These sweet little souls play together every week, so us mommas conspired to throw them a fairy tea party in celebration of their combined birthdays. I hijacked our living room furniture and set up a little fairyland in its place. I'm not a crafty woman by any means (I'm usually the one sipping a glass of wine and chatting whilst others around me are making crafts), but for this, I was really excited to make it as magical as I could for these amazing little friends. (Click here for the how to video to make the tissue poms). There is still a part of me that would love to rock a pair of wings and a tutu all day long, but I think it might be frowned upon at the office. Tricia made a delicious feast for the girls and brought them crowns, wings and magical wands and Leah whipped up the most beautiful cake (of which for such a feat, I too would need a magical wand). It makes my heart so incredibly happy to see my daughter have so much fun with her little buddies.
December 10, 2013
Hi friends! We celebrated mom's 70th at this amazing little find in Fort Langley called the Little White House. It's decor is rustic mixed with French, and we all fell in love with the place. We had their high tea and perused all their rooms which are loaded up with amazing clothes/gifts.
They gave us a private space for our group, which was so gorgeous - especially with the snow falling in the backdrop. My aunt came up with a great idea of one by one, going around the table, and sharing something about my mom that we all love. Needless to say, there were a lot of tears. But I think it's so wonderful to tell the people we love, what we love about them, while they are living/breathing, right before us.
I can't say enough about my mom, but it was summed up, that she is the most giving, generous soul we know. I wish I could give her the world, because that is what she deserves. xoxo
December 7, 2013
Hello friends! How is your Christmas season going? Tonight we met up with some dear friends to see the movie Gravity. If you haven't seen Gravity yet, and it is something on your list to see, you definitely have to catch it while it is still on the big screen (in 3D). The cinematography is a shoe in for an oscar - Mother Earth has never looked so breathtaking. Sandra Bullock will surely get a nomination for her role as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first mission in space aboard the Explorer space shuttle. Her accomplished counterpart is veteran astronaut George Clooney, who is assisting her in repairs to the Hubble telescope. Satellite Debris, from a Russian missile strike, is heading their way and mission control wants them to abort their mission. When high speed debris strikes their operation, Dr. Stone is detached from the shuttle and is tossed into space.
This is a classic story of a character trying to reach within to find the strength to overcome horrendous circumstances, to call upon their greatest measure of resilience, even when their future looks bleak. I cried several times in this film, it is moving on so many levels: learning how to live after our loved ones are gone, staring down our own demise, digging deep to find our strongest survival skills.
I'm not surprised to find out the film was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski, the masterminds behind Children of Men, one of the most visually stunning films I have seen. I love their style of shooting long, uninterrupted shots, so you can really feel the movement - I remember they used that technique in a spinning car sequence in Children of Men and their uninterrupted shots work especially well at capturing the audience's anxiety as we watch Dr. Stone struggle to survive. The film also reminds me that I'm glad my feet are firmly planted on this planet of ours. I'll leave space travel to the experts.
I'd give Gravity a 9/10.
December 3, 2013
When we moved in, we always wanted to update the bathroom. (Not that I don't love a good fake marble wall). But with it being the only bathroom in the house, it was never easy to time a reno (we tend to enjoy having a functioning toilet). With my parents away for a few weeks, we set up camp in their home (toilets and showers!) and tore apart our little space. We did it all on a shoestring budget (under $2000). My hubby and father-in-law ripped everything out and started from scratch. They did all the dirty work: installations/plumbing/electrical/drywalling. We bought the toilet/light fixture/tub/tiles/flooring/ showerhead and mirror from Home Depot and the sink is from Ikea. We raised the lighting and tiled the tub up to the ceiling. We put the showerhead at a height that makes sense( our old one used to hit my hubby dead center in the chest). It's amazing how much taller the space feels because of these little adjustments. From our little home to yours, goodnight! xo
December 1, 2013
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining - I love all the visiting, all the merriment, (god I love the merriment), the festivus, the inexplicable giddiness that falls upon me every Dec. 24th evening.....but I just stare at this calendar and wonder, am I organized enough to pull all of this off? The decorating, the baking, the donating & gift giving, (and if you are one of those people who has finished all of your christmas shopping, like a month ago, you best not tell me such a piece of news, or I just may have to really lean into the slap I give you before I give you my warmest regards.)
So bon chance to us all as we board the biPolar Express, navigating us through this month ahead.
What are you most looking forward to?
Honestly, for me it's all of the get togethers with friends/family, evening walks to look at all the lights, the Stanley Park train, Van Dusen gardens, the switch to red wine, the Christmas shows, the smell of the Christmas tree, the traditions (& starting new ones as a family).
Put on your seatbelts, the ride is about to begin!
November 24, 2013
I really enjoyed this coming of age story. Awkward and shy Duncan (Liam James), spends the summer with his mom (Toni Collette) and her belittling boyfriend (Steve Carell). Duncan strikes up a friendship with the manager of a local waterpark, played by the charismatic Sam Rockwell. It is a funny and heartfelt look at Duncan's journey towards his own confidence. This film perfectly captures one of the rare topics touched upon in movies, the importance of a father figure in a boy's life. I found this movie was the perfect mix of funny, charming and heartfelt. Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell are at the top of their game here.
While at my parents place, I couldn't help but notice that they still have that room. Did you grow up in a home with a room where fancy furniture goes to die? Okay, it doesn't actually die per se, but it is left remarkably alone. Dusted? You bet! Used? Lol.
Do you remember these kinds of conversations growing up? "You want to have your friends over? Sure, but just don't even think about going in the living room!" or "The chair in the living room looks like it was moved two inches to the left, were you in there?!?!" Hey, I know, let's buy up all the fanciest furniture we can find, display it ever so elegantly, and then don't let anyone in there. It didn't take long before I started to see the irony in the title of the so-called "living" room. One of my friends even had a mom who kept her fancy furniture covered in plastic. Because nothing is more inviting than keeping a nice thick layer of plastic crinkling loudly beneath your every move while you are conversing with your friends.
I wonder, with today's generation living in smaller, open concept spaces, will the fancy room eventually become a plastic covered memory?
So, we're housesitting at my parents, and this morning, my little one wants to go in THE ROOM to play the piano. I've navigated more covert operations, so I kneel down, look her square in the eyes, and say, "Stick with me kid. We've got this!"
But as I stepped upon the plush carpeting, I couldn't help but scream. Blood curdling you ask? Affirmative.
Three- not one, not two- but three piles of electric yellow vomit on THE ROOM's white carpet, courtesy of my dog. How long it had been there, I do not know, because I seldom had tiptoed into THE ROOM during our stay. I ran around the house like a CRAZY person. I'm pretty sure I looked like a cartoon character whose legs move a million miles an hour in the air before they gain any semblance of forward motion. My daughter found it all to be quite hilarious as I sprinted around shouting at the top of my lungs, "If there is a GOD, you will point me in the direction of the cleaner and spare my soul!!""
I kid you not, I was firing two bottles of spot shot, one in each hand, like they were pistols with endless rounds of ammunition. My inner dialogue went something like this: Why did I leave the door open to this room, was I born yesterday?!? Why the $*%& did my dog have to pick THIS ROOM to toss up electric yellow cookies? Who the $*&*# has white carpeting?!?
I'm going to check on THE ROOM tomorrow morning, before I pick them up from the airport.
If it isn't clear, well, it's been very nice knowing you all. xoxo
sidenote: My husband informed me that he recalls seeing the dog run off with our daughter's yellow crayon.