Friday, April 23, 2010

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones

...And by about 9:45 a.m. they had taught me that my patience-tank was dangerously low! Break out the coffee...
The children began their day off by making a plan for getting the chores done. They sketched our house, located all the messes on their map and then proceeded to help me take care of the chores. First up, last night's dishes.That's right, we leave dishes 'til the next morning around here!

Next up - bed-making courtesy of the munchkins...
Interesting strategy Kieran...I do suppose it is more fun that way!

Even Ava made her bed all by herself!

They served breakfast, restaurant style...with exquisite offerings such as toast, cereal, and coffee I was already drinking! They even took care of the dishes - but shhh, don't tell them that I sort of had to...ummm...redo their handy work!
Ava was delegated to dish-washing duty. Sometimes being the youngest has its 'downs' but, she didn't seem to mind!

I ventured out with the three of them for a visit to HomeSense. I haven't been so bold in quite a while, and now I remember why! Three children in a store full of breakable items that are too tempting not too touch - asking for trouble! We left with a mirror, a mat and some monogrammed trivets. We also left without breaking anything and we only annoyed one shopper. Well, one that we knew of!

In our family, no day off is complete without a stop at Starbucks. Passion Tea Lemonade for Ava and Kieran, white hot chocolate for Elle and a venti Pike Place Roast for mom - oh Starbucks, you make me smile!
But alas our carefree life of shopping and coffee had to end so we could prepare for dance pictures. French braids, full make-up and of course the layers of Ukrainian tapestry.
And then came the play-date...five girls in French braids and Kieran escaping to the drive way to play hockey - solo! I asked if he'd like five sisters...he smirked. I guess that's a 'no'!

And so ended ended our day. As it turns out, my patience-tank wasn't as low as I thought! Thanks kiddies for teaching me today;)

Friday, April 9, 2010

More Inspiration from Nienie...

I have to begin by saying that I read the Nienie dialogues almost everyday and enjoy it more and more each time I do! Stephanie is such a beautiful person...and I learn from her. Today, I read her new post...oll-e-eternity and I had to do the same...

Facts about MY third-born...

Ava is small but mighty!
She has her own mind and is not afraid to share her opinions! One of her cousins thinks she's going to be Prime Minister one day!
She carries her beloved Ragelly with her wherever she goes, and has since she was about 2 1/2.
Ava loves Playmobil and Barbie and is afraid to ride a two-wheeler.
She has been known to say cute things, like; "Elle, your books are on the couch-for-one!" or "How do you find a husband, mom? Do you knock on doors until you find someone you like?" or "I don't know how to build a house, so can I live with you and dad when I'm older?"
Ava is a girlie-girl...the pinker the better!
Each night before dinner, Ava asks is she can sit beside me...and each night I say I want her to sit across from me so I can see her pretty face!
She crawls in to our bed every night without exception.
She needs to touch your face when she sleeps.
Ava is a snacker!
Ava is my baby!
Ava's interpretation of our family!

Thanks Nienie for the inspiration to write this!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring in The Rockies

Family Fun in the Rockies

Spring Break 2010 will be one to remember! We spent five days in the Rockies...five days of skiing, hot-tubbing and cousins! And cousins there were...12 in all, all 10 and under!
The cousins outside of Jasper Pizza - where we enjoyed a pizza dinner for the four birthday boys. Notice Baba and Gido in the back...they surprised us all and joined us in Jasper!

We stayed in the lovely little town of Jasper, as we do each year at this time. The crowds are small and the shops are quaint. The ski hill is perfect...a little bunny hill for our little bunny and more challenging runs for the bigger kids who are growing bigger way too quickly.

Elle enjoyed all levels of, blue and much to my dismay, even some black diamonds!

Ava perfected the art of the snow-plow...or the pizza slice! She traveled up the magic carpet and down the bunny hill over, and over, and over again!
Kieran loves the challenge of skiing...he worked on his technique and is officially a better skier than his mom! Nice work!

One day, on the way up to Marmot Basin, Ava saw a bunny...but not just any bunny...she was convinced it was the Easter Bunny! Elle was sure he was carrying a basket. We were all relieved to know that he was in the area, and so wouldn't skip us over!
Easter Sunday was our last day in Jasper and as expected the Easter Bunny paid a special visit to our hotel room! The previous day, Ava and her cousin saw a box of rocks in one of the shops. They closed their eyes, held hands and wished for the Easter Bunny to bring the rocks - and he didn't disappoint! He also left notes for each of the children - confirming that it was him that they had seen hopping through the forest on the way up to the ski hill! Confirmation that a child's instinct is to be taken seriously!
Is there anything better than chocolate first thing in the morning?

On the morning of our last day in Jasper, we visited the Bear Paw Cafe and enjoyed some homemade sticky buns, croissants, scones and of course...a bear paw!
Ava noticed chocolate eggs that had obviously been left by a certain hoppity friend - and collected as many as her little hand could hold!
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