Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Whistler (& More)

Erik and I had our night away in Whistler this past weekend. Erik's parents helped us by watching the kids while we were away. It was a lot of work to get organized for that one night away, but it was worth it. I only wish it could've been a wee bit longer :)

We had a beautiful day on Saturday when we arrived and we spent some time browsing through the shops in Whistler. There were lots of pretty fall colours!

We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau and it was beautiful! They upgraded our room when they heard that this was for my birthday. So we had a wonderful king size bed with comfy pillows and a down duvet... So nice! They also have robes in the rooms since you have to walk outside to enjoy the pool and hot tubs.

We spent quite a bit of time just relaxing in our hotel room. Erik watched an entire hockey game uninterrupted while I spent the time reading and napping in our cozy bed.

Every time we left the room for an extended period, someone seemed to have been in our room while we were away. After we came up from the pool we found these: (for my birthday)

After supper we came back and found our bed re-made and the covers turned back with a card telling us the forecast for the next day :)

Here is the view from our room. The outdoor pool was even warm enough to enjoy despite the chilly fall air!

Sunday's weather was not as nice but we still managed to get in a morning walk before the rain started. It even snowed a bit up there while we were sitting in the hot tub one last time.

Like I said, I did a lot of reading. I love reading but I sometimes dread starting new books because I don't know if I'll be able to get into them. So, once I find an author that I like I read every book they've written (that I can get my hands on). For the last several months I've been reading books by Angela Hunt. I really like her writing and there is a lot of variety in her novels. Our church library has a ton of her books so I should have awhile of good reading ahead of me before I have to discover a new author.

And there have been plenty of things keeping us busy back at home. My camera is full of pictures from the last month so I'll do a quick summary of the important stuff :)

A few weeks ago Micah's bicycle was delivered to our house. This was an early birthday present that we ordered with our airmiles. This was the look on Micah's face when he discovered what was inside the mystery package:

The only bike they had in his size was a Spiderman bike. It wouldn't have been our first choice of character, but hey, it was free so we went with it! I was a little worried though because after I had already ordered it I took Micah to Walmart and had him try on some helmets. When I asked him to try on the spiderman helmet he said he was too scared to put it on his head! So, I wondered if he was going to hate his bike. But, as you can see from this next picture, it wasn't an issue:

He's spent hours pedaling up and down our lane. His neighbourhood friend and him have had a lot of fun racing together and I'm glad Micah can finally keep up!

Keziah is a busy little girl these days. She is always testing her boundaries and being her usual stubborn self, but we love her! She loves "helping" me in the kitchen and being a mommy to her baby dolls. In only a few more weeks she will be turning 3!! She wants a Tinkerbell party and has talked of little else since she was at her friend Taeya's Tinkerbell party in the spring :) I think I'm going to let the kids have friend parties for the first time this year. So, we'll see how that goes...

It turns out that Keziah has become our accident-prone child. She has had more head trauma in her 3 years than Micah has in all of his 5. Just this week she had 2 HARD hits to her head when she's fallen. And after her concussion back in the summer we're always a bit more wary when she hurts herself. I've laughed when I've heard stories of parents putting helmets on their accident-prone children, but now it seems like a smart idea! If I thought she would keep it on her head, I just might go for it...

Keziah loves to help me feed Silas. And it sometimes does help me when I'm busy with other things, but she often jams the spoon in a little too hard, or loses interest after a few spoonfuls (much to Silas' dismay). And of course, it just gets a whole lot more messy:

(those are prunes by the way :)

And little Siley-bear is 7 months today! He sprouted his first tooth on the weekend and I've definitely noticed a positive change in his overall mood. He's sleeping better and spending much more of his awake time being content. Yay! I'm glad to be reminded of what his real personality is :) By the way, Silas has the earliest first tooth of any of the kids - Micah and Keziah didn't cut any teeth until they were 9 months.

Silas is still very wobbly at sitting and doesn't really roll around. But he's getting the hang of jumping and moving around in his exersaucer so I know the rest is just a matter of time. Maybe I mentioned this before but I've wondered if my kids have been a little later at rolling/crawling because I've swaddled them for sleeping. Silas probably doesn't get a chance to practice any "moves" in his crib since he's wrapped up so tight. But I think the good sleep that swaddling brings is still worth it :P

He's been such a smiley/giggly baby so far (even in the crankiness of teething) and I hope that continues. Here he is trying out some peas for the first time. He wasn't a big fan but he sure looked cute!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Walk In The Park

After church finished this morning the weather was too beautiful to go back home. We headed to "our park" (Delair) for a bike ride/walk with the kids.

Micah and his new bike:

Silas has been napping in his car seat in the church service for the past several Sundays. I know this can't last forever, but in the meantime I'm thankful for every Sunday that Erik and I can enjoy the service uninterrupted.

This weekend I noticed that the trees seemed to all be changing colour at once. I love the fall!

Micah didn't want to take his helmet off for this picture...

He's doing great on his new bike!

I love Silas' blue eyes here:

It reminded me of a similar picture of Micah at this age:

Hello down there!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Reflections on Thirty

30 years! That's how long I've been on the planet!

I know a lot of my friends are 30 already, but it still feels pretty huge for me. I can still remember turning 20 and thinking - wow, in 10 years I'll be 30! That wasn't that long ago :)

My birthday was wonderful. Erik solicited some help the night before from Kristi & Keith so he could prep a waffle breakfast for my birthday morning (while I was out). Before I came downstairs the next morning Micah whispered to me, "we're having a special breakfast, but it's a surprise!" After lunch, Rosanna came and watched the kids while Erik dropped me off at the Wild Orange Spa for a 45-minute relaxation massage. Aaaahhh. I could've fallen asleep on the table but didn't want to miss a second of it!

That evening Erik and I left the kids in care of Grandpa & Grandma while we went to The Olive Garden - yum! My only disappointment of the day was the fact that my favourite meal (portabello ravioli) wasn't available... but otherwise it was perfect. Erik gave me a bit of shopping money to spend at Old Navy afterwards. I haven't bought anything for myself in AGES. So that was pretty fun for me :) I had to force myself not to spend too much time looking in the kids section but I did come away with a pair of jeans for Micah (and only because he really needed them).

At dinner Erik asked me if I felt like the day had lived up to my expectations. I said that it definitely did. Neither Erik or I are really big "party" people so I was happy to celebrate in this way. I told him that even though we had originally talked about going away for a weekend for my 30th, I understood that finances and logistics (i.e. three kids to find care for - one of which is a nursing baby) made for bad timing at the moment. Then he asked me if I'd like to spend a night at Whistler at the end of the month. Erik always jokes about stuff like this. He might as well have said we were getting on a plane to Maui the next day because I totally didn't believe him. Anyway, it turned out NOT to be a joke. So, more birthday celebrating will come in a couple weeks when we go to the Fairmont Hotel in Whistler. We'll have to see how Silas will be without breastfeeding for those couple of days. He's definitely fine with taking a bottle but I'm hoping we can resume nursing without any problems.

During our dinner together Erik and I talked a lot about the milestone of being 30 (Erik is still in his 20's so I'm the veteran to this new decade - haha!) My current season of life doesn't allow me to spend a lot of time reflecting but turning 30 definitely has made me stop and think. My days are BUSY and I don't really feel like they're my "own". Sometimes I feel a little cut-off from the rest of the world. And yet I feel incredibly blessed to be fulfilling the role that I've always wanted - wife and mother. 10 years ago I would've been so excited to think that I would have a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful kids by the time I was 30. So I don't want to take any of it for granted.

At the same time I think longingly of the days when I had more time for me. I thought back to my time at Bible School, summer camp, missions - it was all so rich and full of learning, maturing and growing in my faith and relationships. Now those areas of my life feel like they're at a bit of a standstill. Last week I started to worry that maybe I'm at the age where I am already "set in my ways"! It sounds funny, I know, but I honestly worry that I'll get stuck in my rut and stop trying to go deeper and be still willing to change and grow. So, that has been my prayer this week.

This stage of life is filled with diapers and baby food, laundry and dishes, potty training and bedtime routines, preschool friends and time-outs, worry and guilt. My thoughts revolve around these things! And yet this life I am living is so rich and I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

So, in the end I write all that to say... Yay for being 30 :)

Monday, October 05, 2009

A Day On The Farm

Micah had his first preschool field trip on Friday to Willow View Farm. One parent was required to go and siblings were welcome to join, so I left Silas napping at home (in Grandma's care) and took Micah and Keziah to meet his class at the farm.

We rounded up as many of them as we could for this photo. Can you find Micah?

We spent some time in the barn with the animals - goats, pigs, bunnies, turkeys... you name it!

Then it was time for the hayride. Here they are smiling for the camera but their eyes were too busy looking everywhere else :)

That's better!

Driving through the pumpkin patch:

We got to get out and let the kids each pick a pumpkin to take home.

The "corn" horse:

Enjoying a freshly picked apple:

Little Miss Muffet and a sneaky spider...

All in all, a fun morning with the kids!