Thursday 22 February 2018

iphone photos from november, december, and january

I used to be this super put together mom who had custom DIY Valentines for the kids to hand out at school, and holiday appropriate mini-shoots to share on the family blog. And then October happened, and we decided to move.

Why didn't anyone tell me that it was crazy to move 2 days before Christmas with 2 children under 4... Where did my holiday season go? And why did my kids bring dollar store Valentines to school? It's been an interesting season of life for the Kellys, but I'm determined to keep up with documenting the little in-between moments. 

So for the first time ever, a different sort of update. Three months of our life in one post. It'll be bullet point, it'll be quick, and it will be remembered as a period of temporary insanity. Highlights: my birthday made complete by the Big Brother party of my dreams, Christmas, a potty training New Years, a trip to Cabo, and lots of Glebeing.  

This is what the children looked like in November. That's about all I remember from this day :)

This is what we looked like on pre-Christmas weekend. 

Holiday parties... 

Empty walls and dress-yourself-days: 

Rain boots and dino-gloves:

Emptying one house, filling another...

A trip to TO with this girl, plus lots of projects and crafting and tons of downtown coffee dates. 

And one of the most memorable parts of the this update: starting off 2018 with no more diapers!! 

Take me back to cocktail party season pleaaaase. 

Whale watching and working in Cabo makes me one happy girl! 

I told you it would be bullet point. I told you it would be quick. Done is better than perfect and that's feeling like a great mantra for me during this season of busy busy life! 

Monday 27 November 2017

one last swing...

I'll be honest, when we built the play structure we pictured them swinging on it for YEARS. This was our forever home, but with a side-order of wonder whether Stittsville was in fact the perfect place for the remaining years in this chapter of our lives. 

It was built with the help of many friends on a bright and sunny day in June. They loved going up and down those slides. They loved bringing a bucket full of rocks up the rock climbing ladder and pouring them over the edge. They loved it when we pushed them on the swings and lifted them onto the monkey bars. 

We are sad to be leaving this play structure, or "the park" as they call it. But we know that other adventures are waiting for us just beyond the horizon. They might not be in the backyard like they are now, but down the road and one or two blocks over...we know that good things are in store. 

So with one last swing, one last slide, and a bittersweet goodbye, we're turning the page and starting the next chapter. 

cancun trip 2017 with chris & gen!

Ever since we started making trip videos the idea of capturing a moment on video has become so much more important than taking an actual photo. Seems counter intuitive since you're thinking of me as a photographer above anything else... But there's something so special about being able to relive a vacation and have it feel like you're actually there. 

On this particular trip to Cancun, I managed to take a few photos to accompany the 176 videos I grabbed on my phone. The trip video tells the real story, but these photos are pretty great too :) 

We stayed at Sandos Cancun and loved it! Highly recommend if you're looking for good food, good music, and a killer beach front.  

We toured Chichen Itzá on our 3rd tour. Frank was our tour guide and we will never forget him saying "Frank Amigo Tours! Frank Amigo Tours!" to corral us through the crowds. 

Happy Anniversary Laura & Eyad. Close enough. 

This photo pretty much sums up the whole trip. 

Coco Bongo. No words. Only videos and memories. 

Casually watching this on repeat all this week... 

Until next time, Mexico!! 

iphone photos from october

We could have never predicted how October would change our lives as much as it did. On the first day of the month, a Sunday, we took the children for a walk in the Glebe. We tried a croissant at Ichiban after someone told us it was the best croissant they'd ever had it their entire lives. We parked on Third and walked towards the canal, and on our route we spotted a house for sale.

The conversation began so simply... Should we move to the Glebe? We come here most weekends. Our best friends live here. I could walk to TDM. Ry could bike to work... Was it possible? Doable? The most expensive thing we could ever imagine doing? We pulled the wagon behind us as the kids watched the ducks swimming in the canal, and stopped at a park at Lansdowne where they played for almost 2 hours straight.

On a little park bench we made our plan. We talked through a hundred scenarios, googled mortgage calculators and other properties for sale in the Glebe. By the time we drove home that day we were pretty sure we had just decided to move. The rest of October was a whirlwind -- it's actually shocking that I took any phone photos at all with how busy we were! 

19 days after that Glebe adventure our house was on the market. 

I'll never forget this lunch date with Walsh where we ate salad and walked around the Glebe streets looking for the perfect place where Ry and I could live. She fell in love with this beautiful red brick house with a white wrap-around porch. 

4 days later, we put in an offer. 

The school where our kids will go! Just a block away from the new place :)

A little break from house-related adventure to spend some quality time with the cousins at the pumpkin patch!

The most random Le Nordik day of all time, eh B. Smyth? I called her at 10am and said, "What are you doing today? Good because I'll pick you up in 30 minutes. We're going to Le Nordik." 

That day was so good for the soul <3

Jillybilly wanted to dress like her brother for school one day. She looks like that one kid from Despicable Me... 

Still wearing sandals mid-October. No shame. 

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1 reunion night -- this is my favourite club. Except for book club, I also love book club. 

Twinning with MegB for her engagement photos!

The sale sign went up! The made things seem pretty real. 

Minimalism to the next level: renting a dumpster for 7 days and scouring every nook and cranny in our house before the move. When that dumpster was hauled away we were told it contained 1.67 tonnes of trash. 

It felt like a huge weight was lifted from our home, and it became way easier to imagine moving into a place about half the size. 

The garage pile. This wasn't even close to all of it. 

Another big pre-listing task: de-personalize our incredibly personalized home. Photos from trips replaced the kids blowing out their birthday candles. 

These next few photos are from our first and only day of showings at a couple properties in the Glebe. The kids LOVED going through the houses and wanted to sit on every couch and explore every room. Of course they found it a little bit difficult to not touch anything... but that's why the grandparents were there to babysit. 

This photo will always be pretty special to us. It was taken before we even went in the front door, but just a few short weeks later we signed our names on the agreement. The babies will walk up and down those porch steps for a very long time, we hope!

Finally, what do you do when you have a 9am showing? Take the kids to Morning Owl for hot chocolate of course! I'm happy to report this was the very last showing before our house was officially sold. 

October -- you were pretty crazy. We didn't have any idea what adventures you would hold, but we are so thankful!