April 19

*Hello, hello. Is this thing on?*  I’m having a tough time with this space right now.  I’m putting this chatter out into the world, and am getting no good feelings in return.  Is any one there?  It’s okay if no one is, I’m totally alright with that.  In fact, it would be better that way.  I think I’ve opened up and shared too much, and no one has heard me.  Or if they have, they’ve not liked what they read and judged silently.  Ouch.  I’m definitely feeling disenchanted.  Anyway, I’m here to try this again.  To try and keep it light, when that isn’t how things are any more.  We had a fantastic Easter Monday.  It was lovely to watch Hazel race around finding eggs.  She’s developing so quickly again.  She’s really getting into puzzles, and sorting and matching, which is the coolest thing to watch.  She can’t always identify her colours, but she definitely knows she’s two.  She reads books to herself, and has figured out she can push chairs all around the house to get into the things she perviously couldn’t.  She’s got two of her 2-year molars, and can usually be found at my ankles asking to hear Moana, which is her favourite music/soundtrack.  She spends more time then she should trying to convince me that we should watch a movie, even though we only watch one a week.  She’s one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met, but I’m just trying to roll with it and not make food an issue.  We’ve got enough tantrums on our hand as it is.  She sleeps in our bed 19/20 times, so we’re thinking about indulging in a king sized bed, even though we love our current bed so much.  I’m trying to make sleep another non-issue, but it always is.  Hazel loves playing with her friends, and is always asking to see them.  She also misses her extended family like crazy, and talks about seeing them constantly.  She’s really into dinosaurs, planes and painting/colouring.  She doesn’t love baths anymore, but can’t get enough bubbles in her life.  She could read the same book over 10 times in a row.  I digress, Hazel loved Easter and is still throwing fits over my chocolate rationing.  The weather here was really looking up.  3/4 of the snow had melted, and I even went for a walk without a coat one day!!  On Sunday evening it started snowing, and here we are with 6 inches on the ground and temperatures of -10.  Remind me never to spend the month of April here again, it’s totally disheartening.  Shane and I celebrated 7 years of marriage at the beginning of the month.  We didn’t do anything special, except put on nice clothes for the day.  We went for dinner at Boston Pizza with Hazel, which was hands down the least stressful dining experience I’ve had in 2 years. Whoop! Things are looking up!  For something to look forward to and focus my energy on, we booked our summer vacation this year.  A road trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I know it doesn’t sound that exciting, but we’re very stoked.  We are adding two more provinces to our visited list, and are going to experience some very new things for us, which is exactly what adventure is!  We’re planning on stopping at Little Manitou Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, Grasslands National Park, Drumheller, & Lake Louise/Banff.  I think we will be gone for 16 wonderful days.  I can’t wait!The rest of my time has been spent trying to micromanage things that can’t be overly-controlled, i.e. the budget, my hormones and the weather.  

5 Comments on April 19

  1. Dina Geerts
    April 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi Alyssa I look at and read all your posts, but the March blogs have only pictures. However they are wonderful and I always feel like I have had a little visit with you when I’ve looked through. Don’t stop!
    Why do you have “romping” hormones?
    Weather is no better here, rain and rain and rain and rain.

  2. Dina Geerts
    April 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi Alyssa I read and enjoy all you blogs, no judgement involved. I always feel like I’ve had a little visit with you when I log in. Don’t stop!
    The weather is no better her: rain and rain and rain and rain.
    Why are you having “romping” hormones?

  3. Natasha
    April 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm (3 months ago)

    Since u moved away, I’ve kept a close watch on your blog. I love to read it again and again… Whenever I miss u three. (All the time)
    For a while u were posting every Friday- and that was awesome. Doesn’t matter to me what the content is, I always feel like it was a visit with the Trobackers.
    The reason I don’t comment much is because most of what I would say is really not for the world to see. I think it’s very brave of u to post personal stuff, I’m just a much more private person.
    Please keep posting! And share as much or as little as u want. After all, it is YOUR blog. U do all the work. U pay for it. U take all the pictures. Make it anything u want it to be. I’m a constant fan.

    • Alyssa
      April 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Maia! I love when you comment, or when you text. It’s lovely to know you enjoy 🙂

  4. Kimberly
    April 29, 2017 at 12:21 am (3 months ago)

    I’m here! I come from time to time and get caught up. It’s nice to know what you guys are up to and I always enjoy your writing. In fact, I think the reason we reconnected with Shane and got to meet you and become friends was thanks to your former travel blog. So I’m glad that you blog!