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Never did I think I would take a whole year (basically two) off blogging... yet never did I imagine that I would be going through a separation. Yet here we are, a year older and wiser/happier, and the kids are sooo much bigger!

One of my biggest challenges for not blogging was the issue of not having a photographer. While I like photography and have some interest in it, I was never the main person behind the lens. Without him, I struggled to imagine how I would create such beautiful stories without the much needed images.

Thanks to my sister I have a camera to play around on, and I am slowly trying to understand how it works. I know these images are not great by any means, and I struggled with whether to post them. But I figured with that attitude, I would never start. I'd rather jump right in, perhaps not really prepared, and then hopefully look back one day and see how much my photography skills have improved. You know that cringe-worthy feeling you get when looking at photos circa 2004? You know, the low-rise jeans and oddly styled hair? (had we never heard of heat products?!) That's the feeling I want to get in a year from now, looking at this post. Aim high!

I took these pictures on saturday as we were hanging around the house. The kids had all settled into games and activities on their own, which is lovely and doesn't always play out this way. As Blake was stacking cups, Poppy was doing a workbook, and Soren was looking something up on youtube. Eventually Blake napped, I turned on the tv for Poppy, and promptly fell asleep cozied up between her and Soren. It was great - one of those lazy days that are sometimes so needed.

I'm not quite sure the direction this blog will take... I still have the same interests including baking, exploring Winnipeg, and hanging out with my kids. I post more regularly on instagram, specifically instagram stories for quick snaps of my days. We shall see, but it feels good to be back in this space again.

The Aviation Museum


Need a spring break activity in Winnipeg? The Royal Aviation Museum is a perfect spot to let little ones run around and learn about airplanes. We didn't go on spring break, which is this week, but it looks like they have some fun spring break activities on.

While I have attended several evening events at the aviation museum, I hadn't been as a visitor in ages. The kids and I decided to go on an inservice day a few weeks back, and we had a great time. A lovely volunteer led us through two airplanes - one smaller plane that had previously been used as a training plane, and a 1950's passenger jet. Blake's not pictured as she was in her stroller... not napping of course:)

In addition to the hangar full of display aircraft, there is also a nice kids play area on the second floor. It was really big - tons of room for running and/or crawling. You can also sit and watch real planes take off, which was of some interest during snack time. I bought the kids chips from a vending machine... did you know they now accept debit cards?! This may not be new, but for years I have told the kids no when they asked for treats, saying that I didn't have any cash. My gig is up! They know I always have a debit/credit card on me.

We'll definitely be return visitors. Yesterday Poppy set up an elaborate 'pretend plane' full of baby dolls and stuffies, and then invited Soren and I on board. She piloted us to sunny Florida, with just a few bumps along the way. I love seeing their imaginations take off. Soren's also getting really into world war two history, so he liked learning about war planes.

Zoo Tots


Starting in January, we have been weekly visitors to the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Poppy has been attending a wonderful program called Zoo Tots. I had never heard of this program before, and was thrilled when I was asked to participate. Most of our structured programming is sports-based, which is partly my choice, as those are the activities I tend to gravitate towards, and partly because they seem to be more prevalent.

Zoo Tots is very interactive and hands on. The kids arrive to the smiling faces of zoo volunteers - one of Poppy's favourite parts is the name tag sticker:) Each week there is a different theme - this week it was 'Tails'. The instructor talked about tails and then produced an abundance of tails for the kids to wear... as you could imagine they were excited! Then it's story time, snack time, and craft time.

After leaving the zoo classroom we head to an outdoor part of the zoo, but sometimes places the public normally can't go to. It's a learning experience for the adults, too. Seeing how the zoo keepers prepare all the food for all the animals was really interesting. It's sooo specific, almost like a science lab. And they have to have several days prepped just in case something happens... the size of the fridges and freezers were nothing like I've ever seen before.

This week we got to go see the horses, and just as the presentation was starting the horse pooped. It couldn't have been a better start for 3-5 year olds... lots of laughs!

Poppy talks about what she learns each week and eagerly shows her dad and brother the craft she makes. I would highly recommend this program for people looking for pre-school activities, and it's no problem at all to bring a younger sibling. I just checked and the next session is sold out, but I think another one will start in the summer. Click here for more family programming.

Thank you Assiniboine Park for inviting us to your program. The cost of registration was provided, but all opinions are 100% my own!