Friday, October 3, 2014

Around Here | 38/52

Reading lots of stories to Violet and Dominique.
Playing around with the layout of the living room.
Watching The Lego Movie on repeat. Everything is Awesome!!
Trying to do more journaling for myself.
Cooking a couple more new recipes this week.
Eating tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches tonight.
Drinking lots of Earl Grey and Honey Lemon teas.
Doing some planning for Violet’s upcoming 3rd birthday party.
Going nowhere this evening and liking that plan.
Loving the clothing score that I got at the local thrift store. Bag sale day means lots of clothes in one bag for $8!
Hating that Fall is slowly giving away to Winter. Brrr…
Discovering that Dominique is trying to figure out crawling. Ack!
Enjoying some much needed quiet time in the early morning or after the girls go to bed.
Thinking of how to once again re-organize my craft closet. Still too much stuff in there.
Feeling sick, sick, sick. Darn stupid cough that won’t go away.
Hoping (for) Keith’s new job to go good when he starts in just under 2 weeks.
Listening (to) constant baby babble. Thanks Dominique.
Celebrating that Violet has finally figured out her tricycle and has biked from our house to the park with no problems!
Starting Dominique on solid foods this week. Mashed avocado and bananas are a hit!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Around Here | 37/52

Reading nothing this week. Not sure why, but just haven’t gotten around to reading, except with Violet at bedtime. Then it’s Green Eggs and Ham. Every. Single. Night.
Playing a bit too much Farm Heroes Saga on my iPhone.
Watching lots of My Little Pony with Violet.
Trying to keep on working on Violet’s knit blanket. It’s slowly coming along.
Cooking more freezer meals.
Eating lots of chocolate chip cookies. And anything pumpkin.
Drinking Earl Grey tea, Pumpkin Spice Brulee tea and water.
Doing lots of catch-up journaling again. How did I fall almost a month behind again?
Going for more walks in the evenings with Keith and the girls.
Loving the Fall weather that has come to Manitoba. Love the trees turning colour and the cool air.
Hating that Fall gives way to Winter. Can’t it just stay Fall until Spring?
Discovering pure and simple joy again, such as watching Violet ride her tricycle to the park all by herself the other day. Proud mama heart here.
Enjoying my quiet mornings before the girls wake up for the day.
Listening (to) Violet talk 300 miles an hour about My Little Pony, going on the candy train and picking up her cousins and random stuff that (almost) 3-year-olds talk about.
Celebrating that Keith got a new job and starts after our Canadian Thanksgiving. Yeah!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

End of Summer Wrap-Up 2014

*photo dump warning in effect :) *

I guess we can say that Summer 2014 is done now, with kids back in school, cooler weather and shorter days. I do like summer, don't get me wrong, but I'm not a big fan of the heat (and we have bad humidity here in Manitoba, Canada), so the cooler months of fall are very welcome for me. 

Although Violet doesn't care about the weather, as long as we can get out to play, she's fine with whatever weather there is. And I'm thinking that Dominique is the same way. Oh well. At least they want to be outside instead of sitting inside, watching TV all the time.

This summer was a busy one, that's for sure. A almost 3-year-old who is constantly on the go, and a brand new baby definitely made this summer interesting. But well worth it.

And what did we do this summer? Hmmm.... Let's take a look.

We visited the Assiniboine Zoo for the day and got kissed by a camel.

Played soccer with Great-Pepere

Lots of Splash Park fun

Even Dominique enjoyed the Splash Park

And went to St. Malo Beach almost every week. 

Can't forget about the baby who sleeps anywhere :) 

More beach fun :)

Did the Winnipeg River Boat Tours with my Mom.

Spending as much time as we can with Daddy.

Attempted growing some hot peppers. Unfortunately, they weren't the ones that Keith was hoping for. Maybe next year.

More beach. I'm so glad that she loves it there.

Lots of playing LEGO with Papa.

All in all, it was busy, but nice. Exactly what we needed.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Around Here | 34/52

Reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Watching Dominique master her rolling over both ways. Eeek!
Trying to keep my grocery list under budget, but failing. We ran out of EVERYTHING this week.
Cooking more new recipes this week. And they were hits as well!
Eating waffles for supper tonight.
Drinking Organic Earl Grey loose leaf tea. Simply divine.
Doing nothing much this weekend. And it’s nice.
Loving how the girls get along so well, even if Violet is showering Dom in kisses.
Hating that I’m not sleeping very well this week.
Discovering my love for journaling again. Fell behind for a while and now that I’m caught up, it’s easier to keep on writing.
Enjoying relaxing weekend mornings.
Thinking of joining a Mom’s group at church during the week. Would be nice to get out of the house.
Feeling sleep deprived.
Hoping (for) Keith to get a new job soon. His place of work is shutting down at the end of November and we really need him to get a new job before then.
Listening (to) lots of music. Makes me and the kids happy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Want To Remember | Dominique

I Want to Remember your endless amounts of smiles for Mommy when I come to get you from your crib in the middle of the night for a feeding. You’re always so happy to see Mommy, no matter what time of day it is.

I Want to Remember how happy you are on any given day. Like seriously contagious happy. Unless it’s a bad day, but even then there are moments you are really happy. And what makes you happy? Just seeing people who love you, especially Mommy, Daddy and Violet.
I Want to Remember your attempts at giggling/laughing. You’re this close and it has Daddy frustrated that you’re not giggling for him yet, although we can tell that you want to.

I Want to Remember that you are always more content being held by someone than being put into your chair/swing/bouncer/play mat. You love people interaction and it definitely shows.
I Want to Remember how endlessly entertained you are with your fists in your mouth, no matter what we’re doing. Unless you’re eating. Then you clutch Mommy’s shirt with one fist, while the other is tightened into a ball. I have mouth/teething toys for you, but you’d rather your fists or any piece of clothing to put into your mouth. Oh, and you drool a bit as well.
I Want to Remember how much music calms you down when you’re fussing, but not hungry yet. Especially if I’m doing dishes and need you to be entertained for a bit. I’ll put the music on and you are back to being happy. Especially if it’s Weird Al Yankovic playing on iTunes.

I Want to Remember how hard you are trying to get mobile. You’re rolling over both ways and when you’re on your tummy, you get your knees underneath you and try to get your bum up in the air. I have no doubt you’ll be mobile soon.
I Want to Remember all the “noise” you make, whether you’re happy or sad. It’s constant noise from you, and I love it. One day all this babbling will turn into actual conversations with us, but right now, I’ll take this.