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A first of many summer events for Langdon!  First baseball game, first swim (all by himself – read on to see how!) + more!






Last Saturday Jeff dragged us to the Hell on Wheels vs Heartland baseball game.

Heartland is like Canada’s version of ER or Grey’s Anatomy.  As in, it’s been shooting for like a million seasons.  Except instead of scrubs + doctors it’s lots of plaid, denim + horses.  Jeff used to work on this show many years ago.Heartland

And here’s Hell on Wheels – the AMC show that Jeff is shooting currently.Hell on Wheels Season 4

Langdon’s first baseball game!  He loved watching all the action!Blog - 01

He was throwing the peace sign like a young Hollywood starlet.  “Peeeeeeace, y’all!” says Langdon.

Hell on Wheels won!  Here’s Phil who plays Mickey on the show (he’s a super duper awesome nice guy!), proudly showing off the trophy.Blog - 02

On his own little accord, Langdon reached out + grabbed the trophy!  Phil was freaking out!!!!  Oh Langdon, you little imp.Blog - 03

Anyway there were so many people wanting to see Langdon that his little brain almost burst by the end of it all.  Poor thing.  Jeff is a proud papa + wants to show off his little son, but it was too much for such a tiny man.

The only way Jeff could get me to the baseball game (although I work(ed) in the film industry I never attended the events – it’s not really my bag) is to lure me with Japanese food.  The second time this month we visited Calgary’s Goro + Gun.  OMG this place is so yummy!!!  Here’s Jeff on the first visit with their miso ramen.Blog - 04

The broth is thick + rich, generous slabs of slightly charred + fatty pork belly + the noodles are perfectly al dente!  Urrrrgh, me want in belly now!!!!

On both visits we’ve ordered the tuna poke.  This appetizer takes us back to Hawaii!!!  Drooool.Blog - 05

There’s much, much more that we indulge in when we’re there, but I ain’t got time for that.  Jeff also took a picture of Langdon + I with Chef Tomo, but it’s a hot mess of shadows, blinking + the back of Langdon’s head.

The restaurant decor is modern + clean.  Their graphics are super cool.  Here’s Langdon posed in front of the map of Japan looking very proud of himself.Blog - 06

“Double chin, chubby cheeks, heh heh heh.” says Langdon.

After dinner, Langdon gazed upon Calgary’s city skyscrapers.  He loves how shiny shiny they are.Blog - 07

Needing more family quality time, last Sunday we took the mini tyke to the Turner Valley community pool for a swim.  I saw this baby floatation device that goes around babies’ necks on a Japanese website + was instantly intrigued + bemused.  It looked crazy, but made total sense to me.  The Swimava is supposed to help babies exercise their little legs to encourage movement that in the future will aid in crawling, walking + swimming.  The company has amazing customer service + shipped really fast!  The Swimava is also therapeutic, since babes love bobbing around in the water.  I was very nervous at first to test it out…Blog - 08

Langdon took to it IMMEDIATELY!!!!  There’s little grab loops on the underside of the tube + Langdon instinctively held on to them + kicked his fat legs!  With Jeff + I right beside him watching like hawks, of course!Blog - 09

We were getting so many dirty looks!!!  People (especially the “life guards”) were throwing daggers at us with their beady weasel eyes.  As if we were torturing our child with our weird, new age, baby abuse device.  Well haters gonna hate – but this baby was SMILING!!!  No tears!  He was kicking + floating along going, “Glibbity glibbity glub blub blub!”!!Blog - 10

Eventually I caved in to the stares because it was making me super uncomfortable + feeling moderately traumatized.  Plus, there were too many waves created by psychopathic, maniacal little boys (which I well know Langdon will become one day).  So we took him out of the Swimava + put him into his first canoe ride!!!Blog - 11

Fatty Arbuckle was in heaven!!!  As a half Canuck, his first canoe ride was like melting, oozing cheese on a baguette.  Dreamy.Blog - 12

The gentle rocking of the boat + water at his feet put him in such a zen like state.  Epic win.

During the week Langdon + I met up with my pal Michelle who I met through this blog.  Check out her blog!!!  We had lunch at Tim Horton’s – a true Canadian institution.  Timmie’s as Canucks like to call it.  We took a picture to commemorate Langdon’s first visit to Timmie’s + to applaud the fact that Langdon + Michelle wore the same color shirt without calling each other beforehand.

See how entranced he is with Timmie’s???  Ah, a sign of a true Canadian.  You passed the test, my dear boy.Blog - 13

Another first – Langdon has been rolling around like he’s a wheel on a horse cart.  He must be strong to lift the weight of that ginormous cranium.Blog - 14

New moms take note: when babies learn to roll onto their tummies -THEY ALSO DO IT IN THEIR SLEEP.  Which means if they don’t know how to roll onto their backs again, they wake up, freak out crying + you have to roll them back again – ALL SLEEPLESS NIGHT LONG.  Let me hopefully save you from some grief + torturous nights!  I read that a pediatrician said if babies are strong enough to hold up their heads + roll, then it is safe for them to start sleeping on their tummies.  So it took me a couple nights of Langdon waking up on his belly, to soothe him with a pacifier + white noise, so that when he woke up, he would fall back asleep + get used to sleeping on his tummy with his face turned to the side.  LANGDON NOW SLEEPS 12 HOURS STRAIGHT!!!!  HALLELUIAH!!!Evangelical Preacher









Alright mom advice done.  We are now going to make the Swimava a weekend activity in the safety of our warm bathtub, + add more Langdon, mom + dad time to our weekends!  How has your summer been going????  Enjoy August everyone!!!  XOXO

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. oh my goodness, HALLELUJAH! sleeping through the night!!!! Talk about “burying the lead” lady! I am so happy for you, what a major deal that is! I hope this new development leads to more restful sleep for you, though I know it can take awhile to wean your mommy-brain off of the “wake-up! the baby needs you!!” routine every 5 hours. Sad, sad mommy-brains. Always working overtime!

    Langdon cracks me up in that canoe picture, he is such a cute little cream-puff. Miss you guys!

    August 15, 2014
    • It’s true! Even though he’s sound asleep I keep waking up + staring at him to make sure he’s ok! Haha. Sad. Miss you too, hope the move goes well!!! XOXO

      August 16, 2014
  2. Langdon rules. That is all.

    August 15, 2014
  3. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    LangLang looks kool in his yellow Speedo’s..
    …and luv his hat, father like son, huh !!! Gads
    Lang’s photo in front of the Japan map, is so
    classic, & yummm, the ramen looks so delish,
    and the appetizer, shoot maybe i’ll come with,
    Grandma, 2 Calgary & Black Diamond,..LOL!!!
    luv, Lang’s photo’s, keep on shooting, Nan !!!!!
    hey, to Jeff, Take Care, have a Great Weekend.
    Luv, Dads

    August 15, 2014
    • It is so awesome to find good eats in Canada – when we do it is like crack! Must visit multiple times to eat!!! Langdon is so easy to photograph – well when he’s not spazzing out, crying or squirming that is. Love you!

      August 16, 2014
  4. Deb Fayle #

    Hurray for sleep!!! Yahoo. Love the swimava – so cool! I think you should sell them to new moms and make a fortune. Ok, all I can say is bring that baby back to Vancouver!!!

    August 16, 2014
    • Langdon is just dying for his Auntie Deb!!!! And uncle + cousins too of course!!!! Can’t wait!

      August 16, 2014
  5. I so wanna try one of those swimmy ring things though I can imagine if you got given weird looks there that we’d get an absolutely awful time here in the land of opinionated elderly Cantonese women, haha. So cool though!

    Langdon is a squirming, rolling, sleeping machine by the sounds of it. Go little man, GO! X

    August 18, 2014
    • I have Langdon swimming in the bathtub on the weekends now – HE GOES NUTS HE LOVES IT SO MUCH!!! Apparently they’re based out of Hong Kong??? Langdon is a fat fleshy, rolly polly!

      August 19, 2014
      • What a great idea! If only Hong Kong sized apartments had bathtubs, haha.

        Langdon is gorgeous and staunch looking – love it! Boss Baby!

        August 19, 2014
  6. Helga Feldman #

    Shelli! Langdon is so cute and I love your blog! Looks like I have a lot to look forward to with Olive. Hope all is well and we should catch up for reals soon!

    August 19, 2014
    • Helga!!! Yay I’m so glad to hear from you!!! Yes, Olive will be rolling around, lifting her head, getting crazy active in no time!!! Take care mama!!! Can you believe it?! You + I – moms?! Haha! Miss you!

      August 20, 2014
  7. Wonderful series of photos! Greetings from Montreal, Quebec.

    August 29, 2014

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