turning two

My precious baby boy has turned two years old. Two years ago we welcomed our first son into our arms and our lives have changed ever since. With Owen’s birth came so much clarity about what was truly important to me in this world, watching the world through his eyes opens my heart and soul like I never imagined it could be. We celebrated this special day by gifting him with his very first birthday ring as well as his very first bike. He was filled with joy and amazement at his new bike and has been glued to it ever since. On the weekend we celebrated with some friends at a park nearby our house where the kids had a ton of fun playing parachute games and running around the play structures. May we have another year filled with wonder and joy!

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

 

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outside art

This week I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to bring some of our art time outside. I am so excited that spring is now truly here and showing its face everywhere we go. I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate our return to the outdoors by enjoying some fun with paint on canvas out in our backyard. It was really such a simply project too, all I needed was a canvas, some brushes and of course paint! I brought out all of my paints and let Owen pick his favorites. At first I tried setting out the paints he chose on a palette for him to paint from. However, he just ended up using the palette as his canvas so I soon realized that simply putting the paint directly onto the canvas would work much better, and it did. I would just put the paint directly from the tube of paint he chose onto the canvas and then he would paint away.

Once he was all done painting I brought out a bowl full of warm soapy and he of course had a blast with this part probably just as much as he did ith the painting if not more. It was also adorable to watch him clean himself up with very little help from me I might add. I simply gave him a towel to help him clean up and once he was all clean he even wiped down his table. What a good boy.

Overall he didn’t stay focused on the project as long as I would have hoped for, but maybe this is a sign that he prefers water colors to acrylics (yes I actually used acrylics with my babe haha, totally risky!) because every time we have done water colors he paints for almost an entire hour! Although, I thought maybe being outside was what distracted him as we have not done any art outside since last summer. All in all it was a successful art session and I can’t wait to take on more outside art projects.

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colourful drinks – homemade juices and smoothies

Recently Tristan and I inherited two wonderful machines (thanks to his parents) that have been changing the way we eat around here. One is an amazing blender that just pulverizes your food….as opposed to my regular blender that seems to just spin it around a bit. The other is a juicer!

I’ve always been a fan of fruit smoothies and my mother drove it into my head that fruit is best in the morning. So i’ve been known to enjoy my blended fruit. Now with this new blender i’ve been able to add vegetables to them too!!! It is amazing how you can completely cover up the taste of veggies with fruits! The first smoothie I made was strawberries, banana, flax oil, blueberries, raspberries, carrots, ginger and spinach. YUM! I couldn’t taste the spinach or carrots at all, nor could I see them. But since then i’ve moved onto even greener smoothies, so that i’m still able to have fruits as a smoothie on it’s own. Fruit alone in the morning and just a tad added to the veggie smoothies to sweeten the taste. The last one I made was so very green that I didn’t photograph it, but it was still delicious. It was a combination of strawberries, banana, carrots, kale, spinach, sunflower seed sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, spinach and ginger.

As for the juicer, well, i’m in love. I know everyone says that once you have a juicer you use it two days and then get over it but I so hope that doesn’t happen. Yes, it’s kind of annoying to clean but how satisfying is it to have a cup of freshly squeezed juice? I started to get on the juicing kick when spending a day with an old bride of ours in Vancouver in February. She is obsessed with organic juicing and made me carrot, apple and ginger in the morning. Again, YUM. So once we got a juicer (which was a total perfectly timed surprise) I started with that and have been really happy with it.

After using the carrot, apple ginger recipe quite a bit, I started adding beets and kale. This is my latest favourite and still includes all the flavours I love only with more! The kale pretty much disguises itself in there with the beet, which I should embarrassingly admit i’d probably never eat if it weren’t in a juice. Oh how these two machines have opened my eyes and nourished my tummy.

Oh, and just a warning. They look just as pretty on the floor as they do in your glass.
– Jenna

 

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