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July in numbers

It always makes me sad when the first month of summer holidays comes to a close.  Although it does sound long to say I have another month still, I know how much prep August requires and that means it goes by quite quickly.  That being said, I also got tons accomplished in July. You can check out the previous numbers posts here.  Now let's look back at what we got done in July:

1 Oui Day celebrating the end of a great school year.  They requested the usual: Ruckers, lunch and supper out, buy lego and more stuffed animals......



5 Organized Pool Parties with friends- we have been getting great use out of the pool and Lucy has gone from only swimming with the life jacket on to diving for golf balls with Willis.



1 date with cousins, honouring our Grams on her birthday.  Our Grams was such a social butterfly, she would be absolutely thrilled to have almost all the great grandchildren together, celebrating life.






1 dentist appointment, little Lucia has cavities :(- She doesn't seem too c…

Mommy Diaries: Me

And, that's a wrap.  Thanks to everyone who sent in their updated Mommy Diaries- I loved seeing how much and how little lives can change in 5 short years.  Come back Monday to your regularly scheduled programming with my July review in numbers and I'm back to blogging.  It has been a nice break to not think about composing anything, so again, thank you to all my lovely friends who filled up my blog with such wonderful words.

So for our last Mommy Diaries, 5 years later, let's see what I said :



1. Highlight of motherhood:
Although I am tempted to answer ‘everything’ to this, I think if it came down to it, the best part of my day is when my children are safely and peacefully asleep in bed. I could lay next to them for hours, watching them (in a non-creepy way) sleep. Serenity.
2. Hardest part of being a mom:
How it is so subjective. Sometimes I wish that everything is clearly laid out. This gets even more difficult when you have kids with different temperaments.
3. Best piece o…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Alynne

My beautiful friend, Alynne is up today.  You can read what she wrote 5  years ago here:



and now, 5 years later: 

Highlight of Motherhood:

Watching my kids grow. I love being there for those “aha” moments, first goals, watching Karter read a book to his sister… it is truly a honor

I love to watch their confidence grow as they marvel in their successes, and l love still being that supporting hand to pick them up when things don’t go their way.

Hardest Part of Parenting:

The challenges of raising a strong willed child – Our first child is kind of a push over I guess you could say. For example, if I was to say “Karter, please stop doing that”, he would immediately stop, apologize and think about what he did. Our younger child, in the same scenario, would get a little twinkle in her eye, and you could almost see the conspiracy theory going through her head as to how she is going to get away with said task. She does NOT like the word NO, she is a very determined little girl. In all honesty, …

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Mel

Up today is one of the friends that I miss the most and would love to reconnect with asap.  Mel.  You can read what she wrote 5 years ago here:


and 5 years later....
Highlight of Motherhood: 10 years of raising kids and everyday continues to bring rewards and challenges. 

Hardest Part of parenting: Discipline and following through with consequences.  Life is a journey and the kids sure need to learn hard lessons at times but it also sure makes me question my parenting. No one said it was going to be easy when having to put my foot down or teach them right from wrong.   They go one minute from saying "I hate you" to saying "I love you".  I just think "oh that's what my mom meant" when she said "I can't wait for you to have kids!" LOL 

Guaranteed Meal: To be honest right now it's a quick drive through meal.  Working full time & 3 kids in activities doesn't leave much time for food prep and sitting down to eat a meal.  I am so t…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Jen

Up today is one of my first friends, Jen.  She is mom to 3 beautiful kids and this is what she wrote 5 years ago. You can see the original post here: 



and 5 years later....

Highlight of motherhood: seeing them succeed in activities and how proud they are when they achieve something. Hugs after a long day are another highlight. They're at an age where there is constant fighting and pushing limits so the quiet time of snuggles and hugs is huge

Hardest part is definitely single parenting of three kids. It is so overwhelming doing it on my own emotionally and financially. I am out numbered and feel pulled in multiple directions everyday. I'm sad for my kids bc they only have one active parent but I hope that when they're older they will see how hard I've worked to give them a good stable life and how loved they are.

Guaranteed meal would be pasta or grilled cheese. I still have very picky eaters for meal times so I stick to the basics. I'm fortunate that they love fruit a…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Lisa

My lovely friend Lisa is up.  Here's what she had to say 5 years ago about mommyhood.  You can read the original post here:



and now 5 years later....

Highlight of Motherhood –

I love watching the girls learn new things/skills whether it be athletic or educational. When I watchedmy 4 year old daughter learn to ride her bike last summer my heart swelled. It swelled with pride. It also swelled with ache that my little girl was growing up and it swelled with joy at the site of her smile and her joy in her own accomplishment.

Hardest Part of parenting –

Amongst the plentiful Blessings of being a parent, there definitely are challenges: daycare; broken arms; whining; sibling fighting; discipline; everyday, persistent, nagging mom guilt. However, I think the hardest parts are yet to come. The one thing I would imagine as a constant throughout parenthood is the doubt. Am I doing this thing right? Sleep training, breastfeeding, solid foods, timeouts, behavior management, education, athletics…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Jordan

One of my favourite people in the world is up today, Jordan.  You can read her original post here:


and now 5 years later....

Highlight of Motherhood
The highlight has definitely been watching my kiddos' personalities develop. It is like the excitement of the first few dates with someone except it lasts years, not weeks, and instead of having a BFF (or two) to talk endlessly about all the intricate details I have my husband. It. Is. Awesome.

Hardest Part of parenting
Not yelling. Seriously. It is hard and I fail often. I mean, who can even blame me when I ask someone to brush their hair and when I see them after the third request they are hitting their sibling on the head with a stuffie?  

Guaranteed Meal
Lately it has been chili. Honestly, we have two really great eaters and a 1 year old. I can't remember the last time we had a dish that someone didn't eat. "You have to try one bite" has been one of the best rules Hugh and I put into place.

I will say that one of th…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Rae

My University french teacher friend, Rae is up today.  You can read her original post here: 




and now, 5 years later....
It’s interesting that when seeing my first set of answers from five years ago, many continue to be the same today!  :)

Gavin: 6 years old
Brianna: Soon to be 9 years old

Highlight of Motherhood:
Definitely the snuggles & hugs, especially at bedtime.  I also have to add, although not a specific moment, watching your babies “turn into” the people that they are with their own preferences, talents, and opinions.

Hardest Part of Parenting:
1) Trying to find the “balance” that we Moms keep hearing about!  Trying to be the best mother, wife, and teacher that I can be is really, really hard everyday.  I feel like I fail in at least one of those areas all of the time, never mind trying to find time for myself as well.
2) Forgiving myself when the patience runs out and I turn into the scary Mommy.  :(

Guaranteed Meal: 
Now that has become more challenging since each child has…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Christy

Welcome back, hope you had a great weekend. Today my true blue, Christy, is up.  You can read her original post here:



and now, with 5 years' experience under her (strange and special Invisi) belt:

Highlight of Motherhood:  Watching my kids succeed, including learning to ride a bike, scoring their first goal in soccer or hockey, learning to read, acing a spelling test, and the list continues.  I love to see them smile and to celebrate their success!



Hardest Part of parenting:  Mom guilt, hands down.   Mom guilt creeps in when I least expect it.  When the kids have watched too much TV or played to many video games in a day.  When I read a book while the kids play. When I take a night out with my friends, when I go to work, when I stay home. When the kids have cavities, when they eat too much junk food, when I forget to brush their teeth.  When I yell, when they get put in their room, when they cry. When I cry. It is just always present.Guaranteed Meal:  Oddly enough at our house it is…

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Sara

My lovely friend Sara is up today for the Mommy Diaries.  You can read her original post here:


and this is what she thinks 5 years later:

Highlight of motherhood: seeing your babies grow and develop into little people with their own passions, personality, and talents.

Hardest part of parenting: I'm sticking with my answer from 5 years ago- the guilt. I still can't come to peace with this. Everything I do I second guess. Needing to be at work, me time, husband time, friend time, family time, etc I can't stop the guilt from clouding everything thing I do. This ties into the advice question cause I find unsolicited advise creates more guilt for me. Everyone has an option on how to do things or what works for their kids and then I feel guilty if my kids aren't measuring up.

Guaranteed meal: hands down-pizza!!

Best product: Aiden and Macy love toys so they are pretty content with anything put in front of them but I would say long term for all ages would be the I-Pad. Both kids …

Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Erin

My friend Erin is up today on the Mommy Diaries...5 years ago there was just an Oliver, now they have a Lucianna and another babe on the way.  You can read her original post here:



and now, 5 years later she says:

Highlight of Motherhood: watching them play together and creating games and dance moves and being silly.
Hardest Part of Parenting:  letting them grow and discover things on their own and not jumping in all the time to fix it or make it easier. Also, the amount of attitude that comes out of such a little person...that sounds shockingly like me.
Guaranteed Meal: caprese salad, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza...they must think they're Italian.
Best Product: I LOVE satsuma body butter from The Body Shop. We've used it instead of mosquito repellent for 6 years and have had little to no bug bites, even up at the lake. I also have a sneaking suspicion that ticks hate it because I have yet to find one (knock on wood).
Best piece of advice: Breathe. Their moods will change like the…

What I've Been Wearing

It's a summer miracle- I have been wearing more than just swimsuit cover ups and workout clothes.  A couple times, I have headed into town, thusly forcing me to
put on a brawear something pretty.  So, I decided to have some fun with it and use our Summer Style graphic to help me out.

This one was for running around and is called the white + fun print (palms), showcasing a statement necklace.  I normally stick in the same colour family, but decided to contrast and have some fun.  These pants are my favourite summer fancypants because they scream fun.



Outfit numéro deux was from datenight with the hubby.  Dan's family took the kids for an overnight trip so we quickly booked tickets to a movie (Mike and Dave Need A Wedding Date- hilarious!) and went for supper.  Kyla and I went out earlier in the day to walk to the street fair and ended up in Aritzia...go figure.  I bought this cute and comfy skirt for date night.



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