Autumn 2014

We had to take advantage of the amazing fall weather we have been having, and have a little photo shoot! I know snow will be on the ground soon, but for now we are spending all of our free time outside. Poppy is a full on walker now, and is hard to keep still. Soren is of course always hard to keep still, but peanut m & m's help a little. I'm so impressed with my husband's photography skills - the only thing I miss is him in the pictures! Next time we'll have to try out the self-timer. I've taken an unfortunate blogging break due to some computer issues, which are still on-going, but hopefully I can figure something out to post a little more often. These babes are growing faster than ever, and I need the blog to keep myself updated on their progress! My baby books are sadly pretty empty, but I cut myself some slack by thinking the blog is like a super baby-book. That may be true... but only if it's up-to-date:) Happy fall!


Bathtime and bedtime...

These bath pictures are of baby Soren, although I had to double check as Poppy looks so similar right now! Bath-times around here are sometimes fun and sometimes stressful... pretty much like anything baby-related. The kids seem to go through phases of loving the bath, and then they promptly hate it for weeks on end and you feel like you are torturing them every evening. It's hard to predict how bathtime will play out. At the moment, both seem to be enjoying it, but don't always do the best in the tub together. Poppy likes to stand up, and Soren likes to play a bit too roughly. The results are usually not good.

After baths I lotion the babes thoroughly with Aveeno baby moisturizer. They both have eczema, and the Aveeno products seem to work really well on their skin. I also love the soothing bath treatment and try to use it at least once per week. Poppy usually goes to sleep first, and I put her in her miracle sleep sack and nurse her. We turn the lights out and have a little cuddle in the dark, and then I lie her down in her crib and say good-night.

I then go next-door to Soren's room and find him racing around his playroom naked. He seems to completely lose his mind before bedtime, and turns into a crazed beast that we classify as being 'chonked'. It basically means overtired and all wound up. He loves telling me that he's 'Chonked in the Chonk-Chonks', to which I usually sigh and envision a glass of wine after he's asleep:)

After wrangling the wild beast into his pj's, we brush his teeth together and then pick out a story or two. When daddy's away I almost always read two books... but most nights we stop at one. Soren asks to 'get cozy', and I tuck his blankets around him extra tight. I then sing two songs, and whisper good-night. Almost always, I have a moment during bedtimes when I can't believe how lucky I am. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed about the day I would have my own little family. During the busyness of our days I sometimes let stress overtake me, and I yell at Soren or wish I were someplace else. At bedtime, I know there is absolutely no other place I'd rather be. My two little babies are warm and clean and cuddled, and are happily dreaming of tomorrow. I get to hold their little bodies before they drift off for the night, and I don't take it for granted. And then I go downstairs, and pour myself a nice glass of red wine.


A little birthday

Miss Poppy turned one this weekend! We were so excited to make it special for her... Soren has been talking about her birthday for weeks. He really wanted me to bake her a 'baby doll' cake, but I think he was happy with the strawberry banana pancakes I whipped up on sunday morning. We are having a small family party for her next weekend, as my sister (and parents) were away in Chicago this weekend. A little thing called the Chicago Marathon managed to trump Pop's first birthday... :)

While no big parties were thrown in her honour, we did our best to make her feel special. Starting with a happy birthday song and candle in her pancake, and spending lots of time doing her favourite things. Which would include lots of playgrounds, jumping on the bed, climbing stairs, and eating. And I can't forget walking! A few weeks before her first birthday Poppy started to take some tentative steps, and she's now walking all over the place. In the cutest wobbly steps, with her hands out in the air for balance.

It's hard to believe that last year we were meeting her for the first time. She's completed our family in such a wonderful way, and gets sweeter every day. We love you Poppy Olivia.


Human Rights Museum

On a foggy sunday morning a few weeks back, we loaded up the whole family and took a tour of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. I had won the ticket lottery that was distributing free tickets, and since it was only an hour long we thought it would be ok to bring the babies with us. Also, my parents came along and I have to give a lot of credit to my dad, who carried Soren on his shoulders for most of the way.

The museum is absolutely breathtaking, and I cannot wait to explore the whole building. It's opening in it's entirety on november 11th - remembrance day. On our visit we toured through four of the eleven galleries. I can see ourselves coming here regularly as the kids get older, and are able to understand more about human rights. There are galleries dealing with indigenous peoples, the holocaust, and the definition of human rights. The backlit alabaster ramps are stunning. 

Soren's favourite part was the line-up to get inside... he ran up and down like a maniac to the amusement of those in line. I can only imagine if adults had that type of energy at 8:30am on a sunday! Once inside he paid some attention to the tour guide, but had to stifle a yawn until he discovered the fun in pretending I had a mustache.

Poppy, on the other had, thoroughly enjoyed playing with an empty pez dispenser as we waited in line, and once inside promptly fell asleep. This is the only national museum located outside of Ottawa... go Winnipeg!


Summertime flavours all year round

One of our favourite things to eat in the summer (or anytime, really!) are popsicles. For my birthday back in July, my sister gave me a great set of sailboat popsicle molds, and I've been using them ever since.

I really like the fact that I can control exactly what goes into the pops, so I usually use natural fruit juices or yogurt. I was excited to find some new juice varieties in the chilled section by SunRype. Their juices contain no preservatives, artificial colours, or flavours. I was drawn to the FruitActiv Bright Eyes Nectarine Orange Pineapple Blend because we all love those fruits, and also because their colours tend to be a little less messy than rich berry colours. If you've ever tried to give a three year old a popsicle, you know that a lot of it will end up all over them

Making the popsicles was as simple as it sounds - simply pour the chilled juice into the molds and freeze for a couple of hours. As far as desserts go, this one is pretty healthy, and we make an activity out of it by going outside to eat. 

Another great flavour is the Fresh Pressed Apple (also found in the chilled section). I sometimes find juice to be too sweet for me, but the tartness in the Pressed Apple was perfect, and I've found it to be a lovely accompaniment to my morning coffee. We honeymooned in the Okanagan Valley, where SunRype is located, and I can definitely remember the abundance of beautiful fresh fruit. 

If you like the taste and freshness of chilled juices, you'll be excited to find four new varieties by SunRype in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. In addition to the Fresh Pressed Apple and the FruitActiv Nectarine Orange Pineapple, there is a Fruit Plus Veggies and Fibre option, as well as a FruitActiv Super Antiox Berry Pomegranate Smoothie that contains the power of polyphnols - natures own antioxidants. Each is tasty, refreshing, and naturally delicious.  

SunRype has some great recipes and product ideas on their facebook and pinterest pages. Also, they regularly reward fans with SunRype coupons on their instagram account - simply tag photos with the hashtag #SunRype

This post was brought to you by SunRype, however the images and opinions are my own. For more information, please visit www.sunrype.ca.