because he's sleeping...

Life is good now that Oli is sleeping through the night. Normal and good. I am doing things I did before he was born that I abruptly stopped at his birth and didn't pick up until that first fateful morning when I felt well rested.
Things like planning dates for Brad and I. We have a Groupon for O Noir, a restaurant in Montreal that serves delicious food in pitch black and all the wait staff are blind. Apparently the tastes and experience is hugely enhanced by taking away sight, and a portion of sales support the blind community. Can't wait.

Things like cooking real and good dinners. Brad and I have ventured into one of my new Jamie Oliver cookbooks and are loving it. It's called Meals in Minutes, and though the meals take longer than the promised 30 minutes to prepare, they are delicious. We pick a few dinners each week, Brad does the grocery shopping for the required ingredients and watches the kids while I cook, and we both enjoy unique tastes and high quality cuisine again. I love the challenge and sense of gourmet when cooking with duck, celeriac, fresh basil, or wet mozzarella, even though an ingredient is an ingredient and it's not so intimidating when you tackle it as a team.

Things like picking movies we want to see and actually watching them. We recently saw Midnight in Paris, which was okay. Definitely made us long for France, but the plot was a little incomplete with a confusing and sudden end. But just watching it! A movie! Uninterrupted! At night! Ah the simple things. Next up on my "to watch" list: Monsieur Lazhar (a Quebecois Oscar-nominated film about an extraordinary teacher) and Somm (a documentary about 5 wine snobs studying to take their Sommelier exam). 

Like taking both kids, by myself, on outings around the city. Yep. I did that. And carried Lily and Oli (in a carseat) up the stairs to our 2nd floor condo. Holla!

It's so good to be back! So good to slowly creep out of the land of coffee, sweat pants, and exhaustion that I called home for the last 3 months. Thank you sweet Oli. Sweet dreams.


  1. It's so good to hear you talk about life like this! Praise God.

    Hey - if you ever need a babysitter in the evenings or on weekends, you know you can give me a call!

  2. Hooray for sleeping babies and Brad being back in town! Sounds like life is "fun" again!

  3. Love this!!!
    also, part of my course is to learn the different kinds of wine...i wish you could do this for me.