Simple City Life

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Onwards and Upwards.

Twenty-sixteen.

You came in with a vengeance. Many are glad to see you leave, I am thankful for your lessons and anxious about your successor. Politically, personally and emotionally we went through a lot. Many amazing moments were had as well as many challenging moments, I look back on all of them with gratitude as we press on.

Twenty-sixteen, you again made me realize that this parenting gig is so vast and deep. The levels of emotions you give one person can feel insurmountable. The joys and trials sway like the ocean waves. Twenty-sixteen, you slowed me down and forced me to take a deeper look at each child and strive even harder to meet their needs. All so very different, all so beautiful and unique. I look forward to continuing on this journey and furthering my knowledge of these gifts I have been given.

Your political storm shook many to the core. I am deeply saddened watching my children navigate through so much darkness. Leaders behaving in ways we have instructed out children to abstain from. I pray daily that we move forward and not backwards, I do fear we already have. In the midst of these anxious moments, many men and women took a stand for justice, that brings hope and changes.



Twenty-sixteen, you showed me once again that life together with my partner is sweet. Five years have passed since we dug our roots in and together took the steps to fix things up once and for all. Without your predecessors, we never would have gotten through you. They groomed us for you. We were ready and together we came out stronger.

You were not the worst, however, you were far from the best.  I press on, moving forward in a constant motion to guide my children, to lean more on my partner and to fully understand my position in this crazy world.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Barn Party!

Fall is upon us! As much as I cringe at the thought of winter arriving in a few short months, I love the fall colors, the change in wardrobe and the activities that surround the season. Last week we took the kids to the apple orchard and no matter how old they get it is still one of our favorite family activities. We also took a trip up north to see my mom and other relatives. My aunt and uncle hosted their annual Barn Party. My city kids loved every moment of being out in the country and I couldn't stop taking pictures! It was a fantastic weekend. 

Elliott received a new hair style while we were visiting. She loves it and I think it looks pretty cool. Middle school is so awkward! She has been dying to do something drastic for months. We went ahead and let her bite the bullet. 


 My boys are naturals on the farm. They took off on several adventures together. It was absolutely adorable watching them play and work together.




I have so many more picture from the weekend, Hopefully I will find some time to share those too! 


Happy Fall!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

TORUK- The First Flight *Review*

Once again, I was left in amazement as we left the show last night. The pure extravagance of putting together a performance like TORUK- The First Flight is breathtaking. So many moving parts, so much beauty and everything pieced together flawlessly. The opening scene grabs your attention in a way that you can't explain, my eyes were taking in all the moving parts while I was quickly absorbed into the story. What I loved so much about this particular Cirque Du Soleil  show was the unique story line that takes place in a time before the film Avatar.

It paints a unique picture of Pandora and the people who live there. Unsure weather or not my kids would be able to follow the story due to never seeing the movie, I was grateful for the easy to follow and captivating tale the TORUK told. Both children were completely entranced and followed along.

I am anxious to see another show, while visiting their website, I found a few shows that look amazing. If you have a chance to go see TORUK- The first Flight while it is on tour I highly suggest you go.

 Are you fan is Cirque Du Soleil? What shows have you seen? This was the first show I have seen since I was about 13 years old! I still remember that show too and know that we will remember this show for years to come! Thank you to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for allowing us the opportunity to see this spectacular show. Please check out their website and see what upcoming productions you would like to see.

~Courtney