Development in Action

Sitting here doing my morning look over and watching Wee Man putter around, when low and behold our blocks have become something more than a throw toy!  We are now connecting them together and starting to build with them 😀  Such a proud and happy Mommy right now ❤

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Slowing Down and Growing Up

There are a few things in life that I do slowly; waking up in the morning, baking bread, laundry (I sometimes neglect to get it out of the dryer in a timely manner), and probably a few others that I can’t think of right now.  So that being said, I am the type of person who likes to start a job and get it done quickly.  That my friends is where the struggle begins.  We are starting to potty train Wee Man, and that it turns out is going to be a slow process.  Things were going great, we have a seat for him to use on the big potty and he loved it.  Then he started to get frustrated, he couldn’t get to the potty on his own, Mommy or Daddy needed to help him both up the stairs and on to the potty, diapers were quicker and easier.  So we decided to get him a little potty seat (so not what I wanted to do 😦 ) and see if that helped move things forward.  Well we like to sit on our new potty, and carry it all around the house, and take it apart, but we don’t like to pee on it very often, or poo on it at all.  You can imagine how frustrating this is for a quick moving Mommy who is ready to stop washing diapers.  I feel as though there is more cleaning involved in potty training than there was in diapers!  That being said we are plodding along at our slow and steady pace and getting better at peeing in the potty (mini marshmallows are helping that along!), as long as Cars is not on!

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Shopping List for Home: Everything I need to try my first pair of socks!
Inspired by MidKnit Owl’s beautiful photos of her Rose City Rollers I am going to venture into the world of sock knitting this fall. I love learning new things and living in such a rainy place I know I am going to need a bunch of projects to keep me busy indoors this fall and winter. Along with now learning how to knit socks I am hoping to make Wee Man a quilt for when we transition his crib into a toddler bed, and not to give anything away but I have a long list of Christmas presents to make. I am also hoping to learn how to make soap while I am in civilization in September! So wish me luck with all my creative goals, and my ever growing list ❤

Reaching Out to The World

I am truly enjoying my blogging fundamentals course, allowing me to reach out further into the world from my little nook on the West Coast.  That being said I have had trouble with Day Four: Identify Your Audience.  I started writing this with one audience in mind, my family in friends.  Writing for people who already know me, who know my family, who love us.  As I contemplated how to write a post that identifies my audience beyond them I didn’t know who in the world I was actually trying to speak to, and then it hit me, I am trying to speak to anyone in the world who for the brief moment of their lives wants to be a part of our little family.  We are not perfect, we are continually growing and changing, but we are full of love.  We love our new little town, we love each other, we love everyone back home, and we love all who choose to visit us here.

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So grab a warm cookie and a cup of tea, and join us by the fire as we remember our rainy day adventures in Ocean Falls, BC.

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

Behind the ‘Pen’

Hi all!  I have written a few posts thus far, and have my page somewhat set up, but found Blogging University and thought why not take this little written history of my family to the next level?  Maybe something I have to share can help a fellow Mommy, can give a little light to someones day, can maybe be something more than a way to communicate with my family all at once?  Why not dream about being the next big thing in the blogging world?  And why not get all the help I can?  So here is my first B.U. assignment, a little something about me, and what you can find here at With Love From Ocean Falls.

I turned 30 in May and my Husband and I decided to move our little family up to the middle of nowhere so we could be a full time family.  Talk about a lot of emotion at once!  All this change is what started this little venture.  I wanted a way to share our story with family and friends without having to say the same things over and over again.  I also thought it would be fun to have a written record of this time in our lives, especially seeings how I haven’t been the best with Wee Man’s baby book or keeping track of all our family photos.  So I guess that is the core of what I am writing about here, our life and all the shenanigans we get into.

Now why is my turning 30 important, I don’t know but I am proud to have made it this far in life and still be standing upright on two feet!  I love to feed people, knit, take pictures (I like to think I am sort of good at that), play with Wee Man, and wander.  So these will be topics you find coming up frequently here.  Wee Man is my driving force in life these days so anything and everything having to do with him is also up for exploration, books we are reading multiple times a day, potty training, cloth diapers, feeding him, movies we watch, all the fun things we do everyday.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and my family.

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

Logistics of Our Life

I’ve been thinking a lot about the logistics of our life here in Ocean Falls lately.  Maybe it’s because whenever we talk to someone back home they always ask about it in one way or another, or maybe it’s that everyone here genuinely cares that we are figuring out what ‘method’ works for us.  I’m not sure, but I thought I would share with you all how we make it work here.

The first step was realizing that we weren’t just moving house, we were starting a home from nothing.  We didn’t have much in the way of anything with me having gone from University to living in Scotland with Daddy, to all of us living with Grammie and Grand-Paaaa in Campbell River after Mommy and Daddy (well you too Wee Man, though you were still in Mommy’s tummy!) moved back to Canada.  The thing about Ocean Falls that made this much easier is all the houses here are furnished!  It costs so much to get things in and out here, that most people when they left after the mill shut down sold their houses with everything included.  So we are renting a house fully furnished right out of the 80’s (seriously we still have all the Prevention Magazine’s from 1984/1985 on the book shelf!), no need to acquire or move furniture.

The next part of nothing was knowing that the luck in finding a furnished house would not follow to full cupboards.  This was the big one.  Not only were we shopping for all that is needed to start your cupboards, spices, flour, oil, vinegar, you know the basics that are needed to make just about anything, but we were also shopping for three months worth of the non-basics that make your cupboards fun, granola bars, cereal, soups, mac n’ cheese, crackers, etc.  This shopping is what took a lot of planning and coordinating.  Mommy started early and shopped the sales.  I would go into the stores a few times a week to see what was on sale, take advantage of limited number sales multiple times, and watch certain items just hoping they were going to go on sale.  There were also three or four big Costco trips with Gigi and Papa G to buy in bulk.

All in all when you look at the pictures of our car loaded up ready to go, most of that is food!  We had also started sending food in with Daddy when he would come to work, so some things were already here waiting for us.

That took care of the dry goods, the stuff that won’t go bad, but there is all of our fresh food.  We got a lot of frozen fruit and vegetables, which as a bonus make meals easier for Wee Man, Mommy will run the pre-sliced fruit under hot water to slightly thaw it and then just give him the chunks, or quickly microwave some veggies and boom he’s ready to eat them!  There are a few things though that I can not do frozen, carrots for one, yougurt doesn’t freeze so well, and neither do peppers.  These few things we luck out with as Kenny’s co-workers grocery shop for their week’s food just before flying in so we sometimes send them a list and they will pick it up for us, then we send them an e-transfer.  Modern technology making life easier!

We have had a couple of bumps in the road, Wee Man eats way more now then he did when we left, we used way more salsa then I ever thought possible, and a few forgotten items.  These things Grammie was kind enough to pick up for us and take to the warehouse in Campbell River for Daddy’s work as there was a barge coming up that had space we didn’t have to pay shipping costs!  This is also when Wee Man’s crib came in.  He had been sleeping in his playpen up until this point as we didn’t want to bring in anything too big before we knew for sure that we would like the life here and want to stay.

So my plan for the future?  Anytime we go to visit family, we will also be going to fill the car with groceries to get us through the next few months until we are out again.  I may have to re-think this strategy (I’m not sure if I would make it out on the ferry in a winter storm. . .), but for now it seems to be working for us.

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤