Not A Nice Welcome Home

We have been home from our BC Christmas (will post photos another time) for a week now. It has not been a great week. I picked up some sort of cold back there. It manifested itself in me on New Year’s Day, and has not yet left. The boys started showing symptoms 5 days later, on Tuesday, when we were back home. On Wednesday evening, Tim started to feel off and missed work on Thursday and Friday. I thought I was getting better yesterday. My sore throat was gone, my voice was mostly back. I just had that annoying persistent tickley cough that keeps you up at night. And then this morning I felt worse. Calvin was complaining of his ear hurting last night. I took him to the clinic today but the wait was about two hours. Yeah. Didn’t want to stick around for that with two sick boys and not feeling well myself. So I took them home.

All this to say, I think I have learned a lesson. I always prided myself in my immune system and that of my family’s. We had never all been sick at once, and the boy have hardly had more than a simple cold before. So now I am humbled. I am naturally low on empathy so, in all honestly, I have very little patience for sick people. I think this may help my attitude a bit. I hope it does.

So now we are all low on energy and Bubble-Guppied-out. I hope we will turn a corner soon.

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Calvin Sleeping

Everybody knows sleeping babies are one of the most precious things ever.IMG_8674But sometimes it is mostly just silly.17 (3)

He went through a stage where he would cry himself to sleep in front of his door. Made it difficult to open the door to get him back into his bed.

He went through a stage where he would cry himself to sleep in front of his door. Made it difficult to open the door to get him back into his bed.

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This is one of the times he feel asleep waiting for me while I locked myself in my room to nurse Victor before nap time.

This is one of the times he feel asleep waiting for me while I locked myself in my room to nurse Victor before nap time.

And these days it is falling asleep while reading books to himself.

And these days it is falling asleep while reading books to himself.

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This particular time, I heard him "aaaa-ooooooo"ing to himself before falling into silence.

This particular time, I heard him “aaaa-ooooooo”ing to himself before falling into silence.

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A Sinterklaasy Weekend

Ever since we’ve been together, Tim and I have never celebrated Christmas with just our little family. Since Christmas 2010, the year we started dating and were engaged, we have always traveled to spend the holidays with our families. This year, we decided that since Calvin is old enough to actually enjoy and somewhat understand, we would make a little celebration for ourselves, before we leave for the coast next week.

Since Tim has a Dutch heritage, he automatically thought that Sinterklaas would be the perfect time for us to do something. On the Friday, Tim took the day off and we had a yummy crepe breakfast, followed by a little gift opening. We are totally not money spenders on our children. I made Calvin some sock puppets with $5 worth of socks and yarn and buttons I had on hand. Victor we splurged on and got a box set of little books from Costco. They are loved gifts, and it was fun to watch them open their presents. Tim’s parents even sent out a few special treats!

We watched some Christmas videos on Netflix, Victor had a morning snooze, and we did some other stuff that I don’t remember. It was a perfect, lazy day. Oh! We decorated a gingerbread house. Guys, get the one from Costco that comes with the house already put together. The worst part taken care of!Sinterklaas 1

The next day, we planned a turkey dinner that Jordan and Amy joined us for. After we ate, we all went to the zoo to see their Christmas lights and stuff. Calvin of course loved being able to run wherever he wanted and Victor probably liked seeing the bright lights.Sinterklaas 2

Our Christmasy weekend was capped off nicely by the Sunday School Christmas performance during the services. Only Calvin decided he would rather just wander around than stand up and perform. Sorry, Auntie Catherine; looks like he’s not following in your footsteps!

Calvin jumping off the stage before the signing even started.

Calvin jumping off the stage before the singing even started.

Throwback: Early Fall Trips

I guess September was long enough gone that I can consider this post a throwback post.

On Saturday September 20, we set out for a day in Lloydminster to celebrate Jordan’s birthday a couple days late. The weather was gorgeous, and we had a wonderful time having a picnic and going for a walk at a beautiful local park, and going to a neat petting zoo on the Saskatchewan side of town.lloydminster The following weekend, I packed up the boys for an 8 hour road trip to Regina to visit our friends Anna and Karl. Always a good time with them! regina

A Birthday and a Party

On Friday, Victor’s birthday, Tim was able to take a flex day and we spent the entire day together. Victor woke up a one-year-old, and we got to enjoy a yummy crepe breakfast together.birthday collage 1 After that we headed out to Prairie Gardens adventure farm. There was lots to do there, with multiple playground areas, hay mazes, corn mazes (way past their prime, however), and other random tidbits. birthday collage 2 birthday (7) birthday collage 3 We even managed a half decent family photo via timer!birthday (11) That afternoon we hung out at home and made some cupcakes for the birthday party the following day.birthday collage 4 And then on Saturday, the party! It was a nice, intimate affair, with a small handful of friends.birthday collage 5 And of course, cake! birthday collage 6A pair of wonderful days to celebrate our baby boy!

One Year of Victor

Today is Victor’s first birthday! As one might expect, the months have flown by like they were mere days. I can’t have been a mom of two for a whole year already! But here we are. And here are a pile of photos of him as he has grown these past 12 months, with some Calvin snuck in there too. :)Victor 1 Victor 2 Victor 3 Victor 4 Victor 5 Victor 6 Victor 7 Victor 8And here he is this morning, with his birthday crepe.14-10 (5)

I’m Back!

I’ve actually been back for almost a week now. Back to normal life with no big trips planned for any time soon. Unless Christmas is soon! Our time in BC was wonderful! The boys and I spent the whole time on the mainland at my parents’ house. There were a couple weddings we attended and also Thanksgiving. The whole time was well spent with family, friends, and good times. Here is a quick glimpse of what we got up to.

My boys, the splendid travelers. Though not perfect, they did quite well on the short flight.

My boys, the splendid travelers. Though not perfect, they did quite well on the short flight.

We spent time in the backyard, at the park and hanging out inside.

We spent time in the backyard, at the park and hanging out inside.

We also got to spend some good time with my siblings, nieces and nephew. I love that Calvin is now old enough to remember his cousins and have tons of fun with them!

We also got to spend some good time with my siblings, nieces and nephew. I love that Calvin is now old enough to remember his cousins and have tons of fun with them!

I also hung out with some old friends, who come with new friends for my boys!

I also hung out with some old friends, who come with new friends for my boys!

We had a couple outings, like going to the States and treating the boys to some Edaleen Dairy ice cream.

We had a couple outings, like going to the States and treating the boys to some Edaleen Dairy ice cream.

Since we didn't go to the island this trip, I was glad we were able to spend some time with Tim's family when they came to Abbotsford for a wedding.

Since we didn’t go to the island this trip, I was glad we were able to spend some time with Tim’s family when they came to Abbotsford for a wedding.

We had our extended family Thanksgiving dinner at the cabin. It's always wonderful to catch up with my own cousins and see how their babies are growing.

We had our extended family Thanksgiving dinner at the cabin. It’s always wonderful to catch up with my own cousins and see how their babies are growing.

Stay tuned for a couple more posts I need to catch up on!