Monday, December 8, 2008

Singing the Christmas Blues

Out of nowhere, the kids are sick, again. And William is not too happy about it. But try as he might, as you can see in this video, he tries to maintain his Christmas spirit.

But look at what happens after he eats his orange, it's a Christmas miracle!!


It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

On the weekend, we went out in search of a Christmas tree. The experience was different this year. Rosie was not sleeping in a sling under my coat, instead the big girl was bundled on a sleigh with her big brother. William wasn't too sure about the ride, especially with the snow blowing in his face. After moments on the sled he told us 'This thing needs a roof!' So they both decided to get up and walk, with us and Oma and Gramps, in search for the perfect tree. But after a short time, Rosie found her new boots too much work and choose to just sit and eat snow.

William was having fun playing the clown. He would point to tree stubs and say that was the tree he wanted and then laugh away. He thought he was hilarious!

And then we finally found our tree.

The next day, the decorating began. Rosie was in complete awe of the tree, pointing and shouting at it. Well, that was then, now her game is to pull off the ornaments when she thinks no one is watching.

As for William, as soon as the tree was up and decorated, it was back to business as usual.

Glad some things never change :)


Monday, November 24, 2008

Up to Something

We're always up to something around here, whether its marveling at the snow and the sun, discovering the amazing Children's Museum, going to new playgroups, celebrating birthdays with friends, or just hanging around the house reading, making messing, dragging blankets around or wearing oven mitts on our hands, this is Rosie's favourite new thing to do -- she also loves broccoli, clementines, and William's computer!

We have been to the museum twice and we love it! William has a love/hate thing going on with the dinosaur exhibit, but the more he seems to read and learn about them at home, the more brave he is to see them. We have had a lot of fun there so far. (I love the picture of Rosie and the fish, look at them checking each other out :)


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Party Days

This weekend we had a party for Rosie and Scott's birthdays. Family and friends made it a great day. Thank you everybody!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm One!!

Hooray! Happy 1st Birthday Rosie-Bear!!

Look at her! She's One, she's happy! She's our baby and how did she get so big so fast!

The festivities began the day before when William so diligently prepared a card for his baby sister's first birthday. A trip to the Dollar Store yesterday afternoon for gift bags involved much singing of Happy Birthday to Rosie by William up and down the aisles!

We had the nicest possible day today. For starters, the weather reached twenty degrees and we spent most of it outside in the sunshine!

The day began with William waking Rosie up in bed with balloons and singing Happy Birthday. This was followed by presents and pancakes. The highlight of the morning was Rosie's new doll, Upsy Daisy, given to her by William.

And William, even though he distinctly told us he didn't want a present, only Rosie gets presents on her birthday, was over the moon with his new Charlie and Lola storybook.

With a still-sick Daddy in tow, we got into the car and after dropping him at work, made our way to Heather's house (of course :) for a sunshiny morning of yummy carrot cupcakes and playing outside! Thanks Heather!

There's nothing better than having your birthday with a good friend!

By dinner we were ready to eat, and eat we did. More cupcakes made by Mommy and Daddy. Mmm vanilla!

The night ended with a warm bath for just Mommy and Rosie, just like a year ago. And then storytime with the boys.

And one last cuddle with Mommy.

I hope you had a wonderful day Baby, we love you :) Happy Birthday! xoxo


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Days of Autumn: 19

Let the festivities begin!

This weekend our beloved Aunt Bonnie came for a visit! This means; colouring Cars pictures with William, stories, cuddles, laughing, coffee (lots!), exchanging books, too many treats, a trip to the library, another to a bakery, watching the Sex in the City movie but not eating the Doritos because we were so full, eating Indian take-away (that's why we were so full!), and most importantly Rosie's first ever birthday present!!! An In The Night Garden Toy for sorting shapes, a gorgeous sweater and matching hat, and more clothes :) It was a perfect, cozy weekend and she really didn't stop playing with the kids for a second. Thank you Aunt Bonnie, we love you!


Days of Autumn: 18

This is Halloween! This year's festivities began with a trip to Daddy's work, followed by lunch at Harvey's :)

When Daddy came home early, it was time for the annual fantastic pumpkin carving to begin! One pumpkin for William (uh, I mean Bob the Builder) and one for Daddy.

Rosie was admired at Daddy's work by many of the engineers on their way to labs.

And nowadays, Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without ending up cozy on the couch of our good friends, Heather and Josh after collecting a great loot in their neighbourhood. The only thing different this year was we were minus two waddling mommies and plus two more adorable babies! Smile!

This is Halloween!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Days of Autumn: 17

Autumn?? If you say so. But this is what we woke up to this morning.

William thought the snow was pretty amazing and couldn't wait to go out and play. He loved standing at the window naming everything that was covered in snow, including his water-boat-sandbox!!!

Meanwhile, his little sister, she was just happy to stay inside, be warm and have a cuddle with Bunny.

Oh, I can't believe she's almost one! And that bunny that she won't sleep without was the same bunny I never slept without for probably well over ten years. William never went for it, he loves his Bingo, but Rosie sure loves her Bunny. They do look cozy together, don't they? :)


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Days of Autumn: 16

This will probably be our last family trip to Herles for the season. It won't reopen until July and we'll be there with our baskets ready for strawberry picking!
But until then, we'll miss the corn maze, the raspberry & white chocolate scones, jumping from the hay bales, so many pumpkins, and the fresh peach frozen yogurt that became a real favourite with Rosie.
maybe Mommy and the kids could get there one more time before it's Halloween closing day since on Monday morning, Mommy got her license!! :)


Days of Autumn: 15

On Friday we had a really great visit with Oma and Gramps. William was a little extra cuddly due to feeling under the weather. But I doubt anyone minded the snuggles. We enjoyed a fall day full of yummy cranberry nut loaf and many, many stories were read.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Days of Autumn: 14

So in the past week, I may have mentioned how amazing it's been to see William really take off with his colouring, drawing and even some letters. You know things are changing around our home when the big mess at the end of the day is all over the dining table instead of the floor.
He has also been very interested in the voting process, and just what it is. In short, he wanted to vote. So it was perfect timing that they just so happened to need a new Mayor in Radiator Springs where the Cars live.
We had a great time today choosing four Cars to run for the position. We made ballots, choosing a colour to represent each character.
William loved driving each car (all 23 of them!!) up to the ballot box and marking off the X for their choice...
and placing the folded ballot into the box.
Of course before the voting there was a small campaign, where William told me one promise each character would make to keep their town happy.
At last, just before Rosie woke up from her nap, we tallied votes and discovered Mater was the new Mayor. Now to be honest, the entire election did have a Florida feel to it when at the last deciding moment, William changed one vote because...I'm not sure of his reasoning....but at least it proved he really understands the in's and out's (highs and lows) of the voting system :)
Then we just tucked into some good old colouring. Yesterday's library class was about Hats and William was giving a colouring books of many different kinds. All in all, a good day.
And William isn't the only one with some new tricks by the way!
Look at her! Enough said, I'm NOT a terrible mother, I was right there the whole time watching her. :)


Days of Autumn: 13

This Thanksgiving was spent resting, trying to get better, and teaching William that he could be thankful for more things than just his cars. I think we made some progress with that one.

Things that I am thankful for right now.
Rosie is starting to give hugs and really cuddle into my shoulder.
William is beginning to draw and write his letters.
Scott lets me have naps when I'm sick (even when he should be at work once in awhile :)
I am finally starting to learn some tricks to make our house look cozy.
I am reading one amazing book after another right now!
My writing class is going alright, at least it's getting me going (at least when I'm not sick at night)
William has eaten almost every meal we have served him for the past 3 days.
Both kids are having a blast at their library classes.
I still remain the owner of the most comfortable bed ever!!
Learning how to live more with less stuff!
The Indian Naan bread pizza Scott brought home tonight, yummy!
And of course for our family and friends, the best kids and husband a gal could have :)
(I mean just look at how cute they are :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Days of Autumn: 12

OK so we've been sick and I haven't been able to post in a bit, but we're back on track now - sort of - and the other day I took the kids to the park. I love love this picture of Rosie.

But the thing that made this trip more interesting than usual is that I let William run wild with the camera to see what he'd come up with. Well, 500 pictures later (no exaggeration) these are my favourites.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Days of Autumn: 11

Happy 11 months today Rosie!!

Rosie is getting so close to a year old she can taste it! Playing kitchen, using her hammer to fix faulty pipes (plumber's butt often included!), walking everywhere, squealing when we chase her, loving flying high on the swings, still hating hats, loving food as long as she can put it in her own mouth thank you very much, and making mad dashes for her books. She is getting to be such a big girl and is so so happy!

But not too old to take a quick rest and a cuddle in Mommy's lap.

While big brother is happy because it is still warm enough to play outside.

With lots of time to stay inside and draw, he's getting so good at it!

All topped off by an apple picking weekend on a lovely Mennonite farm not ten minutes away.

Loving fall, loving them.