I refuse to allow my daughter to live her life according to a week-on-week-off access schedule. It's just not going to happen.
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Trips & Getaways
Have I ever told you about one of my husband and I's first fights?
It happened on the first snowfall after we got engaged. We woke up in the morning to see the ground covered in white stuff. He was instantly giddy (the man loves all thing winter sports) and I was instantly in a bad mood.
"What's your problem?" he asked.
"I hate winter. Like I hate everything to do with winter... If I could hibernate until spring I would"
Well, we actually got into a heated conversation about my "poor attitude". Apparently he was unaware that that I hated winter when he got down and popped the question. He and the kids both LOVE winter sports
Always, to make a long story short, I had a choice. I could continue to be the Debbie Downer of winter or I could get myself some snow gear and try and change my attitude.
I choose the second.
Almost 6 years into our relationship, I still prefer the heat over the cold, however I have come to have an appreciation for winter sports, especially skiing. It's actually amazing for "family time".
In fact, skiing has become one of my favourite things to do in the winter (well, other than lying on a Caribbean beach with a Pina colada that is) ...
A few weeks back, we took my youngest stepson and Reese on a little road trip to Holiday Valley in Ellicotvile. It's our favourite ski resort sand we make a point fo going at least once a season!
Last minute, the older two weren't able to get off school, so they stayed back with their mom. It was pretty disappointing, but also gave us lots of one -on-one time with my youngest stepson, which is hard to get in a big blended family!
Always, I blogged the getaway (and a major parenting we had with Reese) ... Enjoy!
A huge thanks for Holiday Valley for hosting us again this year. As always, it was a phenomenal time!
In fact, this applies to vacationing in any type of motherhood.
Potty Training is no joke, when you're sticking around home. Potty Training while road tripping? Well that's a whole new ball game!
Family and friends often make comments about how we are "always on the go". It's true. We are.
We LOVE to jet-set off for a weekend, go up to cottage country, get away from the hustle bustle of everyday life, get some fresh air and just unwind. To say we are a pretty active family is an understatement. My husband and I have a "work hard/play hard" mentality and all about experiences and making memories!
So we are back from our vacation up at the cottage, and are doing our VERY best to get back into the swing of things (while still trying to soak up the last that our Canadian Summer has to offer)
While we were up on vacay, I received some emails from followers referring to my "perfect" family, and asking for tips on how to have the "perfect stepfamily life"
As much as I LOVE hearing from the fabulous women who read my blog, when I read these emails all I could say was "NO! NO! NO!"
The truth is, if you're looking for advice on how to achieve a perfectly harmonious stepfamily life, you'll need to ask someone else, because you won't find it here!
Just when I thought things couldn't get any busier in our CRAZY, BEAUTIFUL Blended Family Life, they did!
Amongst all the usual shanigans (aka memory making) of summer, we've decided to a few more things our plate. Which is why things have been pretty quiet over here!
Today I thought I'd take a break from the madness and pop on and give you guys a bit of an update on everything that's been going... and tell you about some exciting things that are coming up for YOU this fall!!
A couple weeks ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to get away to one of our favourite places... The French River.
We are members of a houseboat up there.
Now before you say get this picture of a luxorious houseboat in your head, you need to know this thing is a bit of monstrosity. It's about the next best thing to sleeping on the ground!
Either way, we love it. It's by far our favourite place in the world. But like I said, it's roughing it. You're parked in nature, a pretty decent boat ride away from anything civilized.
With all the joys of going off the grid, come certain risks. Risks like rodents and reptiles. Snakes and mice to be exact.
Well, we are officially in our summer groove over here!
We just wrapped up our first week with the kids and it was full everything that summer should be!
Ice cream runs, batting cages, beach days, sleep-ins, and some serious giggles!
(My stepchildren come every other week, so because of the schedule, our official summer kick-off was a bit delayed)
For some reason, I'm more excited about summer than I have been for the longest time. I feel like a kid again! I think it has something to do my husband and I making an intentional mindset shift.
Lately, there has been all sorts of bad news around us. People getting sick, tragic accidents, shootings, riots, you name it.
As you may have noticed on my Instagram Feed, this week my husband and I went away on a little anniversary getaway to one of our favourite places, the JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau. This place holds so many special memories for us. It's where got engaged, where we went for our honeymoon, where we go to celebrate, and where we go to just unwind!