Monday, March 21, 2011

The Summertime Crave

I admit it- I am officially sick of over it. I've been thinking so much about summer lately. It must have been that week of warm weather that snuck up on us, or maybe it was sitting by the pool in Vegas, come to think of it! It gave me that little break I needed to get through these long winter days. The sun and melting snow was such a tease. As the snow falls again, I am left daydreaming of cruisy days, sweaty pits and flip-flops. Bring it on- all of it!

You could call me a 'popaholic'. I love tasty cold popsicles on a hot day. Nothing more refreshing, especially if they're homemade with fresh fruit chunkies. As a kid, I remember sitting on the beach in Penticton with my mom and brother, enjoying my red, blue and white space rocket. A wild race against the burning sun and time. Always madly dripping down my hands, no matter how many napkins my mom gave me. Sand and melted popsicle juice- a very sticky combination. It didn't matter. It would all come off with just a little dip in the cool lake. Ahhh, heaven.

This was Morgan last summer, hanging in the grass like a little sweetpea. She'll be a busy bee this summer, playing in her pool, discovering the joy of dirt, making friends with the caterpillars, and carefully wiping away the ladybugs that are sure to land on her fingers and nose.

I cant imagine the sensation of feeling grass
in your hand for the first time. An earthly gift.

I was just looking through my never ending archive of pics from last summer, and never noticed this one before, but I love it. All those delicate folds and toes, and that tiny hand holding mommy's.

A true sign of summer- kiddie sidewalk art. Love it! Well actually this is mommy sidewalk art, couldn't help myself last summer. My neighbour's colourful ray of jumbo chalks were too tempting.

Nothing better than some refreshing water on a hot day. A little brook tucked away in the woods, waiting just for you to come venturing by for a secret dip. I took this self- pic in Jasper last summer. I can still feel how icy-cool the water was, and how hot the sun felt on my shoulders. Nature's perfect balance. Mmmm, felt so good.

Photo Credit: Kiss the Groom

I have had a fascination with big trees for as long as I can remember. I use to collect acorns and study their layers upon layers until I was called in for supper time. Giant trees are so majestic and peaceful. They leave me feeling grounded and just the right way. I can't wait to snuggle up to a few this summer. Just the rich old scent of their bark, leaves my senses and soul full of nourishment. Although, I might scamper out in a little more than this sweet outfit she's wearing.

'Allow the earth to cradle your bones,
as you melt into its arms
and spot alligators and angels in the clouds.'
Lane xo

Photo Credit: Kiss the Groom

I would love to hang my sheets out to dry this year. My mom's friend used to swear by this technique, she loved the absolute freshness that came along with the breeze. Might be better if I lived out in the country or in the mountains though. Not sure if the city air will cut it, but I'll give it a try.

I have always loved picnic blankets. The more colourful and tattered the better. My mom used to keep one that she made out of all old pairs of jeans in the trunk of our car. My brother and I loved it. Come to think of it, I wonder where it is these days? It always smelt like a little windshield wiper fluid and the spare tire- a strange but comforting reminder of summer. You just never know when you are going to want to stop and take a break somewhere that the sun and blue sky is calling you. I'd be happy to come back in another life as a well-used picnic blanket, they get so much love.

Little post-it notes with sweet messages are always welcome around here. Its a string of simple things that make my day.

Its amazing what you can create with paper these days. This mobile is as pretty and soft as it gets. It makes me think of the smell of Johnson's Baby Lotion and butterfly kisses from Morgan.

Photo Credit: Kiss the Groom

Mostly, I can't wait to spend time with my family this summer. Oh spring, you couldn't come sooner! If I can enjoy my backyard, the lake and my loved ones, I'm a happy girl. I can't believe I'll have a new baby to care for and love too. Hopefully he or she will like the outdoors! For now, I'll do my best to embrace the rest of our winter, the last few months of cozy sweaters and hot bowls of soup. The last few months of just our family of three. Our last few months with just our darling Morgan...bittersweet.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Viva Las Vegas- Sparkle and Shine

We had the most amazing time in Vegas. I had no idea what to expect but over stimulation and a super good time. I was quite surprised we were able to just relax and enjoy over-indulgent brunches at the Wynn, cruisy afternoons by the pool, and fabulous shows. The Wynn/Encore where we stayed did not disappoint. Our room was huge, beautifully decorated, and with a fabulous view. The hotel itself was 'knock your socks off' quality. We loved every nook and cranny. We were treated like royalty and would go back as quick as we lost our money on the blackjack table. And trust me, that's quick.

Its amazing how just a few days away from the everyday grind of life here in chilly Edmonton, a serious dose of vitamin D, an open schedule, and one on one time with my husband could be so rejuvenating. Exactly what we both needed. We were there for only 4-days, but it felt like a good week, and its funny how we were both itching to see our lovely Morgan again.

The first evening, we saw La Reve at the gorgeous Wynn Theatre, a Cirque inspired water show that took my breath away. It was created by the Cirque director and preformed by some of the most exquiste dancers, athletes, synchronize swimmers in the world. The theme was all about love, it was absolutely beautiful. Our favourite Cirque show so far, and we've seen quite a few over the years.

Then, we hopped over (semi-waddled) over to the Luxor and had our minds blown by the notoriously sexy and mysterious Chris Angel, and his show- Believe, featuring more wonderful Cirque. Surprisingly, he was incredibly down to earth, funny and sincere. His illusions were so effortless and seamless, it was like, 'Did that just happen?' Nothing showy with blowing smoke and lights, just him and his crazy magic. I was exhausted by midnight since we were up since 3am the prior morning, so bedtime was blisstime. Not exactly your traditional Vegas trip of mini-skirts and wild debauchery! We saw plenty of that along the way.

The next day we slept in, strolled into brunch, stuffed our faces and then recovered by the pool. Next, we popped in and out of the shops (drooled a little, especially over the shoes), snooped around the Wynn (which was so spectacular we almost peed our pants) and then off to Mystere, the original Cirque show in Vegas, running now for 17-years.

Day three- The pool grounds were so amazing, we planted ourselves down in some sunny chairs and spent the whole day soaking in the endless sun. Brydon enjoyed some icy Coronas, while I sipped on tasty virgin Pina Coladas, and when those got too sweet, it was on to virgin Mojitos. So refreshing, never mind the killer people watching...lets just say we were very entertained, never a dull moment, especially by the two had to be porn stars making complete asses of themselves with these body builder guys. Geez, I'm surprised they weren't asked to go to the over 21 pool (yes, that exists at the Wynn), we skipped it this time. Somehow my big belly may not have fit in! Anyways, it was hilarious. There was also plenty of lovely families there and really cute couples, everyone- just taking it in. Some covering their eyes...It felt so good to soak up the sun, my every cell needed it. I haven't felt that relaxed, WARM and content in a long, long time. It was the perfect day with my hubby.

That night, we also saw The Lion King at Mandalay Bay which we loved, loved, loved. The famous music, costumes and performers were so incredible, I actually let a few tears sneak out in the opening scene, 'The Circle of Life'. Not rolling down the cheek action, more like the wet eye look (I quickly recovered, thank God). I know, I know, partly the hormones, but the performance was so moving. It was just amazing to see the story right before my eyes. I just loved that movie as a kid...and still as an adult.

The 4th day- more pool time, as much as our virgin skin could take and then a flight out at 4pm.

Here are some of my favourite pics from our mini-holiday in the sun:

When we arrrived,
I was dying to get out to those pool grounds.

And so we did! The pool deck wasn't even supposed to be open this time of the year, so when the temperature spiked at plus-30, we were thrilled the pool was rockin.

The Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Steakhouse.

Talk about attention to quality and detail.

23-weeks in and feeling great. I felt twice as big after all the brunches.

We slept so well, and loved the electronic sheer and blind button that opened and closed them with just a push of a finger. A celebrity feature, as far as I'm concerned.

I love Vegas because when you look around, everyone is having a blast whether you're 20 or 70. Its an absolute riot. There is no such thing as time and you can do whatever you want in excess. Call it a night or go all night long. The shopping is never ending and the people watching is delicious.

We were able to see Vegas in a whole new light. You don't have to go there for a complete party bender, although a few drinks would have been nice! We came home relaxed, rejuvenated and with great tans. The perfect little getaway.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Belly A Bloomin

As I watch my belly bloom, I'm excited to take some swollen tummy shots. I've been gathering plenty of beautiful inspiration from my most favourite website, Kiss the Groom. She is just the most exquisite photographer, able to capture the true essence of a woman's beauty during pregnancy. Enjoy the next few shots sure to take your feminine spirit through the roof.

Nine Months
by Janis Chrissikos

For nine months I cradle you within
and wonder.

Nine months before I can hold my heart
in my arms.

Nine months for you to arrive but I’ve known you

Nine months creep along yet race by
while I wait.

After nine months you are here and my life
starts anew.

The world has changed immeasurably and it only took
nine months.


This is just adorable, what a beautiful shot.

Mother's Love
These are the days
of laughter and love
smiling faced cherubim
sent from above
snuggled at my breast
full of warmth and rest
brings meaning and purpose
fulfilling destiny
creating, nurturing
the solar plexus
of radiant energy
in your smile

~ Charisse Goodyear

Just a little Bla Bla pic. They're just so sweet.
Go to to check out the sweetness.

Mmmmm, morning belly snuggles.

Here I was at 38-weeks pregnant with Morgan.
Man, to think I'm probably going
to be even bigger this time!