Monthly Archives: July 2008

Chillin’ out

Some more visuals of how we have been spending our time as of late. We have been busy, busy, busy!!!

Josh is on vacation this week…

so we are enjoying his company!

Frances had her first ice cream cone tonight…

I think she found it a little cold and didn’t quite get the licking part. She hasn’t had much experience with sugar, so it will be interesting to see how she sleeps tonight. I am sure her cousins will teach her the proper way to eat an ice cream cone before they go back home.

Check out the drippy cone in the middle! When we left to come home tonight, the front porch was crawling with ants!

This is truly one of the great things about summer! Ice cream and kids, so sticky sweet!!

A proud day

Wow, it has been a wild two days!! With the family hear we have been going non stop, which is more then little Franny and I are used to. While it all started out like this yesterday,

what followed was like a tornado touching down in a metropolis.

Frances was happy to meet her two big cousins again. While she seemed a little apprehensive yesterday, today fared a little bit better. Like anything, it takes a few tries with her before she feels comfortable in a new situation. This is how they were enjoying each other today.

It was an exciting day in Halifax today. The annual Pride Parade took place and for the first time in many years I was not working and able to attend. This made me very happy, I love parades! We got the kids all packed up and headed out. On the way to the parade route we encountered a few horses, so we stopped and had a little visit.

After locating the perfect spot to view the parade, we waited very patiently and it finally came. Hear are some of the things we saw:

This was a really good looking float! Much better than some of the stuff you see in the Natal day parade (that’s next week).

This old fashioned fire truck was spraying everyone along the parade route. I guess that was good as it was a hot day!

This was a really fantastic samba band that got me moving to the beat!

It was such a colorful parade and everyone was so proud!

Even the dogs were proud!

This fellow was painted like the pride flag as he jested with some masked cohorts.

Some lovely ladies and stilt walkers.

This person was riding on a cat?

Some of the most original costumes.

It was such a fabulous parade, we all enjoyed ourselves immensely! Happy pride!!

After the parade we had our own celebration for boy #6. A delicious supper and a special cake for desert.

Followed by a few presents for all the kids, including Frances. What a lucky little girl!!

Books, books and more books! This makes her mother so very happy, just what we need for a quiet day at home tomorrow.

And I leave you with a few last pictures of my crazy family!! I am off to bed for some much needed sleep!

another GD cassette tape

I hope you’re not hear for a progress report on Frances. Well I can tell you that she will have her two top teeth soon. I have the eye bags this morning to prove it. Really I don’t mind it when she has a restless night, we all need a little extra TLC now and again and she has given us so little fuss in her short life thus far. We are too excited today to worry about being tired anyway. My sister and family arrive this afternoon for their annual summer visit. I can’t wait to see my two favorite nephews (my only nephews) and for them to see Frances!!! I’m sure I will have many stories to tell in the coming weeks.

In the mean time I am of course addicted to making mixed tapes and rediscovering music I haven’t heard in a dogs age. So exciting!!! Hear is one in the works. Any song suggestions or requests?

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darling ditties

This is what I did today. Now I just need to figure out how to add this to my side bar. Maybe when my brilliant husband returns home, help can be sought. I hope you enjoy some of the tunes!!

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PS. This makes me crazy nostalgically happy as I spent most of my music listing time as a teenager with the old fashioned cassette tape. Mixed tapes at that!!

Documenting greatness

It’s a good thing all knives and sharp kitchen gadgets are kept in the top drawer. Now that she slithers around on her tummy there’s no telling what she might get in to. This time she figured out that when knobs are pulled, drawers open. If you pull yourself up and peek in, you might just find something really good.

…and hear she is fleeing the scene of the crime!

This is what happens when needy Nori isn’t given the attention she desires because her mother is too busy documenting the greatness of Frances.

…but sometimes she figures that the kid isn’t all that terrible, and mama can document their greatness together!! (No pouch comments ok, we know our cats have some food related issues!)

After two days of rain rain rain, the sun has finally decided to shine! We’re heading outside to soak up as much as we can!! Have a fantastic day!

A quote for Tuesday

You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.

Pablo Casals

She looks so big but she’s still so little!

It is commonly said that children grow up far too quick. Every time we visit our local supermarket there is inevitably a batty old lady who gushes over Frances and subsequently inquires as to what age she is. This is almost always followed by “oh, they grow so fast don’t they!?”

Life and time seemed so slow before Frances joined us. I never really felt old or young, but just hanging in perpetual limbo. The nine months of gestation seemed to drag on forever. The anticipation and curiosity of who this person was drove me nuts. When she came and she was so tiny, time again seemed to lag. Our days were filled with nestling, sleeping and eating. I kept thinking when is this little lass going to do something. Then one day, it was as if a switch was flicked on and she became this bright eyed little girl filled with wonderment and I looked at her and said to myself where did my little baby go?! Everyday since then has passed like the wink of my eye. Everyday she amazes me with something new, a new look or a new skill. Everyday filled with new things is another day farther away from my tiny little baby. I can’t say I really miss the new baby experience. It was really hard and quite frankly I am amazed that I made it through that whole stage of our lives. But sometimes I catch myself thinking of how wonderful it felt to cradle her little body as I held her close and cuddled her to sleep.

She is getting so big. I look at her stretched out in slumber and I can’t believe the length she has grown to be. On Saturday, so many of our market friends commented on her growth for the first time. “She’s growing and you’re shrinking!” one person said. So now I understand what people mean when they say kids grow so fast!!

This past weekend my oldest nephew turned six. Six! Can you believe it? I can’t! I remember receiving the phone call from my sister just after he was born excitedly finding out all the important details. I remember when they came to visit just a few weeks later. It was the middle of August and quite warm. I remember sitting in the Adirondack chairs out in my parents garden. Little Nathaniel dressed in a diaper and undershirt sprawled contently across my sisters chest. She was so calm and relaxed in her new roll as a mother. I was in total awe! On Saturday I called Nathaniel to wish him a happy birthday and I have to say, I had the best conversation that I have ever had with him! Usually when I talk to him it is on speaker phone, he and his brother are so wound up and silly that I’m lucky if I can make out a whole sentence. This time it was just he and I conversing and there was no trace of his mothers voice in the back ground saying ” tell her what you got for your birthday”. All on his own he very eloquently explained a few of his favorite presents. Then he proceeded to tell me how he would be celebrating his special day. I am sure he was asked the same questions many times before our conversation, but he still answered them for me with so much enthusiasm! After we talked about him for a few minutes he changed the subject and asked how I was. Following my reply of ” I’m great, thanks for asking”, he proceeded to inquire about Frances and what she was up to! What a thoughtful young chap! His mom and dad should be so proud of the person they have helped him become! I was so delighted to have experienced this, it still makes me smile! Next time it will be his younger brother Andrew!

Hear is Nathaniel with our then kitten Nori (I hope his mom doesn’t mind me adding his picture)

It seems strange to think of Frances turning six. I wonder what she will be like. For now I will keep enjoying her littleness and cherish every moment I cradle her close to me as she nurses herself to sleep and becomes my tiny baby again.