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

Friday, December 5, 2014

November Shmovember

I am constantly reminded that we are well into the month of December.  I am asked multiple times per day, "How many days until the Christmas break?" and am told continually that, "I can't wait until Nanny and Grandpa get here" by the kids.  Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!

As excited as we are for our current month, November was a good month.  I think the highlight of the month was a visit from Cath and Isabel.  When I saw Cath in Vancouver in early September, I invited her to bring the family to see us on her November long weekend.  In the end, she just brought Isabel as Howard had to work so we will have to wait for the next visit to see the boys.  

Not to be too mushy about it but it was awesome to have them with us.  As time goes on and life gets wildly busy, I so appreciate old friends who knew me "when".  I love that Cath and I know each other so well....the good and the bad....and I love her for that (it doesn't hurt that she is smart and funny as well...that girl can make me laugh).  It was so fun to see our little girls playing together.  It took Isabel a little time to warm up but then she was off and running. Evie and Bridget were great with  Franny and Is...even got them baking.





Another highlight of the month was having Kris and Billy down for a visit.  See...was a pretty super month.


One sunny Sunday, we didn't have anything on so we thought we would try to get a Christmas card photo at our favorite Seattle look out.  The photos didn't really turn out despite the beautiful day.....


However, the trip wasn't a total bust as the kids had fun at the park below the look out and then we headed to a Seattle institution for lunch....




American Thanksgiving was here before we knew it.  Four days off and lots to do.   The older girls and I started off the long weekend running a Turkey Trot with some friends.  Mags ran ahead with her pals while Eve and I steadily made our way over the 5K course.  Eve was awesome pushing through the pain and ran her best 5K yet!


We then went to friends for dinner where the kids played well together while the adults visited (there was a little friend for Franny which was fabulous!).  The older girls rapped us a song of thanks as we ate way too much (a stuffing recipe that I must get for Christmas!).


That same weekend we got our Christmas tree and got it decorated...




The most important event of the long weekend was Bridget's 8th birthday!  Sigh...there is something about 8 that just seems waaaayyy older than 7.  Bridget is creeping up there with the rest of them but what can we do except enjoy her wonderful-ness (recently had a superb conference with her teacher!).

Her day got started off right with snow on the ground.  There was much anticipation when they saw this...


But, the kids claim responsibility for the snow as they all slept with spoons under their pillows the night before to guarantee its arrival.  It even warranted a photo (not sure who took this...).  Our kids miss the snow.


B got some loot and dinner out for her favorite meal...sushi....Franny surprised us all by being fabulous in the restaurant and even used the kid chop sticks like a star (though there was some serious rice on the ground when we left).





Mags also played in a basketball tournament over the long weekend but no pics.  But I have to tell you, she is soooo fun to watch.  Those arms steal balls left, right and centre and she is so smart on defence and don't even get me started on her free throw accuracy - yowzers!  She claims it is not her favorite sport but things may change after a few more cold, rainy soccer seasons :).

Franny continues to entertain me in her dance class.  She is not always sure where that tutu goes...



Maggie's cool art work...


Kev travelled a lot this month...California, Europe, Texas...



There has been a ton of Dora playing.  Probably the toughest part of the month :).  We are trying to expand our story lines...Kev and I take turns and Gabe is pretty great....I wonder if I could have a friend of Franny's over and make them play Dora...if only I could get a guarantee from her pal that she would play Dora and not want to play anything else....


Quite a bit of hanging in the rain...



There has been far too much shopping.  2015 will see no shopping done by me - the end of shopping, I declare!  These kids keep growing and some are into adult sizes (read...more expensive!).  Time for them to start working!!


Just because I find her so cute....


Mags and I continue to do our volunteer thing with the National Charity League.  Evie is excited to join this spring (and I am excited to start doing this stuff with her as well!).


Ok rushing to post before my next Dora shift...should have had one more Dora-playing baby...she needs a partner.  Sigh.  We love you, Fransters!