Monday, April 21, 2014

Fashionista...

She loves to choose her outfits ahead of time and lay them out on the floor.  Her latest fad is to wear a skirt and a dress at the same time.  But, my favorite thing that she does is lay down on top of her selections 'just to see how it will look'.  Layered.  Maeve, you look layered -- especially when there is a sweater and jacket added to some of these outfits.  But, its good to have vision, right?  I think its great... 



S'up?


It Never Gets Old...

...and, we are still thrilled when anyone will talk or encourage 'potty talk'.  Maeve just busts up every.single.time.  And, now that she can write and read a little, I am getting visual aids of such chatter.  She told me she was making me a card.... this is what she handed me, all the while, shrieking with laughter.  I appreciated the laughter anyway.  Ha.


Easter 2014

What a perfectly great day.  Maeve woke up and was chatting away with me in bed for a bit before she bolted upright at the moment she remembered that the Easter Bunny would have been to the house.  "Let's go see if there are jelly beans on the stairs, Mom!!"  Sure enough the Bunny had dropped off a few treats for Maeve.  She immediately tore into the sugar and I am still amazed that she didn't find herself in a diabetic coma by the end of the day...  Our day consisted of morning time at our house, church (Maeve may have missed the message as she spent the whole time coloring her new 'Color by Numbers' book sitting on Dan's lap while I held out the markers for her to use... rough life), and then we headed over to Annie and Dan's house for their Easter celebration - complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids.  It was such a nice day and we came home feeling very happy.








Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Eggs

Well, since Easter is tomorrow, I figured we best get to dying some Easter Eggs.  So dye some eggs we did...  Maeve had some serious visions about her decorations with the crayons.  Apparently they had dyed eggs at school already so she knew exactly what to do (she tells me nothing about what goes on in school....).  It was fun and no major mishaps.  






I Love it When her Eyes Shine...



An Impromptu Visit...

Ann, Kaya, and Zane came down on Thursday night on very short notice... and it was the best.  Maeve was so excited to be told that her friends were waiting for her at home...  How fun.  We spent a good part of the day at the zoo... and it was great.  We take the zoo for granted since we live close by and visit all the time, usually only for an hour or two, but because it was Kaya and Zane's first visit, we said a proper 'hello' to all the animals.  I forgot that it is Spring Break for most of the kids, so the zoo was packed yesterday... but, it was almost as if the animals knew they had a major audience and they were all awake and showing off.  The gang left early this morning, but it was so fun to have them down for as long as we had them. 

Looking for the penguins... 

The brown bears were wrestling in the water.  I wish we had captured the moment when they fell right up on the glass and all the kids jumped back. 

My little turtle.. 

The peacock was showing off too... 

'What color are my lips??  Take a picture and show me!' 

The gang...  Do you love Maeve's ensemble?  That's all her.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ethiopia Proud...

Annie and Josie just got back from Ethiopia and brought Maeve this awesome new jersey...Those colors look good on my little Ethiopian :-)



I Best be Saving my Pennies...

I would say that Maeve has an addictive personality when it comes to TV -- which is why we are TV free Monday to Friday.  This weekend she chose to only watch various episodes of Justin Time... Its pretty cute and I like that he travels the world on his adventures.  Every time he traveled somewhere new, Maeve would ask me if she could go to _________.  I just started saying, 'yep'.  She also started asking me to write down the multiple locations Justin traveled to, so she could keep a list -- So far my list includes: Japan, London, Egypt, Guatemala, and Ancient Greece (she's no fool... she's documenting my promise.  Ha).  After a while she wanted to keep her own list... so add, France and the Bayou to our future travels.  I better start looking for a second job now...


Its Exhuasting being a Princess...



Card Carrying Member...

Someone is now a responsible member of the library community... Let's hope so, because her mother had to pay quite a hefty fee for her delinquencies.  It would be nice to have one responsible member in this family :-)



Grandpa Called into Action...

Grandpa was called down for Maeve duty so I could have a minor surgery on my head because of too many years of frying myself as a kid.  Why didn't my parents make me wear sunscreen?  Ha ha.  I think I know exactly the moment that led to Moh's Surgery -- one fateful spring skiing day when I was in Grade 8.  Anywho, life is good and all is well.  I was laughing in the waiting room as everyone waiting around had gauze attached somewhere to their head or face (see guy behind me...).  My hair looks awesome here too...


So Grandpa ran Maeve around to her dance class and gymnastics.... and played with her too.  What I didn't realize is that I would need him for when I got home too... I was a bit low on energy and the Vicodin made me feel, let's say, relaxed.... 

So, here they are playing, you guessed it, "Rat-a-tat Cat" 

Poor Grandpa only won one game... here she is counting up her points so she can laugh at him. 

My war wound...  Man, I need to do something about those gray's... 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Part 2 - Zihuatanejo


Part 2 of our Spring holiday brought us down to Mexico.  Oh, how I love Mexico.  It had been too long since my last visit.  My friend, Melanie, and I found ourselves on the beaches and town of Zihuatanejo about 6 or 7 years ago and loved it, so I thought this where we need to go.  I want to start exposing Maeve to different cultures and a different way of life pretty early on... I don't want her to think that everyone lives and have houses like we do in America and Canada... so, although this was definitely a holiday, it was also designed to be a little cultural trip too.

We invited Todd, Stacy, Taryn and Kate to join us in our adventure, and we were also joined by Jodie, Erika, and Pam too.  Par-tay in Mexico.  All in all, Maeve and I spent 10 nights in Zihuatanejo -- 7 with the gang at our hotel on Playa le Madera, and an additional 3 with my Aunt and Uncle who spend the winter there at their condo on Playa de la Ropa.  I mean, one week just wouldn't have been enough.


So, this was our beach.  It was perfect.  It was pretty small, therefore not very busy and only about a 5 minute walk into town.


Just outside our hotel -- the waves were very fun to play in.  I was so glad I brought Maeve's life jacket along as she totally loved playing in the surf with all of us... she would belly laugh and scream with waves came her way.  She didn't love getting pummeled once, nor did she appreciate it when I saved her from an additional pummeling by shoving her directly into a crashing wave once... but we did note that we preferred that over the alternative -- which Kate endured instead.  Ha ha.  Thankfully we all survived -- surfs scare me enough to have a healthy dose of respect for them.


Our own private deck off our hotel room... It was pretty darn sweet.

"Where's Taryn?"  Oh, she's in the hammock.  The hammock was well loved by all, but I think Taryn showed the most affection towards it.  


Stacy and Todd along the beach path towards town...

Hours and hours of games were played... mostly by Maeve and anyone else she could coerce into playing with her...

We went searching for Mexican corn on the cob.  Maeve declined the cheese and chili sauce, but I certainly didn't.  Yum.


Kate and Maeve playing on the beach...


It was the perfect sand for sand castles...  Kate was always a trooper and would build with Maeve.


Playing in the waves...


Our hotel -- Arena Suites (white building)


Some markets...


I was desperate for some street food, so Taryn joined us and discovered street cart tamales are pretty darn good.  Maeve decided that her taco could double as a ghost.


Jodie and Erika


Stacy and Pam


You only see about 1/3 of the stairs that we had to take to get to our hotel room... It was a good way to burn a few of the thousands of calories we were consuming every day.

One of my favorite things about Zihuatanejo is that loads of Mexicans come to this town to enjoy the beach and vacation... I find myself more and more detesting resort-y places... I want authentic towns with lots of locals. 

Evening time and everyone out for a late afternoon swim...

Mexico was an 'electronics free' holiday, which was awesome.  Everyone played games, read books, and chatted with each other... I LOVED it.  There is something really refreshing about seeing teens reading books again -- and all the girls were fully into their books throughout the trip.  I understand the draw to electronics, but I found it really easy to give them up.  I even read 3 books during this holiday (I'm totally ready for the Divergent movies now...)

 You could say that Maeve gurgled her way through Mexico...

We managed some really nice visits with our Aunt and Uncle... they were so generous to us. 

My Uncle Corny and Aunt Norma... along with a really great musician. 

Our sunset view during dinner... 

A highlight of the trip was catching up with some our friends we had met last time I was in Zihuatanejo  

Maeve LOVED Mexico 

She spent a fair amount of time 'drawing' on the beach... 

I came over and discovered that she had written "Happy" in the sand... Sums up how we felt. 

Family shot...

We took an afternoon trip over to Playa Las Gatos... 

 Maeve is a little consumer, it turns out... She always wanted to see all the pretty, shiny jewelry...

"Oh, hey...." 

Stacy thought she could catch some fish in her margarita glass to show Maeve.  Turns out catching fish in a margarita glass is harder than it looks.  Shocker. 

Sweet girl. 

Maeve and her great Auntie Norma... 

"Let's play 'Rat-a-tat Cat!'"  Phrase of the trip.  I'm pretty sure Maeve played hundreds of games of 'Rat-a-tat Cat'. 

Taryn and Stacy loungin' 

Swimming in Norma and Corny's pool...   

Don't smile Maeve.... 

The big kids -- Maeve thought she was such a big kid on this trip since she was hanging with them all week long.  She absolutely loved that.  By the way, we saw a porpoise off the side of this boat.

Hola.  Que pasa?  The Mexican people loved Maeve and were very intrigued by her skin and hair -- they were always coming over to touch her and her hair.  They would call her beautiful baby and smile at her.  Maeve actually really loved it -- She would shyly wave and smile back, saying "hola", and laugh with me because she thought it was funny they would call her, 'baby'. 

 Did I mention that we played games?

Taryn and Kate were such troopers playing with their 4 3/4 year old cousin.... "Raise your hand if......." and "knock knock jokes" were on repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat....

Cousin shot -- although the littlest cousin didn't want her picture taken. 

Another beautiful sunset dinner with Norma and Corny. 

It was fun hearing Maeve speak a little spanish during the trip... She would often wake me up with, "Hola, Mommy" or "Buenos dias!".  Cute.  Mostly.  Ha.

As always, it was great spending time with these two for a week. 

There were lots of cerveza's and margaritas enjoyed by the adults, the kids enjoyed lots of lemonades and alcohol-free pina colada's.... 

The weather was SO consistent.  Every day was the same, with just a slight increase in temperature as the week went along.  I would say every night how happy I was to only be wearing shorts and a tank top and still be totally warm.  It would often be slightly breezy -- but it was a warm breeze.  So happy :-) 

Another cousin shot... 

Maeve and I went on a couple of Hobie Cat rides during the week... 

The scene was beautiful and the waves were so peaceful that Maeve actually fell asleep during this ride. 

My long lost cousin, Brenda, and her husband, Guy, arrived in town for my last two nights... It was great fun catching up with them. 

Maeve absolutely fell in love with Guy. 

Guy spoke Maeve's language, for sure... 

He also managed some serious swim lessons with Maeve.  You can see she's concentrating on what he's doing as her tongue is sticking out. 

She mastered the noodle attack... 

Adoration... 

Apparently it was siesta time.  Ha. 

Maeve enjoying the hammock before we all got up there to enjoy some salsa dancing.... 

Go big or go home... Guy and I out for my last night.

It was 'Carnaval' after all.

Heading home finally... Maeve was able to check out the cockpit and meet the pilots as we boarded the plane.

Proudly wearing her new 'wings'.

Hasta Luego, Zihuatanejo..... We hope to see you real soon.

Tuckered out traveler... My arms were tuckered out too by lugging her all the way to baggage claim.