Friday, October 28, 2011

"boss" - noun : a person who is a leader

A while back, a little something came up about school and we decided we should explain to Lilah the reason for a boss and what 'being a boss' means. We referred to each of our work places and told her that Baba and Mama each have a boss: a person who's in charge and who is to be obeyed. We told her when she's at school and kindercare, her teacher is the boss. I don't think she needed any explaining as to who the bosses at home are, when she came out with this...

"You and Baba are the bosses, but God's the big boss!" ~Lilah

As a side note, we also explained that sometimes adults don't do or say the right things, even when they are the boss. And that she should always talk to us about anything that happens that she doesn't feel is right, even if that person is the boss and says it's right. The only person that can be fully trusted, is God.

I felt a little sad that I had to have that conversation with my 4 year old, but unfortunately you never know nowadays.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

i heart faces - 'let them be little'

One of my favourite things is to watch Lilah jump on the bed, with complete abandon... hair flying and her beautiful giggle.

Childhood is so precious. Let them be little!

let them be little

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little ~lonestar

[ check out more 'let them be little' photographs over at i heart faces this week ]

Saturday, October 22, 2011

shopping saturday : character play dresses

With Halloween just around the corner, I've been doing a bit of "window shopping" on Etsy.

Lilah has had her costume for about two months now and she enjoys parading around the house in it. It's a very traditional halloween costume - she fell in love as we were walking through The Children's Place one day and practically begged me to buy it for her. I, of course, would rather have waited until the sale, but I must have been feeling guilty over something on that particular day and ended up buying it for her! Can you tell she has me wrapped around her little finger? Anyway, we're all set in that department.

But that didn't stop me looking for some fun ideas on Etsy... and that's when I found Wild Things (funky little dresses) and instantly fell in love with the character dresses. Tell me, are these cute or are these cute? I've definitely added this shop to my favourites for next year! Personally, I love the mouse dress, but I know it wouldn't take much convincing for Lilah to fall in love with the fox dress - she has always been mesmerized with wolves and foxes.

And of course these dresses could be worn all year long, not just for one night!

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Wild Things on Etsy
(there's also an owl, a bumblebee and a ladybug dress in the shop - go check them out!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

an adventure

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"when you see someone putting on their big boots,
you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen"

[ the flickr set is here ]

Saturday, October 15, 2011

first skating lesson - "kinderglider"

first skating lesson - brewer arena

Back in August, when the very idea of ice made me shiver, I signed Lilah up for skating lessons - "Kindergliders". It's only taken me 3 years to realize that if you want to book an activity for your child, you have to do it months in advance, not the day before!

Anyway, today was Lilah's fist skating lesson and to say she was SOOO excited would be a complete understatement! She had her skates and helmet all set out and ready for hours beforehand. She was on top of the world!

Her coach is pretty amazing with the children. If you look closely in some of the pictures you can see where he draws on the ice, with a marker, all sorts of little lines and paths for the children to follow, with certain different pictures along the way for the children to copy, like spreading their legs or arms, turning around in a 360, stopping and lying on their tummy, etc. And Lilah, being the eager child that she is, you can see her hanging onto every word the coach is explaining and making every exact move the coach tells her to. She is always the first in the lineup to participate in a challenge. Baba and I are so SO proud of her.

One of the funny moments during her lesson is when at one stage she fell down, she looked over at us and we, being the (terrible) parents that we are, were busy laughing! (She was grinning too so we knew she was fine.) And what did the rascal do? She got back up and fell down again a number of times for our entertainment! I actually thought I was going to die laughing! She has such a funny personality - she totally cracks us up.

When her lesson was over she was gushing about how much she enjoyed it and said she wished she could go back tomorrow, "But probably not", she said, "Because it's Sunday!" When I told her she would be going back every Saturday until Christmas, she got a massive grin on her adorable face.

Man I love that girly. She makes my heart feel like it's going to burst. I adore that first photo I posted below, looking at her coach with that massive grin on her face, she is always so full of joy and life and love. We continually shake our heads and thank God for this beautiful child, we've been blessed beyond our hopes and prayers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

miller's pumpkin patch

miller's farm, pumpkin patch

What better fun activity for a holiday (Thanksgiving) Monday than to head off to the Pumpkin Patch. And that's exactly what we did - on Monday past - we drove a few miles out the road to Miller's Farm. I tell you, there's nothing more exciting in a 4 year old's mind than a trip to the pumpkin patch!

What made the little trip even more amazing, was the temperature! I think it was in the mid 20s. It was so perfectly gorgeous! The sun was shining and I think everyone else in the city had the same idea about going to the pumpkin patch!

There was lots of fun activities for the kids, so much to see and do. We took a tractor ride out to the pumpkin field and Lilah picked out a few pumpkins just about her size! And then us adults found a pumpkin that was half as big as her! We now have a porch full of pumpkins! Lilah had so much fun with the other children, climbing around and jumping off the bales of straw, playing forts inside them, looking at all the pretty coloured Chrysanthemums, checking out all the different types of pumpkins and gourds.

What a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving Monday!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

happy thanksgiving

Two very cute hand crafted turkeys arrived into our home this week! One from kindercare and one from school.

Lilah teacher at kindercare was telling me that as she went around the circle and asked each child what they were thankful for, each of the children said they were thankful for candy or chocolate, but not our Lilah! Lilah told Sharon that she's thankful when her Baba reads her a story. It just about melted my heart.

Then on Friday, after supper, we were talking about Thanksgiving and what it meant. I went on to tell Lilah the top five things I was most thankful for, she then pitched in her top five too. Here they are...

1. Mama
2. Baba
3. God
4. Lots of money (her words!) ...for our house, car, food, clothes...
5. My books and toys

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

Saturday, October 8, 2011

hiking around pink lake

pink lake - gatineau park

We went for a beautiful hike around Pink Lake (@ Gatineau Park) today.

It's only 2kms long, but it's got steps galore and the path is very rough. Lilah walked the whole thing by herself, not that I'm sure we could even carry her anymore! Is it any wonder she was begging to go to bed early and fell asleep at 6:30 tonight?!

The Fall colours are absolutely phenomenol at the moment, they really take my breath away. And the incredible weather we are getting right now is so so perfect, 24°C today and tomorrow is to be 27°C, not at all bad for October!

"How beautifully the leaves grow old. How full of light and color their last days." ~J. Burroughs

Friday, October 7, 2011

favourite photo friday : autumn

a fall day walk

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
~Edwin Way Teale

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[ the flickr set is here ]