Saturday, 30 January 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday to Asher!

Our Baby is 3!!!
And of course not a baby anymore, not even a toddler... a preschooler!

It seems so, so long ago though that he was born, our adorable little boy,
and we became 6. It feels like it has always been the 6 of us. :)
We moved to Kelowna and he turned one.
And then two.

And today three. Our cute, happy boy.
He was excited for his birthday, and would happily tell us when we asked how old he was going to be "3!" He would hold out his hand and put up 3 fingers and then make sure that in fact only 3 were sticking up.
Asher is not a fan of cake and so I made him an ice cream cake, because he likes ice cream. 
He loves to blow out candles and I loved watching him blow out his 3 birthday candles this afternoon. He totally knew what to do and waited until the singing was all done. :)

Oma, Opa, Uncle Michael, Auntie Blair & Emma came to help celebrate and he very much enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy all his gifts.
Some bits about Asher as you scroll through the pictures.
He is crazy good at puzzles, and really knows the letters in the alphabet well. He naturally liked and learned both letters and puzzles, I never pushed them on him or worked to teach him them, he just likes them.  He likes to find letter A's because that is "my name" and he also knows the letters all our family members names start with. When we are walking by parked cars he likes to list all the letters on the license plates.
He enjoys shows and the characters from Paw Patrol, Winnie the Pooh, Thomas, and Puffin Rock.
He likes to play with cars and trains and diggers. And the garbage truck coming on Fridays is always fun. Winter is a great time, because he also gets to see the plow trucks. :)
He loves to eat chips with salsa and often will eat salsa by the spoonful. He likes cashews, pizza (his requested meal for the day), yogurt, most fruits, and meat. Aside from cucumbers (and tomato sauces) he is not big on veggies though.
Asher loves to snuggle and read books, when we sit down on the couch he often likes to make sure we have a blanket to cuddle under and a stack of books to read through. Weekly story time at the library is a highlight for him. It is a mix of songs, stories and little action poems, but sitting to listen to the stories is his favourite. 
Asher is super cuddly and gives awesome hugs, the best is when a hug comes with an "I luff you". He will often like to, if he is being held by Ian or I, get us to go close to the other so he can have an "Asher sandwich hug". He still comes to our bed at some point each night and crawls in snuggles in and goes to sleep again.
He calls himself "Ash", Jeriah is "Kaka" Corban, "Corcorm" and Marin is "Babin". His speech is becoming clearer and clearer so I am interested to see how it will change what he calls them. Or if his nicknames for them will stick just because. 
He enjoys the snow and like sledding, his version of skating which involves a helmet a hockey stick and puck but no stakes. Next year he will learn to ski and he thinks that sounds like a good idea. What he likes to do best though is play in the snow as if it were sand. :) 
He loves to play "pay-poh" (play-doh) with his big brothers and just like them can sit for hours happily playing.
Asher also really likes stickers, and making sticker pictures. If he doesn't have stickers he like to use glue to stick things onto a piece of paper.
 Gifts were also brought for Marin (they had not yet seen her for her birthday) and the big 3 enjoyed a couple games of Clue with Oma. 

Happy Birthday to our totally cute dimple cheeked, funny, smart, sweet Asher!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happy 10th Birthday to Marin!

Marin is 10 years old!!

10 years ago we were blessed with this adorable little bundle, 
and a year later she was a cute little toddler. 
Then she turned into a spunky, gorgeous 5 year old 
and now she is a beautiful 10 year old who wont stop growing up!

Our girly is becoming a wonderful young lady. Marin continues to love and enjoy many of the things she has since she was very little, books, movies and stuffys to name a few. Her stuffy collection keeps growing and growing, she would fill her whole room with them if we let her. :) She usually always has 2 or 3 books on the go and loves to watch movies that make her laugh. Marin loves our 2 cats, they are "live stuffys" that cuddle her while she reads and watches movies. Best of both worlds!
Her sense of adventure and interest in trying new things has not dwindled and she has taken to skiing and really likes it. She enjoys winter, but she also loves summer and swimming and is already excited for summer camp.
Marin enjoys baking, and helping me cook, and is becoming more independent in the kitchen. She likes crafts of various kinds as well. 
She is a social butterfly and loves school, she doesn't love every subject, but she does well in spite of that.
Our girl is witty, outgoing and so fun to be with. We are so grateful that she is our girl! Happy Birthday Marin we LOVE YOU!!!!

For her birthday Marin requested apple pie. She helped to make it and then we put candles in it and sang happy birthday to her. :) For fun check out the slow-mo of her blowing out her candles.

Monday, 9 November 2015

This Weekends Walk

 We went down to the lake to Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary. 

It is fun to continue to explore this city we live in. :)

Friday, 6 November 2015

Halloween 2015

October is over and fall has left with the arrival of November. There is snow on the mountains, and the temperatures are much colder.
We enjoyed finishing off October with Jeriah's birthday, a post on the way, and Halloween. 

"Pun-punks", as Asher calls pumpkins, are always fun! :)

This year jack-o-lanterns, a kitty cat face, and an owl perched on a branch.

A face designed by Corban and "Lloyed the green ninja" from Lego Ninjago (Jeriah's request)

This year Mario went trick-or-treating and he was joined by

a Viking Warrior Queen,

a Little Green Frog,

and a Leprechaun.

The Little Green Frog kept wanting to jump into the Viking Queen's picture.

Such funny cute kids!

They had loads of fun dressing up and going to all our neighbours to collect candy.

Jeriah pose in this one...

We are already working on plans for next year. :)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

May Long Weekend Road Trip

I came onto Blogger to put together another post and was reminded that this one was still sitting here un-posted, so back in May...
We headed out on a quick road trip to the coast for the May long weekend. On Friday night after a busy day of school and gymnastics we ate a quick dinner, the kids had baths, jumped into pj's and we all loaded into the van. We drove to Dorothy's house, and the next day we started our fun of visiting with family and popping into Science world, the zoo and IKEA.

Asher loved the T-rex skeleton, there was no getting him to look at the camera for this picture, and then there is Marin, funny kid.

Corban enjoyed the section on rocks, and had fun with the rock xylophone.

The big 3 all took a try and the rotating climbing wall.

Jeriah had to work hard to lift himself.

Some peaceful time building with the KEVA blocks.

The 6 of us as seem by the infrared camera.

Our little lemurs, #1 & #3

#2 & #4

Walking around outside Science World.

Ice cream at IKEA. :)

Seeing birds at the zoo.

And these red river hogs which were quite entertaining to watch.

And an "usies" on the train. 

We had a fun family get-a-way. The kids are looking forward to our next trip to the coast. :)