Tuesday, July 26, 2016

{fun things}

- I got 2 new nieces in the past month! Emerson and McKinnley
- I get to meet Emerson in about 12 days! 
- we spent 13 glorious rain filled happy days in Alberta 
- Alberta summers just rock
- it was 90 degrees in my kitchen this afternoon! Thankful for outdoor grills to cook food on!
- Tess and I picked tomatoes today! Yum yum!
- I froze about 30 bags of peaches Saturday. Thankful for friends who let me have free ones off their trees!
- the Cat & Jack clothing line at target has me captivated! So so cute and fun!
- we need tips for traveling with a toddler! Road trip to Alberta in a week! 
- Seeing all my Friesen cousins soon! 
- my legs are also commonly known as "a slide".
- the bathroom floor got washed twice today. Once with cleaner and once with "bath water". 
- home made bath paint is a great baby sitter these days!!
- I had a block fed to me numerous times in about 5 minutes time. It was first a phone, before it became "very nummy cake, open up big mommy!", and then ice cream and then " you need medicine mommy, you have a very sick tummy." 
- the basil in the garden is blooming. I hope that's ok... I know nothing. 
- it is a cool 75 degrees now and I'm going to sleep. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

{Tessa 2 years 5 months}

- do it again mum. Do it again.
After every song, story, hide n seek, jumping in to the pool, alway- let's doit again.
She makes up songs. About every thing- people, places, things we've done and About Frankly (Franklin) the turtle and she begs me to sing her Franklin songs!!
Her favourite foods are - pancakes, pancakes, pancakes, fruit snacks and hamburger with ketchup.
She loves to dig in the dirt, blow bubbles, jump and hop.
She gets very anxious if she ever sees me cry or if I get hurt. "It ok mummy" "you be ok".
The other day I stepped on a rock. I didn't say anything or even make a face but she noticed and immediately she came and patted my hand and said- you be alright mum. You ok.
I hope she never ever loses that sensitive loving heart of hers.
Well, although the sensitive isn't all wonderful as she gets horribly hurt and weepy at the slightest "not now" or "TESSA STOP". But maybe she's just being a female ;)
She's been attempting to prove her "bigness" by using the toilet. It has worked I think 2 times out of 6 or 10 times! It's a start!
Also finally finally we are having success at sleeping all night long/going back to sleep by herself. (I'm likely jinxing myself right now) solid sleep  makes me feel like a new woman!!
Her hair is slowly  growin, some spots are probably 1.5 inches long now! And she  definitely has some curls going on most days ...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

{at the mall}

on Thursday Tess and I took a little drive up the "free way" (aka: 4-lane highway)
To Modesto.  we hadn't been shopping long when she woke up in her stroller. I was looking at some clothes and she was too for that matter when she picked one up and declared - "mommy this is WONDERFUL.
 Oh yes honey child. Baby Gap is always wonderful.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

{ little friends}

It was after church, we were sitting having snack with our dear friends (who leave Tuesday for Burkina Faso. ) Brynlee ,3, was sitting on her grandpas lap, Tessa was so determined to go sit on his lap too. So she went. (I'm not sure she's ever even seen this grandpa) and there they sat 2 little friends eating cupcakes. Brynlee would scoop a bite in to Tessa's mouth and then herself. Both completely oblivious to their surroundings and the impending big good-bye... They ate 2 cupcakes. And I just stared, burning that memory in to my head... 3 years is so long and I know they won't know each other when they meet again. Sorta breaks my heart beat but You can bet that I'll be telling this little story to Tess for the next 3 years...

Friday, April 22, 2016


Tonight Tessa crawled onto our bed sprawled out soother and blankie in hand and pronounced- this the luckiest day ever!!
 I feel the luckiest to be her mummy.
She told Grandma Bertha when we left her this eve. "That was so special". Made me sorta laugh!
She hears so much more than I can even believe and picks up on things I say. She's too little to be saying such grown up stuff, isn't she?
Tessa was talking on her Fisher Price phone to Mia the other day and informed her - " I'll be 'round shortly".
And on and on I could go.. I don't want to forget these days so I must write them down.
Nighty night.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

{and now I lay me down to sleep}

at 2 years and 3 months I think we are finally conquering the sleeping in your crib all night.
But not with out some stipulations on T's part- bankie, sooder, Apple juice and for the last week her "chicken book".
(Blankie, soother, and The little Red Hen book.) I tuck her in and she says- I read my chicken book mummy?
She loves books and another favourite these days is the Sears wish book which she calls "the Bawbie book". Because, Barbies!! she's not a girl for nothing.
She'll look for lowly worm and gold bug in the Richard Scarry books endlessly... And then there is "sister Bear"... We read and read or just look at pictures...
What are your kids favourite books?

Monday, April 11, 2016

{moving mountains}

How many of you moved mountains today?
I only realized i was moving mountains when i loaded up my huge pile of dirty laundry that had been spread on the floor. Tessa had been walking on it and jumping off, but when i scooped it up she yelled- no no thats my mountain mummy. Don't take my mountain!
but no way was i going to leave that smelly pile of clothes laying there...

you never know when your mountain will get moved!
Sometimes we don't even want it moved and then just like that it's gone!


Monday, March 21, 2016

there's this little girl who stole my heart...

what? you say WHAT? I know, friends its been years, literally. i missed you, friendly keyboard and white screen, oh and also all of you!
 Long story short- I got pregnant, we moved to Alberta, had a baby, worked while my family and husband kept baby, moved back to California and here we are today...
 Tessa turned 2 Feb. 2. She is bald, about 30 inches tall, weighs about 30 pounds and is hilarious. I am partly saying that because I am her mother and partly because it is true. she talks NON -stop. talks as in literal sentences and big words,and she sings entire songs. I think I will give her the nick-name 'mag-pie'.{ as my dear old friend Penny used to call me. Ha ha! }
 so, how many of you are here still, anybody?