Friday, July 19, 2013

Midsummer Nights Wish List

I currently have the online shopping bug. I go through phases, but right now, nursing everett every two hours means I spend a lot of time online shopping on my phone.  Although more like online looking, where I add all of these things to my  online shopping cart and then just metaphorically leave the store, leaving my shopping cart full of  beautiful things abandoned in the middle of an aisle!

 1. Love this J.Crew Factory Pineapple Tee.  All I want to wear in the summer is tee shirts, and this one adds a little sumtin.

2. Yoga Blankets!! I am sure if I crossed the border, I could get these at every corner for like 5 bucks, but they are perfect to throw in your trunk and bring them out for picnics, star gazing, or other summer festivities.  I did recently splurge and pick up a blue one and a red one.

3. I already have a "C" monogrammed gold necklace for myself  but I want to add one of these mini gold Nashelle bar charms with an "e" for Everett

4.  I know every blogger and their mom has a pair of these and I want to be fully apart of the saltwater sandal bandwagon.  From what I hear they are the perfect summer sandal-comfortable, last for years and go with basically everything.  I like the brown and gold.

5.  Tortoise Sunnies. Scream Summer. That is all.

6.  I live with my hair in a ponytail during the summer and I am obsessed with hair ties.  Hair ties > elastics.  They look cute on your wrist and hair, and don't leave kinks. {search 'hair ties' on etsy and you will find a million}

7.  I love this party bobby pin set.

8.  My most coveted item on my wish list. This J.Crew swimsuit will be mine, if it ever goes on sale and is still in my size by the time it does. So pretty, slimming and basic.

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Beloved Waterton

*This post won't mean a lot to most people, but I had to write it (I'm all about the memories).  But as I re-read this post I just wrote, tears are rolling down my cheeks. Goodbye to one of my favorite places on earth.

Everett and I are back in Canada for a few weeks. On Friday we went to our cabin in Waterton National Park, it was his first and last time at the MacLennan cabin.  My grandparents have decided to sell their cabin and although I am happy for them that they won't need to worry anymore, it is of course sad to say goodbye to a place where we have so many memories.

Waterton is a tiny little town part of Glacier National Park that is unbelievably beautiful.  Tourists come from all around the world to visit and take in the mountains and lakes and wildlife.  It is a place where there are literally Big Horn Sheep, deer, and bears wandering the town, hundreds of hikes all in an hour vicinity, old fashioned stores and hotels and a huge glacier cold lake.  My very best childhood memories are in Waterton, and not just because it is the coolest little town ever where kids can roam free on their bikes without worry but because the cabin was a place where my whole family would come together.  There would be times where there were 40+ people staying at the cabin, sleeping anywhere and everywhere, cousins sleeping on every available floor space and waking up to my grandparents cooking bacon and pancakes.  I never appreciated how lucky I was to have a cabin there growing up and sometime took Waterton for granted.  Having lived far away for the past six years, I miss it terribly and always want to take a trip to Waterton when I am home to visit.

I remember:

Stopping at the Husky to get chocolate malts on the drive there and my dad promising a dollar to the first person to see a wild animal as we drove into town // Spending hours in our backyard fort under the trees where cinder blocks were 'tv's', boards were 'beds' and branches were 'brooms' // Jumping off the balcony onto the tramp over and over // In the winter sledding off the roof onto gigantic snow drifts that were taller than our dads // Begging our parents for money to go to the candy store. And the day we realized we could get maybe one candy at fancy Welch's or a whole bag of 5 cent candy at Pats // A family walk to the falls where we took pictures every single trip and then Big Scoop for ice cream // Going over the 'gumdrops' on the way to Red Rock, flipping a U-turn and doing it over again...and once more...and just one more time if we really begged  // Hiking Bears Hump in the winter at midnight with plastic bags duck-taped around our shoes (not sure why we thought that was a good idea) // Boating in Grandpa's boat and watching brave souls actually water-ski in their full wet suits //

Laying on the hammock in the front yard with a pile of cousins on top of you // Bonfires at pass creek where half the time was spent cooking wieners and smores and the other half spent building rock bridges from one end of the creek to the other // Swimming across Emerald Bay where even on the hottest day of summer was pure ice water // Walks on summer nights through town, going into all the little stores wanting overpriced moccasins and turquoise rings // Knowing that a line of stopped cars means one thing-bear sighting, and sometimes they got so close you had to get inside, roll up your windows and take a million pictures // Fighting over showers and mirror space Sunday mornings and running down to the church and then sneaking home after sacrament // Singing "Corner Master Store" around the campfire for each and every kids name, I was always "There was Cassie, Cassie being really Sassy in the store, in the stooooooore" //

Playing cards around the kitchen table until late hours of the night // Fighting over futon versus air mattress versus blanket on floor for sleeping space (if you were a kid it was a pure miracle to get an actual bed) // Warming up next to the giant stove after playing in the snow or sledding at Bertha // Ringing the dinner gong when dinner was ready, we all wanted a turn so that gong got rung A LOT! // Watching Jumanji, Ace Ventura and Teen Wolf about 500 times each (they were the only movies there) // Rides around town on Grandpa's golf cart {bonus if you got to drive all by yourself} // Begging our parents to pay for the ridiculously expensive surry rentals, after all my years in Waterton I think they said yes just one time // Hiking (and probably crying for me) to Blakiston, Bears Hump, and Crypt-the other MacLennan's have done way more advanced hikes in Waterton, but I usually found a way to get out of them // Walking up Red Rock literally thinking my feet had frost bite and were going to fall off, but somehow we all got convinced to slide down rock slides into the glacier water // The best 2000 Y2K New Years Eve party ever which included Father Time, roller blades, glow sticks and singing Auld Lang Syne around the campfire at midnight while lightly snowing on us //

It truly is the end of an Era as the MacLennan Cabin will no longer be the MacLennan Cabin, I feel so blessed to have these memories in this beautiful place with my family.  I felt so sad that Everett was not going to get to experience the cabin and Waterton like I did, but I know he will make his own memories in his own favorite places with all his future cousins! 

Goodbye Waterton Cabin. Thanks for the memories!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

After School Brownies

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself because my husband works night shifts, my baby hates sleeping, I live far from my family and we have student loans.  And then we have a really good weekend like this last one and I am reminded this is a pretty good life.

We didn't do anything special, but Ben had two days off in a row and Everett was so happy the whole time most of the time! Saturday morning Everett and I headed to Joann's so we could use our 50 percent off one item coupon.  Probably not the best use of it on a $3.99 ball of yarn but a successful trip none the less and crafty ideas bouncing in my head.

We woke up Ben in bed, which is Everett's favorite part of the day, just rolling around in the bed, drooling on our pillows and giggling with his dad.  Ben took the babe and I had a big fat nap, not even a couch nap but a real nap in the bed.  When I woke up we went to Rumbi's for lunch as I watched in amazement as Ben ordered and ate a salad. a salad!  We then drove just down the street to the shaved ice tiki hut and got a big fat shaved ice to share, tigers blood for him and pina colada for me.  We laid out the new trendy mexican yoga blanket I bought on the grass, laid Everett down and turned our tongues red.

On Sunday we got up at the crack of dawn and went to church all together, where Everett was a champ for 21/2 of the 3 hours and we got our spiritual enlightenment for the week.  We came home and had naps.  I was browsing Pinterest where I saw a friend had pinned made from scratch brownies, which made me immediately crave brownies.  Which then made me think of my best friend Kylie, because in high school we would go to her house and eat nachos and the best 'after school brownies' on a pretty much daily basis.  So I called Kylie, and had a great catch up session with her. I was reminded she was my kindred spirit and bosom friend and wished she lived closer! I then made the after school brownies and they were perfect and chewy and the edge pieces were exactly what I was craving.  Ben sat through the new episode of The Kardashians with me while we ate said brownies and I went to bed.

Nothing special but when I woke up on Monday and had brownies for breakfast I was ready and refreshed for the rest of the week.

Everett and I are headed to Canada for the rest of the month in a couple days and while I am SO excited to be with my family, have pool parties and go to Waterton, we are going to miss Ben so much! Ben thinks Everett is going to forget him, I think there is absolutely no way.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

On This Day

Last year on this day Ben and I found out that Everett was coming.
Then he was just a little baby poppy seed, no bigger than the head of a pin.
Now he is as big as a fat butterball turkey.
It's been quite the year for him.

I am so happy that test read positive and from now on July second 
will be a special day in this house.
Happy poppy seed day Ev-Mice-Ter!

Ps: A happy belated birthday to my favorite country in the world.  Yesterday was Canada Day and I was homesick, to celebrate we sought out and ate fries and gravy (a Canadian delicacy).  I am proud to be Canadian. Posts of Canada Day Past here and here.

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