Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Animal Petting, Curb Jumping, Carousel Riding & Ice Cream Eating

make me happy.


We made our annual trip to the CNE yesterday evening.


As we decided to go after the kid's naps we knew there was no way we were going to make the usual bedtime,


but as we have those kids in bed at the same time of day 99% of the time,


it was kind of fun having them out and about...


without worrying about what time of day it was and


rushing to get home for bath and bed.


Living in the moment and joy... intrinsically linked, yes?


I can honesty tell you,


the time of day

did not cross


my mind


until,
we were making our way back to the car and Kev stopped...


to snap this picture.

Eight pm, August 30th 2011. Awesome.

Also my mom's birthday. Perfection.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One Of Us Sleeping Through It

makes me happy.


The renovations next door started with the excavator rockin' it out at 7am this morning.

The goods news? Byrdie can sleep through it!




Monday, August 29, 2011

Sleeping With The MVP

makes me happy.


We lost in the semi-finals.

And you know what sucks? We just weren't on.

But, we did all support each other, pick each other up when we were down and, of course, had fun playing softball together.


I took hardly any photos as I think I was more focused on enjoying my friends of summer with my fullest attention.


Both Kev...


and I were nominated for league male and female MVP respectively.


Kevyn won.

He was shocked. I was over the moon for him.

It was the perfect end to a most amazing season.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Catching Before Throwing

makes me happy


We finished our regular season of softball in 2nd place this year.

It's our best finish yet.

Playoffs are on Sunday and I'm totally stoked. I'm sure it's very silly to be this pumped for a few games of softball but... I am.

It's had me thinking about this conversation between Oprah and Eckhart Tolle...



ECKHART TOLLE: There was a Zen master, he was watching somebody in a competition, archery, and a man was trying hard to win this competition, but he couldn't make it and then somebody asked the Zen master, "What's he doing wrong?" And the Zen master said, "His need to win drains him of power."

OPRAH WINFREY: Wow.

ECKHART TOLLE: And so his need to win in some future, he wants to have some future moment where he's going to be fulfilled.

OPRAH WINFREY: Wow.

ECKHART TOLLE: So his attention is not totally in the now. So the now, where all power resides…

OPRAH WINFREY: Wow.

ECKHART TOLLE: …this power that resides in the now cannot flow then into what you are doing. The openness isn't there. Because to have mastery in any endeavor, whatever it is, you need to be total in what you do.

OPRAH WINFREY: That's what athletes know, the great ones.

ECKHART TOLLE: Yes. They, and then they, when they enter it they call it "the zone."

So basically on Sunday, I'm planning on catching the ball, throwing the ball, hitting the ball and running the bases to the best of my ability and just see where that lands me.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Heavy Eye Lids

make me happy.


The renovations are happening at a fast and furious rate next door.


And here's some proof that I am documenting it and looking forward to sharing more soon.

It's just - I'm just completely spent at the end of each and everyday.

Which I'm sure, on some level, is a really good thing, yes?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How My Mind Wanders

makes me happy.


On the drive up north we passed a car that was being driven by, say, a 65 year old woman with, say, an 85 year old female passenger, both of whom looked like they were working really hard at not speaking to one another.


Also, I immediately guessed they were mother & daughter.


My train of thought didn't really continue on to presuppose why they weren't talking but rather on to how to not ever work that hard at not talking to someone.


It looked exhausting.


And silly.


But then I thought, why am I jumping to such negative conclusions, maybe that's just the way their faces looked.

To which I thought, man, that is no more of a positive thought the last one, which lead my wandering mind to this quote...


"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

- Audrey Hepburn


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Enjoying Every August Moment

makes me happy.


Sunday we brought Byrdie to softball with us, parts of which she seemed to very much enjoy. These include; when mommy's not batting, when mommy's not fielding, when the game's over and looking at Kurt's booboo from sliding into third.


A lady who knows what she likes.

Following softball Kev and I had this magical plan in place to drive home, put Byrd down for her nap, jump back into the car and head up north to our buddy Deb's cottage for the night, leaving Byrdie in the care of Kelly and my mom.

Well, Miss Byrd did not want to go for her nap.

Of course, I always love when the Byrd enjoys a good afternoon nap, but I'm also always very patient when she wants to play silly willy and needs many books and much singing before she goes down. I'm lucky in that 97% of my time in the summer is devoted to Byrdie and patience is an easy thing to have when time is not an issue.

But that other 3% of the time, when you're hoping one run through of The Gruffalo and two quick itsy bitsies will do, and they don't... well in that moment, it got me running a little hot.


So I sent in Kevyn feeling confident he'd get the job done.


And then as I'm looking out the back window and watching the biggest, blackest clouds roll in with my mouth slightly agape, I hear Byrdie telling daddy which movie she wants to watch as he leads her to our bed!?!


Now I'm just like, really?!? This kid is not going to sleep, I'm leaving Kelly and my mom with a over-tired 2 year old and there is some sort of tornado about touch down in the backyard.


Kev comes out of the bedroom and I roll my eyes at his solution (which I hate! I hate seeing or doing the eyeroll!), apologize to Sandy who was the one that would in fact be in charge of Byrdie for the next hour or so if she didn't go down, pick up my bag, grab my pillow, and turn to walk out the front door when the sky explodes!


There is SO much rain.

I consider emptying my hands and walking back into the house.

I don't...


I'm glad.

Oh look! The sun came out again. Imagine that?

And rumour has it that Byrdie napped for 2 hours in our bed, heard as I roll my eyes forward in my head.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Sister-In-Law Who Also Takes Photos

makes me happy.


We had a small party for Byrdie on Saturday afternoon, the 20th, which also happens to be my dad's birthday.


I managed to snap a few photos but,


I've noticed there are some events in life that I really just want to enjoy live in the moment and not necessarily behind my camera.

On a side note - that very feeling has had me thinking for a while that I'd love to offer a service wherein people hire me to come and photograph their children's birthday parties. You know, nothing to serious and structured, just capturing the love in the moments.

Anyhoo, while my camera wasn't exactly full of birthday moments the next day my inbox was! My sister-in-law Joy had snapped many awesome shots and mailed then right over. Awesome.


Also, Byrdie taught my dad how to smile, picked a out a chocolate cake for him and a vanilla cake for herself and...


then changed her mind and ate the chocolate one.

Atta girl!

Friday, August 19, 2011

My 2 Year Old Byrd

makes me happy.



The Byrd turned 2 today!

This about sums up how awesome 2 is around here... huge smiles and big schnoobies.

Does it get any better folks?


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Isty Bitsies

make me happy.


This is what happens these days when we ask Byrdie to smile.

Like, I seriously think she thinks she's smiling and not channeling Teen Wolf (awesome movie) like I would have guessed the first time I saw it.


I cut Evan's hair today.

It was a simple act that brought us all a lot of joy.

Kind of like how...


water fountains that are endless amounts of fun these days,


and white t-shirts look better dirty,


and sidewalk chalk rocks.


Simplicity is my path.