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Born and raised a proud Canadian, I have recently moved to L.A. from Minnesota with my husband and two year old son, Jackson.

It's a long way from Moncton, New Brunswick (which is on the east coast of Canada) to Los Angeles. For every mile — 3,461 to be exact — there are as many differences.

I'll document our Southern California adventure here, from celebrity sightings to beach outings and things in between.

Archive

Dec
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Derek and Jackson at Point Dume beach in Malibu.

Derek and Jackson at Point Dume beach in Malibu.

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Mom and Karen in front of the Venetian in Vegas.

Mom and Karen in front of the Venetian in Vegas.

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My fun playgroup friends. Julie, Alison, Nicole, Joanie and little Ashlyn.

My fun playgroup friends. Julie, Alison, Nicole, Joanie and little Ashlyn.

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Happy Holidays!

I won’t bother apologizing for my lack of updates…by now you’ve realized that I’m not so good at this! Hahaha

The past couple of months have been very busy. Derek went to Vegas for a guys weekend at the beginning of November and then we were off to Kansas for American Thanksgiving. We had a great time with Mema ( Jacksons name for Grandma) and Auntie Shannon. We also saw Auntie Caela, Uncle David and Grandpa Simmons and met up with our friends the Yourdons for a wonderful lunch. 

My sister Karen arrived here on December 2nd for a 10 day visit and my mom got here on the 4th. We surprised my mom with a trip to Vegas to see Celine Dion. We were there the weekend of the 8th and had a great time…the show was fantastic! Jackson is really enjoying his Nannie and will be so sad when she leaves in January. I

We continue to got to our Wednesday playgroup and I’ve become good friends with many of the moms….it’s such a blessing to have great friends!

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Christmas eve….I just can’t wrap my head around this warm weather in December thing. Yesterday we went to the beach…it was gorgeous but it certainly didn’t put me in a festive mood. hahaha 

Our friend Jerry arrives here on the 30th and on New Year’s day we’re taking my mom to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena. I’ve always loved watching it on TV so I’m pretty pumped about seeing it live. I’ll be sure to take some photos.

Derek’s mom and sister arrive on the 2nd and I’m happy that they’re going to meet my mom. Jackson will get super spoiled having 2 of his grandmas here at once!

Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas with their families. Go out and make a snowman for me!

  

Oct
31st
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Jane and I in Malibu.

Jane and I in Malibu.

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Jackson loved the train at Rhyan’s birthday party.

Jackson loved the train at Rhyan’s birthday party.

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At the pumpkin patch…it was hot!

At the pumpkin patch…it was hot!

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At the end of the night he FINALLY put his hood up to give the complete look.

At the end of the night he FINALLY put his hood up to give the complete look.

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Trick or treat!

Trick or treat!

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Busy month

Sorry I haven’t updated this in so long but October was a very busy month around here. I’ll give you a rundown of what I had going on.

October 5th-8th: Jill came to visit for the weekend and I took her to Hollywood, Malibu and Santa Monica. We did a movie stars home tour in Hollywood which was a lot of fun. Tomorrow is her birthday….Happy Birthday Jill!

October 10th-16th: Jane came for 6 days! So much fun. Took her to Hollywood as well and did another tour. We also went to The Grove which is a really cool outdoor shopping area. Derek, Jane and I went out for a fancy supper one night. We also spent time at the beach in Malibu.

October 18th-21st: Went to Vegas for the weekend with my old neighbours from Minneapolis (Shannon & Ryan). Had a great time but didn’t win big…but didn’t lose much either.

The fires here were crazy. I had a pretty amazing view of some of them when I was flying home from Vegas. And the Santa Ana winds made for the scariest landing of my life. Not fun.

This past weekend was much quieter and we spent most of it just relaxing and going to the park. Jackson went to his first California birthday party for his friend Rhyan from playgroup. They had train rides at the party and that was a big hit.

Jackson and I are going to the YMCA about 4 days a week and he loves playing in the daycare while I workout. I did attempt to take him to some organized classes but that didn’t work out so well. It was a bit too structured for my busy little 2 year old. I’m going to wait a couple of months and try again.

We’re really enjoying our Wednesday morning playgroup. We’ve made some really great friends there and we always look forward to it. Last week we went to a pumpkin patch (it was 99 degrees) and today we had a halloween party.

Jackson dressed up like a monkey (sort of) for Halloween and went trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood. He wouldn’t put the hood up on his costume and wanted to wear his spongebob sun visor so that’s where the “sort of” comes in.

We have a babysitter now! Her name is Jessica and we love her. She watched Jackson when Derek, Jane and I went out to dinner and she’s babysitting again this weekend so Derek and I can go on a date. Yay!

So, that’s my month in a nutshell. November brings a couple more trips…Derek is heading to Vegas for a few days and then we’re all going to Kansas for Thanksgiving. We leave on the 18th and we’ll be there for 10 days. It’s always pretty relaxing there and I love Derek’s mom and sister so it’ll be a nice trip.

Hope all is well with everyone. Ciao for now.