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Lighting! We Picked our Lighting!

Oh happy day! We finally chose all of our lighting for the entire house! Thank you to all that chimed in with ideas and help – they were so very much appreciated! Here is a snippet of what we chose, we are very excited and can’t wait to see everything in our new home! Great room. This

New House – Cabinets

We’ve been super busy this week so I fell behind in my daily blogging. The good news is that we are making a lot of progress in our every day lives! We met with the cabinet maker this week and signed off on the cabinetry designs for the new house. I’m really excited about the look of

Just Keep Swimming

We are currently living under a mountain of paperwork. We are an embodiment of the phrase “when it rains it pours”. Because just having a baby isn’t enough, we are also building a custom home. Because building a custom home isn’t enough, we are also applying for

February 10 on 10

Well, ok – it’s really 7. I quickly shot these this month on the bed in about 3 minutes. I don’t have tons of time to spare these days – and I have a blog post coming soon with Max’s “official” newborn photos. The boy is still jaundiced but getting

Adventures in Breastfeeding

With my first two, breastfeeding came really easily. Both girls latched on almost immediately at birth and were nursing pros. I never understood at all about the struggles with breastfeeding. Now I’m understanding all too well! After birth, Max had trouble with latching. We were told by the

Chandeliers . . . HELP!

Lighting is hard! We went and chose all of our lighting fixtures for the new house (all 55 of them!) back in December and decided to revisit them today. Of course now we are second guessing every choice, starting with the great room chandelier. The trouble with this fixture is that we need a

Chateau Lake Louise

Last week Josh’s parents came to visit from Connecticut. Even though we have a new baby, we still wanted to try to show them some of Calgary’s more famous sites. While not in Calgary, Lake Louise is something that every visitor should experience at least twice – once in the

Maxwell Lincoln Kane

Maxwell Lincoln Kane I’m so excited to finally announce that Max is here! He was born on January 7th, 2015, weighing a surprising 9lbs 11oz and measuring 21.5″ long. After his due date coming and going, I was getting pretty impatient for him to arrive. I actually still didn’t

Elf on the Shelf

Tomorrow marks when our Elf on the Shelf makes his reappearance! Elvin always graces us with his presence on December 1st, and usually is quite clever with his hiding places and scenarios for the first week or so. Then he kind of runs out of steam and it looks like he has a hard time finding some

Mockingjay Part One

With Charlotte at a sleepover last night, we decided to take Emma on a date – just the three of us. Of course with Mockingjay Part One just opening, it HAD to be that. We were really scared about how busy it would be, but thankfully Landmark Cinemas had a ton of screenings. We only got there

Storybook Theatre

The girls have fully immersed themselves in the world of theatre this year! They take classes at Storybook Theatre in the NW. Emma started this summer at Shakespeare camp where she landed the title role in Macbeth. She loved it so much that she enrolled in the next session of camp which was Seuss

FOUNDATION!

This post is going to be boring to almost everyone except me, lol! We have foundation! It’s a big step in the home building process and very exciting! The next big thing will be framing, that will really be exciting as then the house really takes shape! We are almost finished our selections

Home Building

With our new addition arriving in January (or December, ack!) we needed to find a bigger home. Currently, our 1600sq ft 3 bedroom works perfectly for our family. The basement is developed for a tv room and my office, and we feel like we have plenty of space for the 4 of us. But 5? That’s a

Disney’s Big Hero 6

We just got home from seeing Disney’s Big Hero 6 in 3D and it was awesome! I cried twice (although once was at the short animation film at the beginning, lol) but in a good way. There was nothing too heartbreaking – my eldest was sad but 8 year old Charlotte didn’t get upset at

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH!

Today was Josh’s 35th birthday (LUCKY) and when asked what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he had ONE answer – MEATLOAF. His mom always makes him meatloaf on his birthday, and it was kind of a daunting task to take on. Inspiration struck though, when I was looking at meatloaf recipes

Zoo Brunch Review

We headed down to the Calgary Zoo yesterday to try out the Safari Brunch. The brunch runs on Sundays from 9:30am to 2:00pm. We hit the brunch around 11:30am, which was a great time – it wasn’t too busy and the food was restocked and fresh. It’s a casual experience, it’s set

Coming Soon!

So this post is REALLY late in coming, but after seeing so many surprised faces at the mini sessions, I realized that not everyone knows the BIG news! We surprised the girls with these SO AMAZING AND DELICIOUS cakes from Sugar Shack Cakes & Pastries. I’ve mentioned them before but please

10 on 10 – Sprinkler Fun in Calgary

I’ve had to skip a couple of the 10 on 10 blog circles this year because of a super busy summer. I’m back at it now, with a few fun images I took in August – remember before Calgary was blanketed in snow? With the warmer temperatures this week, I’m hoping this wasn’t

Kananaskis

I think I’ve talked about the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis here before, we head out there every Easter. This year we decided to sneak out there for the February break, excited to do some sledding, skating and swimming! We LOVE the Delta Kananaskis, they have such an amazing hotel for families.

Thank You.

I just have to interrupt our WPPI series to write this post. I have been completely BLOWN AWAY by the response to My 25 Biggest Mistakes article. The amount of comments posted here on the blog, on Facebook, in message boards and to me personally in emails have been so amazingly powerful to me. It

My 25 Biggest Mistakes

I’ve made many, many more than 25 mistakes in my 5 years in this industry, but these are some of the ones that affected my business the most. If anyone of them can help any of you from making the same mistake, I’m glad to share them. Some of them may be surprising, and some of them may