Is it time yet?

I sit here reading every word of the guidebook for Hawai’i mentally preparing for our trip this year. The last time we went I only decided while driving Devon’s mum and sister to the airport that we were going. So had I planned anything? fuck no! Should I have? Hell yes! This time I’ve made spreadsheets, I’ve spent hours sending numerous emails all for a few weeks in warmth filled with fun, learning and the most important our family. Will we do everything I’ve carved in stone? No. If it rains will be stuck inside? Fuck no, we’ll be out exploring what The Big Island has to offer. I can’t wait to go back to the old airport beach with Gryphen and see her and HU playing together in the sand and surf. It makes me sad I lost the women’s number we meet a few years ago there. It would be great to catch up and see how the kids have grown and become their own people.

I can see HU and Captain Gryphen dancing at the Luau now, I doubt either will eat but I’m sure loads of red drink will be drank and their bodies filled with sheer joy as they see the performers and dancers. We’re planning on taking the kids to two Luau’s this time around. We didn’t attend it last time until closer to the end of our trip. I feel Gryphen will truly love and benefit from attending the Luau right after we arrive.

I’ve included a few links to my old posts from our last visit. I can’t wait to share photos and our experience this time around. I’m here looking at my old list of items we brought and I’m so happy we’re flying confirmed and we’re able to just check a bag! Damn I never realized how much work I put into our luggage. So carefully planned out.

 

I best get back .. Can’t wait to share everything with y’all xo

Mother’s Day? Mother’s Weekend!

I can’t believe my babies are in bed and Mother’s Day has come to an end. If someone hasn’t said it to you yet… HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! This year we took Mother’s Day and turned it into an entire weekend. Friday was beyond amazing! Gryphen’s class had a Mother’s Day Tea and invited all the mums into their class for 45 minutes. We enjoyed cookies and tea! Gryphen was beyond excited to have mummy in class and show me all around to her friends. So adorable! We sat at a table with her best friend Jack, these two are so darn adorable together.
Once Gryphen came home from school we took the kids out for sushi at Wind on Lundy’s Lane. This is such a great place, we always end up in the back room where most other kids seated. If felt so nice dressing up and heading out with the family. I feel like we don’t do this enough. The kids were so well-behaved and enjoyed a lot of sushi!
By the time Sunday came around and the Official Mother’s Day I was feeling like the most special Mumma in the world! The kids surprised me with the watch I wanted and we headed off for a nature hike through Woodend. I can’t get enough of this place, the trails are so nice and at the end is this amazing natural playground. When we arrived the kids had their Mabel’s Label wristbands put on. These bands are great for when you’re going to be outside all day, I love the piece of mind if we get separated the kids are able to go to an adult and ask them to call the numbers on the band to help us locate them. This was our first time using them and I was sadly disappointed they’re mainly 1 time use. HU pulled his off that night with no issues.
This Mother’s Day has been utterly amazing. I had no expectations this year and just wanted to enjoy time with my family. Devon asked if I wanted to sleep in and do a spa day or anything like that and I said no. I wanted to spend mother’s day with my family. They’re the reason I am a mother, so what better way to spend it than with them! In the past I’ve always felt like Mother’s Day was a day I should be pampering myself and relaxing but all those times never go as planned. After this weekend I think this special day needs to be spent with your family. Devon emphasized to Gryphen that this weekend was about mummy and she made sure I felt special. We still had normal kid behaviour, let’s be honest they’re kids! We ended our weekend with a delicious supper at the Keg where HU & Gryphen pigged out on warm bread and burgers while Devon & I enjoyed a much-needed steak!

How did you spend your mother’s day? Did your kids treat you like a Queen? I can’t wait until Father’s Day to celebrate the special weekend with Devon. I guess the kids and I better start thinking of gift ideas! haha

For Sale

After 20 amazing months in our “first home” we’ve decided to put it up for sale. We shared a lot of firsts with this house and moving out of it will be heartbreaking. I always thought we’d be in this house until the kids were grown but life changes, plans change, people change and with that our location is changing. This house has seen many sides of our family, from Gryphen toilet training, going on her first day of school, welcoming Hunter (home water birth), ALL of Hunter’s life to this point haha many friendships have grown here, dinners ate, drinks shared and love has always been the centre of it. A home isn’t a home without love.

On that note we’ll be creating another home closer to Pearson. The change for us will allow for less commuting and more time together as a family. Focusing on a shorter commute has really helped me with the final decision to move and leave this amazing community we’ve created here in Niagara. On March 29th we welcomed Photographer Marty Pilato into our home to capture our home. It was a very quick visit but the results were perfect. That night Marty sent the images to our Realtor Ermie Taddeo and within a few minutes our house was officially for sale! In true Ermie fashion she went above and beyond! The next morning when our next paper arrived I’m flipping through looking at what grocery shops are offering and what do I see… OUR HOUSE! Yes, I’m not kidding! Ermie had our house in the paper the NEXT day.. seriously people the next day!

So needless to say we’ve had more than a few people come through to view our home. Less than a week of being on the market our house had an offer! “I am prepared to get to work for you” is her slogan and damn did she ever! I honestly can’t say enough good things about Ermie, she’s gone above and beyond to make this entire process smooth and zero stress (which I’m all about). She knew that going into selling Devon would 100% be away when we got an offer and sure enough he was! Not a problem for Ermie, sends him the offer digitally and BAM offer submitted! No printing, all digital. Love it!

I’m sure you’re wondering what our house has been looking like since you normally see it on Instagram this huge mess (aka lived in). Our kids were very understanding that people would be coming in and out to look and that toys were on the minimum. We didn’t put anything in a storage unit just cleaned up and made sure items were in their proper location. Hope you enjoy the tour!

UPDATE:

It’s been one week and our house has SOLD for asking!! If you’re thinking about selling or buying I urge you to call Ermie Taddeo, she’s amazing!!!

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.

Saying Goodbye and Hello to New Beginnings 

It’s hard to believe that after almost 4 years, today is Devon’s last day at Air Georgian! And in true GGN fashion he is being extended 😉 (Photo below: Top: First day of flying in Halifax. Bottom: Last day in Toronto.) IMG_5351    November is going to be a very busy month for us as Devon begins his new job & we welcome our second child. Devon seems to love taking jobs when I’m in my last month of pregnancy, thankfully this time we won’t need to move! Can’t wait to share some of our favourite baby items over the next couple months 🙂
 

Hangar Fun

Today was bit of a crazy day! I had a million things to get done this morning since Devon’s stand-up schedule got incredible messed up and he never ended up coming home! Gryphen was so happy to have her Daddy home for a few hours in the morning, she didn’t want to let him leave 🙁 We ended up driving him to work, which meant she could explore one of the planes in the hangar.

This kid LOVES planes.. Well she loves helicopters and settles for planes 😉 She ‘let’ us snap a few photos during her adventure in the Beech1900 today.
These two are so adorable!! Hard to believe after almost 4 years with Air Georgian we still haven’t been on one of his flights! Perhaps we’ll join him on his last flight at the end of the month 😉

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!

 

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.**

Luau at the Royal Kona Resort

What better way to spend one of our last nights in Kona then at a Luau at the Royal Kona Resort. Gryphen absolutely LOVED everything about the Luau. When we first arrived we were greeted by some of the lovely staff placing a shell lei around our necks and directing us to have a group photo taken.
0045 Luau 0046 Luau After we collected our drinks we took a seat at our reserved seating and started to take a look around what there was for Gryphen our very bored child to do. We spotted a table where children were able to make bracelets and Gryphen and I headed over! Each person is given 5 flowers and some string. I assisted Gryphen were her flowers since the needle was a bit sharp for her. The dancer when we were completed tied the bracelet around Gryphen’s wrists and she was off dancing around the table. 0047 Luau 0048 Luau After two male dancers lit all the torches another group of men came out to start uncovering the pig that was covered in banana leaves, canvas being held down by rocks and all the soil. We were in the front row watching everything being removed, the smell wasn’t all that pleasant but very interesting to see.  0049 Luau We were very proud of Gryphen, she was extremely well-behaved during the entire night. Looks like we need to start taking her to move shows! 0050 LuauWe absolutely loved our trip to Hawai’i, it was unbelievable to see the whales traveling the coast and to hear them under the water. We watched Gryphen go from being nervous in the water to not wanting to get out of it! We’re looking forward to our next family vacation, where ever that might be to!

 

Family time at the Old Airport Beach

It’s hard to believe that we’re back in Canada looking at our amazing photos from our trip to Hawai’i and thinking about all the great adventures we had there. On one of our days the three of us took off to the Old Airport Beach to spend the morning relaxing together and enjoying playing in the sand and splashing in the shallow water. Gryphen absolutely loved exploring the beach and making new friends with all the “BOYS” as she’d scream. Our little two-year old is slightly boy crazy right now!

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Gryphen fell in love with the sand.. You can get covered in the stuff then just go into the water and BAM it’s all gone so you have to do it again! Oh our silly little girl 😉 Gryphen spending all her time collecting shells, coral, and lava rock (she mainly wanted the rocks to throw).

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After a few days of being in the water she gained so much confidence, we found her floating around blowing bubbles. So sad she won’t get this amazing weather for another few months 🙁 While the tide was out we really loved the Old Airport Beach, we had the perfect amount of sand and water for Gryphen to play and we didn’t need to worry about her. We also strolled around the rocks looking at all the little fish and crabs.

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