Science & Tech Museum

Right before Christmas one weekend, we decided to get out of the house and go do something. Why we did this I will never know. We were exhausted and had a million things to do by Christmas. Probably to get out of doing these million things would be my guess. I remember being completely shocked when Rob announced that we were going out. So on a whim we decided to check out the Canada Science and Technology museum in Ottawa.

I remember as a kid through school we slept over at the museum one time. Lined up beside the massive trains with our sleeping bags. The museum has changed so much since then. They have renovated from top to bottom. I hardly recognized it. They still have some of the favorite classic exhibits like the trains and crazy kitchen. The girls favorite was, by far, the Zooom room. There was so many interactive stations in that one which is why I think they loved it the most. Rob probably could have spent an hour in Artifact Alley if we let him. Checking out all the old electrical stuff. His one true love! We definitely could have spent way more time at each exhibit.

Olive is at this really fun age right now (Four). She is so curious and willing to interact with each activity and station. It was neat to see her explore and try to figure out each station. Maeve however (Two) liked to play this game where she ran as fast and as far and as frequent as possible. Kept bolting what felt like every five minutes. On the plus side she loves to copy her older sister. So anything Olive was doing that Maeve thought looked like fun, it was a wrestling match over who was doing it. Next time we go, we will probably aim for a morning visit. That way Maeve will be at her best time of day. The later in the day we go the bigger the gamble on how it will all play out. But I have to say she was such a trooper only having a small half hour nap which is not the norm.

I can't wait to have more experiences like these. It is so nice to have Ottawa right there in our back pocket. If you ever get the chance to try it, this is a fun museum that has a little something for everyone. We are looking for more spots to explore in Ottawa and surrounding area. Any suggestions? I would love to hear your favorites.

First Year Of Blogging

I started this blog August of 2016. We had just gone on our first camping trip ever and I wanted to share everything that had happened with everyone. Summers are busy and I couldn't get a hold of everyone to tell them all about it. As time goes on the details of your story get fuzzy and you start to forget some of the memories or key details that would have fully captured that moment. It was then that made me want to start a blog. Somewhere to put all the memories and have family and friends look at it like an online scrapbook. After my posts on the camping trip, which was 3 posts long, I decided to go back to school part time and that consumed all my free time. So of course the blog was put on the back burner. At the beginning of 2017, a year ago from today, I had decided I was really going to take a go at blogging; aim to write more and commit more time to my blog.

In order to truly commit to something you need some accountability and that is when I decided to make it public knowledge about my blog. This was absolutely terrifying for me. You don't have any control over who is reading your words anymore. Not knowing what is being said about you behind closed doors. Being someone who barely passed English every year in high school, I have been a little insecure when it comes to my writing. There are so many blogs out there and I have been so inspired joining this community of people. I haven't quite figured out if I have a niche yet. I am a storyteller and this blog is like my diary in some ways. Can I just say lifestyle? I'm not sure.

I am so glad I let everyone in. This space, that was meant to be a family scrapbook, has turned into this raw truth of all my dreams and drowning moments. I'm so happy I have been able to encourage some of you with my words or gave you a minute escape. Maybe a little laugh here and there at my expense. Whatever it is that you come to my blog for, just know I will always be honest with you. The things that I have found the hardest about being a blogger are my own insecurities and being consistent. Both are still a constant work in progress. I have to applaud all the bloggers out there that have been doing this for years without skipping a beat. This experience has been so rewarding but has also challenged me in ways I never saw coming. It has forced me to do things that I wouldn't normally do and take pictures when I normally wouldn't. Writing has also been therapeutic for me as well. There is something about writing something down that makes me feel like I'm letting go. I highly suggest giving blogging or writing a try if it has been something on your mind to do. In my experience the pros definitely out weigh the cons.

If you have been reading along and ever have questions that you are dying to know the answer to I am an open book, ask away! Comment, email, private message, whatever works best for you. I love when you share with me too!

Hello To You In 2018

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! Seriously, where did December go!? We are not used to being this busy around the holidays. Normally we only have my husband's parents and his brother to visit. This year was a busy one, but my heart is so full! I have spent the end of this week just trying to catch up on some sleep from all the fun we have been having. For the better part of December I have felt like I am playing musical chairs, only I am so bad at it that I never seem to sit down. Any one else feel this way over the holidays?

Well it's the beginning of a new year, when we like to make new goals, new plans and create some new perspective. I am all about any reason to have a fresh start! So, I will let you in on some of my goals for 2018.

1. The Blog!

This last year has taught me a lot about myself. Some things that are negative and maybe have held me back from posting or sharing online. I am trying to put that aside and plan my posts a little more wisely this year. So, my goal is to do one blog post a week. Monday seems to be the best day for me most weeks, so plan to check in with me at the beginning of your week! Keep me accountable!

2. Health/Fitness

I have established a good workout routine this past year that has really been working for me. My goal is to continue going to the gym a minimum of four times a week and any extra is a miracle. Also, in addition to that, I have promised myself that I am going to explore my health a little more. See what foods are working and not working in my diet. I'm keeping a food journal so if I can't make results happen as far as my weight goes I have something to bring to the doctor.

3. Marriage

My husband Rob and I decided to do a marriage goal this year. It's nothing to scream about but keeps us more aware of making time for each other. We are planning a date night once a month and if we can fit in more that's a bonus.

I'd love to know what your goals are for 2018! I have a good feeling about this year. We are going to make things happen! So, cheers! Can't wait to see more of you in the New Year! I have added photos from decorating our tree and Christmas morning. Maeve would not cooperate for the tree photo.