..Sofiaisms, Walks, Parks, and.. Sharks?..

We have a lot of conversations on our walks.  A lot.  Honestly, half the time I can’t understand half of them.  Sofia has her own little language and stories and we discuss what seems like a million topics at once.  We go through them so quickly I have trouble keeping up some times.  Add in Gabriel, whatever he’s doing (which is mainly whining from budding teeth lately) and I’m completely lost!

Lately conversation has focused primarily on sharks.  I don’t understand why either.  We don’t live by them, or even remotely close to the ocean.  Either way, it’s an amusing topic that creates a lot of laughter and discussion.

The first time sharks entered the conversation was while walking home from a small park in the neighborhood next to us earlier this month.  We happened to see a bunny sitting on someone’s lawn, completely not moving and continued camping out even after we walked by.  Of course Sofia was excited and immediately wanted to approach it.. Continue reading

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..Project, Parks..

I’m realizing I’ve become my own worst enemy.  I’ve let myself hide inside my house, hibernating the days away, afraid of venturing outside and messing up my routine.  Which, mind you, isn’t much either.  Sitting all day on my couch is NOT a routine.  Ok ok, yes it is but it’s not a good one!  I am lacking energy to work out a ton but I figure you don’t need energy to enjoy the outside, and there’s no better way than experiencing the many parks my beautiful city has to offer!

That being said, in an effort to get myself outside and off the couch, I’ve decided to challenge myself to a park project.  What does it entail?

At least once a week I’m going to visit a new park,whether to take Sofia (and Gabe) to play, meet up with friends, or just enjoy the outdoors, relax, and read… There’s really nothing better than sitting on the grass and soaking in the sunshine.  Some days I still miss my lunch hours at work where I’d sit for an hour, without being plugged into my phone or computer and just enjoy being outside.  It was the best feeling!  I’d go back to work feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the afternoon.  I am determined to feel that way once again.  No more feeling down and frustrated with life!  I’m going to grab life by the horns and ENJOY IT.  We only have so much time before it’s snowing again and I need to appreciate every moment of it.

Yesterday was the first day of my new challenge.  I met up with a good friend for lunch at the University and we sat outside.  I know it’s not technically a ‘park’ but it’s a beautiful green area and one of my favourite places to be (we had both our engagement and wedding pictures taken at the University, so it’s quite evident that it’s one of my all-time favourite spots in the city). It was awesome to sit in the sun and catch up!  Next time though I need to remember to bring a hat.  Gabe’s bald spot was put to the test today by being exposed to the sun rays…and his skin too, of course.  Bad mommy moment for me!

..Project, Parks..

Not to mention we got caught in a sudden rain shower shortly after leaving and I neglected to put on his jacket. Whoops!  It was sunny when I left, how was I to know?!  😛  Another thing I learned was to always bring a blanket (to sit on, or you know – sudden rain coverage!!), just in case it’s needed!!

..Project, Parks..

Later on yesterday evening I decided to take a walk with Sofia and we ventured out to a park by our house. We stopped to watch some kids playing soccer and softball.  We didn’t stop for too long but enough to enjoy ourselves.  We typically frequent this park as it’s fairly close to our place, so I’m looking forward to visiting some other ones and discovering new favourites!!!

..Project, Parks..