Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve

Willow is full of sass and Silas looks like a little Willow of days past....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Right Idea...

Willow is going to keep the party going as log as she can. Time with Dad at home is filled with goofy fun....

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day!

This was such a fun Christmas morning....Willow even let us sleep in a little which was amazing! We called Grandma and Angie a little after 8:00 to come over to take part in the fun. When we pointed out Santa's letter and the empty plate of cookies she was very interested and when we finally made our way into the living room her red teddy was the first thing that she saw. The next thing that ensued was a frenzy of wrapping paper and fun. I tried to savor every moment of watching her excitement....I didn't want it to end. Everybody' was feeling the love....She got some really great activity/game kind of presents which she loves. The second half of the day we spent at Grandma's house feasting. Of course Willow got spoiled with more presents. Christmas has taken on whole new meaning for us...it's true that Christmas is all about the kids....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve....

Another trip to church and then back home to open the first present of Christmas.....new pj's! this was always a tradition in our household when I was a kid so it is something that I wanted to continue with my kids. That way they are always camera-ready on Christmas morning....plus it just always made the eve before the big day that much more special...in fresh, new jammies. My brother sent out a really great surprise for us also: a coloring book that he had made from the drawings from one of my Dad's sketchbooks. He created a 'Coloring with Opa' book complete with crayons and a copy for everyone to have. Of course, Willow dove right in and started to color her book right away. After we laid out our letter to Santa along with some cookies and a carrot for Rudolph, she had her usual story time with Dad and then went to sleep....amazingly it didn't even take her that long to fall asleep.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Finishing Touches...

As the excitement for the big day mounts, Willow put the finishing touches on her wooden ornaments today...going crazy with the glue, buttons, sequins and pompoms. She sure loves to glue things! Anyway, I think they look totally amazing! And I just had to post a picture of the handprint wreath that she made at Caili's house...she added the glitter part to jazz it up a bit....looks awesome!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Of course we had to mark the winter solstice by making a few crafts! Willow painted some wooden ornaments and made some toilet paper roll santas. These are two of her very favorite things to do: painting and glueing. And it is one of my favorite things to do...get Silas to nap and spend some fun time with Willow!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

To Church

Here is Willow all dressed up to go to church...It was one year ago today that Opa passed away. We love to talk about him and share memories. Willow said that her favorite thing about church was the singing....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Baking....

Of course Willow is always willing to prove what a great helper she is in the kitchen...and what with all the baking to be done, she is really putting in the hard work necessary to achieve true "two year old" status....here she is diving into some of that tough stuff right now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Fun!

The excitement is mounting...we are crossing off the days on the calendar and eating chocolates from the advent calendar....and each day WIllow gets to do some fun thing that relates to Christmas. Today it was coloring her own snowman jigsaw puzzle....clearly a fun time.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Santa!

Willow was very excited this year to meet Santa and tell him her truest wish for Christmas: a red teddy bear. She was very excited to put on her 'special Christmas out fit' from Grandma and I was absolutely thrilled that they both sat on his knee without so much as a scowl or a tear. We picked out a toy together to buy and donate to the Santa Clause fund and Adam took the pictures, which I think turned out simply perfect. I look at this picture and it just warms my heart...my beautiful kids...Silas's first Christmas and Willow's third Christmas....it is a completely magical time...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hay Ride!

Today another hay ride... this time at Police Point Park. Willow and Adam were super troopers and braved some very cold temperatures (-30C) to take in this wintery activity while I was at home with Silas getting ready my cookie exchange. Adam said it was very beautiful after the huge dump of snow we'd been having for the past few days...so beautiful, in fact, they went on the ride twice! And then indoors to the interpretive centre for some hot chocolate to warm up!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gingerbread House!

Willow spent an evening at Grandma's house tonight while Adam and I went out to his work Christmas party. Grandma had lots of activities planned including making a Gingerbread house and watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. She stayed up pretty late - until past 9:00 pm and was bathed, in her jammies and enjoying a story from Grandma when we arrived to pick her up. She didn't want to go, she was having so much fun! But Grandma was pretty tired out from all the fun...and Willow was alseep as soon as her head hit her pillow at home.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Heritage Christmas

The excitement of December is starting to mount in our household and I am trying my best to add to it by doing a Christmas-y activity each day. Tonight it Willow experienced her first hay ride. She really liked the horses and looking at the starry night sky. She said that the big, yellow, full moon 'looked like a chip' meaning a potato chip....pretty cute interpretation. She also met Santa but was hesitant about sitting beside him. Instead I scooched in with Silas and she sat beside me....but there was no hesitation about the candy cane he gave her...that was gobbled up in a flash!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Decorating the Tree...

We spent a cozy day setting up the tree and decorating for Christmas today. Willow did and amazing job of patiently and carefully hanging up the tree decorations. I was truly impressed...she just doesn't seem like other two year olds to me....she is so dexterous and calm. Afterwards, she had fun shining a flashlight at all of her favorite parts of the tree.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sledding!

We just had to go out for a sledding adventure on the morning of the first real snowfall this year. It was a beautiful quiet morning, not too sold so we headed down to the river....and were greeted by three white tailed deer! What a sight in the fresh snowy woods! It was fun but a little short lived as Willow got a case of cold feet with only her rubber boots and extra socks on....by the time we got home she was just in tears! Nothing a little cozy cuddle on the couch couldn't solve... We did go out that very day and buy her some warm winter boots so now she is all set for more tromping and stomping in the snow!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Excersaucer Fun

Every time we pull out an 'old' toy of Willow's she gets really into it and the excersaucer was no exception. Willow showed Silas all of the toys and what they do, she spun him around and when i asked her to stop doing that, she ran around him in circles, singing at the top of her lungs. But the funniest thing was after I had taken him out of it, she crawled in and got her head 'stuck' inside. She definitely keeps me laughing!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mama's Lap

There will always be room on my lap for this gorgeous girl...

Monday, November 16, 2009

28 Months!

Ahh, little Willow...you aren't so little anymore. It occurred to me when I took her to music class this week - I used to be very concerned about her getting bonked and bumped around by other bigger kids. Sometimes she would get into a head long collision during the bubble chase and she would cry and cry. Today as I was half watching her and half tending to Silas while chatting with another Mom, (what a multi tasker, huh?) I came to the realization that not only was I not very concerned about her falling down or hurting herself....I was aware that she was now one of the bigger kids, capable of bonking into one of the smaller toddlers. Then later, she and I were looking at two toddlers playing together and I asked her if they were toddlers or babies and she said "toddlers" so I asked her "Well, what does that make you?" She looked puzzled and had no answer but I know that she knew exactly what I meant. Later in the evening i heard Adam talking to her and asking her if she was a little girl, or a child and she definitively said "a child". So, there we have it, right from the horse's mouth....Willow is no longer a toddler and is now officially a child. And don't you forget it, because if you do, she will remind you of it, and correct you, over and over again! Everyday I marvel at how tall she looks and the wonderful things she tells me about. I see her pants and shirts getting shorter and I know she's had another growth spurt. I hear her saying "No' more than I would like and I know that her sense of self has had a growth spurt as well. It is so amazing to watch her grow...my beautiful, smart, funny and clever child...so easy to Love!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November Strolls

The weather has been mild which makes this transition into the dark times much easier. Also, Adam took this week off, which has been great. Walks are the perfect way for us to have some uninterrupted conversation time together. Willow is contentedly occupied looking out at the world form her stroller and Silas is usually asleep in his sling. Family time perfected.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Willow the Photographer

Willow has been using my digital camera lately. I tried to make it one of those 'off limits' things but to no avail. Adam, wisely, showed her the proper way to use it, and hold it, with the safety strap around her wrist. Anyways, she LOVES to take pictures so I'd better watch out because now my hard drive is going to get filled up with shots. But I do love seeing what she sees...like this aquarium pic. Might as well let her embrace the technology now....I am fully aware that my kinds will be 100 times more media savvy than me


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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween !

Finally getting these pictures posted of Willow's Ladybug Halloween. She had a great time this year trick or treating with Dad...and he had fun too, (last year her missed out because of a Friday night class) Of course, Silas and I were along for the ride as well, but she was the one getting all the loot. I can't count how many times I heard "OMG, she is so cute!" which is great, because I did put a lot of effort into her costume. (ironically, my Mom had given me a bag of red velvet and black felt earlier in the year when she was clearing out stuff and later Willow asked to be a lady bug for Halloween, so it kind of worked out perfectyl) Willow was super gung ho to do the trick or treating this year, but then when it came to some of the over the top goulish decorations (with sound effects and flashing lights) that our neighbors did, she was pretty tentative and scared and she insisted that Adam carry her. Silas and I headed for home, so I could get back in time to give out candy while they forged on, with Willow saying to Dad, "Just ONE more! " for the last couple blocks. We had some friends and kids over for a 'wear off your sugar high' gathering and for the first time, Willow got to eat her fill of candy. She was crazy hyper, but also sweet and fun loving. We had to take all the candy away as the evening wore on which was a good call because she ended up staying up until midnight...her latest night to date. But once her head hit the pillow, she was passed out, snoring in moments. It was great fun, and she really was the prettiest ladybug ever!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reading Pals

Willow and her friend Caili had a fun play date morning today. They played together remarkably well and spent a lot of time being mellow and looking at books. I actually thought for split second "Three wouldn't be that bad..." but then changed my mind later when Silas was awake and crying and the girls were getting a little bored and jumping on the bed, screaming etc. : )

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Down by the River...

We had a great family walk by the river today. It is pretty amazing that 5 minutes away is such a pretty spot. Willow had fun throwing rocks in to the water. We didn't stay out too long because it was a little bit windy and crisp. This is a very cute shot of Willow showing a bit of her recent sass....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big Reward

Willow showed us what a big girl she is this morning by doing a big poop in her potty all by herself. I was still in bed with Silas when I heard her calling proudly from the bathroom. I had promised her a few days ago that if she was successful in this task that she could have a sucker (she's only ever had one other sucker in her life so this was a very special reward) I did make her eat breakfast first, so i am not that bad of a Mom! She picked out a yellow one and kept saying over and over "hmmmm, tastes like lemon!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Morning Play

Of course laundry baskets are a classic toddler plaything. I love to watch Willow play with her bears and animals. They are always on some kind of adventure or another. Today the laundry basket was a boat as she sang row row row your boat. The cute thing about her version, instead of 'Life is but a dream..." she sings "Life's a spider dream...."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

27 Months

Well, Willow is just cruising through toddlerhood like a real pro. I have seen so many changes in her since Silas's arrival and I know that the whole experience of being a big sister is teaching her so much. Willow's language and communication skills continue to astound me and others. Just this week she had a conversation with Grandma on the phone that could rival any 6 year old. She told Grandma all about what she had been up to for the past few days, moving from topic to topic with ease. She told her that she missed her and when I asked her to give the phone back to me she said no and continued to talk, making hand gestures to accent her point. It was so great and fun to watch! I have been trying to keep her busy with lots of activities and programs this fall. She has been loving her time out to play with her other little toddler buddies at her art, music and story time programs. I wish that there were more free things to do with kids her age here because she just loves it and I love getting out of the house! Reading continues to be one of her favorite daily activities. She is so interested in reading, she has many of her books memorized and will recite them to herself...her version of reading. When she can't remember the exact words, she always asks for help saying, 'umm, Mom, I can't remember the words....' I have stared to explain to her about phonics and the sounds that the letters make and the letters that make the words. I know that it won't be long before she is really reading...so amazing! Now would be a great time for her to learning french...I hope that one day I can get her into a french immersion preschool or kindergarden. She may only be two years old, but this little girl is smart as a whip and bright as a star!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snow Day!

Well, the first snow of the year came earlier than expected...and hopefully won't stay for long. But Willow was thrilled to giver her snow suit a test run. Good thing Grandma bought her a size 2 last year because it looks like it's gonna fit perfectly and keep her snuggly warm this winter. She had a little fun while Daddy scraped the car before work. At least one of them was smiling! haha! (Just joking...Adam was smiling, too, but more at her than at the snow...)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ROAR!

Willow is gearing up for Halloween. This is the oufit she chose to wear to the video store with Daddy the other day. He said she was quite the hit!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall Harvest

I cleared out most of the garden today. The only thing left to harvest are the beets. We are lucky it has been such a warm autumn. Willow absolutely loves the garden and is a great help picking (and eating) our crops. She sure looks proud of the pumpkin!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Being a Big Sister is Fun!

She is getting the hang of this big sister thing!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Scarecrow!

Willow really likes scarecrows. She is always on the lookout for them when we are driving around and she has been bugging me to make one for several days now. I finally got up my crafty gumpshun and pulled together all the stuff we would need and we made this guy a couple days ago to celebrate the arrival of fall. He is dressed in Willow's old overalls and is pretty nice, if I do say so myself. Willow loves him and has been playing with him, hugging him and making up scarecrow songs since.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Toddler Moment

Today Willow and I were getting ready to go to her Little Picassos art class. We were doing amazingly well considering the chaos that can sometimes occur during the morning routine. We were already dressed and fed...at this rate we might even be able to leave early and stop in at a cafe on the way so Mommy could have a little caffeinated mommy-treat. I was just doing a quick diaper change on Silas when Willow comes into my room, her head covered with white foamy stuff. "What is all over your head???" I ask in my not-so-sweet Mommy voice. "Baby shampoo" replies Willow. Yup, she had decided it was the perfect time to dry-shampoo her hair. Aughhhh! Of course, what could I do but strip her down, rinse off and start all over with the dressing game. The good news is that we weren't late for class...the bummer. - no treats for Mommy. Oh well, at least I had a good laugh.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Alberta Arts Day

Willow, Silas and I checked out the Alberta Arts Day events today. Together we made this awesome mask at a mask making workshop. Willow did all of the heavy creative work - the painting and the sparkles and I just attached the feathers that she chose. Pretty gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

26 Months!

I am so glad to be hanging out together as a family of four! These days are magic...it feels like summer should never end! Willow has done so much growing up this past month. There has been a lot of sadness, protests and tears....but we made it through and we are all a little older and wiser now. There have been so many moments when I have missed her so much...it is hard on a Mama, too, when a new little one arrives. Willow is learning how to be a great big sister and we are proud of her ability to transition through this big challenge. Willow, you are still the brightest light in our lives!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tomato Girl

Willow loves the garden and she is a great helper! She always helps me to pick (and eat!) the best, ripe red tomatoes. here she is pretty proud of today's haul.