Thursday, July 17, 2014

CURRENTLY...


Being at home with my family in Canada.  Besides the 2 billion mosquitoes that live on just our property and how much we are missing Ben, it has been so great to be home.  With a pool in the backyard, we don't have reason to leave the house much and we have been loving swimming every day, catching up with my cousins, BBQ'ing and I can't wait for the MacLennan Echo Lake Family Reunion next week. But really, we are missing the daddio, Uncle Matt is putting in the wrestling, skateboarding, swimming guy time with Everett in his stead.  It feels like summer here and I am feeling refreshed and optimistic and happy.
^^^Nothing says summer like some Cob.  His first time.

Being done my whole30, well I did a whole28 then cheated for 2 days at my brother in laws wedding because...well Swig, so then I did another 10 days. So I basically did a whole40.  I really liked this diet actually. I could eat as much as I wanted of the stuff I was allowed so I was never starving, I felt really good, and it convinced me that I could eat healthier after it was over and still be happy and satisfied.  I did it with a friend and that really helped and there are so many awesome ideas for meals and snacks on instagram alone-just search the hashtag whole30

Losing weight for me is definitely 70% diet 30% exercise and not the other way around.  Although I did get back in the habit of working out while I was eating clean too, I know it is the diet that made the difference. I finished today, and I am going to try and keep eating healthy but also allow myself the good stuff too, like a pazookie....STAT....I have been thinking about one of those for 40 days.  I wasn't gonna post before and after pictures on here because you know-TMI and embarrassing and stuff but I'm just gonna, what the heck, because who really reads this thing anyways haha

Felicity.  It is basically the generation before me's version of one tree hill, but not as soap-opery and more real (NOT One Tree Hill bashing-that show changed my life haha).  I love Felicity so dearly already only two seasons in. It is the definition of a cozy, feel good show and it makes me miss the 90's, and want to get a perm and wear cable knit sweaters all the time.  I seriously think it will be a series I watch over and over again. And for the record I am Team BEN!

And of course The Bachelorette.
Nick-woof! Frodo meets Pre-hot Neville Longbottom.  He hasn't done anything seriously offensive or anything but there is just something ick about him.  He is not funny, seems a little manipulative and talks like he has a retainer in constantly, not to mention all the infinity scarves.

Josh-I have liked him from the beginning, despite my viewing company's dislike for him, I think he is sweet and happy and not hard on the eyes. I think he acts tough because he's nervous around her, but maybe unemployed? What's the plan Josh?  I hope he wins.

I loved Andi on JP's season, and I still do but her listening pout face is hard to look at and I hate when she says Y'ALL every second.  I also think MARQUEL should be the next bachelor, he was the best!

I know this is such a first world problem but I brought a bag of my 10 favorite nail polishes to St. George from California and they got lost in translation. (I am 99% sure airport security stole them) but if you know how much I love my nail polish, it has been pretty devastating!  Also in the same bag was bumble a& bumble hair stuff and my Tweezermans.  I cried. This was worse than my OPI massacre of 2010 where I dropped my nail polish bucket down the stairs and there was blood (polish) everywhere.  We lost a few good ones that day, but  nothing compared to this.  It will be a rebuilding year for my collection I guess.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

26/52 27/52 28/52

 A Photo Series 'A picture of my child once a week, every week for a year'

26/52
'I woke up like this' Post nap Selfie.

27/52

Uncle Gab is SUCH a crack up

28/52
Matt and Everett, Everett and Matt-He's a clear favorite around here.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 4th {and 5th}


Our July 4th weekend was spent in hotty hot hot St. George Utah for my brother in law's wedding. It was so so great to spend time with Ben's family who we don't get to see as often as we would like and to celebrate Gab and Bri on their big day (oh, and to also get Swig twice #heaven).

We Barbecued and swam and fireworked and I basically lost 10 pounds by purely sweating, which was a plus.  Everett oooh'ed and ahhh'ed for the fireworks when I thought there was going to be screaming in fear.  It was so much fun to watch him dance to the music and clap for the fireworks, it made this stalwart Canadian love America even that much more. He stole the show.

The wedding was beautiful. The bride looked stunning, the location was perfect, my personal battery-operated-misting-fan worked like a charm and the happy couple was surrounded by lots of love.  And even though the reception got rained out (what gives St. George you're supposed to be a desert?) it was still an amazing day! I love my new sis-in-law and am so happy Gab picked such a good addition to the family.  Congrats you two!

^^^Matching cousins, beyond adorable

^^^The fireworks crew

^^^Bri&Gab // Ever & Ben
     ^^^St George does the fourth right!
^^^Couldn't you just eat them!
^^^Just on Ben's side, Everett has 6 grandmas!! #Spoiled

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I Love this Land, I Love this Country



^^^ My cousin Kylie and I modelling the beauty that is Alberta, Canada

Happy Canada Day to one and all!!
It is one of the hardest days of the year to not be home.
It seems unrealistic at times but I really hope my kids grow up saying washroom, garbarator and eh.
I am so proud to be from the best country in the world.
So all you Canadians have an Eat-More Bar and a slurpee for me, I will be singing Oh Canada all day long.

I have raved on this blog before about all the things I love about Canada, here a couple posts of Canada-Past.

A List of Ten: Things I love about Canada featuring beavers and free health care-ok fine I take back the Justin Bieber thing

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zooooooooooooo

We went to the Santa Barbara Zoo last weekend for Ben's birthday and I sang 'mommas takin' us to the zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow...and we can stay all day' the whole way there..you know the one?  It was full of penguins and elephants and monkeys and we loved it! The Santa Barbara Zoo is doing something right and has called by many 'the best zoo in California' despite competing with the big dogs like the famous San Diego Zoo. I think they say this because it is overlooking the ocean, so so stunning, not too big not too small and has all the animals you want to see at a zoo. We were only there for three hours and we were able to see everything, go on a train ride around the zoo, have some picnic snacks and take in a dino show. It was the perfect amount of time for Everett and not even one meltdown.  

Everett would have been happy looking at pigeons but he seemed to particularly pay attention to the giraffes and the penguins.  I loved the flamingos and the elephants and just now when I asked Ben his favorite he said the bunny rabbits.  ha......ha.....

Going to the zoo, like most things is exponentially better when you have a kid.  It was so fun to see him run around and take it all in and it was genuinely exciting to show him the penguins eating fish and the snow leopard that had the same name as him.

Zooday success.  
^^^Penguin Selfie Ussie// Elephant Ussie
^^^A T-Rex at the zoo, who knew
^^^Isn't it gorgeous


^^^Everett meet Everett.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ben is Twenty Seven


It's Ben's 27th Birthday today!

He had to work all day so I sent him off with a batch of cupcakes to share with his friends.
We half celebrated on his day off last week and he chose to go to the zoo because he is a good dad and knew Everett would love it.
The other half of the celebration will be tonight and will involve cheesecake, candles, a babysitter and a show!
Ben isn't very big on birthdays and it always seems to be either bad timing, or being apart from each other or not enough money every June 24th and I always am feeling like we didn't do enough to celebrate how great he is.

Because he really is the greatest.
He is such a good dad, it is my favorite thing to watch those two together.
He is a kind, sweet and hilarious husband who constantly puts Everett and I first.
Everybody likes him.
He is dark and handsome and so funny once you get his sense of humor.
He is quirky and folds laundry ever so perfectly, doesn't like ketchup with his fries and played video games professionally.

So happy birthday Ben, you are without a doubt, the best there is.



Monday, June 23, 2014

25/52

                             A Photo Series 'A picture of my child once a week, every week for a year'

25/52
 He is starting to be silly on purpose, just to make us laugh.


I couldn't decide which I liked better, color or black and white, so here they both are.

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