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Liam-isms Part 10

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t been as diligent documenting the funny things Liam says these days. Truthfully most conversations with this kid make me laugh and those of you who have the pleasure of hanging out with him when he’s not being shy can attest to it. I love that we have real conversations now. And then there’s the day he dropped the f-bomb.

  • You should wear this, mom. This would look pretty on you! (after pulling a bra out of my underwear drawer.)
  • Thank you for taking me for a haircut. I can give you a haircut when we get home if you want?
  • Mom: Do you want to have a breakfast date in the morning?
    Liam: Sure, it’s up to you.
  • I feel hot chocolately
  • This is a nice book, mom
  • Happy Fools Day!
  • Dad somebody broke my fucken box….fuck!
  • Mom did you know there’s real live ROCK BANDERS on TV?! (proceeds to sing Kiss over and over for the rest of the night)

More Liam-isms:
Liam-isms Part 7
Liam-isms Part 8
Liam-isms Part 9

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A Day in the Life with Liam

Anytime I ask for reader requests for future blog posts, I always, always get asked to do a day in the life post. Luckily for those who are interested in a behind the scenes peek at my daily life, I’ll be doing two different posts, both with Liam and without since he spends every second week with his dad. Here’s what our day looked like yesterday. This is all unfiltered as it happens, including the photos because #reallife

6:00 – Alarm goes off. Hit snooze and roll over. Before Liam, I never understood the ‘snoozers’. My alarm would go off and I’d hop out of bed no problem? But now mornings are difficult and getting out of bed in the morning seems to be a challenge.

6:10 – Alarm goes off again. I pick up my phone and scroll through social. It’s still hard to keep my eyes open, I just want to doze some more.


6:25 – I’m finally up and in the bathroom to get ready for the day. I battle with my damn eyebrows that are about two months overdue for a wax.

6:45 – Trying to decide what to wear. I currently hate everything in my closet and would really like to burn it all and start over with a fresh wardrobe. Liam is awake earlier than usual and acts as my fashion advisor. He thinks I should wear a dress (he always thinks I should wear a dress). My last pair of tights had a run so I’m forced to choose something I can wear over leggings as it’s not quite warm enough for bare legs.

similar shirt dress can be found here 

7:00 – Breakfast making and lunch prep are underway. Liam is having pancakes (I made a batch on the weekend to reheat for him), berries and yogurt. I’m having cinnamon raisin oatmeal with cottage cheese. Liam gets himself dressed and brushes his teeth while waiting for his breakfast. Normally I get his breakfast ready and wake him up to eat and then he will brush his teeth and get dressed. He decides to get dressed in the middle of the kitchen so I’m stepping over clothes while trying to pack my bag for the day.

7:30 – We are finished eating and have breakfast cleaned up. Liam is ready to go earlier than normal and it’s so nice not to have to tell him to hurry up 18 million times.

7:40 – Out the door and on the way to day home. We are early, so we park outside listening to the new Ed Sheeran album until the day home opens at 8.

8:00 – I drop Liam off and vent my frustrations over the This Is Us finale with my day home provider. We’re both frustrated with how they ended the season. Did anyone else watch it?

8:10 – I’m on my way to Social Media Breakfast, which I’m on the organizing committee for. We meet every third Thursday and bring speakers on various topics relating to social media, plus necessary coffee and breakfast treat. I haven’t had coffee yet and am not prepared to get up on stage to introduce myself since my brain isn’t quite in working order but I survive without sounding too silly. Our speaker this month presents on branding and does a great job of motivating the crowd. I also get a chance to connect with some new people that I will hopefully be partnering with for the blog in the future.

10:20 – Off to my big girl job. I definitely need another cup of coffee.

12:00 – I eat lunch at my desk. My day home closes early every third Friday, which happens to be tomorrow so I need to make up the time so I can leave early.

Greek inspired salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, shrimp and tzatziki

2:00 – I remember that my friend and fellow SMBRD committee member gifted me a chocolate bar from her shop this morning. It’s much needed this afternoon when I’m in desperate need of a nap. Or a vacation

4:30 – Work day is done thank goodness. I’m exhausted and grumpy, not sure if it’s a result of daylight savings at the beginning of the week or if I’m fighting off a lingering cold. But alas, I’m off to pick up Liam again! We head straight from the day home to the swimming pool for his weekly swimming lesson. While he swims, I tuck into my latest book.

swim trunks | rash guard  (which he put on backwards)

5:00 – We head straight from the day home to the swimming pool for his weekly swimming lesson. While he swims, I tuck into my latest book.

6:00 – Lessons are over. Liam completed his backstroke all by himself today but still needs to work on his front stroke. This makes me wonder if he will end up passing this level or not. He only has one class left.

6:30 – We are home. Liam cut his toe in the pool and is quite upset that it’s bleeding and hurts. I give him a band-aid. Why do kids love band-aids so much? We have leftover pizza in the fridge that we eat for supper and I let him watch a show for 20 minutes before we start the bedtime routine. I catch up on some blog emails and this blog post while the show is on.

7:00 – Bath time. Out come the stall tactics. Liam claims he’s still hungry so he has some yogurt before jumping into the tub. Have I mentioned how tired I am yet?

7:30 – Liam wants his hair blow dried after the bath and then asks if we can go for a haircut tomorrow. When he’s done blow drying he says “Don’t I look cute?”. I don’t know where he gets it from…We head to his room and he gets his jammies on and calls his dad to say goodnight before we read bedtime stories.

8:00 – Lights out. I stay and snuggle for a few minutes and then go to do some blog work while he falls asleep.

9:00 – Liam is finally asleep. Time for me to jump into the shower.

9:20 – Every night I go in and give Liam a kiss while he’s asleep. He looks so damn cute snuggled up in his big bed. I crawl into bed myself with my book.

10:00 – Lights out. Ready to crash and do it all over again.

Stay tuned next week for a day in the kid-free life.

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5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

As I write this it looks more like January than mid-March outside. But the days are slowly getting longer which means hopefully soon we can stop huddling inside to escape the snow and cold. While we’re still a few days away from the first day of spring, it’s never too early to start planning some activities other than spring cleaning!

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

We will be taking full advantage of neighborhood walks and bike rides with plenty of puddle jumping but I thought I would share some other activities to check out with your family throughout the city.

  • Go for a spring snowshoe! Pursuit Adventures for Snowshoe in the City.Since we just got a ton of snow, there should still be time to head out with $30 gets you all the gear you need for an evening guided snowshoe adventure through Heritage Ranch, followed by a complimentary drink and serving of wings at Westlake Grill.
  • Run a race! Kick off the season with the Spring Fever Run 5 or 10k on April 22. The Women’s Fun Run on May 13th includes a 3, 5 and 10k race as well as 100m diaper dash, young men’s 100m race, 500m little ladies race, and 1k mom and son run. The Woody’s Marathon also includes a full and half marathon and 10k race with kids races too which makes local spring races fun for the whole family.
  • Take part in an Easter Egg hunt. Flying Cross Ranch is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 with a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. Heritage Ranch hosts both a day time and a flashlight hunt and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame hosts a family event throughout their museum which is a great chance to not only partake in some Easter activities but take a peak into the fun and interactive museum.
  • Hit up the Farmer’s Market! The Red Deer Farmer’s Market opens again on May Long weekend and we are counting down the days. Winter is too long if only because we aren’t graced with a year-round market.
  • Go on a Wolf Walk. This just happens to be the wolves most playful time of year at Discovery Wildlife Park. You can spend an hour walking through the woods with Nisa and Lupe and their handlers. The park opens for the season on May 1 and rather than visiting in the summer when the sun is scorching, plan to visit on a cooler spring day when the animals are more likely to be active.

What’s your favourite spring activity?