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I suppose summer must end sometime. Guest post 2.

We've done a lot of cool things this summer, but I think my sister and Rob win for the most original.  A yurt was never in my vocabulary until this summer. I would've thought it was some sort of Australian Yak, but no..
Read on to see what I learned from the Golightly's adventures. 

Summer Vacations by Kyla Dawn G-bomb. Esq.

Memories of summer vacations as a child are something that I hold close to my heart.  There are certain memories that are still vivid in my mind from these past vacations.  Our family went camping a lot and I can still remember watching the fireflies at night while we sat around the campfire, eating girl guide cookies, racing through the campsites with my siblings, biking to the beach and going to the outdoor theater at Waskesiu.  Our family also went to Vernon to visit our cousins just about every summer. I couldn’t wait for that drive to B.C. and it is still to this day my favourite journey. I loved stopping at all the sites along the way, counting th…

a week of guests. Guest one.

I'm just prepping myself for a busier than normal week at work and at home. I still want to maintain my blog because it does bring a certain calm to my day, I have decided to do guest blogs this week.  Until I decide I have something intelligible to say.Unbeknownst to Monique, she is my first guest. Surprise!  She emailed me something funny/thoughtful on the weekend that made me smile.  This is what she had to say:I have taken the liberty to translate some of your  OH.EM.GEE statements :) Out of place = new perspective
Exhausted = and therefore will be efficient
Fashionable = awesome
Numb = strong, not prone to being overly sensitive
First year teacherish.  = hot new teacher
Nervous = excited
Anxious = excited... honestly, nervous, anxious, and excited are nearly the same physiological response.  We just choose to interpret them differently based on our surroundings and other mental cues.  It is one of the reasons why some people are deathly scared of performing and others lov…

Freeze Frame Friday

This week felt a little...unbalanced. Up and Down, Down and Up. My brain can't decided if it's happy or sad or both or neither.
But reality is that I'm now a working Mom and I have some adjustments and changes to make to my comfortable routine.
In with the old, out with the new? Or is it out with old, in with the new. Whatever.
My brain is fried and I haven't even had students yet. Oy.
So instead of dwelling on my stresses, I'm going to choose to freeze some of my favourite moments of the week and I know that they'll help bring me up when I start to feel overwhelmed again.

#1) Carouseling on the weekend with the kids and the Golightly fam.  It felt like what a family day should feel like and I'd really like to get more into the habit of taking the kids out with Kyla, Rob and Kinsey.

 #2) Monday night supper with Jordan and Chantelle.  We have so much in common and it wasn't really a shocker when I looked down at my watch for the first time in the evenin…


After day one, I am feeling:
Out of place.
First year teacherish.
Whatever the opposite of productive is.

and just way too fatigued to form logical sentences.
Bonne nuit.

needs and wants

My bed to be made every morning.
The kitchen cleaned before bedtime at night.
A Blue Jay game on TV so I can do my run.
Coffee in the am and right after lunch.
A little wardrobe pick me up with the changing seasons.
A hug and kiss from Willis in the morning.
An email just saying hey from Dan during the day.
Some quiet time in the morning while I'm getting ready.
To hug my little girl when she cries.
Some time to catch up with my friends.

For my transition to work to go smoothly.
For the weight to continue to fall off.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte.
For the September photography gigs to go perfectly.
For my future students to be kind and wanting to learn.
For my Dad's cancer treatment to hurry the hell up and be done with.
To pierce Lucia's ears.
For my sister to compose her guest blog already.
For Oiler tickets in the winter so Uncle Rob can bring Willis.
For my grey hair to disappear.
Time during the day when I return to work  to still do the things I love: exercis…

An open letter to a friend


It's been 6 months since you lost Tripp and there still isn't a day that goes by that my heart doesn't ache for you.  I can't even begin to imagine the pain that you and Hugh have experienced and the emptiness you feel from your loss. I do find, however that the strength and honesty that you share with us daily on your blog is healing and beautiful, which inspires me to make the changes I need in order to live a good life.
Today is a milestone day. The 23rd.  For some reason in the grieving process that one date always hits you.  Mine is the 14th. Every single month for the first year after Kelly died, I cried on the 14th like it had just happened.  Slowly it got easier and eventually I got to the point where I didn't cry as often and rather smiled a reminiscent smile.  My wish for you this month is that it gets less painful for you and that you can find a way to breathe through the layers of pain.
Each month I've tried to find a way to honour your lit…

Texts from the weekend

It was a jolly good weekend for us, if you can't tell from the various texts.  Much time was spent just with our little family, enjoying the craziness of our kids. Time was also spent carouseling with Kinsey, drinking with Alynne, balling our eyes out at the movies, (You MUST see The Help), having a swim/supper date with the Hamiltons and just enjoying the beautiful weekend that we were given.

I'm not going to lie, my return to work scares me, but after having spent time talking with fellow teachers, Jordan and Hugh, I feel better and more capable.  Also, my night out with Alynne was just what I needed to make me remember that I'm more than just a mom.  We had such a great conversation about everything in life that it helps me bring energy to those tough moments, like when Lucia won't sleep at night and I feel like screaming.
I don't necessarily need to have lavish plans on a weekend to make it memorable.  Just throw in some family time and some friend time and …

Freeze Frame Friday

This was the week that I wanted to last forever, but alas it's already Friday. I can't believe I have to wake up next week to an alarm clock that isn't Lucia's scream/giggle/kisses. Although I'm pretty sure I'll be getting a little of both given her sporadic sleep schedule as of late.
There were many great moments this week that I didn't get pictures of.
The first one that comes to mind is the storm on Monday night.  I love a summer storm.  Mostly when there isn't damage.  Right before it happened the sky was lit up with layers of sheet lightening and you could smell the fresh rain hail coming.  It was a serene moment sitting on the deck, enjoying the show that nature was putting on for us.
My second moment is an impromptu supper outing with my good friend, Alison and her family at Red Lobster.  I miss her.  I miss how happy I am when I'm around her.  If only we still lived in the same city or could at least take a trip to New York …

Yummy food with Heidi

I have a friend who is as beautiful as she is talented and who has the ability to make you feel important, loved and beautiful all in one session at her salon.  Heidi has agreed to share one of her favourite summer recipes with you, this is what she has to say:

This is my favourite appetizer and it is sooooo easy:) It is from Company's Coming Most loved Appetizers By Jean Pare
The best thing about it my son loves it! And you can cook it in the oven or BBQ.

*Miracle whip/mayo 1/2 cup
*Grated mozzarella 1 cup
*Medium tomato-seeded 2 and finely diced
*chopped pitted ripe 1/4(or more) olives( I use black)
*Grated fresh parmesan 1/4 cup ( or 2tbs of dry)
*oregano 1tsp
*sweet basil 1/4 tsp(or you can use fresh herbs but use more)
*pepper 1/2 tsp
*Baguette bread 24-27" long

Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
cut baguette into 1" slices. spoon tomato mixture on…

Retail Therapy

I'm a shopper and I have always been.  I remember going to the Gateway Mall with Christy in grade 7 to buy those coveted sheer polka dot blouses from Mariposa, or the bold pattern block silk shirts.
It brought me joy and it still does now.
And who knew that polka dots, colour blocking and sheer materials would be back in some 20 years later?!
While shopping in Toronto I couldn't help but notice some old trends that are being made new again.
Remember the big glasses, high waisted pleated pants our moms wore?