Friday, March 30, 2007

BooMama

Since I confessed on her blog, I feel I ought to confess here as well. I am a lurker. I go to many-a-blog and just read without commenting. Not because the blog isn't worth commenting on but mostly because I'm lazy. But today I turned over a new leaf, I'm going to attempt to comment on some of my favourite blogs.

One such blog is Boomama and I just love it! As you might have guessed its a Mommy blog but the blog isn't just about parenting or her own son (who is oh so adorable) she talks about all kinds of stuff, like American Idol, her beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs and much more. Her writing is wonderful, light-hearted and oh so funny! Simply a must see and link!! Check it out here

Just don't take as long as I did to link to her! :)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Introducing Brayden

One of Marko's co-workers has a little boy named Brayden. He's about 4 months old and cute as a button. His mommy, Sarah has set up her own blog about her sweet little son. You can learn more about Brayden and his family by clicking here.

Just as Sweet as Sweet Can Be

It's official when Sean and Abby get together it is practically a parade of absolute cuteness!! They get so excited to see each other that they want to spend the first few minutes just trying to hug and whatnot, it would just about make your heart melt! Then they're off playing with the toys together or the blanket, then they drop everything and proceed to chase each other up and down the hallways squealing with delight!

In other cuteness, my heart pretty much melted onto my lap at the supper table the other day. We had just sat down and before I could grasp Sean's little hand in mine for Grace he quickly made a grab onto my index finger and gave it a big squeeze!


"And how do you like my new chapeau?"


What a silly boy!


"Maybe it's better in blue?!"


BIG HUGS!!

"I'm lovin' the look of green!"


"This is soooo cool!!"


"And just what do you think you're doing?!"


"And now I would like to read to you from one of my favourite authors...."


"Mmmm, mmmmm yummmy in my tummy...and well all over my face...and okay a little down my front..."

Monday, March 26, 2007

Out Walkin'

Today we, in the Maritimes have been blessed with a beautiful and dare I say, spring day! Finally it looks like we may have stepped into the wonder that is warmer weather. Or at least I hope so. I really would love to go through our closets and dressers and rid each place of heavy winter clothing and replace it with light spring and summer clothing. But, I do realize that there may yet be more winter weather to come before it's all said and done so I guess I'll wait a little while before tackling that mighty challenge.

With it all nice out and all, Sean and I went for a little walk around the neighbourhood. Sean pointed out all the cars and trucks he could see. After our walk I let Sean out of his stroller to roam about the driveway. He was pretty pleased to run up and down the driveway.

"You mean I can go run around now?!"


"Yeeee Hawwwww!"


Playing with his shadow.


Just had to take a picture of his little footprint.

Phew! What a Week!

Sorry about the lack of posts this last week, but Sean and I were pretty busy. I was asked to be a volunteer for March Break Out. Basically I was an adult leader of a group of about 25 kids and youth leaders for a week of VBS fun!! It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work keeping everyone pumped up and yet organized. While I was doing that Sean hung out at the nursery where he made quick friends with another little boy whose name is Josh. Apparently they had a great time playing peek-a-boo together. Friday was the biggest rush as after VBS was over I had to go pick up Sean, run him over to Brian and Bonnie's and then rush back in town to go to work for my oldies. I have to tell you that I couldn't ask for a better babysitter for Sean! Bonnie had lunch ready not only for Sean but me too!! I was astonished and ever so thankful, I had planned on just blitzing right to work without stopping to eat. And for desert I got a homemade smoothie which was absolutely scrumptious!

So now we're back to our more laidback pace of life which I'm ever so thankful for. The apartment is in quite a state of full out messiness so now I can tackle that and keep the dust bunnies at bay.

Sean is still is ever cute self, he's charmed the gals at our church nursery, they're positive that he's got to be just about the smiliest baby ever. He continues to try out new words. The cutest one to date, I'd say is the way he says "turtle" it sounds more like "turdoo." So funny!


"Gimme more crackers!"


"Hmmm, I guess these aren't half bad!"


"Whaddya mean that was the last cracker?!"

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Everyone Poops

Have you ever read that book? Everyone Poops, I hadn't until tonight. Marko, Sean and I went to dinner at a friend's place, we had hardly been there 10 minutes when their daughter pops out of her bedroom waving the book around. She came to me and asked me to read it. It is quite the informative book! Learned all kinds of great stuff about all kinds of poop, just the kind of stuff you'd like to read before dinner! Too funny! In other news, Sean tried (and I use that term loosely) to poop in his potty. He sat on it and got this look of great concentration on his face, let out a couple of good grunts and then jumped up off the pot with glee.

Yesterday Jennie came over for a visit. As she walked in I asked Sean if he could say hi to Jennie and he so sweetly, waved his arm and said, "Hi Nennie." We were both pretty thrilled with that. While Jennie was here Sean was treated to many horsey rides, which he wanted to do again and again and again, and he got to play peek-a-boo with Jennie.

"I see you, Jennie!"

"I love horsey rides!"

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, March 19, 2007

Play Tent






Playing in the Tent on Vimeo

Good Times

In my last post I forgot to mention that I took Sean to the pet store. We were having a pretty relaxed day and were out and about so I thought, hey why not?! Sean loves animals he should totally LOVE the pet store. And boy did he ever!! He loved and laughed at pretty near everything. He got a kick out of the parrot fish (they are a pretty crazy looking fish!) but I'd say he loved watching the puppies the most!

Today when we were doing laundry, I happened to notice the play tent that my parents gave us and thought that maybe Sean would like to try it out today. He was ecstatic! He tried to "help" me put it together and once it was up he was running in and out of it. Then I inflated the Shrek chairs that were in the same bag. Sean really loved playing with the chairs too!

I'll be putting up a video of him in the tent in a little while!



"Hmmm, I wonder if Abby would like to come over and play in my tent?"


Just sittin' around.


"Welcome to my Party Tent!"


My Little Shooting Star.


"I think..I'm...gonna..Sneeze!"

Friday, March 16, 2007

It's Potty Time!!

Yeah, so Sean and I were out for a jaunt and just happened to pick up a potty (and a very cute plaid shirt). I'm totally thrilled with the potty. As far as potties go this one is pretty slick. It has handles, sits on the floor, but later can attach to your toilet and it comes with steps. But the very ultimate best part was that it only cost 10 bucks!! They normally sell for a little over 30 at Walmart. Woohoo for bargains! Now don't get me wrong here, I don't expect that Sean is going to be all potty trained any time soon. He does like the potty though, everytime we're in the bathroom he'll pop up the lid and then try to stick his foot in the pot..too funny.

Sean is trying out new words all the time. Recently he's picked up saying home. Normally as I drive him home from Abby's, I'll tell him that we're going home and he'll repeat the word home a few times. Just the other day he and I were out for a stroll and as we came up the road to the house, Sean stuck out his little hand and exclaimed, "home, home."


Special reading time with Bonnie and Abby.

Just rockin' it out to some hard rock nursery rhymes.

The beat is on!


All packed up and ready to go.


Perhaps that was one chocolate chip cookie too many.


I love my little sweetie pie.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Hot Stove

In case you're wondering, no, this is not a segment shown on Hockey Night in Canada where some overpaid nincompoops discuss what is or is not happening in all things hockey. Sorry, if you think the people that discuss such things aren't nincompoops but I just cannot stand watching Hot Stove...Coach's Corner on the other hand...well that's a completely different story!

No, this is about my stove and its hotness...well not so much it but one particular burner and the pot that sat upon it. I was cookin' up some veggies when Sean came over and was all about investigating what was happening on the stove top. I stepped in and told him no and that it was hot. He looked up at me, then the stove, pointed his finger at it and said "hot." "Right, that's hot, Sean." He seemed fine with that and went back to playing. Later on during his supper I asked him if he could say hot. So he says hot and again points his finger at the stove. I was pretty impressed but then I may be just a tiny bit biased. Also I'm not sure if he really realizes what hot means, but hey it's kinda cool that he associates the word hot with the stove.

Abby was over today much to Sean's delight. The two of them played with the toys and enjoyed some cheerios and water. The cute part about the cheerios and the water is that Abby gave one of her cheerios to Sean and when I say gave it, I mean fed it to him. Then Sean thought it would be equally nice to get Abby's sippy cup of water, bring it to her and hold it for her while she took a sip or two. Pretty sweet stuff.


Mr. MegaBlock Man!




Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm a Believer...

Then I saw her face,

now I'm a believer , without a trace of doubt in my mind


I'm in love

I'm a believer

I couldn't leave her if I tried!

Thank you Neil Diamond for the words to go along with my pictures and thank-you Sean and Abby for being just about the most adorable couple on the face of the planet.

It seems it may be time that Brian and Bonnie, and Marko and I sat down and had a little chat with our little love birds. Today as Abby was happily bouncing on the trampoline Sean sauntered over and held onto the bar and looked admiringly up at her. At first I thought that they were both just going to lick the handle...then they proved me wrong by licking each other's tongue! Yipes!! Can we say moving too fast?!

Then when they insisted that they were ravenously hungry and demanded grapes and bite size pieces of French toast, yet another display of deep affection ensued. Abby offered Sean her piece of grape. And instead of just plopping it in his little hand she reached out to put it directly in his mouth. As her little hand inched closer, Sean genltly grasped it within his own and guided the grape right into his mouth! Is that not just about the cutest thing you have ever heard?!!!








And In Other News...

Sean went in for his 15 month needles today. All in all, he did very well. There were some tears during the poking but afterwards he put his smile and clothes back on. He loved playing in the waiting room with all the other children. During his appointment they took his measurements so in case you were wondering, Sean weighs in at 29 pounds and he is all of 32 and a half inches tall.

Now, would you get a load of this picture:

This is Peter (the sweet little boy who was wearing a most unfortunate Montreal Canadiens jersey in his last picture on this blog) and he lives in England. This picture was taken recently!! Look at all the grass and flowers!! How my heart yearns for warmer weather here in Canada!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Would You Like a "May-dough" For Your "Hupper?"

At this point you're probably wondering what on earth is a may-dough and since when did you ever have a hupper?! Well, it's like this in Sean's little world a may-dough is a tomato and hupper is supper. Kinda cute eh?? Also, in Sean's ever expanding vocabulary is the word hockey!! I am one proud Momma over that one. Now if only I can get him to say that his favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs!

At bath time Sean was so super sweet and funny. After getting all undressed he got excited and started calling for his Daddy. He ran out to the hallway pointing his fingers all cowboy style calling "Daddy, Daddy!!" Then he peed...in the hallway...on the mat...My boy did me proud. Daddy didn't get home until I was just about to tuck Sean into bed. Sean was very happy to have Daddy kiss him goodnight and help tuck him into bed.

Isn't this just too adorable?!


"I'm gonna get you!!"


Such a little cutie pie.


Playing with his Monster Truck.

Wordless Wednesday Part Deux

Okay so I'm stealing two ideas with this post. First one is courtesy of our friend Mike for the whole part deux thing, the second is from De who mentioned in the comments that she'd like to see the original photo in black and white ans so here it is:


Wordless Wednesday


Monday, March 05, 2007

Time to Get This Party Started

If you are arriving here via 5 minutes for Mom, I salute you! To have gone through hundreds of entries and still find time to pop in here deserves some recognition! To everyone else, you may have noticed that little button on my sidebar talking about an up and coming blog party. Well this is it!! WOOO HOOO.

And there is so much to celebrate! Today Sean turns 15 months old!! Some fun tid bits about him are:
He will point out cars in books and on the road and say "caw, caw" Seems the boy has a bit of a Boston accent.
He managed to open the laundry room door the other day!
Our furniture in our living room proves to be no challenge to our little mountain climber wannabe.
He loves nursery rhymes. He has several books of rhymes and will listen to them over and over again.
He's trying valiently to say new words. He will mimic most of what I say to him. He says "cuck" for truck, "jew" for juice. "bah" for ball and so on. Pretty cute stuff, well I think so anyways.
He was quite fascinated with my eyeballs tonight when I was putting him to bed. He would try to poke them (gently) and when he took his finger away and my eyelid went back up he would giggle!

Another fan-freaking-tastic reason to be celebrating is: This Blog is ONE YEAR OLD!!! Can you believe that it has been a year already my faithful readers?! The actual day was on the 3rd but I was away that day so there is no time like the present to celebrate! I hope dear family and friends that you have enjoyed popping in here and checking up on us. I enjoy reading your comments and look forward to as many years of this blog as Sean will allow me!! :) And to those of you just popping by, thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed your stay.


Tower Tumbler.

Popping by to say "Hi!"

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

Our plan: Leave Thursday come home late Friday...
Our reality: Leave Thursday get home late afternoon Sunday!!

Jennie, Natalie and I packed up the car and made it to my folks place for late Thursday night. It was great to visit with my family if only for a little while. We headed out at 9 Friday morning. We had great weather pretty much until we hit Weymouth, then it started to snow. It wasn't anything too bad so we still thought we would be able to go in and still out run the storm. We were wrong. We met Sharon's mom going in the church and she was pretty glad to see us and called us "Sharon's Girls." There were quite a few people there and we weren't entirely sure what to do with ourselves. We talked with some friends for awhile who happened to offer their home to us should we decide to stay. Then we talked with Giles, that was hard. I gave him a hug and cried. He asked us who we were staying with, and we sorta told him that we thought we would try to outrun the storm. He and our good friend Merle told us right then and there we would not be leaving Digby county that night. (Good thing too, it was pretty messy out there!)

After working out where we would stay, we made our way to the front of the church to see Sharon. This was also one of the hardest things I've ever done and it was so surreal. Any time I've seen Sharon she's always been breathing but this time, she wasn't. My mind tried to fool me into thinking that I saw her breathe even though I knew it wasn't true. Pretty hard to come to grips with this. Finally after some reflection we made our way to the back of the church. The afternoon wake ended at 4 and we followed our host to her house. She didn't live that far away thankfully, the roads were treacherous enough even that far. She graciously welcomed us into her home, made us some supper and showed us to her beautiful living room. We gobbled down our dinners and watched some t.v. She had to return to the church for the evening wake while we stayed put. It was incredibly windy that night, so much so that it knocked the satellite off line. We were bushed anyways so we wandered off to bed at 9 o'clock.

We woke up to a beautiful sunny day! You would hardly think it had been so dirty the night before. At this point there was no way we would be able to make it back to PEI for work so we decided to stay for the funeral. I'm very glad we did stay. We were warned to go to the church early to get a place since there was at least a hundred seats reserved for family. As soon as we pulled in, Sharon's oldest son came out to meet us. He came out to personally invite us to sit with the family for the funeral. I was so humbled and honoured. He said that it was the right thing to do as we were a part of Sharon's family. I don't think I've ever experienced a sweeter gesture.

The funeral itself was beautiful. I was touched by the words spoken in Sharon's memory, the songs sung about her glorious reward, and the message of God's love for each one of us. Emotionally I was a mess but ever so thankful to be there to say "See you later" to such a very dear friend or as I thought of her, a "second mother."

Afterwards we met up with good friends of ours who invited us out to eat. I was thankful for the distraction. We sat down to eat and talk and laugh. We caught up on old times while making a sweet memory amid a painful one. We came back to the church to say good bye to Giles and the family. Giles is strong and knows the hard road he faces, he misses his wife dearly but knows for certain that she is in a better place.

We didn't leave Weymouth till after 6 which put us in Halifax around 9. We, being the vagabonds that we were by this point, decided that we didn't want our little adventure to end just yet. So we called my good friend Sarah and crashed at her place for the night! She was so ecstatic to see us! We talked and laughed and finally fell into bed a little past 11.

In the morning we decided we would surprise Natalie's sister and show up at her church! We called her just to be sure of which church and at what time. She was very happy to have Natalie there. We enjoyed the service and the fellowship time afterwards. We put a fairly good dent on the eats and then made our way back to the car. We made it back to Charlottetown a little after 4. It's so good to be home. I missed my baby boy and my handsome hubby!!

There was lots of wildlife to see around the place we stayed in Digby county.


Mr. Squirrel


Neat eh?!


From left to right: Natalie, Sarah, Me and Jennie