Friday, 24 October 2014

Thanksgiving in Saskatoon

I've always been a family person! To be able to spend time with my family just hanging out or playing games is one of my most favourite things to do in the whole world. So on holidays or when we go back to Saskatchewan that's one of the only things I want to do.  I also know that it makes my grandma happy to play games with us and as she's getting older I like to do things that will make her happy.  Plus I really enjoy that time with my family.

I admit to being selfish, especially when it comes to spending time with my family when we go back to Saskatchewan. And I know that I have a lot of fun playing games with my grandma and mom but it's not really for everyone, and my husband didn't always enjoy it.  Where I could sit and play games for 3-4 hours in a row,  Hubby may have joined for a couple games but it wasn't really his thing and just sitting around would get bored.

Hubby is a doer.  He likes to be doing things or going places so to just sit around and play card games not really his thing.

So for quite a few of our visits especially when Lil Man was younger and I didn't have to work so hard to entertain him or take him places so he could burn off energy that's what we did.  And then I never took Hubby around Saskatoon so he could see some of the great activities there, so bad!!  I think that's part of the reason why Hubby didn't enjoy coming back to Saskatoon with me, and I don't really blame him.  If all we did when we went to visit his parents was sit around and watch tv I'd be bored too.

So the last few times Hubby has come with us to the great province of Saskatchewan we've gone to some of the sites.  He's been to a few parks, The Berry Barn and now we have the Forestry Farm and Saskatoon Zoo as places we've visited.


For Thanksgiving weekend we went to Saskatoon!! It was a quick 4 day trip but it was a lot of fun!!
The Saskatoon Zoo, though not as big or extensive as Calgary, is still pretty cool to visit.  I feel like the exhibits are a bit more intimate, you can get closer to them.

There are some funny signs at the zoo, asking you not to feed the animals or stating that animals in this habitat bite.  Really a Grizzly Bear bites?  Stating the obvious I would think, but then that's also saying Coffee is hot on a cup.....


Lil Man really enjoyed the wolves, they were eating, and the red panda.  He enjoyed feeding the geese and ducks and wanted to feed some of the deers but they didn't come close enough to get the food.  I guess that's part of why it felt more intimate you could feed some of the animals.




We also went out to Mars Mini Golf, which is a glow in the dark mini golf course!! It was all decorated for Halloween so it was a lot of fun.
Every time the ball went in the whole Lil Man would yell, "hole in one".  It's apparent we haven't taken him golfing as he doesn't seem to understand that rules so well, well not the rules but what a hole in one means.  hahaha oh well he had a lot of fun!!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cherish Me for I am Child

My mother works for Healthy Moms Healthy Babies with the Saskatoon Health Region and in her office this poem hangs
It says: (sorry the picture is so horrible)
Comfort me when I cry I need to feel you close
Watch over me keep me safe from harm
Give me your guidance I need to know my limits
Smile at me let me know I am your joy
give me hugs and kisses show me that I make you happy
Play with me I can show you how to have fun
read to me it will help me learn
talk and sing to me I will learn to speak
Answer me when I talk I will learn to communicate
Wonder what I am thinking I want you to understand me
Give me quiet time I need time to rest and think
teach me about my family I need to know I belong
guide me through my life I want to follow the right path
be patient with me I have a lot to learn
I need to know I am important to you
be in my life always

I'm not sure who the author is or where this came from but I love it!!I think it's great and a wonderful reminder of all the things our children need from us to grow into healthy whole human beings!!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Siblings

People are always telling me how much Lil Man and Prince T look alike, mostly it's how much Prince T looks like Lil Man.  As they are siblings this is a good thing, at least my husband can't say they came from different dads hahahaha just kidding he'd never say that.  But as I look at them I see differences, tiny differences but sometimes those tiny  differences are huge, they make them look like different kids altogether.

And I'm not sure where there attributes come from, some people say me, some say my husband but I think it's a good mix whether it's from me or my husband.  Sometimes I see all my husband in my children, especially when they are mad hahaha, but sometimes I see my family in them so then I know I'm seeing a reflection of myself.  I do know that my kids are cute kids, and yes I may be bragging, but if I don't brag about my good looking children who will??

So here's a little side project I did today, I've taken photos of each of my boys at 1 month, 2 month, 3 month, 4 month and 5 month to see how similar they are!!  Obviously Chan is less like Prince T and Lil Man because he has a different dad but they do look surprisingly similar in some of the photos...  but I'll let you be the judge of that!!

Here are the boys Chan, Lil Man and Prince T at birth to one month


Here are the boys at two months of age!!






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Here are the boys at three months of age





Here are my three at four months of age!



Here are the three boys at 5 months!!!









I'm blessed to have such great kids!!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

5 Months has gone by

I'm so bad at this sometimes!! I just get out of a groove and forget to post and then I get behind and blah blah blah... anyways, it seems like it's been so much longer than 5 months but there you go, Prince T is now 5 months old!!

He's so expressive and active that he's doing something new each day!! He has some of the best smiles I have ever seen, when he's really happy or excited about something he smiles so big his eyes turn into quarter moons!! He is talking more and more each day, not with words as I have to explain to Lil Man, but he's exercising his vocal cords and I fear I have another chatter box on my hands.

He's mastered rolling over and he's trying to crawl.  He loves his jolly jumper and his exosaucer!! He's starting to sleep better through the nights and is even starting to soothe himself back to sleep should he wake up momentarily.  We've got a 7-8 o'clock bedtime which works really well and he'll sleep until midnight  but then is up two more times before morning.   (that's a little annoying but I'm sure once he starts eating he will be good to sleep through the whole night!! fingers crossed)  He loves his bath. He is still a Momma's boy (all my boys are) and loves cuddles and snuggles all the time!! He's becoming mobile, he can roll and push himself into new locations but can't figure out how to get out of them.

He's taken to crying and acting like he doesn't know how to solve problems when he's on his tummy.  He's not a fan of long car rides unless mom is in the back seat with him.  He really is a happy baby and does enjoy most things. He's a little jealous, as I said he's a Momma's boy, so when I am holding his cousin and he sees it he vocalizes his unhappiness until I put his cousin down and pick him up!! Such a funny kid!!

Monday, 20 October 2014

My new Nephew

Well it's been 15 years since I blessed my siblings with their first nephew and finally my sister has given me my first nephew that is rooted in my family tree.  I've many wonderful nephews and  nieces from my amazing girlfriends and I cherish that these kids want to call me Aunty and I wear that badge with just as much pride and honour as I have for my sister's little guy.

But this isn't a post about the craziness that is my extended family, this is a post about my adorable, squeezable, sweet and innocent new nephew!!  He's an eager beaver that one, he came three weeks early, but he's also a determined little guy!!

He was so small when he was born, and I guess small by today's standards and what I'm used to for average weights of babies, not necessarily small for other people and stuff. But he was just over 5 pounds which I think is small.  But was he put together just right!! He is a little perfect soul and I just love that little bugger.

Now he's given my sister some heartache, she's a first time mom and has watched me raise my boys, seemingly, with no difficulty.  I say seemingly because she's not hear 24/7/365 so she doesn't see the bad days or the days when I just couldn't figure things out or the days when my hormones were out of control and made me cry over everything.  So she is experiencing motherhood for the first time and it's very different from my experiences. I was never worried my babies were small, I was never worried that they weren't getting enough because they were gaining weight, I was not worried about a lot of things because with my first I was so young, I just determined I knew nothing and then with my 2nd and 3rd I'd done it once and what I'd done the first time seemed to raise a loving, accepting intelligent child so I knew I could do it again.  Baby O is just giving my sister the gears, he wants to make sure that he tests all the boundaries now to see what he can get away with. I say she's lucky he's doing it now so that maybe when he's older he won't do it then.

Anyways Prince T loves his new cousin and Lil Man is over the moon to have a new baby around!! He thinks its cool that we have two babies at Grandma's house.  Chandler is indifferent, being 15 will do that do boys, but he does admit he's pretty cute!!

I love my kids but they do test you to see what you can handle and it starts the moment they come out.  What were some of your challenges?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Going on a Lion Hunt

I am trying to ensure that Lil Man and I do something active each day he does not have school.  Something outside of organized sports so that we can have some fun playing, because we all love to play and it's a great learning experience.  Lil Man can be a bit, hmmm lazy I guess, but not really lazy, I mean he likes to run and jump and play and if he's with a friend at a park he can play for hours, but when we go for walks, I often get "I'm tired, my legs are sore" etc and he wants me to carry him or put him in a stroller. So I have to come up with some imaginative ways to get him to think he's not exercising even when he is...

I remember back to my days in Wakaw school and one of the most enjoyable activities that we did was "going on a lion hunt".  It was such a fun song to play in gym, so I decided to play a version of that with Lil Man while we went for a long walk the other day.

Do you know the song?  here's a video from youtube to check it out, or to remind you of it. There's another version of "going on a bear hunt", I think it's pretty much the same, just a different animal.

We started out from home and in the end walked a total of 8.2 km, and Lil Man walked all of them as well!! He was happy about walking and didn't complain once.

 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's a bus stop bench, can't go under it, can't go through it, better go over it!!

We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's some trees!! Can't go around them, can't jump over them, better go through them!!
 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's a shaking shrub!! Can't go through it, can't go under it, better jump over it!!

 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's time for a break!!!
 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's a mountain like hill, can't go around it, can't go through it, better go over it!!

 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! Its a jeep safari, better drive that Jeep!!
 We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's lily pads!!! Can't go through them, can't go under them, better jump across them!!



We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's the monkey bars, can't go over them, can't run through them, better swing under them!!!

We're going on a Lion Hunt, but I'm not afraid!! I'm not afraid!! I'm going to catch a big one, and I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid!! Oh what's that!! It's a hippo!! Can't go in it, can't go under it, better climb on it!!
We were never afraid, but we never found that lion!!! Next time we go to the zoo I might do this type of scavenger hunt for Lil Man, he had a lot of fun!!!