The count down is on…

Who doesn’t love the month of December?!? With all the anticipation for the big event and the celebrations leading up to it, even my inner child is jumping for joy – or maybe that’s the sugar talking. Regardless, December brings with it many traditions that I remember as a kid, and can now pass onto my own child, like the infamous advent calendar.

As a kid, I was so excited to get chocolate everyday, and open the little windows to see which chocolate I got, and even more excited when I missed the day before and got to have TWO, mmmm chocolate – the breakfast of champions!  Now that I’m a parent I can see a bit of a down side to providing even MORE chocolate/candy/sugar to my overly active two year old. I figure why not leave that for the grandparents to dish out, since that seems to be in their job description.

This year we are introducing a Crafting Advent Calendar, and even though it may not have chocolate inside, I think it will still provide a nice tradition to share in our family.  So, here is a sneek peek at our advent calender, and I will do my best to show you updates of each day’s craft or activity (like that’s even remotely possible as a busy mom), I will do my best.

Our Crafting advent Calendar! Each day has a picture or item for that day's craft.

Our Crafting advent Calendar! Each day has a picture or item for that day’s craft.

Hope you have a fun month too!

God Bless,

The So’s.


It’s About Time

So it’s been a while since I have been blogging. Life seems to get busy by the minute around here. The purpose of this blog was to remember fond moment in our family, and I haven’t been diligently doing that. So here’s a recap of where we were since the summer.

August was a bit of a blur, Jon started teaching at the beginning of the month since he is now in a balanced calendar year. It was a struggle to get adjusted  not having him around all the time again, but we managed. Izzy seemed to miss him most in the mornings. We were still able to pack a lot of fun in the rest of the summer, like visits to the zoo, science centre and of course the cottage.  But the summer went by quick, and fall went by even faster!

September was pretty amazing. We were blessed with the opportunity to watch two different friends get married, and both weddings were spectacular in their own way. I can barely attempt to address the gourmet food or the fabulous dancing at these weddings (yes even I danced!). The month ended with our BIG trip. We had planned a trip just for Isabelle. DISNEY WORLD!!!

Disney was beyond awesome, a must do vacation for any age! We had a great time, and Izzy had an even better time. She seemed to take pleasure in the whole week we were there. I think we decided that we should start saving to come back again before we even left for home.

After our big return from the big vacation, it was go time. Of course we all ended up with colds, and had to re adjust to the busy life style here. The two weeks later it was time for Izzy’s second tubes surgery. She did a great job, and bounced back remarkably well, as most kids do. But of course I couldn’t help but be concerned and filled with worry. Shortly after her new tubes, we ended up with yet another ear infection! This time was a bit different though as a weird and funky smell came from her ears. Back to the ENT we go! But after a round of ear drops she has recovered this time, and we just wait until the next one I suppose. Izzy is much better at handling this sort of thing than I am! Ah, motherhood.

Anyways, November seemed to drag, a rather uneventful month, as if we were just plugging along. But now, yyyyyes, it is December, a month of total excitement and celebrations. We kicked thing off with the Tree of course, and also managed to get in a bake exchange and the start of our crafting advent calendar, and it’s only December 3rd. Still lots of time left to celebrate this month! Hopefully we will find time to remember these moments and cherish them for time to come.

Hope you and your family can find some time to have great memories to be remembered this month!

God Bless,

The So’s

Mushy Montreal Moments

This post is rather late, however better late than never I suppose, or so the saying goes.


Labour day weekend was spent with just Jon and myself and a weekend away. Izzy was super excited to have some extended time at Grandma’s house, and we were just happy to get a good nights sleep! A friend of mine from university was getting married that weekend in Montreal so we decided to make a nice trip of it. The drive was long, 6 hours, but well worth it!


The weekend was spent eating at new restaurants (without a toddler!) and seeing new sights, even trying out a fantastic science centre that we had never been to before.  On top of a jam packed vacation we were honoured by attending a very small and intimate wedding, maybe 30 guests in total. It was one of the most elegant weddings I have ever been to! The food was oh so good and so delicate and  so fancy, felt like I was on an episode of top chef! I even embraced the evening by wearing a pair a high heels (that I borrowed).  The evening felt very sophisticated and a great way to end some much needed adult time only.
Monday morning we raced back home to Grandma’s as fast as our little tires could go. It was great to be away, but boy did we miss our little girl. Maybe next time we will take her with us to visit that beautiful city.


God Bless,

The So’s


So this post is a tad late, sigh, that’s life. Izzy has come down with Strep Throat, so while trying desperately to keep up with daily routines I am spending as much time cuddling and watching cartoons as possible. The good news is her fever seems to be gone and we are slowly on the mend. The bad news is her sleep patterns are still out of whack. You’d think she’d be exhausted and sleep more, but no this child decides that being sick is her cue to stay up all night and party!!! And of course no naps during the day either! Just a big set of puffy eyes and one determined girl who won’t give up! But we love her just the same.


Regardless, my point, last weekend was my first ever Mud Run, it was great to have our family there and some great friends join in. Yes, I did a crazy hard obstacle course and ran through the mud pit finally with every once of energy I could muster.



This was a fantastic morning. Once the nerves fadded and we started the run I felt great….until the first hill of course, then those feelings turned into a “what have I done”!!??!! It was the most intense 5K I have ever ran.  The obstacles alone were tough, running up crazy hills, through ponds, under fences, over tires, the list goes on. But of course don’t forget the mud pit finale! I barely finished alive, but boy what a rush! A strong recommendation for anybody looking to have a good time and get moving.


can’t wait for next years event!

God Bless,

The So’s



Let’s Go To The EX!

Saturday was a loooong day, but a great day! Funny how the most exhausting moments can be the most influential.


The day started off with  a morning run, before any one else was awake. Just me and myself. I didn’t intend on running for a hour, but 8 kms later I was home again, what a sense of accomplishment and the day had hardly begun. But of course, my little ray of sunshine woke up as soon as I got home. So thus began our morning routine.



After breakfast, teeth brushing, getting dressed (the list goes on) we decided to hit the garage sale down the street. I like supporting kids and helping them learn life skills so I usually give Izzy a toonie and tell her she can buy one item. So back home we trotted with a video game system in hand and begged Daddy to set it up. Two minutes later we have a kiddie karaoke machine with a microphone and a very happy toddler! She may not understand how to work the game but she cannot get enough of hearing her voice come through the t.v.!  This gave me the perfect opportunity to head out for some me time and grab a massage (thank you teacher benefits!)


At this point, with a picnic packed lunch and plenty of water we headed towards our destination for the day, THE EX! This has been a So Family tradition for years and years (according to Jonathan) and we are eager to maintain this honour. The great part is that we were joined by Jon’s parents, his sister, and his sister and family from Chicago. That made 10 of us! Phew! We decided to meet everybody down there as we wanted Izzy to experience a train ride, which went over really well (aside from the 40 minute wait for a train!)

But once we got there, the day flew by, so much to see, too many too count. Of course it included tiny tom donuts (thanks mom) and a viewing of the dog show The other great thing was watching Izzy at the petting zoo feeding the animals, and giving one particular goat a piece of her mind! Haha, she showed him!

After a crazy long day, which felt even long with no nap, we headed back to the train and a nice ride home. It was great! But made for a very long day filled with fond memories.


God Bless,

The So’s




Mmmmm…. Milton Rib Fest!

This past weekend we had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Milton Rib Fest! Which was beyond amazing, and felt good to get out into our new community having just moved here a few months ago. Not that I am biased to our new amazing town, but boy does it have an amazing Rib Fest!


We went Friday evening, just the three of us, for some much needed family time. The past week was tough as Izzy and I were away at the cottage with my family, and Jon was left alone at home (working). And even though we had a great time at the cottage it was tough being apart. So the best solution was an impromptu family night out.


The rib fest was not that crowded, which was a big change from other fests we have been too. Coming from a big(ger) city we just expected long lines to be the norm, but not here!!! It took only minutes to get through the line, well one of them at least. Of course Jon had to try more than one type of ribs 🙂  Izzy seemed more than satisfied with just fries, not a big rib fan I guess, she takes after her mom.


Regardless, good food, great music, and even a carousel ride for Izzy – what’s not to love?!? We had a great time and I think we are looking forward to this event next year already!  Maybe we will see you there!


God Bless,

The So’s

Another Busy Weekend

Another busy weekend for our little So family! Summer is always better when it is busy, so in true So fashion we packed up again this weekend and headed out to Sudbury to join the tail end of the Big So Family Summer Vacation.  This year Jon was working during the month of August so we end up joining the rest of the family on the weekend for two days of busy fun.


Sudbury was great, it had more to offer than I thought. The highlight of the trip was the children’s play zone at the nickle mine museum, a definite must! Seeing the tour of the actual mine was pretty neat too (for the older crowd). We also spent some time at Science North which was shocking how much their science centre differs from the one in Toronto.  And of course, the day had to finish off with a trip to Swiss Chalet and a dip in the pool.


We enjoy our time together, it was a blast and I am sure Izzy can’t wait until the next one!


God Bless,

The So’s