Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Such a fun evening!

A couple of months ago, I received an email from Child Care Resource and Referral about a Ready, Set, Learn program that was offered at the local Christian school on a Wednesday afternoon.  So I registered my 3 little pre-schoolers and we went to a magnificent program that is offered by our local school district.  The children had so much fun and they left with a really nice book and some activities to bring home.  

After my glowing review, Miracle #3 went on-line and found out that there were a few more offered throughout the Spring and she registered Sweetheart for tonight at The Act theatre.  She had every intention of taking Sweetheart this evening, but Baby got an ear infection and is really needy, and she was also not feeling so great either.  Mommies aren't supposed to get sick and because it was free, she figured it would be okay if Sweetheart missed it.......but she asked me if I would mind taking her so that she wouldn't miss out.  She knows how I love this sort of stuff and I jumped at the opportunity.  We had so much fun!

The theme was Nursery Rhymes and there was ten or more craft stations, some games and a some tables set up with the likes of Discovery Toys and Usborne books.  Sweetheart loved going from table to table, making crafts and playing games.  Such simple ideas, and she just loved everything she did.

Above, she is making a spider, showing off her spider tambourine,  playing a matching number and egg game, and playing with scales in reference to Jack and Jill went up the hill.  

This was her favourite activity of the evening.  She put a face on her egg and re-enacted Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall many many times.  "Say it again, Grandma."  And we would do it all again.  And then after she made a blue Humpty she made a pink one. And we did it again.  At least a dozen times.  

She liked playing the games and winning prizes. She enjoyed her snack, and the evening ended with a short Charlotte Diamond concert.  If you look really closely, my little blessing has ended up front and centre.  She started at the back, but by the time she got up and down and joined into the interactive show, she had managed to get right in the front.  There really is nothing shy about this girl.  And we both enjoyed our time together very much!  What a fun time we had, and I think her goodie bag that she left with tonight was rather impressive.  She has another great story book and some more activities to do with her family.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cake!

We had birthday cake tonight.  Here is Sweet Pea getting stripped down to get into the high chair so we can sing Happy Birthday to her.  "Hi Grandma!"

She was mesmerized by her cake and candle coming towards her.  And was most impressed with her cupcake that she received!  

She enjoyed her dairy-free cupcake immensely.  Took her a few minutes to get going, but once she did, she was very happy.

I love how she is showing off her beautiful blue eyes here.  I am always quite amazed at the fact that I have a blue-eyed granddaughter. And I really noticed how her hair has grown in just a week. It looks like it is going to be blonde.  Such a beautiful baby.....she is growing up way too fast!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Congratulations Chiefs!

The Vancouver NE Chiefs went to Prince George this weekend and beat the Caribou Cougars on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, so they are the BCMML champions.  They were pretty pumped and so were all of the parents who went up to support them!

These are the boys this morning just before they boarded their bus to come home.  Most of their parents flew, so I would guess that they have all arrived home by now.  Tired and happy! 

I think that it is very interesting that Uncle Ron won this trophy with his team in 1949, and cousin John also won it in 1981 with his team.  Three generations will have their names engraved on it.....kind of cool, don't you think?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Happy Spring!

It is Sweet Pea's 1st Birthday today!  And it is the first day of Spring!  What a wonderful day to have a birthday!  

We had a little present opening on Monday for Family Night dinner as they have decided not to have a birthday party for her.  She doesn't care.  She had lots of fun playing in the paper while her sister opened her presents.

She had lots of smiles for us and you can tell she must be working on more teeth as everything goes in her mouth and she was sticking her tongue out a lot. She has four top ones and three on the bottom.  

She weighs 22 pounds 5 ounces and is 29 and 5/8 inches tall, which means she is tall for a one year old.  She crawls very well and pulls herself up on everything. She is getting braver about standing by herself for short periods of time.  She will furniture walk around the room, but she really does crawl more.  It is faster and more efficient.  She is very easy going in temperament and takes everything as it comes.  She says a few words...Mama, Dada, and Eyya(Ella)...and signs water and all done. 

She is pretty much the perfect baby except for her sleeping habits, but as her Mommy knows, this too shall pass.  She goes to bed around 7:30 pm but still wakes up once or twice during the night.  Isn't always the best napper either, but she is always so happy, that can be overlooked.  

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Pea!  We love you to the moon and back again!  And Happy Spring!  This really is my most favourite time of the year!

Monday, March 16, 2015

A box and a lid

We had spaghetti for dinner tonight.  And Hubby left the recycling in a plastic bag by the kitchen door.  Both babies managed to find it and they both loved the treasures that were in it.  This baby sat here for close to an hour........totally entertained with an empty box and a lid to a jar.  Hubby told her that he wasn't going to buy her any more toys......he is going to give her an empty box for her birthday.  Typical baby. Isn't she adorable?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hockey

I have been to a lot of hockey games this month.  Grandson had his last game on the 1st of March, but the Canucks and Giants are still playing.  I have seen a couple of losses by the Canucks, and three losses by the Giants.  The Giants are on a 9 game losing streak, but they are still fun to watch.  

So it has been very refreshing to go and watch Hubby's cousin's son play in his playoffs.  It is Midget AAA, so needless to say, it is good hockey.  And because they are winning, it has been great.  Ronnie is the captain of his team and is planning to play Junior next year.  They are off to Prince George next weekend for the provincial championships so we will miss it.

Grandson came to watch Ronnie play last night, and he is so fun to take to hockey games as he really understands the game.  As he watches the play go back and forth, he is quite the little cheerleader.  I love listening to him as he says, "Nice dangle!" or "That was right through the five-hole!"  

He was so pleased when Ronnie came out and took a picture with him after the game!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

At the park

We all enjoy going to the park.  And so we all go as often as we can.  Other than yesterday when it rained, the sun has been out and it is feeling like Spring.  The children and I have daily conversations about how it is still Winter but it feels like Spring.  We have had a very mild few months and we are all so grateful!

Babies all make funny faces.  This particular baby was making all sorts of them on Tuesday afternoon, so I needed to share.

I love this scrunchy face!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day at the Aquarium

It was the first official day of Spring Break today and we headed to the Aquarium.  We all had a great day!  The aquarium wasn't that crowded, and we had lots of snack breaks throughout the day.......but we went with absolutely no expectations with an almost 7 year old, two 3 and a half year olds, a 15 month old and an 8 month old.  They were fantastic!  And we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

It was another sunny Spring-like day and after 4 hours at the Aquarium, we went for a little walk through the forest and along the seawall.

The blossoms are so early this year.  And soooooo beautiful.  Baby thought so too!

We really do live in such a beautiful place.  Two trips to the beach, two days in a row!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8 months old in the sunshine

We had another magnificent weekend, weather-wise.  I mean, who can remember the last time we were at the beach in March?  And it was warm.  Not warm enough to swim, but definitely warm enough to take off our jackets and play in the sand.  Baby loved the sand.  She and her sister both love playing in it.  Sweetheart has always enjoyed it and Baby is following in her footsteps.

At 8 months old (yesterday) Baby has started to crawl and try to pull herself up.  She is still very slow when she is crawling, but she is definitely moving way faster than #3's other children at the same age.  They were 9 and a half and 10 and a half months old when they crawled.  She is cute to watch, and she looks so little!

It is fun to watch her explore her world.  And it has only just begun!