Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Harrison's 3rd Birthday

On May 28th, Harrison turned three!  He had been counting down to his birthday for some time, and he couldn't quite believe it when the day finally came.  Although, he was a bit disappointed his birthday party wasn't until a few days later, I think he had a great day.  Ella asked (begged, more like) to stay home from school to help Harry celebrate.

We started off the day by having morning snacks on the new picnic table.  Ella had her hair styled beautifully for the occasion.

After Ben's morning nap, we went down the street to the park to play for awhile.  We didn't have our play-set put up yet, so we had been visiting the park on a daily basis. We ran into some of Harry's friends at the park, so he had some extra fun chasing the other kids around.

Nan came along for some birthday fun too.  We managed to get one semi-nice photo of Harry, Nan and Ella.  As soon as I picked up the camera, Ella went into full-on poser mode.

Harry got to choose his favourite food for lunch - bun.  We had our first outdoor picnic of the summer complete with bun, yogurt and delicious cupcakes to top it all off.

Benny is still a little unsure about eating lunch outdoors...

...or maybe he's a lot unsure.  He may also have been upset that he couldn't have a cupcake.

After the worlds longest day, Adam got home from work and Harry FINALLY got to open his birthday gifts.  He had been eyeing them up all day long.  Three-years-old seems to be the point in a child's life (our kids' anyway) where they are excited to open gifts and they start to understand what happens on a birthday. 

We gave him a robot (the one thing he asked for) which was awesome.  I found it on chapters online - it's a retro toy with NO batteries and it winds up to move.  I especially love how all the toys I had when I was a kid are now called 'retro'.  Sigh.

We also got him his 'very own computer game' (his words), otherwise known as his very own game for Ella's Leap Pad.  I suppose it's time to start calling it 'The Leap Pad' now that they both have games and are old enough to play. 

Finally, we got him a stuffed pig (his favourite animal).

After our pizza dinner, we sang Happy Birthday and Harry blew out the candles on this cupcake.

We decided to save the cake for the birthday party.  Harry would rather have a chocolate chip cookie anyways.

Possibly the highlight of this day.

Somehow, we managed to get a picture of all three kids together looking at the camera, although Benny looks a little shocked (?).

Here are some facts about Harry the three-year-old.

Height:  95 cm  (just over 3 feet?)
Weight:  32 lbs
Favourite food:  Bun
Favourite movie:  Cars
Favourite book:  Radiator Springs Road trip (a story about the crew from Cars) & Cars Look and Find book
Favourite toy(s):  Cars, Duplo Legos, any sports toys [soccer ball, baseball, golf]
Best Friends:  Ella, Carson, Riley
Sleeps with:  Baby Bear, Baby Lion and a night light
Bedtime:  8pm (if he's had a nap)
First organized sport:  Soccer
Favourite colour:  Blue
Favourite number:  0
Favourite letter:  o
Favourite shape:  circle

We had Harrison's birthday party the following Saturday at Nan's and Pops's house (due to the giant hole in our backyard...more on that in a later post).  I opted for a 'Paw Patrol' party (google it) because it has been Harry's favourite show for awhile now and I'm a little Cars'd out.

It was the usual deal - a few friends a family over for cake, gifts and playing.  Uncle Marc helped the kids play baseball for awhile, but for the most part they entertained themselves (um...FINALLY!!).

Harrison was pretty excited about getting a few more presents, but he was even more excited about getting to play with all of his friends (apparently Mom and Dad just aren't cutting it anymore).

I didn't get into too much Paw Patrol detail (you all know how I adore birthday parties based on children's TV shows or movies - recall the Dora party of 2012?), but here's a quick look at the party decor and cake/cupcakes.

The sun got in the way of my banner photo.  I basically just used the paw patrol colours and part of the logo (shield with a paw print).  It's much cuter than some of the lame kiddie shows.

Lucky for me there are 6 pups in the show (which divides nicely into the standard 24 cupcake recipe), so I printed off 4 pictures of each pup and glued them onto card stock.  Somehow I managed to have all the pups signature colours of card stock at home - so I didn't have to buy much for this party.  I used straws to stick them into the cupcakes because they were a little too heavy for toothpicks.  The cupcakes were chocolate fudge with peanut butter butter cream icing (Harry has PB & J sandwiches for lunch everyday, so it was only natural).  By the way, if you've never made chocolate cupcakes with PB icing before, you better go ahead and try that ASAP. 

The cake was as messy as ever - but it was so simple and less stressful than the ones I usually try to pull off.  I went with the show's colours again with a dog bone and paw print on the side.  I also attempted the shield on the side, but it looks ridiculous so there are no pictures!

It was a long-awaited birthday and party (thanks to Ella's constant reminders), but it was all worth it.  Harry had a great time.  Also, thank god that's over for another couple of months.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Benjamin at 9 months

Nine months has brought along a couple of firsts for little Benjibenj.  He FINALLY had his first tooth come through (currently still waiting on the second a few days into his 11th month...I'm so over teething) - bottom - middle - left, if you're interested!  This one tooth has opened up a whole new world of solid foods that we have been waiting to try.  He is hardcore into puffs and cheerios now.  He also loves teeny tiny pieces of smushed fruit (one more tooth and maybe we could stop smushing them?).

At Ben's 9 month checkup we found out he had lost almost 2 pounds since his 6 month appointment (What?!  How does that even happen?), so we switched him to formula.  I say 'switched to formula'  as if it were no big deal, but the truth is it took Adam 3 1/2 days to force a bottle into his mouth.  It was a great May long weekend! 

Although it was pure aggravation getting Ben to take a bottle, it was worth it.  He seems more content now and he's definitely packing on the pounds. 

Benny's also starting to play with toys more (as opposed to the chewing and sucking on toys that he's done up to this point).  He loves the piano - maybe he'll be our musician?!

He also spends a ton of time in the playpen - mostly because I'm afraid of him getting trampled by the other two.  Ella was probably never in the playpen to play, and Harrison spent a fair bit of time in there.  After Benjamin is done with it, we will officially  have gotten our money's worth out of the darn thing.  [note:  the playpen he is in here is Nan's from when I was a baby...they definitely don't make them like this anymore!]

Sometimes, I even put all three of them in there just to get a minute to myself ; )

Ben is officially able to stay sitting up on his own without the risk of falling back - however, he still falls forward occasionally when he's reaching for a toy. 

Favourite food this month:  baked squash with apples and cinnamon/spaghetti

Favourite toy this month:  funny farm

Favourite activity this month:  bathing

Until next time!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Benjamin at 8 Months

Welcome to two-months-ago when Benjamin turned 8 months old.  Needless to say, things have gotten a tad busy around here.  

Ben is getting much better at sitting up on his own.  Still no crawling by 8 months, but he will play on his tummy for awhile before he gets annoyed with all that having to hold his head up.  Why must being a baby be so hard?!

His head is still quite large (especially the forehead - see above), but I'm hoping he'll grow into it sometime in the next three to four years.

Brother and sister both insist on being in the pictures, but no one will give me a decent smile.  

Let's be honest, this post is all about the pictures because I have NO IDEA what else Ben was up to at 8 months.  We were just getting moved in to the new house - I can't keep track of all that yo!

I have a TON more to post about including our big move, Harry's 3rd birthday, Harry playing soccer, Ben at 9 months AND Ben at 10 months.  Poor Ben.

I'm committed to more frequent blogging now that summer is just about here - so stay tuned people!

Thanks for reading :D


Monday, 7 April 2014

Identifying Priorities When Moving House

We get our new house in just over one week (insert screams of excitement).  One might think we would have our house packed up by now, but one would be dead wrong.  Packing is hard.  Packing with three kids (especially ones that are home every day) is harder.  There are many things we should be doing with all the boxes we have (such as filling them with household items), however, using the flattened boxes as car ramps seems to be the priority.

In fairness to me, I have packed up a ton of things we don't use on a daily basis (cold room stuff, books, some kitchen stuff, garage stuff).  However, there are SO MANY things we use every day, I can't figure out when to pack them up.  I've decided on the night before we move. 

Every couple of days I ask for some boxes to be brought in from the garage so I can pack some things during naptime (ha!).  But these boxes seem to be piling up (as in they are still flattened and empty leaning against the basement wall).  I had the brilliant idea to prop one up against the coffee table to use as a car ramp, and Harrison loved it. 

We raced the cars for awhile (I'm Buzz Light-year and Harry is Spiderman), and then we did 'tricks'.  This was a fun way to pass some time (when it was too cold to play outside...yet again) and avoid packing. 

I'm sure we'll come up with a few other fun ways to use these boxes before the big move.  I just hope at some point they end up filled with our things and loaded into a truck!

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Our New Play Dough Recipe

At the beginning of the school year, I got a sweet play dough recipe from Ella's teacher.  My old recipe was a pain in the shorts - lets just say there was heating on the stove involved.  Who knew there was a way to make play dough without cooking?!  [Ha...clearly not I]

Until recently, Harrison has had a 'thing' about touching goopy stuff with his hands (IE. paint, play dough etc.).  Now, he is a little more comfortable digging in to that kind of thing.  He has been having a ton of fun with the play dough.  Right now we only have red and orange, so I need to get some more colours going soon.


Harry's favourite things to make with his play dough are balls.   Specifically, Mommy, Daddy and baby balls.  The only problem...he can't quite get them right.  Although he is practising really hard (see above), his balls still look more like snakes.  That's where I come in.  Here's Harrison eating a banana while he waits for me to turn all of the play dough into balls.  All fun and games, right?

After a few minutes he realises I'm taking more pictures than rolling balls...and this face appears.  He means business now.

Finally, the balls are ready!  Oh happy day.  It was a short time later when Harry smashed all the balls flat into 'cookies' only to request I roll them all again.  Awesome.

Here's my new play dough recipe - thought I'd be a doll and share it with anyone who's still cooking their play dough!

Play dough Recipe

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 small packages of Kool Aid
1/2 cup of salt
1 Tablespoon of Alum
2 cups of boiled water
3 Tablespoons of oil
Mix together the first four ingredients.
Add boiling water to dry mixture, then add oil.
Mix together with a fork 3 - 4 minutes (or more) until cool to mix with hands.
Knead until not sticky.
Store in sealed container or Ziploc bag

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