Thursday, August 27, 2009

First day of Kindergarten




Wow! Gavin had his first day of Kindergarten today.

I expected a sea of Mom's holding back tears and unable to believe that their baby has gone from a babe in arms to Kindergarten! I guess that is sort of what I got, it translated into snap happy Moms and Dads with camera's just a blazing.

There were some tears - Gavin cried. I don't know why I expected anything different. He cried every single day of preschool. So really this is just more of the same. I guess I figured after what amounts to a two month pep talk and some other initiatives that he would have done better.

I was seriously crushed. I walked away from the school feeling defeated and sure that I would have a repeat of last year. It is demoralizing to take a kid to school and have them cry and scream every single time - really it stinks.

When I went to pick him up I realized his class was in the playground. I watched from a distance as he ran around and played like a little maniac. I felt so much better. Maybe he'll do better this year after all. He asked me as we walked away if he could go back there again. Good sign!

A little boy, Caleb attached himself to Gavin almost right away. It was pretty cute. I guess he decided that for now Gavin looked like as good a buddy as any.

Bronwyn doesn't like leaving Gavin. I brought her home for nap time. When she woke up the first thing she said was, "Lets go drop Ganna." Meaning lets pick him up (instead of drop off - that is where the drop comes in).

All in all a beautiful and nice day.

Oh, on another note. Mari stood on her own for a couple seconds last night. She managed to keep herself balanced and stand for just a brief moment. Clever girl!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kid picts






I have been trying to get a photo of all three kids together. Just not having the luck I'd like - here are a couple - but I'll keep trying.

Happy 20th Anniversary...

Tom and Pam. Hope you have a great day. It just seems like yesterday - well sort of - well not really at all. At least Pam looks exactly the same.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Video for Jared, Josh and Kennedy

The little princess wanted to show Daddy how she could dance, while he was building the fort. Here is a little clip.

video

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fort weekend



We had a lovely week. A beach day with Norah and Reed - so fun. Visits with Grandma and Grandpa, play with Max and Isaac, just lots of summer fun. The weather was finally a bit nicer this week so we enjoyed more outdoor fun.

We had planned to go up Saturday for our church's family camp, but Gavin had other plans. He decided that he wanted Daddy to build a fort. And that was the only plan that anyone could entertain. So the fort construction started yesterday. Of course, Wes' plans are always a bit more complex than mine.

I am fondly calling it the guest house. Its not that bad really. Gavin and Bronwyn are just thrilled with the idea and Gavin has been enjoying trying to help Daddy. I am not sure Daddy has enjoyed the help as much, but why should he get off scott free!

Bronwyn and Mari have been playing together more - it is pretty cute.

Highlights of my week were definitely the killer Indian food my neighbor made and shared with me. Seeing my girls learn to play a bit together. Getting Gavin outfitted for kindergarten and watching my husband indulge his children's whims. Pretty great week overall.

And in case you are wondering - still no call from Edmonton. Just waiting.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Bronwyn





Today was Bronwyn's third birthday. We had a little party for her this morning. It was a bit unusual for us. Jon represented my family very well (ahem), other than that it was close friends. Very nice time.

I really don't know what I am going to do with Bronwyn. Everyone knows she loves pink and princess stuff. After this morning it is going to be very difficult to convince her that she is not a princes. Wow!! Little princess dance dresses, a bath crown and wand, little make up kits, and princess purses and shoes, and the list just goes on.

She had a lovely magical day. I asked her before bedtime what part of the day she liked best. She told me that she liked the cake best. Awwwhhh - thanks honey!

Every now and again I like to go back and read our early entries of the blog. My girl is so many miles away from where she was at birth. I never dreamt at that time that she'd be this engaging, wonderful little girl. Boy I love her!

Gavin and Mari did wonderfully today too. We really are blessed.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I buckled

I cooked supper tonight. I was going to have Wes barbecue but I thought that he'd be home too late. So I made spaghetti instead.

I didn't think I could make it to your house in time for supper Eric. And Mr. Anonymous, ya I know who you are, with an attitude like that you just might not get invited over for supper again!

Ahhh, oh well. It was good while it lasted.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

My finest accomplishment ever!

I have been sick this week. Only really sick for one day, but just draggy sick for the others. Yuck! No and I don't have H1N1.

I do have to report, however, on what I consider my finest accomplishment in my life to this point. Wait - no really - its big!

I have for one reason or another been able to avoid cooking dinner for two whole weeks. Yes. It is true and no my family hasn't lost a lot of weight.

Between camping (Mom and Dad did all the cooking), being exhausted and getting pizza, going to friends and family for dinner, having Wes barbecue, or having Wes deal with supper because I was too sick - well you get the picture. TWO WHOLE WEEKS.

Agghh - I have a feeling that my luck runs out tomorrow. Any offers for dinner??

Call if you have an opening. We have no plans Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Let me know.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Happy 70th Birthday Dad


Wow my dad is 70! Hard to believe. My dad is, simply put - the best ever.

Love you lots Dad - happy birthday.