Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Win-A-Pig Weekend

It's no secret. I LOVE me a good themed party... but instead of focusing on birthday parties this year, we are "making a memory" for each girls birthday celebration! 

So, since Larren is the first birthday in our family... we planned a weekend trip to "Win-a-pig" (which is how Caidrie says Winnipeg!!) to the same hotel we went to last year!

It was great... and what made it even better was that we got to meet up with our friends, Aaron and Charm (and their boys) and Brad and Holly (and their girls)! 

On Friday we arrived at the hotel around 7:30 and jammed as much into one evening as possible!

 Ordered pizza for supper...

Played in the ball area (in PJ's no less!) ...

Did some swimming ...

And since Holly, Charm, Larren, and I all have birthday's in February... we had a little bday party to celebrate!

Larren was the star of the show, of course... and came away with some Doc McStuffins items, one of her favs! (Thanks for the puzzles and DVD Gramma and Grampa W.)

Cupcakes before bed made the girls 11:30 pm (!!!!) bedtime a bit more challenging! But we managed, and the mommies and daddies just had to pull a REALLY late nighter to get sufficient visiting time in!

The next day we ate a wonderful breakfast with our friends at the hotel restaurant... played in the ball area some more... forced naps on our "poor" children (so we could nap!)... and went to the Forks for supper and to walk around a bit!

More swimming was in order when we got back, followed by MORE food! :)

Mad face... 

... and happy face - 1.4 seconds later!

Larren quite enjoyed her bday weekend, I think!

 I had to remind myself, every other minute... that expectations kill joy, and wish that I could have enjoyed myself more... but all in all... memories were made, and that was the goal!

And Larren really got a good deal... this was the weekend BEFORE her bday.. so that meant more celebrating was to come!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sleeping Beauty

The other day Caidrie fell asleep, while sitting up, in the midst of watching Larren play a reading game on the computer!!

And then while reading stories, the poor thing just passed out! 

She even crawled up onto the couch, on her own accord and snoozed away!

If only us adults could sleep wherever and whenever we desired, eh?! :)

I've tried explaining to the girls that when they are mamas they will WISH they could take naps... so why not start storing away extra sleep now?!?! 

They don't buy it! 

All but Caidrie, that is! ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I tell ya what...

My husband sure does deliver... he's one of a kind!

See? I'm not kidding... he delivers! 

Free of charge! 

Any time of day!!

Good thing his radius is small... one street over is about all this elliptical could handle!

Simple Saturdays

Saturday morning....

Alia mastered making coffee in the french press...

... and I attempted to help her master looming... while drinking coffee from the french press!

We try to keep our Saturdays simple! ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Swimming

Our friends invited us to go swimming at a local hotel with them on a no school day.... so before we left I asked the girls to grab "swimmies" from the swimming bin in the basement... I turned around and saw all this!!

Needless to say, they were excited!! 

And it was JUST what the "doctor ordered" for a cold blistery winter day!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Saturday Special

A Saturday with absolutely nothing going on? Yes, please!

I love those kind!

It's becoming a regular occurrence around these parts, for quite some time now... that on Saturday mornings Jon and I are treated to breakfast made my our little lovelies!

This particular morning I said "How about no pancakes or waffles!?!?" (since there is usually a hefty mess that follows... and I'm cleaning up till noon!) ... So the menu was fruit and sugar cereal instead!! 

Jon has taught the girls to make faces or fun pictures when arranging food on a plate... so a "cheeky smile face" greeted us this past Saturday! Made completely by Larren!

Know what Alia's new specialty is?!

2 cups of coffee just for mama! :) Mmmm, what a great smell!

(See what a hit your coffee cup is Auntie Erin?!?!)

The girls had some much anticipated time on their snow mobile! It's either been too cold, or not enough snow to get it out much this winter... so they were PUM-PED! 

Even Larren took a turn. She's growing up... and doesn't gun it as soon as her toosh hits the seat! She's becoming quite responsible!

All in all... a good, relaxed Saturday! 

And we're only a couple days from another one! YAY!!

Dancing and Dishes

I don't have a dishwasher... it's true!! And I have a problem with my kitchen counters being messy... so I do dishes. A lot. 

Thankfully the girls are great dish dryers and putter away-ers... and when I get that feeling of "UGH! Dishes... AGAIN!!!!"... we crank up the music and get grooving!

This week's special... Rend Collective - Lighthouse!

I didn't realize how much I played it until Caidrie started singing the whole chorus on her own!! :)

Enjoy... or better yet, dance along with us!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kids = 2 : Mom = 1

Way back when... you saw some pictures of Alia shoveling snow... at the ripe ole' age of 4.

Well... Caidrie got the bright idea to don her snow stuff and follow in her sisters footsteps! No warning, no prompt... just decided she wanted to shovel a bit!

And I have to tell you something.. shhhh... it's personal... *hu hum* I have only shoveled the drive way once... *cough* in my life!!

So these little ones of ours... they have their mama beat 2:1! And I even have a good number of years on them!!

But... I'll give shoveling another try this winter.... I will! And maybe... just maybe... if I'm REALLY embracing the cold, I'll even have Jon teach me how to run the snow blower! 



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wisconsin Wonderland

My super thoughtful husband had the wonderful idea of going to Ohio for Christmas this year!! We hadn't been back home for the holidays in 6 years, so it was most welcome!

Ex...cept... for the LONG drive!!

Thankfully Jon had that all thought through too! Meet in the middle for a break, and then continue driving from there!! So... we met Mom and Dad in Wisconsin Dells for a couple nights and enjoyed the big waterpark at our hotel, their little mini amusement park, and included snow tubing! 

Can you believe that our youngins have never been snow tubing before?!? I blame it on the fact that it's SO cold here!!!

At any rate... it was a highlight of our weekend!

Jon and Alia in fierce competition!

Okay, maybe not fierce... but awfully fun! :)

And this trio was fast on their heels!

Larren definitely had the best seat in the place! She never even had to get out of her tube if she didn't want to...

... Grampa would just pull her over to the "hooker upper pulley thinger" (my technical term!)...

... and they'd be ready for another run!!

The weather was CRAZY warm (compared to what we left behind!) so it was a bit odd to look out and see this!

"Homemade" snow! 

I told Jon maybe... just maybe... if we had a set up like this... I'd be a winter person!!! He wasn't convinced! :)

Ho Cho Break

I had a hankerin' for a vanilla spice chai latte this afternoon.. which sounds fancy but is really just a powder that I mix with hot water :) and invited Caidrie to join me. (Larren had better things to do, like groom her plastic horses hair!!)

Caidrie whole heartily agreed! She picked her cup...

... picked her special blend (we're stocked... it's winter in Canada, after all!!) ...

... then waited and WAITED for the chocolaty goodness to cool down!!

And it was at this moment, that I decided I've missed this! I've missed the little every day details that go unnoticed unless I make the EFFORT to NOTICE THEM!!!

The white gripped knuckles... and the big girl cup.

The wild voluminous hair (passed down from her mama!) ...

... her long coveted eye lashes!

And the way she thinks that EVERY proper cup of hot chocolate needs to be drank with a straw!!

Good to the very last drop!

The Come Back Kid

Well... as all three of my blog readers have noticed :) ... I've taken a smidgen of a blogging break!!!

*cough cough*

Okay, it's been awhile! But know what?

I have realized that I actually MISS blogging! I miss looking for the stories in the mundane day to day life. I miss finding those "little moments" with my camera! And I miss capturing snippets of our life, to remember years down the road!

People have commented about certain events not "making the blog" and about this and that... and I just felt like people were expecting too much... so, among other reasons, I decided to stop all together. Time is just not super easy to come by... and I decided to use mine in other ways!

But, it's time to fire up the factory again and use this, in a small way, to stay connected with our family and friends who care!

So... I'm back! Not sure in what capacity... but here we are!! Thanks for using a bit of YOUR time... to glimpse into ours!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Old Meets New

If there's an extra cardboard box laying around... that hasn't quite made it to the recycling container... the girls will probably have it turned into something "new" in a Manitoba minute! 

These here tortilla chip boxes are GOLD in their little world!! Dibs are put on them at the store before they even make it home!!

Alia originally had the creative idea to turn the box into a television set to be worn on their head... with the wearer as the "main feature." Since there's a big rectangle opening already cut into the front of the box, it just made sense!

The side flaps typically become personal remote controls... since *huh hum* someone usually throws the old ones in the recycling between "television sets!" 

There doesn't seem to be a volume setting on the remotes though! We typically have to use an override setting to make the volume lower!

Who's idea it was to fit daddy's Ipad in there, I'm not sure, but there were two hearty
yes's to the motion! 

Old fashion homemade TV meets new fandangled TV... all on a Saturday morning!