Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

We had a magical morning finding our Christmas tree 😊 we went to Rocky Mountain Christmas Tree UPick. New family tradition for certian. We will definitely be going back every year, it was a bundle of fun. 

They have a wonderful set up in a beautiful location. The trees are scattered and growing all around for many acres. 

We went on a big walk and found a great spot with so many potential trees. There was a lovely dusting of snow which made it Christmasy but not overwhelming for little legs or a stroller. After about half an hour of walking and deciding we found the perfect one and snapped some selfies. Phoebe wasn't up for joining and honestly at that point the wind had picked up. 

We then hauled it to a station in the field, and walked back to the Candy Cane shack. 

Then they got to ride the Kubota back to the station and bring our tree to the car! Jack also picked out a free kids tree to bring home, he picked the biggest one in the pile! More on that later!

Phoebe, Jack and I got settled in the shack and chatted with some lovely other families while Scott roped our trees to the Fit.  Toasty warm fire, comfy seating and hot chocolate/candy canes!

Also snapped some pics of Jack by the growth tree 😊 

We also sawed off a piece for making into an ornament or decoration. I will be checking out Pinterest for some ideas!

We got the tree in successfully and Jack was the towel guy. He wasn't sure what he should be doing with the towels, but he found they helped Daddy bet by being on his back. 

Everyone is amazed by the new decoration - Phoebe included 😊!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Happy third birthday Jack!

It's hard to believe he is three. Blows my mind how quickly time is flying. Growing up into such a big boy enjoying preschool, painting, hot wheels and pasta & cheese! He can carry on conversations and loves his friends and family deeply!

We had a lovely gathering of all his friends on Sunday :) thankyou everyone who came it was so fun and definitely made Jacks day so special. 

Today November 5th is his actual birthday! Reflecting on his big day coming into this world all chubby and sweet is wonderful and terrible all at once. Remembering the agony of waiting while hugely pregnant and sore, then birth. Gives me the creeps. Oie. But getting to enjoy holding him and starting our journey as parents is a pretty powerful memory :)!

Jack a couple hours old...

Jack turns 1!

Jack turns two!

Jack turns 3!

Yesterday we did a little pre-birthday craft so he could have his special birthday shirt :) this year we did all homemade and his party master Dino's helped!

Much to his disappointment we aren't having another party today. He apparently equates the two so he had a big cry this morning that his friends aren't coming soon to party it up round two. But we are going to see friends at Tumble Bugs! And yesterday at school his teachers not only knew it was his birthday coming, but they got everyone to sing happy birthday to Jack early and had a lovely bookmark and birthday bracelet for him. Stretching out his birthday for days has been so fun :)!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fire Station fun :)!

This morning we joined Jack and his nursery school class on their trip to the fire department in Port Williams. It was sort of a chilly morning but thankfully the rain held off and the kids were very excited to get to walk up the road to the fire station.

The firefighters at the station were so sweet to answer all the kids questions and show them what it looks like when a firefighter is all dressed up wearing the oxygen mask. The message was loud and clear  "Do not be afraid of a firefighter when they come to rescue you even though they look and sound a little funny."

Since it is fire safety month they discussed all the important parts of fire safety with their preschoolers. Jack now knows all about stop drop and roll, fire detectors and to get download under the smoke to get out of the fire. I am so glad they talk about these things with the kids because it has completely slipped my mind still believing that he is a little baby.

The fire station also give them their own firefighter hat and a special bag full of goodies and fire safety information to bring home.

Oh yes and they made an adorable Kleenex box fire truck with toy fireman :) Perfect time of year to get Kleenex box donations from parents of sniffly kids. We gathered 5 boxes to donate in one week!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Playing Car Wash

No, we didn't practice car washing on the Fit. We aren't that crazy. 

I got the idea from one of those pins on Pinterest "100 great games for outside" just to get Jack more eager to get out and play when he doesn't have a crew of friends entertaining him and Mommy can't always play when I'm holding Phoebe. He does pretty well outdoors most days, but it is fun to bring out some props for pretend play. 

He actually loved the idea of this one from the first mention of it. Sometimes I have to work hard to sell the idea, today was easy.

 "Jack? Want to go out and play pretend car wash?" Jack paused and then eagerly replied "Yup I think so. Do we get water?" Haha anything with water and he's game. I'm sure he was hesitant based on which part of the game was pretend and hoping it wasn't the washing part. 

My beef with these Pins on Pinterest is the elaborate set up, materials and the fact that my kid isn't into drawing with chalk for hours. This idea was perfect - combine water, sponges, markers and a large car. 

Fortunately this was tucked away in our storage room from Jacks "learn to walk" phase. 

It hung around long after Jack could walk, but I hastily stashed it away first chance I could since it has an abnoxious sound track of songs that goes along with every lever and button on the car. 

But it was super fun today :) batteries removed of course haha! Even Phoebe had fun watching Jack play, occasionally getting splashed during the washing stage of his game. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Apple Picking!

Jacks preschool went apple picking this morning, and we all got to tag along! Even Daddy and Phoebe got to come! 

It was a little damp and chilly but no one seemed bothered by it. 

I did a frantic hunt for rain boots at Walmart and Superstore this morning because Jack's dino boots are too small! It's not an easy thing to find this time of year and we weren't ready to buy winter boots. In the end superstore had some fabulous ones to get us through till snow!

Lots of smiles and delicious apples!!

In preschool they've been working on all sorts of apple crafts, stories and songs. Jack is totally enjoying this theme and so Apple picking was a huge fun part of closing up the theme. But he is also positive we must make an apple pie with our picked apples! Since a crisp is more toddler friendly baking activity, he agreed to it on the promise it is JUST like an apple pie. 

Apple machine for the win!! Fun and quick!

Perfect fall activity for such a cool afternoon. 

And hello delicious.