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10 YEARS, I LOVE YOU.

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FEBRUARY 3RD, 2007. What a special day. Today Sam and I celebrate 10 years of life together. Ten years ago today we were sitting in our friends driveway and he asked me to be his girlfriend. We were 17, just kids who had no idea what we were doing, but I knew even before I said "yes" that this was real. I knew I would love you, I hoped that love would turn into the life we have now. And I'm so thankful we have made it this far.

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Love isn't just a feeling. Sure the feeling is there, I still get those mushy feelings when I think about him, or when he comes in from work and gives me a big kiss. But love, real, sustainable love, isn't based on a feeling. It's a choice. It's waking up everyday and saying, "I will love you today, and everyday for the rest of my life." For anyone who knows our story, you know that we fumbled our way through six long years of long distance dating, a stage of our lives that broke both of us in many ways. When you start dating at 17 you have so much growing up to do, so many hard lessons to learn. Those years taught us what it means to fight for each other, to fight for the love that we have. Some seasons it feels so easy and natural to love, other times you feel like you're learning to love someone new, someone different with different passions, interests and tendencies than who you fell in love with. I have loved many different sides of Sam, and am continuing to learn this man who I have spent the last ten years of my life with.

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So here's to ten years down and, Lord willing, fifty more to go.

"So when I lose my way, find me. When I loose loves chains, bind me. At the end of all my faith, to the end of all my days. When I forget my name, remind me." (Dancing in the Minefields)

FOUR YEARS

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JUNE 30th MARKED four years of being married. Four years of life together, four years of learning to be a wife, learning to live with someone else, learning to put his needs above my own, learning how to cook, how to manage a home, how to organize, how to save money. Learning to be a team, learning each others love languages, learning to be parents together, learning how to fight fair and to respect each others space. I have learned so much in four years of being married to you, Sam. You are a strong, brave and kind man and I can't imagine a better father for our sons.

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Despite the chaos and busyness of our lives, you have remained steadfast in your love, true to your word and faithful to your God and I admire you so much for it.

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I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

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All photos are by the incredible Erica Hannah Photography

HAPPY DAD'S DAY

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TO MY SAMMY... Today we celebrate you! You are an incredible father, friend and husband. You work so hard to provide for us and still manage to come home with a smile on your face and time for your kids and wife - even after working 30 hours straight. 

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I love to watch you with our boys, you are so kind and patient with them and they both look up to you in a big way. If they turn out to be half the man you are then we can rest assured that we did this parenting gig right!  

Here's to you, Sammy, and to our dads, and to dads everywhere. You make the world a better place! 

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LIFE, LATELY

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THINGS HAVE BEEN a bit quiet on the blog for the past few weeks, apart from all my wonderful guest posts I haven't had much to say. Namely because I have been trying to keep my head above water and also to soak in all the wonderful moments and memories that are happening day to day in our house.

When Sam went back to work a month ago, things were exhausting. He worked an overnight shift every 3 or 4 days on top of his regular, five-days-a-week of working. I was trying to get our lives organized, get Atticus on a schedule, get outside daily and keep my head above water. Sam and I hardly saw each other and when we did we were so wiped that we mostly just sat on the couch and ate dinner and had a quick conversation before I would jet off to bed to be able to survive the next day. We were mostly just ships passing in the night. But through having an insane schedule since we got married, we have learned to make the most of our time together as a couple and as a family whenever we get it, including a trip to the High Park Zoo!

Some kiddo updates: Finn is at a really fun and really chatty age. He is learning things almost faster than I can keep up with him! We are loving the warm weather and our awesome new backyard and being able to still get outside and play while Atticus sleeps in his crib. He has developed preferences when it comes to his meals and I try to encourage and cater to them whenever possible, for example: He asks for (almond) milk with his oats, cheese and pepper for his pasta, ice for his water and to have his apple slices in a bowl.

Atticus is growing up so fast. The newborn stage goes by SO quickly. Everyone said that to me with Finn, but let's be honest... with your first baby everything is such a huge adjustment and the days feel so long and you wonder if you will ever sleep again. This time, I knew that it is true, it goes by so quickly, too quickly. So I have tried to savour all the sleepy cuddles and the sweet little snore he does after he falls asleep on your shoulder after being burped. He is such a joy! He is very active, good at tummy time, smiling and cooing all the time and sleeping lots. This past weekend he slept from 11-7 and I woke up feeling like a new woman! Bless you, little Atticus!

Thankfully, it is a new month, with a new schedule for him, including a glorious week of vacation in the middle of it! There are weddings and vacations and warm weather and family time in the next four weeks for us and I couldn't be more excited.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAMMY

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TO MY WONDERFUL husband, on your birthday. What a gift it is to be married to such an incredible man. You are smart, handsome, kind and devoted. I learn something new from you everyday. You are the most amazing husband and father I know and I laugh more with you than with anyone else. I fell in love with you when I was seventeen and I continue to fall more in love with you each and every day.

I can't believe I get to do life with you.

NINE YEARS, I LOVE YOU.

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TODAY IS MY nine year anniversary with my high school sweetheart. I am so thankful to be able to do life, everyday with my best friend and the man of my dreams. Nine years ago today, after sitting and talking in the driveway for 3 hours he asked me to be his girlfriend. I don't think either of us could have imagined what that "yes" would hold us for, but I'm so glad he plucked up the courage all those years ago.

To my Sam, even after spending a third of our lives together, you still do it for me. You are as handsome as you are smart and it is the greatest privilege of my life to be your wife and your friend. I love you, I love you, I love you.

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GOALS FOR 2016

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Momo's Goals for 2016 I HAVE NEVER been the type of person to set goals as the New Year rang in, mainly because I know I am not typically the person to have the willpower to keep at them all year round. The thrill of them wears off by the end of January and by mid-March I've forgotten about them altogether. This year though, Sam and I sat down to make a goals list with the hopes that we can make the most of 2016 by striving for our personal bests, our families bests and to not let this year go by without personal reflection.

Here are my 10 goals for 2016

Mentally

  • Be organized and stay organized. This is a hard one for me, when things get busy my detailed schedule goes out the window and I end up totally overwhelmed by the to-do list in my head that I can never remember when I need to. To help with this, I sat down yesterday while Finn was sleeping and spent two hours formatting my new moleskine to be the exact tool I need for the next four months. I was inspired by this picture (and I think you will be too!). I have included time in my schedule to sit down and plan for the following week, which is something I have not done in the past but am already enjoying so much.
  • Read 10 books. I read more in 2015 then I have in any other year of my life (you can read more about that here) and I loved it so much that I am setting a goal to read 10 books this year (which is actually less than last year but I will have two kiddos so I'm setting the bar at a more reasonable place... more attainable!). I would love to hear any recommendations you have!

Physically

  • Prioritizing health and eating well (even when it's busy). Since we are welcoming a baby in the next couple of months I am being very intentional about eating well and constantly having our fridge stocked with fruits, vegetables so we can make quick healthy snack choices. Most of the meals we eat are nutritious and healthy but to help avoid ordering greasy take out all the time when the new baby comes I have been making double portions of healthy meals and freezing half for when we're in a pinch. I also will be placing a large order with Farm to Table Meals and stocking our freezer with things for both Sam and I and for Finn to eat (they actually have a newborn package to stock the freezers of new parents with a few different, healthy meals... how amazing is that!?)
  • Workout regularly. After Finn I remember being so tired and waiting months before starting to work out again even though I had stayed active during my pregnancy by doing the Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project DVD's (you can read about how I stay fit while pregnant here). I had lost the majority of my baby weight, but I still didn't feel good about my body or comfortable in my own skin. I started doing the BBG workout and loved it and was kicking myself for not starting earlier. Although it is tiring to workout, I was amazed at the energy I had after doing it, loved having designated, productive time for myself and found that I was more productive and generally happier throughout the rest of my day as well. As tough as it is I am aiming to walk more, do diastasis recti exercises daily and get out with both kids more during the 6 weeks postpartum before I can work out again and then to try to work out regularly once my doctor gives me the go-ahead.

Spiritually

  • Pray. I want to take the time to meditate and spend time praying for my husband, for my kids, for our family and friends and for our city. It is a spiritual discipline I have yet to focus on but am really looking forward to incorporating more of. I would love any advice that you have to contribute on how to practically incorporate it into a busy schedule!
  • Learn (half of) the shorter Westminster Catechism. There are 107 in total and I am committing to learning one a week, which means I won't finish it in year but am making this a two year goal. We are going to do them as a family and I have included space in my weekly planner and will be putting it weekly onto our kitchen chalkboard.

Family

  • Be intentional with family time. This includes planning activities inside and outside of the house for us to do. I'd love suggestions of places to go and things to do with kids in the city!
  • Teach Finn how to pray. Finn is still quite young but he understands a lot and can communicate well. To think he will be almost two and a half when 2016 ends is wild/exciting/sad/terrifying to me. I want to be intentional about teaching him about Jesus this year and for him to know that he can talk to Him anytime he wants. Does anyone have any book recommendations for toddlers on how to pray?
  • Prioritize individual time with each child. Sam and I want to be intentional about having one on one time with each little. I am so aware that our time alone with Finn is ending soon and we are so excited to bring a sibling and hopefully friend for him into the world but we also want Finn and the baby to feel that they can have our undivided attention at times and to have special, quality with us.
  • Weekly date nights with my man. We are aiming to have a date night out every two weeks with a weekly date night at home. This takes a lot of planning in advance since Sam has a very irregular schedule and we will need to find babysitters but I am really excited about prioritizing time alone and exploring our city without kiddos. Hopefully we can incorporate more day-dates into this plan since I love them so much (dare I say I love them even more than date-nights!?)

A SATURDAY MORNING DATE

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vsco-photo-4 THIS WEEKEND SAM and I had a day date. It was the first time I can remember that we have had a good chunk of the day to ourselves and let me be the first to say #daydatesforthewin. Don't get me wrong, evenings out with Sam are always a great time and beggars-can't-be-choosers, I will take any opportunity I can to have some quality time sans bébé with him, but to have a whole morning and afternoon of time alone was bliss. Evenings can be hard to get the quality time in, since we are both usually mentally and physically drained from a long day at work or a full day at home with a one year old. The past few weeks have been particularly long and tiring, so when my mom called and asked to take Phineas to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at the Exhibition this week we did not hesitate to give a resounding "Yes!".

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vsco-photo-1 3We started our morning with a trip to Bonjour Brioche, a Parisian style patisserie in the neighbourhood that has been voted the best brunch in the city and best croissant in the city. We have stopped in for their croissants and baguettes in the past but hadn't made it there for brunch yet. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We went big. We started with almond croissants and a warm drink, latté for him, hot chocolate for me. Then came the eggs benny. Anyone who knows me knows that, although I am not a huge breakfast person, I love eggs benedict. They serve their eggs benedict on their award winning croissants with peameal bacon or smoked salmon. Avocado and tomato are optional, but, I mean, who says no to avocado? Then we finished with a crème brulée tart which was devoured so quickly there was no chance of a photo being taken. I highly recommend going here if you are looking for a delicious brunch. Come before 11am though, otherwise the lineup goes around the block!

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vsco-photo-2 2Our focus for the morning was to aim to do things that we couldn't do with Phineas. We realized that only things we both wanted to do were eat a meal with no distractions and great conversation, sleep and read, things that are are difficult impossible to do with a baby. So eat, sleep and read we did! We napped off our giant brunch for an hour or so and then made our way to Dark Horse Espresso Bar to finish our morning with quality time of reading in silence beside each other over a delicious cup of coffee.

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It was the perfect morning and the best way to refresh before another busy week. I am definitely hoping to incorporate more day dates in the future, like I said before... Day dates for the win!

A SATURDAY MORNING DATE

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vsco-photo-4 THIS WEEKEND SAM and I had a day date. It was the first time I can remember that we have had a good chunk of the day to ourselves and let me be the first to say #daydatesforthewin. Don't get me wrong, evenings out with Sam are always a great time and beggars-can't-be-choosers, I will take any opportunity I can to have some quality time sans bébé with him, but to have a whole morning and afternoon of time alone was bliss. Evenings can be hard to get the quality time in, since we are both usually mentally and physically drained from a long day at work or a full day at home with a one year old. The past few weeks have been particularly long and tiring, so when my mom called and asked to take Phineas to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at the Exhibition this week we did not hesitate to give a resounding "Yes!".

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vsco-photo-1 3We started our morning with a trip to Bonjour Brioche, a Parisian style patisserie in the neighbourhood that has been voted the best brunch in the city and best croissant in the city. We have stopped in for their croissants and baguettes in the past but hadn't made it there for brunch yet. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We went big. We started with almond croissants and a warm drink, latté for him, hot chocolate for me. Then came the eggs benny. Anyone who knows me knows that, although I am not a huge breakfast person, I love eggs benedict. They serve their eggs benedict on their award winning croissants with peameal bacon or smoked salmon. Avocado and tomato are optional, but, I mean, who says no to avocado? Then we finished with a crème brulée tart which was devoured so quickly there was no chance of a photo being taken. I highly recommend going here if you are looking for a delicious brunch. Come before 11am though, otherwise the lineup goes around the block!

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vsco-photo-2 2Our focus for the morning was to aim to do things that we couldn't do with Phineas. We realized that only things we both wanted to do were eat a meal with no distractions and great conversation, sleep and read, things that are are difficult impossible to do with a baby. So eat, sleep and read we did! We napped off our giant brunch for an hour or so and then made our way to Dark Horse Espresso Bar to finish our morning with quality time of reading in silence beside each other over a delicious cup of coffee.

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It was the perfect morning and the best way to refresh before another busy week. I am definitely hoping to incorporate more day dates in the future, like I said before... Day dates for the win!