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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.

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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

PINI’ve come to realize that 1. planning preschool months and 2. posting ‘preschool months’ are A LOT more time consuming than I first thought.  Initially, I imagined a monthly post do-able, but … we’ll, we all saw how that worked out(!).

For our learning times in November, we did an all transportation theme.  Oh the places we could go with all the resources out there (did you pick up that pun?!).  It wasn’t hard to find things … it was actually challenging to pare it down to only a few activities per subject!  At least I know when we re-visit this topic, there are an endless amount of things to do!PINPINPINPINPINPINPIN

These are the subjects we covered with the correlated activities:

MATH :: dump truck counting game (i’d either put the number/the amount of blocks then he’d have to match accordingly); bus and airplane sequence game* who knew some cut-outs of paper could be so fun; color car match* different coloured construction papers to make a parking lot, boys had to match the hotwheels cars accordingly

LANGUAGE :: road designs* hotwheels cars follow the “road” patterns; matching sounds with pictures + clothes pins, all books: CARS/TRUCKS/PLANES/TRAINS/ETC*

SENSORIAL :: jobsite bin [dry beans, dry pasta, dump trucks, tools]*, jenga + elastic band stem exercise, invitation to play- railroad track play dough [pumpkin pie spice + brown play dough, cloves, cinnamon sticks]

PRACTICAL LIFE :: coin sorting ($.01, $.05, $.10, $.25), magnifying the construction vehicle, car washing station*

SCIENCE & CULTURE :: tinfoil boats [add objects to see what will float in them or make them sink]*, we got the coolest little magnets and balls and the boys love building with them; mini car build kit

ART & MUSIC :: cutting and pasting construction vehicles; songs involving buses/trains/cars/trucks*

*not pictured above

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  • May 18, 2016 - 9:16 pm

    Calista - Hey, lady! I nominated you for a little award! Here’s the link!ReplyCancel

PIN“You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.” – Psalm 36:9

It was during our swine flue battle(!) the other month that we were on a serious Netflix binge.  For not being avid t.v. watchers, you would not have known that week!  We discovered shows on there that we never knew existed … man, there are a lot of flops out there!  Anyways, the long in short, we found The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave on there one morning for the kids to watch while we dozed in and out.

At one of the points I woke up, it was the part when the dinosaur, Littlefoot, was afraid in a dark cave and was fearing the black unknown.  An older dinosaur that he just met broke into song (I think it was Reba Mcentire!), and started singing about not looking into the darkness, but always looking for the light.  In my very fuzzy state, I had a revelation.  I need to look for the light.  It seems so cliché to say, yet the amount of times I don’t “look to the light” got highLIGHTed to me in that moment.

I have always, prided myself in being a positive person.  When the atmosphere is depressing, I feel like I go into overdrive to get everyone in the room in a cheerier state.  It’s not something I ever intend to do, but it’s an innate habit.  Yet, the morning I heard this batty-looking dinosaur sing about ‘looking to the light‘ was the morning I thought I was encouraging myself by saying things like, “You may be sick, but it could be worse … it could be terminal” or “Instead of a broken foot, I could’ve broken my neck and been paralyzed” or “Even though breastfeeding is hard right now, at least I can breastfeed my baby“.  Not anything was quote *wrong* with my thinking, but in trying to stay positive I was still ending on a negative note (if that makes any sense).  Instead of actually looking to the light or having a completely positive perspective, it was too easy to have an it-could-be-worse mentality.  In a sense, even though trying to be “up”, I was still being a downer.

Just this past Sunday, our pastor talked about how the moon is not a source of light but rather is an object that reflects the light and allows us to see at night.  It’s like we associate the night with complete darkness don’t give due credit to the moon for it’s reflection of the sun’s light.  Like when we look to situations or circumstances around us and only pick out the darkness in it or, like mentioned earlier, the negative in things.

It’s never hit me this way before and it’s very possible that I may still ‘worse case scenario’ things, BUT … I am going to look to the Source for any bit of light.  Exit conversations with comments not forecasted to the shadows but rather the highlights.  When scanning a dark room, attract myself to light so that I too can become a reflection.  Look for the light.


pic pix: boys winter playground reflection, winter 2014, a Deer Run community park, Calgary

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PINThis is such a great visual to remind me to breath.

No weekend plans?  Need something for mother’s day?  Look no further than here.  Or maybe here.

Once peaches are back in season, gotta try this recipe.

We’re going on a date tonight (woo-hoo, first date in MONTHS!) … some outfit inspiration for next date night 1 | 2

Missing our favorite show … yes, we are fans and I cannot wait for next season!

If you’re in the Calgary area, this looks like a neat market on Saturday.

This is a sweet giveaway.  That porch swing would have a nice home on our new porch (though that is still a BIG maybe!).

The mind-clearing action of running.  I can not wait to get out there again!

To feed my lemonade addiction … nummy!

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!


pic pix: patio evenings, Apr.2016, at home

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