Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

What a difference a year makes...  this Halloween was so much fun.  It wasn't at all bad last year, but the concept wasn't totally making sense and the big kids wearing masks etc... were a bit too scary, and therefore I ended up carrying Maeve from house to house, it seemed.  

The whole day was a highlight to Maeve as it was "pajama day" at daycare today.  Well, I was almost thinking that it would be a bigger hit than trick-or-treating.  Kids are so funny.  

I worked a shorter day today so that we could participate in Halloween festivities properly.  We headed over to Amy and Brent's house because they live in the ideal trick-or-treating neighborhood.  It is a bit of a tradition now that they host the rest of us that want to come to their neighborhood.  Maeve was chomping at the bit to get out there and trick-or-treat.  It was so fun... literally running from house to house.  I haven't seen her exert so much energy.... ever.  She was so excited.  And, when we did come back to Amy and Brent's house, she was a self-proclaimed candy giver-outer.  Most of the kids benefitted as a result.  

I decided that a one night free-for-all was the way to go about it.  Maeve was in heaven eating candy after candy.  She was a bit manic by the end of the evening... but, its done now.  Whatever she didn't finish, we just left behind and as far as she knows, this is how Halloween rolls.  

Oh, by the way.  If you're wondering if you've seen Maeve's costume before.  You have.  Exactly everything as before.  I'm not sure if Maeve thinks that her Halloween costume has forever been determined for her because when I asked her a couple of months ago what she'd like to be, she said 'a bear'.  Duh, mom.  I felt no need to change her mind if a bear is what she wanted to be again.  Easy.  Done.  And, she never even wavered as Halloween approached.  

Happy Halloween everyone... and happy Birthday to Avery and Sofie too!

In costume and ready to get going....


Clara, the cow... Maeve's first Halloween costume. 


Liam was even here to celebrate...  


Ready... set... go! 


The whole trick-or-treating gang... 


By the end of their trick-or-treating, they had even opened the door to one of the houses...  A little eager... 


Taking inventory... One happy bear!

Stark + Kent Opening...

My good friend, Mike has opened up an art gallery, Stark + Kent,  in Palm Springs with his friend, Ross.  This past weekend they had their big grand opening, and I felt that was a perfectly great excuse to head south to Palm Springs for the weekend to see the gallery for myself and congratulate a perfectly great guy.  Thanks to my brother, I scored a couple of buddy passes and thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend -- I was surrounded by great company, the weather was absolutely perfect and hot, the ample pool time, I read a book, I drank plenty of chilled white wine, and got to see Stark + Kent.  Don't tell Maeve where I went, she just knows I went to Palm Springs (whatever that means in her head), but she didn't know I got to hang with some of her favorite people -- Kaya and Zane.  Shhhhhh....

Congratulations Mike.  I am always inspired how you purposely live out your dreams...








Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Carving...

Kolleen and Paul had their annual Pumpkin Carving Party this weekend... so, we carved one of our pumpkins.  Yeah, I know... its totally awesome.




Real Time...

How is it that Maeve is almost 3 1/2?  I keep telling her to stop growing, to which she always laughs and says, "I can't!!"  She is so fun these days and exponentially turning into a little girl, with thoughts, ideas, jokes, and opinions that are all her own.  



This is one of those posts that just captures what's happening now, or what she has said recently that makes me laugh.

There is a constant monologue coming from Maeve -- often in sing-song.  Sometimes she's pretending to talk to someone, sometimes not.  The challenge is to know when to engage in conversation during these chatterings.  I am often in the wrong by doing so as I am quickly informed that she isn't, in fact, talking to me.  You understand how I could be mistaken based on the fact that most of the time its just the two of us.  My bad.

Today she fell outside while wearing her tights, which created two muddy knees.  She was upset initially because she wasn't sure if she had hurt herself, but then when we were driving home she was more bummed out because she wasn't 'fancy anymore'.

I sometimes copy her little expressions when I'm talking with her.   For example, I repeated her "ooh la la" back to her today, but was quickly corrected that I couldn't say "ooh la la" because I was not dressed up fancy.

Yesterday she informed me that we should get a pet animal.  Upon further investigation as to what type of pet animal she was considering, she paused to think about it and then decided we needed a pet gerbil.  "Sometimes gerbils bite mommy, but I won't let it... and I will feed the pet gerbil... and we need to buy a cage for the pet gerbil to live".  Apparently she's got it all worked out.  We're not getting a pet gerbil.

Sleepovers.  She's obsessed with the idea.  Whenever we have a playdate with anyone, she asks if they can have a sleepover.

The girl is dra-ma-tic.  I mean, she can pour it on... bottom lip out, head down, back bent, slowly walking away...  It is so hard not to laugh.  Insensitive you may think?  Well, when you catch your daughter practicing her cry in the mirror frequently, you don't break that easily.  Honestly, it is so funny.

We went to the children's theater to watch "The Cat in the Hat" today, which was great, by the way.  Maeve loved it, but as we were talking about it on our way back to the car, she mentioned, "Mom, I thought we were going to see the 'real' Cat in the Hat.... he was really funny though.  I liked it".

And games... the girl is obsessed.  We have been trying games for a while now, but the synapses weren't quite firing at full capacity until recently.  I think games have always been fun for Maeve, but I could barely stand her lack of rule following and doing whatever she wanted.  Now, she totally gets it and loves it.  Candyland is the hands down favorite, but we go through every game we have all the time now.  Its so fun.

How lucky I am to have Maeve in my life.  She makes me laugh and smile all the time...  I love watching her grow up and am fascinated with who she's becoming.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

I have been watching the weather and trying to pick the best time to hit up the pumpkin patch, but rain has been in the forecast.... rain is a part of life in the pacific northwest, no doubt, but I was hoping for some decent weather so we could partake in some of the other fun things at the pumpkin patch.  When the skies proved to be sunny yesterday morning, unexpectantly, Maeve and I jumped in the car and headed to the farm.  It was super fun and a perfect little outing.  This farm was a perfect choice... it had a lot of fun things for Maeve to do.  

The farm had quite a few animals, of course... so we were checking out the donkey here. 


Maeve even managed a horse ride...  ha. 


The pen of corn was a big hit... 


There were duck races... 


Gigantic cookies to eat... 


Tractors to climb on... 


Scarecrows to discover... 


...and imitate. 


Wheelbarrows to push... 


And then we found our perfect pumpkins.  One for Maeve, one for mommy, and a family pumpkin.

Gymnastics

A new addition to our activities is gymnastics this fall... and Maeve LOVES it.  Maeve's friend, Keegan, is also in the class (although she was absent this day) and they both look forward to everything they do in class, as well as being there together.  I love it because we are within walking distance of our home, and its fun to see Maeve so excited.  Here are a few shots of my tumbler.






Monday, October 15, 2012

Who Knew....

...Superwoman was so "fancy" underneath her disguise??



11th Annual Canadian Thanksgiving...

I am well aware that Canadian Thanksgiving officially happened last weekend, but due to the Portland half marathon, the date was pushed back a week, and no one seemed to mind.  

The day started off strong with breakfast of pumpkin waffles at Amber and Chris's house.  SO GOOD. Yum.  After we wreaked enough havoc over there, we moved onto Brent and Amy's.  I bring the turkey and stuffing, so I went straight to work... it truly is exhausting being in charge of the turkey (shhhh.... don't tell).  Amy made pumpkin pies, which she grew in her own garden (I think she deserves some sort of medal... I mean, that's going above and beyond).  We spent the rest of the day hanging out and lounging around... although, as Amy and I recalled several times this afternoon, the lounging used to be a bit more relaxing pre-kids.  Nevertheless, it was fun and cozy.  

It is always a fun evening and we all have it down to a science.  Everyone comes with side dish/appetizer/or dessert in hand.  Super easy for all.  Good food and fun friends....  Happy Belated Canadian Thanksgiving, everyone...  

Maeve LOVES Clara... 


Finding activities to occupy the 3 year olds pre-party... 


Brent and Chris... dedicated turkey carvers... 


Mel, Leann, and Amber... 


Paul, Kolleen, Joe, and Katie... 


James and Melanie 


Brennan, Rosanne, and Jen 


Jana and Char... 


Clara, Amy, and Brian... 


Leann, Mel, Me, and Amy... 

I missed getting a photo of everyone... sorry!


Pumpkin pie makes everything better... 


Maeve added a little flare to her dress today...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ben Towne Foundation

This weekend I joined Amy, Amber, and Leann and ran the Portland half marathon.  It could not have been a more beautiful day, and we ran for a great cause.  We were a part of the Ben Towne Foundation team and our group helped raise $17,000 towards pediatric cancer research.  (Please continue to help support this amazing foundation which puts every single penny donated towards research).  I knew Ben well and he endured so much in an effort to cure his cancer.  Cancer didn't care that Ben was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, and it didn't care that it ended his life when he was only 3 1/2 years old.  And sadly, Ben's journey is not an entirely unique story... cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents.  




A couple of weeks ago the Foundation held their BENefit dinner and managed to raise $842,000 that evening.  It was an amazing evening for many reasons, but the biggest news of the night was learning that the FDA had approved a Phase I trial to begin using reprogrammed T-cells that the Ben Towne Foundation's lab helped created.  I am amazed at the movement that has begun and am excited to see the treatment of pediatric cancers be approached in a new way that is not harmful to young bodies.  So, please join in the movement...  

Fall Festivities

I love fall.  We checked out a neighborhood festival with Avery, Gerrit, Amber, and my mom on Friday.  There was fresh apple cidar, a bouncy house, and the highlight -- pony rides.  

Yummy cidar... 


Sweet, and wiggly Gerrit... 


Silly faces with Gran... 


Perhaps you should hold on, Maeve... 


Avery