Christmas as an Aviation Family

Well I have to admit I was a bit terrified how Christmas was going to go this year. It was the first year Devon wouldn’t be around for it and Gryphen is at an age where she fully understands what’s going on. Close to Christmas we all decorated the tree (HU loved it!), Gryphen made an angel at school so we had to put that on the top this year! On Christmas eve I gave the kids their matching pjs that Gryphen had requested! She was so excited for this pyjamas. She had been asking for so long for pjs that matched HU so they could be sleeping twins haha.  Well Christmas eve didn’t go as expected! Gryphen had a pretty high fever but she was so excited knowing that Santa would be coming the next day! Both kids were in by before 7 so Santa and his Elves stopped by very early! Ate his cookie and drank his milk, oh and his elves added some fun decorations for the kids who love balloons!  I mainly took videos on Christmas morning that way Devon could see them after he landed. I knew he’d be pretty sad he missed out on the actual morning. I wanted to capture as much as possible for him! Well the note Santa left (click here to see that post) for the kids was a HUGE hit! Gryphen was so excited that Santa had actually came and his Elves hid her stocking!! She spent all day playing with the contents of her stocking. We made sure to include everything she asked Santa for in there. haha including treats (which still have not been eaten!) Her stocking wasn’t massive by any means but she also only asked for Shopkins and other random objects that were tiny. HU loved his new water bottle from his stocking and a few weeks later still loves it! So glad I purchased two. On top of their stockings the kids opened a few gifts that were requested to be opened, all of the gifts were loved. The kids spent the afternoon playing with their toys and cuddling watching Christmas movies together!  Christmas day ended on a very sad note for Gryphen. It was an utterly heartbreaking night and has really effected me. Because of this I’ve really stepped back from using my phone and just focusing on the kids and not so much social connections (no the issue was not I was on my phone Christmas day).

Boxing day morning! Omg the excitement to pick up Devon from the airport. I don’t think the kids have ever been so excited to go get him. Santa had written in his note that he’d be returning once Devon was home she was beyond excited to open the rest of her gifts. My good friend Vicky from the neighbourhood came over to assist with moving ALL of the gifts from the basement to under the tree while we were gone picking up Devon. And her lovely boyfriend even setup HU’s race track, which was a huge hit when we came home (thanks Grandma for that gift).
There was one special gift that Gryphen knew about but knew she couldn’t open until her Daddy was home, so once we came back she insisted she needed to open it right away! And it was just what she asked for.. a gun. Well just a BB gun but to her she could kill something so she needs to follow the gun rules while using it. She’s still slightly too small but its a great starter to teach her about gun safety. After a few more gifts the kids started to lose interest and went on playing with gifts they opened Christmas day and a few they had just opened. As time has progressed they’ve played with more of the toys and items but we still have plenty of items still in their boxes. After it was all said and done I sat down with Gryphen and asked her how everything went if she was happy with so many gifts. She said she was happy her daddy was home but didn’t want so much stuff next year, just a few nice gifts and her stocking from Santa. It was so nice to hear her say that herself and have an understanding that sometimes its better to have less. For us I’m going to keep an eye out on items they can share for next year as she’ll be 5 and HU 2. They both love to climb so possible some sort of climbing unit for the basement or outside. Who knows! I have 11 months to figure that out.

Our evening wrapped up with a traditional Christmas dinner with our neighbours Vicky & Mark who our kids just adore! I laughed the next day when I was scrolling through all the photos and noticed not one single photo was taken of me! I’m sure all you other mums can relate! 

Well that was our Christmas as an Aviation family! Let’s hope next year is more fun and in a warmer climate <3

My Top 8 Favourite Baby Items

Now that Mr. HU is officially a year I’ve had some time to look back at what we loved and didn’t love during that year! Yes I can not believe how quickly time has slipped past, it’s a never-ending cycle.

I have to say my number 1 is.. Como Tomo Silicone Baby Bottle.
From the moment I seen a friend using the Como Tomo at the park I was in LOVE with this bottle. I knew I wanted to breastfeed HU and the fact alone that the bottle was “squishy” like a breast made it that much more appealing. I took the plunge and bought a couple and never looked back! Since we breastfeed and bottle feed we purchased 4 of the 150ml and 4 slow flow nipples. Even at 13 months we are still using the slow flow nipples. For anyone interested in the formula we used; it is the Baby’s Only Organic Formula, purchased from Lucky Vitamin. (We purchased ours from Well.ca if you’re a new customer use code “HLPWife”)

2. hmm next.. what could be just as amazing? Oh yes.. Euphoric Herbals.
The herbal super-food blends to increase your milk supply! Have you noticed everything that made the first year amazing had to do with feeding my son? haha After trying several different companies and types I will always recommend Euphoric Herbals blends. After speaking to the owner Cindy numerous times and taking the quiz on their site I decided to go with Lush Leche. For me it was perfect! For anyone who doesn’t know back in 2010 I had a breast reduction which meant I had a much lower chance to actually breastfeed. I had an amazing surgeon (thankfully) and was able to experience the rewards of breastfeeding my son. Let’s talk about Euphoric Herbals for a moment… it started as a small business YAY, the owner has nursing mother’s interest at heart YAY, she runs monthly programs where you can actually get a gift card to her store for promoting her on social media (seriously who does that? Cindy does, that’s who!), I fell in love with this company for the quality of her products (also vegan friendly) and was blown away by her positive attitude, amazing staff and ability to make you feel like the most important women at that moment.

3. Probiotics… I feel like my life wouldn’t have been the same without them for myself and my children. Have you ever stressed over their shit? Or lack of it? haha Well give that little one some probiotics (for their age) and you’ll see a huge difference! I learned this trick with my daughter and kept it going with my son!

4. Video Baby Monitor.
I’m going to be honest here, everyone has their own opinions on what they like. Our first video monitor was shit but Motorola replaced it with an amazing monitor with two cameras and I’m beyond in love with it! I have one camera setup on HU’s sleeping area and the other one moves between Gryphen’s bedroom, the play area & the backyard. Our’s can be found at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. I love with ours you can tilt and swivel the camera around the room, on the screen you can either have 1 camera or both in a split screen.

5. Bibdanas.
Who wants just regular old bibs these days? (I actually have a handful of amazing ones a family friend made for the kids that I absolutely love). Once you see your little one in a bibdana you’ll be hooked. I made a few for our niece and loved how they looked so I made several for HU. How could I not? You can purchase them from several stores, finding them isn’t a challenge. But finding the design on them might be! If you can sew you can save a lot money and make your own! One things for sure, these little drool catchers are a must have.

6. Baby Carrier.
Ring Sling, Ergobaby, Tula, Sakura Bloom, who cares who makes it just as long as you and your little love it. I feel like this is one major item I couldn’t live without from newborn onward. I wouldn’t have survived a few days without my ring sling. It was such an essential when HU was tiny. Now with Gryphen taking a bus every morning it’s so easy just to put HU in the Ergo on the chilly mornings and walk her to the stop.

7. Lil’Kingz handmade booties.
I’m a firm believer that it’s better for children to feel what’s beneath their feet and with the Lil’Kingz soft sole booties they can do just that. When searching for a Canadian brand I came across Lil’Kingz on Etsy and instantly loved Kim’s design. They don’t just cut off at the ankle they protect it giving a little extra coverage. After a few messages I was very excited to be expecting a custom pair for HU. I’m sure you can imagine the design.. Planes! I followed her ordering guide and purchased them slightly bigger then his foot to allow for growing and they’ve fit him perfectly throughout the summer and into the fall. Every time HU wears them he receives a compliment on how adorable and original they are. Damn right!

8. Oball Sink ‘n’ Spill Whale.
You fill it full of water, put your finger on and off of the hole on the top and make it rain!! HU adores it in the bath, I would say one of his top toys to play with in the tub. And apparently to him nothing is off-limits in there! We purchased our whale from Marshall’s, but I also found it at Toys’r’us for the same price.

That more or less sums up the items that we couldn’t live without! What are some things that you loved??

Christmas with a Pilot

Since the moment we found that Devon wouldn’t be around this year on Christmas we’ve been tossing different ideas around to what we’ll actually be doing. Our main one was that we’d just go to where he’d be BUT we seen his schedule and it would be a waste of a trip for the kids and I so that idea was killed. After careful consideration we have decided to have Santa leave a card for the kids! Santa is going to leave the card and explain why there are no gifts from him under the tree but he’ll of hid the kids stockings and Gryphen will have to find hers 🙂

It took some time but I found the PERFECT card at Chapters for this! I probably should have bought a couple for future Christmas’ LOL. I love that the card is labels ‘Property of Santa, Made in the North Pole’ to me the small details like that really help make this adventure more believable.
Seriously do you not just love that card? Now the important part! Wtf are we writing in it? Well….

“Dear Miss Gryphen & Mr Hunter

Thank you both very much for the snacks for myself and the reindeer. When my Elves were inspecting your beds to ensure you were asleep they noticed that your Daddy was not home.

It took the Elves sometime but they were able to locate him flying his plane. Unfortunately we weren’t able to leave your Christmas gifts today. Once your Daddy has arrived back home the Elves and I will make a special trip to deliver your families Christmas gifts. Make sure when Daddy arrives you must climb into bed.

HO HO HO Santa

PS. Gryphen the Elves know you love Scavenger hunts so they’ve hidden your stocking some where cold.

MERRY CHRISTMAS”

 

I feel that for a moment Gryphen may be sad but I think overall she’s going to be very excited and she’s going to absolutely love the experience of Santa coming back to leave the gifts. The things we do as Pilot Wives for our families.

Please share with us what you’ve done for Christmas when your pilot wasn’t able to be there for that special moment.

Gryphen’s First Day of School

Gryphen has officially been in school for 3 weeks (and I’m just posting this now!). It’s probably been the happiest and saddest three weeks since she’s entered my life. So many moments have past that I wish she was around to share. Instead she’s been making memories and hopefully some life long friends at school! I wanted to put something together for her “baby book” that she’d be able to look back at and know what she was in to at that time of her life.

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I have to admit it was fun quizzing Devon on some of her favourites (he got most of them wrong). I feel he thought her lazy go to items were her favs when in which they were definitely not! What were some of your childs favourite items when they were entering their first session in kinder??

**I have blanked out her school and teachers.

Hunter’s New Kicks!

I have to admit I’m a sucker for an East Coast brand! Many people know that Gryphen was born and spent her first two years living the East Coast lifestyle before being whisked off by Air Canada to Ontario. When I began my search for Hunter’s new shoes I turned to Etsy to see if I could locate someone local who handmade some badass shoes. Well turns out I found an amazing company, Lil Kingz; in the lovely Prince Edward Island! After a few messages we settled on an amazing aviation print and HU’s booties would be here in a few weeks! Everyday I’d check the mail to see if they might be early (you just never know with Canada Post) and sure enough they arrived 3 days early! I was beyond excited to open the package to get the first look at these little bad boys!

All I can say is I was NOT disappointed!! They turned out perfect. HU of course was super excited to no longer be wearing Gryphen’s pink Robeez and instantly was grabbing at the tongue.

With all the excitement over I decided to take a very close look at the quality of the booties to make sure they were up to my standards. I flipped the bootie inside out; all of the stitching is perfect! You can really tell that attention was given when the booties were created.

Looking over the entire boot I didn’t notice any flaws with the stitching and everything looks superb. I will defiantly be ordering another pair of booties for HU (and maybe Gryphen) from Lil’Kingz. Now where should we go to test these booties out??

If you’re interested in getting your own check out Lil Kingz on Etsy and get the behind the scenes look on Instagram!

Time

Where has the time gone! I feel like blogging for me has become something of the past 🙁 Since having Hunter finding time to do my hobbies has currently disappeared and I’m left prioritize which ones are truly most important. I’ve been spending my new time sewing these days and really loving it. Both kids have been getting some cute new outfits. HU is now 5 months old and still seems to need me 24/7, its been such an adjustment since having Gryphen. We were at a fun stage with G and now we’ve stepped back to start all over while trying to keep her entertained.

Some fun things are G these days is she’s loving learning to spell her name and writing her alphabet. She’s learning to read and can read a couple of her books, we think she might have memorized the story from what’s on the pages but she can read some of the actual words which is decent. Who knew having two children would truly capture all of your time!


Until next time lovelies ❤️

March Preschooler Book Club 

   I’m excited to kick off the first Preschooler Book Club with One More Rabbit. This is a great book for our little preschoolers, the writer and illustrater made it easy for kids to follow along. We picked up our copy at Chapters, check your local bookstore for a copy.
  I put Gryphen’s out the night before so it would be the first thing she saw when she came downstairs. We have a home school section set up where we can go over words, draw and store toys!  

Well I was right! Gryphen spotted the book the moment she came downstairs and opened it right up! After her initial flip through she asked if we could read it (a few times).   

Let us know what you think of this fun book! Meet us over on Instagram March 15th for an interactive chat about our thoughts. I’ll be doing a full review at the end of the month with our families thoughts. 

The Yummiest Lactation Cookies

Today’s experiment… Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Lactation Cookies. As you might already know I will try anything to increase my milk supply and while I was shopping through well.ca I noticed that had Boons lactation cookies for a nice $9 on sale; I had to order some! Well they were delicious! I ordered a bag of the Cocoa Quinoa & Oatmeal Raisin. I must say I really preferred the Cocoa Quinoa, it was the right amount of chocolate to kill a craving while assisting with my milk supply 🙂 Win win in my books!

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I wasn’t about to pay for another bag of those bad boys so I turned to Pinterest to seek out the most pinned lactation cookie recipes and wow there were A LOT! I settled  on 4 different ones and played with ingredients from all making the yummiest cookies! I personally used all organic ingredients but if you don’t have them don’t get hung up, just use what you have.

Ingredients

3 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar (I buy mine at Costco)
2 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips/chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  2. Whisk in a large bowl oatmeal, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.
  3. In your mixer bowl beat butter with coconut oil until creamy.
  4. Add sugar and beat until “fluffy”.
  5. Add eggs!
  6. Add vanilla extract.
  7. Gradually add dry ingredients.
  8. Hand mix in chocolate chips so they’re evenly dispensed
  9. Place desired amount on to lined cookie sheet and bake! Mine took 12 minutes but each oven is different I suggest setting your timer for 10 minutes and checking them.

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These cookies have been a family favourite in our house and we hope you and yours love them as much as we do! Hashtag #HappyLifePilotWife with your cookies! Can’t wait to see how they turn out 🙂

Preschooler Book Club

School is fast approaching for my soon to be four-year old and it has me thinking… What books does Gryphen love. Every month I’m going to pick a new book to read and review with Gryphen and we’d love for you to join in and let us know what your preschooler thought about the book as well.
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A new book will be announced on the first of every month, followed by an interactive discussion on Instagram on the 15th. Don’t forget to tag us while you’re reading with your little ones 🙂 #HLPWBookClub
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At the end of every month Gryphen & I will give a you full review of the book and let you know how many planes we rank it! 
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Bye Bye Daddy

Well today was incredibly heartbreaking in our house. Gryphen had to say goodbye to Devon after only spending 3 days with him. I’m not sure how other parents handle their pilot leaving but we try to let Gryphen know that Daddy will be leaving on a specific day so there’s no surprises but when that day comes it’s the end of the world in our house. Until he gets in the car and drives down the road she’s very moody having highs and lows then a full “breakdown” when he’s gone. These breakdowns can last anywhere from 3 minutes to an hour but sometimes continue all day with small blowouts.

Well today is one of those days with small outbursts once she remembers Daddy is gone. She’ll be playing perfectly with her toys, looks at me and questions “Where’s Daddy?” “he’s gone to fly his plane” “WHAT HE LEFT ME!!” and that’s a cue for a screaming fit and questioning if he actually brought his special item and I have to break out the photos Devon sends non-stop to reassure her that he really is at work and that he didn’t forget that special item.

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I have to say this is more of a recent event and it was never “this tough” but as she’s been getting older and noticing that he’s gone flying it triggers something with her and I’m left trying to put her pieces back together. Did your little one have a tough time adjusting to you or your partner’s flying schedule? How did you handle it? We’re really hoping that we can find a method to help Gryphen cope with Devon’s departures as they won’t be stopping until she’s an adult.