Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Birthday Girl

As promised (I did warn you!)
Some fun tissue flowers. More garlands. This yummy birthday cake. It was delish with blackberries.
Although, The Babe couldn't care less and only ate her ice cream.

The day before she picked raspberry mango pie out of her ice cream as well. Perhaps Her Highness would prefer an ice cream cake next time?!

These giggly pictures make me laugh. So true to her nutty personality!

Friday, May 29, 2009


The Babe keeps asking for this...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

10 Things

If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy check out these lists of happiness. I remember (with fondness) the days when the sound of rain or sunshine on my shoulders or holding hands with boyfriend would have made the list. Oh so simple those times. So much time. And so hygienic.
And so it is with a most respectful nod to all that happiness and a wistful sigh that I make my own list of:

10 Things That Make Me Terribly Happy...
1. sleep. any sleep. a nap. sleeping in (anything past 7am). just blissful sleep.
2. any meal I don't have to make/buy/plan for/clean off the floor
3. any day that does not include sticking my hand in the toilet to clean poop off of something (rare these days)
4. going to the grocery store (or any store) by myself
5. my pvr. oh how I love thee
6. the internet. oh yes I love you too. sometimes you are the one moment of sanity in my day. and I never have to clean your poop.
7. Grey's Anatomy - don't feel bad that Husband mocks you. I still love you. And I will wait faithfully to find out if George/Izzy (Grizzy?) dies. And it's cool that Meredith is happy. And I like little Grey. And McDreamy is still McDreamy. And I will buy your soundtracks.
8. 8pm. Kids are in bed. Usually. So. Nice. Really. And the light in the back yard is amazing.
9. the way my skin smells in the shower after a nice long day outside in the warm sun
10. quiet times and chatting with my charming husband. and if he wants to hold my hand that's cool too.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daddy's Present

The Babe got the coolest new bike from Daddy! And a new helmet (for our little chick-let). I can't believe how grown-up she looks with her new gear.

Nana and Papa were here to help and brought a Ladybug for her bike. Rather than squeaking or honking like a horn, it chirps. So cute. I think it confuses the birds.

Big brothers making sure it all works!

She still can't quite ride it, but I'm sure it won't be long. Such a big girl!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Baby Girl 2 Years

Ok, I apologize in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. I think I took about a gillion since last Thursday. We're feast or famine over here. And we had a lot going on the past few days...

Here are the 'official' 2 year birthday photos. You know how I like to be official. ha
I had some fun rigging up a backdrop and got The Babe all fancied up. Which was great for about 4 minutes when she grabbed her puddle boots and went to chase the neighbour's dog! That's my girl.
It didn't really hit me that it has been 2 YEARS already until I started thinking back and I remember so vividly the day she was born. And it wasn't always easy those early days. And all those sleepless nights....ALL THOSE NIGHTS...
But here she is 2 years later. Full of light and joy and laughter (sometimes maniacal). Always a soother (ala maggie simpson). Full of energy and moxie. A little lispy. Brave and sweet. Sometimes a little punchy. And we couldn't love her more.
Happy Birthday Babes!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Oh how I love this baby girl!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Graduating Amy

This is our beautiful cousin(niece) Amy on her graduation day! This girl has the most amazing skin and gorgeous green eyes. So sophisticated and elegant at 17...
I got to follow Amy and the family around a bit taking photos. The kids had the best time exploring at the farm and we all got to visit and spend some time with cousins and Auntie B and Uncle T and of course Nana and Papa.
Congratulations Amy! Love and hugs from all of us.

I adore this last photo. In her room. Sweet girl!
More to see here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

On Mothering

Aaaahhh...Mother's Day.
What a journey it has been. I have to say that being a mom is not the easiest thing in the world for me. Not a surprise to anyone who has every read this blog. And I don't think I was blind going into it, but Mother Nature has a way of sneaking stuff in on you. You just don't realize how it's going to be until you're in it. And it blows your mind. In all kinds of ways.
So to all those moms who make it look easy, I hate you a little bit, but mostly I envy you. And to those of you who struggle sometimes I support you. I applaud you. I encourage you. New moms and young moms and 'pro' moms and grand-moms. It is such a journey.
The one thing I'm quite certain of, through it all, is that I'm a better person for it. Not a slimmer or more rested person, but a more compassionate, more understanding, more loving human being. Perhaps slightly less selfish.
There are times when I'd trade most of it for a good night's sleep and a chocolate bar. But I have three beautiful people in my life, who have become my life. And if I work really hard and don't wreck them too much they will always be in my life. And maybe when I'm old they will know how much I always wanted the best for them. And how much I love them completely. And I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Which brings me to my own mother. Who I'm so happy to say I love dearly and has always been my champion. Even when I was(am) difficult or selfish I always felt loved. She has a way of not judging. Her sacrifices are tangible. And still I have always felt her joy in motherhood. And now her joy in my children.
And I am thankful for it all.
Happy Mother's Day.

p.s. for the record, I did get breakfast in bed - so cute!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Summer Series 09 - 1

Ok, so we're still waiting on the 'green' to arrive, but our first big day out was quite a success. Not without mud. Or cold, wet boots (on the inside). Or a crazy snowy/hail storm. Still no one complained.
The Bug likes to tell me when he has a good day.
This is a good day Mommy.
Yes, it is.