Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cowgirl Annika! and anniversary fun

Annika’s last school field trip was to the Springridge Farm in Milton.  The following day at school was “farm day” dress up.

 

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Charlotte and Annika at the lookout (on a clear day the CN Tower can be seen)

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Planting their pumpkin seeds

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Witch’s maze

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Annika, Myah and Charlotte

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Farmer Annika all set to go to school!

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Love those pigtails!

 

James and I celebrate four years of marriage today!  How is it possible that four years have gone by?  We have come a long way in four years, life has certainly changed, and for the better!  We have had our ups and downs, but with teamwork,  understanding and patience, we’ve only grown closer - through thick and thin, and I’m so happy ♥

We’re also celebrating my parents’ new home today!  They got the keys at 10am this morning, and have been moving all day.  Slowly but surely, in the next two weeks they’ll be fully in and settled.  I love having my parents five minutes away!

One last note:  My little birdies are growing so big.  Two out of the four eggs survived and hatched.  I’d like to say pretty babies, but honestly baby birds are quite ugly…It’s really an amazing process, and you have to wonder how birds, and even animals for that matter, learn how and know how to make a baby survive.  I can’t say that the mommy and daddy bird trust us one iota, but we have saved one of the little babies on three occasions…the worst one being this morning.  I think the baby fell out of the nest during the night and by morning was very cold, almost a white colour and barely breathing.  I picked the little one up and put him back (using a plastic glove) with the hopes that momma bird would come to the rescue, and low and behold, within minutes momma bird was back, pecking the baby until it responded.  Within a couple hours the baby was back to its normal colour and breathing properly :) 

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Late this morning momma bird with her two babies’ beaks poking out under her – a couple of hours after reviving one of them back to life.

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Hungry little one – this was taken the same day they hatched.  Reaching for food was quite the task, look at that skinny neck!

 

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Siblings, cuddling nice and close today

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momma bird giving me the stare-down.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ballet Recital

We are so very proud of our little girl, she did it!  It was so amazing to see Annika do so well up on that big stage.  You could see the courage shining through her eyes, it was awesome!  I couldn’t have been a prouder mommy!

Annika was so excited to have her God-mommy backstage with her! 

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A pretty bouquet of roses from God-Mommy Steph and more roses from papa, and a bouquet of flower cookies from mommy and daddy!

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Pre-show rehearsal, makeup and munchies Smile

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Lining up to go backstage…a little unsure at this point

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All the pretty dancers

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Lining up in the wings backstage – first time seeing the stage!

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Here she goes!

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She did it!! Proud mommy!

Now time for the BIG SHOW!

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In the makeup chair with Aunt Jenn’s help

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Even little Selena wanted to help out….my mom stayed home with Selena during the recital, but got to see Annika dance at the rehearsal

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All done….FINALLY!

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Pretty girls!

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Having fun with Uncle Dave

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All set to go!

Below are amazing shots that Steph (God-mommy) got backstage

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Exhausted after her big weekend!

Below are the dances Annika performed (taped by my mom at rehearsal)

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Baseball fun! and some tidbits of happenings

Our little baseball player got some good practice in before her big game on Saturday.  She did so well, and best of all, she’s loving it!

Have a look at these action shots!!

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Annika is all set for her big dance recital tonight!  She’s got both papa and grampie coming, and mommy and daddy!  I can’t wait to see my beautiful dancer on stage.  She did really well in her rehearsal this morning, and is now resting up for the big show.

After I thought both of our girls were on the mend from their sicknesses, Selena made a turn for the worst this past Tuesday (just a day after she was acting almost back to her healthy self).  Her fever spiked to almost 104, and with no symptoms to justify it.  The doctors couldn’t prescribe medication as there was nothing they could identify as the problem.  Our poor Selena suffered with a 103 degree fever for four days, when I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the hospital, again.  Selena had what seemed to be a sore left ear, so I was hoping that all of this was just an ear infection – happily the ER doc confirmed a pretty good infection in poor Selena’s ear.  Hopefully the antibiotic kicks in quickly so we can have our Selena feeling better.

On a better note, our patio and front landing is done!!  Thanks to Ryan and a few friends, we had enough skill and manpower to finish up the job on Saturday.  We can’t thank everyone enough for helping us with this project, and especially a massive huge THANK YOU to Ryan, who has put in so many hours of hard work for us.  It looks phenomenal!

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Ryan above, and Mike below, making our patio look amazing!

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Chris and Andrew stamping/tamping the concrete

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Almost done! …A bit of panic apparently was setting in as the concrete was drying quicker than usual in the hot, humid air…the boys did their magic and saved the day :)