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PINFor the first time in forever *cue Frozen soundtrack*, I am anticipating a week that might actually have a bit of a rhythm.  Since our new employee started and our crazy May was in effect, we have not experienced any bit of normalcy.  And quite frankly, it’s been missed.  I am a total fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of gal, but since becoming a mama I NEED (let me emphasize NEED!) a bit of routine to keep all parties happy.  Ok, myself especially!  Our Sawback lady has the week off, so we are intentionally trying to establish some of those rhythmic beats this week.  Wish us luck!

It’s the long weekend coming up here for us Canadians (or just Albertans?), so trying to let slowness be the tone that’s set til next week for sure.  Here’s a few ways how … View full post »

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color: black, white, cream, au naturel

word of inspiration: home, comfort

source of word:  With the new move, you might say that I’ve been daydreaming a little bit in regards to how to make our new house a home!  I never knew how much I LOVED whites until it came time to pick colors for our previous home.  With only a glance at my favorite images on Pinterest, it became quite evident to me how much I was drawn to white walls with wood, black, and other white accents (aka – love the Scandinavian look!).  That said, I am once again going to run along the themes of that palette to make our new home feel comfortable and like “us”.  Gah, you can’t beat this combination!
/1. buffalo plaid sheets, come to me  /2. can’t WAIT to get my hands on one of these  /3.  my friend makes these awesome bibs – perfect for your teething little one with such cute patterns!  /4. this local gal has some pretty cool stuff, including these “need to go in my hair” feather hair clips  /5. bangle love  /6. some office inspiro … had to take a double look as I own some similar items in this pic  /7. outfit goals  /8. nature’s inspiration  /9. fonts, fonts, fonts, how i love these fonts! p.s. her instagram feed is always inspiring  /10. summer essential slipper
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PINBecause of thunderstorms/showers, the light was so low yesterday afternoon and for the first time, it felt super cozy and homey in this new house.  We’ve still got a LOT of personalizing to do with our space – inside and out – but that aside, it also felt incredible knowing that 1. we had no plans for the evening and 2. the clean kitchen didn’t have to get messy because Matt offered to pick up dinner (#winningwife)!  Not everything about somewhere “feeling like home” comes down to how it looks, BUT some key things, like wall color do help it feel more and more like your own tailored space.

Moving here, we decided that instead of hiring painters, we would cut costs of labor and do the painting ourselves.  Great idea in the long run, but for the short term, this ‘get-er-done gal’ in me is nearly having a conniption fit!  And with the three kiddos, time is a precious commodity and there aren’t necessarily oodles of hours to be spent painting walls on repeat.  Soooo, to say that I’ve been a tad frustrated that I can’t work fast enough(!) may be an understatement.  Just maybe. View full post »

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  • July 15, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    Calista - Have you every listened to any of Emerson Eggerich’s Love and Respect podcasts? I was listening to one recently and he said, “My response is my responsibility.” Truthfully, that’s about the only thing we can control, and even then we still need Jesus. 🙂 Your last thee paragraphs made me think of that quote. I absolutely love your photos and your posts, as always. I wish I lived close enough to come help you with the painting and the laundry!ReplyCancel

    • August 4, 2016 - 3:52 pm

      sarah nadine - i actually have not listened to those podcasts … another one to add to the list, thank you!! it’s something i’ve told myself (“only i can control me, i’m the only one responsible for what i do”) … if i can’t even control that, how could i ever carry the weight of everything i want to be in control of??

      thank you again for your thoughtful comments … it’s always a joy to read them!

      bisous xoReplyCancel

Anybody that has moved before, I’m sure has uttered these very same words, “I am never moving again!”.  As I speak those words, I truly hope that is the case for us.  The property we are now blessed to live on is something right out of a fairytale, our fairytale at least.  Down to some of the smallest details/desires of our hearts, our home carries it or at least has the potential to mold it that way.  Minus some unpacking, settling, serious painting, and still waking up not knowing where I am(!), it feels like home.  And saying that makes me warm from head to toe.  Home.

That said, it’s been an overwhelming as we are trying to take it all in, piece by piece.  We are exploring new areas, new plants, new responsibilities/tasks, new possibilities every. single. day.  I love that my kids do not ask to watch t.v. 15 times a day because they are so busy with things to look at and do outside!  They still ask, mind you, but not nearly as often as even one month ago.

As we take it all in, View full post »

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  • July 15, 2016 - 3:37 pm

    Calista - Oh. My. Gosh!!!! I love everything about this so much! I am so happy for you and yours! Hooray for coffee on the porch and loving your view! I bet you have some beautiful sunsets and sunrises! Love love love this and it’s so good to see you all so happy! <3 Ok, I'll stop gushing now. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 4, 2016 - 3:47 pm

      sarah nadine - you are so kind to share in the excitement! it still feels a bit unreal … we are feeling overwhelmingly blessed!! as you mentioned in a previous comment, it is a dream of yours to get out on some land one day too. hope that day for you is sooner than later!

      bisous xoReplyCancel

PINI think every time I will face a busy season, I’ll most likely declare that “this one is the busiest YET!”.  No matter how I’ve tried to simplify/streamline, like most definitions of a busy season, everything happens at once!  Here’s a glimpse into what’s been going on over here …

. Travelled to California twice last month – Again, you never plan these trips to happen like this … it just kind of happened!  I went down to Long Beach, CA for the Wild + Free conference where I met a sweet bunch of mamas all looking to raise their kiddos to be, yup, wild + free.  I learnt so much from daily rhythms to opinions and gained more confidence in my own convictions for educating our boys.  We’re not 100% sure it’ll be by homeschooling (though I’m hoping it will be!), but whatever road we end up taking, making a list of things to back up why we want to educate our kids the way we feel led to has been the source of some great foundational “parenting” things.  I’m super excited to see where we kick off our journey when we start school next fall!!  At the conference, I was able to meet some IG/blogging friends that have been so key in encouraging me to be a better mama, wife, woman … hoping to get to see them again one day.  It was also pretty special that weekend, as my mom flew down to be with Israel during the sessions.  The times we get to spend alone these days are far and few between.  I’ll so cherish that weekend we got to spend together.

The second trip to California was to Palm Springs to visit my parents and siblings who were already hanging out there for a few weeks(+).  And it. was. HOT!  It was also fun, and a much needed break from the busy-ness here.  The boys were getting so brave in the pool (Hunter especially) and it tore me to take them away from the accessibility of the outdoor pool!  Hoping that confidence sticks when we try another pool or when we go to the lake.

. WE BOUGHT AN ACREAGE!! – Ok, now this is crazy … crazy exciting, crazy CRAZY as we’ll be moving June 22!  There’s a long story into how we got it and the whole process (maybe another blog post some day!), but the long in short – it’s ours!  It is a 5 acre parcel with trees, mountain view, wrap around porch, little wood burning stove to name a few characteristics … gaaahhhh!  And if you were worried, you needn’t be – there will not be a lack of pictures posted!  It feels like a dream is coming true as we had some of those items on our “dream property” list.  Words really cannot describe my excitement and joy!  I just wish the moving part could be skipped and we could magically be there, waking up for breakfast tomorrow morning.  Sigh.  Packing doesn’t seem like the hard part … just the UN-packing *face palm*.  My sister-in-law has moved so many times in the last decade.  Fawne, I just don’t know how you’ve done it!  Even though we last moved 3 years ago, in a lot of ways it feels like just yesterday.  Minus the fact that I only had one baby out to chase around instead of three(!).  It’s all going to be worth it in the end, just busy right now.

. Added a new member to our Sawback clan – As some of you may/may not have known, since the start of our company – Sawback Builders – in 2011, I’ve been overseeing all administration/payroll/bookkeeping duties.  That and taking care of our three munchkins has definitely kicked my butt (especially for the times when taxes have been due, etc. hello all-nighters) yet given me insight how/how not to start things without the correct system(s) in place.  So far, during training, there have been moments of me swallowing my pride, but also moments I am swelling with pride.  Lots of emotions over here in this area (maybe another blog post? Ha!).  And paper.  LOTS of paper.

. Camping season!  Last weekend, we took our little home on wheels (aka the tent trailer) out for the first camping trip of the season!  I was so very excited and now glad we had the chance to unwind with our family and special friends that joined us.  I imagine we’ll have a few camp-outs in our own backyard this summer, but what better way to kick off the camping fun this year out with a big gang?!

. Teething/no sleep – My easy little sleeper has been not so docile when it comes to getting his shut-eye.  Only for the past few weeks – I now go by the nickname “Coon Mama” for the black raccoon eyes going on over here.  While I have that ailment, Isra’s now sporting two of the cutest chicklets coming from the bottom row in his mouth.  I’m sure if you were to ask Matt, he’d say the same, that because of my lack of sleep … I get so much more emotional!  To see teeth in his mouth has definitely caused me a tear or two lately.

. Judah turns 4 – What?  Where did the time go?!  Seriously, my baby is no longer a baby.  I may be crying at the moment, but within the “sadness” is great pride and astonishment of who this little man is growing into.  Not sure why this number is hitting me so emotionally (let’s face it, every number will do this to me!), except for the fact that he is not so little anymore.  Time is a crazy thing.

. Bathroom reno – Yes, you read that right.  We decided there wasn’t enough on our plate so why not start a home renovation project?  If we were going to sell/rent our current house, the one bathroom needed a bit of TLC before we could pass it off to the next inhabitants so blood, sweat and tears is what we gave it.  We are nearing completion(!), and so far, I just love how it has turned out!  Let’s just say grey, white, subway tile, hexagon tiled floor to give you a taste of the project *almost* done.

So, if you need to find me, I will be over here packing and purging (amongst these other things!).  I just wanted to check in to say that 1. I AM still breathing and 2. WILL be coming back here more regularly soon!  There is just a full plate in front of me at the moment – “understatement of the year” – but this space will always be part of that plate, no matter how full!

Sending love to you this June day … bisous xo


pic pix: just a glimpse of some real life over here, Apr.2016, at home


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  • June 15, 2016 - 2:37 pm

    Calista Moran - Yay! I am so excited for you and your move to your acres! Woohooo!!!!! We’ve often dreamed of something similar and hope to see that dream come to fruition someday. I can’t wait to see pictures!ReplyCancel