La La Land
On Sunday night Robbie and I went on a date to see La La Land. There were such polarising opinions on this movie that I sort of mentally prepared myself to not like it. I think my gut knew I would like it, but I didn’t want to be disappointed. Well, we went to see it, and I LOVED IT! I appreciated so much about the movie – the musical component, the jazz component, the story and the depth to the story, and the cinematography. I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone by going into details, but I love the idea of people who push us towards our dreams. I love how they brought so much detail to a certain moment in a story that it made you remember and feel what it was like when that happened for you. Ah, I could go on, but I won’t because I know not everyone loved it as much as I did. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all week! I will finish with this – if you are interested in seeing it, go into it know that it is a “modern day musical”. That’s what they were going for. It’s not a light-hearted rom-com, so if you go into it thinking that’s what you will get, you may be disappointed.
Our Favourite Gym Instructor
I told you last week that I had switched gyms. Well Emily and I tried our first class on Monday night. It’s a Les Mills class called Body Balance, and it combines Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. When I looked at the timetable for this gym, I saw this class and that it was following a Les Mills Body Pump class. I noticed the instructor for both was “Amanda”, and I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, it was the same Amanda from our other gym who had become our favourite instructor. We arrived on Monday night, and it was her! I was stoked! Another plus for this new gym!
Today, the weather is amazing. Such a nice, refreshing relief from the past two 100+ degree days. I wore jeans. Yep, that’s a big deal in my book. Perfect weather is a tank top and jeans to me (without sweating!). I love that I could let Eleanor be outside and go for walks without feeling like we were going to get heat stroke or needed to apply 100 layers of sunscreen. If only it were going to stay this way. I am such a winter girl!
I took Eleanor to a kids camp today that a local church runs every year. I was so hopeful that she would go in and have fun with all the toys and other little kids, including her friend Essie. No dice. They called me after 25 minutes to tell me she wasn’t settling. This girl can be quite stubborn and such a mumma’s girl, so we haven’t had an easy time leaving her at church creche or things like that. Any advice on how to help kids settle at daycare or church kids’ programs? We still had a nice time in the parents’ tent with the coffee and treats, but it was definitely a bit different than I had planned for the morning to go.
The Magnolia Story
On our way home from kids camp, Eleanor fell asleep in the car, so I parked in the warehouse car park and read a book so she would get a decent nap. I finished reading The Magnolia Story – the book about Chip and Joanna Gaines. (Also, the second book I’ve finished this year, and it’s not even February! Definitely feeling good about changing this habit!) I really loved reading about their story, and I feel like I identified so much with Joanna’s journey with motherhood especially. She would say she’s a perfectionist, and it was encouraging to read about her journey to push through that and really be with her children and create spaces and a home for her family, not for a magazine. They have such incredible stories along the way, and it’s no surprise to me the success they have had. They’ve really stood on their strong foundations and haven’t wavered when things were challenging. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to be inspired or encouraged or who love them and their show.
Other Links from the Week
If you haven’t had a chance to read, I’ve posted a few other posts this week.