Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Photo Post and Time to Enjoy App

Here are a few shots of my big three year old boy.  I just love these mommy and me moments.  Times when the girls are fast asleep in bed, and I get to just soak up some time with my spirited green eyed those sparkling green eyes flicker with the excitement of discovery in the everyday. Away from all the distractions of electronics, we make our own little play zone in the front yard.  Simple ingredients, really, chalk + blank slate of pavement + little boy in pyjamas and mom = great memories.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Levi's Motorcycle Birthday Party

Biker Tatoo Parlour

 So here's the thing, Dale and I love to dress up for parties.  We actually have accumulated enough themed clothing to have a separate dress up bin...and it's getting a little full.  So there has actually been serious talk about buying a tickle trunk...just sayin'.  We are serious dresser uppers.  So when the idea came to mind to have a motorcycle themed party for Levi's 3rd birthday party, I ran with it, or should I say rode with it.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It's back work I go.

Yes, the day has come, the dreaded time to head back to work.  I have to say, I was avoiding thinking about it as long as possible, but yes, the inevitable moment came, and until the sewing picks up a bit more, this is where we are at.  I'm back at Rachel A Clingen Wedding Design and Eventure Custom Environments.  It fits like an old comfortable shoe, because it was my position of ten years at one point.  I have the blessing of slipping back into a flexible position, working when Dale is off, and when we can co-ordinate childcare with my mom.  Because honestly, by the time you pay childcare for three kiddos, there is not much point in working.  I'm so thankful that I can lean on my mother in times like these, and it's also given Dale a great opportunity to bond with the babes.  When I know they are with their daddy or grandma it makes leaving them a little easier, knowing that they are in familiar hands.  I've also had to do the whole childcare thing, when I went back to work after Levi was born, so I understand that side of the coin too.  I'm taking a deep breath, heart a little heavy, a little torn, and stepping out in God's strength.  Cause Lord knows I can't do it on my own.  
What does that verse say?...
 " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" 
Philippians 4:13.  

Right, all things.  Not some things, or certain things, all...period. 

Honestly, I'm still feeling quite scattered right now.  There are so many hats that you seem to wear as a mom, and now adding on the work hat, stretches things a little more. There are some days that I have enjoyed being back at work, having a break from the everyday, and others where for whatever reason I'm just longing to be home with my babes. Those are the days when I come home, and their cheeks seem a little fuller, their shoulders a little taller, feet a little bigger and fingers a little longer. The days when they seem to have grown a few months older, all in one day, and I feel like I've missed out on so much. There are also the days when they are not overly excited to see me when I get home, which is a good and a bad thing for me. Good because it means they've had such a great day that they haven't even noticed I was gone. Bad (for me) because they didn't need me. But, I suppose that is a whole other lesson in itself. So I'm taking in this stage, good and bad, working on trusting Him more, because He holds all these plans in His hands...and He does know best.  How to grow me, shape me, and change me.

Being back to work certainly does make me appreciate the days home with my babes.  Yesterday, we enjoyed some time at the beach with some friends.  Boy, it sure is work in itself, packing up for the beach, but the reward was just so sweet.  Time off with them, feels like more of a luxury now, a vacation in itself.

Later yesterday evening, I enjoyed a dinner out with a friend.  It was a night filled with great food, fun conversation capped off with a waterfront walk with ice creams in hand. What more could a girl want!?

I'm excited to show you the most recent sewing table project, and ipad bag!  This was made up with some fabric that I picked up in the states. Check it out here for more details!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jig & Friday Photo Post

On the last lag of our Chapman Family Special Trip, we needed to fuel up before the long journey home.  Okay, so it was only about 4 hours, but with three kiddos, it might as well have been a trip to Florida.  

When we checked into our hotel the night before, we noddled with the idea of ordering a late night pizza.  If you know anything about Dale, it's that he has a serious passion for food, especially pizza.  So when we stumbled on Buddy's Pizza's website, we nearly caved, but unfortunately they were closed, so we agreed to stop in on the way home. After all, they were voted top 5 in the nation! So it was a little off the Primal diet that we have been trying to stick by lately, but when in Rome...

Let me tell you, this pizza did not disappoint.  It was absolutely delicious. As perfect as pizza gets, this side of heaven.  Here is my official review.

Crust: Crispy, light and chewy.
Cheese: Stringy & gooey.
Toppings: Chalked full of flavour, perfect amount, great combinations

The staff wonderful, especially to us... that family.

We will be returning to Buddy's Pizza again when we are back in the Detroit area.

Thank you Michigan, for a great visit and accommodating our Chapman Family Special Trip.  We will visit you again soon!


Here are a few shots from our trip to Barrie Hill Farms this week... oh and the fry picnic that we enjoyed on the way home.  Our picnic blanket was a little small for us...I think this might mean a quilt in the near future.

 Primal Coconut Cream Pie

Check out the fabric that I scored in the states and at my favourite local quilt shop.  I would LOVE to hear some suggestions on what you would like to see come out of this Fabric...I have one ipad bag on order that I'll be making this weekend, but besides that I'm open to ideas!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Day at the Detroit Zoo

Believe it or not, we haven't managed to make it out to the zoo with out kiddos yet, until The Chapman Family Special Trip (CFST).  We were well intentioned last summer, but frankly the thought of going out with a toddler and two newborns just stressed me right out.  I probably should have thrown caution to the wind and just gone anyway, but alas, well, I didn't have the guts I guess.  So we made up for it this summer,  and hit up the Detroit Zoo during our CFST.  We put the kids through enough shopping the day before at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet  and decided to have an outing just for them.  Although, it turned out to be just as much for us as it was for them.

Loaded up with snacks and sippy cups we mapped out our plan of attack.  You know those people that stand at the front, seemingly waiting to pounce on you, and try to sell you something?  Well, these ones are friendly, and they aren't trying to sell you anything, just help you out.  Go to the people with the maps, they will show you the way.  The people trying to sell you things are sneaky, and set in a little farther.  We came around the corner from the friendly map lady to find a barrage of people standing in an attack line with cameras in hand.  I see them in the distance, eyeing us up, preparing to pounce.  The hilarious part was hearing them discuss about whether we were potential candidates for their services.
Camera Person 1: "I don't think so, they have a camera"
Camera Person 2: "You never know, just ask anyway"
Umm, yah... we were right there, listening in on the conversation as we approached.  We get closer and one of them bounces into action, leaping into our path.  "Welcome to the Detroit Zoo, would you like your picture taken?!" She says excitedly, opposite to the questionable tone of voice we just heard.
me: "No thank you."
So, don't get me wrong, I totally understand that this is a tough job, and you always need to ask anyway, even if you don't think we are going to go for it. But maybe next time, think up a code language for your pre-customer conversation.  Pull your ear, tap your head, rub your belly or stomp your foot, just try not to talk about us as we are walking within ear shot of you.  Don't worry, you will fit right in at the zoo.  People will just think you are doing a territorial animal dance.

It was quite the hot day day so we were glad to find watering holes all over the zoo.  A little mist station to cool off and water fountain to grab a drink.  Levi absolutely lit up each time we saw one, which meant we needed to run through the mist every time we saw one.  I didn't mind, cause I actually wanted to give into my inner kid, and run through it yelling like a little girl.  Hey, we were at the zoo for Pete's sake, let loose!

I love experiencing all the new things with my kids.  One of the many joys of being a parent.  Watching his amazement at God's creation.  I remind him of  where all of these beautiful creatures come from, how they are each wonderfully and especially created by God.

Okay, so I had a bad parenting moment.  There were signs everywhere, saying to stay of the fences, including the rope one pictured above.  I was having one of those - We're on vacation, let the kid climb the fence!- kind of day so I let the him climb on the fence.  Then, as you guessed it, it fell.  Screams and cries following the fall, I scooped him up, comforted and kissed.  While doing so I hear a group of two mamas in the background...
Mama 1 says to her kiddo: " See, that's why I told you to stay off the fence, so you don't fall like that little boy."
Mamma 2 " Yes, see, you don't want to get hurt like that. See, he is crying"
I get the whole- use my kid as an example of what not to do thing- but again, not within ear shot ladies.  Let it be noted that Levi continued to climb the fences for the rest of the day, just a little more cautiously.

The Outback Adventure, was not so much of an adventure, but a side walk stroll with Kangaroos resting and snoozing under trees. I have heard it's not great to go to the zoo during the heat of the day, the animals are too hot and tired. I had a mind to break the rules, get up to one real close and disobey the rule to stay on the path...but y'all know what happens when you don't obey the get scolded from another mama.  It probably would have sounded something like this " See, that's why she got attacked by the kangaroo, because she didn't stay on the path."...I had enough of that for one day....I stayed on the path.

If you check out this underground viewing pod, be sure to locate the nearest mist station before hand.  Cause if you go on a hot day, it's a sauna in there, and your going to need it after.  Plus you have to fight your way through countless kiddos, pull out your mama "let him have a turn" voice and scamper up a 4' opening.

We really enjoyed the break from the sun in the air-conditioned underground aquarium.  Levi was amazed to see the polar bears and seals swimming around us.

All in all, we really enjoyed our trip to the Detroit Zoo, photographers and other mamas included.  If you decide to go some day, bring lots of snacks and water, and be prepared for a day of fun!

Stayed tuned for a final post on the CFST tomorrow, and a sneak peak of the fabrics I purchased!
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