Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in pictures ~ december

Phebe: December in pictures

tea, eh?
bible reading
toboggan hill pile-up
christmas toys
santa visit
dinner table princess
p for phebe
sister hugs

Friday, December 27, 2013


My girls love tobogganing! They certainly don't take after me, because to be perfectly honest, when I'm standing at the top of that hill I get some minor heart palpitations. The height, speed and out-of-control feeling is not my thing - you can tell I'm a total adrenaline junkie, can't you?! Ha!

Just as well Baba likes a bit of an adrenaline rush!

One of the comments Phebe made after the first run made me chuckle a little: She got off the sleigh and said: "I don't like the spreading in my face!" - I think she was talking about the snow spray!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

boxing day games!

My Phebe girl, during a riveting game of 'Honeycomb'... she is always acting the clown.
I adore that about her!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

christmas day

It was exactly the day I always dream Christmas to be.
Lots of delicious food, two deliriously happy children, relaxing, cozy...
I could go on.

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For dinner I made... ham, turkey, walnut/apple/celery/olive bread stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts,
turnip & carrot mash, maple syrup roast parsnips, garlic mash potato and roast potatoes. Yum!

If it wasn't so much work, I'd make the same again tomorrow!

Christmas Day 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

the night before christmas

There are two very excited girls in our house tonight!
I mean, REALLY excited!

And I love that I get to read them one of my very own childhood books on Christmas Eve.

Boxing Day 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

her imagination!

Phebe has an excellent imagination. During play, she used to lean on Lilah a lot, she would follow Lilahs lead and basically do what she was told to do! But more recently, Phebe has been doing her own thing, sure she still loves to play alongside Lilah, but it is nice to see her gain a lot of independence during play. Especially when Lilah is at school, Phebe sings and chatters away to herself non-stop. In fact, there are many times in a week Baba and I will look at each other and quietly ask, does she have an "Off" button?! To be honest though, I love my little chatterbox. She is so sweet and funny!

At the supper table last week, Lilah announced that she wants to be a nurse when she gets older. Phebe listened for a second and then declared: "Well, I want to be Dr. Maharajh!" ...and in case you don't recognize the name, Dr. Maharajh was her very own heart surgeon! I'm so thankful her experience was such a positive one. So much so, that now she wants to be just like him!

I took these picture of Phebe playing today... in case you didn't know, heart surgeries are performed around here on a daily basis!

performing heart surgery!

Monday, December 16, 2013

annual santa visit

santa 2013

Look what we did today! Now to peel my girls off the ceiling!

Yes, they were THAT excited! Funny, because I've chosen to be 'that' parent and I've told both of my girls the truth about Santa. That was really hard for me, but I have my reasons. I've always wanted honesty with my girls, mainly because of their story, adoption and all the questions that already have and will continue to surface about their birth, birthparents, etc. I also want them to know that the (real) story of Christmas is true, that our Lord Jesus' birth, death and resurrection really did happen, it's not a fairy tale and it's not pretend... I never want them to question that.

And even though they know Santa is 'pretend', there is still a huge part of Santa that my girls find magical. I like that.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

it's beginning to look...

...a lot like Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

christmas cards

Finally finished... 89 cards!
There was a lot of tea consumed.
They are now in the mail.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

she wrote her name!

Wow Phebe! You never cease to amaze me, with your quick little mind.
There's been a lot of 'peoples' drawing recently. But a drawing of herself, along with writing her name underneath!

Let's just say I'm a proud Mama!

Phebe's drawing and writing

Sunday, December 1, 2013

wheelers pancake house!

Maberly Conference @ Wheeler's Pancake House

What a great way to spend a snowy Saturday!
Our girls were thrilled to hear we were heading to the Maberly Conference yesterday, not to mention it's held in a pancake house.
The pancakes and sausages are THEE best! And the setting is picturesque.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 in pictures ~ november

Phebe : November in pictures

facinating toy catalogue
christmas card cuties
sleeping beauty
furry hat
maberly conference
snow bunny
bed bouncers

Friday, November 29, 2013

the sweet sound of snoring!

I get to listen to this sweet snoring sound (in the car) a lot.
Is there anything sweeter?

she snores! she snores!

*************** same snore, different day! ****************

Thursday, November 28, 2013

how i love her!

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Her zest for life and her grin.
Two of the many things I crazy love about her!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

first snow storm of the season!

First snow storm of the season, 25cms of heavy wet (snowman) snow! And oh, it is the most beautiful day outside.

Ahhh winter, I know I complain about you a fair bit, but you keep proving to me how beautiful you truly are.
In February though, fair warning, I'm kinda over you!

I couldn't even muster up the idea of sending Lilah to school and Phebe was just thrilled to have her big sister home to play with. They made little snowmen, jumped off snow banks, made slides, played babies and mommies, played going to the potty - yes, sometimes their games are questionable and bizarre! I love hearing their role play and the games their little imaginations come up with. My girls enjoy each others company so much, it is such a blessing.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

first santa sighting, this year!


Phebe had her first Santa sighting, at the mall today. It went like this...

phebe: "Mama, can I go see Santa?"
me: "We don't have time today. We'll come back another day when Lilah's here... but you can wave and say hi as we walk by."
phebe: (busy waving) "Hiiiii Santa!"
*santa turns around, sees her and waves back*
phebe: (in a high pitch voice) "SANTA! I NEED you! I NEED to sit on your knee!"
*santa continues to smile and wave*
phebe: (in an awe filled voice): "Awwww. I so loooove Santa."

What is it about Santa?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

a year later!


I can't get over how much our Phebe girl has changed, in looks, in the past year.
And yet some things never change. These building blocks have remained one of her favourite activities!

These photos were taken almost exactly a year apart.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

lest we forget

Phebe and I attended the service at Lilah's school today, this video was shown during the service.
It was tough enough singing 'God save the Queen', but during this video, I could not keep it together at all.

Lest we forget.

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