Hurray! We survived the first month of summer vacation, all children are surviving, and I didn’t go (too) crazy.
Okay I went crazy, and I have a post coming up on living with anxiety….I’m just too anxious to post it.
Our July was full of adventures and big life changes.
Here are a few of my favourite highlights.
Canada Day – We celebrated Canada’s 150th quietly, spending time with family. We headed out to my hometown of St. George where Logan and Carter took a carriage ride and played with my cousin’s adorable son Kobe.
It poured just as we were setting up to watch the parade, which meant more time for wine, and when it stopped, the kids (and adults) enjoyed a perfect small-town celebration complete with tractors, fire trucks, and even a Zamboni!
Career Change- Starting my freelance writing business and blog is something I have been talking about for a long time. I left my job in early July and am slowly starting to work on these goals.
The truth is, it’s tough with Logan as my “assistant,” I’m hoping to make some strides this week and commit to full days when my “helper” is back in school.
Bhava Tree- Logan and Carter attended a week of camp at Bhava Tree, a local gem in Brantford that provides empowering programming to children. It is awesome.
As always, Sheryl provided a week full of yoga, healthy meal preparation and mindfulness. The week was capped off with GOAT YOGA and a trip to a local farm.
If you are looking for fall programs for your children, I cannot say enough about Bhava Tree. Try their bedtime yoga or take a class with your child- it’s a great way to connect!
Birthday Trip to Detroit – One of the things I have always wanted to do was go to a Blue Jay game on my actual birthday (big dreams I know). This year the Jays played in Detroit, which was a perfect excuse for a weekend getaway!
Saturday, we headed to Detroit and spent the afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum. We quickly learned we were staying at the same hotel as the Jays and Sunday morning the boys met and saw some of their favourite players.
The game was long and hot, but I was with some of my favourite people and one of my favourite birthdays!
Visiting Grandpa’s Cottage
After returning from Detroit Sunday, Rebecca and I packed up the kids and headed up north to see our Dad’s new place.
The boys enjoyed a week of fishing, swimming, boating, and kayaking.
Rebecca and I survived on wine, HGTV and she was even brave enough to go in a kayak with me.
Quick Visit to Ottawa & Airbnb Mishap
My Dad’s cottage is only three hours away from Ottawa, which means a quick trip to visit our two sisters. This trip included our first Airbnb experience which was an “experience” to say the least.
We went straight to the rental when we arrived in Ottawa. To put it nicely, it was a very simple place.
Maybe too simple- some rooms did not have screens on the windows, but we knew we could make do it was just for a night
After enjoying an evening of pizza and Wii sports at Bella and Meg’s, we decided to walk back to the (very) warm apartment.
We just were heading to bed when there was a knock at the door. I opened it and found the landlord informing me that we had rented this place illegally.
I think I just stared at her for a full minute before she told me we had to pack our stuff and get out or she was calling the police.
So at 10:30 after a very long day we gathered our things (including a very emotional Logan who thought we were going to jail and a tired Cohen).
It was a much needed night of comfy beds, air conditioning, and reliable WIFI.
Baseball, BBQ’s and Beach Days
When we were not traveling, we were lucky enough to spend some relaxing days with family and friends.
Both Carter and Logan are playing baseball this year. Carter (my oldest nephew) LOVES the game and wants to play all the time.
Logan is always excited to go watch his cousin and it has definitely inspired him to be more engaged in his games. It is one of my favourite things to see a passion growing in the kids…even if it means we spend most of our time at the ballpark.
We visited Turkey Point and Pinehurst, and I am happy to say Logan is becoming much more comfortable in the water (hopefully this means he can move up a level in swimming because I fear he may be at level one for ten years).
Our Mississauga friends held their annual BBQ, and we were lucky enough to spend a day catching up. These ladies were my first “mom” friends. We met at the Ontario Early Years and spent a good deal of our maternity leave together.
We don’t see each other as often now, but it is always a lovely time when we gather and see each other’s, growing children. I can’t believe we’ve known each other for five years.
July: The Bad
As I mentioned before, near the end of July, I began suffering from anxiety. I’m feeling much better now, but it was truly a horrible and debilitating feeling.
This bout of anxiety was spurred on by learning my G2 license has expired, and I have to start the process all over again. Trust me guys; there is a real possibility it is going to take me more than one driving test to get my license back.
Later in the same week, I lost my wedding ring for 24hrs. It was found, but I was searching Etsy for a cost-effective and unique replacement one hours, convinced it was gone forever.
I hope you all had July’s full of fun, leave me a comment telling me your favourite memory!