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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus!

Still catching up on posts!
Grace and I went to Santa Clause parade #2 this weekend past.  We went to the first parade at night a couple of weeks ago but while the lights are nice, night time parades are not meant for very young children.  Very young children are hungry and tired at 6:00 pm and really don't get that much out of a night time parade in my opinion.  So two years in a row we've done the night time thing but this year I also wanted to give Grace the experience of a Saturday morning parade. 

 So, this past Saturday, we met up with some friends and snuggled up on the side of the road with hundreds of others to wait for Santa! 

The beginning was hard for Grace, she sat in the wagon covering her face and ears (she does not like loud noises) asking to go home, but once we got used to things she settled in and had a great time.  And only once did I have to run into the parade to fetch her and bring her back to the curb!!LOL


Here's the night time parade.  Grace's cousin is playing the bag pipes in the Marching band.  Funny enough, the Frozen float was a bigger hit than Santa! 






Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gathering Greenery

Somewhere under there is a blue sled and a little girl......

 
 
 
 

Santa Train 2014

 
Just realized how behind I was on updating my blog.  My last post was almost a month ago!  I've been busy?  I'll go with that excuse!
So I will try to catch up over the next few days with all of the pre-Christmas fun that Grace and I have been up to. 
We spent an evening on the Santa train a couple of weeks ago.  The K-man and Aunt Lynda came with us along with some friends and their kids.  Since it was an evening train ride, we decided to put the kids in their Christmas pjs.  Just like last year, Grace loved the music and wanted to follow them down the aisle!  The difference this year though was that she actually let Santa sit with us.  She didn't love it exactly, but she didn't cry!  I see a glimmer of hope for our visit to the mall in the next couple of weeks!
 
 
Standing outside the train station





Grace actually told Santa (while holding onto me in a death grip) that she wanted the Frozen movie for Christmas. 


Dancing to the Christmas carolling


One of the singers is a parent from my school.  She got quite a laugh out of Grace who followed the carollers down the aisle.  My girl just cannot get enough of Christmas music!

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chippy, the Daycare Pet

Grace has a new friend at daycare!
 

The kids have befriended a chipmunk at the house where Grace goes for daycare.  He (She?) has become increasingly brave and tame over this Autumn.  He now readily climbs up on the kids, eats out of their hands and we have to be careful to keep the front door closed or we think he will run right into the house!  He lives under the front porch and each day the kids take turns feeding him peanuts, sometimes so many turns a day Brenda and I joke that Chippy will get so fat he won't be able to get out of his hole anymore.  What fun for the kids!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Halloween was great, but the Saturday morning following Halloween was priceless! Since becoming a Frozen fanatic only a couple of months ago, Grace has been waiting and waiting to make a snowman. Every day she reminds me that she "wants to make a snowman like Olaf" and every day I tell her that as soon as it snows, we will make one. Well, the forecast Friday night was calling for snow overnight so.....after a great night of trick or treating and Grace was putting on her pajamas, I explained that maybe ...if she wore her snowman pjs it would snow over night and we could make a snowman. Fast forward to Saturday morning, 5:51 to be precise. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, she bolts upright in bed and says, wide awake, " I want to build a snowman!" and that was it, our day had begun. We checked outside and sure enough, the magic worked, snow had arrived overnight!!! Grace waited impatiently until it finally got light enough to go outside. At the very first hint of light, downstairs we went to the front door. She wanted to keep her snowman pajamas on so on went the snowsuit right over top!!LOL We built out snowman, sang the song (I still can't seem to post videos on from my computer, grr!) and overall had a great morning in the new snow.  And of course after playing in the snow we had to have hot chocolate!


Look at that tongue sticking out, such concentration!

Presenting Olaf!!!!


Watching the airplane overhead.  Grace likes to keep an eye on things going on
 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treat!

So now I know.  3 years old is THE PERFECT AGE for Halloween.  Grace was priceless this year.  Every house we went to it was the same script.

"Trick or treat! I am Barney."
"Thank you."
Turns toward me.
"Where we going to next Mommy?"
"Oh, we'll walk to the next house."
"We have time to get more Mommy?"
"Oh yes Grace, we can get more."
"Yeah!!!"
Every single house.
All ready to go!

Walking up the steps for a surprise visit to Grandma and Grandpa's a couple weeks ago



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting Ready for the Big Night Out!

Grace and I have been getting ready for Halloween these past few days.  Our town hosts a couple of events for the kids.  The Farmer's Market hosts a Halloween festival where they have a petting zoo, pony rides and harvest displays.  The weather was not great but Grace managed to feed the goats and visit the stores for their treats.   



Here's how I found Grace at the end of our outing to the Farmer's Market.  I looked behind me as we were walking back to the car and Grace had tucked herself into a storefront like this.  "I'm tired" was all she said, poor thing!LOL
Next day we attended the Halloween party for kids that my town hosts.  Both Grace and K likes the crafts better than anything else unless you count the playground outside the community centre!



We carved our pumpkin tonight.  Grace did not exactly love the experience which is ok.  Neither do I.  Never have really enjoyed the whole carving a pumpkin thing.  Maybe next year we will just buy one of those kits you stick on!  We have one more waiting to paint if we can get it done before Friday.


The final masterpiece!  Grace wanted a happy face so that's what we made!

This was just a cool photo!  No idea what I did with my camera but what a spooky effect!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend Grace and I took a drive out to a local farm/pumpkin patch.  We went to the same farm two years ago, just a few weeks after coming to Canada.  How my girl has changed in two years.  She goofed around, pretending to hide behind the pumpkins, both of us having a great time.