Road Trip – part three

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Here’s the last of our road trip pics. And it only took me a month to post them. Ha! I swear, one of these days I’ll start sleeping through the night again and I’ll be a new woman :-)

20150730_174553Heading back to Kelowna, the city where we lived for over a decade, meant catching up with old friends, hanging out on familiar beaches, and watching our kids play with our friend’s kids. So funny, because when we moved away all our little ones were babies. Now they are playing house, telling secrets, and just generally being mischievous and adorable all at the same time.

20150730_20393420150730_214750Strolling the  downtown streets way past bedtime. J was having so much fun – I tried to get a video of it and then dropped and smashed my phone…white wine had nothing to do with it…but my husband might tell you otherwise.

20150730_222013Sidekicks.

IMG_0748We dipped J’s toes in the lake at this very beach when she was just six months old.

20150730_151948Lately it’s been tough to get a picture without some serious posing going on. It’s that five going on fifteen thing.

IMG_20150729_134954I think that after the Vancouver heat wave, baby J was happy to chill in some AC for a few days :-) I was right there with her!

20150729_144214And she took a dip in the pool too!

20150731_122229 Kal lake is the prettiest, I can never get over how turquoise the water is.

IMG_0799IMG_0801IMG_0804 Yep, they are all mine!

IMG_0794Whoosh!

IMG_0784IMG_0788IMG_0830Three little ladies fishing in the (almost) dark.

IMG_0831IMG_0836 Okay, so that about covers it. We were on our way home the following morning, and by some miracle, we made it through the entire trip with less than ten minutes of crying. Of course, now that we are back in the city I have yet to have one single successful car trip. Go figure. I guess baby J just knows that road trips are awesome.

Road Trip – part two

27 Aug

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Part two of our road trip took us to the Christian Valley where we stayed in a neat log house on the Kettle River (we sure hope that this beautiful place survived the recent fires!) When we pulled up, we were immediately welcomed by two friendly horses (Puff and Moose) and three babies birds, nested in a wreath near the front door.

IMG_0514 See their little heads popping out?

IMG_0526I don’t know what it is about clothes lines, but I love them. So I had to hang a few little burp cloths up there :-)

IMG_0671 I spy… a Daddy with his two girls, heading down to the river.

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IMG_0537 Woo hoo! Someone was pretty excited

IMG_0521IMG_0518IMG_0525IMG_0674J told me that she wanted a Quesadilla – without the cheese. That’s like asking for a Margarita without the lime – It simply can’t be done.

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This little chicken was good as gold during our trip. She travelled well and slept well. Don’t ask me about sleep this week, though…we are going through a rough patch – which is why it took me a million years to post these photos.

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Oink. We took a couple of trips down the road to the Old Cowboy Ranch and hung out with some farm animals.

IMG_0558IMG_0698IMG_0546 Okay, awwww! Look at that little face.

IMG_0561IMG_0566IMG_0562IMG_0545IMG_0572 And on this farm there was a…sassy five year old!

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There’s J down by the river. We had some lunch, baby J napped, Daddy tried to convince J to go in the freezing cold river (yah, no) and I got some time to read this book. 

20150728_144206 20150728_153341IMG_059520150728_123539 20150728_151018IMG_0608 The lollipop eater and the tree gazer.

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So, that was fun. Pack up the car – next stop – Kelowna!

Road Trip – part one

11 Aug

A couple of weeks ago, we piled our family of four into the car and hit the road. Our first stop was Veranda beach in Oroville to visit with friends. Here’s a few photos.

IMG_0404These two played famously together – adults were not allowed anywhere near this duo…

IMG_0389IMG_0351but sometimes, little brother was included in the fun…

IMG_0454 ha! isn’t he cute?!

IMG_0347Baby J took her first dip in the lake and loved it! Also, only babies can make ankle rolls look fabulous.

IMG_0360 Baby J telling jokes.

IMG_0338Little sandy toes and a sweet sunsuit.

IMG_0359IMG_0339IMG_0364Beach snacks.

IMG_0334My babies and me. J always asks me why I still call her a baby when she’s a “big girl” – she’ll get it one day :-)

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IMG_0350Stressed out.

IMG_0372Bathed, in jammies, and running barefoot.

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IMG_0367I sense an inside joke here.

IMG_0444Matching hair cuts.

IMG_0409IMG_0417Can we eat like this every night, please? Even though we had screaming kids in the background it felt pretty civilized.

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IMG_0446Proud daddy moments.

IMG_0437Bouncy castle time before the storm rolled in.

IMG_0440IMG_0431IMG_0397The girls picked some fresh tomatoes then promptly took them to the bathroom and washed them with hand soap. So they were super clean!

IMG_0394The sweetest two-year-old tomato face I ever did see!

IMG_0428IMG_0425Poolside rootbeer floats and caesars make for a pretty good start to the day.

IMG_0423As do poolside naps.

IMG_0418IMG_0463This lady took a family picture for us – I love it, thank you, Madame Cartier!

IMG_0476Outnumbered.

IMG_0429See those little toes poking out? I am in love!

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That’s a wrap. Next stop, a log house in the Christian Valley!

Oh, and here’s the link to last year’s Veranda Beach trip. 

Three Months Old

6 Aug

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Our baby is officially not a newborn anymore, and every single cliché about how time flies keeps running through my head. I think with a second baby that the time disappears even quicker since there is so much more on your to do list and your focus is so divided. And while I welcome this next amazing stage wholeheartedly and can’t wait for the extra sleep (yes, yes, yes!) that will come with it, there’s a little bit of me that is not quite ready to fold up those adorable, tiny clothes for the last time. It’s not that I’m not loving this new smiley, giggly, oh-so-delicious chunky baby stage (it’s the best!), but I might just let those little onesies live in the dresser for just a few more days, because I’m a bit sappy like that. Why do babies have to grow so fast?

So enough with the mushy mama stuff. Here’s a few things that’s happening with this little three-month old girl

  1. She can roll from her tummy to her back – she’s not a huge fan of tummy time, so she figured that one out a couple of weeks ago.
  2. Those gummy grins have turned into belly laughs and delightful squeals. Peek-a-boo finally landed the other day, and I am officially the funniest person on the planet. Here’s hoping she will always get a kick out of me.
  3. Daddy exists. I am still number one (woop!) but Daddy is getting some loving these days, too. Finally.
  4. Car rides? Not so much – Unless I am sandwiched between two car seats – which, let me tell you, is not super comfortable. But that’s how we rolled for many, many hours on a recent road trip (which went surprising well) Turns out, baby J doesn’t hate car rides, as long as I am her sidekick. So that’s cool.
  5. I think someone is teething. Drool city and all those other little signs that go along with it. J had two teeth in by three months so it’s not entirely out of the question. Stay tuned.
  6. Bath time is THE BEST! This baby loves water and it’s making her mama very happy. We may or may not have struggles at bath-time with another cute family member.
  7. Larry hairs are all but gone. Let me explain: Baby J was born with some long hairs near the top of her head. A few surly expressions and a do that was very much like a comb over and, boom, her father nicknamed her Larry – poor kid. Allow me to get sappy again for a moment and just say that I will miss those little hairs.

I am hoping to keep these monthly photos going until baby J’s first birthday, it’s pretty wild how quickly little people grow. Here’s a look back at baby J’s two month photos. 

Bike On!

2 Aug

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A couple of encouraging kids’ books, a new helmet, a week at bike camp, and the promise of hamburgers and strawberry sundaes at the end of the week and – TA DA!

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A little girl who can now ride ‘Big Orange’ – We are so proud of our little Peddlehead!

Lately…

11 Jul

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1. J is so ready for Kindergarten, she has been on fire with her spelling lately.

2. Loungin or wrestling: it’s a daddy daughter thing.

3. Triple J – seeing my sister with my babies makes me smile.

4. This girl is really turning into a fish.

5. We went Strawberry picking last month. On another note, check out those gangly legs – growing like a weed!

6. J feeding her baby sister for the first time. Sniff.

7. Something about little teeny toes, I can’t stop kissing them!

8. Eyes and hands.

9. Seeing these two together melts my mama heart.

10. A barefoot contessa cake for Daddy’s birthday. We were missing a few candles.

11. We’ve moved baby J into her little crib and so far it’s been a success. Until 5:00 a.m. when she moves in to our bed for cuddles.

12. Sleeping like a baby (in a Vancouver heat wave).

13. J and Auntie C heading out for an early morning appearance on CTV

14. The way the dinner light shone on her face was so pretty. Oh, and I have the pickiest eater in the world right now – I don’t know what happened. Deconstructed foods are all the rage these days, and if it’s green it better just beat it.

15. Great Auntie D, the baby whisperer.

16. J made the tastiest watermelon and blueberry skewers the other day and popped them in the freezer. We will do that again for sure.

17. Wiggling the bassinet – she is such a good big sister.

18. J and baby J’s first tea party, how cute is that?

Two Months Old

27 Jun

IMG_9979IMG_9972IMG_0006IMG_9974IMG_9976IMG_0009 It’s crazy how quickly the past couple of months has disappeared. We are approaching the end of the newborn stage and as amazing as the first few weeks of life are, it’s also exciting to witness the emergence of a baby’s personality. From what I can tell, this little girl is easy-going, highly social, and loves to smile. She has us all completely wrapped around her itty-bitty finger and we spend a lot of the day talking in funny, high pitched baby voices (except my husband, of course :-)) and kissing her belly. Keep up the good work, baby J. We love, love, love you! xo

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