Sunday, 31 July 2016

Two Little Hunters.

After spending last Easter apart, we were so excited to celebrate with Daddy this year. Since Good Friday landed on Grant's birthday this year, we saved our Easter activities for after. We spent Saturday morning decorating our Easter eggs before heading to Jace and Vicky's house for a big Easter egg hunt with all of the cousins. I had fun helping sort the candy and hiding the eggs in the park across the street, but when I came back Grant was asleep on the couch and so he missed the hunt. Once he woke up, we re-hid a bunch of eggs so he could find them.


After the hunts, we went to the Sugar Bowl to roll eggs. Grant was in heaven running around with his cousins and Asher loved chucking the eggs down the hill. He has already developed quite the arm and he spent most of the time trying to steal everybody else's eggs once his were gone.

After dinner we got in the car and headed for Calgary. We went to church Sunday morning and when we got back we had the boys find their Easter baskets! There were trails of chocolate/candy left from the Easter Bunny to give them hints but it only ended up distracting them haha. Once all the loose candy was out of sight, they found their baskets and they were so cute looking through all their little goodies! 

Last Easter, Asher was 3 months old, not even old enough to sit up, let alone run around and eat chocolate eggs so it was especially fun watching him enjoy all the fun this year!

Afterwards, we headed to my Grandparents house for dinner and yet another Easter egg hunt. How many are we at now??

Kids make every holiday so much better and having two little hunters this year made it one amazing Easter weekend!


Friday, 29 July 2016

Hurricanes, Kung Fu and a Bicycle.

Grant turned 3 years old! 

When he woke up on his birthday he came downstairs to a ton of balloons and his favorite breakfast: Waffles and a smoothie! 

He opened his birthday present, a new wear while riding his NEW BIKE! He was so excited to hop on and ride around the kitchen.

Grant had been talking about the "Panda movie" for weeks. After showing him the first 2 movies on Netflix, he was hooked and he wouldn't stop talking about them. One day I mentioned to him that a new panda movie was coming out and asked if he wanted to go watch it in theatres on his birthday. That was a mistake because everyday (for weeks) he would wake up and ask to see the movie and I would have to explain that he would have to wait.

FINALLY it was time for him to see the long awaited "Panda movie" The showing was during his nap time but he stayed awake the whole time. I loved looking over at him with his little popcorn tray and a big smile on his face. He loved the movie and would react to everything that happened, out loud. We invited his friend Reggie to come along with the boys and it was so much fun!

After the movie we headed home for cake and ice cream with some of the Forsyths. I wanted to get him an ice cream cake. He wanted Strawberry Shortcake... and the birthday boy gets what he wants!

Afterwards Garth took Grant to his first Hurricanes game. Garth would take him to watch them practice during Asher's swimming lessons each week because the arena was right beside the pool. Grant LOVES hockey and so when we found out there was a home game on his birthday we knew that it was the perfect birthday activity. You can tell from the picture he throughly enjoyed himself!

They came home late that night and we cuddled on the couch while he told me about the game and how much fun he had watching hockey, the panda movie and eating his cake. It reminded him to ask for more cake and because it was all gone we gave him like 4 brownies and then put him to bed. (Hey, it's his birthday, he gets what he wants!)


{A Letter to Grant}

Grant, you came into the world a big baby and I soon learned you had an even bigger personality! You are one determined little boy. I love your slap shot and how you always randomly break into song. I love how you announce "I love to cuddle!" about 8 times a day. You challenge me daily and love me fiercely. I couldn't imagine my life without you in it. Thanks for making me a mom. Happy Birthday, I love you!

Love Mom

Monday, 25 July 2016

I'm Back!

So I have been extremely bad at blogging. But I have an excuse!

My computer was so old, slow and full of pictures that I hadn't been able to upload any of my pictures since March...until now! 

I thought about ditching my blog, but then I realized how much I love keeping record of what goes on in our wonderful life.  Plus I have started to notice that life isn't as hard as it used to be and I am seeing glimmers of free time on my horizon. I plan on using those to get back to doing those things that I loved so, creating and blogging.

So lets start from where we left off shall we??

When I think back on March, I honestly can't even understand how we did everything that we did. We had a lot of downtime to play in the unusually warm weather, and cuddle (Grant sure loves his cuddling), but we were also totally on the go visiting Calgary, taking the boys to swimming lessons, planning Grant's birthday, planning Grant's party, Easter activities... so much fun in one month!

We went to DQ for an FHE treat and the boys refused to eat their ice cream. Weirdos.

Garth and I can't find a single gym in Lethbridge that fits all our needs. It is literally the worst thing in the world and I hate this city for it. The first problem is childcare. There is ONE gym with childcare. And it is GHETTO. And because we move away for the summers we would either have to still pay for the 5 months we were gone (under contract) OR pay like $80/month while we were there.... for garbage. So our very best alternative is the U of L gym. It is nice, cheap, has everything I need for my exercise program, but no childcare. So randomly we will get a babysitter so we can go to the gym together. We cursed Lethbridge everyday and couldn't wait to move in the summer so we can start working out together everyday again.

The boys finished their swimming lessons. Grant has always been my water baby and I found that the class was a little to boring for him. He would way rather go down the big slide then sing songs in a circle.

Asher had a rocky start, he cried through the first 2 lessons and every lesson he pretty much shivered the whole time while I watched his lips turn blue. The poor kid is just like his mom, we couldn't wait to get in the kiddle pool to warm up. I am so glad we put him in because he really needs to get more comfortable with the water!

These boys love watching hockey, after their swimming lessons.

We spent a week in Calgary for Easter and Grant's birthday party (I will blog about both of those next!) Because we were there for so long, we had lots of downtime with family, time to shop, we went to the zoo and to a concert!

My favorite thing to do is go to Nordstrom and try on all of their beautiful, expensive dresses.  Don't worry I have every intention of buying a few years. I love that Garth loves to take me there and watch me try on dress after dress. He really is the best and I know it.

We got to go to the Death Cab for Cutie/Metric concert and I am not joking, it was unbelievable, so far it is in my top 2! We have been listening to both of these bands for awhile now so the fact that we got to listen to them both is one night was unreal. 

I will never be able to explain the feeling when Death Cab played our favorite song. It was super unexpected and there were definitely tears.

A visit to Calgary would be incomplete if we didn't see Aunt Jaymee!