Saturday, 12 April 2014

Little Asher Grant

Asher has been a busy little guy the past month or so and I am sure it will only continue.
About a week ago he finished (I am hoping anyway) the phase of exploring and emptying the kitchen cupboards. It lasted about a month, and we did close off a few to him. I knew it was a phase that would pass though so I left a few cupboards for him to play in. 
He has taken his walking to a new level and is working on the beginning of running, he likes it when I chase him around the island in the kitchen. He has lots of fun, and he is totally cute as he tries to get away. (Ian is reading "The Book of Three" to the kids in this video, it is part of The Chronicles of Prydain)

Asher got his first pair of real shoes this past week and has been putting them to good use out in the backyard. He loves going out there, to the point that if he wants to go out and that is not what we are doing he gets angry and has a fit. This afternoon he brought Ian his shoes and sat down to have them put on, and then sat there pleased as can be while he waited for Ian to get his shoes on. They went with Corban to get the mail, and enjoyed the lovely weather outside.
Asher loves to watch the birds outside, I have been calling him our "Baby bird watcher". We have bird feeders in 2 spots in our yard both can be seen from our eating area in the kitchen. He will often watch while he eats. He also likes to stand on a short table at the window in the dinning room and look out to watch the birds.


He is starting to show more interest in books too, he will sit and look at the pictures and listen has I read. He likes flaps to flip and textures to touch. He also likes looking at books with animals in it when I make the sound the animal makes.

He has become more verbal, not yet saying many words, but making lots of noises and playing with the different sounds. He says mama, and dada, and "ha" which he uses when he says hi, or bye and also a night time (along with waving) when he is saying goodnight to his big sis and bros. He likes to chime in and chat to me when we are driving too, just like the big 3.

He is loving and cuddly, he gives Ian hugs in the morning when I bring him downstairs and hugs again when he gets home from work. He has decided that the best place to sleep is mommy and daddy's bed. At the moment this is working, because we still just have a mattress on the floor and it is a king so there is plenty of room even if he does decide to sleep sideways. He usually prefers to cuddle right up to me and sleep with his arm around my neck, which is super sweet.

Since our 2nd of 3 shipments arrived this week he has had fun with the toys that came in it, the cars have been high on his list, he even makes his version of car noises sometimes. He likes as well a little dog on a string that he can pull around the house.
He loves to be with his older siblings, but he plays nicely on his own too. Of course it is fun to help him discover new things. These 2 videos show both.

To finish off this post here is the cute little man coloring/drawing a picture.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mr. Corban turned 6

Our biggest boy is now even older, Corban had his 6th birthday at the end of February. Since his real birthday, Feb 29th, didn't exists this year we celebrated twice. :)
On March 1st, which was Saturday, Corban got to open gifts from us and the ones Granny & Grandpa had sent.



Corban also got a special delivery, his own bamboo plant from Granny & Grandpa.

We spent a family day together and Corban got to choose the activity. We gave him the choice of going to the H2O center (indoor pool with watersides and wave pool) or bowling (5 pin, the kids had never been 5 pin bowling before, there was 10 pin at KAUST, which they had done). 
Corban, being the very kind and thoughtful boy that he is, chose to go bowling, because he wanted all of us to be able to go. (We had been to the H2O center for Marin's birthday and even though Marin and Corban loved it, Jeriah and Asher didn't have such a good time. Jeriah was not tall enough to ride the watersides, and the water was so cold, to our woossie used the the warm Red Sea and the pools at KAUST selves, that Jeriah and Asher were getting blue lips and shivering and I sat with them in the hot tub for most of the time.) So in choosing bowling we were all able to go and participate and be comfortable. We had a fun time bowling and it was really sweet to see Corban helping Jeriah line up the ball before they let it down the ramp (you know the ones they have for kids). The kids all said they liked 5 pin bowling better because the balls are smaller and that was easier for them.

On Sunday Oma, Opa, Uncle Mark, Auntie Aneda (Corban's great Aunt), Lynda & Dylan all came to celebrate with us a second time. We had lunch together, and the kids had a fun time playing.
Chocolate cupcakes, with chocolate icing were Corban's choice, and we all sang "happy birthday" to him.


Then he got to open gifts, including one sent from Uncle Michael, Auntie Blair & Emma, which he was very excited about. :)


Mr. Corban received lots of Lego for his birthday and enjoyed putting all the sets together. He decided that he would make a new one each day, to spread out the fun. Corban along with Marin and Jeriah have been enjoying lots of time spent playing Lego, our empty basement is now the Lego zone.

Corban has enjoyed our move back to Canada, but has struggled some with it too. He has found it hard to settle into school and all the changes surrounding that. He is making positive progress though, so we are hopeful it will continue to get better. 
He is a curious, inquisitive boy though so having a whole new city and all the season to explore is right up his ally.
Corban loved winter though, he was eager to help shovel snow off the deck and driveway. He very much enjoyed sledding and playing in the snow. With spring now in the beginnings he is eager to watch the trees come back to life and has been interested in all the different birds that are coming to our yard to eat at the feeders. He would really like to "hunt" the quail... 

Corban continues to love books, he will happily sit for quite some time looking at the pictures in them and intently studies the pictures. He recently discover Garfield, and enjoys the humor in those comics. We got a wordless Garfield comic book last week from the library, Corban and Jeriah were sitting in the middle of the rug in the kids area giggling away at it, so fun and cute to see. 

Corban does his responsibility well. It is his job to empty the bottom rack of the dishwasher each day. He is in charge of taking the recycle bin the the curb, and bringing it back again. He is also eager to help with other chores around the house and he likes to help me cook too. He enjoys grading cheese and stirring sauces, and he likes to back too. He also feeds his fish.

Corban loves his brothers and sister. He and Jeriah are great playmates. He likes to make Asher happy with he is sad, and always tries to comfort him. He usually realizes though that Asher wants mommy and makes sure that I know that. :) He looks up to Marin and as she is getting a bit older and not aways wanting to play the same games Corban and Jeriah are I notice more often that he is asking her to come and join them.

Our Corban is a special guy, full of energy, cuddly, imaginative and loving. We are so happy his our boy. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Turn one - check, learn to walk - check

So Mr. Asheroo's birthday was on the 30th, a Thursday, that day we giave him is birthday sleigh (that will convert into a wagon). Ian assembled it and then the big kids took turns pulling him around the living room, he thought it was great fun. :) We had ice cream that night and put a candle in it to sing happy birthday to him.
The next day Asher decided that it was time to learn to walk, and the first thing to learn was to stand up unassisted. That day he practiced many, many times and mastered the ability of standing up all on his own. Over the next couple days he worked on that and transferring taking a step unassisted between things.
On Feb 1st,  Saturday, Oma, Opa, Uncle Mark, Lynda and Dylan all came over to celebrate his birthday too. We had pizza, which he loves and cupcakes.
He very much liked the candle on top. :)

We sang to the very cute little birthday boy.

And then gave him a cupcake. All he did with it was mash it into pieces and play with it.
Asher is 1!
He enjoyed playing with the gift bags and eventually found the present inside. 

Ripping paper was also fun!
Pressing the buttons on his very own remote control. :)

Throughout the first week of February Asher kept practicing his walking, by the 9th he was able to take 10-15 steps in a row. Corban and Jeriah were building towers for him to walk to and knock down and Marin would drive a toy car around the room for him to follow. They were all very excited for him to walk. He learned very quickly and was determined, not giving up to crawling when he fell down.
We are so proud of our cute little guy. :)

On Feb 13th Asher decided that learning to play soccer was next on his agenda.

He is quite good for a little guy who has only been walking for 2 weeks don't ya think? :)

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Miss Marin is 8!

Our gorgeous girl turned 8 on January 19th, I missed posting on her actual birthday, but now I will give a recap of her birthday and what she has been up to the last while.
First off she is 8! Time is flying by and she is closer to being a teenager than to when she was a baby! Ahh!
She is a wonderful girl, full of enthusiasm and love.
She has handled our move back to Canada really well. There have of course been tears and many talks about it, but that is normal and to be expected. At this point she has lived half her life at KAUST and so that was home to her and what she knew best. She had many friends she left behind, including her dear Jemmy (as she calles Jemhalyn) and Elena, her bestest little friend, that she has been best buds with since day one at KAUST. She has adjusted well though to our new home and to her new school and all the new kids she has met there. She loves going to school each day and has jumped right into all the new activities and ways of doing things there.

These 2 pictures are the last ones of her at KAUST. She was dressed up for Book Week at school, she went as Baby Mouse.

Such a cute mouse. :)

She is a great helper and enjoys helping me cook, she regularly comes into the kitchen while I am making dinner to ask what she can do. She helps out around the house, washing the towels and helping emptying the dishwasher are her chores.
She is a super big sister, she loves all her brothers and has a special and different relationship with each of them. She plays so well with Asher and likes to teach him new things. She is eager to do "babysitting responsibility" in which she takes care of Asher while Ian and I are working on a different task around the house.

This picture is from Christmas at my parents house. The other children in the picture weren't so co-operative so I cropped out these 2. :)

Corban and Jeriah really look up to Marin, she is a leader and is learning to manage the 2 of them well, even trying to work out the differences they all have at times. It has been fun watching the 3 of them enjoy playing outside in the snow together. They all have such great imaginations that all they need is the snow and then they come up with all sorts of games to play.

Here she is opening the orchid Granny & Grandpa had delivered for her birthday.

On the Saturday the 18th we went to the H2O center, which Marin was super excited about. She loves watersides and playing in pools and she had a ball. We were joined by the McWilliam family and the kids all had a great time, after the water fun we came back to our place for pizza and ice cream. I have no pictures. :(
On Marin's birthday, the 19th, we went to Salmon Arm to Oma & Opa's house for an afternoon of sledding and then cupcakes and gift opening. My cousin Lynda and her son Dylan joined us.

Front to back: Corban, Marin, Ian, Jeriah and Dylan a sledding train.

Whee!


Uncle Mark joined us too. :)

The birthday girl going over a jump.

She got air.

Cupcakes with 8 candles. :)

Singing Happy Birthday.

Opening gifts.

A few other bits about Marin:
She continues to LOVE stuffed animals, she has since she was little and her collection is growing, it would be even bigger if it were up to her.
She loves to watch movies.
She is really into My Little Pony.
She is enjoying the sculpture class she is part of.
She is enjoying the Olympics and really likes to watch figure skating.
She likes to read comic style books.
She loves to shop with me. :)

She is the best. We love her!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Asher!

Today is the day our littlest man turns 1 year old!
One year ago seems so far away...

The changes our family has had since then make it seem like it has been more then one year. The best change though has been the addition of Asher to our family, he is such a wonderful, happy guy and we all love him so much.
He adores his big sister and big brothers, each one has a special way of playing with him. He loves to be with them, sometimes when the big 3 are playing Asher will just be sitting by them with such a happy pleased look on his face just because he is by them in the middle of the action.
Asher is both easy going and demanding, he is such an easy baby and he has been so relaxed during all our travels, moving and everything that entailed. He doesn't fuss now that he is packed around with all the school drop offs, picks ups and grocery shopping. He is a great eater, and that is definitely where he becomes demanding. He loves food, some kinds more then others and he gets really loud, real fast if he wants more, or something different. Top on his list of favorite foods right now are blueberries, strawberries, spaghetti and pizza. He also likes yogurt, pasta with Alfredo sauce, bread with spreads like peanut butter and honey or jam, oranges, grapefruit, raisins, corn, fish, chicken and pork. He is not big on veggies, especially green ones, and shows his displeasure for them by tossing them on the floor. 
Asher can also be demanding at night time when he no longer wants to sleep in his own bed and wants to join Ian and I in our bed and snuggle. 
Asher has been enjoying the outdoors here and winter is not bothering him at all.  We have been enjoying walks on many of the nature trails near our house. When we go I help get the big 3 all bundled up in coats and whatnot and then I get Asher and I ready. I carry him in the Bjorn and on a few occasions after strapping him in I have realized I have forgotten something and gone back to get it, he gets very upset because he thinks he is not getting to go along and cries. :( He loves to watch the big 3 run on ahead of us and often squeals with glee, kicks his feet and flaps his arms as if to say wait for me I am coming too. He is going to be so happy when he gets his chance to run along too!
He is not walking yet, but he will soon enough. He can stand not holding onto anything and he transfers between things well, sometimes taking the one step between. He is climbing stairs well, and he knows to go backwards down stairs and to get off beds and couches.
Asher has 6 teeth through, he is weighing in at 20 lbs 15 oz and is 30 inches long.
Asher loves to get into the kitchen cupboards, just today he tried eating one of the soap pods for the dishwasher. Talk about washing your mouth out with soap, funny baby. He is definitely one of those kids that prefers to play with things that are not toys. That being said he loves to play ball and he is very good at playing pass. He also likes to knock down towers that we build for him and he is starting to show interest in fitting shapes into the right holes.

Asher has some nicknames that have stuck, Asheroo, Asher-kinzie, and Baby Baba. He is a funny little guy and likes to make people laugh. The other day he was playing with his shape sorter and I got the camera out to take pictures of him. He saw me and smiled a little.
Then he started clapping,

and making silly faces
all to make me laugh. :)
"Yay me I made mommy laugh!"

Asher is such a joy and we love him so incredibly much, we are blessed each day as we enjoy this cute, sweet little boy.
Happy Birthday Asher we love you!