Toddler’s and Golf

Well it finally happened! Gryphen talked Devon into taking her golfing. He figured after an hour of putting that she’d be done with it but guess what.. she was not! After a quick bite at the restaurant she was ready to start golfing. Parry Sound Golf and Country Club is pretty relaxed about etiquette for children especially when they’re only 3!
Gryphen wore her khaki shorts from Gap, a very light Under Armour tee (bright orange to stand out) and her green shoes (that she’s completely obsessed with right now), she did wear a hat but decided half way through she no longer wanted it!
What better way to play her first game then with her Daddy, Auntie Kana, Uncle Mark, Mummy and her Gramma!! Gryphen LOVED riding in the cart and did so well at paying attention and listening to the rules of golf. Other golfers were so impressed how well-behaved she was during the game. We’ve spent some time taking her out to the Club all summer to get her comfortable with being there. Which really paid off.
  We’ve purchased Gryphen’s clubs from Golf Town starting last summer with a putter and this summer we got her a wedge, a 7 iron and a driver. So far the total cost of her clubs have been $45, really not that much to get her loving a sport that her Daddy does! Our next purchase for her is a golf bag, I want something that she’ll be able to pull behind her or that her Dad can strap on to his and carry. We’ve been really working with Gryphen holding the club correctly and getting her to keep an eye on the ball. This really great women we meet while ordering our food just loved Gryphen and before she left for her tee time gave Gryphen a little gift. A bright & shiny silver golf ball! Gryphen was excited to hit her ball and play golf with her family.

If you’re wondering if you should take your kid out golfing, just do it! Kids won’t truly learn unless you’re allowing them to learn and experience the game. We can’t wait to take her out again very soon!

Aroma Espresso Bar – College Street

Near the start of my pregnancy Devon’s cousin Annie took me to the Aroma Espresso Bar in Markville Mall and I was hooked! My sandwich was delicious and oh so fresh. I’ve been craving avocado during my entire pregnancy so I was very happy to find Aroma.

I decided to give the location on College Street a try (since it’s a 7 minute walk away). Well that was a huge mistake! I ended up VERY VERY sick moments after my first couple bites. For those of us who have children and a spouse in aviation you have zero chance of taking time to yourself while you’re sick, you can just hope your child is feeling in a compassionate mood that day. Mine was not!

After I was starting to feel slightly better I sent an email off to Aroma Espresso Bar. I received a very apologetic response and was assured they’d be investigating the location further. Oh and sent a gift card to use at any of their locations.

0060 Aroma Espresso BarI can say after my experience I’m much more hesitant about eating at any of their locations. Gryphen and I have went back to the Queen Street location to enjoy one of their great sandwiches and smoothies on them! I personally don’t see myself ever using the location closest to us on College Street.

Have you eaten at Aroma? What did you think of your meal? I’d love to hear from you!

 

What happened to June!

Well I have to admit I have no idea where the month of June disappeared to! We’ve been so busy keeping busy that I ran out of time to actually sit down and update my blog 🙁 If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know we’ve been pretty busy enjoying the sun, celebrating birthdays and visiting friends and family before we move off to Niagara Falls.

0061 June Update Gryphen did a lot of sleeping this month and as a result she grew a couple of inches. I feel so lucky that no matter where we are she sleeps with no major issues. As all four photos are in different places! 0062 June Update Sewing! I did a lot of sewing this month, I still have a ton left to do ideally before we move into our house. I really want to get Gryphen’s teepee completed before we move so that her room is all together and some what organized for her. (Above are some bandana bibs, an infant dress for Devon’s niece, and Gryphen’s Princess dress she’s been requesting).0064 June Update Gryphen has been going through a lot of emotions toward her Father lately thinking that he’s “leaving” her for work. Which has been utter hell for me. I’ve had to wash her car seat about 5 times this month from her vomiting on it and we made one fun trip over to the Woodbine Centre Fantasy Fair! She’s also taken to dressing like her daddy! haha so she’s been sporting her DIY Pilot shirt A LOT! 0065 June UpdateDevon having a few days off we took some family time to get Gryphen back centred. She loved EVERY moment she had with her Daddy, pretty much all 1 on 1 reassuring that he’s always there for her even when he’s flying. We also took Gryphen for her first ever tube right behind the boat! haha it was a love/hate trip! But she LOVES to drive the boat.. shh she doesn’t have her boat smart card yet 😉 .
0063 June UpdateWho doesn’t love cotton candy from the Taste of Italy! My good friend Saskia returned from France to a VERY VERY happy little girl! Gryphen couldn’t stop smiling when she seen Saskia haha 0066 June Update After a lot of fun in the sun and refusing to listen to Mummy, Gryphen received her first sun burn. She decided it would be more fun to keep pulling off her rash guard at the beach. Sadly she learned the hard way why she needed to keep it on. She was such a trooper about it and has promised to always keep her top on next time! 0067 June Update Devon is officially 32! Or as Devon likes to remind everyone it’s now only 6 months until Christmas presents! haha Gryphen loved helping Devon unwrap his gifts in prepping for her birthday! 0068 June Update What better way to celebrate a special little girl turning 3 then at Santa’s Village! We told Gryphen all of options and after some careful decision-making she choose Santa’s Village. 0069 June Update Who doesn’t want to spend a perfect day enjoying rides and climbing on things! The weather was honestly amazing, perfect for a tee & shorts; sun with some cloud coverage. Seriously perfect weather for the park.. oh and apparently everyone believed the weather channel because the park was dead! Gryphen loved going on every ride pretty much as many times as she wanted! haha She still isn’t too keen on meeting Santa though! Avoided him at all costs. 0070 June UpdateOur big 3-year-old went on an adventure to help her Auntie Kana get the stuck ROV!(Devon was also helping). Gryphen slept for 13 hours and woke up in the best mood and couldn’t wait to see her Auntie so a trip to Aqua Cage was in order for this Miss. They rescued the ROV and celebrated by opening Gryphen’s birthday present, now we’re taking a full Hello Kitty makeup set every where 🙂

Well that more or less sums up our June (and few days of July). What’s next? We go for our 20 week ultrasound to make sure everything with the new baby is growing perfectly. Stay close for some photos of the newbie!

 

REVIEW // Shampoo Bar from West Lake Cosmetics

I love shampoo bars and up to this point we’ve been ordering them from the States and shipping them to Devon’s hotel rooms. Well this past week my sister-in-law came home with an all natural shampoo bar from one of our local shops here in Parry Sound; West Lake Cosmetics. For the past few days all I’ve been hearing about is how wonderful this shampoo bar is and how the Rosemary and Lavender blend smells amazing in her hair! Finally having enough a bit of free time on Wednesday afternoon I decided to stop in at West Lake to purchase one for myself!
0055 West Lake Cosmetics While I was there I also grabbed a handful of the soap samples for $2. We’re having a Welcoming Party for Devon’s new niece and thought they’d make great “thank you’s” for everyone who comes.
0056 West Lake Cosmetics After a few days of using the Shampoo Bar I can really feel a difference in my hair. My hair feels much fuller and doesn’t go flat by evening. If you’re concerned that it won’t lather up like liquid shampoo, don’t be! With the bar a small bit goes a long way. If you’re finding that your hair feels a bit tangled and want to use conditioner; spray some Apple Cider Vinegar during your shower and let it rinse out. You’ll notice your hair will no longer tangle and will be very soft. If I blow dry my hair I love using a small amount of  Argan Oil in my hair to give it some extra shine and softens it up as well.

Gryphen really loves the shampoo bar as well, it’s much easier for her to rub the bar in her hair then losing the liquid shampoo in the water! Although I think she does it on purpose. Not all hotels provide good shampoo and soap for their guests and for that reason I cut a bar in half and put one half in Devon’s toiletries bag for while he’s at work. There’s nothing better than using a great product while on the road.

Our family loves the shampoo bar from West Lake Cosmetics and can’t wait until they have more scents for us to fall in love with! Also check out their wide variety of soaps, they have a little something for everybody.
If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift I recommend stopping by their store front on James Street in Parry Sound.

**This is not a paid review, I’m only sharing my personal opinion.**

Perfect Teeth Underway!

Today has been a completely horrible day to say the least! After a lot of talk, I made the decision to get braces. One of the things I dislike about  myself is my smile and with a little money that can be fixed. But what I didn’t take into account was the PAIN of having them! haha  Yesterday; Joanne, Gryphen & I drove to Sudbury to have my braces put on! We went out for my last no braces lunch for the next two years! Typically, I ordered a 10oz steak to share with Gryphen! We were both very happy and full after and decided it was time to make our way to my appointment. I was in the office for about an hour getting them put on and chatting with staff about different things I should and shouldn’t do. Then we’re off back to Parry Sound! 

Now today! Last night I felt fine, ate a hamburger like normal it was just a pain in the ass to clean the braces after.. I woke up a few times throughout the night and could start to feel the pain but wow today! My mouth is KILLING me! I haven’t been able to eat all day which has been lovely! I can’t even touch my teeth without wanted to smack someone. 

How do you eat when your teeth are killing you to bite? Baby food pouches! You heard me right. I’ve decided the best thing to do is to eat the pouches of food I normally would buy for Gryphen. She didn’t seem to mind, she has decided she no longer likes them and has taken up eating solid foods.

Now let’s hope tomorrow is a better day 😉

Daily Planner for Mums

As a new year has started we’ve all spent time looking for that perfect planner and never really finding one but one that works for right now. My sister-in-law Samantha sent me a photo the other day of a planner that she wanted! I mean wanted haha Sadly she wasn’t quite sure where it was from. Here comes me! I took a few seconds get an idea of what it really looked like and opened up Photoshop and got to work! About an hour later I had the finished product!
 Samantha’s favourite color is orange so I did the base color orange for her! After getting to know this page I’ve decided that I’ll be doing a couple for myself as well. I have a small book that has a page for everyday but I think something like this would be great to have hanging up daily.
If you love this page as much as we do, download it free here! I recommend using Vistaprint to create reasonable priced notepads. They’re $9 for 50 pages, the price goes down as you order more!

Life with anxiety

Last week I spent 3 days away from Gryphen at the BlissDom Canada conference. I struggle with the decision to be away from Gryphen anytime it arises; the idea of missing something that she’s going to be experiencing for the first time is very tough for me. When I had Gryphen I suffered from Postpartum Depression which turned into really bad Postpartum Anxiety. I mean bad! My mother-in-law spent 3 weeks with us after Gryphen was born because I just couldn’t handle being around her. I had mixed feelings, regrets, uncertainty and overwhelmed emotions. We made the decision to bottle feed Gryphen, it was the best thing for all of us at the time. Devon took her out all the time with him, but I would struggle and have panic attacks when I was out with them. She was a month old before I even took her out by myself.
A month and a half after she was born we flew home for two months and that was the best thing for me. Being around Devon’s family I was able to focus on getting my head sorted out and I became much closer with Gryphen. That trip set me up for what type of mother I wanted to be to our daughter. I wanted to be the kind of mother I didn’t have. I promised myself I’d always put her first no matter the situation, I’d always support the decisions she made, even if I didn’t agree with them and I would be her biggest fan! I’d cheer her on during sports games, ballet recitals and whatever she wanted to take!
I don’t like talking about my childhood, I had no control over it; I was a child. My “mother” Pauline was 16 and my “father” Dave was 19, when they had my eldest brother. They got married under the wrong circumstances and she got pregnant because she felt that was the only way to get out of her parents house. How fucked up is that! Even more so hearing that from her. Well the marriage didn’t last (no surprise there) and she always had a train of men in her life. Pauline should have never had children. She never really grasp the importance of being a mother & how her actions would impact her children. I laugh when I think of who her next poor new victim will be! Dave was the first, lucky he’s still alive, after their divorce he met someone else who he was with until a few years ago. I stayed with him and Cheryl on and off while growing up. Cheryl taught me that I was a child and that I had to ask permission before just doing things, which I learned the hard way a couple of times! But she encouraged me and taught me with hard work I could achieve anything.
Cliff the second but was sucked back in after his escape. He was very outdoorsy and a lot of fun. Sadly he passed away while they were separated, I regret to this day not standing up for him when she brainwashed me into believing he was abusing her. She got every thing when he passed! Then there was Les, he was there for me during my last years of grade school and into high school. He would tell me I wasn’t good enough so I’d try harder, when Pauline left him I stayed. Sadly he is no longer with us. Are you noticing the trend?
The most recent was Jim. Jim was there for me when I needed a father. He never tried to get me to like him, he also never once broke my trust. I knew that I could tell him anything and that he believed in me, encouraged me. Having Jim in my life really helped shape who I’ve become today. When I told him I wanted to get Devon a gun, he helped me! Whenever we use that 22 I got from his brother Rick, it’s like having him here with me. Thanksgiving reminds me of being at the hunt camp, learning to use the bow and shooting birds! I knew with him that I always had a “home” something Pauline never provided me growing up. When I found out they were getting married, I told him I wouldn’t be able to attend, that he had my love but not my support. To this day I wish I would have went, maybe I could have talked him out of it, but it’s too late for that now. Summer 2013 he was taken from me by cancer, I sat at the hospital with him before it happened. Brought our favourite meal we shared together (sushi) for one last time. I’m sitting here crying remembering all the things that Jim taught me, knowing that Gryphen won’t ever know him but his memory will always live on. And I have his son Jamie to push me around and tell me how it is!
Pauline is no longer an active member of our family. She is not someone I want my daughter looking up to, as she is not a good role model. Shit I’d rather have Miley Cyrus babysitting her! With that being said, Gryphen has only been left with members of Devon’s family. We make sacrifices in our lives for me to be a stay at home mother. I suffer from anxiety that I contribute to my rough upbringing. I take medication and I’m an amazing mother and a pretty decent wife 🙂 I’ve been blessed with the most loving and supportive family and because of that I know I will break the cycle of the Robinson’s poor parenting.
I thank my family for being supportive, my dad for when I told him I was writing this he said “it’s better to be open, it allows us to grow”. He may not have been there every moment of my life but he’s been there for me when I needed him the most and that’s what really counts.

BREAKING NEWS // UPDATE

Yesterday we were driving back to Toronto from the cottage and we stopped in Barrie to drop off a broken golf club, which gave me some time to shop around a bit. I ended up finding a very cute side satchel black bag (that I bought) but after I purchased it and I was showing it to Devon in our car it started to bring back some old memories.

In April 2013, Devon, Gryphen & I went to Rainbow Haven Beach in Cole Harbour for a picnic; Devon had shut the front passenger door and I forgot all about my favourite Tory Burch side satchel being on the floor. Well while we were enjoying our picnic Oceanside some loser decided that he wanted my purse and destroyed the drivers side lock and when that didn’t work he just smashed out the passenger side window (talk about a real winner). Our car wasn’t even a year old and a few days later we were supposed to be leaving for Ontario for the summer. Well when we got home, I pulled out my awesome iPad and realized this loser deleted the email that had his photo in it! I rarely locked my phone at that time (now it’s always locked), well I went into the trash bin, recovered the photo, changed my password and emailed the RCMP Officer the photo! I was pretty optimistic that they’d be able to track the guy; they did have a photo of him!

The thing that gets me still is the fact that because of this loser my daughter ended up in the hospital (Yes I also blame myself for this). We did everything our insurance tells us to do, we called the police (RCMP for the case out east) took photos, called our insurance company, notified EVERYONE of what had been stolen and brought the car into be fixed. When it first happened, I removed Gryphen’s infant car seat and shuck it out to make sure there was no glass on it and put it back in. When we switched her car seat over to the rental I did the same thing, I couldn’t feel any glass nor see any. I thought we were good! I was wrong. When we got home, like most parents we brought the bucket infant car seat inside and left it where we normally do. Later that night Gryphen & Devon crawling around on the floor when Devon noticed something in Gryphen’s hand. It was glass. My heart sunk. We called 811, spoke to a nurse, rushed Gryphen to the hospital. We honestly walked in the door, they sent us for x-rays to see if there was any glass from the passenger door window in her system. There was.

The surgeon on duty said he’d like to see if Gryphen could pass the glass and sent us home. VERY early in the morning we received a phone call that Gryphen’s X-rays were being reviewed by another surgeon and to prepare to come in for emergency surgery. At this point I was livid at myself, how I didn’t see the glass, why didn’t I notice her ingesting it, how the surgery could interfere with her life. Well we woke her up, explained to our baby that we had to go back to the hospital because there was glass inside her. As we were getting her backed up she made a BM and sure enough, there was some window glass. I called the hospital right away and told them about Gryphen’s poop! They asked a lot of questions and said that she’ll be fine but asked us to follow up. We spent the next month monitoring her BM’s making sure there was no blood, or more glass. There wasn’t anymore; thankfully.

Over a year later, Gryphen is perfectly healthy and nothing never came of the guy who broke in to our car. Today I decided to send an email to the Officer who originally was taking care of our case, I’m really hoping to hear back from him. Possible something on the positive side but i’m not holding my breath! Take a moment, review this photo, really think about and take it in. Do you know this man? Have you seen him before? Think about our happy daughter, and what she went through because of his lack of judgement.

If you’d like to see my original post it can be found (here).