Wednesday, May 14, 2014

mother's day

Celebrating the best job in the world, with my two beautiful girls!

Mother's Day 2014 Mother's Day 2014

(thanks to those who have reached out to make sure I'm okay! We're doing great.
I guess you could say I took a break and I'm enjoying my girls, but I will be back very soon!)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

more of the things she says

Family Day

phebe: "Can I play with your toy?"
lilah: "Go ahead - knock yourself out!"

The day she got her report card, on the walk home she said how excited she was to see what the teacher had written about her! Then she said to me: "I know what Baba's going to say... Lilah is a rascal sometimes and she kisses the boys!"

After asking me about my report card, I told her I talked too much in class and she replied: "Your report card probably said, you're a good girl at everything, but you just need to control your mouth!"

"I'm not losing weight, I'm getting weight!"

"Phebe do you want to do chores sometime? I do. Do you want to know why? Because you get money when you do chores - that's why!"

After Canada won the gold medal playing hockey at the Olympics: "I wish Baba played hockey instead of soccer!"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

crafting like crazy!


The littles, going craft crazy today!
If they keep this up, their art-and-craft-wallpaper will be creeping out of the playroom and all around our house!

Friday, February 21, 2014

wishful thinking?


Spring is coming, right? Maybe. Hopefully.

Monday, February 17, 2014

family day

We spent a fun 'Family Day' on the canal today.
We skated from our home, right downtown.

Family Day

I'm so proud of my Lilah girl, she skated all the way there and back, which amounts to about 10kms - she's a whizz on ice!

Friday, February 14, 2014

valentine's day

Grade 1 : Valentines

She sure does make my heart glow.
We created 22 of these cute Valentines for her Grade 1 friends.

Monday, February 10, 2014

can we go back already?

Cuba 2014

This photo, was taken this day last week... in Cayo Coco, Cuba.

My girls did this constant charging into the warm ocean. They had so SO much fun. We all did.
I have plenty of photos to share and I'm planning on blogging some 'a day in the life' posts, over the next week!

Monday, January 27, 2014

a little sun, sea and sand!

Cuba 2013

[ Lilah in Cuba, February 2013 ]

Ahhh yes, this exact beach is where it'll all be happening for the next week! So excited!

Today I was showing Lilah the weather forecast in Cuba: I was reading out loud...
"Sunny and 38 degrees celsius", (as it was basically blizzarding outside our front door).

She looked at me and in all earnestness and asked: "Why don't we live in Cuba?"

Friday, January 24, 2014

girls on ice!

friday canal gals! friday canal gals! friday canal gals!

It's Friday, it's frigid, but I still enjoyed a little ice-time with my girls.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

marriage, babies, adoption...

So my Lilah girl told me tonight that I'm the only Mom she's ever wanted - bless her sweet heart - she's told me this same thing several times now. She went on to say that when she gets married she wants to live with me in our house, because she loves our house... or at the very least next door, she said, so we can be neighbours!

To which I responded: "Oh that would be wonderful, then when you have a baby I get to be a Grandma and I'll be able to see my Grandchild ALL the time!"

She thought about that for a second and then said: "Oh, I hope I don't adopt!"

Hmm, I asked, "Why?"

She replied: "Because an adopted baby would be too heavy to carry!"

Haha! I think she slipped back (from being older and married) to being 6 years old and having a hard time carrying a 2 year old (Phebe!), as opposed to a newborn! Speaking of a newborn, we met up with our good friends a couple of months ago and Lilah fell in love with their little newborn, baby Irene. Seriously, afterwards she asked me if we could get a baby just like Irene. (see photos below)

Love that girl of mine... she's going to be the best Mommy some day.

meeting baby irene

On another note, I had no idea how choked up I would get seeing Lilah hold little Irene. It just brought these floods of thoughts and emotions of when Lilah was a baby, possibly looking similiar (Irene's Mom is Chinese and Dad is Malaysian) and that I didn't know her during that stage in her life.

It was an emotional moment. Phew. Kinda still is.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

a little mama/daughter time!

Lilah had a PD day (off school) today. Since Phebe was heading to her usual Friday afternoon preschool (Kidz in Sportz) for 2 hours, I decided that Lilah and I could walk up the street to the local 'Mud Oven', a paint-it-yourself ceramics studio, for some one-on-one time. We don't get nearly enough of that these days.

Lilah chose a cutie little elephant to paint, and well, I'm sure you'll see from the photos... she has that same concentrated look since the day she joined our family. Whatever task Lilah takes on, she puts her all into it. It was a fun time and she really enjoyed herself.

Earlier that day she had an appointment with the Ophthalmologist at CHEO, who told her she was seeing and reading perfectly (in fact, the best she ever has - with her glasses on, of course!), then we went to Tim Hortons to celebrate! We came home for a couple of hours before walking up to the Mud Oven, and finally we walked over to the Rideau Canal and spent 2 hours skating, which was then followed by supper at our local Thai restaurant. The girls were just as worn out as me by the time 7pm rolled around!

Lilah proclaimed it the best day of her whole life! And that's what makes my job THE BEST!

the mud oven the mud oven the mud oven the mud oven the mud oven

Sunday, January 12, 2014

skating on the rideau canal!

I took Phebe skating on the canal this morning, while Lilah was at school. But of course, that 'mother guilt' (that comes along with the job!) would not even let me dream of neglecting my big girl!

So, I surprised her. When she came out the front doors of school, I told her I had a surprise for her, and I let her peek into the bag that contained her skates. Excited much??!! Her screams and jumping for joy may have woken the neighbourhood and had a few parents look in our direction and wonder what on earth had just happened! Lilah, my sweet girl, just loves her skating lessons, and she is always desperate to have extra ice-time and put her skills to good use! She's skating forwards (fast!), backwards, stopping, turning around. I'm really impressed with her skills, especially this past term, I've noticed she's made huge strides in her learning.

Oh, and if you watch the movie below, remember, skating on the canal is not like skating on a nice smooth rink, there are a few more bumps and chunks of ice that can easily trip you up! And you will also quickly note, that videography is not my strong suit! Ha!

skating on the rideau canal - afternoon skating on the rideau canal - afternoon


When I was putting the girls skates on, a very kind lady came over and insisted on taking a photograph of us together!
I appreciated it, I should really get into more pictures with my girls.

skating on the rideau canal - afternoon

I also went out and bought another hockey helmet that evening, now that we have two skaters in the house!
The bike helmet Phebe is wearing here is definitely not the best safety helmet for the ice.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

telling the time

Lilah's been heading in the direction of telling the time for a while now.

She's been wearing her little pink and purple Timex watch religiously, morning, noon and night since we got her baby sister in China. In fact, I bought that little Timex watch as a gift for her becoming a big sister. When I gave it to her I told her it was because becoming a big sister was a big responsibility. If you know my Lilah girl, you'd know she loved that idea and eat it right up, she talked a lot about her 'responsibility duties' in the weeks and months after. The only time that little watch came off her wrist was for bathtime and the swimming pool! However, it wasn't much good when it came to helping her tell the time.

After Christmas, Lilah asked me to spend some of her Christmas money on MORE Magna-tiles. I'd bought her a 100 piece set for Christmas and she still wanted more - but that's another post for another day. It's an amazing toy! So, when I was shopping around on Amazon, I also found this watch. It's a time teaching watch in her favourite colour, turquoise! It shows the words 'to' & 'past' on each half, along with the number of minutes, 1/2 and 1/4. Unlike a lot of other watches that show the minutes up to 60, it just shows the minutes to 25 on both halves... haven't got a clue what I'm talking about? I know, sometimes I confuse myself too... let me give you an example! Instead of saying 7:40, she says 20 to 7. Or instead of saying 7:15, she says quarter past 7. Just the way the watch teaches you the time, which I really like.

She got it in the mail on Monday and was pretty much reading the time perfectly by Tuesday.

To be honest, I kinda need a responsible time keeper around here, especially in the morning! However, being updated on the latest time every 5 minutes, is maybe overdoing it a little. Ha! Gotta love her enthusiasm! I'm so proud of my girl.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

'baby it's a polar vortex outside...'

Yes, we changed the words to that Frank Loesser song!

-26C and my silly girl wanted to stay outside and play after school today.
Have you lost your mind child?

Lilah G