Saturday, April 30, 2011

Caffeine Fix

"My mom, selfishly, put me to bed really early last night so that she could 'ohhh' and 'ahhh' over Wills and Kate... As a result, I woke up really early. Starbucks was in order for both of us this morning... Not my fault."

Royal Wedding...

Well, we managed it. Melanie and I endured a PAINFUL mandatory education day yesterday and came home to watch the Royal Wedding previously DVR'd... we made sure that no one told us anything. That's what kind of freaks we are.

It was great. Annie generously cooked us some british food recommended by People magazine.. ha. It was awesome. And, we pressed play for the 5 hour coverage. Do you think we fast forwarded to the start of the wedding? No, of course not. It had to be authentically revealed to us. And yes, I'm an enigma to many...

Here was our spread for a Royal Wedding viewing...


And, this is how Maeve took in the start of the viewing. A couch hog, I'd say...


Melanie and Maeve taking it all in.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm in trouble already...

On our drive home from work/school tonight I was explaining to Maeve that Melanie was coming over on Friday because we were going to watch Wills and Kate get married -- it was going to be a big party.

Maeve replies: boys?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Godparents...

I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child. I think this is true regardless of the composition of a family. Maeve is surrounded by amazing people -- people with different experiences and stories that make them unique and awesome. I want the influences of my friends and family to help shape Maeve into the person that she is... I realize that I have only a small window of time where I have total control of who is a part of her life. And, with the knowledge that I am raising a child to live independently in this world, I want her foundation to be solid early on. (But, do not think that I won't be at arms length throughout all her formative years... and beyond)

A relationship that helped shape me growing up was the one I had with my Godparents -- Phil and Cecilia. They embraced this role completely, and I was always made to feel special; more than just another friend of Ann's. I realize that not everyone choses Godparents for their children anymore, but the type of relationship that I had is what I want for Maeve. People who are full of integrity, nurturing, giving, loving, purposeful, and who will look out after Maeve. I could actually list a dozen of people that fit the bill, but I decided to be a little unconventional and pick two sets of Godparents for Maeve, as I couldn't narrow the field any further.



Ann and Mike. Absolutely natural choices. Ann's parents are my Godparents, and how special to carry that on to the next generation. Ann is my oldest friend and someone I love to death. She is so loyal, giving, loving, and encouraging. She is exactly like her mom, who we all miss so much. Mike is the perfect compliment to Ann, with a little bit of crazy on the side. He is so fun, funny, honest, and real. Thank you both for loving Maeve and I the way you do...



And, Annie and Dan. What an unbelievably great surprise they have been. Within the 4 years of really knowing each other, we have bypassed friend status and moved straight to family. I can't imagine living our daily lives without them. They have overwhelmed me with all their love, support, generosity, and selflessness. Oh, and, how they love Maeve... Annie and Maeve have a mutually exclusive relationship where they are both each others' number one fan. Dan is the man in Maeve's life. I just love how they love each other. Thank you so much for investing in Maeve, and me both.

Ann, Mike, Annie, and Dan -- you are incredible people and I thank you for accepting this role in Maeve's life. Maeve is one lucky little girl.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter...

Easter was a big hit per the lil' one. We kind of embraced the whole gathering eggs, eating treats, and receiving some gifts... Maeve's definitely a fan of the big Bunny now.

We went to the Children's Museum with Amy and Bennett earlier in the week to practice gathering Easter eggs. Initially Maeve didn't know what to think and wanted to play in the water table instead, but eventually grasped the concept and had a great time -- to the point of trying to take other children's eggs from them. That didn't go over so well by these other children.

So what she's using her Halloween Spider to collect eggs. Its still festive, right?


A little professional egg gatherer now.


Fun times had by all...


And then Avery came over to continue the fun with egg dying. Maeve cried, Avery decorated, and Bennett will permanently be walking around with blue hands for the rest of his life...


Maeve could care less about eating eggs in any form, but give her a chocolate bunny and watch out... She didn't seem to care that she ate the ears off the bunny, but she became very concerned when the bunny's eyeballs were falling to the floor... between bites that was.


Sadly I had to work today, so Maeve had an overnight with the Wilson's so that she could wake up to what the Easter bunny brought her. She had SO much fun. Here she is getting one of many snuggles by Eli... She gets snuggles by all of them. Its hard to be Maeve.


The Easter Bunny brought Maeve a toy cell phone. It was a big hit as you can see (such a hit that she's already managed to break it... the operator doesn't want to talk to her anymore...). Annie was kind enough to send me videos and photos all day long so I could see what the 'haps were with Maeve.

Earth Day...

We decided to include a little Earth Day celebrating with our Easter festivities this weekend. We headed over to Gas Works and took in the scene...

First off we wanted to check out the float planes taking off and landing (is that very Earth Day?)


Wandered around the park for a bit...


And then listened to the band for a while. Maeve initiated the eventual toddler sock hop at the Earth Day event...

Ahhhh....

It was warm. Like really warm. Like in the 60's F. I felt sunshine on my face and exposed my whiter than white legs to some UV rays this weekend. It felt so good...... And, now its raining and cool again. Figures.

Anywho... We were busy bees this weekend taking advantage of our good fortune:

Maeve and Abe played catch (psssst Maeve -- Abe's behind you...)


Annie pushing Maeve on the swings... (who by the way is the biggest rockstar... She just rocked the Boston Marathon in a very big way)


Watching Eli play baseball...


There were some creative expressions formulated on our driveway...

And, there were bike rides, playground fun, and walks around the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

You May Want to Sit Down For This...

Its starting to look like Spring... finally. Oh please, please, please....




We had to dig out the sunglasses for Maeve as the sun has been a foreign concept around here and it hurt her eyes. ha ha.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Vancouver Fun...

Here are some photos of our latest jaunt up to Vancouver...

Maeve sizing up her play companion - Grandpa.


...and then she continually launched herself into Grandpa's lap throughout the entire 1st period of the Canucks game (ohhh... go Canucks go, btw!)


Having a quick visit with Auntie Paula and Uncle Roger...


And, then onto Ann and Mike's...


There were bike rides, beach combing, and parks in the weekend o' fun agenda...


Maeve and Zane -- Awesome shot.


Kaya, Maeve, and Zane...


Maeve, a part of the family...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Little Kid?

Hair was on the agenda this evening, and I decided to band Maeve's hair for the night... wow. Where's my toddler? She looks so old in this picture... Stop growing up Maeve!



Oh, and in case you're wondering. No. Its not even remotely warm here yet (and don't think I'm not bitter about it), Maeve choose her late afternoon wardrobe today. I appreciate her optimism though...

We're back....

Maeve and I returned from a long weekend up in Vancouver... it was a great weekend of catch up and lounging. We spent a day with my Dad and Lynn, and then spent a couple of nights with Ann, Mike, Kaya, and Zane. I'm awaiting both their photos to post on events that went down (my camera will finally be picked up and good as new this week)... but long story short, it was fun.

And apparently fun is exhausting, per Maeve. This is about 3 minutes into our car ride home:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Amy's Shower....

Amy's having a baby girl in a month!! Whaoo Hoo... we can't wait. Its been a while since we've had an innocent little baby to snuggle that's not going to say no to you and run the other way. We decided to have a small shower for her tonight, unbeknownst to her, or her baby. Indian food was brought in, desserts were made, presents were opened, and a wine glass was smashed when all was said and done (not by me, I want it noted).... Its not a party until the latter is accomplished. Fun times. Happy almost new baby, Amy (& Brent, and Bennett)!!

I stole these photos from Amber as my camera is still recuperating at the camera hospital. sigh.

The party goers...


Hovering in the kitchen eating food, of course...


Amy and Bennett -- the guests of honor...


The kids were contained at the table for a special treat. It was the only time that the mayhem stalled. Who invited these kids anyway? And, by the end of the evening no child was fully dressed... They really know how to party.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Sunday Laze...

We left our house for a quick bike ride around the neighborhood, and that was the extent of us getting out today. I love these kinds of days... Instead of meeting other people elsewhere, we invited them over to our house. This morning we played with Elizabeth, and her mom, Kathleen. And, this evening we played with Jen. In between, there were naps, stories, cooking, and a marathon hair session to make it a well rounded day...

Maeve and Elizabeth checking out the Little People action...


Kathleen was the designated story teller this morning...


Umm... not sure that the Little People want you sitting on their 747, Maeve...


And, Jen was the designated story teller this evening...

Gran's Back...

The snowbirds have returned to their northern homes... Therefore, Gran came down for the weekend to watch Maeve while I worked yesterday... and they managed to have a sweet time catching up with one another. We had a few rays pop through the sky on Friday so we all headed over to the park for a little play time.

Maeve was a sliding fool...


I told Maeve that she needed to hold on with both hands. Sucking her thumb was a major priority to her, so she managed both...


...and then she decided to use me as her personal lazy boy instead.


She got braver and headed down the big kid slide... over and over and over again...


With Gran close at hand... ha ha

Thanks Gran for a fun weekend!

Field Trip...

The Friday Morning Pancake crew took a field trip. We cashed in on Bennett's Christmas present to Maeve and Avery and we all headed to "Paint the Town"... a paint your own pottery place. This was an adventure that pointed out our childrens' strengths and not-so-strengths... The photos paint their own story... ha ha ha

Herding cats...


Where all the action took place... Bennett and Avery managed some beautiful pieces. Maeve and I managed some memorable pieces... :-)


Ohhh... Body painting!!


What?? But, I don't want to paint pottery... don't my hands look pretty?


This is so fun!