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TWO Much Fun

Two years old! And too much fun, too much sass, and SO much love. It’s hard to believe that Baby A is no longer a baby and full into the toddler years. Aria may be little, but she has a big personality. This girl keeps us on our toes. She has so much spunk, and she’s a little mischievous too.

But, she certainly makes up for it with love. Aria is known to give the best hugs and is so cuddly. She has this thing where she picks certain people that are just “her people.” She takes to them right away and is stuck like glue, welcoming them with a big hug and snuggle, and melting hearts all.the.time. (Side note- currently  figuring out how to navigate stranger awareness with this trait).

This little firecracker is fearless. First to run into any activity, go head first down the slide, and leap off tall structures freely, assuming that Mama will catch her mid-air (we hope). She loves music and dancing (she’s got this thing where she will spin continuously but keep her gaze in one point, like a baby ballerina– it’s hilarious) and loves to play with other kids. Aria’s most favourite thing to play with is baby dolls– she carts them around the house feeding them and hugging them all day. She loves playing in the water and sand, and had so much fun on our trip to Hawaii. She would make a break straight for the ocean at any opportunity she got, sometimes elbowing Mike out of the way when he tried to stop her.

Aria has so much personality and it shows through all her many, often funny, expressions. She is always carefully watching everything, taking it all in, and we always joke that she is evaluating our parenting. Earlier this year we had a family movie night and while Aria barely sits still long enough to watch any TV, she sat quietly through the entire preview of Boss Baby and then applauded at the end. We don’t doubt she works for Baby Corp 😉

Aria always shouts “me too!” and demands whatever anyone else is having. If you open a wrapper and she’e anywhere in the vicinity her little hand will shoot out so fast (whether she’s seen it or not) and she’ll shout “Snack! Me too!” Aria knows what she likes (and doesn’t like) and she has no problem letting you know. She’s also pretty particular about doing things herself, and don’t dare break a muffin or piece of baby bell cheese in half for her, that won’t fly either. Aria is very strong willed, and I don’t doubt that I am getting back a taste of me as a child right about now.

Always keeping us laughing and smiling, from day one we knew our girl had a fire in her soul and a personality to match. To my Aria Kate on your second birthday: never lose your spunk and always keep those hugs. Your happiness and love is contagious and we love you right back so very much.

Check out a few of Aria’s fave things below, and a few pics of her on our recent trip to Hawaii!

XO

Two Year Snapshot

I Weigh: 24 lbs

I Stand: 34″

Favourite foods: Breakfast girl all the way! She loves eggs, bananas, oatmeal, avocado and all fruits.

Favourite things: baby dolls, cell phones, whatever her sister has (and vice versa, to be fair). 

Favourite activity: Playing at the park, walking her baby dolls, following big sis around

Favourite book: Little Blue Truck

 

Fabulous & Four

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I can hardly believe our sweet Vienna is four years old today! The years seem to pass so quickly with kids; it seems like only yesterday she was our only babe and we were navigating the early days of learning our new roles as parents. And now look at that beautiful girl with the baby blues above. How did she grow up so fast?!

This year on Vienna’s birthday we just finished two weeks of family fun in our favourite vacation spot– Maui! Vienna is quite the little mermaid and swam all day every day. We had such a great time together having fun in the sun! These trips, where we take in some uninterrupted family time will always be my favourite memories.

Here’s a little recap of Miss V at age four. These personal posts are my favourite, as I never want to forget the girls growing up.

Vienna. Our sweet, caring, fun-loving little girl. How I choose to describe Vienna will never change– these are the traits that sum up her little personality perfectly and always have. Vienna is still cautious to try new things, but once you can convince her to try something out, you will be dragging her away from it later and the sounds of her full belly laughs can be heard from a distance. Our resort had a waterslide and while Aria ran full speed towards it at first glance, V carefully stood back and watched, and once Aria successfully landed at the bottom, she was A-OK to try it out too. Not surprising, we couldn’t get her away from that thing later, while she pleaded “last, last one?” over and over as she snuck in “one” more never-ending slide run.

Although a bit more cautious and shy at first, Vienna is certainly outgoing. She doesn’t hesitate to run up to kids and ask “do you want to play with me?” or “can I play too?” She loves to play with others and her teacher tells us she flows freely between all the kids in her class, easily playing with everyone.

Vienna loves to colour, practice writing her name, and do puzzles or play with little people. She loves to dance, sing, and play soccer. She has a big heart and loves her family so much. Our entire trip she has been telling us daily that she misses her Great Grams back home. Her memory always amazes us, she is now reading her books from memory to Aria. Although we don’t let her watch much TV, it is certainly something that she loves– she will quietly sit and watch football, the news, whatever is on, just because. Vienna loves her sweets, still calling dessert “ressert” and shave ice is her jam here in Hawaii. She loves to be my side-kick and is set on having the same breakfast as me, wearing her hair the same, exercising with me (she’s got some great yoga moves 😉 ) or basically doing whatever I am doing. And I don’t mind having this little shadow one bit.

To our Vienna on her FOURTH birthday: I wish the whole world for you, and more. You are sweet and kind, happy and carefree, and we know these things will bring you and everyone around you SO much happiness. We are so very proud of the little girl you are!

Scroll down to see some pics of Vienna from our vacation, and her 4 year Birthday Quiz. xo

 

Four Year Birthday Quiz

How Old Are You: 4!

What Is Your Favourite Thing To Do: Go out for dinner

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: A doctor

What Is Your Favourite Food: Avacado

Who Do You Like To Spend Time With: Isla! (same as last year, friends for life!)

What Do You Do Really Well: Work on my name at school

What Makes You Laugh: Mama

What Is The Best Time of Day: When I’m at the pool!

Who Is Your Best Friend: Daddy

What Do You Like To Do With Your Family: Go on the airplane

What Do You Love To Learn About: Science world!

Where Do You Like To Go: To the park

What is Your Favourite Book: Moana

If You Had One Wish What Would It Be: Going on a trip with Mommy (well, girlfriend, that can be arranged! 😉 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to School

September is here and Fall routines have begun! I say that with an exclamation mark because although I love summer, something about the slightly cooler Fall weather and all the energy to be organized for Fall makes me so happy. Don’t worry, it wears off in about a month 😉 And in other good news, my husband is home a lot more as our seasonal business slows down, which is a welcomed change after a summer of me and the girls.

Vienna is so excited to head back to school this year! She has been asking for the past few weeks if it’s time yet. She loves learning and playing with her friends, and absolutely adores her Teacher. I can hardly believe that she will be in full day Kindergarten next year, that seems like a much bigger milestone that I might not be so prepared for.

The night before preschool she went to bed the happiest, most excited little girl. I asked her a few questions to capture V as she starts her year at preschool:

  • How old are you? Three
  • What is your favourite food? Avocados and Broccoli (no joke here guys)
  • What is your favourite toy? Rollie! (a small rabbit? Mouse? I don’t even know figurine? And I have no idea where its from. All the toys in the world and she chooses this).
  • What do you like to do for fun? Run around in the park.
  • What is your favourite colour? Red! (She always tells me because it’s the colour in her heart).
  • What do you love the most? Rollie (Again, toddler randomness at its finest)
  • Where is your favourite place to go? To soccer
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? “A doctor. And you will be the nurse, Mom”. Turns out I’ll always be working for this girl 😉

It’s so fun to look back on these questions from last year and see how much she has changed. V and I read last year’s responses together before bed, which she thought was so fun. And seriously… those pictures of her from last year? ALL. THE. TEARS. So crazy to see how much she’s grown in just a year.

This morning I took her to school and on the way she said “I’m going to miss Aria, Mom. When I’m back I’ll tell her all about my day at school.” I’ll just be over here scooping my heart off the sidewalk, guys. Seriously cute.

Happy back to school and happy Fall! xo

The Little Big Things: Age 3.5

With Vienna’s first year of preschool wrapping up, I wanted to capture a few memories of her at this age. Although they’re about nothing substantial per se, these are my favourite posts to look back on.

Miss V, or “Nenna” to her little sister, is now 3.5. She is still the sweetest girl with the biggest heart (three-nager tantrums aside). She loves to play, especially outside, and she still has that sweet tooth, just like her Dad. Lot’s of people say she is tall for her age and people are forever shocked that this blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby girl is mine.

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Easter Baskets for the Girls

Spring is here and we’re getting ready for our next holiday festivities (of course!) I love holidays, and having the girls has taken this to a whole new level. #sorrynotsorry. I’m a sucker for holiday anything.

I put the girls’ Easter baskets together this weekend and they turned out so sweet! Yes, my kids don’t need anything, but no, I’m not willing to forgo holidays in favor of minimalism. I enjoy it too much! I am however becoming more mindful of what goes into the basket (read: not random throw away junk, but stuff that we use or need –save for the Shopkins this year– because apparently that is the thing for V). I’m also getting smarter and buying more of the same things for the girls despite their age difference, especially since lately they have to have what the other has.

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Here Comes The Sun: Navigating the Time Change with Kids

Navigating the Time Change with Kids

I don’t know about you, but over here we are (rather desperately now) dreaming of summer. Anyone else feel like this winter is never ending? It seems that we’ve had a few glimpses of spring (and we immediately commence conversations about riding bikes, blowing bubbles and hitting the park) and every. single. time. winter shows up the very next day to prove us wrong. Sigh.

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Oh Christmas Tree

One of the first things to check off our Holiday Bucket List was decorating the tree, of course! And I am really loving reading Christmas books with Vienna by the tree! We (Mike) decided last year’s tree was a little small for our space, so we went to look at bigger trees and ended up with what in comparison seems like a ginormous one (it’s really only 1.5 feet taller). Mike and I were laughing thinking of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when they undo the ties and the branches go shooting through the living room window. Anyone else thinking “It’s not going in our yard, Russ?”

One of my favourite things is how personal our tree is becoming to our family. I love a beautifully coordinated window-front tree, but even I will let my OCD slide for special memories 😉 A tradition we have started is every time we travel, we pick up a new ornament from our destination! It’s the perfect souvenir and saves us from buying tourist junk. When we put them out on the tree it’s fun to reminisce about the trip we took. I started collecting ornaments on a family trip to Ireland, Scotland and Spain. And then Mike and I continued the tradition on our honeymoon– we went on a Caribbean cruise and picked one up from each of the islands we visited, which helped to quickly build our collection. Vienna is now helping pick out the ornaments, hence the zebra carousel from our recent trip to San Diego— the perfect addition to our tree! It was really sweet when we pulled that one out: with the trip still fresh in her mind she got very excited remembering the carousel ride.

My Aunt gives the girls an ornament with their name or initial each year, and one day these will be theirs for their own tree. Finally, we have a special angel we hang on the tree in memory of my Mom. The last few years before she passed she started decorating beautiful, amazing trees. My Dad said she waited years until my sister and I lost interest in the (tacky) tree decorating and then started making beautiful themed trees. I’m sure in a few years I too will be overrun with homemade Christmas ornaments from school, but right now one of my favourites is V’s little Santa hand from daycare when she was one!

It’s so funny to see how different Aria and Vienna are at this age– Vienna had zero interest in touching the ornaments on the tree when she was a baby and really just loved looking at the lights. Aria on the other hand has made ripping the silver beads off the bottom of the tree a daily occurrence. I have a feeling it might be a long month.

Christmas is such a special time of year and I love creating traditions and memories for my girls. Share below if you have any special tree traditions that you are passing on to your kids!  xo

P.S. Anyone else seriously struggling with the multi-colour light option? Miss V is obsessed with changing them from white to multi-colour, and I can barely handle it, LOL!

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The Fire Station

Sunday Funday! Yesterday we visited the Kelowna Fire Department for their open house and pancake breakfast fundraiser. V is obsessed with the book The Fire Station by Robert Munsch (and she’s equally obsessed with pancakes– check out my recipe that we make weekly, here) so we were excited to take her. As we were getting ready to go she said “Aria, we’re going to see Michael and Sheila and the fire engines!” And the entire time we were there she kept asking where Michael and Sheila were. There were a few tears shed when we left without finding them. (If this makes no sense to you, then you must not have a toddler dictating your reading list).

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