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!

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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.

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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!

 

Brielle is 10 months

DSC_0121November 12 came and Brielle turned 10 months. She has always been eager to keep up with her brother and took another big step towards that (literally) with learning to walk! Just a couple days before she turned 10 months she was walking 4-5 steps at a time, back and forth between Jon and I. So early to walk my dear girl, but so fun!

Brielle’s days are filled with exploring. She is such a curious little girl. We put her on the floor to play with toys and off she goes, pulling things out of baskets, emptying the cupboards, looking out the windows, and even fishing in the toilet bowl if I’m not quick enough. 😐

DSC_0114DSC_0111Brielle loves to play with Isaiah. They have this thing lately where he pushes his head up against her and wiggles it back and forth, she pulls his hair and they giggle and giggle.

Practicing walking is so so fun! During the warmer days last month we spent some time on our patio and Brielle practiced walking pushing this toy around. We sometimes had to turn her around before she crashed into the garden.

DSC_0077 DSC_0086 DSC_0089 DSC_0092 DSC_0097 DSC_0099 The necklace she’s wearing in these photos really is one of her favorite toys right now. She has pretty much adopted this one from me. She grabs at it when it is on me and loves to proudly wear it whenever I let her.  DSC_0119 Briella bella- my beautiful girl. You are more fun every day. You are an amazing addition our family!

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Mothering; more than I ever imagined

DSC_9545I’ve been reflecting this week on my journey of mothering, both the good and the hard. I’ve written posts like this in my mind 100 times over the past two years, but then they never really happen. I know that my blog portrays the good parts of parenting, of our little family. That stuff is so much easier to share. Who wants to write about the hard days, the less glamorous parts. But I feel like I can’t avoid it any longer.

This week it has struck me that really this journey of becoming a mother has been both more incredible and more difficult than I ever imagined.

I remember writing to a friend when Isaiah was a couple months old and saying, ‘I can’t believe how amazing motherhood really is. Nothing can prepare you for the amazing journey of falling in love with your baby’. The connection to this child that was formed within your womb, that was given breath and became their own separate being. It is incredible. And then watching them grow. Watching them learn to clap or to crawl, taking first steps, saying first words. I’ve heard it said that it’s like your heart on the outside and sometimes I so resonate with that!

And then the difficult. This week I’ve been aware again of the difficult. First it’s sorting out sleep, or for us maybe that’s the constant, getting our children to sleep uninterrupted stretches. Then it’s getting them to eat solids, figuring out how to provide them with healthy meals and what that looks like for our family. Now those things seem to be more sorted out for Isaiah but he’s almost two and has become well acquainted with “no”. Teaching him to listen, guiding him as he asserts his independence. It’s exhausting work! It’s so much harder than I ever knew.

But introducing them to new adventures is incredible. The fair, the demolition derby. My enjoyment of these things is exponential when I get to watch them experiencing them. With joy that is so present it is tangible. Isaiah’s giggles as the cars race around the track again. His joy at home as he replicates the counting, the smashing, the getting stuck. Pure joy.DSC_8872Then they are learning to play together, to interact, so fun. Until it turns to wrestling and tackling and Isaiah doesn’t want to listen to the “give her space, not right now”. And they are in a pile and in tears. And we are coming up with new strategies to guide and direct them.

Another night I take a little longer tucking Brielle into bed. I pray over her as I do every night with them both. Tonight my eyes fill with tears as I am immensely aware of the privilege and honour of being given this little girl to raise, to be a part of our family. She’s pretty incredible; they both are.

So I take another deep breath. In the midst of the hard and the good. I say ‘thank you God’ for these incredible blessings and thank you, that in the midst of the difficult you are there too. Gently leading me, leading us, as we lead them. Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 4.16.07 PMTo follow my blog, click “Follow” in the sidebar. You will receive notifications of new posts by email.

Isaiah continues to grow

So full of life and energy is our little boy. He talks from sun up to sun down… well really even before that, our day starts long before sun up.DSC_9473Isaiah’s favourite things are: horses, race cars, airplanes, trains and still hockey. When Isaiah and Jon are first awake in the morning, Jon often watches sports highlights. One day Jon searched on you tube for hockey highlights to show Isaiah. What came up is a Norweigen song and a bunch of fun plays. Well Isaiah decided he heard the lyric “bon bon stein”. And from then on would run around the room with his hockey stick, sliding all over the carpet (errr… ice) saying “bon bon stein, mommy!” It’s now evolved to ‘look Mommy I’m skating!’ We have yet to get skates on his feet for him to try this for real.

This fall we went to two demolition derbies where Isaiah got to watch Uncle Darrell race in the figure eights. He was a bit apprehensive by how loud it was, but at one of the races a lady near us gave him ear plugs. It’s amazing looking into his eyes at an event like that. His brain seems to be running in overdrive as he takes it all in. Well since he returned home from those, his play cars have taken on a whole new life. He lines them all up side by side, takes a step back and starts counting with all the passion in him, “one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, GO RACE CARSSSSSSSSS!” And then he crashes them all together. Usually he runs over to me at some point and says “mommy this one has a fire”. Uncle Darrell inevitably wins every time. Sometimes the cars break and then he says “Uncle Darrell fixes it”. Uncle Darrell is pretty much a hero.

IMG_0527  IMG_0522    IMG_0546Just around the corner from where we live there is a big construction project going on. They are working on a one way tunnel under the railroad tracks. Isaiah’s favourite thing to do is to go and watch the construction vehicles! Every day when we go outside he excitedly asks if we are going to see the construction trucks. And when we return home he retells the whole thing, “the digger pushed the dirt up the hill, Daddy!” “The excavator was digging!” We have gotten to know the construction workers. One day they said to me, “I think these kids were here yesterday with their daddy”. Yep. They probably were.

Our trip to the pumpkin patch was a bit highlight for Isaiah. He loved to be able to walk around and check out so many pumpkins.

DSC_9498“Mommy, this one is bumpy. That one is not bumpy, it is smooth”. DSC_9563Isaiah still likes to wake up once during the night to nurse. We’ve really been working on this and one of the strategies is that Jon goes in and settles him. Part of that interaction usually includes, “Isaiah, the cows are sleeping, the horses are sleeping, the race cars, the squirrels are sleeping and Mommy is sleeping. You need to go back to sleep”. Now when I go and get him up in the morning he says, “Mommy, the cows are waking up, the sun is waking up”. Thanks to the time change this is still far too early of an hour to begin the day… we are working on it.

I’ve been spending intentional time with Isaiah during Brielle’s morning nap, doing a one on one activity with him. His favourite activity lately seems to be painting! He has a simple paint book and loves to get all the colours onto the page. We also do colouring and playdoh but painting is clearly the favourite right now.

DSC_9464Isaiah your excitement for all things social and interactive, your joy and energy are amazing! I love to see you playing with your Daddy or with your sister and having so much fun. It’s amazing to watch you take in new experiences and then replicate them when you get home. Your little brain making all these connections as you learn this world around you. I love my cuddles with you still as we sing Jesus Loves Me together every night and I tuck you in. You’re full of life and purpose and I can’t wait to see the next months and years unfold!

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Halloween Adventures

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DSC_9919Today was a full, fun day for our little family. In Old Georgetown they shut down the little downtown and the businesses hand out candy. It works out great for the kids getting to enjoy the day before the cold of night.

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We met up with friends downtown, and Isaiah and his friend Josh the Parrot ran around together. I think they had more fun playing ‘chase’ than collecting treats. DSC_9984   DSC_9958DSC_0006Grandma and Grandpa met us downtown to join the festivities.

DSC_0001 As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, after dinner when we were all together, we went Trick or Treating to a few friends/ family and some neighbors.   DSC_0039It’s pretty great to watch these two little ones experiencing so many new things. And even better when they can do it in costume.

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Brielle turns 9 months

DSC_1319Brielle turned 9 months old on October 12. This month I feel like her learning has accelerated! She learned how to clap on our trip home from Florida and she hasn’t stopped since! We were waiting at our gate for our plane to leave when I realized that she was really trying to clap her hands together. She loves her new skill and is quick to show it off now. She also has started using it to sign “more”. Just like her brother did. She also signs milk with a twist of her wrist. Although her preferred method of communicating that she wants milk is by head bombing into my chest. “Mom… you know what I mean. Forget the sign”. DSC_1326Da da da da. This month Brielle learned to say da da. Of course it melts her Daddy’s heart again and again. She also learned to say na na na. She’s learning to communicate and it’s so fun!

DSC_1180Brielle is on the move, everywhere, constantly. When she’s at Grandma and Grandpa’s house her favourite thing to get into is the plants. She presses her hands into the soil and wiggles them around for a while. So fascinated with the feeling. Usually that’s followed by pulling the soil out of the pot and tasting it. Isaiah is sure to run over and say, “Brielle, it’s not food!!”

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Isaiah likes to crawl just like she does… especially if we are giving her attention for whatever it is she is doing.

This month Brielle was moved to a full sized crib out of our room. She’s done really well with the transition, and they have both done very well with the transition to sharing a room. We were pretty nervous with how they would do but so far they rarely wake each other up.

Brielle’s confidence in pulling herself to standing is pretty crazy. The day before she turned 9 months Jon and I both saw her stand totally on her own for a couple of seconds. She let go of what she was holding onto and just stood there. And then it looked as if suddenly she realized she was standing, and she slowly lowered herself into a squat and to the floor. She’s going to be walking before we know it. ‘Gotta keep up with my big brother’.

DSC_0933We had some fall fun in the leaves. Isaiah throwing them up in the air, Brielle crawling around in them. These moments are so good for my heart. It’s so amazing watching them have fun and embrace life. These times give me energy for the hard parenting moments.

DSC_0942 DSC_0947 DSC_0949 Later this month Brielle learned to throw her hands up in the air for “hooray”, which she learned because of ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. She loves show off her skills. When people are around she will sometimes just put one in the air. Numerous times people have said to me “what is she doing”. Just proudly trying to show you her tricks.DSC_1379Brielle, I love the way you get so excited when I wake up in the morning and crawl over to me, “a ma ma ma ma ma”. And then cuddle into my shoulder when I pick you up. I love the way I can put you to sleep by rubbing your forehead as you drift away into peaceful sleep, safe in your mommy’s arms. I love the way I can make you giggle and giggle, and that you make me giggle right back. And Daddy says “you two are too cute”. I love the privilege of being your mommy, precious girl.

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