Tuesday, May 20, 2014

So much I wish I'd remembered...

It’s so sad to me how infrequently I am writing, but life gets busy…and my computer is soooo slooooww now that I always cringe at how much time is wasted waiting for it to load.  I feel sad about the things I know I will forget because they’re not written down.

So without wasting any more time, I need to update on what the kids have been up to!

Andrew’s really enjoying his preschool class.  I don’t know if I mentioned it in my ‘Mother’s Day’ post because he gave it to me a few days before, but in his class before Mother’s Day Andrew made me a mug with his handprint on it.  It was SO sweet the way he hid it behind his back till he got out of class but then couldn’t contain his excitement and had to give it to me right then and there.  I wasn’t expecting something like that, it’s such a sweet keepsake.

He’s still loving drawing a lot, and will sit for a good chunk of time at the dining room table and draw pictures and work on some of his sticker books.  He prefers if someone’s there with him, but he’s so much better now about doing things like that by himself for a decent amount of time, which is awesome.  He can count to 100 all by himself (although usually stops around 50 just because!)  His favourite number is 61.  Random, I know!  I have no clue why, but ‘61’ is his go to number for everything.  He’s going to accomplish a lot…in 61 years!!

The girls are of course changing really rapidly.  They’re 19 months and one week (as of tomorrow).  Emily is saying way more words now, and pronunciates really well when she wants to.  The past few days she goes around saying, ‘Hand, hand’, and holds out her hands and looks at them.  She says ‘ant’ for elephant, but also knows what ants are out in the yard.  Last week she picked up a wood bug in the backyard, and Margaret grabbed it out of her hand…and ate it!  I was absolutely horrified when I discovered what she was crunching on.  OMG it was nasty!!  I thought it was a piece of dried leaf or something but my mom saw it happen (before she could react) and said, ‘No, it’s a wood bug.’  I tried to get it out of her mouth but by then it was just a few legs and partial body.  GROSS.  She even had some stuck in her teeth!  I wanted to throw up.  LOL  Then the other day there was a centipede thing (black with yellow spots, not furry like a caterpillar but otherwise similar) and I was showing it to the girls and Emily looked at it and said, ‘Yummy?’  Aaaahhh!!!  My vegetarian babies want to eat bugs LOL!  I said, ‘Not yummy, just a bug!’  =D

We’ve been having so much great yard time, I absolutely LOVE having the front and back yards to go back and forth to.  This weekend I had more time away sans children than I have in I can’t remember how long…and one of the things I did was go to my bro and sil’s and pick up the slider chair for our patio that we’d meant to get from them last year but never got around to (because I had to take the middle bench out of the van to get it).  I set it all up nicely today and planted the herb garden stuff and a little lavender plant yesterday and in general I’m feeling really good about our yard space. I have actually been doing a bit better around the bug world, too.  Not to the point I’d get as close to them as Margaret did (!!!) but I’m not totally freaked out by all that’s out there either.  Although I still absolutely hate bugs and spiders and could quite nicely do without them (even though I know that wouldn’t actually work).

It’s not always super relaxing when we have outside time because I’ll go to sit in the reclining chair and the girls immediately see me trying to relax and nix that by climbing up on me, and fight each other to climb onto the other reclining chair.  Emily also refuses to only use the kid-sized broom we keep out there as a sweeping tool, and instead uses it as a weapon, either to soak in the pool with cold water and then fling the cold water at us when we least expect it, or to just flat out hit us with.  So that’s often confiscated, which leads to tears.  BUT we do have a lot of fun out there, and it’s just so great to be getting that fresh air and enjoying the sunshine.  I love being able to just go outside without having to bring anything with us, and then when we’ve had enough we just go inside.

On Saturday I was at first bummed out because I got a message that my hair dresser was sick and my appointment had to be moved to Sunday.  But it worked out, because James mom came over and James and I went out for a hike and then lemonade at a cafĂ© nearby, just the two of us, before I went downtown despite my appointment being cancelled because I’d made plans with my brother around the hair cut since the salon is basically right where my brother lives.  We had a visit (my parents, bro and sil and I) and then went out for dinner to a vegetarian restaurant, which made me SO happy because I couldn’t believe my luck that literally everything on the menu just happened to be vegetarian – we hadn’t planned it out that way to go to a veggie place.  It felt amazing to actually have options that weren’t all just the same choices as always, I loved it.  Then on Sunday I got my hair cut, and then a few hours later my parents came over to look after the kids while James and I went out for dinner to a fancy Thai restaurant on West 4th with my aunt and uncle (who had invited us to go try it out).  It was sooo good (we LOVE Thai food) and then afterwards because the weather was so nice, we drove to Kits Beach and went for a stroll by the water, which was wonderful.  We’ve lived away from downtown for several years now and I know it makes a lot more sense for us to be where we are because we’d never get even half the square footage we have here living downtown, but I have to say I really miss being close to everything.  I miss having beaches close by, to think English Bay was essentially our backyard at one point in time…sigh.  I love it out here in the ‘burbs and it’s much quieter and roomier and I do really prefer it in a lot of ways, but oh to be right by the ocean again…

Anyway….this is a jumbled mess of writing but that’s what happens when I’ve literally written 2 posts in as many weeks…

Margaret I’ve noticed is starting to say ‘You’re welcome’, though it sounds more like, ‘eckom’, and she actually says it when what she really means to say is, ‘Thank you!’  LOL  It’s funny how the person with the kids the most knows what they’re saying even when it sounds nothing like what it should!  I just think it’s cute that she’s picking up on that, as Andrew says thank you and you’re welcome ALL the time.  Actually, he usually says, ‘I’m welcome’ when someone says, ‘Thank you’ to him! 

Both girls mimic so much of what we say.  Margaret still says Andoo and Emily, Emily is now saying Emmy for her own name, and a few times has said An-dy for Andrew, but neither of them can say Margaret yet!  They usually both say ‘Moww, moww’ for Fifi but will call her Fifi sometimes, too.  Emily in particular bonds with Fifi by sitting beside her on the floor – in the winter it was by the heater vent, now they sit together by the back door!  We finally don’t have to put the cat dishes up anymore, and in fact they get really excited if I scoop out some cat food and let them put it into Fifi’s dish for her.

Anyway…on Monday (Victoria Day, yay for stat holidays and James being home) Andrew and I went out to Garden Works for our herb garden stuff, and then went and did the same hike James and I had done on Saturday (which is very steep and a good work out for me, something I am going to be doing more regularly for sure).  It felt great to get some good exercise this weekend, and spend so much time outside.

Writing this has made me realize that I really do need to figure out a time to jot things down each day, even if it’s just point form to jog my memory, because I’m forgetting all the things I really want to say.  I can recall several times in the past few days thinking, ‘Oh I’ve got to remember that’ about something the kids said or did, and I was so sure I WOULD remember, but I know I haven’t…I’ve really got to try harder on that!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day

Today was Mother’s Day, and it was a beautiful sunny day.  In the morning we called mothers and grandmothers (after I got to have a little bit of a sleep in, aaaahhhhh!) and then I went and picked my mom up and took her to brunch at Earl’s.  Just me and my ma, so relaxing and civilized!  I had Eggs Florentine which was absolutely DELICIOUS.  We even sat outside, which felt so nice.  It started off a little cool since we picked a table in the shade, but it warmed up while we were there and really felt like a summer day.

After brekkie we headed back to our place and Andrew insisted it be ‘present opening time’.  James (with Andrew’s help) made a hand print heart and attached pictures of the girls to each palm (I’ll take a picture of it for another post, it makes more sense to see it!)  And Andrew made me a pretty heart covered in pieces of red tissue paper with holes at the top so I can hang it somewhere.  James and Andrew went to the mall together and picked out a top, a sweater, and a pair of capris for me, all of which I totally love.  I thought it was really sweet that they went together and thought about what I’d like and picked stuff out with me in mind!

I got my mom a picture frame that says, ‘If moms were flowers, I’d pick you’ and we also got her a Tablet.  Just a small one, but still, she was thrilled, given that her computer is old and on the fritz.  My mom gave me a really nice card, a cute 'daughter' notepad, and a coaster tile that says ‘Love you more’ on it, that has a little frame backing so I can use it more as a picture/ornament.  I love it!

I gave James a break for a while since he was determined to do ‘everything’ today but I truthfully didn’t want him setting the bar too high, since realistically there’s no way I can do all of Father’s Day with no breaks and then start another 5 days completely on my own with the kids again!!!  I kind of lose my sanity without breaks…

My dad came over and we all visited in our backyard for a bit while the kids played.  It’s so cute watching them play.  Andrew likes to run around and do lots of climbing, and sometimes spray water with the hose.  (He's also big on looking for bugs since he got a little bug keeper thing at the Salmon Send Off yesterday, that James took him to).  Margaret likes to make sure the pool is filled up with water (preferably ‘helping’ by holding onto the hose sprayer with me) and Emily likes to get toys out of the bin and put them in the pool.  Of the 3 kids Emily is definitely the one who plays with toys the most and seems to get the most enjoyment out of them.  She has lots of ‘babies’, including her actual baby dolls, or a monkey doll, basically any stuffed animal type toy becomes her ‘baby.’  She also loves to play with all the figurines Andrew has collected over the years (we have TONS because he got lots in bags at Value Village, it’s actually a bit ridiculous how many little plastic figurines we have…)  Today I noticed her playing in the pool with a horse figurine and she was actually make it clop around, it was so cute!  Today she was saying, ‘Apple’, ‘Pool’, ‘Cake’, and finally figured out to say, ‘Gommy’, which is what Andrew called my mom when he was a baby and it just stuck, so she will forever be known as Gommy to the kids!  For some reason the girls are having a difficult time saying it but they’re getting there!  They say, ‘Papa’ a lot however, and James and I had a good laugh when he pulled the vacuum out of the closet for me yesterday and Margaret saw it and yelled out, ‘Papa!’ (which makes sense to us, because my dad’s a neat freak and loves to clean and vacuum!)  (Another funny thing is how obsessed the girls are with my dad.  Emily has literally pushed Margaret aside so she could race ahead to see Papa at the door!!)

Anyway, after some time out in the yard, my parents looked after the kids while James and I went for a bit of a bike ride (something I haven’t done for AGES…omg I am so out of shape, especially after literally being sick for 3 weeks – sick enough that just going to get a few groceries would leave me feverish and ill for hours afterwards…and I kept getting worse and worse before I got better...so, yeah…It wasn’t a great few weeks for my fitness, that’s for sure.  Although I feel  motivated from what I did today! 

After our bike ride we drove up to SFU and went for a walk in part of the new area of Univercity.  Then we got a snack and headed home.  It was a nice little date, though it didn’t feel long enough.  I really cherish the time I get with James, just the two of us, but it always has a way of feeling way too short.

When we got home my parents left and James and Andrew made dinner while I hung out with the babies.  After some more play time in the backyard, Margaret requested we watch Shrek (she says, ‘Geck’) so I obliged, and she sat in her club chair while Emily opted to cuddle with me on the couch =)

After dinner I had a bath and then I did some ab workouts that I plan to finally start doing DAILY and then I tucked Andrew in and read him a few stories.  James and I finished the evening watching a bit of The Riches, which we’re 2 episodes into now and I think we’re going to stick with it and see where it goes.  We just finished watching The Killing and are anxiously awaiting season 4 starting in August…only 6 episodes, which makes me want to cry, that’s how good the series is.  I LOVED it and wish there were 10 seasons at least!!

It was a great Mother’s Day, I definitely had more relaxing moments than usual and it was special because a day I’d ‘expect’ or at least hope to feel this way would usually be my birthday, but with it always falling on weekdays for what seems like forever, I have grown to not really see my birthday as being a special day because I tend to be on my own with the kids just as I am through the week usually.  So it felt nice to feel honoured and appreciated for what I do every day, since my #1 priority is being Mother of 3!