Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Thunderstorm Fun

This afternoon we enjoyed a thunderstorm. It came with LOTS of rain so I am thinking that will stop any forest fires from starting as a result of lightening strikes.
Anyway Marin, Corban and Jeriah were outside playing when the storm started, at first they wanted to come in, but I told them to stay out a bit longer because I wasn't quite ready to deal with 3 dirty kids coming into the house. They ended up staying out a lot longer and having a blast playing in the rain and experiencing all the thunder and lightning. 

After a while they began to get cold, especially Jeriah so they all came in for a nice warm bath. :)
Summer storms can be so fun!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Humming Bird Hike

A couple weeks ago we went for a walk in the woods, it was so refreshing and we all had a wonderful time.
The wildflowers (and weeds) are all in bloom and so pretty.
They smell good too.
Especially the wild roses.
Asher enjoyed his ride.
Jeriah collected sticks, he seems to do this on most of walks in the woods. As a little boy who likes sticks he has still not come to the realization that BC is full of sticks. Due to his first 4 years spent in KSA where sticks are much harder to come by, he now hordes them.
Mr. Corban was a bit slower exploring all the little details along the way and soaking up any information Ian or I had about the plants and bugs he was seeing. He enjoyed spotting the wild roses and thought the "spit bugs" were very interesting.
The Baba (dad in Arabic) and the Baby Baba (he looks much like Ian and as baby), as they are affectionally referred to. :)
Boys throwing rocks.
Marin joining in too.
Corban had a whole little monolog going about the rocks and built them into a story as he was throwing them into the water.
Then Marin and Jeriah joined in.
Super cool part of our walk was seeing this. A mother and father humming bird taking turns sitting on their nest and keeping a very close eye on us. This branch that the nest is on is only about 5 feet off the ground. The nest is soooo small and the egg that was inside was hardly visible. We made sure to stay far enough away, I took these pictures with the lens zoomed in.
Little Asheroo was so thrilled to play at the edge of the creek, he loves playing in water and adding sticks and rocks to throw is the icing on the cake.
There was a bit of a natural pool forming on the side of the creek, Ian and the big 3 kids worked at making a rock dam, we will go back maybe tomorrow and check out what has happened to it.
Miss Marin as usual enjoyed very much being outside in the forest. :)
We even managed a somewhat successful family picture! Look how tired Asher is, he was so pooped, he fell asleep in the backpack on the walk back.

Monday, 9 June 2014

4 bits about the 4 kits

These 4 kiddos of ours are growing up and doing really well after our move back to Canada.
They are all loving the warm spring weather and love being outside. The past few days they have been making up games using the dandelions. (There are loads of them to play with, yard maintenance was not the previous owner's priority and now we have a battle with the yellow flowered weeds and they are currently winning) They are also super pleased that all of their toys and belongings are now here and have enjoyed many hours playing in the basement playroom.
They are really looking forward to playing in our backyard pool once it is fully set up and warmed up. We are also looking forward to not traveling far from our home this summer, it is going to be a good summer I am thinking. :)

I am going to make this post a "kid list" it has been ages since I last did one. I will do 4 points about each kid.
First up our little Baba, Asheroo. 

1. He is really starting to communicate, not really many words that are understandable yet, but he talks in his own way and quite a bit. He makes the cutest noises and expressions to go along with what he is saying. He is good a making his desires known using gestures and different tones in his voice. He nods his head for yes and shakes for no and if he really doesn't like what is being offered he tries to push it away.
He has little conversations about things. For example I can tell when he is interested in knowing more about something. So I will tell him what is it and how it works. He will respond back with more cute sounds. This can go back and forth multiple times, it is really cute. It will be fun when we are able to understand what he is saying.

2. He loves getting messy outside in the backyard, dirt, rocks, sticks, water, he could spend all day playing in it/with it. A true little boy. Today he was playing near me as I was planting some flowers. He likes to smell flowers so he leaned over to sniff the ones I had just planted, he lost his balance though a face planted right into the new fresh dirt. He wasn't bothered at all by it though, his little face was covered though and I wish I had had a camera or phone nearby.

3. He absolutely loves to watch the birds in our backyard, quail are his favorite, he is even starting to say "Qu", which he uses for bird. While he sits at our kitchen table to eat a meal he can see the 2 spots we have bird feeders, he eats and watches at the same time and we call him our "baby bird watcher". Often when we are out in the backyard some quail will come inside the fenced area and he will try and get close to them. He is very calm about it but at the same time has an excited curious look about him.

4. He loves riding with Ian on the ride-on lawnmower. Whenever he hears the engine start up he heads right over to it with his arms outstretched wanting Ian to pick him up and take him along. He wears the big ear protection and it pushes his chubby cheeks together but he doesn't mind as long as he is riding on the mower.

Jeriah is up next.
1. He is part of a gymnastics club and once a week he spends 90min learning how to walk on balance beams, flip over polls, jump on the trampoline, do summersaults and rolls. He really loves it and looks forward to class each week. 
2. He is very excited to start kindergarten in September. He has not been in school since we moved back to Canada, preschool is not mandatory here and the preschool classes at our school are full. At first he didn't really want to go to school here, but in the past few months, once he was feeling more at home here he started talking about going. He is happy though at home with Asher and I, he enjoys his "time alone"during Asher's nap and he loves to sometimes escape to the basement and have all the LEGO to himself. :)
3. He is a small little guy he falls into the 5th percentile for his age. He is eager to grow and will sometimes ask questions about things like when will he be able to sit in a car seat like Marin and Corban.  He is also eager to be a teenager, although I don't think he really understands what that means. He will often be wondering about the future and how things will work or what he will be able to do so he will start his question with "When I am a teenager..."
4.The other day while shopping at Target he exclaimed, loudly, while pointing, "That Mexican has no head!" For a brief moment I was hoping his comment had gone unnoticed by the others around us and then I realized what he was referring too, the mannequins! So I laughed and said "You mean mannequin" and sounded out the words for him so he could hear the difference. Too funny!

Next up Mr. Corban.
1. Corban has made huge strides at school as far as being happy to go, feeling comfortable with me leaving and fitting into the class routine and structure. It was a very rough start in the New Year, but we are so thankful for the answered prayers that he is enjoying school.
2.Corban lost his 1st tooth last week and his 2nd on the weekend. He didn't even realize the 2nd one has come out till bedtime when he was brushing his teeth. It has not been found, so he may have swallowed it...
3. The other day the kids where discussing the LEGO movie game they had been watching Uncle Mark and Erin play. (At that point I had not yet watched the movie.) They were talking about the different stages of the game and telling me about it. Corban was telling me about "cloud cuckoo land", but I could not figure out what he as saying and was repeating it wrong. After saying it wrong a few times he said to me "No mommy, say it: Cloud" So I said "Cloud" He then said "Cuckoo". And then I said "Cockoo" He said "Land". And then I repeated for the final word "Land". Once that was done he said "Yes you got it! Could Cuckoo Land!" It was pretty funny. :)
4.Corban really enjoys playing board games and card games. Uno, Monopoly Junior, Blokus, and checkers are among his favorites right now. Now that the summer weather is upon us he likes to play outside on the deck, and it looking forward to playing games pool side once we get outdoor furniture set up down on the pool deck

And last but not least Miss Marin.
1. This summer she will be going to summer camp, for six days, and five nights. She is super excited and I know she will have a blast!
2. Marin is really looking forward to playing in our pool over the summer. When we first set it up in the beginning of May the cold water didn't stop Marin, she was jumping off the diving board and going down the slide and it was only 18*C! (64*F) Berrr! It has warmed up now and she is having loads of fun in the pool.
3. She is Ian's pool maintenance assistant, she likes to help check the levels, and skim the things floating on the top of the water with the net. She is also good at helping to pull out the thermal blanket.
4. Miss Marin and I had a fun girls only shopping trip the other day. We went to the mall looking for new sandals among other things for her. We both came home with some new things, and she was my helper in picking out new tops, giving me the "thumbs up" (or down or sideways) with her opinions. We had dinner at Tim Hortons, in the mall, she really wanted a donut for dessert. It was nice to spend time with my girl she is getting so grown up. :)

All the pictures of the big 3 are from way back in March during spring break. We spent some time visiting at Oma and Opa's and took Penny the horse out for a brush and a ride. We went and had a visit as well with my Auntie Andea, Uncle John, cousin Lynda and her son Dylan. The kids all had lots of fun playing and checking out a real school bus.
We also enjoyed time in out backyard with stomp rockets and making an Easter garden, which sprouted alyssums around Easter, and is now in full bloom.

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.