Saturday, December 25, 2010

What a difference a year makes.

It truly is amazing the amount of growth that happens in a child's first two years.  At Christmas last year Aubrielle was just 6 weeks old.  Now she is 13.5 months old.  She's not quite walking, but she climbs.  Everything.


Oceane was still a baby herself last Christmas.  This was a big year for my girl.  She is completely diaper free, and has been for months now.  We are so proud of her, it was a long process for her, but she did it!
Our Christmas card from 2009.  Oceane was just 2!  Look at that baby face.  She's all little girl now in 2010!
Laura is now half way done her year in Jardin (kindergarten) and she is doing really well.  Every day she comes home and tries to teach me some french.  I'm learning.  Slowly.  By far, her favourite activity is Sparks.  Every morning she wakes up and asks if she "gets to go to Sparks tonight?"

Dan and I are doing well.  He's trying to balance being a great dad, work, curling and finding time to play Flames of War.  I've been back to work for about 6 weeks now and we're still trying to figure out how to spend time with the girls, cook, clean and get the laundry done.  I seem to be finding time to scrap though!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas morning!  The gift unwrapping is always over so quickly!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas party

Last night we went and had dinner with Dan's work. The party was at Glen Abbey, which is a bit of a swanky place. I'm not one for dressing up, I had to borrow a dress and buy new makeup. I think the final product was one that didn't stand out! Shelby, I got a compliment on your dress. I'm wondering if I made a social blunder by not returning the compliment to the lady about her dress?

There was a quartet walking around singing to each table before dinner. Imagine my surprise and happiness when I took a closer look and saw that I knew one of the singers! During one of their breaks I went and said, "hi" and got a quick hug. Mr. Sean Mootrey still sounds great!

The food really wasn't very good. The starting salad was wilted, so I didn't even eat it. It was a turkey dinner with vegetables and it was just kind of blah. The dessert was cheesecake and if you know me, you know I was less than thrilled.

I'd say the highpoint of the evening was leaving! We decided to start/finish our Christmas shopping. I'm sure we are going to end up on "people of walmart" since we went dressed in our fancy duds.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Field trip!

As Laura calls it. This is my crew watching a movie trailer to decide what to go see. The girls love to wear their glasses like this. The chose Tangled, and I hope they are enjoying it!

Aubie, Aubie, Aubie.

She went to bed an hour early last night as she still hasn't been 100% yet. She decided that 4:15am was a fine time to be up today. She nursed, we rocked and finally at 5:30, I decided she really wasn't going back to sleep.
To just stay home and let her play is an invitation for the other two to wake up and we don't need that crankiness today! So I thought, "great, let's go and get started on the Christmas shopping". I set her in her crib so I could get dressed. I wasn't worried about showering as this was Walmart we were going to. Of course she was sound asleep in the 3 minutes it took for me to be dressed. I would take a picture of my little darling, but that would probably land me right back at the starting point!
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

What a week!!

This week started out super busy and ended up with 4/5 of us throwing up!  I'm so glad to see this week over!

Laura's sparks meeting was changed to Monday this week because they joined up with the brownie unit and sang some carols for the residents of the senior's centre.

Tuesday night was her Christmas concert at her school.  We were a little let down when we left.  All the other classes sang 2 or more songs, her class sang 1 minute and 17 seconds worth of video.  It was cute, but so short!

Wednesday morning is when the fun started.  Aubrielle woke us up crying at her normal time.  You know that smell?  That is what hit me when I walked into her room.  She'd been sick during the night but either didn't wake up, or didn't have a problem with being covered in it.  That was a first for us as parents.  I hope it never happens again.  Oceane started later in the day.  From there on out, we were just playing a waiting game for the rest of us to get it.

Thursday was my day off and I had intended to study for my exam, which I had to write on Saturday.  That did not happen, because when I arrived to drop O and Aubie off at the sitters, she was sick (although she made arrangements for her daughter to watch the girls) so I brought them back with me.

Friday morning, yippee!  It's my turn.  I was actually glad in a way, as I was terrified it would hit me Saturday and I would miss my exam.  Dan ran around like a madman in the morning to get the girls ready and out the door to the sitter's.  I helped a little, got their outfits ready and threw together some quick snacks for Laura (thankfully, it was pizza day so I didn't have to do too much).  Then blissful sleep for me.  Dan came home around 3pm and fell into bed beside me.  He didn't miss out on the fun, either.  I think I win worse mom of the day award for the evening.  I sat out with them on the couch, but I kept falling asleep.  Laura made them dinner, cheesewhiz sandwiches.  I didn't want Aubie to eat too much because she was sick again at the sitters, so she just had some cheerios and a cereal bar.

Saturday.  Aubie and O were awake by 6:30.  I had hoped for a little more sleep, but it wasn't to be.  I wrote the exam in 35 minutes.  Partly because I actually knew the stuff and partly because I was so tired, I just wanted to get out of there!  Dan went back to bed as soon as I got home.  I've canceled our plans for tonight. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Guess who we saw today?

Okay, so no guessing needed since there is a picture!  We had a busy day again.  First was a little gathering to celebrate our friend Kate's fourth birthday.  Then we had a bit of time to kill so we went to the mall and had some ice cream and browsed around for awhile.  We had some family pictures done today and I also had new ones taken of the girls.  Wow, they did great.  Laura and Océane look at least two years older.  Wait until you see the pose in O's pic.  She sat on the chair and became this little model, she changed her position every shot!   All three girls have spectacular pictures and the group one is sweet as well.  Laura helped me pick which poses to buy.  During that she told me that her watch said it was time to see Santa!!


Océane ran right up to Santa and sat on his lap and started talking away.  Laura just kept saying "zoobles" which led Santa to ask what they even were.  Aubrielle didn't scream, but there were tears, but we still got an okay picture!

Santa even commented on the dresses, he said, "I'll bet mom picked out your dresses, they are similar but just different enough."  You have to love Santa!!

Merry Christmas!

Last night we had our first Christmas family gathering. My brother and his family, my dad, and my mom and Bob all came for supper. I was overruled and the kids got to open their gifts.
It's almost 9am and Aubie is still sleeping, which is a first! Aunt Shelley and uncle Duane got them these cute matching jammies. The girls have been playing with these little pocket pet games since they got them.
We get to have a little bit of a quiet morning before our busy afternoon. We have a birthday party and pictures later today!
Now it's time to get the dude up to make some breakfast :).

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Volunteering at Sparks

Last night I helped out at Laura's Sparks meeting. They were making
three different table toppers for the residents at the Senior's Centre
where her meetings are held. It was so much fun helping the girls make their crafts. There were paper bag snowmen, reindeer flower pots and some paper pop-up Christmas trees to make. I was helping with the trees and the girls made a huge mess with the glue, sparkles and stickers, but they sure had fun! Each girl was allowed to pick their
favourite craft to take home and Laura chose her paper bag snowman. I had to take a picture of her reindeer because he's so cute. She gave him facial hair....just like her papa!