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HI!

I'm Kristin.  I am a wife, aspiring designer, Christian and for now a SAHM.  My husband and I are parents to two darling little boys named Dylan Archer and Kyler Jude.  I created this space to document my family's adventures and lessons I've learned along the way.  The Mom Jungle is a modern interpretation of both the family newsletter and scrapbook.  

MY 30TH BIRTHDAY

MY 30TH BIRTHDAY

This week I turned 30.  Thirty… the BIG 3-0!  All “over the hill” jokes aside, I am completely looking forward to this next chapter of my life.  My twenties were a time of self-discovery, rewiring mindsets and reaching life-changing milestones [graduating from college, marriage and motherhood to name a few].  My thirties are the start of my golden years where I can bask in the blessings of those achievements.  My husband and I watching our children grow, having increased financial stability, making our house a home, embarking on a new career and travelling the globe are just a few things I look forward to. 

It’s surreal to me that I now have a decade of adult experience.  I have learned so much in this time.  More importantly, I have discovered there's so much more to learn.  So. Much. More.

As a young adult, I had an opinion on everything.  I knew how I would parent my future kids, was an expert in my field despite possessing very little real world experience, and thought I had the answers.  I preferred spewing my finite knowledge to listening and acquiring more.  [My current self shakes my head at my former self!]

I enter my thirties with a more open mind than I did my twenties.  I enter my thirties understanding that I don’t have all the answers and [gasp] may be wrong at times!  I enter my thirties with no regrets.  I won’t covet my twenties, claiming to be “29” for three years, but rather I embrace this new season, focused forward on my future.  I enter my thirties excited to eventually embark on a new career however daunting that may be.  I enter my thirties eager to step into all what God has promised for me.

Turning thirty is kind of a big deal and calls for celebration!  Tuesday was my actual birthday and the only birthday related thing I did was to renew my license plates.  How exciting, I know!  My toddler was his typical self getting into all kinds of mischief at the DMV!  Exhibit A:

Since I have a newborn baby, I knew an elaborate party would be too much work… plus it’s not really my style.  Instead, I opted to have a simple birthday lunch with my family this past weekend.  We ate a menu of gourmet pizza and salad, sipped on sparkling juice [no alcohol for this breastfeeding mama], and topped it off with the yummiest red velvet birthday cake [no picture of the cake as it was that good].  Afterwards, I opened a few gifts [I was spoiled!] and had a fun and relaxed visit with my nearest and dearest.  An added bonus was that my brother Brandon [who is a lawyer based in Toronto] was finally able to meet his youngest nephew for the first time.  It was perfect.

Peace out 20's!  Happy 30th Birthday to me!

CONFESSION OF A SAHM

CONFESSION OF A SAHM

TWO UNDER TWO

TWO UNDER TWO