Tuesday, June 30, 2009

33 Weeks

makes me happy.



Kevyn here - just so you know.

So, being 33 weeks in makes me very happy! Perhaps not for the reasons you my be thinking, like - the end is near, or that I'm so excited to meet our little alien, or that I get my drinkin' buddy back soon!

No, what makes me happy about 33 weeks is the pride and joy I feel about the way my wife continues to conduct herself through out this pregnancy. Do you know, aside from the odd grumble about back pain and difficulty sleeping she never complains. It is possible this is because she has very little to complain about, after all we have been blessed with a very smooth and healthy pregnancy but, I'd like give a shout out and give credit where credit is due... Babe.

Not only was Stacy a picture of health leading up pregnancy, she never ceases to amazes me with her continued healthy habits.

Her days begin with a 45 minute long yoga routine, 30 push ups and a 5 km walk with her dad and the dog. At least 4 days a week she swims laps - currently up to 60 a day and often walks Cashius again in the evening. Of course, I still catch her randomly exercising, lunges across the backyard and squats while cooking dinner.

And then there's the food issue. If I were to believe so much of what I've seen and read I would have been convinced that a pregnant woman becomes an uncontrollable eating machine. Lucky for Stacy she's had some great examples of friends and family who had already proved this theory otherwise and she took that power and ran with it.

Sure her appetite has increased. And yes, we have a lot more cheese in the house then normal but, a bowl of fruit with some nuts and yogurt are still how she starts her morning 6 days a week. Lunch is still usually a salad or Seggs, and dinner more often then not is veggies or a salad with a nice piece of barbequed protein. More red meat then ever before has entered the picture but by more, I mean now we eat it once or twice a week (this change in habit I have had NO problem with).

I haven't once had to run out at midnight for pickles or ice cream, okay so we may have gone out for ice cream a few times, but it wasn't at midnight and I was as into it as her.

My point about all this is simple - Stacy has approached pregnancy exactly the same attitude she has about doing laps on a rainy day...


if it's not lightening - get in and get 'er done!

An outlook we can all learn a lesson from - if we're clear and able yet still choose not to live our best lives, well then... our excuses are our own.

And oh yeah, did I mention that Wilco (the Album)
dropped today...the dude abides.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Clones

make me happy.



Have I ever told you how similar my mom and Kevyn are?

Very.



That's a good thing... for the most part.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Peaceful North

makes me happy.


I still have a few photos and videos I want to share from last weekend but, I've been floating around on cloud nine since the birth of baby Evan and thought I'd keep today's post as simple and peaceful as he makes me feel.

These are a couple shots from our impromptu trip up north.

When Tim and Rob first invited us up we were all about it. Then when the reality of letting go our to-do list and actually getting organized to go set in, we had second thoughts.


I'm so very glad we ended up following our gut and making the trip.

Spending time with those guys is a treat no matter where we do it, but...


hanging with them in Muskoka... well now, that just rocks!

May your weekend feel as wonderful as chilling on that dock did.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our Nephew Evan

makes me happy.



My sister gave birthday to this handsome little man this morning!

Isn't he a doll?

If you been reading this blog for a while - chances are you know, thanks to my sister's courage to allow me to share, their story of conception is a long and difficult one. Kelly always felt though, if the truth and honesty of their journey touched or helped anyone who might come across it - then it was worth sharing.

Five years and three IVFs later...



this story has one VERY happy ending.


Kevyn and I are over the moon for them and are already madly in love with him.



Update - Kev just reminded my about the underwater photos he took of Kelly & I together yesterday - 17 hours before the birth. Fun!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free Weekends

makes me happy.


I have been bartending for well over a decade now, and while I love it as a profession, it does have a couple of drawbacks - seeing your friends & family that work a more regular Monday to Fridays schedule being the number one drawback.


Currently, this is not an issue!

"What's that Em? You want me to come over for a bbq on Friday night? No problem!"


Bocce ball, football, and card games... the only thing missing was my sweet love.

Soon we will be able to work together and play together everyday baby - the universe and I have been working on that for a while now and I feel it coming to fruition.

Monday, June 22, 2009

An Impromptu Trip

makes me happy.



I had the most fun weekend, shot lots of photos (like the one above from our backyard Sunday brunch) and even some video that I can't wait to share... but right now - Kev and I are heading out of Dodge for an impromptu trip to Muskoka.

Back in a couple!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Random Visitors

make me happy.


On Monday I got an email from Adel asking if I was up for some visitors on Tuesday.

Now, as much as I love having company over, back when I was working, chances are I'd need more then 24 hours notice to arrange my schedule to make the time to entertain.

Not anymore.

Thus, "I sure am!" was my reply.


Wednesday I got a voice mail from Nigel asking if I was up for some company soon.

"Sure! What time? Friday at noon? Perfect."

I even baked Banana Bread from scratch.

Funny enough, Al asked me while they were over the other day, what I've been doing for fun.

"You're looking at it!"

Sitting out back with random visitors - does it get any more fun?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Après Swim Hair

makes me happy.



The pool's open and we're back at it, logging the laps.

Both Kev and I think swimming is a near perfect exercise; easy on the joints, toning muscles without creating bulk.

The only real issue is - if we've got any where to go after wards... a shower and blow dry are necessary.

But, if we've got nothing scheduled until the next time we're due to hit the pool again, then we go au naturale - wearing our après swim hair around the house and wearing it proud!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beyond The Clouds

makes me happy.


You know that even on a day when the sky is black and filled with storm clouds - the sun is still shining above them, breaking through whenever it can.

Do you think it's possible that underneath every human's ego there is peace and love and joy at their core trying to shine through whenever it can?

I do.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

31 Weeks

makes me happy.


All of a sudden, I suppose now that the end of the pregnancy is within sight, I feel like it's all happened so fast.

With this feeling came a sort of epiphany... get present and slow down.

Sure there's some uncomfortable things about pregnancy but, at the end of the day - this is some pretty cool shit my body's doing and I want to be conscious for every single moment of it.

Feel it. Enjoy it. Learn from it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lofty Goals

make me happy.


Playing (or watching as the case may be this summer) softball on Sundays is pure joy to me.


I think Cashius feels the same way.


These Sundays are the perfect reminder...


that if it's possible for any single day of the week to feel so good...


then it should be my goal to make every single day of the week feel that good.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Mama Bird

makes me happy.



This afternoon, while my parents were sitting out back, our cat Sushee stalked and captured this baby bird.

Well, my mom was not having it! She chased Sushee around the yard, out to the front and around the corner before retrieving the wee baby bird and bringing it back to the scene of the crime so it's own mom could find it.

Once a mom, always a mom.

Here's to hoping I'm half the mom she is.

PS - Remember all the baby birds kicking around our yard last year?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Sandmen

makes me happy.



Last night while Bobby was over, somewhere in between his story about dressing up in head to toe welding gear to decimate a swarm of hundreds of bees that were locked in his buddy's bathroom after having made their way from the attic through the moist shower ceiling, and Kevyn's story about fumigating his bachelor pad at 19 years old with a pair of underwear tied around his face, we got on to the topic of sleep.

Both boys made no bones about the fact that they both feel, 9 hours of sleep is what's right for them. The simplicity and candor of their honest answer totally impressed me.

You see, I think I've been sold this North American idea that, when talking about sleep, it's more noble and impressive to express ones lack of need OR time for sleep.

Really? Does it make sense that we should we be ashamed of treating ourselves to an activity that can repair cells, reduce stress, improve concentration and memory and even help control body weight!?!

So, thank you boys (and baby - who is INSISTING I get lots of sleep) for reminding how bizarre that way of thinking about sleep is.

After all, doesn't it make more sense to sleep for 9 hours a night and live, with health and vigor for 15 hours a day, rather then sleep for 5 and simply coast for 19?

Am I talking too much about napping and sleeping these days or what?!?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Everyday Feeling Like Sunday

makes me happy.


I love, evenings spent out back, eating pistachios and hanging with Kevyn.


I also love when someone like Bobby stops by and joins us for a game of Hearts.


It also doesn't suck when he brings chicken, pork and lamb kabobs from St. Lawrence Market to throw on the barbeque.

Living is easy in the spring time.

Mood Lighting

makes me happy.


We moved furniture around our house all day today - then went out and ate steak.

Therefore - all I've got is this cool shot from our subway ride yesterday when the lights in the train went off.

Now there's a way to spice up a typical subway ride.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Our Baby Shower

makes me happy.


Yesterday my sister and I were the guests of honour at the most lovely baby shower, hosted by the most the most beautiful ladies and attended by the most amazing group of women!

I didn't take a single photo of the event. Instead, I consciously soaked up every moment.


These photos I took of Kevyn today though, perfectly illustrate how we both felt about the inconceivable amount of LOVE...


our little bun in the oven is already receiving.

We feel very lucky.

Thank you all so, so much.

Friday, June 5, 2009

My 10pm Bedtime

makes me happy.



I didn't manage to take a photo today so I thought I would look back through my 2007 & 2008 iphoto libraries to see what we were up during the first few days of June over the last couple of years, perhaps finding something interesting and post worthy.

It would appear that the first part of June used to equal - a great time of year to get dolled up and hit the town. Lots of patios, lots of bar hopping, lots of cocktails, lots of fun.

And while this June has seen us hit the hay by 10pm most nights - our days have been filled with more laughter and love then ever.

Change is good.

Fitting back into my grey jeans won't suck either.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Partners In Crime

makes me happy.



Yesterday I shot a few photos of my sister's pregnant body. She's 36 weeks, looking fabulous, and too close to popping to put it off any longer.

While the shot above was one of her favourites, the shot below...


is one of mine. Even though I screwed up the focal length and got the lamp in perfect focus instead of Kelly - her face is priceless and more so the image I carry in my mind of my sister.

I feel so very lucky to be enjoying this experience with her and think it will be such a special thing for the babies to grow up together... also, she learns about everything and tells me what I need to know. Gotta love big sisters.


It would appear as though the boys are enjoying the new found camaraderie of being first time expecting fathers - or so it seemed this morning when I found them imitating my sister and I as we all waited to see the baby doctor.

Funny boys... real funny.

Now, below we have a short video of a random thought I had while walking the dog this evening.

While at a dinner party last week, our little website here became a topic of discussion and Kev and I were favoured with a lot of positive and constructive feedback from some of our nearest and dearest friends about it. I feel so grateful when anyone takes the time to intelligently articulate their opinions about our blog. While I would keep posting even if NO one was looking at it - I do, and have always, believed that it's a noble effort to try and affect as many people as possible in a positive way in life. Therefore I'm all ears when it comes to improving my efforts.

What I was hearing last week was... more videos! When Kev and I first began The Best Life Ever, 4 years ago, it was all videos, everyday. It became time exhausting and instead of slowing down with them we just stopped.

For the past week we've been disscussing ways of bringing back the videos, and while we come up with some fun ideas that we hope to film over the next couple weeks, we've also decided to try simply shooting random things or thoughts.

So here you go...

video

Do you all wish you were another age, or do you feel content with where you're at right now?

Also - doesn't Kev's head look enormous in the shadow of him filming me? I think there was a stop sign behind him. Funny.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Letting It Go

makes me happy.



I recently stumbled upon this John Lennon hymn Watching the Wheels. Although I'd heard this song numerous times in my youth, hearing it now, at this stage in my life, it spoke volumes to me.

As you might have guessed by now Stacy and I are all about learning to let it go. While John is referring to his desire to let go of his need for fame, I on the other hand have desires to let go of my need to be right, my need to be better than others, my need to be looking out for number one... in other words, I have the desire to let go of my ego.

Hope you enjoy the song as much as Cash and I enjoyed the sunset beaming through the Home Depot windows.

Serenity now.




Tuesday, June 2, 2009

29 Weeks

makes me happy.



It's amazing that 5 weeks have past since our Mexico trip and my last 'belly' post.

So there she is. Growing away.

Aside from the awkward sleeps and back pain - I'm feeling great. Sorry if I've been a bit of a Sally Complainer, I truly am grateful for what a smooth pregnancy this has been.

My belly button sticks out really far and my sister says it looks like a faucet.

We now refer to her as Delta.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Solutions

make me happy.


I'm a firm believer that there is no such thing as a problem, only solutions.

With that in mind, I've begun work on finding a potential solution for my non-sleep issues. This week I tried operation GET UP. Until this weekend, upon waking up during the night I've spent the next few hours tossing and turning, relentlessly trying to force myself to fall back asleep. It wasn't working.

So when I woke up around 4am on Friday night I got out of bed and spent an hour or so watching the 1994 classic Wolf, starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. Which wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be... annnnd, I was back in bed, sleeping like a baby by 5:30am.

And there I am Saturday afternoon, fresh as a daisy, enjoying a little Jays vs The Bo Sox smack down, with my sweet love.


What began as a warm afternoon, with the dome open and the sun warming our souls turned into a bit of cloudy, raining mess around 2:30pm.


I had to have a little laugh at Kevyn's expense as he had not even an hour earlier told me how he thought our stadium was dated and he was so over the whole dome thing.

He wasn't complaining as we continued to watch the last 3 innings warm and dry.


I thought this was a cool shot showing the sun coming back out as the lid made it's final descent.


That evening I headed over to Emma's for an evening of cut throat Euchre with Sam & Deb.

Screw the pop & pretzels - we did it up right with a charcuterie plate, various cheeses and homemade pizzas.


The crazy weather continued with on and off rain and sun...


until we were blessed with this late evening rainbow.

Beauty.


Saturday night's sleep didn't pan out quite as well.

Up at 4:30am, this time I decided to try something a little more productive like returning emails and cleaning up my iphoto until I got sleepy again but, it never happened.

I even went back to bed to give it the ol' college try around 5:30... nothing.

Up I got, cleaned the kitchen, grabbed Cash and went for a walk - clock time means nothing to her, she'll keep me company anytime anywhere!

We're a couple of beauties at 6:15am eh?

While I'm going to continue working out the kinks of operation GET UP, I'm certainly open to any solutions you all may have to offer.

Thank you so much.