Sunday, March 26, 2017

Interesting week

Well…. wish I could say we all had a wonderful week back to normalcy after the fun times during the March Break.  But… that was not exactly the case.

I noticed soon after our return that Mavie was drinking a lot of water, gulping it down.  By the second day, I decided to call the vet.  After numerous blood tests and blood counts, Mavie was diagnosed with diabetes.  Thank goodness my instincts were on point, as this is not a diagnosis you want to let slide.  Mavie’s blood sugar was 30!  That’s high enough to affect vital organs.  His kidney functions came back normal, but his liver enzymes were high.  Insulin was started the next day, and James and my mom came along to learn the injection technique.  Mavie’s vet is fantastic and made us all feel comfortable.  Mavie is now on insulin injections twice a day for the rest of his life.  We caught it very early, so there should be minimal effects, and this should not in any way shorten his life (thank Goodness!)

So, add nurse to my ever-growing list of jobs.  Being a mommy is hard, but it’s worth it every second!  I would do anything for my babies (including my furry baby).

Monday, March 20, 2017

March Break in Muskoka

The Rousseau JW Marriott has become one of my favourite hotel resorts.  They offer many activities and gourmet meals, and the hotel feels like a Chalet tucked away in a little corner of heaven.  It’s so peaceful and rejuvenating, a perfect mix of family fun and relaxation.  Exactly what all of us needed the days leading up to the end of March Break.  Here is a little peak into our adventures the past few days!

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Of course this is a must when traveling up North!  The iconic Webers stop!

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Exhausted after our hike

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The most beautiful sunrise I think I’ve ever witnessed woke us up the first morning.  These pictures don’t do it justice!

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Walking on water…!

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the moment–and March Break Madness

 

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One of the many quotes I have come across that, oh so very much hits home.  Living in the present is something I’ve always known to be very important.  In doing so, one can eliminate unnecessary stress and worry about the uncontrollable.

Yes, I will fully admit that I live a life that includes stress.  Many stressors, actually.  Having kids is the most stressful and worrisome thing that a person will ever endure.  Marriage, also brings a whole other meaning to stress.  Insomuch as having a husband means you have a partner to share your life with, it in no way eliminates stress.  It, at times, brings a whole new meaning to stress and difficult times.

It’s in times of stress that I like to remember to bring myself back to the present.  Remember who and what is actually important, and remind myself that you only live once (YOLO!)

My personality has recently been defined as “caretaker.”  I would say that is quite accurate.  My friends and family know I would do anything for them at the drop of a hat, and am always here when they need me, and would never expect anything in return.  Here’s a few things I do to overcome life’s difficulties:

1.  For myself in times of stress, I’ve come to realize that when very few people, or no one at all, knows that I’m stressed, it’s a lot easier to reflect on and manage my stressful situations.  When you rely on others to make it through stressful times, you’re not truly taking accountably - you can at times make it more difficult to resolve the issues that are causing the stress in the first place.  Almost like damage control.  I prefer to put one foot in front of the other, take the steps needed to resolve the issue, and move forward without the requirement or need of an applause.

2.  Being a realist – I’ve found this to be one of the most important aspects in life.  I don’t focus on the negative and I don’t focus overly on the positive.  I view situations and as they are.  If I’m not feeling great or things in my life are not going very well, I own it.  I don’t cover it up and act like my world is perfect.  Being a realist allows people to see their reality, admit fault, and understand that the world is not perfect, and neither are you.  Sugar coating is only lying to yourself and the world around you.  Superficiality.  How is one gaining anything from that, right?

3.  Grounding - I don’t allow myself to get upset or offended very often.  If someone has let me down in some way, holding negative feelings toward them will only create a dark and lonely life.  Letting go can be the most freeing thing you can do for yourself!  (or not letting whatever it is bother you in the first place…)  Maybe this is because I’m a strong  person, or maybe it’s because I remember to live in the moment, and realize that stress is just simply a state of mind.  You could have the weight of the world on your shoulders (which at times I have felt), but when you learn to ground yourself, that weight is no longer a feeling, but simply something that you know you will live through and learn lessons from for the next time.

4.  In summary, YOLO!

Okay, enough with all that – this is how our March Break has begun:

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These two beautiful bunnies on their last day before the break!  And two more sleeps till daddy is home!

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James had a successful Triathlon Camp in Florida last week, arriving home Sunday night to two very excited little girls!  The camp has become so successful that James now has up to 10 coaches and support crew, rents 3 massive houses for campers to rent rooms at, and already has interest for next year.  On top of that, LPC is now almost 100 athletes-strong!  James has 3 coaches taking on new athletes, and LPC’s athletes are hitting podium after podium at their races.  LPC has won many Ontario team awards, and the coaches have been recognized nation-wide.  To top it off, LPC celebrates 10 years this year!  Could I be prouder of James? From growing his two-person team, to now one of the biggest and most awarded triathlon clubs in Canada?!  Yep, I’d say I’m pretty proud of him xo17240580_10155138404541204_212639970175298150_o

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Our little ballerinas went to see Ballerina with Meaghan and mommy!

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hehe snap chat….

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What better way to spend the March Break…?

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Than in a massive living room fort!

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They even put a calendar up inside!

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The Ides of March are just about upon us, including Jenn’s 40th birthday!  Following by St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with BJAMS in Muskoka at one of my favourite resorts!

Monday, March 6, 2017

EDC Showcase 2017

The girls blew us all away in their performances!  I could not have been prouder of both Selena and Annika.  This was Selena’s very first competitive debut, and she was fantastic along side her “gummybear” friends on stage.  And Annika made her solo debut, and absolutely nailed it!  I was a ball of nerves, but I don’t know why… both Selena and Annika are naturals on stage.

The showcase is not actually competing against anyone, it is to showcase the routines, allows the teachers to see spacing and check costumes – a run through of what the judges will see at the competitions.

This was a bit of a defining moment for Selena.. She has been unsure if she wants to continue dance after this year, and we’ve been encouraging her to decide on her own, and we’ll be happy with whatever she wants to do.  She said she loved being on stage so much that now she’s leaning toward staying in dance.  The stage is a magical place, in many more ways than most know!  The confidence that both girls have developed through dance is like no other.  There’s no way I would have been able to do what Annika did yesterday – Performing a Solo, the only one on stage, all eyes on you the whole time.  That’s confidence at it’s greatest!

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Makeup tutorial last week

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Costume fitting for the gummy bears

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Hair, check!

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Hair & makeup, check!

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Excited sisters, minutes before stage time!  These two have such a special bond xo

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Shopkins

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Cousin Love – he wasn’t too sure of his cousin dressed up like this…

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…and definitely unsure of all of them together!

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Prep talk from their hip hop teacher!

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They love their Miss Liz – Selena’s jazz teacher and Annika’s Jazz and Solo teacher

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Annika’s Solo – the only stage pics I was able to get.

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The director of Emotion Dance Company, and tap teacher to Selena and Annika, Mrs. Michelle, grabbed this photo of all of the competitive dancers before show time!

And, here are the pics that some of the moms from Annika’s group were able to get.

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Annika is second from the right

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Front and center

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Annika is far left

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Fourth from the right

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Next up… first competition at Waterloo University!