Easing My Way Into Fall

Lately I've noticed I have become a little more relaxed with our routine. I don't know if a summer of chaos has cured me but I just don't stress if I put the kids to bed a little past 7 anymore or random late nights on the weekends. Maybe it's the age of my kids or the experience I now have under my belt that has eased my mind that the world is not going to stop over little changes to the everyday routine. I am really trying to not sweat the little stuff and enjoy the place where I am at. Read that extra book before bed. On Friday, my husband, Rob was working late and the kids still had a little more energy then normal so I thought they don't have school tomorrow why don't we have a little movie night? So we did! We made some popcorn and the girls had a blast. They were tired and a little more docile then the norm, perfect for watching movies if you ask me. Sometimes we have to treat ourselves every once and awhile without the guilt. Make time for those memories. Our kids might not remember what they did at ages 2 and 4 but I think it's still valuable to show them family time is just as important if not more important then the everyday to do list. 

Time is my love language and I value every minute I have. I want my kids to have that in them as well. I hope they treasure their time but give it freely as well. It is easy to get consumed with these busy lives we lead and one day we might not have the opportunity to have this time together. So although the laundry needed to get done, the groceries for the week needed to be bought and the house on a whole is a work in progress, I knew we could put it on hold for one more day. Soak up some of the gorgeous crisp fall weather with the kids on Saturday. 

We decided we were going to check out if there were still apples on the trees at Mountain Apple Orchards. Unfortunately we were too late but that didn't stop us from hitting up the corn maze, playground and straw bales. Not to mention there was still their amazing fresh mini donuts and apple cider. Seriously so worth the drive for those two things alone. The girls kept calling their cider coffee. The wasps quickly swarmed us. Olive, as she ran away, yelled back "Mom, don't forget to bring my coffee!" Maeve chimes in "Coffee Mommy Coffee!" They make me laugh. We also checked out for the first time Cannamore Orchard (Home to Acres of Terror) to pick up some pumpkins. They had the friendliest staff and convinced us into buying some fudge too, which was delicious. The wagon ride looked a little too scary for us and we were tiring out from a long day outside so we headed home. 

We needed this day as a family, enjoying each others company after a busy week of work, school and the regular, everyday stuff. I realized I can make time when we need time. It made for a very busy Sunday trying to get everything done but it was beyond worth it! What are things you value and want to bring into your life more? I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

We Are Moving!!!

So, if you have been wondering why I have been MIA these last few weeks on social media, the blog, and pretty much every form of communication, is because we are moving! This is a move I have been wanting to do for a very long time. There has always been an obstacle or opportunity that has prevented us from committing to it before. I know some are confused by why we are doing this move in the first place. I hate when this comes up because I don't expect everyone to understand our choices and in no way do I frown upon what is working for someone else. We have just come to realize that small town, rural Saskatchewan is not a great fit for us and our growing family. So, if you are not in the know, we are moving back to my hometown in eastern Ontario! Rob and I are over the moon excited for what lies ahead for us!

As of right now Rob's last day of work here in Saskatchewan is March 31st and at this point that is pretty much the only thing set in stone. Leave it up to us to leave everything to the last minute. Our house was listed just this last week. We have moved in with Rob's parents for the last two weeks to finish packing our day to day stuff. It is crazy to think we only made this decision at the beginning of the month and now here we are, up to our ears in boxes. These last few weeks have been high stress just trying to figure out how we are going to make this happen. Finding the right realtor, selling odds & ends, donations, finishing home projects and packing have taken up pretty much all our time. You know you have sold a lot of stuff online when Rob is recognized at all his job sights as the guy selling stuff on Facebook, haha! It is amazing what we have managed to accumulate in these past two years. Doesn't help that we added another kid (our Maevie) to the mix. So, if you don't hear from me in awhile it is most likely because the computer is packed and we are headed East!

I just wanted to say a BIG thank-you to Rob's parents for helping with all of the projects, watching our kids and letting us stay with them for a little bit. We couldn't have made this all happen, this quickly, without you guys. To our countless friends who have been there to support us in numerous ways you know who you are. And lastly thank-you to my parents for letting us stay with them till we getting our living arrangements all settled. Thank-you!!! We love you all so dearly!

When I have a chance I would love to share all the things I am going to miss here in Saskatchewan and also the reasons why we chose to do this move to Ontario (Let me know what you think about these for blog topics). Everyone's thoughts and prayers that this move goes smoothly for us are so much appreciated! I will do my best to keep everyone in the loop! xo