Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
A sneak peak of Jack and his Mommy and Daddy and the two stuffies his big brother thought would be a perfect welcoming gift for a little brother!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Bean with her Nanny
The proud parents!
Just one shot of the hub-bub of opening the presents, blogger isn't being kind to me so I left it at this one but you get the idea
Bean we are all addicted to you and Nanny and Pappa love you very, very, much. Have a Very Happy 2nd Birthday.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Library books were borrowed from our local library for bedtime reading pleasure, food that we knew was tried and true was purchased, and the toys and puzzles she liked were set out and waiting for her arrival. Right on queue, the big day came. Ready or not, this was it!
I have to say I wasn't nervous about the visit, but I was nervous for Abby's sake, for all of the ways she would need to adapt to being away from her parents, her bed, her toys, her home, her comfort level. Let me tell you all of the preparation ahead of time worked. She was ready. We read, we coloured, we ate, we snacked, we did puzzles, we fed the newly named Nancy and Natalie their baby bottles (remember those dolly bottles, that when you tip them over, the fluid disappears and makes bubbles?) we bathed, we read some more, and when it came time for lights out, Abby slept in our big bed and didn't wake up for 12 hours. Her very first every sleepover anywhere but at home was a huge, resounding success. She is our big girl!
She is such a joy to be around, she loves to sing, to make up rhyming words, like twirly whirly, (too bad nanny can't spell them!!), she is playful and has the most awesome memory and eye for detail. It was so much fun to see Abby and Pappa bonding, colouring, laughing, feeding the dollys. It brought back so many memories of the Daddy our little girls knew, know and loved. For that reason alone, priceless and wonderful.
Peeking through the window from kitchen to my office, and the steaming kettle steam, Abby and Pappa creating the first of many masterpieces!
I love this shot of Abby looking at her Pappa! What do you think Abby, do you believe him?
Abby feeding Natalie the first of many bottles. This is Cathy's old dolly sans hat!
Abby with a puzzle we purchased for her mommy when she was about this age.
Abby said she liked my bathroom! So cute.
The Saturday night aftermath of play!
On Sunday morning we got up, ate breakfast and took Abby to church. She loved watching the pianist and organist play, she put her little hands up and received Communion and she charmed the bejeepers out of all of the older members of the congregation who hadn't even realized that such a little charmer was in their midst. She was that quiet.
Breakfast dining before we dashed off to church
After church we took her out for fast food and returned her home safe and sound to her eagerly awaiting Mommy and Daddy. The mommy and daddy who have done such an awesome job raising her. This well and truly loved little girl is a joy and a delight and this Nanny and Pappa look forward to more of these visits in the months to come.
I am struck by the similiarities of my neice Riki and Abby in this picture. It's uncanny.
Getting latched in for the return trip home, all cozy under her blanket.
Abby and the infamous Chewy who loves and delights in all of the attention my grandchildren lavish on him!
Abby, Nanny is so proud of you. You had a lot of new things to challenge you in such a short time span and you did it!
We know it was a success because on the way home to her house, she asked if she could come back to our house, today! We love you Abby.
On Halloween night Pappa answered the door and who stood before it but 6 of our Grands all decked out in their Halloween finery! After a toidy break, we put out a bowl of candy at our front door and went out to knock on some of our neighbour's doors. It was such a fun time. Thank you Cathy and Cliff for that lovely, happy time. It most certainly was a treat, not a trick!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Today is our adorable Abby's 3rd Birthday. Even though I knew it was coming, I can honestly say it makes me stop and recalculate her age. Can it be? The time for her Pappa and I at least, has flown by faster than Christmas Day.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
These two pictures were taken on the afternoon of the big announcement!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Catie's New Birth in Holy Baptism celebrated at Our Saviour when she was just weeks old
How is it possible that it's been 5 years since Catie was born? I remember so well that day. We lived in Richmond and Catie was to be born in Langley. Waiting, waiting til the time was right to rip out to Langley. Just one problem though, an accident on the Alex Fraser and we were stuck in a traffic jam miles and miles and miles from the bridge, just sitting there! It was horrible. No cell phone. No communication. Just the frustration of not being able to do anything but sit. By the time we arrived at Catie's soon to be Nona and Grandpa's place, they had made this lovely meal, a BBQ salmon and just as we were sitting down to eat...the telephone rang....she's here, she's arrived...she's perfection! Catrina Lauren was born.
Happily today, the trip to visit her is so much closer, a mere 15 or so minutes separate us now. Soon we will be picking up her Birthday Cake and singing her that happy refrain. Five years old today. And what a day it is, a day of new beginnings, she started Kindergarten today. The world is her oyster.