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iPhoneography // Moving On…

IMG 2714Only 5 days to pack and a ton to do.

IMG 2650A going away gift. We have the very sweetest friends.

IMG 2639Progress…

IMG 2638All of the toys, books, games, and puzzles Gracen will have in Kuwait are in these two bins.

IMG 27282 a.m. and finally feeling good enough about the progress made to go to sleep before picking up the moving truck the next morning.

IMG 2733Loading day.

IMG 2739Nearly finished.

IMG 2738A sad final dinner in her 2nd home… A towel as a picnic blanket, a bento box for a plate, a spoon borrowed from the downstairs tenants, not a vegetable in sight.

PhotoFarewell, little house.

IMG 2756Halfway through the 6 hour drive back to the Okanagan.

IMG 2761An hour away from our destination and dinner is served…  In a car seat.  Sardined between bins.

 

Whew!  What a week it’s been.  I’ve got to say that moving is probably one of my least favourite things to do ever.  Several Christmases ago, my brother and I sat down with a pen and paper and listed off all of the houses we’ve lived in in our lifetimes and if I’m correct, this move will be my 52nd.  Oy.  I must say, it does get easier…  Moving frequently has caused me to really think about what I hang onto and in most cases, if I haven’t used something within the last few months, I’ll happily give it away, recycle it, or get rid of it rather than moving it just so it can collect dust somewhere new.  That being said, moving with a toddler {and only 5 days to pack an entire house} is not, in any way, easy.  Gracen was wonderful through it all, but it was definitely tough.  Between trying to be an engaged parent, keeping up with making healthy, homemade meals, attending final play dates and outings, and packing everything into boxes while a curious little somebody wants to take everything out, I felt spread thin to  say the least.  Sleep was even less plentiful than normal, which means patience was too. Buuuuuut, thanks to a lot of help from Brad’s parents in the final two days, we did it.  We packed everything up into a moving truck {and two vehicles}, scrubbed down the house, handed over our keys, and said goodbye to the little old house that has been our home for the last two years {since we arrived home from our first stint in Kuwait}.  Now we’re in the Okanagan for the next few weeks until our big, BIG move and I’m happy to report that we should be able to get the bulk of our stuff sorted/stored/put away this morning.  Here’s to a little bit of downtime before our next adventure begins!

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iPhoneography // Eating my Words

PhotoPhotoPhotoLong ago during my university days, I nannied for a family that had taught their son to open pistachio nuts by placing them inside a towel and smashing them with a hammer.  I must admit that at the time I thought it was a little crazy… The danger! The noise! The mess!  Oy.

But take a look at what took place in our kitchen this morning…  Yes, I’m totally eating my words, and yes, I taught my daughter how to smash open peanut shells using a giant, heavy hammer.  While I thought it was slightly insane years ago, now I think it’s sort of brilliant.  Not only is it fun, but it encourages both hand-eye coordination, motor skill development, and independence too!  

Gracen had an absolute blast with it, and for me, that makes eating my words plenty worth it. ☺

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iPhoneography // Passport Picture Success!

PhotoPhotoThe last time we got a passport for Miss G, she was just a couple of weeks old and so sleepy that our biggest challenge was waking her up in order to get a photo with her eyes open.  We literally tried waking her for 45 minutes before the photographer suggested the {somewhat cruel} method of gently wiping her face with a cool, wet cloth.  It worked, and with some seriously stealthy propping and holding, we got the photo we needed.  

This time around, I worried that we’d have the opposite problem.  With all of the restrictions on Canadian passport photos (serious expression! closed mouth!  centred face! no shine! no hair touching eyebrows!) and a little lady who very much prefers being on the go rather than staying still, I thought we could be in for a challenging visit.  

But here’s the thing. By now,  I should really know better than to ever doubt this little lady.  We chatted about what we’d be doing and how it would work beforehand, arrived at the photography store, she stood perfectly still where the photographer asked, and kept a closed-mouth serious expression on her little face.  He quickly snapped 3 photos, told us she had done better than most adults do, and sent us on our way 2 minutes after arriving.

The best part is that we submitted the passport application just before closing yesterday afternoon, and Gracen’s shiny new passport will be ready for pick-up come Monday.  I love how easy things are in Canada!

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iPhoneography // Girl Friends

Jessica of Northshore Mama, Nat of Nat Nanton, and I met just over a year ago when the three of us were all nominated as Vancouvermom.ca’s top 30 bloggers.  Despite the bustling room filled with people, the nerves of knowing absolutely no one, and the craziness that is 100+ moms all gabbing during a rare night out, Jess, Nat, and I managed to connect during the celebration event and learned that we all had baby girls within a few months of one another.  That night, we decided a play date / mommy date was in order sometime soon.  Since that night, we’ve chatted pretty much daily, have met up for several mama outings, and have even attended some munchkin-friendly events together, but we didn’t get around to that original play date until today.  And I have to say, though it was a year in the making, it was well worth the wait.  These ladies and their munchkins have a special place in my heart.  The girls each have distinctive personalities and it’s such a joy to watch them interact, problem solve, and compromise with one another.  Together they’re a perfect blend of determination, compassion, humour, and smarts, and something tells me that if these girls stick together, they’ll no doubt conquer the world one day!

Little Girl Play Date | Mama Papa Bubba

snack time // play time

sharing is caring // incognito

a natural // baby love

pony rides // nat attack

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iPhoneography // Simple Rice Tray Play

Simple Rice Tray Play | Mama Papa BubbaThis morning I had a little bit of housework to do and Miss G suggested that she’d play with some freshly coloured rice I’d made while I got my clean on.  It’d been a quite a while since she’d last opted to play with a rice bin or tray, so I was happy to hear that she was still excited about such a simple sensory activity.  While I put the rice into small containers, she picked out items she wanted to use while playing with it.  She gathered up a divided plate,  heart-shaped ice cube tray,  cup, scoop, bowl, and funnel and we laid everything down on a large blanket in the living room.

Photo copy 2She got to playing right away and immediately mixed the different colours in the bowl while using the funnel.  Watching the individual colours mix into speckled sea of rainbow colours is always so much fun (and so is crazy bed head ☺).

Photo copyThere was a lot of mixing, dumping, and pouring, but the favourite of the morning was definitely this little scoop paired with the funnel.  She quickly learned that using the two together was a great way to fill the little heart-shaped ice moulds and we later on we even experimented with extending our funnel using a bubble tea straw.  

After she was through playing, we scooped up the rice, added it to the bin of coloured rice we keep in the solarium, and shook the remaining grains off of the blanket outside.  Easy, simple fun.   

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iPhoneography // Sunday Adventures

Sunday Adventuresheaded out // lunch for two

bus ride // pool weather

backyard snacks // never-ending mint

sidewalk art // beautiful bloom

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iPhoneography // Gracen Types

Gracen TypesThough we aim for very little screen time in our house, this afternoon Grae asked me if she could spell some words on my computer.  Because there was so much potential learning involved, I just couldn’t say no.  She cozied up under the covers of our big bed, selected her font colours, and typed her name first.  Since she already knows how to spell ‘Gracen’, she did it on her own, even though hunting for each letter was {painfully} slow.  After completing her name, she asked to type other words.  She selected a new font colour each time, told me her word, and I spelled them aloud while she searched for the letters.  Needless to say, her newly found skills left her as proud as a peacock.

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iPhoneography // An Impromtu Teepee

Backyard TeepeeGrowing up, my brother and I used to stay at my Baba’s (grandmother’s) house for a week or two or three each summer.  Being the phenomenal lady she is, she’d bring us into the forest, chop down what seemed like huge trees, and have us help her haul them out to create outdoor teepees worthy of side tables and mattresses. Our summer teepees are one of my very favourite childhood memories now as an adult, and definitely something that I’d like Gracen to experience.  While not nearly as grand, today we threw together a very quick little teepee after stumbling across some bamboo sticks.  Gracen was in awe of our new structure and immediately went in the house to retrieve her pillow and a couple of blankets.  It’s amazing how special a sheet and some sticks can be when put together isn’t it?  There’s no doubt that there will be many more of these in the weeks ahead (tutorial to come, for those who asked) and I can’t wait.

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iPhoneography // A Dinner Picnic at the Beach

Evening at the beachVancouver sunshine plus an impromptu dinner picnic at the beach and ocean-dipped toes makes for a very happy mama and babe.

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iPhoneography // The Day She Got $10

For the last 19 months that we’ve lived in our little old house, we’ve collected mail for the previous tenants and messaged them each time there’s been enough to warrant them making the trip into the city to pick it up.  Because there were 6 adults {plus a baby} living where the 3 of us do now, the mail stacks up quite quickly.  I honestly don’t mind one bit, but every month they apologize profusely for inconveniencing us.  A couple of weeks ago, when the father/grandfather of the family popped by for a pick up, he handed me a pretty red envelope and said, “For the kid”.  I smiled, thanked him, and set it aside for when Gracen woke up from her nap.  

Later in the afternoon, she opened it up to find two crisp 5 dollar bills.  I explained that it was money (poor girl can operate a debit machine like nobody’s business, but has barely seen dollar bills in her lifetime) and asked her what she’d like to do with it.  We brainstormed ideas and came up with these options:  put it in her piggybank, keep it in her purse, deposit it in her bank account, give it to someone, or use it to buy something.  In the end, she decided that she wanted to buy something with her money (“a bath bomb would be nice”, she told me) and Superstore was the place to go.  So off we went. 

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When we arrived, I explained that she had $10, so whatever she wanted to purchase would have to be less than that.  She carefully browsed the aisles, inspecting items while asking “Is dis one 10?”

When she announced that she was ready to make her decision, she had 6 options to choose from… A Hello Kitty Easter book, a small collection of bath toys, 3 bottles of glittery paint, a group of squishy dinosaur toys, a bracelet making kit, and a ride-on bouncing ball.  We lined the choices up down the middle of an aisle and she slowly started ruling things out.  “Not dis one…”, then she’d go and put it away.  When she’d cut the selection down to just 3 items, she confidently shouted “I pick the bouncy ball!!!”  With that, we tidied up the rest of the stuff, and headed to the self-serve checkout where she scanned her item, deposited her money in the slot, and collected her receipt.  

With my little lady having completed her first ever shopping purchase, we headed home to blow up her new bouncer and play in the backyard.  She’s bounced around the yard every time we’ve been outside since, so I’d say she’s pretty pleased with her decision. ☺

$10a pretty little envelope // headed to the store (panda hat required)

happy with her choice // bouncing bubba

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