Saturday, 18 November 2017

Mid November Update

November 18, 2017


I feel like I should be using any spare time to work on my Nanowrimo project. However, I'm exhausted right now. I'll write tonight. For now, I'll do a blog post.

I've had a big week for writing. I went to see the Writer in Residence to talk about my novel. It was good. Basically, what I got out of it was to keep on going. Keep on editing. Keep on trying. Don't give up because what I'm writing is good. It's nice to hear.

Today I went to a Writing For Children workshop. I've written one book for children before, and I gave it to my friend after her baby was born. It was a long time ago, and I think I could do better now. Especially because basically, my life is reading to Anthony. I've read A LOT of children's books.

The workshop was good. I was exhausted because Anthony was up really early today, but I'm glad I went. There are so many different styles of writing for kid's books. Unfortunately, the one I would pick, takes a lot of time (because I would use rhyming). It takes a lot more time that writing 1,667 words a day in a fiction novel take. Of course, this is in my humble opinion.

I will be working on a few children's books ideas in the next little while. Just some silly practise ideas. I'll know more about them soon enough.

I am now on my 162nd day of writing in a row. This month, I've been working really hard. I'm trying to do it all, and to be perfectly honest: it's exhausting.
(Writing)


Exhausting.

I'm on par with my Nanowrimo words. If I continue this pace (1,667 words a day), I will be done 50,000 words by November 30th. I can't do anymore that that because I don't have the time. I'm currently at 28,956 words. I haven't done any today yet.

I've put editing on hold until December. I can't even pretend to have time for that.

I usually don't start writing until Anthony goes to bed at night. I also try to throw in a Christmas craft (in an attempt to save money I'm doing crafts for stocking stuffers), or do some baking. (Or laundry or cleaning.) 

I am glad I'm doing it. It's a happy exhaustion. It's an 'I'm getting a lot done' exhaustion. I just hope I can keep it up in December. 

I'll be jumping right back into editing. I miss my novel. I miss the characters (although they're still visiting in my current writing), and I miss making little important changes.

Now for my Gratitude Photos: 
I made it to Day Eight last time. I left off on sleep. (I want sleep now.)

Day Nine:

Holidays
This is one of my holiday crafts. These are little winter tuques for the Christmas tree. I'm hoping they get better and better the more I make.

Day Ten
Kindness

I'm lucky enough to have experienced some wonderful random acts of kindness. And kind considerations. However, one of the first things I think of when I hear the word kindness is my mentee. Anthony and I have been mentoring at an elementary school in Saskatoon for two years now. The little girl we are lucky enough to hang out with is so sweet. She loves Anthony so much, and always has kind words to say. She made me this crazy little creature. She thinks it looks like a fish. I thought maybe it was a bird.

Day Eleven:
Friendship:
I have awesome friends, but I want to talk about Anthony's friendships. He's lucky enough to be friends with many awesome little girls. (So far, he doesn't know very many little boys). I like that he will be raised around a bunch of strong and awesome women. They all take after their strong and awesome moms.

Day Twelve:
Music
Winter doesn't usually bother me, but lately, I've been waking up with a dark cloud hanging over my head. I think because after not getting enough sleep, it still feels like the middle of the night when we wake up in the dark. For the past few days, I've been listening to 90s music on Google Play, and for my free two weeks of satellite radio in my car. Music cheers me up. I sing badly, I dance badly, and I make my son giggle. Win win win.

Day Thirteen:
Time:

My mom and I

My son and I
Time goes ridiculously fast. My brand new baby is now 18 months. My mom's brand new baby is 36.

Day 14
Creativity:
Creativity. Flowing out of my pen in the form of children's stories.

Day 15:
Family
Tonight I was exhausted. I took a break from trying to do this post (I've been working on it on and off since 3), and I went to snuggle my family. It was exactly what I needed. Just outside the photo is Drogo. He wouldn't snuggle.

Day 16
Inspiration
I'm lucky. I can find inspiration in almost anything. These days it's writing and reading. (I'm reading Stephen King's book On Writing.)

Day 17
Weather
It's cold. My penguin had to be dug out, and he wants summer back.
Day 18
Change
Change is good. It's hard but it's good. This photo shows my change in fitness routine. I have one now, and it is making me braver and stronger. :) But in general, change is good. If I can't decide what to change, I usually change my hair colour or cut.

That's it guys. Now to write 1,667 words. I'm going for 2000 though. We will see if Anthony wakes up or not. He's my deciding factor.

I'll try to catch up next week so I don't have to do two weeks of photos in one post. 

Happy Saturday! (She says while sitting in bed in her PJs to write at 8:30pm) 

 Oh - once again - this is the Photo Challenge I'm following: 



“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Writing update, Nanowrimo, and photos

November 8, 2017

Writing and Nanowrimo
This is going to be a quick post because it's been too long! Unfortunately, I went straight from the trip, to Halloween, to Nanowrimo, so I haven't had time to blog. 

PS: HALLOWEEN: 
 Book Worms.


I am on day 152 of Writing Everyday. I was getting a lot of editing done, but now it's working towards my 50,000 words on a new novel with Nanowrimo. I'm going to finish. I have no doubts about it. I'll have 50,000 words by the end of November. I just have to keep going after that so I can finish it. Finishing a second novel (even if the first isn't published yet) would be a pretty amazing thing. I've started more than one and not finished them.

I also have two writing events this month. 

I'm meeting with Saskatoon's Writer in Residence at the library to discuss my novel. It's a program from the Saskatoon library. I'm using that meeting to discuss the first novel because I really want to get it published. (Broken record.) I'm excited to do this, to get feedback, and to get it ready to send out again. 

I also am taking a workshop on writing for children. I never thought I'd be interested in this, but there is no better time to learn and try it out as now - when I have a test subject who loves books. 

These will both eat into my Nanowrimo writing time (as is this blog post), but it'll be worth it. And I'll still get my 50,000 words. (If I don't I'll be writing a post about it.) Being a mother while attempting this is a lot different. I try to write when he's awake, but as with the writing everyday goal, it usually starts when he's asleep for the night. 

By the way, I just got to 10,000 words in my Nanowrimo writing. Behind schedule, but not by a lot.

I'm stealing some time this morning to write this post because I miss my blog. I like blogging.

Photos

I want to do a photo challenge for November, but I'm already behind (as in, I haven't started), so I've decided to combine my Blog posts with the photo challenge. That way I can update once a week, and not have to worry about daily posts on Instagram. I over Instagram as it is.

This is what I'm doing: 
 I found this on Pinterest and printed it out.


Now to add 8 days of photos. 

Day One: Words
There couldn't be a better photo prompt for this month because it's nothing but words for me. 50,000 words. Editing words. Happy Words. As a writer, I deal with words. I love words. This is a journal that Clint gave me to help inspire my writing.

Day Two: Technology
Another appropriate prompt because I use my laptop for almost all of my writing. I don't plan. I just write. I make notes in the above journal about details so I don't forget them. Mostly, I just type though. I can't imagine writing a novel before this particular technology was around. I wouldn't be able to read any of it.

Day Three: Nature
Nature with a side of Anthony. Winter has hit.

Day Four: Clothing
That's another Anthony one. Winter is a lot of work with a little one to dress. Lots and lots and lots of clothes. It makes me miss sunscreen.

Day Five: Knowledge
Knowledge is a good thing. You're never too old to learn about new things. Or too young. I love watching Anthony learn about new things. I love learning from him.

Day Six: Memories

I keep thinking about first memories. Anthony may be getting his soon. I hope he remembers laughing, and playing, and being loved. 

Day Seven: Innovation
Writing while watching my kid grow and change. (and a messy living room.) Truth be told, I don't have a photo for innovation so I got creative. (Innovation.)

Day Eight: Sleep
This photo is hard to see, but as a Mom, sleep is important. Getting myself to sleep is important, and so is getting Anthony to sleep (because when he sleeps, I write.) I tried a new technique last night because he WILL NOT go to sleep on his own. I put him in his crib and rubbed his back until he went to sleep. It was a success. Thank goodness.


That's all folks. I'll update again next week.



“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Plane Rides and Kind Strangers

October 4, 2017


This will be a quick post. I'm feeling pretty tired, but I haven't done a post in a while. I'm not sure when I'll have Internet again, so I should do one now.

Anthony had his first trip on a plane last week. We flew to Ontario from Saskatchewan. Clint has been in Ontario for work for about a month, and we came up to visit with him, family and friends for a couple of weeks.

As I said, it was his very first time on a flight.

Our day started at 3:30 in the morning. I was REALLY lucky that my mom is the best mom in the world. She stayed a couple of days at my house to hang out with Anthony while I packed, and she drove us to the airport even though it was a ridiculous time for any person. Ever. We made it, and were on the flight, and in the air by 5:30 in the morning. 

I had been really stressed before we left. My sweet little baby is not very good at sitting in one spot for very long. There is too much to see and do, and he can't sit still for three hours. Originally, Clint was going to be with us, and that would have made me less nervous. At least that way, we could pass Anthony back and forth between the two of us. 

Unfortunately, it didn't work out exactly the way we had planned, and it was just Anthony and I.

My next wish was that Anthony would sleep through the entire flight. 

Ha.



He didn't sleep. However, the flight wasn't bad. It actually went flew by. (See what I did there?) Anthony didn't cry very much - mostly at the end when he was EXHAUSTED. His ears didn't appear to bother him. 

We were also sitting next to a delightful older couple. They were on their way to a cruise in the States, and at one point when I shushed Anthony, the woman made sure to say, "It's okay. We have grand kids."

The kindness of strangers. They helped me as much as they possibly could, and I truly believe because of them, we were able to enjoy the flight. Anthony even crawled into both of their arms at certain points of the flight. 


I was lucky to be seated next to such caring people, and with the tragedies taking over the world, I'm glad that Anthony and I get to see the great in people. I know we will continue to meet people like this, and strive to be people like that.

The entire flight went well. The man across from me, who I honestly thought might not enjoy having a squirmy toddler close to him, was awesome. He ended up showing Anthony photos of his dogs on his phone at the end of the flight. It made my kiddo so happy.

Anthony fell asleep as we landed. It was great timing. The woman next to me held him as I got out my carry on. Getting off the plane wasn't easy, but my stroller was waiting for us, and all was right in the world.


And of course, my sleepy baby got to see his daddy (after he woke up) at the end of our journey. He was very happy. He was just waking up in the photo below.

 We are now half way through our Ontario adventure, and loving spending time with Anthony's aunts, uncles, and cousins (and soon to be with his Grandma and Grandpa). He doesn't get to see them much, and I love watching him get to know them.

I head home next week, and I'm really hoping we have a great plane ride back. It's in the evening instead of morning, so maybe he will sleep through the trip.

Ha!

Okay, happy Wednesday. I'll be back to regular blogging in a week and a bit.



“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Sunday, 17 September 2017

100 Days of Writing

Sept 17, 2017

This is my 100th day in a row of writing. I did it. I know for a fact, that I haven't formed a habit (even though that was my plan) so the only thing I've formed is the resolve to write. I know if I don't write, I'll let myself down. I still have to hold myself accountable. Even if I've already done 100 days in a row, I still have so much more to do.

Next up - 200 days.

It was hard to do. I love writing, but I didn't want to do it every night. I spend A LOT of time with Anthony. It takes a lot of energy to be with a 16 month old all day. Some nights, I had to force myself to write. Those were the nights I only did small bits of writing. 

In fact, it's after 10 p.m. right now, and I'm only just starting. 

Awkward thumbs up. Awkward selfie. It's okay. Awkward suits me. 

I had a lot of plans for my 100th day. It was going to be filled with writing. I was going to do this post. I was going to do a prompt and my happy thought (which I'll still be doing), and I was planning to do a whole bunch of editing. That's probably not going to happen now.

My kiddo wouldn't sleep. He had a fun day at a Pumpkin Festival (anybody in the Saskatoon area should definitely check out Black Fox. They've got great festivals.) He had a late nap which meant he was not ready to go to bed when I wanted him to go to bed. 

That's my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything, but it means Erin's Writing Life starts later. I've said this before, but possibly not in this blog. I did not realise how hard it would be to write when Clint was gone. It's a lot harder to get as much writing as I'd like. Part of that is raising a kid that never slows down, and part of it is making myself do more.

I find it interesting that after writing 100 days in a row, I am not as proud as myself as I think I should be. Instead, the only thing that seems to be going through my mind is: "You can do better."

It's not fair that I can't just be happy for my accomplishment, but maybe it's good that I'm holding myself more accountable than ever before. Possibly, if I had been holding myself accountable before this, I'd have a novel published. 

I've never been good at quitting, but I have been good at letting myself do less than I could. If I don't push myself to be the best person and the best writer that I can be, who will? I can't ask that of anybody else. It's up to me. I HAVE to push myself, and I have to keep reminding myself that I can do better.



I wrote every day. Usually it was a happy thought, and a prompt. 


Other days it would be a blog post. Very few days it was a journal entry (that secret book for nobody but me). For the past three weeks, it's been editing my novel. I know this isn't exactly writing, but it's a writing process. It's the MOST important part of my goal. I've started off slowly, but I need to be more consistent in my editing. I need to do five pages a day. No less than that. I started at one, and haven't worked up to five yet. That's actually a little embarrassing. 

I guess, I think all the other writing isn't as important. So even though I'm proud of myself for writing every day, I would be more proud if I was accomplishing more with my novel. I love my novel. I want to make it better. I want to love it more. That's never going to happen if I don't push harder every day. 

These past three weeks, I've given myself the chance to reintroduce myself to the characters I gave life. It's been wonderful. I missed them. I feel terrible that they've been neglected for about three years. 

I let life get in the way of writing at a time when life didn't have to get in the way. If I've learned anything from my 100 Days of Writing, it's that I have to write. Following my dreams means nothing if I'm not writing. It means nothing if I'm not trying. 

If I don't ever reach my dream goals, at least I can say I fought like hell to get my writing out there. 

If I can't say that, I have nothing.

So here's to fighting like hell. I'm going to continue. I'll still be trying to do one post a week. And I'll still be doing everything I did in the past 100 days. But more. And better. 

If nothing else, the 100 days has motivated me. I'd say that's a pretty good reward.

Happy Sunday. Momming and Writing will continue during the week just as it has during the weekend.
This is what we did before writing. Hay and pumpkins. The best day.

Followed by night time writing. Pretty great day.




“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”


― Jane Yolen





"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mom-Cation Time

September 10, 2017

I'm writing this blog post from a hotel room. A hotel room in my own city. I'm having a Mom-cation.


Anthony enjoying my king sized bed before he and my mom left.


I've been a mom for ALMOST 16 months. This is my first time away from my baby. 

My mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday. This is what I wanted. A night away. It's definitely time.  I love my kid, but I think for my sanity, this was very important.


All Alone!


Since Clint is away for work with the dog, my mom is in the city taking care of my baby while I hang out on my own for the night.

I came here planning to write. I will write, but before that I took a REALLY long shower, I danced around in my underwear (which I can do at home, but still took advantage of), and I did my nails. 

The room deal also came with a bottle of wine. Which is basically all I need.

I am writing now. I'm starting with a blog post, and then my journal writings (happy thoughts, prompt, actual journal). I'm also planning to set my new goals for next week, and (of course) edit my novel. I don't usually have time for such lofty goals at home, but I'm going all out tonight. 

Mom and Anthony drove me to the hotel. On the way here, my stomach was in knots. It's silly, but I didn't know if I would be okay away from Anthony for the night.


Who would want to leave this guy?


That was at 3. It's 8 now, and I'm good. I needed the self care. I haven't done as much writing as I planned, but that's fine. This time is me time, and I'm not going to stress myself out.

That being said, every time I text Clint, he asks me if I'm writing. He's good with the reminders. He's holding me accountable, and reminding me I need to actively follow my dream. I'm writing now, and will continue until I have to sleep. I'm ready to sleep now though.

My writing hasn't gone as well as I hoped this week. I wrote everyday, as planned, but I didn't edit as much as I had hoped. I underestimated how hard it would be after Clint left.

When he was home, we took turns putting Anthony to bed. Clint also got up with Anthony in the morning when I needed an extra sleep in. Now, I'm doing it all alone while Clint works (he has the hardest part - being away from us.) It's tough. By the time I get Anthony to sleep, and clean the kitchen (and whatever else has been ignored during the day), I'm exhausted. Writing is easy for me. It helps me. But it's hard to make myself do it. Sometimes I just want to get into bed, have a glass of wine, and watch Netflix.

I have now written 93 days in a row. This week, I wanted to edit five pages of my novel a day. That's not a lot, but I didn't get that much done. I made sure to get AT LEAST one page a day. I refuse to feel guilty. All I need to feel is the urge to do better the next week. And I will. (Or I'll try.)

I don't have a lot to say right now. I'm just here, in a hotel room, all by myself. I'm planning to get a wonderful sleep, and a wonderful sleep in, and I'm planning to write. (Write more than this post.)

I'm staying here until check out tomorrow, so maybe I'll even get a bit of extra writing done in the morning. (Although, I'm planning another EXTRA long shower in the morning.)

This is my life now. Excitement over being alone. So strange. I've said before that being a Mom is a lonely job. It's strange that I enjoy being alone as well. I should want to be out living it up with my friends. (That sounds exhausting.) 

I don't feel lonely tonight, but I'm going to be really happy to wake up tomorrow knowing that I'll be spending my birthday with my son. I don't need much more than that.

Happy Sunday all! 





(The photos are tonight's plans. Reading,writing, eating, and wine.)

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”


― Jane Yolen





"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mommy Update

September 1, 2017


Last week, I did a writing post. This week, I'll do a Mom post.

My partner has driven off to Ontario. He took our dog as well. He's going to work there until I meet up with him at the end of the month, and then HOPEFULLY he'll be coming home. (I'll be flying, and he'll be driving).

Hugging Drogo goodbye.

I'm used to him leaving. Although, we've been lucky enough to spend the summer together so it's still hard. Anthony is now at the age where he loves spending time with his Daddy (as do I), and it was sad to see them say goodbye.

I'm not used to being away from Drogo. When C is gone, I still have Drogo sharing my bed. He's always underfoot in the most loving way possible. He's always there for a snuggle.

Not to mention Anthony LOVES him. The dog doesn't love Anthony. He may like the break. 

Long story short, I'm already missing him like crazy. I should be happy to not have a 100 pound dog sharing my bed, but I miss him. I miss my huge love bug. 

So basically, I'm solo parenting it for a month. Not a single parent (thank goodness, I would not be able to handle the stress), but solo parenting. I've done it before, but it's always hard after a good amount of time with him.

Which brings me to my original topic. I had planned to write this a while ago, but of course, I did not get to it. 

The reason I am able to handle solo parenting for a month is because I am lucky enough to have a wonderful Mom crew. 

It's also easier now because I've learned to ask for help when I need it. Actually, I don't know if that's true. I'm still no good at asking for help, but if I'm desperate, I know I've got support.

A few weeks ago, I shared a post on FB and Instagram about how lonely it is to be a Mom, and why we need to find help, and make sure to reach out to friends.

I posted it next to a photo of me in front of a Social Mom bus. Here is what I said:

"I probably should write a blog post about this because I have a lot to say (shocking, no?) Too late.
I went to see what this is all about today. I met some Saskatoon moms, and the Social Mom crew talked about about why they started it. (I'll explain in my own words.)
Reason number one is loneliness. It's so strange to think that being a Mom is a lonely job, but many times it is. Mom friends REALLY help. 
My first month was tough as hell. I was momming it on my own after Clint went back to work, and I didn't ask for help as much as I should have. I didn't know many other moms around. I'd say feeling lonely, with a bit of anxiety, and not being able to ask for help were the hardest part of being a new mom. I thought I should be able to do it alone.
I met my first Mom friend when our babes were both a month old. We met through FB, and met up in person. It was lovely to talk to somebody who was in the same place at the same time. It helped.
Since then, I've been lucky enough to find myself a great mom crew. From momma's who have been momma's for a while, to people I have known all my life, to people I would never have met if not for my pregnancy/baby.
If you're a new mom, and feeling lost, or pregnant and worried there are so MANY options!
I met a great friend through Fitbump when we were both pregnant. Now we have playdates when we can. Our babies are about 12 hours apart in age. Fitbump is a place for exercise, but also a place you can meet people and talk. Real talk. Not everything is wonderful talk. Real, non judgemental talk. I went for prenatal classes, mom and baby classes, and am doing boot camp with daycare now.
Mommy Connections is another great option. You meet tons of other moms as well as learn about all the mom activities Saskatoon has to offer. (There are many.)
I could go on and on. It helps getting out of the house when you're feeling down (or mom-sausted). 

The library has programs for kids too. (Free). A mom crew is key!
And of course, there is the Mom app social that I went to today. I checked out the app. It kind of felt like Plenty of Fish (dating app) for Moms. Lol. But it also has places to talk and respond to everyone.
While there I was interviewed by CBC radio, so tune in tomorrow at 7:40. Although to me, it sounded like stuttering blah blah blah. For somebody who went to broadcasting school, and worked in radio, I've really forgotten how to speak.
I may end up writing a blog post about this anyway, so if you have any mom suggestions let me know.
Mom rant done. (But is it?)"


Basically, if you can find yourself a Mom crew, you should! It helps to have people to talk to. It helps to have people to understand.

Lately, I've come to realise, it also helps Anthony. We started Bootcamp Fitbump classes. Anthony is with the babies for an hour while his mom sweats a lot. Although, he is with me most of the time, he hasn't had trouble at all in the childcare. It's only an hour, but he's busy doing his own thing or playing with the other babies. I think having him near other kids (almost from birth) has helped him a lot. 

He's getting to the age now where he has a blast with other babies. It's good because I have a blast with the Moms. 

I'm happy I have people in my life I can call friends, and I know are around (and they know I am as well). I hope he grows up with the same friends, and with gratitude for having them. 

I was hoping to do some research to talk about more Mom and Baby opportunities in Saskatoon. There are quite a few Mom and Baby exercise and yoga classes. There are music classes. There are library programs. It's never ending if you look. Mommy Connections helps you find them.

This is us with our grateful faces. Lucky to have the friends we do.


That's it for now. Thanks for reading.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”


― Jane Yolen





"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
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