Busy making memories…

Hello everyone!  I hope you guys have been having an awesome summer.  Sorry for the delay in writing but we have been busy making memories.  Seriously this child has had me on the go, go, go, in a good way of course.  We survived our biggest trip without daddy so far, considering we had never left him overnight at this point, any trip was a big trip.  The kid and I went to Beantown to visit family and friends.  What I’ll let you know is we were there in the middle of a heatwave.  The average temperature during our stay was in the 90’s plus humidity.  Needless to say those days that the temps hit 103 and 107 respectively made me rethink my decision in locations (just kidding), but seriously I don’t recall ever in my life the temps getting so high.  Maybe it is because I’m getting older, maybe it is because I had to keep a toddler entertained but it was even too hot to go to the beach.

Of course the best times were the impromptu times of cupcake baking with Theia, dance party jamming with cousin Peter and snuggling one minute and then jumping on Theio.  The unsuccessful trip to the aquarium that turned into an awesome afternoon of ring around the rosey and hide and seek.  And of course we can’t forget the time spent with yiayia and pappou and all of the delicious ice cream that now she thinks is one of the food groups!  But then on the other hand there were the tears every night when she would ask for daddy to come read to her before bed, or when she’d want him to meet us at the park after work.  A bit tough to explain to your toddler, but regardless of all of that the huge smile and screaming of “BABA” that she showed when we arrived back was something that brought tears to my eyes.  They say that a mother’s love is like nothing else in this world.  Well let me tell you, a little girl’s love for her daddy, is in that same category, at least in my house.

I know I wrote about this back in February when we took a family trip but I was able to survive a flight cancellation, three delays and two gate changes because of my gear.  The Go-Go Babyz Mini Travelmate saved me in the airport.  All I traveled with was our travel car seat and the mini travelmate.  No stroller, no chasing a toddler around the airport through the crowds or lines.  I am in no part affiliated with them but just a lover of their products.  I do want to say that their customer service is also top notch.  I had an issue with my travelmate due to human error (read as I screwed it up).  I entered the tether into the wrong opening making it impossible to get out.  When I called and explained my situation they were able to troubleshoot and sent me out a new piece at a discounted rate and in two days.

In the coming weeks you’ll read  more about some more local adventures we’ve gone on and how you too can join in on the fun.

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Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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Preparing for Christmas

Well it is official with less than 10 days left until the big day the Christmas Season is upon us. This time is filled with family, friends, food, drink and panic in many households. Panic of how one will get through these crazy days. Spending time with family members perhaps you don’t like. Pushing through the dreaded shopping mall to buy that gift for your dear aunt. Waiting in line for hours for that one picture with St. Nick just to have your child have a meltdown as you get to the front of the line. Some people love it and some people hate it. Personally I love it!

I am very much an A type personality if you haven’t figured it out yet.  I used to like the house to be decorated just a certain way.  Everything had its place on the mantle or under the tree.  The cards were ready to go in the mail on December 1st.  I hand wrote every card and have over a hundred person Christmas card list.  Well all that went to shit when my little one came along.  The house is still decorated, just not how it used to be.  The cards are going in the mail, just a week before Christmas instead of almost a month before Christmas.  The waiting in line for St. Nick wasn’t so bad, just an hour of my life that I’ll never get back.  I was lucky the little Miss could have cared less who was holding her and truly was unimpressed by the man in red.  As she told one auntie, “I’m being good because people say he’s a big deal around here.”  I have half opened presents around my tree because we didn’t put the gates up fast enough and she ripped open a few.  Luckily they were hers or yiayia’s (who will find it endearing).

Today a friend and I will tackle the Christmas baking (Canadian/American style).  I’ll let you know how we make out next week.  With a 10 month old and an almost 8 month old in the house, it’ll either be a disaster, or the best treats you’ve ever had in your life!

As I look back it is amazing the difference from this Christmas to last, yet I wouldn’t change a thing!!

photo(1)A big shout out to my hubby for watching the little one last night so I can go to my first Paint Nite.  I admit, it isn’t great but for someone who can barely draw stick figures…I’ll take it 🙂  To find a Paint Nite near you click here.

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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