Saturday, January 30, 2010

if there was any doubt before, he's definitely a boy (and not a baby) now...

What a difference 7 weeks can make! I wish I had a better picture of his curls, but I guess I wasn't thinking. It's hat season and almost every picture of David has a hat...or bed head. I absolutely adored his curls, but they were getting very unruly. And it was spring for a good haircut that would accentuate his curls, or save him from what was quickly becoming a very Louis Rukeyser type of do.

So Kathi attacked him with scissors today. And I think David looks very good...and also very old *sob*.

In other news, there's not much to blog because we've all been sick. David got it first, two weeks ago now. He spent all of this past week horizontal and pretty much silent. Ear infection, pink eye, and a cough that was so bad he's pulled his stomach muscles and emptied his stomach more than once. Then Elisabeth got a milder version.

Remember how excited I was that David had broken 43 pounds? He's back to 41. And Elisabeth dropped almost 3 pounds and is down to 38. Sheesh. The good news is, they won't need any new clothes for a while ;)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Just Another Day at the Beach

Years ago, I was the editor of TWU's yearbook. There were only three of us who were regular contributors, so coming up with photo captions was my job (actually, almost everything was my job, but then, I was the only paid member of staff...). Anyway, every time I have to come up with a title for a posting, or those days I'm trying to catch up on my blogging, I'm reminded of those yearbooking days.

Today was another dry day in the Fraser Valley. It wasn't exactly a nice day, more a variable day. And very cold compared to days recently. So we asked the kids what they would like to do, and they both asked to go to Ikea. So off we set, checked them in to the kids' area and set off to wander 'round the store.

I should have gotten a lot more sleep recently if we were going to enjoy our makeshift date. I was so tired I could barely concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. Between Andrew's cough, me being sick a few weeks ago, the kids' being sick, and just not being able to find my sleep rhythym anymore, I'm barely getting any sleep these days. And it's really starting to take a toll. But, it was still nice to wander around. It's a cheap date too (if you don't buy anything!). Maybe one evening we'll do it again and just have coffee in the cafeteria area.

After we'd spent our hour in Ikea, we decided to go for a walk at the beach. And wouldn't you know, the weather cooperated and it was sunny and warm. Very pleasant.

This time we didn't bother with bikes, just grabbed the beach toys.

The tide was on it's way out, so we walked down to the wet sand and started digging. Well, the other three started digging. I collected green rocks. There were so many. I brought some home to add to my landscaping here.

Andrew worked on his castle building technique. I wasn't really down with crouching in the mud, but maybe in the summer I'd try it at Harrison.

Even David tried. But then he saw how his hole filled with water and played in the water instead.

Elisabeth said she saw a fish in a puddle. She was showing me how it swam away from her. LOVE how she did the fish face and the arm movements!

Her castle. The first time she used the castle kit Nicole bought her for her birthday this year. We all agreed it's AWESOME and can't wait to try it again (preferably at Harrison).

David gave up digging in favour of trying to catch fish. There were actually lots in this pool, but they were tiny and very fast. I don't think David actually even saw any.

The only decent picture I've gotten of myself recently. I stood up on the breakwater to get a different angle on David. I was very glad not to fall face forward into the pool infront of me. It was pretty doggone deep!!

Elisabeth joined David and they tried throwing things into the water to try and rouse the fish.

Amazing light and sky at the beach today.

All this time Andrew was working on his castles, so we went to check on his progress. David was impressed. Very impressed. And insisted on a picture with them.

Then he was upset that he wasn't supposed to play too close to them. So he went for a wander and a sulk.

Luckily the sulk part didn't last long and then he agreed to go for a walk with me.

When we came back, the castles were even MORE amazing!

David was very upset at the thought of the waves destroying them, so after we'd packed up, I told the kids to kick the castles down themselves.

Elisabeth got a little too involved and knocked herself over as well as the castles.

Sweet little hobo

Cinemazoo comes to class

On Thursday, Cinemazoo came to Elisabeth's class. I missed it again this year, this time because I was sick, but Andrew was able to go and watch with Elisabeth. The presentation made a big impression on both of them. Maybe next year I can see it too.

Here's Elisabeth's class getting ready to see what's what.

You know, I really don't know enough to comment above what's already obvious just by looking. Maybe some day Andrew will update with some insight...

If you feel like someone's watching you, mum....

Can you see him? He's hiding in the trees. No? Let me zoom in a bit...

Yup, that's the guy. Kind of explains why I always thought there was a pterodactyl in the tree by Kat's house...

Bike Ridin' at the Beach

Last weekend we had some dry weather. So even though it was almost dusk, we decided to head to the beach with the kids' bikes and let them ride along while we walked. We were hoping that we'd get them to come along willingly so we could actually walk at a brisk pace. Unfortunately, they're not really used to riding on gravel so they still grumbled and we didn't end up going far.

But it was still a gorgeous day to live in BC. This is one of my favorite views when we're in Crescent Beach. I love that we're on a very wild beach, in a tiny town, overlooking the ocean, the city of Vancouver, and the mountains. Awesome.
Winding up for a big throw.
Playing on her boat.

Before and After and other recent going ons...

I thought Elisabeth was looking awfully cute one morning. I tried to get a picture, but this was the closest I could get to a smile (and FYI, this is her patented long suffering look.)

A few moments later...
Also sometime this month, David and Elisabeth playing in their sand turtle. It was FREEZING outside (well, not quite since the water in the turtle wasn't frozen, but it was cold!) yet David insisted on wearing shorts. You can tell he's BC born and bred!

Another patented look: Elisabeth's makeup. Her signature look is the eyebrows.

I let her do my makeup too.

"Take my picture!"