picnic blankets and sunshine

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I have been waiting a long time to be able to get out of the house with the baby, a blanket, and some books. I’m not much of a reader but there is something about taking the time to read in a quaint and happy setting.

It was 30 degrees outside and so we had to get out and enjoy it. I lathered us both in sunscreen and grabbed the few essentials we needed. We found a nice patch of shade under a tree and called it home for almost two blissful hours.

I played with Minnie and read my book, The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking. I am hoping to write a post about a couple of his books in the future but for now I will just say that they are an amazing addition to my bookshelf.

Minnie played with her toys, watched the kids on the playground, and ate Cheerios. I helped her practice standing up and taking steps and we sang some songs. I showed her how the grass tickles her feet and I pushed her on the swing.

In those two hours I thought to myself over and over again, ‘this is what I live for. I could do this all day every day for the rest of my life and be so happy.’

I also thought about how there are so many things in life that I believe will bring me more happiness but ultimately, it is the very small things that really do. The small things like sitting under a tree and playing with my baby girl on a beautiful day.

Don’t misunderstand this blog by thinking that every hour of every day is like this post. This morning, Minnie refused her nap altogether and it left me frustrated. My husband is really busy studying most days and it sometimes leaves me feeling alone and bogged down with less inspiring thoughts. The reason I write on this blog is to cultivate more happiness in my life. When I write a post, I feel grateful and often my attitude about my frustrations or worries change.

Here’s to hoping Minnie will nap this afternoon and we can go out and enjoy today’s rainy weather!

xx Lys


boardwalks through the forest




When I come across a boardwalk, especially in a lush rainy forest, there is nothing that can keep me from walking them. Everything about them is magical. The hollow wooden sound they make under your footsteps, their rich colour when they are wet with rain, and the way they wind through beautiful trees and little streams is unmatched. This is one manmade structure that adds to the beauty of a Canadian forest.



On Friday afternoon my husband, Jared, and I took a drive towards the mountains with this album playing through our car speakers.

Jared slept in the passenger seat, and I held his hand while I drove.

To say it was a deeply moving moment would be an understatement. This album played through, the snow blanketed the prairies so that there was nothing but white as far as the eye could see, the mountains were clear and crisp in the distance, the sky was a beautiful crystal blue, and the highway stretched straight out in front of us for what seemed like forever.

David Rhodes (his stage name being RHODES) hails from the United Kingdom and his 2015 album Wishes is nothing short of incredible. As a true independent artist using his own record label, his sound is personal and humble. It evokes true emotion.

If I were to choose my favourite tracks they would be:


Turning Back Around

Close Your Eyes

Raise Your Love

Your Soul

I guess all that is left to say is to listen to his music.



growing your own best friend(s)


Ever since I was a little girl playing with baby dolls I couldn’t wait for the day I would have my very own baby.

I think a large part of my yearning to be a mother came from the idea that my own little baby would grow up to be one of my best friends.

When I was pregnant I often thought about how that little person growing inside me, who I made, and who I had never met had already become one of the people I loved the very most in the whole world.

And then I met her.

She’s the sweetest little peach and I am so grateful to be hers.

Here’s to hoping that she’ll let me play Barbies with her.