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Poppy’s first eye exam

Before we left town for the fall we took Poppy for her first eye exam at IRIS. She did great, and actually really enjoyed it. Poppy can tend to be a timid with stuff like that, but she responded to all of the questions and tried out everything that the optometrist suggested.

Getting kids eyes examined when they are little is important to make sure they don’t have an vision struggles that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. If they don’t know any different they might not know that anything is wrong and it can effect them once they start school or learning letters. They recommend taking your kids in for a first appointment at age 3, Poppy is 3.5 and think it was the perfect age to take her for the first time. The appointment was quick and easy and free for kids under the age of 19 in BC. Of course, you’ll need to check your local optometrist to see what services they offer. There should be some optometrists to choose from in your local area. Medical professionals are constantly opening up these facilities all over America to make sure more people can get their eyes checked over. When speaking to our optometrist, he said that he found his practice on an optometry practice sales website. Isn’t that amazing? He was able to find his practice and purchase it, allowing him to open his very own eye care facility.

She started on my lap, but once she warmed up she never wanted the appointment to end.

As you can see Poppy is very pleased to have good vision… Actually she’s not, she was really hoping for a purple pair of glasses, but we are! Check out the IRIS store locator to make an appointment.

Our first week in Mexico

Hola! We have been in Mexico now for one week. It has been a week of stretching & learning for us all. It is a very different world here from what were used to in Vancouver, Canada, We are in one of the most impoverished areas of Mexico and it is very eye opening.

The first few days we were here we felt pretty homesick, the truth is we felt a little defeated. Travelling to new places is one thing, but taking your small children away from their comforts does something else to your heart. We just wanted to go back to our comfy home where we have all our little things the kids need, can drink the water, eat food without worrying about getting sick, know the language and to stop killing cockroaches all night. We realized quickly that we have growth to do. When we felt out of place and somewhat vulnerable that reality is that being at home is what we knew would bring us the most comfort, and we want/need what brings us the most comfort to be knowing that God is with us.

We know this is the town God led us to and the home He opened for us, so we know we can be confident in that. We just have to learn to feel it also. We have been feeling more comfortable each day. We drove to the city to visit a Walmart on the second day and ate McDonalds, and as much as I hate those two things and thought I was cooler than that and I would only shop at local markets & eat Mexican food, I was wrong, it was exactly what I needed. Especially when we walked into Walmart and My Chemical Romances’ very first album was playing LOUD on the speakers (my all time favourite teenage band) my eyes lit up. I looked at David and said “listen!” He looked at me like a crazy person while I nodded my head to crappy emo music.

This week we have driven to lots of different areas around us, eaten lots of Mexican food (and bags of chips bought out of little dark corner stores when we can’t find anything else). We’re getting a feeling for the culture and I’m growing to love our surroundings. It is rainy season, and especially rainy from the hurricanes so it is incredibly green & lush right now which is beautiful.

In the middle of the night on Thursday we woke up shaking from the Southern Mexico earthquake, it was the craziest earthquake I’ve ever felt, like our house was on a wave. All the closets, cupboards and doors swung open, dishes fell out of the cupboards and things hanging on the wall were crooked, but thankfully that was the extent. Others had homes destroyed, injuries, deaths, a hotel in the city collapsed, and we’ve been seeing other little bits of damage around town. Even though everything was alright, my adrenaline was pumping that night, David of course fell fast asleep again right after. But it was yet another experience where God was really teaching me to trust Him. Even if our brick roof caved in on us in our sleep, God is in control.

We have been watching the John Piper sermon series When I don’t desire God in the evenings (It’s old school churchy looking, but really solid speaking), since we’re reading the book of the same title. And I’m loving his quote “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” This is a season where I am truly learning to most satisfied in Him, with most of the comforts that I’ve grown to let give me satisfaction in the daily life aside. So that who am I as a person can glorify Him as much as possible.


Food for your Eyes: Pumpkin Overnight Oats

I created this overnight oatmeal with foods that are beneficial for your eyes, one of which happens to be pumpkin just in time for September. I know how much all of you eager fall lovers get excited about pumpkin season!

There are certain foods that are beneficial to your eye health and as an ambassador for IRIS I’m sharing with you some of the foods that can boost your eye health and help protect against sight-threatening diseases.

This no cook Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe contains pumpkin, oats & lots of flax seed all of which fall under the list of ingredients for eye health, and it’s also incredibly delicious.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

? Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup Large Flake Oats

? Cup Milk of choice

2 tsp Cinnamon

2 Tbs Ground Flax Seed (your recommended daily dose)

1 tsp Vanilla

1-2 Tbs Honey

Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, divide into small jars and let sit in the fridge overnight or for an hour to thicken.

You can include a side of berries, oranges or grapefruit also foods that contribute to eye health.

Ground Flaxseed is something that is easy to sneak into a lot foods and has a lot of health benefits. Flax seeds should be stored in the fridge or freezer and freshly ground. I grind mine in a coffee grinder at the beginning of each week and dump a couple tablespoons in our breakfast each morning. Baratza grinders for coffee or espresso, are best in my opinion. I use it to make coffee but they’re also great for grinding seeds and oats.

See my other post on food for your eyes with more recipes

Painting our Piano

We have wanted to put a piano in our house for years but never got around to the task of it. David can play a bit, and I remember one song… A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton, because really, what else do you need? Piano sheet music is a girl’s best friend when it comes to trying to remember this song properly though! Poppy has loved playing around on here, and I hope that she enjoys learning as she gets older. Although she probably wont, because I haven’t met a kid that didn’t loathe piano lessons. My piano teacher actually wanted me to quit, can’t imagine why.

We recently found a small one for free on craigslist and hired movers to bring it to our house, then we found a nice selection of piano benches online that we could choose from to accompany the piano. The reason it took so long to put one in our house is that it was such a daunting Saturday job for David to go rent a truck and get his buddies to move one. So I finally just called movers to pick one up, definitely worth the money. If you’re looking to hire movers to handle your piano, you can find pricing details here.

I knew I wanted to paint the piano white so I started as soon as it was dropped off. I posted on Instagram asking for any piano painting tips, but who was I kidding, I never wait for instruction I just go for it and see how it turns out anyway. It turned out good! I didn’t sand it down only out of laziness, but good thing I’m lazy, because someone messaged after saying make sure you don’t sand it because it might effect the sound.

I used a brush and applied 5 thin coats of just regular interior eggshell white paint to the entire thing. I didn’t bother taking any of it apart because I don’t trust myself to put it back together properly. Someone said they took their entire piano apart before painting it, go you, but that sounds like a lot of work to me!

Next time I would definitely start with a small roller on the large sections to avoid having to do some many coats.

You can see in the photo below that I taped off the keys and that one section of wood behind them. I didn’t want to risk the paint back there making the keys stick, and I actually like the little pop of brown.

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