughts today as he heads out on his Appalachian Trail hike – today is day 1 of his hike!


Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises 😉 What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night 🙂 So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend. I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks 🙂

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday?