Father's Day

Photo by Lindsay Lou Photography

In our house, this has been an emotional week. We went through something hard as a family that I'm not quite ready to talk about (We're all okay... baby too!) but it reminded me of how caring Corey is and how hard he works to hold our family together.

With a second daughter on the way, this feels like a special Father's Day. Being a father to daughters is such a huge responsibility and I know our girls are very lucky to have such a great male role model in their lives. I often reflect on how parenthood has changed our relationship. Sure, we no longer have as much free time but there's also something really comforting and bonding about sharing a common goal and being on the same team for life.

One of the things I love most about watching Corey parent Rudy is watching him play rough with her and let her test her boundaries. She absolutely loves being tossed in the air and I love that it never occurs to him to be more gentle.

I had an "Awww" moment the other day when we were watching Moana as a family and Corey turned to me and said "You know what I like about this movie? I like that Moana's next in line to be chief and her gender is never an issue... or even mentioned at all." What a great way to think of gender roles in movies. No wonder Rudy already seems to have limitless confidence!

Photo by Crista Lee Photography
I was sorting through some of my favourite daddy-daughter photos for this post (there are so many) and I was struck by how safe and silly and happy Rudy looks in all the pictures with Corey. The two of them have such a playful relationship and it's entirely different from the way she interacts with me. I just love that!

So, Corey, thank you for being such a great dad and partner and picking up all the parenting slack during, what has been, another rough pregnancy. You model strength, compassion, patience and respect for our daughter and you will show them both what they should one day expect from their own partners. You also give the best cuddles and are always suggesting yummy ice cream dates!

Rudy, M and I love you! xx

P.S.In honour of all the amazing dads, here is an awesome feminist dad shirt, a cool photoshoot and (if you're a little late with your shopping) a great dad gift guide.


Happy Friday!

I haven't done a Friday post in a while. What are you up to this weekend? We've been too busy for family outings the past couple of weekends but we're eager to plan some fun things before the baby comes! Tomorrow is a special Saturday show at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. You may find us there for an hour or so in the morning.

We've been spending time in our garden lately and we can't wait for our tomatoes to ripen. Doing a bit of work on the yard has made it such a lovely space for Rudy to play. These days, if it's not raining, we try to eat outside.  In addition to fruit and veggies, Corey planted three peony plants for me (top photo) to enjoy. As you may already know, they're my favourites!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans? Who's binge watching the new season of Orange is the New Black? No spoilers, please! I'm hoping to save it to watch in the hospital after my C-section next month!

The prettiest wedding shoes I've ever seen.

And since it's wedding season, I love pretty (but non-traditional) rings that won't send you into debt. Here are some of my favourites: cluster, pink and dainty, emerald, set, band

We recently bought this and it was a yummy hit with the kids and adults! We're going to be using it A LOT this summer!

So cool!

We've been making BBQ corn and these for dinner as an early summer treat.

One day we'd love to build the girls a clubhouse like this one.

Just reading this made me sweat!

A trick I discovered to ease my pregnancy back and stomach pain. I use techniques 4 and 5 and it has been a game changer for me!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? I'm so excited to see it. I loved this viral tweet about it!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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