Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Changes.

Lots of changes are happening soon! Lexi is starting Kindergarten. She will be gone all day Tuesdays & Thursdays and some Fridays. She is also starting gymnastics! She is super excited for that. I'm really not sure I made the right decision in putting Lexi in Kindergarten this year. I go back and forth. Her birthday is October 11 and the deadline is Dec 31 so she should start this year.  But I could just as easily hold her back another year. But do I want to do that because its best for her, or am I just scared for my baby starting school? Its really REALLY strange to me that my baby will be in school. I've been at home with kids for 8 years and it kills me that I won't have a little one with me all day, everyday! (And of course brings me joy at times to think of my freedom ;)
Will she struggle for being the youngest in the grade? Will she be shy because she isn't ready? Is it best for her to go and be challenged? She is so bored at home, and she wants to go to school......
I just don't know!!
She also goes back and forth for wanting to go. But I suppose thats normal.
I had these same thoughts last year when contemplating signing her up for preschool. I just couldn't bear the thought of her being away from me! I KNEW she wasn't ready to leave me and needed that extra time to be home with me, just as I knew I wasn't ready to let her leave. That was a pretty easy choice and I think she has benefitted from staying home and not doing preschool. She was clingy and shy and getting enough activities from primary, music class and skating lessons. It was good to have her home. Of course she got bored; Which is another reason I think she is ready for Kindergarten this year. I've read and talked to many moms and basically it comes down to the kid. Hopefully I'm making the right choice by putting her in!

Kennedy is going into grade 3! wow. She is growing! Still loving French Immersion. This year, her level of gymnastics bumped up to 3x/week. Shes been in since Kindergarten. I felt 3 times a week was WAY too much for an 8 year old to be gone, especially over the dinner hour AND she would have Activity Days right after on Tuesdays. We talked about it and both decided she should not go in. She was happy with that decision and instead asked to take piano lessons! So she is signed up for that and we will look into swim club or lessons.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Pine Lake FUN!

Early this Summer, I found an ad in the paper for Pine Lake Leisure Center. They still had availability so I booked a cabin for us! This weekend (Aug 14-16) was when we went. It rained a lot of the time and wasn't so sunny or warm for when it wasn't raining but we still had lots of fun! 

Friday, it was kind of nice and after we got there and had lunch, we quickly ran into the lake to play before the rain hit. The rain came down, but it didn't stop our playing! It was actually so warm in the water and the 4 of us had such a good time! We played on the water trampoline and launcher. We were the only ones out there and we laughed and laughed together! Kennedy cried too - a bit too much air from Brian off the launcher! Then that night we had a campfire and s'mores. This is probably our girls fav part of camping!

Saturday was Rain, rain rain! We went into Red Deer to Best Buy (my new camera was on sale at Canon and Best buy price matches so i got $150 back!! whoop whoop!)

Then back to the cabin for lunch, naps and tv. After everyone but Kennedy had a nap, the girls were bored because we couldn't play outside :( So I ran home (45mins) to get our dvd player, movies, and games. The pool was closed all day too, we couldn't even swim in the rain. We had a lovely roast beef dinner and the rain stopped enough to have another camp fire! Lexi was not eating all day and totally getting sick, so she asked to go to bed then and Kennedy stayed up to play a CRAZY game of Jenga with us! It was tall and teetering!! 

Sunday morning Brian made us breakfast again and we packed up, watched more movies and waited for the pool to open. It was only about 12 degrees, a bit chilly for the pool, but we went in anyway. It was heated, but not hot tub temps!! Swam for a bit, then went home. It was a super fun weekend and we will definitely be back again to this place! 















a few baptism pictures

What a lovely baptism for Kennedy. Lots of family was here to share in her special day.
It was sweet and simple and just what I envisioned. The spirit was there and I think Kennedy really understood what was going on and felt Heavenly Father's love for her. What a special day this was.

My favourite part was when she came out of the water, up to the change room to me. We shared such a special moment. We hugged and I cried and she told me how wonderful she felt inside. It was a treasured moment I will never forget. I felt like I caught a glimpse of her soul and just felt this overwhelming love for her. I know Heavenly Father loves this little girl so much and I am privileged to raise her. He loves His children so much and must be so happy to see them follow Him!!














We also took some pictures outside, just waiting on those from my mom :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

San Francisco!!!!!

Whoa, San Fran is so fun!! Brian and I went on a quick trip to celebrate our 10th wedding Anniversary!! We loved it there! Brian booked the trip as a surprise for me! He told me a couple days after he booked it. 

So Thursday afternoon/evening: Got to San Fran around 2ish, got to our hotel and ready to see the city! We walked to Union Square - basically their downtown. it has EVERYTHING, especially fancy stuff - Tiffanys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Vera Wang, every kind of suit store, and so much more! I tried on some Christian Louboutin heels that were $1800. We walked through China Town, went to Little Italy and did a bit of shopping at Under Armour. We ate at a yummy pizza place when we first arrived, then shared another meal at an authentic Little Italy restaurant. Lots of walking, so fun to see stuff!!







Friday: out of the hotel by 8:30am, and ready to see the cool city! Took the Cablecar to Lombard street (Crooked Street).  Thats it behind me. Its literally diagonal for cars to come down on the one-way street.  The street is cars only, pedestrians have stairs on the side and it is no joke climbing back up! Brian and I were like "do we ever work out?" as we huffed and puffed. HAHA!!
Then we walked down to Ghiradelli Square- home of the Chocolate Factory! We had breakfast at a cool diner there and walked around the square. The nice thing was that at this point it was only 10 in the morning and we had already seen so much but there wasn't a lot of crowds yet. 



We did walk back a bit later to have a freaking delicious icecream sundae with their fresh Ghiradelli chocolate sauce and learnt about the chocolate factory all the way from beans to chocolate bars!


Then walked on to Fisherman's Wharf! SO SO SO many restaurants! Fresh crab and shrimp everywhere! We ate some clam chowder- its famous there!


We did lots of walking around Fisherman's Wharf and even toured a Navy ship from WWll!! It was one of 2 that made it back from Normandy out of 2700! In one year alone, more than 400 ships sank between America and France! CRAZY!! 

 cool fact - The movie Titanic filmed its engine shots in this Ship! It was the closest replica to the Titanics engine, just bigger than this one.


Then we rented bikes and rode to the Golden Gate Bridge!! It was 8 miles from where we rented to where you take a ferry back. So COOL!!!! This has been on my bucket list for years, I was SO happy Brian did it with me! We had a blast! On the bridge, it was extremely windy! We stopped a lot for pictures and just to look out together at the view. We reminisced over 10 years of marriage (romantic and sappy ;) ) and we saw a whale!!!!



Brian took that behind me, and got a cool video too. I was in awe of actually being here!


on the other side - Sausalito 

Once we finally made it back on the ferry (there were lines estimated at 5 hours!!!) it took us 2-3 hours to get on the ferry. You take your bike with you on the ferry and we biked around Fisherman's Wharf and locked them up to tour Pier 39 for a while. It was freezing and we needed to buy sweaters! Who knew California in July would be chilly!?? Thats the San Francisco bay area for ya.
We returned the bikes, got some delicious late night dinner from a seafood and steak house at Ghiradelli Square (So freaking good!!!!- Brian got Clam Linguini and I had my first taste of clams right out of the shell!)

Saturday we started of by walking down past Union Square to the less fancy shopping - Ross is more our style than $200 shirts at Barneys. ;)
Shopped for a bit, then took the BART (their Subway) to Oakland to see a Baseball game!! We loved it! I could totally see myself becoming a baseball fan if I lived somewhere to go to live games! It was a slow game (2-0) but still so fun. We had the traditional hot dog at the ball game too. 



After the game, we came back to SF for our ferry ride for the Fourth of July!! Dinner on the boat, and fireworks under the golden gate bridge! It was super fun, but honestly would've been so much better if we'd known how cold it would be! With the wind anyway, and from going fast on the ferry, it was freezing. They stop the boat for the fireworks, but it was still pretty chilly! 




After the ferry, we walked back to our hotel and crashed!! The crowds were unbelievable! I thought crowds after Canada Day fireworks were busy! yikes...

Sunday morning: our last day. We got up early, took a taxi to something I was very excited to do, and Brian tagged along like the good sport he is! The Full House street!!!! Its actually called postcard row - its one of the most photographed streets in the USA! It was super neat. I grew up loving Full House and now Kennedy is obsessed with it, so it was fun to see. the grass needs some tlc....





Then taxi back to Ghiradelli Square to the same diner to grab some breakfast. Walked up to Fisherman's Wharf again for Brian to stuff himself one last time with Clam Chowder in a famous sourdough bread bowl and some shrimp. Its a dang good thing we shared every single meal, because pretty much the whole trip was eating!! Even breakfasts, with their portions being huge, we shared the meals so we could eat more often to try new things. That was way better.

Then picked up at our hotel at 11:30 to go back to the airport :(
We'll be back, San Francisco!!



What a way to celebrate 10 years together!! We had such an amazing time! I love this guy so much, loved spending the last 10 years next to him and the weekend exploring with him.