For The Love of Cake

May 26, 2015

Have been banking lots of hours on the bike, on the boat, and eating cake. May is officially here with its barrage of birthdays and the beginning of lake season!

Dexter has been a super sweetie who spent a good chunk of time hanging out on a ladder to keep me company while I scrubbed a boat deck for many hours. I don't know about you guys, but if something isn't somewhat clean, I  just can't enjoy it. 

Alice turned 3 on May 14th! Here she is with her hippo and grocery basket when we went to pick up her birthday cake a few weeks ago.

She had a wonderful little cake moment with her cousins and brother. Look at her intense focus! Also, LEGO candles on a ninja turtle cake? 

Life is good. 

In other super exciting news, my bestie from NYC was here! Leanne was here for a little bit, working on a new book, and managed to have a few hours free so I brought her to my Blackstone set visit. Can't believe how much work goes into shooting a scene and getting everything ready even before the actors show up to do their thing. Major respect! Also, very impressed that this is shot and produced here in Edmonton. 

 The ice has just come off the lake recently so the water is COLD. But, boats still have to go in and trailers need to be opened up for the new season. I've decided to change my trailer game and have started cooking with the George Foreman in there. It even does eggs!

Alice has likewise been enjoying fresh air. Here she is after waking up from an epic nap. She takes after her mother and is not a morning person.

Water may be cold, but it's super fun to be out there.

  Back at home, Alice and I are on the train. She insists on taking "Clifford" with her wherever she goes. 

 That particular morning we were off to a Works Gala meeting. The day before I was on the train to host the little luncheon that got auctioned off for SACE.

Another day, Leanne and I biked down to little brick!

Leanne was there to talk business with Nate. I was just there for the bike ride and sandwiches. I got three mosquito bites on the way home (2 on my face, because they really hate me), but it was worth it to have a few moments with old friends. 

 After hanging out, Leanne kept riding downtown to investigate some other work-related things. I rode over to grab a few party supplies for Dexter, groceries for BBQ that weekend, and was also carrying my stash of coffee beans.

This is my favourite sort of stuff on a bike. Riding to get some work done. Picking up groceries and stuff in small batches... biking as transportation, integrated into the whole routine of daily life.

 Also rode just yesterday, to get caught up with this darling.

Dexter and Alice also get taken to soccer via bike. It's their favourite!

And finally, before my beloved Leanne departed for NY, she made us some gourmet mac n cheese last night.

Oh yah, and Dexter celebrated HIS birthday too! Now he's 6 years old and I actually have to send him off with bus tickets to ride the train. Everybody is growing up so fast - Love my little family!

Hope you're staying safe from the sun and bugs - If you're a fair weather cyclist, I'll be seeing you out there!

Love My Ladies

May 15, 2015

Love all these ladies in my life! My daughter, mommy, niece, sister-in-law, and sister!

I'm sure they're all impressed by my locker room photo antics at the Edmonton Eskimos Women's Dinner

Later that week, The Works Gala co-chairs, Sydney and Sarah were representing at AGA's Art on the Block. If you don't have your Works Gala tickets yet, go here and GET 'ER DONE!

Taught my students, hung out at the Royal Bison with my little sister, and then sat with Sophie the dog at my hair appointment. 

Took my newly trimmed hair to the CSU 52 retirement dinner. This dinner is one of my favourites! There are the sweetest retirees with their families, and all these animal helium balloons that people  take for their kids and grandkids. Also, tiramisu. 

Excited about my Royal Bison loot, which is more HUNT AMOR

Mother's Day! My kids were actually with my parents for the day (they take Dexter to wushu class) so my gift was sleeping in and then running a bunch of errands with Don in preparation for lake season. There were no groceries in the house, so we stopped off at Belgravia Hub to inhale some yummy brunch before heading off. 

Later on Mother's Day we convened at my brother's for BBQ! I was reunited with the kids, and everybody else. Here, you see me with Sable and my mommy!

Got home, put the kids to bed, and then shared my Moonshine Doughnuts at our weekly GoT viewing. 

In other mom-related duties, I took the kids to their dentist appointments. Dexter was a champ!
And now that the weather is beautiful out, I am often found sitting on my front steps, awaiting my afternoon students.  

I hope you all had a wonderful mother's day, in whatever capacity you celebration your mama!

 Really stoked about sharing adventures from the lake and lots of birthdays in the next while!

Alice Turns 3!

May 14, 2015

We've been through labour together; drooling, diapers, teething, more "phases" than I can count.. and we're just getting started. 

Happy Birthday, Alice!

My sweet 99th percentile baby is growing up so fast!

She was never a tiny thing. She was one of those babies with gigantic thigh rolls and enormous cheeks. 


That first summer we had her, we took her camping. 

I think this photo here is her first Thanksgiving. 

 Then she started growing up!

She went through some intense periods of separation anxiety. There was this month where she would lay in front of the door to my music studio and just moan for a long time when I was teaching my students. She would also stick her fingers under the bottom of the door so that each lesson was part music education and part horror film. 

My parents have been key in Dexter and Alice's lives. Without them, my life would look completely different. All their raising me aside, they have now made it possible for Don and I to perform public service to the capacity that we do. Would be lost without them. 

I started tying Alice's hair into a sprout.

Then two sprouts. 

 This was mother's day last year.

 And, there was the not-so-distant G8 protester phase.

Her mane is becoming more majestic by the week. 

She is stealing my jewelry.

And finally, here she was hiking up a storm in Jasper last weekend. 

Love my little lady.

We doubled her height when she turned two in order to predict how tall she might end up. The calculation came out to 6'3. 


That's my girl!

Family Times in Jasper!

May 7, 2015

Last weekend we were incredibly lucky to have some family time together in Jasper. Ooooo, how I love it there! It's super gorgeous and wonderful and I'm already trying to think of ways we can make it back sooner rather than later. 

It's also a rare treat for the kids to see their father during daylight!

Don was actually there on a panel with Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi. They were discussing the importance of libraries and cities, and obviously had a huge turnout for the function. I was running around the lobby with my friend, Leisha, wrangling children in the nearby yoga room.

The next day, we all decided it was time to hike around the lake! The kids had a fabulous time skipping rocks and picking out optimal walking sticks.

I was stoked to have much well overdue quality time with my darling Leisha! She's a BF who moved back to Medicine Hat last year and we haven't had much opportunity to see each other since. Jasper was the perfect reunion location!

It's also the perfect place for building fires. I love a fire.

Fast forward and we're back home and Don is on a plane to Toronto promoting our excellent city.

I took a few meetings at the hall on Monday. I don't work there, but these days I'm basically a professional volunteer and public servant, and don't have meeting space so... I just come here. It's beautiful!

Oh my gosh, did you guys hear? Our province had such an explosive election. BWAAAAAHHHH! Alberta is full of surprises.

Thanks to everybody who ran - It takes guts to put yourself out there and I know first-hand, how exhausting and all-consuming elections can be when you're on the ground. Kudos to the candidates!

The dust still hasn't settled, but the next day I was at a Nina Haggerty lunch where I got to hang out with tons of inspiring artists from the centre. Thanks to Mark Traficante, for a fabulous portrait he gifted me... of his caretaker, Brooke! It's currently in my studio and I love it.

Oh, and flashback to last week's 1000 Women high tea where my lady, Krista, and I were pouring tea for some of our guests. Looking forward to seeing lots of our city's finest at the annual luncheon, where we're raising money for the new child care facility at Norquest's new campus! Be there.

Oh, and I haven't posted a mèi mèi video in a little while. Here you go!

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