It is wonderful when the kids can get involved with interior decorating! Levi loved creating his own India Ink art to hang in our place. After we had created two canvases we made up stories of what the pictures were about. Levi came up with some very long and detailed tales involving monsters and tree roots.
Hey Julieta! You have won the family pass for the activity zone at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Have fun!
During my first pregnancy I lived in a constant state of paranoia. I refused (most) junk food, had memorized the list of forbidden foods, walked two kilometres every other day and would not lift a carton of milk in fear of over doing it.
In my second pregnancy I tried to minimize my ridiculousness and ate what I wanted (not stuff on the bad for baby list) like Doritos. Lots of friggin’ Doritos. I remember the shame of my neighbour busting me sitting in my car after a midwife appointment, stuffing chips into my orange stained mouth.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is just around the corner, running from May 27th-June 2nd on Granville Island. I attended the festival as a child and it was my all-time favourite field trip with my school class. I have vivid memories of a stage performer showing us how to make the pitter-patter sound of rain with our bodies.
The advent of Pinterest has created a theme party frenzy which is hard to escape. The last couple years Levi has had themed parties involving exploding volcano cakes and me in a spiderman suit. This year for his fourth birthday I couldn’t do it.
A perfect day with kids is not a restful day but after a week of the stomach bug, sad little faces and lethargy, having Levi and Jethro up and moving was a joy. We spent the morning galavanting around town. All the boys need is a long green space, whether it’s surrounded by trees or urban buildings, to run and get their wiggles out.
When baby number two hit the six month mark I went on the hunt for quick, ready-to-go purees. Cruising down the aisle I discovered the new packaging trend of little squeeze bags. I was thrilled that Jethro could take the squeeze bags in his hands and shoot the fruit/vegetable mixtures back into his mouth with little mess and almost no assistance from me.
There is something special about every age but as Levi approaches his 4th birthday I’m amazed by the little adventurer growing before my eyes. All of a sudden he wants to explore every nook and cranny of the yard, the room, the restaurant, the store and the list is infinite.
The two pink lines on a stick can bring a myriad of reactions from joy and hope, to fear and anxiety. Ben and I always knew we wanted a largish family. As Amy Mann sings:
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
So instead of just the two of us we continue to multiple! Our perspective is, “What do we want our family to look like 20 years down the road?”