The Week Long Get-Away in Pictures

2016-06-20 12.47.41 - edit We had a fabulous trip to Mexico (a resort an hour south of Cancun) all thanks to my mom who sponsored us and enjoyed it with us. The most startling news is that Spencer is now willingly putting his face in the water and holding his breath (say what?!), which he hated and freaked out about before. So thank you crystal-clear waters and interesting fish! I’m looking forward to his swim lessons in a week to see how he uses his newfound skills.

2016-06-20 12.50.03 - edit 2016-06-21 07.03.03 - edit 2016-06-21 15.21.43 - editWe sure enjoyed spending so much time at the beach, every morning. 2016-06-22 17.01.55 - edit 2016-06-22 17.07.36 - edit 2016-06-22 17.04.12 - editThe free drinks were a huge plus when we hung out there. I only indulged in a morning drink twice, most of the time it was the afternoon beach laze. Such nice beaches – much much nicer than the place we stayed at in Puerto Vallarta when Spencer was 11 months old. And the water! So blue! So clear!

2016-06-22 16.53.47 - editLoved watching the thundershowers roll by.

While we were taking a tour of Tulum (Mayan ruins) we got hit with not one, but two storms! They both dowsed us very well. The second one was actually the start of a mild tropical storm that continued to get bigger (but amounted to nothing huge by the time it completed it’s course). We watched it from the cliff in the ruins coming at us over the water. It was almost surreal, and beautiful. And so very, very warm. The rain here in Saskatoon is cold and unfriendly, and though Spencer would disagree with me, the rain in Mexico was warm and enjoyable.

IMG_4533 - editHeading into the area of the city

IMG_4536 - editFirst look at the ocean from Tulum. Two storms – one on the left and one on the right. IMG_4544 - editIMG_4541 - editAfter the first soaking, with the Mayan temple in the background. IMG_4549 - editHe’s a fake-smile. He was not pleased with the rain. In fact, he told Andy, “I’m not happy. I used to be happy, but I’m not happy anymore” in regards to how he felt about being in the rain storm. You can see that second tropical storm coming at us in the background. The white waves in the background are a part of a huge reef that protected the shore. The guide was telling us it’s the second-largest reef in the world, but it just seems unlikely since I could see the whole edge of it, but maybe I’m wrong. I can’t seem to find any validating info about that. IMG_4550 - editHello second storm! IMG_4554 - editBut oh! That blue! Worth the storm. Wish we had time to have gone swimming here.

2016-06-23 20.20.14 - editBack at the hotel, they had 6 or 7 restaurants for us to choose from each evening. Andy and I went to a Tapas one for a date night. Andy got the Chicken with Teriyaki foam. He thought they were kidding about the foam. 2016-06-23 18.16.26 - editHappiness wasn’t always a given, though.

2016-06-24 06.3-0.48 - edit2016-06-24 06.50.25 - editEarly one morning Spencer and I headed out to explore while it was quiet and everyone else was sleeping. We observed the fish and then headed across the beach through the other resort to watch the waves crashing in.

2016-06-24 11.19.56 - edit 2016-06-25 12.05.05 - edit 2016-06-25 12.21.36 - editIt’s always a curious occasion when someone says, ‘Here, hold my beer.”

IMG_4511 - edit IMG_4512 - edit2016-06-24 09.40.54 - editThe girls just loved, loved, loved riding the small waves into the beach. I taught Spencer how to predict the waves coming so as to be able to “ride” them (like surfing). He was very good by the end at figuring out when to ride a wave! I was very proud of him!2016-06-24 10.30.00 - editEnjoying all the cervesa he could possibly while we were there.

2016-06-24 19.46.26 - editSomeone got a-hold of Nana’s sunglasses. 2016-06-25 09.49.59 - editAndy’s expression perfectly describes his experience of the heat. If you know Andy, you know he hates the heat. 2016-06-25 19.36.29 - editLast night at the resort this girl and I took an extra long walk back to the room. 2016-06-26 07.45.09 - editThe morning we left I got up extra early and enjoyed some peace and quiet to pray and enjoy coffee. I should have done this every morning I was there, it was so amazing.

2016-06-26 17.18.57 - editSo long, Mexico (picture is part of Cancun). Until we meet again.

7 Quick Takes Friday #7qt


Andy made me watch Three Amigos. It’s…well…totally Andy’s style of movie. Very similar to Galaxy Quest, but less sci-fi and more western. It had it’s moments, but I don’t know if I’d choose to watch it again, unless I was negotiating for something I’d get out of the deal.


Preggos. 29 weeks down, peeps, 11 more to go. This is what it looks like from (just over) my height:

IMG_2897If it looks like we don’t clean it’s because we don’t. Well, not exclusively.


I will be at the Mommylicious Trade Show with my business, Mama Knows Best, on March 16th! I’m super excited about it – if you’re in Saskatoon, it’s FREE to attend, there will be give-aways and deals from everyone, and there’s a kids play area too. Set some time aside and head out to the Travelodge for an hour or two! I will be having some specific Trade Show sales available only to attendees, so make sure you stop by if you come!


Spencer has finally taken the plunge and started not freaking out in the pool at swim lessons. This is HUGE for us! He has been struggling since starting the lessons in January with not having this crazy weird out-of-the-blue phobia of being in the pool (especially when not holding onto a big person or being near the edge), and I finally feel like he’s on an upward swing with it. We added an extra bath-time during the week (we are not the type of people who bathe our kids every night, in case you doubted) with a very full tub to help him practice (prices for swimming at the pools in Saskatoon are OUTRAGEOUS compared to other cities we’ve been in!). I don’t know if that specifically has been helping him, but I like to think so. He can now swim the full length of the YMCA pool (which isn’t terribly big – think smaller gym) with a noodle and not flip out and try to drown himself. Big progress! We are super proud of him, and I think that’s also helping encourage him lots too.


I have to say, after running a 5k in September, I’m not feeling so hot in the ‘active’ department lately. The last month or so I think I’ve likely been averaging about 3-5000 steps a day (yikes!). When I was running in the mornings to prep for the 5k, I had about 8000 by 7am! I think my body is feeling the lack of exercise, which is only contributing to my lack of energy lately. Winter blues, go away! It doesn’t help that it’s minus a bazillion outside so I can’t even go for a walk with el kiddos without feeling like I’m putting out very lives at risk. And we obviously can’t afford a gym membership to walk in a place where it’s humane to do so. I’m a little stuck with where to go with this one.



Baby has not yet turned head down. This will start to concern me in about a week’s time. Just you watch. I ain’t want no breech baby (oooooh, how’re the grammar nazis doing with that ‘sentence’??). If baby hasn’t turned, I’ve been looking into some safe ways of encouraging baby to do so…hopefully baby isn’t stubborn. Not like a little girl we know in this household. Though I am pretty determined to not have a c-section. We shall see how this ensues. *cue drama scenes*


As I mentioned, it’s minus a bazillion outside. Tonight is supposed to be the coldest in this cold front. So that means, and I quote, “Overnight low temperatures tonight will fall to near minus 40 Celsius in most areas, where even slight winds will generate wind chill values below minus 50.” Celsius, people. This ain’t no southern Fahrenheit warfront. This is Canada. And, more precisely, the prairies, where there is effing wind.

weatherOf course, this meant that my best friend’s move date is tomorrow (thanks Kate). Thankfully I’m taking the kids to a Parent and Tot Trade Show (I won a free ticket!), so we will be cozy. But that husband of mine needs his fingers still, Mother Nature, so be kind. He changes Spencer’s poopy diaper when he has an ‘accident’ before we wake, which I am eternally grateful for. I don’t want to be dealing with that…crap.

(And as a side note, joyful prayers for two good friends who just had their baby boy arrive today!! Welcome to our world James!!!)

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