Wednesday, October 21, 2009

take a little break

well, i updated from February to May while i foolishly let my kids nap. but i have been wanting to get back to blogging so the best i can do is little by little. enjoy! more to come...

May 2009

Diedre was so excited to give me the Mother's Day craft she made for me at church


we went out for lunch after church

my & my first born :)

we went mini-golfing at Castle Fun Park

derek showing ezekiel how to use the putter. ezekiel lost interest pretty quick, but just wandered around looking at all the interesting things at the course.

mom & i went to the beach with joanna and her mom one springy day

ezekiel's cat Cloudy had a litter of kittens. 3 live births, one stillborn, it was very traumatic.

Audrey began crawling a little

i picked up this house 2nd hand and she loved to find the basket of kittens that "meow". soo cute!

April 2009

The highlight of April for me was our family trip to Whistler to celebrate our 9th anniversary. We dated and got married while living up in Whistler and lived there for another year and a half after we got married. its a special place to us and we were happy to bring the family to meet some good friends at Whistler Community Church on Sunday.

ready to hit the pool at the Marriott

note to us: next time, bring life jackets!

we happened to be up there during the Ski & Snowboard festival, Big Air competition which was perfect. it was free, lots of free samples in the village, Ezekiel LOVED it and said he wanted to do that too!

we went on the "new" Peak to Peak chair

soooo high up. it goes between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

a touristy shot :P

life had been pretty stressful with a new baby in the house, derek working extra to provide while doing renovations. i was getting really burnt out so the night away with the family really was refreshing. ahhh

We celebrated Easter and my Birthday at my Mom's home

my sweet family :) (and yes, that includes my fave niece & nephew--loove them!)

ah, just what i wanted :) cake

some of the family

Here i am on the morning of my 31st birthday after sleeping in (:

my choice of activity for the day was to go to my birth place, White Rock with the family and some friends

my lovely sister-in-law Heather and my brother Andrew

cute people over here too eating at Moby Dick's Fish n' Chips

it was a beautifully sunny day, not warm, but lovely

Derek took the stress off me and was super dad, as always :)

and i was soooo excited to see a live sea star at White Rock beach!!! this was the first time i'd seen any in my adult life (here, as they were here when i was a kid, but pollution killed them, so glad to see some life back at the beach)!

march 2009

march began with a trip to the dentist for both kids:

ezekiel was wonderful and allowed the hygenist to do a full check up and cleaning which she said was very rare among the two-year-old set :D

diedre was a little more nervous, but did well. she had some issues that still require follow up but they suggested she see a Pediatric dentist. after several months, i decided to just try this dentist again and am glad i did as she was comfortable enough to get the care needed without having to pay a huge bill for the Pediatric dentist!

Derek had a birthday on March 13th. There weren't many pictures but he received a few presents and some home made cards from the kids.

Audrey also celebrated her 6 month "birthday" and was excited to chew on her present (and the "big" kids were excited to play with it!).

Grammy & Papa Salmon came for a nice visit too.

Grammy giving Audrey a bath

oh, Zeke wanted a bath in the sink too!

Papa with his granddaughters

Grammy & Papa surprised us all with a party to celebrate "EVERYONE's" birthdays since they would not be here for them.

its always nice to go to church as a family :D

Diedre's 4th Birthday Party: A Royal Tea Party

we celebrated on February 21st with a houseful of guests (11 children)

they began by choosing a crown colour and decorating it

then they had a dance party break in Diedre's room

then they all came back to the table for the tea party portion, with cupcake decorating to follow the snack time

my sweet 4 year old! Happy Birthday darling :)

Diedre was so excited about each gift and absolutely LOVED the Princess balloon my mom picked out!

Here is a video that the kids and i find hilarious from the party. we still watch it to this day and laugh when ezekiel jumps in time with the music!

many more pics from the party

Diedre Turns 4! February, 26, 2009

Derek was home from work because of a random snowfall on Diedre's 4th birthday so we celebrated with a lunch at Rocko's.

we all got suited up and enjoyed the fluffy white stuff

girls making snow angels

ezekiel, on a barbie snowboard, showed that he has a natural talent for boardsports. he even tried to jump!

we decorated and ate some cupcakes to celebrate

the rest of the pics from her 4th birthday

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

february 2009 & Valentine's Day

we celebrated my brother's birthday at their house.

here's my niece poppy, so cute!

audrey is wearing my fave outfit from when diedre was a baby.

diedre can really swing high these days

i took the kids to the beach one day to go for a walk

thankfully, i had mitts and hats in the van for my spur of the moment trip (it was after audrey's 4 month shots.)

Valentine's Party at Strong Start

we've been going to this free community program fairly regularly lately as it is a great opportunity for reading, songs, and gym time.

this was a gorgeous day, so the kids played at the school playground for a bit.

funny zeke's hair after a nap

Happy Valentine's Day!

audrey is still a total sweetie. she keeps a fairly regular napping/nighttime schedule. once in awhile she still feeds multiple times during the night, but i think thats related to teething.
at 4.5 months old she weighed 14lbs 13oz, nearly 1lb in one month! she measured 26 inches long, 2 inches of growth in a month!

we went out to visit my mom on Valentine's Day while derek worked.

we went to watch dump trucks dredging the fraser river.

zeke liked it

the kids in red

the trucks drove so fast

audrey enjoyed the fresh air

Valentine's Day with Daddy

we made cookies with grandma for daddy and pepere

we like to make valentines day special; derek buys for the girls, i buy for the guys.

diedre loves her monster balloon

the next morning before church, i suggested diedre write her name on the back of some valentines cards. ever since she came home from preschool last monday, she's been really interested in her name.

i wrote one example and off she went

she probably did 11 before she asked me to finish

then she wanted to do some for ezekiel

she wrote all 8 for him!

i'm so impressed!

then on wednesday, she said "mom, you wrote my letter wrong. you did it like this "i" and its supposed to be like this "I"." so i thought, okay, i guess she's ready to learn lowercase now. so i taught her the letters in her name. and then she asked me to teach her numbers 1 to 5. so exciting to have a little learner in the house!