02 September 2014

nine months ...

It's only days before Hunter is going to be 10 months!!  Figured, I should post his 9 month blurp before then (just following the same "behind" pattern for every other month *face palm*).
It's been a HOT month!  I don't think there was one full day this entire month that I kept my clothes on all day ... it was awesome!  And, I got my taste of "the river" (as my big brother Judah calls it).  Not only did I get to feel the cool water on my feet (almost every day!), but also, I lapped up as much as I could into my mouth.  The river's got to be one of my favorite things now, for sure.

This month, I also figured out why Judah loves to play with trucks & BALLS.  Sometimes, he even plays them with me!  And, I'm catching on why he loves food so much too.  We went to my very first stampede breakfast and I got to eat some pancakes - delicious!  I'm going to stick close to my big brother for more tips like these ... he knows what/where the good stuff is at.

I am officially not the youngest cousin (on one side of the family) anymore.  Once my new baby boy cousin, Jaeger, can walk (or walk on furniture like I now do!!), we are going to take this town for a ride!  I just know we are going to be the best of buds and can't wait until we can play together.  Because he was born, we got to spend a lot more time with our cousins this month too.  They even slept over!

Speaking of sleep, before we went on our big camping trip, mama was so proud of the progression of my sleep.  She would tell e v e r y o n e  how I was now sleeping through the night and I loved getting that praise.  But sleeping in that tent trailer was hard, and some of those habits didn't really stick as a result.  I'm still working to get back to the same place, but still doing pretty good only waking once in the middle of the night (instead of the averaged 5x before).

As for out big camping trip, it was AMAZING!  Both mama and papa have said it, they think I was born to be outside.  To feel the dirt in my fingers (and mouth), have the sap in my hair, rocks in my hands and diaper ... is, well, awesome.  The sand on the beach was tasty, our campsite dirt floor, and moss and rocks on the forest floor also tasty.  Being outside, I'd never go hungry!  We did a lot of bike riding too, so Judah and I got a lot of time to spend with each other in the bike trailer.  Sometimes, giggling our heads off, other times, not breathing cuz papa was making us fly!

Loving the life of a 9 month old!

pic pix: Springv Point Campground, 05.Aug.2014, Sandpoint, ID

27 August 2014

dear sandpoint, idaho ... i'll be back.

Originally, this post had a total of 50 pictures!  After paring down, there's still a whopping 17 photos to give you a taste of our family vacation 2014.

Sandpoint, Idaho was good to us.  Daily multiple dips in the lake, bike rides galore, sunsets that never disappointed, banana splits (with caramel & salt - yum!), beach time, nature-journaling, reading ... a true summer rest.  Our family had lots of quality time together and I felt like I relaxed more than I have for, well, years!

We are still in love with our trailer (it's a second home now!) and if we go back (which I am pretty sure is in the cards for next year one day), I hope to have a repeat of what these 2 weeks of camping were.

pic pix: Arsenault Family Vacation 2014, late July - early August 2014, Sandpoint, ID

20 August 2014

family pics.

Last month before our vacation, my ever so talented friend, Sherah, took some photos of us down at the river.  It was a super hot day (for up here in Canada, at least!) and to dip our feet in the water was more than a refreshment.  For what she was able to capture of us in one hour, I cannot wait to frame.  Here are only a few of the treasured memories:
Sherah, you are simply amazing and have spoiled us with sharing your perspective.  Hoping to make this a yearly tradition.

pic pix: photos courtesy of Sherah, Jul.2014, Bebo Grove, FC Park AB

this tuesday / 04

As far as I was concerned, today was not a "Tuesday".  The boys slept until 8am, and we got out the door after breakfast for a walk down in Fish Creek Park.  When I say walk, I mean to say, "intentional crawl down the pathway"!  Judah and Hunter got to hang with their 4 buddies and 1 little lass, while, I got some Sarah-time with two of my faves.  After lunch, we headed home and I got to visit with another dear friend while the boys slept.  

I'm pretty sure I was over-the-topped blessed today ... especially for a tuesday!

pic pix: today, Aug.2014, Fish Creek Provincial Park, AB

14 August 2014


Oh, it feels so good to be home!  You know you've had a good vacation when you return home and are so happy to be there.  Idaho was more than spectacular for us (in so many different ways), but, like Dorothy once said, there's no place quite like home.

We came back to our house undergoing some serious landscaping ... which, I might add, is ALMOST done!  Yay(!) for a back yard again.  Once we are complete, I'll be posting some before pictures of this whole garage/backyard project.  But until then, I'll still be washing my floors every night to get rid of the mud and will still be looking through my dusty, dirty windows (as I have boycotted doing them until construction is done).  The end results of renovating are amazing and so satisfying, but during it...maybe not so much!

Coming back after an extended period away from "normal" life helps you realize how normal your life really isn't and how busy stuff tends to creep in until you make a drastic cut/break.  Weeks leading up to our departure, there were what-seemed-important-things and events that filled our days and thoughts.  Getting away with just Matt and the boys showed me how much more important spending time as a family and JUST as a family is.  Don't get me wrong, we aren't cutting out the socializing ... we are setting out to prioritize the family time we get to have over anything else.  Behaviours and little issues seem to fade when you are investing time into each others' days.

Time spent just reading about God's love for me, as I'm His child, was pretty mind blowing and was  exactly what my thirsty spirit required to be quenched with.  More thoughts on that to come, but overall, I feel "back" on track taking time to spend with Father daily.  Which was more than refreshing ... it was needed and I'm so thankful.

We set quite a few goals while we were away.  Some lofty, some needed, some practical and some to try.  All for the sake of improvement in our lives as we're hoping to get traction to get life goals back on track.  Exciting stuff to come(!!).

Glad to be here again - sharing about life and it's simple intricacies.  As for now ...  I'm going to go back to relaxing while these boys are napping!

pic pix: the beautiful forest floor, Aug.2014, Farragut State Park, Idaho

30 July 2014


Well, lately I have been pretty unplugged from everyone - online and in person, alike.  I've been working hard at getting our company taxes done so that we could go on our family vacation.  And here we FINALLY are!  Book work done and handed off to the accountant, house cleaned (after a messy couple of weeks), tent trailer packed...I'm officially ready to be "checked out" from everything for the next couple of weeks.

Hope you all are finding fresh ways to enjoy the summer (in the northern hemisphere; winter in the southern hemisphere!) and I'll be back soon rejuvenated and ready to be plugged in again.

bisous xo

pic pix: highway driving from Alberta to Idaho, 30.Jul.2014, on the road

19 July 2014

colorboard / no.31

color: chartreuse/blush/navy
word of inspiration: BLissss [perfect happiness; great joy]
source of word: If I were to have a favorite color combo right now, this would be it.  Each color compliments the other, they are all every season colors, there's something quirky yet feminine about each of them and the fusing of them all together.  They are just BLissss together.

/1. now if I could only find this for the wedding we are going to next weekend...  /2. rose gold lamp  /3. Hunter would love holding onto this one & it would go with everything I own /4. love these hampers  /5. you can never have too many of these  /6. I'm still debating between a black or blue pair /7. a tunic for my girl, if I ever did have one  /8. mmmhhmmmmm  /9. me and my thing with couches  /10. never really drawn to any other pink except this blush tone, LOVE  /11. if there is one water bottle I am happy to have invested in, it's these  /12. well, I need a motorcycle helmet if the hubby's got a bike, right?  /13. this company. their stationary. j'adore.  /14. you could use this pillow in any room


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