Monday, July 22, 2013

Catch Up

What a busy week we had!  

Big Boy attended camp at Fort Edmonton.  The camp was transportation themed and after he got past a bit of shyness he had a blast!  For him this camp was a new experience.  He was one of the youngest kids in the group and it was a bit intimidating at first.  He has typically been one of the oldest.

Little Boy had a lovely week complete with 2 special activities.  Grandma took him to the midway at Fort Edmonton Park and he rode on the carousel ("the horses" to him) and the ferris wheel ("the London Eye").  He had a great time - I could not believe how fast the ferris wheel turned!  He also got to spend a day with Grandpa, just putzing and fixing around the yard.  He was so happy his eyes were shining.  Him and Grandpa invented a new sandwich - ham and Bulls Eye sauce.

We also got a lot of chores done:  Baby Boy went to the doctor, I had my teeth cleaned, we got a passport and a SIN card.  

The kids also went to the spray park (Little Boy only), a car show, and helped make a kransekake.

Baby Boy is looking quite good, and the doctor feels that he has a milk allergy possibly combined with a soy allergy.  Now that we know what the issue is, we should be able to manage it properly.  She also gave me some great news - most kids grow out of these allergies around their first birthday....only a few more months!

Another boost to the week - my mom got a wire that connects the iPhone to the car, so the kids can listen to all of their favourite tunes while we drive.  We heard a lot of "Cruise" - it's like they were deprived.

The week was great, but the weekend was even better!  I was supposed to go to Calgary and I was sort of sad about not being able to take the trip, but we managed to fill the weekend with other distractions. 

On Saturday, we went to a huge party at my cousin's house.  She had it catered with a food truck and there was a bouncy castle for the kids.  The boys, Little Boy especially, had an amazing time!  Both boys had their first soda at this party.  Little Boy had a grape soda - he looked like he was in heaven drinking his can of soda.  Big Boy tried orange and cream soda.  I think he enjoyed both.  Funny, but for Little Boy, one of the most important things was that he got to drink the soda from the pop can, not a cup.

On Sunday we rounded out the weekend with another exciting day.  We went out for breakfast with friends and my grandma and then had a quiet morning around home.  After lunch we took the kids swimming at the Terwillegar Recreation Centre.  The pool is amazing - there is a water slide, a lazy river, plenty of spray toys and waves!  Both Big Boy and Little Boy went on the water slide over and over again!  Little Boy was scared the first time (we actually had to do the walk of shame down the slide stairs) but the second time he hopped right on.  I am tuckered out from treading water in the waves.  

We topped off the weekend with a fish supper (Aberdeen style) at home!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another day, another sippy cup

I have been struggling to get Baby Boy to drink from a bottle or cup. I took him to the doctor last week and she suggested that it would be much easier to manage his skin issues if he switched to formula, so now I am even more determined.

We have tried out 3 styles of bottles and many, many sippy cups. Today I bought another 2, but I'm declaring right here that I'm not buying any more designs. Once he picks a vessel, I will buy more of that style.

If anyone has any helpful tips for this transition, I would be very grateful. This is our collection so far:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sitting Up

Baby Boy has been sitting up for quite a few days now, but today for the first time, he sat up from laying down on his own!  He engaged his abs and used his arms and he was sitting.

Also we weighted the kids and Baby Boy is 19 pounds, 8 ounces; Little Boy is nearly 33 pounds and Big Boy is 52 pounds!

Monday, July 15, 2013

I'll admit defeat....

When I come to Alberta for the summer, I generally try to make a road trip south to Calgary.  The trip is no big deal - 3 hours driving each way - an easy and pleasant drive.

But this year, I'm cancelling my trip.  The baby is still healing, I am on a special diet and we have a routine of medicines for the baby that would be difficult to keep up on a road trip.  

I'm taking the easy way out and staying put.  I'm really sorry if I disappoint anyone in Calgary....but it's just too much for me this year.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Treehouse Indoor Playground (in Edmonton)

Today I took the kids to meet my cousin and her kids at Treehouse Indoor Playground.  Here is their website:

Treehouse consists of a climbing frame, bouncy castle, ball shooting area, tots area, car riding area, arcade and cafe.  There may be other areas but I don't remember them at this point.  There are many party rooms around the edge of the play centre.

Treehouse is like all indoor playgrounds - fairly awful if you look at it from the perspective of an adult.  It is noisy, has brash colours and is loud.  There are children running about and squealing, flashing lights and lots of whining.

But through the eyes of a child who is the right age, it is an amazing place to play.  Big Boy and Little Boy thought it was an awesome (their word) place to spend the afternoon.  They loved the climbing frame and the little car area was a big hit.  It was great that they could all go on the cars.

Little Boy liked the jumpy castle and Big Boy gave the shooting cannons a whirl.  When they were tired of playing they spent some time using their tokens in the arcade area.  Big Boy was a big fan but kept to his allotted tokens.  Of course we won some delightful prizes to bring home.

We spent a lot of time at Treehouse and the kids had a great afternoon.  They got a lot of exercise and had fun.  The facility was clean and open and I really liked the tots area.  Overall this was a great place to go!

Movie Night

Last night I made a movie night for my boys.  We watched "An American Tale", a movie that still stands up.  It has music, action, adventure - and only a few scary bits.

Today, Big Boy and Little Boy are playing.  They have the toy house set up and they are playing "crazy movie night."  I asked what that is and Big Boy explained that it is like you get to watch a TV everyday - totally crazy.

I guess that's what happens when you live without a telly for long enough.

Friday, July 12, 2013

This Week

While last week flew by in the excitement of flights, dinosaurs and daddy, this week seemed to be a bit slower.

Big Boy attended the Junior Rangers camp at Hawrelak Park and he had a great time!  The camp was entirely outdoors and he came home soaked after the first day.  While he loved the camp, he is clearly exhausted - we will have to lay low this weekend.

I got a bunch of (boring) errands done and I took Baby Boy to a paediatrician, who is helping me to manage his eczema.  I have to make a major change to my own diet to help him - I think it might be tough!

Little Boy had an awesome playdate with his friend.  He got to swim in a backyard pool and drive an Escalade (la-di-dah!).  He is actually a pretty good driver.  Mummy got to relax with the baby and chat with other adults!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Embroidered Tea Towels

After the kids go to sleep in the evening, I usually have a few chores to take care of and then I have time to do (within limits), what I want....except that I have to be relatively quiet and I cannot leave the house (unless my husband is home to watch the kids).  Sometimes I read a book or talk to friends, sometimes I work on a project.  If I decide to watch TV (we don't have a telly but I can watch catchup programmes on the STV player), I need to have something to do with my hands to avoid naughty snacking.  I have tried knitting and crocket and I don't love them.  I have also tried cross stitch but I don't like reading the charts.  I tried out embroidery and it turns out that I really enjoy it.

Over the last few months, I have made a number of small projects.  I stitched a series of 7 tea towels using iron on transfers and at the end of this post are some pictures of them.  All of the patterns that I used are "Aunt Martha's" brand.  I love these patterns - they have a traditional feel but are not too old fashioned.

This one is my favourite!

In case you are interested, here is a link to a post about some embroidered pillowcases that I made:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Drumheller and Tyrell Museum

On Friday we left for a camping trip to Drumheller.  It was a first camping trip for Little Boy and Baby Boy - everyone was so excited!

We drove down to Drumheller and set up in our campground (the HooDoo Resort).  There were so many mosquitos, it was terrible!  But it was nice and sunny.

So we headed down the highway to see the HooDoos and the kids had fun hunting for fossils.  We went back to Drumheller for supplies and dinner and to see the world's largest dinosaur.  Once we were all tucked into our beds (in tents) we were treated to a full night of downpour and lightening.  Even my amazing tent leaked....and we woke up to colder weather!

We had breakfast and a fire (which may or may not have included roasted marshmallows - at breakfast!  I'm a cool mum!) and then cleaned up and headed out to the Tyrell Museum.  I had pre-purchased tickets for a family hike and it was great fun.  We were introduced to the Sven Wonders of the Badlands.  Little Boy hiked for about 1/2 of the one hour walk.  Big Boy was interested in and retained most of the information in the talk.

After the hike Big Boy and I went into the museum to do a Fossil Casting session.  I had signed up to do it along with Big Boy and not as his helper.  I was a bit surprised when all of the other participants were children with adult helpers....oh well, I had lots of fun!  Big Boy cast a fossil of an Albertosaurus Claw and I did a fossil fish.  

Then we had a picnic lunch and Big Boy went to a Dino Discovery Hour session while Little Boy played on the playground.  After this we dropped the males (except Baby Boy) at the HooDoos and went an broke down our campsite to leave.  There were warnings of thunderstorms and flooding - not ideal camping weather.

We had an amazing trip.  The programs at the Tyrell Museum were incredible.  I can't wait to take the boys back when they are a bit older and can do more courses.

The programs are also very economical.  The hike was $5 per person and the fossil casting $8.  

Hello Again!

I've had a busy week - and now that I have a few minutes I thought I'd do a quick post on what we've been up to.

First of all - Baby Boy has learned to sit up reliably!  What a big boy he's getting to be!

So, last week our family left Washington D.C. and flew to Edmonton via Toronto.  We had a bit of trouble at the airport - one flight was delayed, and that coupled with a slow baggage unload and some slow customs lines (and issues with the labels on the lines at customs) meant we nearly missed the second flight.  We had to run through the airport and then when we got to the second gate, we were a few minutes late - but it didn't matter because that flight was also delayed.

All of the airport nonsense meant that our stroller was left behind in Toronto, but we got it back a couple of days later.  We didn't need it - so no harm done.

Once in Edmonton we had a whirlwind weekend with a couple of parties and lots of visiting.  My husband stayed in town until Thursday and we got a few errands done while we were here.

It's nice to see everyone, but it's been a tiring week!