I have been married to my husband for 12 years. We were a military family before we had children and Nathaniel was released before Penelope turned one. We moved back home to Victoria from Edmonton in order to raise our girls near family. Here we built our first home where we currently reside. We have a pug named Gizmo and a cat named Sasuke. I work full time at an Investment Firm and spend the rest of my time with my girls, daydreaming about the future and capturing memories as a creative outlet for Instagram.
Location? Victoria, BC, Canada
Occupation? Currently I work in admin at an Investment firm and am working toward being an Investment Advisor.
5 favourite things/items? I had to think hard about this question. I guess it would be my home, my fireplace, my bathtub, my car, and my phone (so I can take and store all my photos). But my sister who saw my responses says I should definitely list wine on there. So I guess I like red wine more than my car ha ha.
What are you most passionate about? Designing and building houses!! And then decorating them is also so fun. I love it all. From the bones and layout of a home, right down to the paint colours and window coverings. I feel so lucky to have been able to do this with our own home.
Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime? Daydreaming and planning future home builds…who knows if they will ever happen but a girl can dream. Plus building our own home proved to me that dreams can come true. I also love taking photos of my girls and editing them for fun. Oh and drinking a glass of wine and watching Netflix is what I do to relax.
How would you describe your family? I don’t know…cute?! I’m not sure how to answer this. I would describe my family as a mixed bag of nuts. But I kind of think this about everyone and their family haha. We are definitely a bit of a girl tribe…and their dad is the strong silent ex-military type. A perfect dad for girls, wink wink.
How did becoming a mother change you? It taught me so much about myself and what kind of person I am. They have been my greatest teachers and have taught me more about patience, love, and life than I could have ever imagined!
What’s the best part about being a mother? Watching my girls grow and learn. Seeing their love for one another is the most rewarding and amazing thing.
Naming your children is always so difficult (or maybe it was just me!) Was it easy to pick your child’s name and why did choose it? Yes so easy…since they were girls! If they would have been boys they may still be name-less!! This is because I have always loved the name Violet. Since I can remember I said if I ever had a girl that would be her name. As a teenager I went through a grunge phase where I loved Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. She had a song called Violet and I remember listening to it thinking I would have a Violet one day. With my second daughter I was pretty certain she was going to be a boy but I knew if she was a girl her name would either be Penelope or Ruby. It came down to my husband choosing for me since I loved both names so much. For boy names, which I find so much harder, my top picks were Leo, Grey, and Huck.
Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how? Not too much. I have loved white walls and white slip covered furniture since before children, and I still love them after children. There is a little more washing to be done, bleaching to do, and magic erasers used these days but white is still totally doable with little ones. I am of the mindset that the dirt you can see is better than the dirt you can’t see. When my girls were really little I put all my breakables up high and small things that could be swallowed out of reach, so my style looked a little barren for a while. But now that they are 3 and 5 it is pretty much where it was at before kids.
Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you? Being perpetually tired. I often wonder when and if I will ever catch up on all the lost sleep. I also never expected to love or worry about anyone in my life as much as you love and worry about your kids. They cause you your greatest joys in life and also your greatest heartache.
Favourite thing to do as a family? We love to go on walks through the forest or to the beach. It’s a joy to watch them laugh, play, and explore.
What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far? I have so many moments that I cherish but my most memorable would have to be my girls dancing to Ellie Goulding together. Totally uninhibited, wild and free.
What are some baby essentials every new mother needs? An Oma. This is a little baby monitor that clips on their diaper and an alarm goes off if their breathing slows or is missed. I found this so helpful in those early days when they sleep so often. A good carrier is amazing especially after you have baby number two.
What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear? I love zara.com and also clothshoppe.com and bobazarkids.com for special pieces.
What is the one thing you want to teach your children? Happiness. Among so many other things like confidence, kindness, compassion, empathy, and respect. I really want them to learn to choose happiness and to be happy.
Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be? I’m sure any new mom or mother-to-be has already heard this a thousand times but I will say it again cause it is just so important. Enjoy. It goes by so fast. Childhood is so fleeting and precious and even with all the hard times and sleepless nights you suddenly wake up and your kids are 3 and 5 and you wonder where the time has gone.