Thursday, March 19, 2015

the winter that never happened...

Some stuff we have been up to instead of skiing at our local hill this past winter (because there was no snow!)....

Eve got to cheer during the half time of a Harlem Globetrotters game.  She has decided that cheering is not for her (though she looked adorable with the huge bow they gave her).





Playing, dancing and dressing up with friends and sisters...


(Franny wants to wear this old costume of Eve's everyday)

Lots of walks, using training wheels, playing at parks, jumping on the trampoline...




(This is how I watch Gabe's baseball tryout..."hey girls, let's go watch Gabe...NO!")


Eve started playing lacrosse (Mags decided to not play this year).  Her first jamboree (lacrosse tournament) was over a weekend when Kev was at Whistler with G and Mags.  It rained the entire day.  Eve had a blast.  The little girls were wonderful and kept themselves busy in the rental car while it poured outside.  I ran back and forth between lacrosse field and parking lot.  A long day with two ferry rides involved.  Oy!




Gabe had a tough basketball season.  He worked so hard but they didn't place the way he had hoped. We are so proud of how hard he works...not lazy out on the court.  His baseball season has just started and they have won the first two games (crossing our fingers...).  This is how I got to see most of his games...Franny preferred to hang out on the balcony where there is fitness equipment....


(That dress has been worn to too many venues.  Definitely have gotten our money's worth out of it.)

Obsessed as I am with the kids' reading, I have bribed them with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge if they each read a certain number of books before their April break.  Mags opted out as she has no interest in going back to GWL.  I am ok with that since she fires through books.  The others are making their way and having a good time of it.  I am just waiting for those words "Gee, Mom, I love reading!!"...I know it's coming...


Mags played indoor soccer and is now back to outdoor soccer... 



Franny keeping busy while Mags plays indoor soccer...


It got a little weird...


Kev, Mags and G hit the road in the search for some snow.  They headed up to Whistler and had a great time.  They found some snow and some sun.  





Franny is still loving her little preschool.  Here is her first ever school photo.  I think it turned out great....and check out the class photo....



Well, there has been lots of other stuff but we just don't seem to take pics the way we used to.  One thing I would like to post are some of the photos Maggie has from the bat/bar mitzvahs she's been going to this year.  It is a whole new scene for those of us raised Catholic.  She has been having a great time dressing up for all of these parties.  

We have missed being able to ski but I have to admit that I enjoy this mild weather.  I am known as a wimpy Canadian around these parts.  I'm ok with that...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

i blog on a computer just returned from the repair shop...water damage...and franny turns 3

Wow.  It is quiet.

Kev is settling Franny and the other kids are either asleep or reading.  

In my attempt to start sleeping through the night and not fall asleep with Franny (to then wake up at 1 a.m. and be up for hours), we have decided that Kev will start settling Franny most nights.  In the past, I have quite enjoyed the quiet time in the middle of the night but this erratic sleep schedule has started to wear on me.  I gave her three solid years...time to pass the baton.  The next step is to find her a room other than ours...baby steps....

Yep, she is 3.  Franny woke up to her pile of gifts and promptly liked the cheapest one (the Olaf lollypop spinner).  She just as promptly discarded that and wanted to watch a show.  I love this age...she just didn't get all that fussed over her birthday.  I guess, when everyday is a party, birthdays are no big deal.


I did have her little school friends over on a weekday to have a little fun.  Totally wore me out.  Not sure she cared all that much but I got one photo. 


Aside from attending her preschool two mornings a week and taking her dance class and coming to the gym with me and watching her shows and playing with her people, we have been spending some time out in this mild weather.  She loves the puddles.


A closer look of that face...she is an expressive one...


Someone who was not feeling all that expressive one morning was our Eve.  Early morning skiing after a sleep over is not ideal...tough start to the day (yes, she is under my coat)...


Guess who else was at the sleep over....


But ski they did and thank God because our ski hill is now closed until we get more snow...sad snow situation here...

We have managed to get up to the hill three times thus far (not that great considering we bought season passes for ALL of us!).  However, the days we went were great...mild and not too busy...spring skiing in January...





Kev has even been able to take advantage of the mild weather and took his laptop outside (he's in the background there behind the photo of Davin :)...


Kev's mom came to visit and arrived the night Eve had a band concert.  While Kev and the little kids were collecting Joan from the airport, Mags, Eve and I walked up to the middle school.  Mags headed off to soccer and Eve to her concert.  Our house might be dated and small but the location is great as it is walking distance to the schools.

Eve had fun that night but continues to play trumpet reluctantly.  Not sure how long she will stick with it....


Joan was a good sport and did some standing beside puddles with me as Franny went on a hunt for worms.   Without an umbrella to offer Joan (both were in the car which was not home), she just threw a kid's coat on her head - a good sport.


And, of course, Fransters cannot take a photo without a hand on her hip....where did she get this??


Gaber is still at his basketball.  He plays hard.  We are very proud of his hustle and hard-working attitude! 


Mags and I got out for some Chinese food with our volunteer league.  Nice night.  Ate too much but fun to get out and chat with friends.


One last photo of our poser and off to bed for me!


G'night xo

Monday, January 19, 2015

moving slowly into the new year...

Grey and rainy here today.  We contemplated getting to the ski hill for a third weekend in a row but, with it calling for 100% chance of rain up there, we thought it wiser to stay home.  Crossing our fingers that next weekend will work for us.  The younger 4 kids just need time on their skis...need to build confidence and strength.

Anyhow, a slower start to the morning is allowing me to blog for the first time in a long time.  So, here it goes....

In order for B to get her best buds together at the same time to celebrate her birthday, we ended up having a little party in middle of December.   After last year's less than stellar birthday party, B decided to organize this one herself.  She was so great at planning games and activities but she discovered how nerve-wracking it can be and was a little worn out before guests even arrived.  This is where I appreciate her friends who are cool and go with the flow and am not so keen on those friends who take off and hide when they don't want to do an activity.  Hmm...whose birthday party is this??  However, when one of the girls threw up at 1:00 am, B was a wonderful hostess/friend.  I actually didn't mind dealing with this because the puker was so cool and tough...I really appreciated her attitude.  Note to self:  teach the kids to be cool when throwing up at a friend's house...don't whine, just puke and get on with it...and don't hide when a game you don't want to play is introduced (aaahhh!).


December also had us at B's piano recital at her piano teacher's home...


And then one at school where she wow'd the crowd...


The kids got a Lego advent calendar (because nothing says the birth of Jesus Christ like a a Lego Santa)...it was fun...Franny would play with it during the day when the kids were at school and frustrate Gabe to no end by messing up the winter scene it was supposed to be creating...


Mags' official basketball season got rolling...


Evie's dance class started to choreograph their final dance number for her May performance.  Her class is full of long, leggy girls...



Gabe started practicing with his basketball team at the Boys and Girls Club (no pic of that yet).  The timing of activities that night is tricky and has us waiting for him for a spell...tough place to keep Franny reined in so I let her get into (or rather onto) forbidden equipment...


And before we knew it the Christmas break was here and Nanny and Grandpa finally arrived!  It was a great visit.  I didn't take many photos over the holidays.  Kev may have more but here are a few that were taken on my phone or with the camera...


I love this photo...no question that I am a mix of these guys...









 Not sure why the drama here...she was cool about seeing Santa...






Franny's customary hand-on-hip and pointed leg for the photo...not sure where she picked that up...


Chilly hiking day...


Unfortunately, the weather didn't allow us to ski while Mom and Dad were here but the following weekend, we got up to the hill.  Just enough snow for us...we don't need much right now.  Franny is still keen to ski and will even carry a ski now and then.  She is a big girl after all.


Then, not long after Mom and Dad left, someone turned 13.  Teenager in the house!!


Might not be pretty but this is THE go-to cake these days.  YUMMY!


Well, that is all I have and need to run but hope to be better at updating in 2015.  Lost my motivation...it's just the same old, same old these days but no news is good news, right? 

Happy 2015!! 
xo