Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rock Dive

The confidence keeps growing ...

Crazy Meltdowns

This has been a summer of meltdowns and mood swings. Often they are based on 'reasonable' wants for a 3+ year old, like ice cream or cookies or going somewhere, BUT there have also been some ridiculous 'rants'. About a month ago, Cadence had a meltdown because she "IS going to take the bus to school!" First off, she doesn't even start school until the 3rd week of September and secondly, we live 400 metres from the school. She.WILL.NOT.be.taking.a.bus! Today, however, took the cake. While in the car, she tells me she "wants to move to California", "she's too cold here and she needs to be warm!". And we're talking emotionally charged, tears and all!!!
What is that about????
I didn't think I'd say it, but I'm kinda lookin forward to going back .... kinda, sorta ... just a tad bit!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back Track 1

We enjoyed a second weekend south to enjoy someone's very special and significant birthday. The afternoon started off with some bubbly:

There was great food ... not from this fine establishment mind you:

Just about everyone jumped into the pool:

We had a record of 18 adults and children in the pool, well into the late evening:

The evening ended with some sparklers and more 'bubbly' ... the hot tub:

It was great to see everyone, especially the newlyweds from out west ... we really don't get opportunities to see most of the family together at once. Thanks M & D!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's Been a Good Summer!

Which is why I haven't spent time coming here ....
I will update ... at some point ... soon ... I think!
Til then, summer is still on!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crazy Cadence

She makes me laugh ...

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Full Friday!

Today was go, go, go!!!
Cadence started off the day with a class trip ... to the bowling alley! Although she managed 3 strikes last night in Wii practise, there was a gutter ball to deal with upon her return. Our little perfectionist insisted yesterday on attending the trip, which led to a phone call from the daycare and our agreement to let her go. This morning however, she had decided she no longer wanted to go. Uh uh!!!! Sorry sweetheart, but we were not letting you quit this one! Mean mommy took her to the school and sent her off on the bus crying! Boohoo!!!! Don't be too hard on me ... I felt terrible, but she's started this thing where she quits ANYTHING she isn't good at and we have to put a stop to that! Thankfully she returned very happy (except for the gutter ball that is!).

We followed up this field trip with a picnic lunch from McDonald's and then got ready for a local theatre production. Our friends Grant and Gwen joined us for some great entertainment and later stopped in for swimming and hot tubbing ... thanks for bringing the pizza pie!

One would think after all this action that Cadence would have passed right out tonight...I WISH!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Docs were IN!

Although I didn't 'plan' it ahead of time, Cadence happened to have 2 appointments scheduled for the same day.
We started off at the dentist for a cleaning and check up.

I continue to be extremely impressed with this dental office...they are exceptional with children! Cadence has been going there since she was 18 months old and has never put up ANY kind of fuss ... of course she hasn't had any issues ... yet ... fingers crossed! And never mind the dentist, Cadence was superb!!!! She is such a mature, little young lady! Where oh where has my baby gone?????

Later in the afternoon we headed back to the dermatologist who confirmed the fact that the cream prescibed in the winter was not appropriate for this hot humid weather. Things seem to be clearing up already and we were given some good advice for the upcoming allergy season. We'll see how that goes ...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Weekend in THE CITY

We were invited to 'hang' with Sean's family this weekend ... a bbq with J & M and a sleepover at J & Cs, followed by a trip to Centre Island. We were really looking forward to it, but had no idea we were in for a big surprise ... unbeknownst to anyone else, Jay had arranged for Aunt Maureen to fly in from the west coast! It was an absolutely lovely surprise!!!

Karen and Hubert

Cadence and Aunt Maureen

Aunt Maureen and her nephews and neice

We were pleased that the weather basically cooperated so that we could enjoy an afternoon on Centre Island as well.

Waiting for the ferry

Hanging off the boat

Land ho!

Making a wish

Up closer ... cause it was such a great photo!

The Teacup ride that couldn't go fast enough for my girl:

More 'spins' ... this time with dad!

A 'ride' everyone could enjoy ... thanks for being the DD Cadence!

Using up our last tickets on the Merry-Go-Round

Heading back to the mainland

It was a GREAT weekend! Back to the city next weekend to visit the other 'side'!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Reunion Time!

Today we had the priviledge of some very special guests ... our travel companions and friends! It has been almost three years since we all first held our daughters and my how they have grown!
They are now little girls who can play together with minimal parental involvement:

All three have their own unique interests and personalities:

Of course, there has to be more than one princess in the group:

They enjoy swimming:

and chilaxing:

They also enjoyed colouring, crafting, playing the piano, serving their 'restaurant' food and just being typical 3 ... ALMOST 4 year old little girls!

It was truly a lovely afternoon spent catching up on the last year and exchanging the triumphs and tribulations of parenting our little beauties. It was also a joy to watch the girls play and see how well they got along ... poor things were too engaged to even eat any lunch. We all share a special bond ... we are a little family of our own in a way. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to keep in touch ... I treasure that!

Only regret (besides dumping the entire shrimp ring with sauce on my new dryclean only kitchen mat!) is that we did not get any mom/dad and family shots ... next time ... FOR SURE!

And as for Cadence ... she was plain tuckered out by all the excitement ... check out the goggles:

FYI: While writing this I thought I heard Cadence crying out in her sleep. I turned the tv down and went upstairs ... she was LAUGHING! That's a first ... I think it says a lot about today!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What Have We Been Up To?

WAITING! We have been patiently waiting for some work to be done in our backyard. And while we've waited, we've kept busy!

Splashing around in the pool in the gorgeous weather:

And even in the rain:

Sporting our goggles ... so very pool chic:

Modelling this season's swimwear:

Preparing a Barbie Fashion Show:

Watching SOMEONE do some work around here:

One of us even got some time to RELAX:

As for the yardwork ... no one showed. Guess we're saving some money!!!
Oh summer ... how we will miss you!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Whadda ya think?

I like playing around with beach shots ... nothing huge, just some simple effects.
Which of these do you prefer?