7.22.2014

SUMMER LIVING


My apologies in advance, it's been quite a challenge to get to a computer these days as all the kids are home for the summer and I'm really enjoying just being their mum, and not thinking about work, career & performance.

Just thinking about the fact that my mat leave has an end-date makes me want to fully enjoy every minute of it, especially since everybody's home, reading about stories like this one, summers in Montreal are the best and mostly because it's my last mat-leave and baby (nobody told me this last-baby thing would bring up so many emotions. And I just read this article, it made me laugh and weep even more).

Until I go through this phase, you can follow my oh-so-exciting adventures on Instagram at @wordsofwismom.

Thank you and hope you are enjoying life & summer as much as we are.

xo
Kim-Anh.

7.02.2014

THE TO-DO LIST \\\. THE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL DINING ROOM

Here's a quick snapshot of what I had on my to-do (or to-get) list while designing the new multi-functional dining room:

Short-term:
- Dining table - I reused our existing table, but I like this one;
- Dining chairs - similar to this, but we recovered ours to make it more us and kid-friendly;
- Play table that can work as a coffee table, similar to this, but I like this one too since the bottom shelves are extra storage;
- Baskets for toys & books - I bought this one and it works wonders - it's big, black and white, sturdy and cheap, a winner in my books;
- Crafts supply - I'm a big fan of the MALA collection at IKEA ;
- Mirrors - we got ours here;

Long-term:
- Plants, I'm eyeing a fiddle fig tree;
- High chair - I've used the Antilop from Ikea since baby #1 and love it, it's definitely a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stylish) item;

Long-long-term:
- Wall-to-Wall Curtains;
- A rug under the table: with food flying everywhere at every dinner, it wouldn't be fair to the pretty rug;

FAMILY NEST IN PROGRESS \\\. THE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL DINING ROOM

A family that eats together, stays together

Our dining room is one of the most hardworking rooms in our house. 
We have dinner in this room everyday, 
but we also draw, paint, play Lego and piano, work and pay our bills here.

So when it came time to renovate this room, 
our vision was to keep it simple & stylish (my fun version of K.I.S.S.)
and make it a versatile space as much as possible. 

7.01.2014

SUMMER KICK-OFF

School ended last week, which means it's officially summer!
The last couple of weeks flew by so quickly. 
We were running around with end-of-year recitals at both daycare and school,
the spring semester activities ending and the last-minute shopping for teachers' gifts.
On their last day of school, the kids got to play on inflatable games, which made me realize
how our definition of the beginning of summer has made a full circle now that we're parents.

6.11.2014

ENGAGED FATHERHOOD


Engaged Fatherhood, The 'New Normal'

To the dads who take care of the morning and/or evening routine, 
To the dads who get involved in parents committees, 
To the dads who stay home while the moms go to work, 
To the dads who work hard to be more involved in their children's lives, 
To the bosses and co-workers who let the dads go home early to pick-up the kids without judging, 
To the parents who support their children in their new dad role, 
To the moms who let the dads get fully involved, 

Thank you for helping make 'Engaged Fatherhood' the 'new normal'.