Christmas Time is Here

Christmas time is here… happiness and cheer.

Saturday Dec 12 was the big kickoff to our Christmas season (we had to wait until Isaiah’s birthday festivities were through. Our place is too small for a Christmas tree and lots of toddlers). We took a trip out to Hillsburgh to Wintersinger’s Tree Farm. It was a great place to cut your own tree! Complete with a wagon ride and hot apple cider.

DSC_0704 DSC_0724DSC_0742 DSC_0798 DSC_0796 DSC_0793 DSC_0787 DSC_0778 DSC_0774 DSC_0763The afternoon was spent drinking apple cider, decorating the tree and making/ decorating shortbread cookies. Very fun day but in all honestly… slightly chaotic. When I had the sweet nostalgic idea I maybe forgot for a moment that we have a two year old and almost one year old. We were pulling Christmas beads out of Brielle’s mouth while keeping Isaiah from eating the whole batch of shortbread dough, making sure Brielle didn’t pull down the Christmas tree while vacuuming up the pine needles again. All in all though, such a fun day full of memories!

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DSC_0822 DSC_0816 DSC_0831 DSC_0825 DSC_0845DSC_0854The next day was the Christmas pageant at church. Our kids were going to be the sheep. Isaiah talked about it all week, perfecting his “baaa”. In true two-year-old form, he got nervous as he was supposed to walk on stage “mommy, mommy, mommy”. So I held his hand and went up with them. He was still nervous on the stage so pulled off his sheep ears and put them on me. “maybe if I bail on the part people won’t see me up here anymore?” It didn’t matter though. They were still adorable sheep.

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Before the service began. Practicing his “baaaaa”

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Attention fully captured by the shepherd drumming line. Brielle was fascinated by the horse.

DSC_0879 What a great getting-ready-for Christmas weekend!

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Brielle 11 months

Brielle is already 11 months and walking like she’s going on 2. She has an older brother to keep up with and she is determined to do just that! She is often found toddling around with a mini stick in hand, attempting to use it to hit the ball… sometimes even when Isaiah is napping. I’m not sure if it’s because she really is working on her skills to be able to beat him, or if it’s just what she thinks is the next step. “This must be the reason you learn to walk. Learn to walk and then learn to play hockey”.

DSC_0916In the past couple of weeks Brielle seems to be babbling so much more. She continues to say “ma” for a lot of things. She says “ma ma ma” when she sees me, and “ma ma ma” in an annoyed tone when she’s anxious for more food (her version of more), and “mmm ma” for Grandma when we arrive at Grandma’s house to visit. I think it’s Brielle’s own form of a tonal language. Her other adorable word is “hi”. Whenever we are saying hi to someone we will hear Brielle’s little high girly voice say “hi” too. Whenever I talk to her and try to get her to say more things, Isaiah comes running over, insisting that Brielle’s next word should be Isaiah. We’re working on that.

It’s so fun to see Brielle learning to love books. Sometimes she is quiet and I go to find where she has wandered off to. There she sits in her room, perched in front of the book shelf. Pulling books off and looking through them, one by one. She has a distinct favourite right now– Moo baa lala. Sometimes if you start quoting the book she will fill in the blanks, ‘the cow says, “moooo”, the sheep says “ba, ba”‘. So fun!

DSC_0898Brielle loves the Christmas tree. Her favourite game is to hold onto the branches and shake them until one of the ornaments falls off. At which point she picks it up and puts it in her mouth. Everything.in.her.mouth. This is the stage.

DSC_0900DSC_0901 DSC_0912At this age Brielle does so well playing on her own. As long as she is rested and fed she is happy to just walk around and find things to play. One of her favourite activities right now is emptying the cupboards. Tupperware, pots and pans, olive oil and vinegar bottles, everywhere. Time to get the child proof clips on some of these cupboards!

DSC_0906Lastly, Brielle is starting to try putting headbands on her head, or socks on my feet. If she finds one of her headbands in the diaper bag or on the floor, I’ve seen her reach for it and attempt to pull it on her head. Too cute! The other day she found my sock in my room and started swinging it against my foot. Smart cookie! Watching everything.

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Brielle it’s so fun to be celebrating the first Christmas with you as a part of our family! Your joy is contagious. We love you little one!

Isaiah’s second birthday celebrations

Isaiah’s birthday weekend was FULL of celebrations. The day of his birthday we started with giving him ‘cake’ at breakfast. Since we were having cake on the weekend I made zucchini banana muffins for his actual birthday. In Isaiah’s mind birthday= cake= candle so I think we succeeded by having something he could blow out. And something cake-like that he could eat.

DSC_0142-EditThe big adventure of the day was going to visit the horse that Isaiah loves! Lexi. Amanda has been riding Lexi for nearly a year now and we’ve taken Isaiah to meet her a couple times. Isaiah spends LOTS of time talking about Lexi and asking Amanda how Lexi is. It’s been a while since Isaiah last saw Lexi and he was THRILLED to see her again. He got to pet Lexi, feed her carrots, help brush her, and watch Aunt Amanda ride.

DSC_0160 DSC_0169 DSC_0258On Jon’s lunch break we gave Isaiah our gifts. A balance bike from Mommy and Daddy and a new book from Brielle. He was pretty proud to sit up on that bike!

DSC_0362 DSC_0373 DSC_0398On Saturday morning we had a group of Isaiah’s friends over to celebrate… race car themed. He was so excited to have his friends over “for cake” that even though his friends were playing all around he didn’t really leave this chair until we had cake and put it away.   DSC_0456 DSC_0463 DSC_0473 DSC_0519 DSC_0495  DSC_0478

DSC_0477 Sunday afternoon we celebrated with my family that is near. Isaiah continued to play with the race track Daddy had built for his party.

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Grandma said, “close your eyes Isaiah”, and she removed a couple puzzle pieces to let him put the puzzle back together. DSC_0594DSC_0598 DSC_0600 DSC_0585DSC_0589 DSC_0572 DSC_0558Isaiah walked around serving everyone cake, piece by piece. And when a piece of icing fell off the cake onto the plate, he scooped it up immediately!  DSC_0567DSC_0569  DSC_0564 DSC_0610DSC_0544What a full birthday celebration weekend. Such a joy to celebrate our awesome two year old!

Isaiah is 2 years old

DSC_0241Our little guy is two years old already. He brings so much joy to our lives! Every day he comes out with a new phrase that makes us chuckle, or full out laugh. Here are some of the things he loves right now.

Isaiah loves our trips to the library. If we are walking downtown Georgetown he will anxiously ask if we are going to the library next. When we get there he runs to the children’s corner and finds books to pull out. One by one he brings them to me and asks me to read to him. We probably read 20 books each time we are there, and then decide which ones to bring home. Sometimes we go to drop-in story time… he loves it too!

Recently Jon led worship and led the song “Like A Lion” by David Crowder. I had no idea how much of it Isaiah was taking in until we were driving home from church… and I heard him singing the entire song! For the next few days it was totally stuck in his head because he was singing it alone in his room, in the bathtub, in his high chair. “My God’s not dead, He’s surely alive and He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion. Let heaven roar, and fire fall, come shake the ground with the sound of revival”.

Over the past few weeks Isaiah has started to learn how to skate. Well he skated a bit last winter but it was on bob skates and he was pretty much completely held up by other people. He has loved it so far! The arena near our house has Saturday morning preschool skate time on the leisure pad. It’s great to have a small space just for this purpose. One of the parts Isaiah loves is taking a break to watch the kids on the rink beside us. The first couple weeks he was more excited about the idea of skating than really weight bearing. But the last time he went out he was shuffling his little feet and learning to stand up on his own.

DSC_0050 DSC_0057 DSC_0065Isaiah’s love for hockey maybe took a bit of a back burner for a few months but is back in full swing! A few weeks ago he got to go see Daddy and Uncle Darrell play their ice hockey game. He sat eyes glued to the ice watching intently. He looked rather serious, just taking it all in. Well since he has come home he’s barely put down his hockey stick. He loves to play constantly. His favourite is when someone will play with him, but he sometimes says “I play hockey by myself”. Sometimes he plays alone and commentates for himself “he shoots, hits the boards. Ohhhh.” Sometimes he asks me to cheer for him “Mommy, I can play hockey, you can cheer for me?” Since that game he has caught on that shirt colour represents the team you play for. So when he gets dressed in the morning he says “today I’m on the orange team Mommy?” Suddenly solid coloured shirts are his favourite because they most closely resemble a team.

Over the past few weeks Isaiah has been learning his letters. So far he knows “D”, duh for Daddy, “M”, mmmm for Mommy, “I” for Isaiah, and “B”, bbb for Brielle. The other day we walked into the mall parking lot and he looked up and pointed to a sign and said “look mommy, it’s B for Brielle”! It amazed me that he could pick it out.

Isaiah says:

Jon likes to sing both national anthems with Isaiah sometimes. Recently he was singing Oh Canada and as he was finishing with “Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee…” Isaiah interrupted him and said, “no Daddy, Mommy says not to stand on the garden”.

Recently Brielle was taking a nap and Isaiah was in my room with me. Brielle started waking up and we heard her through the monitor, talking. Isaiah got the monitor, started pushing the buttons and said, “Mommy, I’m texting Bi-elle”.

Isaiah is tender to his sister. Lately if she is crying he will come into the room with her and say “Bi-elle, it’s okay, i’m right here”. Today I put them in their car seats and she was crying. He said “Bi-elle, sweetheart, it’s okay. Look outside!” He was trying to share his strategies for long car rides with her.

DSC_0445Isaiah you are so much fun! Your enthusiasm, your energy, your conversations. You amaze me daily with the things you are learning. I love seeing you take in the world. I love seeing you love the people that I love. You are amazing. I can’t wait to see all that God has for you!