Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas crafts and cookie decorating!

Jack got to have a lovely morning at a little Christmas party with his friends this morning.  They had a total blast decorating cookies, playing with toys and making adorable little snowman ornaments.

Jack believes that decorating cookies means that you slowly put icing on, smash a handful of  M&Ms on it then spend the rest of the time eating handfuls of M&Ms not so discretely.  Totally my son. 

They are such a sweet group of boys and Jack loves them to bits :)

No get together is complete without some rendition of Sleeping Bunnies!
 He was even given a handmade hat from one of his buddies moms and absolutely adores it.  He wore it most of the afternoon after nap and proudly bragged to Daddy and his Papa who visited that he got a new hat!

Here's a shot of the adorable snowman he made :) Okay, Momma mostly made it with a little help from the glue master Jack.  But its so stinking cute it had to go on the tree right away :)

He made just the snowman just to clear things up . I know this picture makes it look like he is a MASTER with glitter and glass bulbs, but he's really more a popsicle stick and foam kind of kid.
Big thanks to Charlie and Alison who planned the party and prepped all the cookies and crafts! We had SO much fun! Perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Stormy Snow Fun

Talented hubby snapping some shots in our beautiful back yard in the snowy morning! Love it.
The stormy weather in the last few days has been really fun for us.  I mean, we all "work from home" and so the commuting, clearing off cars, and waiting to have the car heat up so you don't freeze the baby in crazy weather has been cut from our lives.  It also means we can enjoy the snowy goodness from the comfort of our home and not have to worry about it affecting our jobs or daily routine in any way - unless we want it to!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Ornaments making it onto the tree!

I finally was able to find time, energy and an agreeable toddler to complete our efforts for some homemade smelly ornaments. I borrowed some lovely Christmas twine from Mimi and got to work quickly stringing up my orange slices that have sat out on the counter for a week now. They still smell lovely but you have to have them pretty close to your nose to actually smell it.

You don't need to hold them quite this close to your nose, but Jack really enjoyed it.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

O Christmas Tree, How lovely are thy branches!

What was going to be a beautiful hike into the wilderness to cut down our own tree with Jack ( and get a Christmas card photoshoot) evolved into a snowy, windy cold trip two minutes in the car to the Christmas tree lot. In about two minutes we found a great tree and were ready to get back into the car and out of the freezing cold! We still loved the experience and found the perfect tree! The roads were terrible and there was no sense freezing to death! Another year we will certainly go get a tree to cut down but for now we're rollin with what will work.

Brrrr.  Its freezing and we found the perfect tree - cheese :)!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Party!

Yesterday morning we went to a Vhristmas party for one of Jacks morning playgroups! It was so crazy, loud, busy and filled with kids ready to have fun!

They had all sorts of stations set up for different crafts and play areas.  There were the cutest little wooden tables set out for them to make their crafts all sized for Jacks size - loved it!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Smells like Christmas!

Today was a busy day of getting things done around the house, errands, mailing parcels, groceries and playgroup.  But I made sure when I was home for an extended stretch to get these oranges in the oven because I heard how delicious and Christmasy they smell from my friend Breanna who did it the day before!
Just as they started baking - ah so amazing smelling!
We're going to go get our tree on Friday afternoon! We're excited to go out into the sea of trees and cut one down with Jack.  Since its our first real tree in our first house I am extra excited to decorate it.  These oranges will be perfect for making the house smell lovely and festive and add a nice homey touch to our tree.  Of course I will be hanging them up high so no hungry critters or children steal some nibbles.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Little Friends Reunited!

Each of them snuggled up together enjoying morning snack!
Jack and Ciel haven't had a normal day together in a little while, so they were very pleased to fall into the old routine for a day and hang out together!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Homemade Christmas: Cornstarch Dough Ornaments

I love Christmas! I love decorations, songs and the food. And spending quality time with family doing nothing special but hanging out in the same room being lazy eating, reading or watching movies. One thing I especially love at Christmas is homemade things. Whether it is food or gifts - that just makes Christmas more personal and so much more fun. Yes, when I am crazily knitting away to finish a gift on time that isn't fun, but it always feels so good to give someone something you baked or crafted with them in mind.

I hope to pass on that sentiment to Jack and there's nothing more fun for little ones then being proud of something they made "by themselves". Jack "made" ornaments at one month old of his toe prints to share with family so they could remember how tiny he was! (Yet not tiny enough to fit his big fat foot print on an ornament so we had to resort to toe prints!) this year we got funky and made another baked dough ornament that he could paint, which is his latest creative expression of choice.  I won't post the final products because some of my readers are receiving them this Christmas and I don't want to spoil the big reveal. But I did want to share the recipe and results with everyone now so you can make some of your own! They're fabulous!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Life with a Big Kid Bed!

It was finally time to get Jack into a big kid bed. He never once escaped from his crib which I am truly thankful and amazed.  Nearly everyone I have talked to that has kids can tell me at least one story about their baby escaping wildly in the night.  So for whatever reason Jack decided to not leap out of his crib, I am completely thankful. And it earned him the right to a very cool toddler bed :)

First bedtime story in the car bed :) Loving it!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Getting all set for Christmas!

A childhood fav of mine, now Jack's too!
While we usually aren't the kind of people who LEAP at the chance to put up our Christmas decorations on December 1st, this year is different.  Having a little one around who is SO enthusiastic about lights, trees, snowmen and Santa makes things far more exciting.

Jack and Sirius in LOVE with the fake tree box!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Jack's first Tea Party!

This little guy LOVES visiting the library each Thursday for Babies and Books.  There are so many fun friends, cool toys, great stories and silly songs. The librarians have such great energy and they put a lot of effort into making it a welcoming environment for all of us and our crazy kids.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Cold, Windy, Rainy: Beef and Barley Soup!

(I have no idea why it is highlighted in white... for half of my blog. Apologies)

With the weather being so windy, cold and rainy I was feeling like soup would be a good dinner! I love how it warms you up and you can enjoy it with yummy rolls from the market (which means you also buy their homemade turtle bars!) so it is win-win-win!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Wonderful Winter Walks!

I do love winter! I know it's easy to complain about the cold and I certainly do my fair share of it. But I really love the newness of fallen snow, how it makes everything quieter and clean looking.  Today was the first day we walked in the snow to resume our daily morning walks.

They have been pretty sparse on account of my feeling like crap. The past few days haven't been as bad and I'm so ready for this sickness to be done. On that happy note we went out on our walk all bundled up!

As crazy as it sounds I completely love winter walks SO much more than summer walks. Yes it's cold! But the three of us are much happier bundled up than sweating to death. Pushing a stroller, Lucy is in a fur coat and Jack loves being in blankets. Winter is definitely our speed! 

This is our third season of our winter walking, and I can't believe how big our little guy is! Exciting to think next winter we'll be a walking group of four! :) flash back to our first winter walking season with a wee little one! 
Little cutie bootie sucking on his mittens! 

I know that in February I will be longing for less snow and more sunshine, but right now I am really enjoying that fun wintery feel the snow is bringing. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Friday Surprise Park Trip!

Surprise jazz hands - after running errands and visiting Papa and Mimi we took a surprise trip to our old favourite park! This shot is the moment he realized where we were:)!

Taming the crocodile!

Playing on the very funky swing we didn't know how to really work but Jack felt it was hilarious!

We did our classic "green slide photo" pose and Jack was so juiced to be back in his old park again!

Run run run run run run run run run run run run run and "Common Momma! Common Momma!" So there was much chasing and running.  This Momma got her workout today doing tons of slides, crouching, climbing and steps.

Backwards sliding is the only way to go down these slides! SO fun and Jack giggled himself into a fit before he even got sliding so he was almost out of breath by the time he hit the ground and flopped into a pile of giggling boy. 

The surprise trip to the park was a huge hit and I can't believe the last time we were there it was SCORCHING hot and I likely sweat off ten pounds biking us there and back with the bike trailer.  We will totally need to sneak back there more often to enjoy how much fun it is.

Hope everyone is jazzed for another relaxing weekend - we certainly are ready to chill.  :)!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Toddler Tuesdays: Little Friendships!

At an age where they are demanding, self-absorbed and fiercely independent it is amazing to see them start to form real little friendships with other kids.  Its amazing that they are able to make connections with each other and really appreciate the other kid's feelings.  More than just thinking about themselves, they start to have their own toddler speak conversations and do a more interactive play!

Having a complete RIOT with his friend in the play house!

Most adorably, they start to do things to show their friends they like them. Laugh together, sing with them, bring them items of comfort when they are in distress, and willingly share what they are playing with!  A couple months ago Jack was more than content to just play side by side the other kids and not interact and he has really blossomed into a social butterfly celebrating when he is reunited with his friends. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Rainy Day Monday!

The weather has turned kind of strange being chilly but not freezing, and raining sideways. Certainly not park playing weather or even going for walk in the stroller. Thankfully we hit up the soccer dome and Jack had a fabulous time with his little friends! Totally love this shot of them together hanging out. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Announcing Baby #2

We're SO very excited to announce we are expecting Baby #2 in early summer 2014!

(click on the picture to make it LARGE!)
We've just been bursting to share our exciting news with the world! Jack is largely unaware of the fact he is going to be a big brother because we didn't want him to spill the beans before we could. Check out our blog for updates on how our newest little one is growing!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Wonderful World of Play Dough!

"Its cold!!"

Decapitating the little "cat" we made, then smushing it back on!
Today was a Tuesday, but really it was kinda like a Monday for us because of the holiday weekend.  And like all Mondays they can be rough, especially for two toddlers who need a day to get back into routine when the week begins.  We filled our day with lots of little activities and play inside the house and then after nap time we sat down at the table for some serious fun. A whole hour of serious play dough fun before I had to pull them away from it.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Jack's 2nd Birthday Party Pictures!

I finally sat down at the computer and went through all the pictures :) I had to share some lovely shots of the birthday boy and all his party guests enjoying the celebrations!

Cake is on its way - he's very excited!!
A bundle of diggers on his cake was so fun :) He loved it and I loved making it so it was perfect.
Checking out all his cake decorations! 
Wearing his hat... which did not last long!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Not so Little Boy!

It was mind blowing that we celebrated Jack turning two over the weekend and yesterday!  I mean, two is a big kid! Well, certainly a bigger kid than he used to be. The past few days have been so fun celebrating with a little boy who loves cake, balloons, singing, presents and pictures! Thank you to everyone who has sent us gifts and love or been able to celebrate with us. Jack is the light of our lives and we so love sharing his milestones with all our friends and family. 

I don't have pictures from his party transferred to our computer yet but I do have lots of great shots from his actual birthday yesterday! We went skating with some of his little friends and it was a blast :)! 

The guy running the zamboni even brought us into visit the zamboni while it was parked and they each got to sit on the seat! They loved getting to see it clear the ice after that! All in all it was a fab day for Jack on his birthday and a great way to kick off being 2 years old!

Monday, 4 November 2013

A New Adventure: Indoor Soccer!

With Jack and Ciel being active, social and energetic kids I'm always game for going out to playgroups for some fun. We just heard of a great place to go play, burn off energy and run with friends.  The indoor soccer dome has a free "Mom and Tot" time slot in the morning so we decided to check it out.

When I took these pics we were the only ones on the field.  We got there a little early because I wasn't totally confident I knew where the soccer dome was and gave myself a little extra time.   Just meant that these two got to run and explore for the first few minutes on the field alone (Except for the seniors walking club that does the perimeter of the field during the same slot.  They are highly entertained by the antics!)