Sunday, August 31, 2008

Willow and the Tomatoes

We had a nice harvest today from the garden and Willow was pretty excited about it. Good thing she loves tomatoes. She is so eager about everything. This morning when we woke up she said a big "Hi!" to me, clear as a was so cute!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Willow Hangs with the Family....

What a whirlwind of activity for the last few weeks of August...just as Chris and Artemis were leaving, Judea was arriving...followed by Angie and Baba. Willow absolutely loved seeing everyone..she kept saying "Ba-ba!" We had a great visit, although as always, a little too short. To my amazement, however, I didn't get any photos! Have I finally gotten over my trigger happy obsession? Probably not...I have been very tired lately (thanks to 'Miss All-Night-Nursery-Pants')and I have been keeping the picture taking to a minimum until I get my new computer...whoo-hoo! In the meantime it is a good thing that we are all a little obsessed with digital documentation....I took these pics from Judea's album. Looks like Willow was having a great time playing with both her 'GrrrAunties'!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Flower Garden Girls

Blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk art and flower picking was the name of the game for sunny afternoons at Grandma and Opa's house. It was so much fun to watch Willow and Artemis playing...there's just something so special about family. To know that these girls will know each other for years and years ahead is just so cool. And to look at them and see some family resemblance is also very cool. I can't wait to have the cousins all together again....I look forward to every visit...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cuzzy pants...

What a busy time! The next day after we returned home from our camping trip, Chris and Artemis arrived for a visit. This was Artemis's first time away from her Mom - pretty exciting stuff! She had a great time. Willow was certainly enchanted with her older 'cuzzy pants'. Artemis is a super high energy, imaginative and very talkative four year old and Willow loved it! Trips to the playground are so much more fun when you have someone your size to play with.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Homeward Bound....

We had a great time in and around Nelson but after four nights of (barely) sleeping on air mattresses we decided to head home. Adam was determined to get us home to sleep in out own beds that night if it meant a driving marathon, which it was. But super Dad got us there safe and sound. We took a different route home and had a ride on the Kootney Lake Ferry...which was beautiful. With the rain, it reminded us very much of the Gulf Islands. It was a great way to break up the driving and to my amazement Willow slept all the way to Fernie! We stopped for dinner and gas and then headed out on the last leg of the drive...another 4 hours. It was a little grueling but it was so worth it. We loved getting away to the beautiful interior, seeing new things and old friends and having a family adventure together. We were tired when we arrived at home but also relaxed and happy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

River Rafting!

Makayla, Willow and Kieran get ready for a trip down the river in the raft! The water was so clear and clean you could drink it! It was very calm and so beautiful....we stopped at a small sandbar 'island' and everyone had a was great. Then we landed at our destination and had a little picnic. When the rain and wind started rolling in, our outing was over and we drove back to camp only to find that the torrential rainfall and wind had collapsed our tents and soaked our stuff. Good thing I had put most of out stuff in the car before we left. And good thing we were actually 'camping' on someone's property, with a house. We moved our air mattresses into the house and made camp on the living room we had the makings of a full scale PJ party!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Day Two: Nelson Bound

Waking up in the great outdoors can be a little surprising...especially when you emerge from your cozy tent to some crisp early morning wind. But Willow braved it all, bundled up in her hoodie as Dad sleepily dismantled our tent. Into town to Smitty's for campfires this morning! Later in the day...a picnic and swimming stop at Moyie Lake made some great afternoon entertainment.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Willow's First Camping Trip...

We hit the road and drove to the mountains for a little late summer camping. Who knew Fernie was so close? It was no time before we were right smack in the mountains. Setting up camp was fun after being in the car...Willow loved to search around and explore for pine cones and rocks. She got right to work helping Dad set up the tent. We got all settled in for the night and Willow experienced her first campfire. I have already taught her the word for 'HOT'so i think she go that part. We were sooo lucky to get the last spot at the campground and we had a perfect first evening of wood chopping, campfire cooking, and star gazing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

13 Months...

Ok, now time has taken on a whole new dimension. Just when I barely got used to saying 'She's one year old..' when people asked the I have to think for a moment. Not only is she a year old, she is 13 months, which is like a secret code for monthly development that only other parents seem to get. Other non parent types look at me kind of puzzled, probably thinking I am weird for not just saying that she is one year old. But in this month she is taking off...indeed maybe Willow's name should have been Rocket. The differences that occur from month to month really do astound me. He language and communication grows everyday. She has her own words and syllables for everything in her world...sometimes I understand, sometimes I don't. Sometimes she will surprise us with the extent of her comprehension, like when I was reading to her, she heard the word 'laughter' and so she pipes in with a big "HA-HA!" Or her books that say 'here are my hands, feet, eyes, nose, etc' she's got them all down pat. Her balance and coordination are growing rapidly as well. She can scramble up and down the stairs and we constantly need to remind her to 'use her hands' as she wants to do it all upright, which makes me too nervous at this point. We love taking her to one of the two playgrounds right across the street when she likes to explore climbing, crawling, swinging and sliding. It is so much more fun doing that stuff with her now. In some ways parenting does get more involved and difficult with a one year old...they can be so willful, frustrated and LOUD, but it is also more fun and it's great to take a breath and sit back and watch her doing stuff all by herself sometimes. Even if it means feeding herself and tossing half of her food on the floor! It is impossible to get mad at her when she does that, she looks at me with those big blue eyes and declares "UH-OH!" I know she has a great sense of humour and to hear her laugh and giggle is just better than anything because it reminds me that life is funny and I gotta laugh...laugh at how dirty the kitchen floor is and how crumpled and torn up my books are getting and how tired I am all the time. I welcome her independence...maybe I will change my mind about that when she is thirteen...but for now it is exciting and fun.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Police Point Park

Our favorite family activity here in Medicine Hat...go for a walk! And Willow just Loves to practice her walk. She is getting really solid and fast. Summer is so great! These are some pics that Adam took on the August long weekend...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Summer Days

Adam takes the best pictures of Willow...but that is not surprising.(it always takes me a bit longer to post the pictures that Adam takes....)Here is she is after an afternoon of romping in the back yard, helping Mom dig in the dirt, picking herself some strawberries and playing with her water toys.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Water Park Fun

We tried to beat the heat by heading over to the water spray park...we got cooled off an then Willow did some Greek statue poses for the camera with her this one Atlas or what?

and this is just cute....

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Day with Friends....

We made a quick trip up to Calgary with Opa on Wednesday. It was short, but Willow sure enjoyed seeing her friends Casey, Bronwyn and Ada. And I was so happy seeing Dan and Jay. There were lots of fun times to be had. Willow loved sweeping up with the kids sized broom...perhaps I need to get one for her to help me out around the house...I am pretty sure that I can convince her that chores are a super fun game! And sidewalk chalk was a new, fun experience, too. You can see that she has a scab under her nose from the nose dive she did into the concrete a couple days before. These things are bound to happen, but it sure made her a little bit cautious. Nontheless, she sure is enjoying that gigantic piece of chalk! The shot at the bottom is Casey and her checking out two month old Ada. It is so amazing to see her around a newborn baby. For one, it makes me realize that she is not so wee anymore and it's amazing to see her comprehension of a baby or a 'nay-nay' as she calls them. She was curious but gentle as she touched Ada. I still can't believe what can happen in a mere year...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Heritage Day

Here in Alberta there is a long weekend in August...and the holiday is Heritage Day. There were some festivities happening and I was volunteering at a table for one of the Boards that I am on, so Adam and Willow came out to have a gander and meet up with me. There was a teepee set up outside the Esplanade which we got to explore. Willow loved the buffalo skin rug inside and had a big dive bomb cuddle on it. She also got to check out a birch bark basket. I think she really liked it!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Grandma's Birthday

We all had a great day together, a BBQ (thanks to Opa) and yummy cheesecake (thanks to moi)...and a special surprise visit from Angie was the icing on the cake for Grandma's Birthday. I added a link at the side with all the pics...

Grandma's Birthday Cake...

Willow helped me with the finishing touches on Grandma's cake...a little sweetened whipped cream couldn't hurt....more pics from Grandma's birthday to come....