Thursday, November 15, 2012


- Drawing and colouring with Julia. "I want to be an artist when I grow up."

- Listening to Marley's babbles (I should record them - such wonderful sounds).

- Jason reading the bedtime story.

- Hunter being beyond ecstatic about getting the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Joys of Parenting

Often our lives are so busy we don't take a moment to reflect on the wonder of what is, instead we are looking forward and looking back. One of the best things about children is that they are most often (if not always) fully and completely in the now. Sometimes this is great, watching them experience pure joy (playing, learning something new, etc.), sometimes not so much - when something terrible/painful happens it's hard for them to see that it is temporary or that it will get better as they fully experience all the pain too. Anyway, this is a bit of a long introduction to a few bullet points of today's joys:

- Me: I'm stuffed. Julia: with fluff? This is typical but I love it when at any meal Julia responds this way to "I'm stuffed." We can't even fool her with "I'm stoofed" because she just responds with "With floof?". Love, love, love.

- Blazing a new trail through the snow on the way home from school, especially Hunter running to Julia so that she can join he and his friend on their walk home at lunch (even if it means Marley and I are on our own). Even better, the three of them quickly deciding to join up with us.

- Crinkle, crinkle, crinkle - the sound of Marley figuring out that if she taps the toy it makes a crinkle sound. Crinkle, crinkle, crinkle.

Being a Mum is a gift.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dear Marley

Dear Marley:

You just turned 11 weeks old on Wednesday and I am already asking myself where the time has gone. It feels like just yesterday that I was feeling you kick, wondering who you would be and now I can't imagine our family without you. You are the sweetest, most content baby and I can't begin to tell you how much I love you and how lucky we are to have you in our lives.

We have a nice routine, you and I, each day we walk Hunter and Julia to school then go for a nice walk around the path. We come home and play for a couple of hours (this is your awake time but play is probably a bit of a stretch) then head back to pick up Julia for lunch. You are sleeping most afternoons which works out well as Julia and I have various things we do - gymnastics, swimming, and Julia's favourite - baking. When Hunter comes home it is you he is most excited to see, asking each day if he can hold you (whether you are sleeping or not). You are infatuated with him too - he was the first one to get you to show us your amazing smile that not only lights up your whole face but a room as well. Evenings are usually a blur once Dad gets home - supper, running around for activities and whatnot but Dad and I are sure to find some time for just the three of us when the big kids go to bed. You have added so much to our lives in such a short time Marley Moo and we are so thankful for you.

These first few weeks you have mostly been sleeping and eating but here are some of your firsts:
- you smiled for the first time a few days before your first month birthday
- you rolled over for the first time shortly after but you have not really figured out how to get past that one arm yet
- you went swimming for the first time in a pool and then in our hot tub (which you smartly prefer)
- You went on your first hike in the mountains (sure you were carried but you did it just the same)
- you had your first cold and stayed amazingly content and sweet despite barely being able to breathe for over a week.

My peaceful, content, wonderful Marley I love you more than you can imagine.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


A while ago I signed up for a twitter account mostly so I could follow other people. Now that I'm on maternity leave, I thought I would give twitter a try. What I've learned is that it's really not for me. I need more than 140 characters because I tend to be long-winded and I want a record for my kids. So, back to blogging it is. I've grossly failed at writing or updating on the kids in the past years but I'm going to jump right back on with a bit about Marley...