Friday, December 31, 2010

Life Resolution

Is it telling that it is officially 88 minutes away from a new year and I am home writing a post on this blog? I am working all weekend and I have a one and a half year old sleeping in her crib upstairs = no party hats or streamers for me this year. But, as I avoid going to bed for some stupid reason, I sit here and read other people's posts about their past year and their upcoming one, and I feel inspired to jot down a few things myself.

2010. What a fantastic year. It was a year that I couldn't have fathomed. I didn't comprehend how amazing being a mom is. I guessed that it would be great, based on how others talked.. but there really is no way to know until you live it. How is it possible to be so entwined in another person's life? Maeve is my world. I find her absolutely fascinating. I am so utterly in love with her that I can hardly stand it sometimes. I laugh with her, and at her, every day. I worry about her. I adore her. And, I can talk about her every minute of the day if I don't keep myself in check.

So, 2011... I can't wait. I have a little person who is full of personality and ready to take life at full speed. I don't typically do new years resolutions but I had already composed a life resolution of sorts -- investing in my daughter. She deserves an engaged and purposeful mom who is committed to show her how to live in this world -- the good with the bad. I feel strongly about providing a safe and nurturing home, being approachable, fun, and spontaneous, providing limits and consistency, purposefully placing people in her life who will encourage her to grow up emotionally strong, healthy, and independent, and who will also join me in loving her unconditionally.

Life is way too unpredictable to not make every moment count. And so, that is what I will strive towards this year, and every year.

Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

We have returned...

...from our winter wonderland holiday in Winnipeg. We had a fantastic time and managed to lose no appendages to frost bite - bonus. More to come later because sleep was hard to come by this week for the wee one (read: therefore me too). As a result... I'm beat and am going to enjoy my own bed away from the the cute, yet needy, toddler tonight. All my fingers and toes are crossed that we both sleep through the night. Its a pipe dream... but, what's life without dreams?

This was Maeve looking at all the "aerpanes" and getting ready for our 3rd flight of the day... and the only one of the whole trip that we each got a seat to ourselves. Maeve was a rock star traveler... thank goodness. But, I do foresee her travel books taking a break from the rotation for a while... maybe a long while.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Week Continues...

We had Christmas at the Wilson's today and Maeve continues to be spoiled rotten -- this girl is not wanting for much these days... We had a great breakfast -- blueberry pancakes, which are Maeve's favorite. And, there was a latte in my hand within a few moments upon entering the door. Life is good. Maeve's kitchen (which was a generous hand-me-down from the Wilson's) is now complete with a shopping cart, pots & pans, plus food. Sweet. I think we have a new chef in the house. True to toddler form, Maeve was really only interested in their broken toy cell phone during present opening, but now that we're home, she's been a little Betty Crocker. Thank you Dan, Annie, Sofie, Josie, Eli, and Abe... you are way too generous to us.

Abe assisting in the gift opening...


Dan received some sweet gifts from Maeve...


Game time...


Shopping at home. And its confirmed -- she has officially taken over our main floor.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Latest from Daycare...



Ha Ha... Yep. She's definitely my kid... :-)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend Happenings...

This weekend my Dad and Lynn, aka, Grandpa and Grandma, paid us a visit. The visit was supposed to incorporate a little babysitting action on Saturday while I worked, but my body had alternative plans and I came down with the nastiest bug on Friday afternoon, which took its toll for about 24 hours... let's just say I am very thankful that it was short-lived. So, alternatively, Grandma and Grandpa helped me out with Maeve while I was under the weather. Thank you!!

Maeve catching up on the latest Canucks activity -- she kept saying "ockey, ockey" and sported her tutu while watching the game, of course...


Snuggle time with Grandpa. These two dig each other and find one another hilarious...


"Ta Da"


Sunglasses - check. She's ready for anything now...


A little pre-Christmas reveal -- Maeve received this easel from me for Christmas and I wasn't about to lug it on the plane to Winnipeg -- so, it is now Christmas week. Seems like a sweet deal to me.


And, we put it to the test this afternoon... I need to improve my paint containment skills, it turns out...


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday Morning Christmas...

So, we decided to enhance Friday morning pancakes this week to have a lil' Christmas party for the kids. Its fun to be a mom and get to help reveal the wonder of Christmas to Maeve. She doesn't get any of it, but she's enjoying all the fun nevertheless.

We started with our usual pancake fare...


Then we moved onto decorating gingerbread men... Maeve had other plans however...


There was much decorating going on, but Maeve was still eating the head off of her gingerbread man...


Finally she started decorating...


So much fun!


Then the kids exchanged presents... this much chaos was created by only six presents...


Enjoying each others company...


Guess which one Maeve did?


Clearly, she is gifted...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pease...

I do believe I have embarked into this thing called "parenting"... Maeve is a great natured, outgoing, sweet thing -- but she's also very much one and a half now. She can say "no" like no one's business, she has selective hearing already, and she is quite adamant about the things she does and does not want to do.

Sleep has been altered over these last couple of months, much to my chagrin. Usually our issues are of the middle of the night variety (so awesome), but occasionally they trickle down to 'the going to bed' routine also. So, tonight, after failing in my first couple of attempts to get her to sleep by her own defenses, I enter to help. She succeeded in getting me to lift her out of her crib by crying "poop". Note to self -- reread the nursery rhyme, Shauna. Anywho. The girl finally succumbed to sleep and it turns out Maeve has manners in her dreams. I witnessed her reposition herself and sign and say, "pease, pease, pease" in her sleep. Funny girl.

Monday, December 13, 2010

San Diego!

Maeve and I made good on our promise this past weekend to visit Chelsea down in California. And, we couldn't have picked a better weekend... it was hot and gorgeous. We arrived a little Vitamin D deficient, and worked really hard at replenishing this void. Chelsea hooked us up with a sweet place to stay and we enjoyed every minute of our weekend together. There was Sea World, the beach, parks, lazy mornings at the cafe, a dinner out while Maeve was watched by a babysitter, and lots of swimming...

The biggest, absolute, ridiculous, I can't believe it, failure happened this weekend -- I forgot to bring Maeve to the Beluga whale exhibit at Sea World. OMG!! How could we forget... the girl only says "baby, baby, baby" twenty million times a day hoping to hear the Baby Beluga song... Chelsea and I had scoped out where it was while Maeve was napping in the stroller, but when she woke up we just got caught up in all the other exhibits and shows and we forgot to head that way. We suck. Don't tell Maeve.

Maeve and I flew out Friday morning and returned this evening. I am too lazy to unpack our bags, therefore I am posting some photos here instead. Traveling these days is a bit more exhausting than it used to be, but definitely still worth the extra effort. Fortunately Maeve was a good traveler -- good thing because we have a much longer travel day coming up in a week and a half. Lets hope that my luck doesn't run out.

So, here was our fantastic weekend --


First up -- Sea World. Maeve getting all geared up to enjoy her first ever ride


Maeve wasn't really sure what to expect but decided to check it out anyway...


And then there was the Shamu show... which kept Maeve's attention for the whole thing.


Chelsea and Maeve...


Oh, and then there was the bird that pooped on Chelsea's head while we were wandering around. Ha Ha Ha....


If I'd have let her, Maeve would have taken a swim with the fish...


Holidays are a pretty sweet deal, says Maeve...


Then there were more rides...


Christmas tree photos...


with Chelsea too...


Maeve was trying to convince us to take her ice skating too...


Then it was beach time!! Temps in the high-70's...


Please Maeve... just spare the hair of sand please..... please!


The girl is a water junkie... the waves did not intimidate her at all. When they splashed her in the face she just gave one of her belly laughs...


"Whao... Ha Ha... more, more... Ha Ha"


Maeve taking Chelsea for a dip in the Ocean too...


Does this photo stress anyone else out?


After the beach we hit the park...


We played with Michelle and Boaz on the beach and park. Here we got to enjoy the beautiful sunset...


And, unfortunately I managed to catch the sunrise a couple of times too ;-) Good thing Maeve is cute and our view was amazing.


Maeve managed to drag me into the pool... as you can see by my attire it was not my plan. The girl is a fish. And, no... the water was not warm.


But we managed to have fun anyway...


Maeve was in heaven... the home we stayed at was like Disneyland and had all sorts of fun toys for her to play with...


Chelsea... so cute pregnant!


The mandatory long-arm...


Maeve got to play at another park before we had to fly out this afternoon...


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa 2010...

Pretty sure Santa doesn't get enough milk and cookies for his efforts...
Pretty sure she's not ruined since she blows a kiss when I say "Santa" now...
Pretty sure all kids will need therapy in the future anyway...


And, I'm pretty sure the kids will find this funny at some point?!

Merry Christmas everyone...