May 30, 2012

What Goes Around, Comes Around


I absolutely love this photo of my mom. She looks so happy, like she's really enjoying life and whatever is happening the day this photo was taken.

I also love her outfit. I love how fashion makes a circle, and that I could wear those clothes today and not look like a total tool. The blouse has the simplest, yet bold, pattern on it, the skirt is such a fantastic blue, and that bag -- don't get me started on that bag.

When I was younger, my mom had saved a bunch of clothes from her younger years that she really wanted me to wear. I wore then a couple of times, but didn't like them because they weren't what was popular at the time. Like many things in life, I wish that I had enjoyed them while I could wear them. If I could fit into them now, I know that they would be the cutest outfits ever.

I wonder if she still has that shirt and skirt...

Hey, Mom?  :)




mom stye




May 28, 2012

Outside: Can't Get Enough!

I have been having so much fun with Little Boy since he started walking -- I know...I'm never going to shut up about it. Not that he wasn't fun before, but the things we are able to do now are so much more amazing.

Take Saturday, for example:



We slapped on the sunscreen and his little hat, and we went outside for most of the morning and afternoon while Dad was working on putting the railing around the deck -- gotta keep the little guy safe!



In the afternoon, I grabbed the ball from the garage -- the one that I bought many years ago with the intention of it someday being played with by my child...that day has come! -- and we played a game of throw, not catch...just throw -- really it was a game of fetch.



He couldn't get enough of the big yellow ball, and even today, when he saw it out the window, he wanted to go play with it.



The child seriously loves outside. He would probably live outside if we would let him. He's always pointing outside, asking us to take him to the park or let him play in the grass. He gets upset when we tell him it's raining, or too hot, or that we can't go out at that exact moment. I'm looking forward to the days when I have to ask him 50 times to come inside for supper -- and not 50 times to get off the computer :)










May 25, 2012

Weight: A Little History

While I was in university, during my late teens and early twenties, I worked out almost every day at the gym doing at least 20 minutes of cardio, plus weights and a fitness class. I also went for a swim every Friday and did as many laps as I possibly could in a half hour. I was a lifeguard that taught water aerobics, and was on my feet during my shift, or swimming in the water.

I was active.

While I was in university, during my late teens and early twenties, I was fit and thin, and I didn't even know it.


 Me at the peak of my fitness days in 2005

It's like the Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi" says: "Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you got / 'Til it's gone."

That's me.

The entire time, I thought I was fat. I have thought I was fat since high school, and it wasn't until I got pregnant that I actually got fat -- 45lbs of fat. I ate boxes of cookies and tubs of ice cream within a few days, and never even noticed how fat I was getting. I mean, my body gained a lot of water during the last stage of pregnancy, and I lost 25lbs within a few months after giving birth, but those extra 20lbs have stuck with me through thick and, well, thick.


The last photo of me pregnant: 32 Weeks

I think what the saddest part for me is looking back at the photographs of myself in my peak fitness days knowing that I thought I was fat. I mean, I had the flattest belly that I have ever had, and I thought that I was fat. I know that you can't look at the past and wish for things that should have been, but I really wish that I hadn't been so hard on myself and realised what a great body I actually had.

I could slap myself. I really could.

But enough with the pouting. I am now doing something about it, and I want to share my journey with you. Today I will have completed my first week of keeping a food and exercise journal, and hopefully I will have lost one pound.

My fingers are crossed.

I know that I probably will never look like I did at the peak of my fitness ever again. It honestly doesn't seem that feasible, but I guess we'll find out in the coming weeks. I'll be sharing more of my plan and how I am doing with everything as the weeks pass.

Stay tuned!






May 23, 2012

So Proud to Watch Him Grow

My little boy started walking on Mother's Day. It is amazing how quickly he started walking as soon as he realised that it was possible. He has been moving non-stop ever since. I love it!


That's one small step for Little Boy...

Besides walking, there are a few things that he seems to have learned recently, or that I have learned about him recently:

1. He is very clever - He can problem solve like nobody's business.
2. He is going to really enjoy puzzles - He spent half an hour playing with a little tube, taking the lid off and putting it back on
3. He is so helpful - He already puts items in the garbage -- correct items...although he does put some wrong ones in there too -- and he puts the cushion back on his little wicker chair.
4. He loves swimming - We took him swimming the other day, and he absolutely loved it. He wanted to go down the little slide over and over again, and he loved when we put him on a foam mat like it was a boat.
5. He loves to play chase - Not only does he love to chase people -- or the dog -- but he enjoys being chased himself -- and caught. The giggling that ensues is infectious :)

I am falling in love with him more and more every day. He is such an amazing little human being that loves to read all different kinds of books, play outside in the backyard, swing on the swings at the park, and cuddle with his mom and dad. I'm excited for what kind of person he is becoming, and for what he will be like in the future.



May 21, 2012

Thoughts: Blog Salad

Have you ever watched the television show 2 Broke Girls? It's about these two waitresses that are trying to start a cupcake business, and are saving money to be able to do that, but they never seem to catch a break. In one episode, their stove breaks down and they need to buy a new one, and in several other episodes they never even make any money. It seemed like they were getting no where...until the last episode.

I asked my husband if he thought their lucky streak would last and he said that they would find some way to mess it up -- because that's what they usually do -- but I told him that it's so hard to watch a show where nothing good ever happens and there is only struggle.

That got me thinking about all of the blog posts and thoughts out there about people being real on their blogs. Everybody is complaining about how the lives of everyone else seem so perfect, but would you like to read the blog of a Debbie Downer every day? How many people would actually visit a blog where all someone did was complain about his/her life, or only ever posted about all of the horrible things that were happening to them? No one.

There's nothing wrong with sharing pain or sorrow.

There's nothing wrong with sharing happiness either, but there needs to be some balance, doesn't there?



No one wants to watch a movie where the characters are happy all the time and there is absolutely no conflict. How boring would that movie be? That's how I feel about the blogs where all people do is share DIY projects and happy little stories about their lives. Is everything truly sunshine and rainbows? Surely Positive Patty has something deep down that she wants to get off her chest, but maybe she's afraid to.

I know that people can post about whatever they want, but I also know that I don't read a lot of the blogs that I first did anymore because I no longer care about what they wear every day, or that they went on a dream vacation for the fifth time this year. Give me some struggle. Give me some thoughts. Those are the posts that suck me in, and I'm sure those are the posts that suck everyone else in too.



With that being said, your blog is your blog, and you should do what you want with it -- what makes you happy -- but, please, DO NOT be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings, ever. Your voice has a right to be heard too, and sometimes it's nice to have a break between all of those outfit posts -- not just for your readers, but for you too!

My request to the people of the internet is to mix it up a bit. Let's make a delicious salad of happiness, sadness, DIYs and thoughts.

Have a happy Monday :)



May 18, 2012

Those Precious Moments

Last night, we went to visit a friend of ours that recently had a baby. We were commenting on how we didn't even remember what it was like to have a baby that small, let-alone how it felt to be parents for the first time -- you know: the lack of sleep, the getting up what feels like every hour to feed the baby, the crying for what seemed like no reason, and the gas that made everyone grumpy.


Having a little nap on Mom's shoulder -- do you see the lack of sleep in my eyes?

You know how some people say that mothers forget what it's like to be pregnant and give birth so that they're more willing to have a second -- or third, or fourth, or...you get the picture -- well, I wonder if this same phenomenon happens to parents after the first year of having a child so that they don't remember what it's like to get up every hour in the middle of the night; to have to burp the baby for 15 minutes and pray he/she doesn't spit-up...again; to hope that there won't be another sleepless night because the baby is gassy, so that they will be more likely to have another one.

I've forgotten. Well, obviously not completely if I'm able to tell you about it, but I do not remember what it feels like to have no sleep, or how annoying it was to have to burp my son for what felt like half an hour between breasts -- not to mention how hard it was to have him take an hour and a half to eat. As difficult as it was, I love thinking back to the precious moments -- like the ones where I had him sleeping in my arms -- and forgetting about all the bad ones.

I pray that you will cling to the good memories too.

Happy weekend :)



May 16, 2012

Plant Markers: A Garden DIY

I ordered some organic heirloom herb seeds for my Mom as a Mother's Day gift, but I knew that I wanted to give her something else as well. I decided to make some little plant markers for her garden when she plants the seeds.



I used:

Wooden Plant Markers
Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Craft Paint in "Pond"
Water
A Paint Brush
A Stamp
Black Stamp Pad
Ebony Writing Marker
Ribbon



I first added water to the paint to make a sort of wash so that the grain in the wooden plant markers would be somewhat visible, giving them a more rustic kind of look.



I then painted the front and back of each plant marker -- I found that I wasn't too careful, and the paint ended up getting on the other side of the plant marker.



Then I carefully wrote the name of each herb on the top of the plant marker, and used a stamp with a swirly design to stamp underneath the word to add a little extra loveliness. You can always draw something by hand if you don't have a stamp that will fit, or that you want to use.



After everything was dry, I tied a small piece of ribbon around each plant marker. My Mom said that they are almost too pretty to use. Have fun making your own!



May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Memories: The 2012 Edition


Mother's Day: the day that you put aside any grumpiness and realise how happy and blessed you really are to have this little life in your life. How exciting every milestone can be, and how the horrible moments really aren't as horrible and you might think. My little boy started walking long distances yesterday -- best Mother's Day gift ever!



I had my eye on this necklace for quite some time until I told my husband that I wanted to break-down and get it for myself as a Mother's Day gift. He told me to order it up, and I was so unbelievable excited when it arrived. I have worn it almost every day since then. It is so simple, and such a lovely reminder of my little family.



Using glass Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola bottles, and this recipe for papier mache, we made vases with the children at work for them to give to their moms on Mother's Day. They did an amazing job. My vase -- seen above -- that I made at the same time as the children to teach them how to properly papier mache, was one of three gifts that I gave to my own mother -- I will share the others in a little DIY post. We helped the children make the flowers to put in the bottles to help their moms realise that they are vases -- although they could just be sculptures as well.



I hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day celebrating you, your own mom, or any other special woman in your life. Have yourself a happy Monday :)



May 11, 2012

A Little Cell Phone Etiquette

There has been some discussion recently about allowing people to use their cell phones while watching a movie in the theatre. There are some people out there that think it should be allowed, while others, such as myself, think that cell phones should remain in movie-goers pockets.



I honestly think that there is nothing more annoying than seeing that little blue light in the theatre while someone is texting -- or tweeting or Facebooking -- or having someone answer their phone while I am trying to enjoy the movie that I paid almost $20 to see. I see going to a movie theatre as a way to escape reality and enjoy a story about another time and place, and that little blue light disrupts my connection with the characters and the screen.

I want to share with you a few more places where I think it is unfair to the people around you to use your cell phone, and I want to know what your thoughts are on texting in movie theatres -- as well as other places:

1. In church -- it's just not cool...not cool at all.
2. In a classroom -- there are people around you that are trying to learn and are distracted by you and your phone.
3. During a play -- if you think it's bad in a movie theatre, it's just poor etiquette in a real theatre.
4. While you are having diner at a restaurant -- be it with family or friends, your focus should be on them.



I hope you have a happy weekend, and a fantastic Mother's Day! See you on the flip-phone...I mean flip-side :)






May 09, 2012

A Published Poet

When I was in high school, the English department produced a yearly publication of short stories, poetry, and other forms of creative writing. I submitted a few pieces of work each year, and finally had a piece published in the 2001 edition -- my final year of high school. That's right! You are reading the words of a published poet :)



Morning (in all it's glory)
by Laura Holtby

different shades
of crisp winter sunshine
rip through
warm
sea foam blue
covers
tickling sensations
of the
pajama
blanket
body
groping
for the long
lost
protection
of the fleece sheets



May 07, 2012

DIY: Stenciled Wrapping Paper

At the beginning of April, I had a baby shower to go to for a woman that I have known almost all of my life. She and her sister, and me and my sister all walked to school together, and our families often did things together as well. It is an exciting time because this is her first baby, and her parents' first grand-baby -- as well as her sister's first niece or nephew.

When we were together, we usually did crafty things -- we once made shoe boxes into houses for Popsicle stick people, and it got quite detailed -- so I decided to make the wrapping paper to use to wrap up her baby gift -- for old-times sake :)



I used:

kraft paper -- or what I like to call "parcel paper"
Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint in Mint Chip -- I love that colour :)
Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencils -- best invention ever!
and -- most importantly -- a small sponge brush



I set to work, putting rocks on the paper so it would stay in place and not roll-up on me, or move while I was dabbing the paper with the brush. The stencils stuck to the paper, so there was no need to use tape -- hence "best invention ever!"



I didn't really carefully plan where I was going to do the stenciling, so I will be more careful about that next time. I decided to do a staggered line for this project.



What I wasn't careful about was where the next line would go, and exactly how the staggering would continue, because the lines didn't exactly line up perfectly. I guess it was okay for this project because it was being used as wrapping paper.



Once it was dry, I wrapped the gift up and used some twine and paper circles to decorate the package. I wanted to give it a classy yet rustic look. I got the idea from this lovely post from the blog Unstitched.



It was a bit time consuming -- considering you can just walk into a store and purchase a roll of wrapping paper in a matter of minutes -- but it was also a lot of fun, and the package was gratefully received. I will definitely be doing this again!





May 04, 2012

Such Simplicity is Depended Upon

I first studied William Carlos Williams The Red Wheelbarrow in high school. I didn't understand it at the time, and forgot about it over the years. The other day, I was remembering a poem that I had to memorize for a class in university, and this little beauty popped into my head:




I love this poem: the simplicity; the beauty; the truth. We don't realise how the smallest and simplest of things can end up being amongst the most important, and also how looking harder and deeper at every day objects -- or people -- can help us find the beauty in them.

As you go into your weekend, I ask that you tell me about one thing -- person or object -- that you take for granted.

Happy Friday, and May the 4th be with you!




May 02, 2012

Five More Things About Me

1. I played clarinet in my high school band.
2. I was a lifeguard throughout university. It helped me get through school debt free, and stay in shape!
3. I love Celine Dion -- always have, and always will.
4. I have never watched the movie The Notebook.
5. My all-time favourite song is Fix You from Coldplay -- I am in love with Coldplay.


 In my favourite Spring coat: Taken in 2009




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