forty before forty

Happy birthday to me. Not yet forty but it’s creeping up (730 days) so it think it is time to publish the forty before forty list and get this party started. And started I did – I revealed the first 10 in January but here is the full list – some are very ambitious (like #10), some are scary (like #14), and some are just pure crazy (like #9) but why not dream big? Wish me luck!

  1. Take piano lessons (I quit after one year – my sisters are beautiful players and I’ve come to regret dropping out).
  2. See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. He will turn 10 less than two months before my 40th so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
  3. Make some pottery – take a class.
  4. Visit all of the National Parks in Atlantic Canada. There are 10, I’ve seen 5 (can you go to Sable Island?)
  5. Get a tattoo. Hah! Where the heck did that come from?
  6. Make a move. Not sure if it will be career or school or a move to the country but I like the idea.
  7. Sail away – even if it’s just around the Armdale.
  8. WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
  9. Bangs. Try them out.
  10. Rent a cottage with some lady-friends for +2 nights and drink way too much wine.
  11. Scuba dive. Ideally off the Florida Keys. With Kyle Chandler.
  12. Win something.
  13. Buy a silk blouse. I’m thinking a nice deep midnight blue button down.
  14. Try Whole 30. It’s just 30 days… how terrible can it be?
  15. Sip sweet tea in the South like a Georgia Peach.
  16. Take tennis lessons.
  17. Sign up for a Yoga session.
  18. Get eyelash extensions.
  19. Make a batch of wine. I promise, it won’t be low class and I promise I will not force you to drink it.
  20. Run a Spring marathon (I’ve run September, October and Novembers only)
  21. Get a new personal best in a marathon (which would be sub 3:56:00)
  22. Learn and preform the full Footloose dance.
  23. Try snowboarding *again.
  24. Buy watercolours. Watercolour.
  25. Attend an epic festival, concert or event (like Mardi Gras, The Beach Boys in California, Running of the Bulls, etc.)
  26. Donate plasma.
  27. Ride in a helicopter (ideally while visiting #2)
  28. Volunteer.
  29. Get a reading done by a psychic medium.
  30. Go to a drive-in movie.
  31. Explore a new country.
  32. Read a novel in one weekend.
  33. Take a solo vacation.
  34. Host a holiday dinner or a murder mystery party.
  35. Change a tire. Change the oil. Learn these skills.
  36. Scoot around on a scooter and end up at the ocean.
  37. Attend a retreat or workshop of some sort.
  38. Watch all of the movies on the AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time (I’ve seen about 40 so far).
  39. Dip my toes in Lake Louise.
  40. Party like it’s 1979.

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life lately

April flew by (minus the 16 hour car ride to and from New York). We partied with family, celebrated Easter and got an eight year old. Here’s life lately:

Babysitting duty:Baby monitor images are as confusing as ultrasounds. Just me?Sundays are for meal prepping:April showers bring warm soup and bruschetta:Training for Cabot:Sunday morning with Henry at Point Pleasant Park:Best. Sign. Ever.An early birthday present for the eight year old:Looking up:Henry and I like to walk through the park after school drop off:My only Easter decor:Road trip to New York State – a stop along the Airline Route in Maine:Day 1 : Attempt 1 at a cousin picture. It can’t get worse:Hey down there!She’s strong like her mom!The oldest two, Margaret and David:Glorious morning run! Downtown Binghamton:After many visits to Binghamton, the carousel up the street was finally open! Free rides all day, everyday in the summer. Amazing!Sam was holding on tight:Edie’s first swing ride:The trees were popping right in front of my eyes!Big ball bowling. The best part was the beer:Easter day hike:All twelve of us:Mom and dad stayed at a hotel and we snuck in to swim in the pool:Day 3: Much better! David, Edith, Margaret and Sam!Nanna and Poppy jumped in:On the way home, we detoured off the highway to watch the Boston Marathon – Mile 17ish:Back home, we celebrated David’s birthday:Edie came over for a visit:Beth was in town! I snuck away for a weekday brunch date at the Black Sheep:Dinner date with Georgina, Amanda and Sarah at Water & Bone:We do! We do!First race of the season for the Youth Running Series… David likes to start at the back:Coming in to the finish:I brought my New York Marathon poncho for David:Our neighbourhood has become like my childhood subdivision, full of kids!Waffles to feed an army… or seven kids:Date night with Kristin and Steph:David’s run club meets at the park every Tuesday night. Henry totally approves:Bathroom selfie sent to Robyn. I was trying on team 71 singlets and couldn’t resit sending her this:Date night with Mike at the Brooklyn Warehouse:A delicious new flavour from Schoolhouse Brewery to try courtesy of Mike’s co-worker (mom to one of the owners):Noah gave David some astronaut ice cream for his birthday. We watched E.T. while chowing down:Race 2 of the Youth Running Series – back on volunteer duty:Signs of Spring:That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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eight is great

David turned eight. Another year, another awesome product placement:Not quite the balloon-shot I had envisioned but it works:  It’s always good to recognize your weaknesses. For me, it’s cake decorating. Icing a cake is the worst: May this year bring him lots of great adventures and not too many broken bones:

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feeling forty?

It is coming. Not this year (or next) but I think I should start preparing.

How so? A list, obviously! My 36 before 36 was a lot of fun (and successful) so I am working on forty before forty and am looking for ideas! Please offer some good ones!

For now, here’s a peak of what I have come up with so far:

  1. Take piano lessons (I quit after one year – both of my sisters are beautiful players and I’ve come to regret dropping out).
  2. See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. I will be less than 2 months away from my 40th when he turns 10 so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
  3. Make some pottery – take a class.
  4. Visit all of the National Parks in Atlantic Canada. There are 10, I’ve seen 5 (can you go to Sable Island?)
  5. Get a tattoo. Hah! Where the heck did that come from?
  6. Make a move. Not sure if it will be career or school or a move to the country but I like the idea.
  7. Sail away – even if it’s just around the Armdale.
  8. WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
  9. Bangs. Try them out.
  10. Rent a cottage with some lady-friends for +2 nights and drink way too much wine.

I have more… some less selfish (volunteer), some way more selfish (run faster) which I will share soon.

In the meantime, Piano. Push. Play. for your enjoyment.

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and on the seventh year we partied

I feel like a bit of a party-pooper for saying this, but kids parties are not as fun as I always expect them to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love planning and hosting events but it’s exhausting and somewhat unrewarding to party with 5 six-to-eight year old boys.

A few months ago I started talking with my client (child) about what he wanted his seventh birthday party to be. Pool party, house party, bowling? He suggested a Citadel Hill party but the weather is way too iffy in April to pull that off.

I will do a lot for my son but I will not stand on the highest peak in Halifax freezing my bum off for two hours while a bunch of kids run around playing ‘war’ in an historic site that does not have central heating.

In the middle of our planning, right before I was about to book the local pool, the Halifax Hurricanes came to David’s school and although he doesn’t have a huge interest in basketball, he became an instafan of the Hurricane’s and had a slight brush with fame:Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 10.02.25 AMAnd so we decided it’d be fun to take some friends to a game. Obviously I got planning and decided to add a pizza party to the occasion so I could: A. Spend time with the parents and B. Check another party off my must host 12 parties in 2016 list.

Take a look!Davids7invite.inddInvites and VIP Guest Passes : the guest pass was my backup in case I lost one of them – they wore them around their neck the whole time. DSC_0778Treat bags – rather than having a heyday at the Dollar Store, I ordered team shirts for each of them from The Lost Cod Clothing Co, and I raided my pantry fro snacks to avoid expensive canteen popcorn. DSC_0007What’s a party without a giant balloon?
Non matching table ware. Don’t care. IMG_5284DSC_0004Cupcakes! Barefoot Contessa’s Chocolate Cake recipe + Martha Stewart’s Cream Cheese Frosting recipeIMG_5285The boys. The energy was wild…DSC_0781David and I made a bb ball bannerDSC_0773

Until next year… although, I think I’ll hire a babysitter to entertain them and just party with their parents. Ha.

See other birthday parties here here and here

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