Monday, March 9, 2015

Lar Bear Turns Five!

Larren composes songs on a very regular basis... and she was running up and down the hall singing this one... so I quickly asked if she wanted to record it!

Jon's parents were coming for her birthday and she couldn't contain her excitement!


Waiting for the birthday girl in the morning... were five flowers, a newborn picture, and a Happy Birthday plate made from a dusting of cocoa!

This is the breakfast of birthday girls... right here!

She approved! :)

Friday mornings are when Caidrie goes to preschool so more often than not, Larren and I have a Mommy - Daughter date of her choosing!! 

We went to the rec centre (they have a free indoor play place there... and this is typically where we go for at least part of our date every Friday!!) and after going round and round on the slide with her, I suggested we go to a new place she'd never been before!!

(She's chewing gum in this pic!!)

It's a new bouncy house and laser tag place in our area....

I felt terrible that I didn't invite one or two friends with us... but Larren usually manages to make friends everywhere we go, and today was no exception!

I think all the little girls were drawn to her fancy outfit! :) I said she could pick out her favorite outfit, that made her feel super duper pretty, to wear on her birthday!! So she chose her flower girl dress from our friends wedding a year (+) ago! 

It didn't last too long before it got ripped in the front from all the running and bouncing... but meh, to keep it in pristine shape just so they can look at it years later, doesn't seem worth it!

She was SO SO SO EXCITED about having Gramma and Grampa here for her birthday supper, and chose tacos.... which is what she requests ANY TIME she has the opportunity!

I went super lazy on a cake... used a gluten free cake mix, made some chocolate frosting... then colored and laminated a kitty face to put on top! :)

Daddy surprised us with a custom gluten free Dairy Queen ice cream cake to make sure all the bases were covered!

We decided to get her only ONE present!! One?!?! That's hard! So apart from what Alia and Caidrie gave her... this is all she had from us!

A letter saying she was going to get...


Here in Manitoba, there aren't too many kittens around in February!! So we explained that the kitties have to be born, then have enough milk from their mama, before we can get them. She was quite okay with it and started picking out names already!!!

Her and Jon have to build the cat house, and we have to get a litter box, food, a couple toys, etc. etc. before they arrive... so it will keep her occupied!! 

Before bed she played her favorite game with Gramma, Grampa and Alia... 

... then called it a wrap!

All in all it was a fun, relaxed day celebrating our new little five year old! Looking forward to enjoying this next year with Larren!!!

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! :)