M- With much encouragement she has been stepping outside her comfort zone and making friends with strangers at the park…growing up as a super shy kid I couldn’t be more proud.


N- A solemn swinger….If I was going to create a species, I’d make them born WITH teeth.




M – “mama today was so good”…and it was.


N – taking in some sisterly advice on how to not fall (too late)

and a couple more pics of kiddos on wheels tearing down the rail path.




2 crazy kids, 2 tired parents, and 1 neurotic dog descended upon Wasaga beach for 5 days of summer fun.


M- eating buns, running around naked and watching tv on Grandma’s bed.


N- falling down, getting up, learning to say Grandpa and sleeping like a baby (and by that I mean waking up every hour).

And so we say goodbye to this sweet summer that took forever to come and disappeared in a flash as always.








Nina Rose turned one yesterday and so ends the shortest/longest year of my life. When you spend a lot of time alone with small children an hour can often feel like a day, but these months have just flown by and now here we are with two walking talking (four words counts right?) kiddos. This girl has become both an unstoppable force AND an immovable object. It was a bit of a concern that with an older sister with such a large personality that N might fade into the background, but not so. She has her own large personality, with big smiles, a love of music and a very goofy sense of humour. Now that she can walk she wants to run and do everything her big sister can. Determination is never going to be a problem for this girl and although right now it often ends in frustration, I hope it helps her forge a path to a very happy future. It was not part of her plan to sit for a posed picture yesterday…she literally took the full can of Perrier she likes to walk around with and walked off the shoot.



We tried again after her nap with very little success



just grumpy birthday realness.


Two one year old birthday parties in two days…I’ve eaten 3 cupcakes today and been awake since 4:30 am so my brain can no longer function well enough to make decisions…therefore two pictures each. BAM!



M- Continues her love affair with balloons.


N- A little party in our local park for this almost one year old girl.


M likes to dress her up in her own dresses which makes her look like a little grandma doll…Grandma doll seeks out all electronics then tries to hide in the corner deleting all your apps.


Looking back at these weekly photos it occurs to me that most of them are taken inside our house. It’s not that we aren’t outside, in fact we spend most of our days outside. It’s just that sometimes bringing a big expensive camera with you almost feels like you have another kid to take care of and I already have my hands full with these two (3 if you include Pepper!). So for this week I’m using photos taken on my phone of which there are many.


M- Enroute to park pit stop


N- Now that she can walk she wants to do EVERYTHING the big kids do.




M- Looking and acting like a very big kid these days…I have seen a glimpse into the teenage years and something tells me it’s not rays of sunshine.


N- walking around on her own two feet with the head bumps and bruises to prove it.



M- a much needed moment of solitude at a friend’s cottage. It’s crazy the way toddlers just amp each other up into a whirlwind of overtired funadoes.


N This girl cracks me up and warms my heart with her silly jokes.



M- Skylight jumping – We are slammed these days…TeePee is working day and night on work and me on solo kid duty…aka THE HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD. Ha, seriously though single moms, I am in awe.


N- Gravity free living

11 months


It really is amazing how almost a year can pass in the blink of an eye (or a lack of sleep/too much chocolate induced frenzy). Here we are one short month away from a whole year with this person as a part of our lives and family and little lovely Nina Rose’s personality has really started to shine. Turns out she’s a little bit funny and a whole lotta nutty. Always one of the the first to jump into song circle to dance up a storm and throw her head back with glee. While M has a delicious cackle, she has a self knowing chuckle that makes you feel like she has inside knowledge on a really good joke or perhaps even the universe itself. She’s just started walking a few short distances much to her extreme delight and I’m so excited for the day in the very near future that I see both my girls running around together.


I liked this sneezing out take…


Taking a minute to check in with the director/fluffer/chair non-sharer