Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

I love with all my heart that there is a 'holiday' in our society that focuses solely on Mothers.
Because, I think, they truly have the most important job in the world.

Mothers are creating the next generation. Most are raising the next generation. You are in charge of teaching your children. It truly is so important. And it's Scary!

This has recently hit home for me. Little old me now has two kids to teach everything I can in order for them to be the best self's they can possibly be. To give them as many opportunities in life to grow and to be who they want to be. To teach them good morals and proper manners. To teach them Love and Charity and how to live in an amazing world full of amazing things and amazing people. To also teach them about the things that may be harmful to them. To teach them to make smart choices that will better themselves as well as the people around them.

I feel such a huge responsibility sometimes being a mother. And it's overwhelming. How do I do this? I see myself looking at other mothers and how they are doing it. How they are teaching there kids to be awesome. How they manage to balance everything and keep a smile on their face while doing it. I look up to so many Mother's to help give me the advice and courage I need to do this. But one person in particular I think about the most. And that of course is my own Mom.

Looking back at my childhood, I remember countless walks around the pond. Spending every beautiful day outside at the park or around the neighbourhood. Making snow tunnels in the backyard. Taking us to so many places like the zoo, lakes, cousin's houses, festivals, and more. It felt like we were always doing something. I had a fantastic childhood as well as the ages leading into adulthood. And a huge part of those great memories, are because of my Mom. The amount of sacrifice and love she gave for her kids to have fun and grow is simply amazing. And I want to be just like that!

I've been learning over the years that you don't need to know everything about Motherhood right away. I feel like you don't truly know anything about Motherhood until you actually become a Mother. Knowledge and skills about raising kids kind of seems to come in little moments throughout your life. I feel like I learn new things everyday! New things come with new ages. Growing up we would make fun of my older Brother Cody because he was basically the Child guinea pig for our parents to learn from haha. But isn't that so true with every first child!?? I learned ALOT (some things unfortunately the hard way) from raising Ben before Aurora. Once she came along, Mother hood seemed like a piece of cake because of all the 'trial and error' from Ben's young ages! Sorry Ben ;)

Anyways I know this post is getting long. So I will just end with this.
I love my kids. I love all the giggles and morning cuddles. I love laughing at all the silly movements and things these little humans say to me. I love how freaking adorable they are.
I love that I have an amazing Mother to look up to. I love how I was raised and I only hope to do the same for my kids.

Could you die over those faces! Pure joy!



And of course.....just a little outfit posing for you because....you know.....Frolicking through a row of trees in a pretty dress seemed like a worthy picture opportunity ;)



My Dress :: CiChic
(Also love this, this, and this one)

Thank you Hannah Farrell for snapping these beautiful moments with my kids!
Be sure to check out her heart warming post about Mother hood!



Friday, April 22, 2016

Blossoms on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!!

 Lately, I have been taking the kids on long walks to the park to enjoy this absolutely beautiful time of year. And just so you know, having Spring in April doesn't occur very often here in Canada haha. We usually still have snow. SO this has been such a treat!!! I LOVE the smell of flowers in the air.

 And of course, I took advantage of this breathtaking scenery and snapped a few pictures! Everyone should!! These flowers do not last long. Especially here in Southern Alberta with it's stupid Spring wind. Booooo! But we are crossing our fingers that they last at least until next Saturday for my Sis-in-Law's Wedding! I mean come on......a bride and blossoms??? Is there any better combo!?? nope.

 I purchased this AMAZING dress from Mayberrys.ca and I just couldn't wait for spring to role around for me to photograph it in these trees! Seriously how awesome do these colours go with each other?? It just screams spring. And a COMFORTABLE Spring at that. This is probably one of the softest dresses I've ever owned. Love it! And when I can mix Comfort and Trendy into one outfit.......Im there. Be sure to check out the rest of this awesome online shop because everything is seriously just the cutest!

 I hope everyone is celebrating Earth Day by getting out and enjoying what Mother Nature has brought us this year with all the greenery, flowers, blue skies, and perfect weather. I love this planet and all of the beautiful and unbelievable things it has created for us to enjoy.




Dress :: Mayberrys (Currently not in stock, but also LOVE this one)

Seriously you guys, their Spring dresses and skirts should be in everyones wardrobes!

Thank you for stopping by!
xoxox

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dental School | 3rd time's a Charm

On Feb 1st, 2016....Our lives changed in one single moment.

I can remember that morning so perfectly. I was up doing my hair and makeup in front of my desk and Maikal was just lying down playing on his phone on the bed next to me. He sat up and scooted to the edge of the bed. He looked at me kind of funny, I was thinking in my head "What is he staring at?? Is my shirt tucked into my underwear?? Did I forget to put mascara on the other eye?" Then he asked me to come sit with him on the bed. I said 'ok' then I saw the smallest bit of water start to fill his eyes, and I knew in that single moment what was going on. I just kept saying, "Please tell me this is what I think it is!?? Please please please please......"
He just sat there with a ginormous smile on his face. A face of absolute happiness. A face of relief. A face of hope. He gently said to me, "I just got an email from CASE (I of course start to tear up even more), and they have offered me an acceptance into their Dental Program". We were both in tears just hugging and crying, then hugging and crying some more. I could not believe my ears. After 2.5 years of trying to get in somewhere, we were finally accepted! Life can move forward and we can work towards something instead of staying in limbo and not knowing where we are going to go or how long it will take us to get there. This feeling is indescribable. It is everything good in this world wrapped up in one emotion. We are so grateful for this opportunity. Maikal has worked extremely hard to get here. And of course everyone's prayers and love have meant so much to us! So thank you!

Through this really difficult process of getting to this place in our lives, I feel like we've learned a lot about determination and working hard towards something, but to also know that things may not always go to YOUR plan. It was years of bad news after bad news and Thousands upon Thousands of dollars being put into these applications and interviews, and we weren't getting anything out of our efforts. It really took a tole on our hearts. And I know a lot of people who are in that 'Limbo' stage right now, and I truly know how it feels. We just need to keep our heads up when things get hard, to keep that hope in your hearts, and to trust in the Lords plan for us. That last part was especially hard for us. But learning to 'let go' of the reigns for a short while and let someone else drive, made a huge difference in how I felt. 

We are currently still trying to whip up the funds in order to afford to go there (ps dental school is priiiiiiiiicey) and of course Cleveland is really far so we basically need to find our place to live and things we need to set up all of over the internet and phone. Which is stressful in its very own way.
Wouldn't it be a pretty sick joke if we couldn't get the funds???
"Hey, you got into Dental School! But, it's too expensive so you can't go" 
Ya.....its been a rollercoaster lol. SO stressful! But things are slowly (and hopefully surely) coming together. I am not a patient person....and waiting for these approvals are killing me! 

Maikal starts school August 1st, 2016. BUT.....I have been booked up in Photography until Sept 3rd, so me and the kids will be staying until just after that, then joining Maikal in our new home for the next 4 years! I am so excited for this next chapter in our lives and excited to explore this new city and meet new friends.

I hope everyone is loving this spring weather and soaking it all up! Because we sure have!
Again we would like to thank you all for the amazing support and love you have shown us over the years. We feel so blessed!!!

XOXOXOXOXOX


Thursday, March 24, 2016

How We Wore It | Black On Black

And we're back! In case you haven't noticed, we are trying to make this Outfit Series a monthly thing and it's so fun!

This month we grabbed our inspiration from the photo below of the amazing blogger, Cara Loren.
All black is something I feel will never go out of style. It's so classy, yet super hardcore at the same time haha




I made the horrible mistake in wearing a hat for my outfit. Lethbridge + Hats = Ya heck no.
Plus ya know, my enormous head of hair can't seem to make hats sit correctly. Oh well. I still love hats and am determined to find one that will sit on top of my curly mane!

You guys, spring is here and I can't even contain myself. Some days I am able to go outdoors in just a t-shirt and I get all giddy inside thinking of the warm weather that is on its way! Which means summer festivities are almost here!! We live for summer.



Ps thank you Hannah Paige Photography for snapping these for me!


Hat :: Simons

Skirt :: Old ( Love this one )

Shoes :: Old ( Love these )


And be sure to check out my fellow blogger friends to see what they've come up with!




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ben is 4

How did this happen??? Weren't you just a baby running on the beaches of Hawaii like Yesterday!??

As much as I wish time would slow down, it's just as fun seeing kids grow. Seeing all the different stages and new learning experiences are awesome. Obviously every child is different and each kid grows and learns at his/her own way/speed so I'm trying not to let it bother my that Ben has speech issues and is behind on social behaviours. He's happy, so I'm happy :) I just need to learn some patience!!

For his Birthday we took him to do his most favourite activity, swimming! You will never see a more happy Benjamin than when he is around water. On Sunday we took him to the Lowry's and had cake and sang Happy Birthday with his Lowry cousins. Families are the best!

We recently went up to Drayton Valley and my awesome Mom decided to treat the kids to Galaxy Land! Oh my word my kids were in heaven that day. Grandma's are the bomb! She then had cake and we sang Happy Birthday once more with the Curry side. He felt so special!

So, here are some updates on Ben and what he's been up to!

- First of all, I don't think I've ever made it public or announced it anywhere, since ya know, I am literally THE WORST at blogging, but Ben FINALLY became potty Trained on Sept 1, 2015. (One of the only good things that actually happened that year). You guys........Halle-frickin-lujah. At 3.5 years old my first born became potty trained!!!! Why he couldn't seem to figure it out until then is beyond me. Maybe his speech issues came into play. Because believe me, we tried our best! But now he's all good and it is sooo wonderful! He still needs a diaper at night, but I'm sure that will come and Im not too worried about that one.

- Also in Sept, he began pre-school!!! I was recommended by his speech therapist to put him in school, which they have speech classes everyday for him, and so I decided to just jump in. He has come leaps and bounds since sept with him growing, physically, socially, verbally, emotionally. Just the other day, he said "I love you" to Maikal for the VERY FIRST TIME EVER without being told to say it. A tear or two may have trickled down my cheek. You have no idea how much I just want him to say "I love you Mom" to me. It's tough!

- We took him to the Dr the other day for a check up and he is right on the line of Average in everything. But I still think he will become a giant like his big uncle Cody.

- His hair is getting darker and darker or more straight then ever. I miss those blonde locks! Maybe he will lighten up in the summer from the sunlight. We are still experimenting on different hairstyles on him haha. This one is pretty cute I guess!

- He loves to both bug, and play with his little sis Aurora. I'm sure they will get along better one day haha.

- Ben is one of the most compassionate little boys ever. If anyone is hurt or crying, he will be the first one by your side to give you comfort. He has such a gentle heart.

- His favourite shows are Paw Patrol and Little Einstein's.

- He is very outdoorsy and loves animals and playing at the park.

I know this post is getting kind of long. But just to end it, I just want to say how much I love this kid. He can drive me pretty crazy sometimes, and I worry about him all the time. But I love him no matter what. Love my Baby Boy Ben! happy 4th Birthday ( Belated ).



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