Friday, February 25, 2011

What a Woman Wants...

Every time I walk into Anthropologie, I covet at least 5 items. Dresses and cardigans are my 2 big 'wants' these days. This is the latest dress that has me 'ooo-ing and ahh-ing' every time I see it... it really is calling my name. Let me know what you think.

Not sure red is my color, but this dress certainly looks amazing on! I am in love. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daddy-Daughter Love

Isla loves Cam so much. Cam loves Isla so much. It really is the most wonderful thing watching your husband become a father. He is such a tremendous dad... loving, caring, gentle, nurturing, playful, patient, tender, sensitive, willing, silly and so much more. As a result, all of these qualities have caused Isla to fall head over heels in love with her daddy. It warms and melts my heart... numerous times a day. I really do mean this when I say that my existence in Isla's eyes becomes abysmal when Daddy walks in the door. I might as well disappear... she just wants her dad. Cam is such a wonderful husband and an equally great dad. I am so proud of him, of them and their unique relationship. I hope it lasts forever!

 getting ready for some swimming fun!

 in the pool!

 bottle snuggles in the morning!

 anytime snuggles (*note the twin-ness... and the tupee atop Isla's head)

 she loves the outdoors, just like daddy does!

 Isla: "Right on the nose, Dad!"

 Daddy so proud of his 1 year old!


These are my 2 most favorite people ever. I love them so much. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Isla the DJ

Glorious Galaxyland

Last weekend, Cam and I took Isla to Galaxyland in West Ed. There are 4 or 5 rides that Isla can go on with a chaperone... the best part?? It's all free! The merry-go-round, train, cars and balloon ride are all rides that babies under the age of 2 can go on without paying a cent! I do think I have blogged about this previously, but it is worth mentioning every time. It really is so much fun and Isla absolutely loves it! Her face lights up with delight and joy when we walk in and she just beams on every ride. It's the cutest. Cam and I probably have more fun than she does! She's the best.

And that's the Schellenberg's taking Galaxyland. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Annual Canmore Weekend

In 2009, two of my closest girlfriends (Kayley & Monica) and I started an annual tradition of escaping our lives for a weekend and making our way to Canmore. The first year we did it was at the very end of 2009 when I was 8.5 months pregnant with Isla. This year, we went in early February and what can I possibly say?? It was such an incredible weekend of food, laughter, conversation and fabulous company. We decided to go for two nights this year... in which we also decided that for each year, we increase our time away by one day. So in twenty years, we will be taking a 20 day holiday together. The 3 of us agreed that this idea was brilliant. Our significant others may not agree.

We kicked the weekend off with some wine, some appies and a night of great conversation in our beautiful room at Falconcrest Lodge in Canmore. We were up until 1:30 am, catching up on each others lives. We started Saturday off with some delicious coffee and breaky at a little coffee shop and then proceeded to shop the quaint little stores on the main strip. We had massages booked at Rapunzel Salon and boy.... what can I say? A-MAZING. All 3 of us had such relaxing, refreshing and muscle melting massages. They really were the best. After we were all sleepy and dishevelled, we trekked to Banff for some lunch and some more shopping. Upon returning to our hotel, we took some hot chocolate to the hot tub and spent some more time relaxing. And of course, after all of this, a nap was in order. For supper, we went to THE BEST restaurant ever. Honestly, it certainly was one of, if not THE best meals I have ever had. The restaurant was called The Trough, in Canmore, and I highly recommend it. We had scrumptious meal, great wine and shared a delectable creme brule for dessert. We did a little dancing and then headed back to our room for some more chatting and some rest. Sunday was a lazy day consisting of a delicious bagel brunch and a drive home.

All in all, an absolutely wonderful weekend away with some even more wonderful company. Yay for girlfriends!

I managed to only bring out the camera when we were at dinner, so here are some photos of us.

Kayles & I bundled up.

Mon & I in the beautiful snow in front of The Trough.

Us 3.

 Us 3 again.

Kayley & Monica. 

Thanks girls for the great weekend! Looking forward to next year already!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2 'Babes' in the pool

Last week, Isla started her swimming lessons at Fountain Park pool in St. Albert. The program she is in is called 'Babes'... haha, cutest name ever. After a day of 1 year shots (she had 3 needles in her arms in the early afternoon), we thought swimming would be really good for her as she loves loves loves the pool. However, we were wrong. She whined the entire swim lesson until I decided to escort my delightful child out of the pool 5 minutes early where she cried the ENTIRE time we undressed her, the ENTIRE drive home and the ENTIRE bath until we put her to sleep at 6:30pm. She slept until 7:30am. Needless to say, I hope she enjoys the rest of her lessons or this could be a long 8 weeks. We will definitely see how tonight goes. However, Cam looked on with the camera in tow. Here are some highlights.

smiling before we hit the water

'washing' with our sponges

 going for a ride

learning to kick and float on our backs

Despite her grumpiness, I just loved this lesson. She is just growing up so so so fast. I can hardly believe that she is 13 months old. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Anthro = Awesome

So, I started my new job last Saturday. What can I say? It felt strange saying "I am going to work" as it has been 13 months since I had a 'job' (don't get me wrong, being a stay at home mom is the hardest job out there). I still think it will take time adjusting to not having a free schedule all the time, but it is good for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my first 2 days and I think it will only get better from here. The girls all seem super great and it is really lovely to work with people who inspire you, compliment you and make you feel like part of the family! And of course, the clothes are amazing! I have already made some great purchases and I can't wait to make more! haha. If you are ever in the mall, come and see me!