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 😉

Moving Day is Near!

Well tomorrow marks the first half of our moving! Devon and Jegan will spend the late afternoon filling up our uhaul truck while I have my last visit with Judy at Georgian Bay Midwives. I can’t believe the day has finally come; it’s only been 11 months! We were in Thorold on Friday signing all the paperwork with the lawyers and stopped by to take a look at the house before leaving. It’s just so hard to believe that in just a few short days we’ll officially be home owners! (Below is Gryphen playing on her iPad as we wait for Lana, she was loving the very Blue Clue’s style chairs).
Wish us luck as we collect all of our belongings from our storage unit, Joanne’s house & the Toronto apartment over the next few days! It’s going to feel so amazing to have ALL of our things in one place for the FIRST time since Devon started working for GGN.

 

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!

 

14 Weeks of Realization

There’s always that moment of realization when you realize that next summer you’re going to have two kids (a 4-year-old HOLY SHIT & a 6 month old). Yesterday was amazing with Gryphen; we spent a few hours in the morning at the park followed by a yummy lunch and gelato (from Dolce on College & Montrose) then more hours of park play before supper! I hadn’t noticed how tired Gryphen really was until she was completely passed out on top of me while we were looking at double strollers! haha

Last summer I start researching double strollers and really fell in love with the Phil and Ted’s Navigator. Then my good friend came for a visit and I was able to check out her Baby Jogger City Select double and it completely changed my mind! I started reading thousands of reviews and when the time came to purchasing (my Maxi Cosi stroller broke) I decided to get the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. At this point I didn’t think we’d be having a second child so I figured there was no point in buying a double! BIG MISTAKE. Now I’m left wondering if I’ll need a double or if Gryphen would be content riding on the Glider Board I had purchased for her City Mini GT.
0059 Baby Jogger City Mini GT I had run into some friends at the park yesterday and we got into talking about having that second child. The decision to have one or not to and for these women it had already taken place. They started sharing all their stories of how life had changed and how amazing it’s been. I immediately ask how their first was handling the second; Response: welcoming and loving to the new child. Okay so perhaps I’m over reacting a bit in being worried about Gryphen wanting to leave this child in a field 😉 Then the conversation turned to me! I’m finally entering my second trimester, leaving behind the tiredness and welcoming more energy and an increased appetite (I hope). I didn’t really experience the same amount of morning sickness I had with Gryphen, I feel like I didn’t have any. Just some food sensitivities toward the smells of foods, which I’m hoping has past! We joked about how I decided to get braces while I was pregnant to stop me from eating too much. Jo asked if I had anything special planned this summer since it’s going to be mine and Gryphen’s last just the two of us and it really got me thinking what type of special things I should be planning for us.

I decided to create a list of 30 different activities Gryphen and I will be executing all summer! I picked 30 only because I turn 30 this September. How time zooms by 🙂 What are some of the things you did with your LO’s before you welcomed your #2?? We’re up for any fun suggestions 🙂 Stay tuned for the list of our “30 Summer Must Do’s with your Tot”.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

I can’t say enough about Trinity Bellwoods Park, we love it there! It’s only a 5 minute walk for us and their is always something going on there. But for #CaptainGryphen it’s all about this play structure! haha Check out some of photos below of the place Gryphen loves to play!

 This area is for children who are a bit older, we don’t go over there much. Gryphen loves walking and jumping on the surface currently! 

Nothing better then a yummy fruit lunch after playing at the park all morning! 
If you’re interested in exploring Trinity Bellwoods Park check out their website (here). Don’t miss their Tuesday afternoon Farmer’s Markets 😉 

New Structube Furniture

 I’m pretty sure Gryphen was more excited about the boxes that our furniture came in then with our new sofa and chair from Structube. After spending a couple months deciding on what I wanted to order I finally went with the KOMPACT 3 seater sofa and the CASTELLO recliner. It was really tough finding anything that fit the apartment, everything that was three seaters was either too large, too expensive or just not my style. I had fallen in love with one from GUS* but the size was a little too large (the same width as the apartment!).
We have a Structube location just a few blocks down the street which made it VERY easy for me to take a look at what I had seen online, making it tougher to make the final decision! I find the prices with Structube very reasonable and the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable on the products the store carries. The Kompact is from their new collection that was released at the start of summer, I loved the light grey color and lets be honest the size was perfect! It was a lot tougher for me to go with the Castello, I wanted something that wasn’t too small but still needed it to be small to work with  our space! The day I went in and finally ordered everything, the Castello was my second choice! I really liked the Kennedy red chair, but sadly it wasn’t in stock for another month; that sealed my decision and I went with the Castello grey chair.
Once everything arrived, we took the chair out first and I was pretty worried it was too big but now having it there and using it I love it! The material on it is so smooth and soft. Very comfy! Gryphen LOVES the chair! It’s her go to place during the #WorldCup matches! And oh no if you sit there! She strolls over and pulls you screaming “OUT”. Such a diva! haha
The sofa is actually pretty tough to get started, it comes with a stand that you need to screw in. If you don’t have a power drill I suggest renting or buying one! It takes a little more then elbow grease to get those screws in let me tell you! The Kompact comes with a matching pillow that works great if you’re leaving on the arm! The sofa it’s self is very comfy and easy to get off of BUT I’ve noticed with this summer heat you really get stuck to it! If you plan any x-rated events on it, don’t! You’ll be feeling the pain every time you try to move! haha
I’ve been really happy with the decisions I’ve made for the apartment, I’m still working on improving the space and making it more functional so stay turned for more posts about the lovely TO apartment!

Light Grey Sofa – Kompact from Structube $599;(here).
Dark Grey Recliner – Castello from Structube $299;(here).
Turquoise Shelving Unit – Kallax from Ikea $99;(here).
Turquoise Rug – Malin Blad from Ikea $39;(here).