Day 53/365 {Appointment}


Life has come down to this–I put in my calendar for dinosaur puzzle appointments with Savanna. A combination of my terrible memory and busyness of life leaves me no choice but to put important things in my calendar and set a reminder.

Savanna has asked me a few nights in a row to do the puzzle with her. But she always asks me before bedtime and there’s just not enough time to fit it in. So this week, I finally just put her request in my calendar. I laid out the puzzle for her while she was having a bath, so we’re ready to do the puzzle when she came out.

Day 52/365 {Light}


I love my day job. I love the mental challenge. I love the constant learning. I even love the stress a little bit.

It’s not all about numbers. It’s very much about listening to a story of a problem, identifying the real problem, using logic, finding a solution and alternatives, and presenting the findings to the client or to the tax authority. I love the research and putting pieces of the puzzles together.

Day 51/365 {Old friend}


This woman is an old friend. I emphasized the old because she got year older yesterday.

I have known her for 13 years–back when she wore geeky glasses and spoke softly like a mouse. I have seen her transform over time to this confident and cool chic who commands an army of highly competent people at work.

I am so proud of you, Maggie.

Happy birthday, old friend.

Day 48/365 {Fly away}


We regularly play this game called “airplane”. I lay on my back, and lift one of the kids up into the air with just my legs. We always call out “lift off”, then “fly away Savanna/Joshua”. They stay up in the air for a while, then we hit some turbulence, then we call out “may day may day”, then they crash to the ground, and we all giggle.

Day 47/365 {Valentine}


It was Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. When I got home, Savanna ran to me with a big smile on her face, and gave me a heart sticker. With her sweet little voice, she said, “Mommy, here’s a sticker for you. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

I melted into a puddle.

I told her I would put the sticker on my heart rate monitor, because the monitor knows how fast my heart is beating. She thought it was a good idea. The sticker has stayed on now through 3 workouts and a spin class.

Day 46/365 {Sous Vide}


I eat a lot of chicken breasts. It’s lean and healthy. I have tried all different ways of making chicken breast to try and make it tender/juicy. Some methods work better than others.

The only method I haven’t tried is sous vide. I have heard about it and have seen it, but have never tried it myself. I finally broke down and bought an immersion circulator.

The first thing I made was some brined chicken breast. 90 minutes at 140F later, I was blown away by how juicy and tender the chicken was. I am never going back to any other cooking methods when it comes to chicken breasts.

Day 44/365 {Family Day}


Today is BC’s Family Day. I was very tempted to go to work, as last week’s conference just means a backlog of work sitting on my desk. In the end, I decided to spend the entire day with the kids. Josh and I did a workout together (well, I worked out, he sort of did a few minutes before running off), we went to the theatre and watched a movie, made some homemade food at home, and crammed in some time at the park to ride our skateboards.

Day 43/365 {Fall}


No, it’s not the best photo I had from Sunday. It’s out of focus, and it’s framed weird. I snapped it quickly while I was running towards her. But I love this photo, because it’s a very real part of life. We fall, we skin our knees, and we cry. Not every photo that shows up on Facebook is representative of our lives. I am trying to throw in a few on my blog that is real.