summer 2016.

This summer has been crazy-fun, non-stop and absolutely perfect. We have loved every minute of it! It took a bit for the summer to get going with Elliot’s cast on for an extra few weeks than we thought, more about that here, but once her cast was off, so were we! From park hopping, farmers markets and splash pads, to a Winnipeg road-trip, Valleyfair, and lots and lots of swimming! Oh, and whats summer without a ton of ice cream in between?! Eric and I were even able to sneak in a few day-dates too! I’m so blessed to be able to have this time with my kiddos and we’ve had an absolute blast – here are some pics to show it!

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I want to remember the sounds and smells of this summer when looking at these pics :: water splashing, giggles, squeals, fresh grass, sunscreen, chlorine, sand in-between our toes, drippy-sticky ice cream on our hands, the snuggles, the I love yous and Goodnight Mamas.

School starts in 3 weeks and the girls are very excited, and I am excited for them, but honestly I don’t want this summer to end. The beautiful weather, the freedom that we’ve had with no schedule or places to be other than the next park on our list… We’ll see what the new [school] year brings, but in the meantime, I will be here, soaking up every day with my girls, saying YES as much as I can, and enjoying every ray of sunshine until summer bids us farewell as it always does…

kindergarten graduate!

We did it! First year of school is in the books for this little chickie. She has learned so much this year and we couldn’t be more proud of her! She has made A LOT of new friends [hello, birthday party almost every weekend!], has created so many memories, brought home so much paperwork showing how much she’s learned, and has really grown up since the beginning of the school year. I mean, look at this silly, sassy, spunky face ::

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We really can’t believe that the year is over and I’m sure I will hear “When do I go back to school?” sooner than I think, but until then, it is officially summer! I see lots of picnics and sunscreen in our future. Let the [warm] memory-making begin!!

preschool graduation

Welp, that went by fast! This little chickie is already done with her first year of preschool. She’s learned so much over the year :: how to write her name, how to hold scissors and cut, how to draw straight lines, how to line up, how to keep hands to herself, how to LISTEN, how to SHARE and to put others before herself. She had two really great teachers who helped guide her through the year and she finished the year a really smart, independent little cookie. Still a little shy, but that’s just her. She met some great friends (and one boyfriend) and she’s already asking if she has preschool tomorrow. No hunny-bun, not for a few months. At least we know she’ll be excited to go back! Here’s some pics of the morning.

IMG_5961IMG_5964IMG_5971IMG_5974IMG_5982IMG_5990IMG_5991So this little guy is Logan. Apparently Logan talks about Cora all the time, even named his new cat Cora (how fitting, Cora the Cat). After I had told Cora this she immediately started calling Logan her boyfriend. The two of them were so sweet together, making sure to say their goodbyes at the end of the day. Cora even points out her “boyfriend” on her class photo to everyone who comes into her room. Ah, her first crush, just like Miss E and Bryce!IMG_5995IMG_5998These three have become good buddies over the year and are planning some summer playdates. So sweet!IMG_6009IMG_6018This year went incredibly fast! Didn’t they just start school?? There would have been some major tears today, but I know she will be back in preschool next year. Cue the tears a year from now though!

soccer … and a broken arm.

This spring Elliot decided she wanted to try soccer, which admittingly is quite humorous watching a group of 6 year olds chase after a ball in a herd without any real idea of the fundamentals of the game. BUT, she is enjoying it and having fun (and getting some much needed energy out) so that’s all the matters, right?? Either way she’s stinkin’ adorable, so there’s that.

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Dessert time. They were spotted by a policeman and earned DQ for wearing their helmets!

**UPDATE**

Elliot broke her arm. The sprint needs to stay on for 3-4 weeks, maybe longer so soccer is out, along with riding her bike, gym, recces… Maybe next summer we can try again :)

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morning.

5:00 AM – Mavis is up at the crack of dawn. She thinks this is the time everyone should get up and she’ll let you know by gnawing on your feet and flipping jingling toys around, all while sounding like a herd of elephants stampeding down the hallway when she’s not even 3 pounds yet. An hour of dozing in & out before Mavis settles down and realizes that the humans (or other critters) are not getting up anytime soon to play.

8:00 – Cora is up. She’s been up for awhile and playing quietly in the playroom with Mavis trapped inside, shoved into a stroller and being forced to play Barbies with her.

Cora wants breakfast. “C’mon Mom, I’m staaaaaarving!!”

8:15 – We’re downstairs.

What do you want for breakfast? “I want pancakes. Baby ones. But not frozen. I want you to make them. No, wait. I want to make them. Here, pull up a chair because that’s how Mammy does it and I want to make them all by myself!” Ugh, okay… Pancake mix powder all over the counter and splatters of cinnamon across Cora’s face and we have breakfast. “Mom, you havta cut them into little penguins. With blueberries. Yes, the blueberries could be like the snowflakes in da Norf Pole.” Alrighty, blueberries it is. “And Mom, let’s watch Star Wars. Number 4 with da At-Ats.” Seriously? You’ve seen that movie Every. Single. Day. since Christmas. “But I wanna watch it!” Whatever. I’ve learned to tune it out by now.

After breakfast she jumps from one activity to the next, making crafts, playing legos, chasing Mavis. Aaaand, Mavis just clawed her so screaming ensues… Star Wars band-aids comin’ up. Trying to keep Cora’s screams hushed so that Elliot can continue sleeping. No school today so Elliot catching up on sleep is the goal.

9:50 – Dishwasher halfway unloaded when Elliot makes her morning debut… decked out in her fancy purple sparkle Christmas dress, matching leggings, bright orange hoodie and her hair looking like a bird just decided to nest in it. Well, good morning Sunshine, don’t you look lovely! “Ugh, STAR WARS AGAIN?!” Yep. Deal with it.

10:30 – Dishwasher still not fully unloaded, half eaten pancake on the counter, the vacuum is out as my intention will be to use it at some point today for the company we have coming over later. BUT, girls are fed, happy and we’re all playing legos with the tune of Star Wars on in the background and I wouldn’t change a second of it!

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and a kitty makes … a zoo!!

Mavis Darth Vader joined our family a few weeks ago and we love her (even Eric!!) She was brought in knowing she would need socialization and acclimation to our other critters, but she has fit right in – letting Cora, the Crazy Cat Girl carry her around like a doll and snuggle her to pieces. Aside from eating more dog food than her own, she is the perfect little addition to our family!

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