I've been waiting...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Christmas Parades and Festivals

So I figure I only have a few more years where Grace is truly into parades and various Christmas festivities offered by the communities around us.  I know that 6, 7 years from now she will be busy with her own independence, hanging out with friends, doing her extra curricular activities, whatever is going on in our lives at that point.  So, for now I take full advantage of all the wonderful Christmas activities we have going on in our surrounding communities.  Most of them are cheap or free which makes them all that more appealing.  We go to parades, Christmas in the park, and street parties.  We do it all.  Here's a few highlights, including of course the hot chocolate!!!

Watching our local parade.  It was a miserable night, like truly miserable.  Not really fun at all but the girls and my nephew made the best of it. 

No parade would be complete without the hot chocolate!!!

Funny, for Grace, the highlight of the night was playing at the park... in the dark!  She loved it!

Not so sure of this guy.....

Waiting for the Tractor parade in our town to get started.  Grace found a friend from school and they passed the time running around in the dark

So, after spending a few hours wandering along the streets, watching the short Santa Claus parade, I had no intention of staying for the tractor parade at the street festival.  It wasn't starting until after 8 and we had already watched our own town's parade of lights with the farm equipment.  However, Grace was having such a good time listening to Dan the Music Man and dancing and catching bubbles and hula hooping that by the time we started to head back to the car people were already lining the streets waiting for the next event.  I had the wagon and there was NO WAY I was going to get through that crowd and make the long trek back to the car.  So we decided to stay and wait it out.  Neither one of us was overly happy about it but there wasn't really another option.  Just as the first tractor was making its way past us, I glanced down at Grace and saw this...
Grace, sound asleep, her face covered in hot chocolate and sticky marshmallow, sitting on a rock.  She slept through the whole parade, I got her to the car and home still sleeping!  She makes me laugh!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Autumn Fun

Taking care of business and having some fun at the same time!

I had a new gazebo put up this Fall with the help of my niece and nephews.  Everybody had to do their share, including Grace!

Playing hide and seek.

Some of the hard working men in my family!

Stopping for a little fun

Back to work...

Planting tulips with her class mascot

The bird bath in the backyard had a thin layer of ice on it and with the leaves sitting under the ice and the sun shining on it, it created a really beautiful effect.  I however couldn't get the angle right to avoid shadows on the photo.  Need to keep working on my photo skills!

My beautiful girl

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Most Favourite Place in the World

Still catching up....

A beautiful Autumn afternoon in my most favourite place in the world.

A God daughter and her God father...
what could be more precious 

Ms Bossy Boots telling cousin S. what she wants him to do

Grace asked for the camera..... she may have some talent with her photography skills! 

This is her Advant garde shot!!!  How creative (it may or may not have been on purpose! lol)

Heading home

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

And suddenly she's 5

And suddenly she's 5.  When did this happen?  I swear just last week I was changing diapers and warming up milk in a bottle.  My girl is growing faster than I can believe and while I'm proud of every accomplishment she makes, I so want time to stand still, to keep this moment from passing. 

Grace had a great birthday, or should I say birthdayS.  Actual birthday, family birthday, friend birthday, anticipating the birthday, planning the birthday.  She pretty much gets the month of August!!! lol

Here's the highlights!

Grace was so eager to wear her princess dress for the party.  What a fashionista!

On the "real" birthday day, we took a trip to Santa's Village with Grandma and Grandpa and cousin K.  What a great place for young children!  Santa was great.  Walking around the village all day, we bumped into him several times making it so much more comfortable for the kids when they finally got a chance to see him in his house and while Grace still wanted me close, she confidently went up to Santa and shared her wishes.  For months now, she has not wavered on what she wants Santa to bring her for Christmas.  A microphone and a violin.  Yep, a microphone and a violin.  She can't play a violin yet, but my music loving girl just loves her music!

Love this photo!

Ice cream for breakfast of course!!!  How else would one start a birthday??

We are so lucky to have great neighbours.  They are like a second set of grandparents for Grace and they love it when she comes for a visit.  Grace was so proud to be able to go next door by herself to bring them over for cake.

Trying out the water balloons!  Somebody's going to get wet!

Time for the chicken story.  Sometimes I feel like there are things that happen in the world that could only happen to me.  Seriously.  The chicken story is one of those things.
Let me set the scene.  It's relatively early in the morning, the day of the kid party.  Grace is finishing breakfast, I'm getting a few things out and ready.  I peer out the kitchen window and there it is.  A chicken.  Like a real live chicken in my back yard.  Now, we live on a small property but we are by no means in farmland.  Yet, there it was, a big beautiful chicken wandering around my back yard! 
After trying without success to coax the chicken to move on to a neighbour's yard, I decided to try to make the best of it.  All I had to do was tell the kids not to go near the chicken and the chicken will leave them alone.
So, Grace had invited one boy, an energetic, quizzical, curious boy.  He's well known for his energetic curious ways and I had all my teacher tricks ready to go to keep him on task at the party.  What I didn't plan for was a chicken. 
And it couldn't have gone better!  That chicken was a blessing in disguise for that little firecracker of a boy.  He chased that chicken around, fed him his hot dog bun and "played" with the chicken for 2 hours!!!  
(before anyone who might be concerned for the chicken's well being gets bent out of shape about this post, rest assured, the chicken was perfectly fine and safe)

For all the work I put into planning games and activities for the kids to do, what was the big hit?  Grace's dress up basket!  I could have saved myself some time and money if I had just let kids be kids!

All the princesses and decorating their own cupcakes

Doesn't that look yummy?

Designing their own water bottles

And in the end, a good time had by all, even the chicken.