Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Growing Up...

My girl is growing up.  I attended a information session tonight at the elementary school she'll be attending next year, and I'm so excited.  Its a great school and I'm excited for all the things in store for Maeve.  I'm not terribly excited that our lives will be dictated by the school schedule now though, but it is inevitable, and that's about the only thing that seems like a bummer.  I have her all signed up for an after school program that seems great too.  So...  I guess we're sort of ready.  But, we'll enjoy these last few months of freedom before our life gets a bit more complicated -- I'll have to figure out how to work with early release days, stat holidays, professional days, and school breaks, just like all these other families.  


On a side note -- the rain stopped so we decided to hit the local beach/park.  It was short lived because I'm a wimp and it was cold... but, it was beautiful and fun while it lasted :-)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Trip to the Motherland...

My oldest niece, Taryn turned 15 today.  I can't believe it.  I obviously remember the day she was born, and it really doesn't seem like it could be that long ago... but, alas, time is ticking away.  We decided we would head north to celebrate Taryn and catch up with friends too.  It was a quick trip, but we packed it full.  The birthday dinner was awesome, as it was much like a redo of Christmas... and because it was a full-on turkey feast again, several other family members invited themselves over too.  Ha.  It was fun.


I figure a big family gathering with turkey involved should happen quarterly...

The birthday girl! 

Even Wonder Woman made an appearance at the party... 

A true Canadian doesn't use an ice scraper to remove the snow from the windshield, its way more effective to pull out your curling broom.  So, we decided to help my Dad along by yelling, 'Hard!!!!  Sweep!!!!!' 

And, when you're in Canada, you don't mess around.  There is no DVR'ing a live gold medal hockey game.  Oh no.  Instead you plow across town to get to your friend's house before the 4am face-off and enjoy it with fellow like-minded Canadians.  Gooooooo Canada!

Beckett decided to celebrate Canada's win by waving his flag at the front door this morning...

Valentine's Day 2014


Valentine's Day was a much anticipated holiday by a certain 4 year old.  She has been asking for months now when we would be celebrating it.  Between exchanging valentines with her schoolmates, to receiving a few gifts from me, and then eating heart-shaped pancakes and drinking pink milk, I think it was a success.  Its so fun to make certain holidays exciting because the reaction in return is worth it -- sheer joy and excitement.  So, here was 'the big day' and how it played out.











We ended the day with Ethiopian food, which isn't very Valentine's Day-like, but always a big hit and yummy.  Good day all round.

Talk to the Hand... Er, Balloon.

Apparently I annoy her sometimes.  Weird.




So, I guess I'm doing my job, right?  Ha ha.  Thankfully she's good natured about it as we come from a taunting family ;-)


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Focused...

Maeve and I had a serious tic-tac-toe tournament... and you know it was serious because someone's tongue was sticking out the whole time.  Ha.  I love it.  She's like a little puppy dog -- I noticed her tongue sticking out today at gymnastics, when we went sledding the other day, and when she skis.  She's super cute when she concentrates.





Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow Day...

...and it was on a weekend!  That never happens.  I mean, we rarely get snow in town, but I'm usually always working when the flakes actually stick to the ground.  So fun.  But, because I'm no rookie, whenever it snows, the temperature usually spikes and it never lasts long.  So, we got out early and spent a few hours playing.  As I was loading her into the car, Maeve says, "But, mom... we haven't had breakfast yet!".  I told Maeve there was no time to spare and threw her a breakfast bar to eat en route to the sledding hill.  Ha.

"Oooh'ing and Ahhh'ing" at the snow that greeted us this morning... 

We borrowed a church's lawn and built us a snowman. 

Meet Ted. 

 We had to go check on Ted a couple of times today to see how he was doing...

Our sledding destination --  Gas Works Park.  

We weren't the only ones with this plan... Maeve had a great time. 

Very gray, but beautiful Seattle.  Of course there were kayakers out enjoying the winter wonderland too. 

This girl is trouble -- she kept trying to nail me with snowballs.  If her Uncle Todd was with her today, he would've introduced her to 'the face wash'.  I was kinder... although, I thought about it.  Ha.

Completed our outdoor fun with a stop by the doughnut shop.  The rest of the day was lounging around the house and cheering on the Olympians.  

We were supposed to go skiing today with Kathleen and Elizabeth again, but the pass and predicted forecast didn't seem worth taking the littles on the hill.  The effort may not have equaled the reward.  But, I have to say, it was a nice change to play in the snow just outside our own doorstep instead.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Joy...

There is a bit of snow falling tonight and when Maeve saw it, she squealed with joy and said, 'Best Day Ever!'.  I hope that she always remains this joyful...  





12th Man....

So, its old news by now, but the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl this year.  Woot woot!  It was so fun to be a part of the excitement, and Maeve even got into it.  I'm not sure anyone talked about much else for several days post the big game either.  As I mentioned, I got hit with a stomach bug on Monday and I was feeling considerably better by Wednesday, but still wasn't feeling 100% and therefore needed to call in sick because I hadn't been symptom free for 48 hours yet.  Not a problem... I can certainly lay low on the couch for the day after taking Maeve to daycare. (I rarely get free days, so I'm not wasting a daycare day when I have them).  But, there was a celebratory parade scheduled on Wednesday too....

So, the Maeve drop off happened and I was getting comfortable on the couch and turned on the TV... and they kept flashing to the preparations of the parade in Seattle.  And, so many people on Facebook were chatting about being downtown waiting for the parade too.  'Ahhhhhh... I'm missing out on something.  I can't handle missing out on something big.  I can't believe that I'm not downtown too... Ahhhhh... Quick.  Make a decision!'  So, I jump back into my car and race back to daycare and pick up Maeve and tell her we're going to a big parade.  Confused and excited, Maeve happily agrees and waves goodbye to her friends and teachers.  We race back home, grab a few snacks, and run out the door to catch the bus... We literally jammed ourselves into the bus.  (It reminded me of the old Japanese footage I was shown in elementary school of people wearing white gloves shoving commuters into trains... we needed a few of those people).  By now I'm feeling nauseated again, but I was determined to rally.  So, off to the parade route we went... along with over 700,000 fans.  Way to represent, Seattle!


En route to a fun adventure...

We situated ourselves on the beginning part of the parade...  Choosing a shady section later proved to be a poor choice, however... Brrrrrrr.  It was 12F with windchill (appropriate temperature, but I would've settled for warmer however).  I thought we bundled adequately, but that turned out to not be the case for standing over 3 hours in one spot.  It was COLD...  

Thankfully I brought snacks... 

It could not be more beautiful....

Unfortunately the parade was delayed for more than an hour (players couldn't get to the start due to the massive crowds that showed up for their parade)... and we ended up waiting more than 2 1/2 hours for it to start... Feeding the line, 'its just about to start' wore out eventually.  But, my little 12th child managed to hang in there adequately well.

She even managed to have a cat nap...

Finally the parade showed up!  My phone kept dying because it was so cold, so I didn't get many pictures of the players, but you can see Russell here.  Maeve kept yelling "Seahawks" along with the crowd and was shyly waving to them.  

Although Maeve was a little cold and didn't like waiting as long as we did, I do think it was important to bring Maeve down to the parade in the end.  I want her to know that its important for her embrace and cheer on her city.  Whether you like football or not, it was definitely a unifying thing in Seattle... and Seattle was proud of Seattle.  It was nice to be a part of this positive energy, and I want Maeve to start appreciating this type of mindset.  

Congratulations Seattle Seahawks and Seattle's 12th man...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Exuberance...


I got hit with the stomach flu yesterday... super fun.  But, it was even more fun trying to parent today with an extremely exuberant child who was none too pleased that I wasn't in tip top shape to play with her all day.  And, how I cursed my house rule of no TV or electronics Monday-Friday today.  I considered breaking the rule, but I didn't want to deal with the ramifications, or the begging to break the rule again some other day...  so, I held my ground.  I am well aware that Maeve is only young once, and because generally, there is no one else to share our time with, I tend to play with her a lot and give her undivided attention.  I'm sure its single child syndrome -- she doesn't want to play alone.  I get that.  But, doesn't that come to bite you when you don't feel like doing that... Thankfully I don't get this type of sick very often.

Maeve is so fun... and so exhausting at the same time.  I'm pretty sure I'll be an alcoholic by the time we reach the teens -- I'm just not sure what my drink of choice will be.  Ha ha.  Man, does she like to press the boundaries and see what she can get away with.  She has a very strong personality and a flair for the dramatics... and never.stops.moving....ever.  She has embraced the whine again.  It is the thing that can send me from zero to sixty instantaneously, and she knows it... (as I count quietly in my head to try to remain cool, calm, and collected... it doesn't always work).  But, at the same time she is so full of joy and energy.  She is always exuberant, full of wonder, loves to be praised, super inquisitive, imaginative, and loves to be in cahoots with her friends.  I love seeing who this little girl is turning into.

I had to write down what she said the other day as it made me stop in my tracks and laugh out loud.  I realized recently that I should teach Maeve how to call 911 so I put our address and phone number on the fridge, in case she needed to call for help for some reason.  Well, I was denying her a snack at this particular moment (because, Lord have mercy, there is NO WAY she is hungry ALL the time), and she was upset with me.  So, in response she said, "Well, I'm not going to call the number that you told me to unless you let me have a gogurt".   When she feels an emotion its there for the world to witness.  Now, don't think that my child is heartless... as I do believe she would, in fact, call 911 for me, it is just a glimpse of how her emotions get the best of her sometimes. (In fact, she asked if she should call the police for me today because my stomach didn't feel very well... phew).

And then there's the complete smothering side of her.  She LOVES to snuggle.  I love it too... most of the time.  She somehow finds her way into my room at some point in the middle of night or late morning (equipped with her flashlight and water bottle... we have quite the little routine happening).  Its like we're an old married couple sometimes.  She has her side of the bed (which she doesn't stick to, I might add) and she wants to share my pillow most of the time... to which I point out that she has her own.  She snuggles up so much that sometimes I find her on top of me, even when I'm trying to escape.  Ha.

Maeve, its a good thing that I love you so much, because you're trouble... in the best possible sense ;-)



Skiing...

I do love our little winter ritual... skiing every weekend.  Maeve is coming along great... she has a lot of confidence on the hill and is turning and skiing really well.  Because we're very much on the 'reward system' to keep things fun and attitudes positive, I had to amend some of the rules and regulations.  Making Maeve an independent skier is a huge goal -- that means, getting her skis clicked in by herself, and also, getting up once she's fallen down by herself, are the objectives.  She can accomplish both those feats about half the time.  But, what I started seeing was Maeve 'falling', just because.  She wanted her reward for getting up on her own... Rascal.  So, now there is a reward system in place that she gets an extra jelly bean at the bottom of the hill if there are no falls.  Working like a charm... she rarely falls now.  



Maeve is getting bored with skiing just with me - she wants her friends.  Thankfully Elizabeth has picked up skiing really quickly and the girls were able to ski half the time together this past weekend.  Super fun, and super motivating for the both of them.   

Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Maeve 

"Oh wait, let me give you a jelly bean if you agree to smile for the picture" 

"Cheese!"