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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thankful... so thankful.

I'm very thankful for this sweet baby right here. My life has been enhanced so much this year and I can't tell you how in love I am still. You'd think we had just brought her home yesterday or something. Every day is a new experience for her and I'm so thankful that I get to share that with her and Nic. My family is my world and I am so humbled that they are here with me. I don't deserve them, they are way too special. I'm thankful for those beaming eyes and sweet little cheeks... don't even get me started on that smile.
I'm thankful for my mobile little girl, who I get to hug and kiss every day.
Liara is thankful that Ella let her borrow her butterfly rocker and those cute Minnie Mouse pj's...
Here's Liara and I on Guy Fawkes day... note the fireworks behind us.

I'm so thankful for my little family this year. For my husband, who supports me and is my best friend. For my daughter, who fills my days with laughter and melts my heart with every smile. I may complain a lot about our current living situation, but I'm thankful that we are together and healthy and for the most part, happy. I am so very thankful that we've been blessed with an intelligent, healthy, beautiful, and spirited little girl. I may not be spending Thanksgiving with the majority of my family this year, but I'm spending it with the people who matter most to me, and that's good enough!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We love you and hope you are celebrating this day with a thankful heart too!

Monday, 8 November 2010

I'm so behind

Look who is now trying to open the doors... eek!Here's Liara watching the older kids bob for apples on Halloween :) She refused to wear her hat the whole night... I can't say I blame her though, it had a chin strap to help keep it on and didn't look very comfortable.
Daddy and Liara... I love these two!
Liara and I... it's not the best picture of me, but I'll take it!
Li decided she wanted some Rice Krispies... then proceeded to dump half the box on the floor.

You'd think that as a stay at home mom, I'd have some time to get some stuff done. However, between Liara teething, deciding she only needs one nap a day, and working on Charity stuff this last few weeks... I've had no time to do anything (including the massive pile of dishes on my counter, woe is me). I figured I'd try to be productive today since it's nasty outside (super cold and raining) and we won't be heading out to play. Liara isn't a huge fan of spending a lot of time in the kitchen, but maybe I can convince her to at least stay in there for an hour or so, just so I can get the dishes done- they're doing my head in. I might even throw in a load of laundry or two, that might keep her a little longer since she likes to watch it spin in the washing machine. That's yet another perk of having a front loader- forget that it is more environmentally friendly, it keeps kids occupied for a little bit!

We've had a bit of fun though these past couple of weeks. Liara dressed up as a witch for Halloween and we went to a Halloween party at a friends house to celebrate. It was a lot of fun and Liara had a blast playing with the other kids there. I also got to check out my progress on the wii fit (I had played over there right before our trip to the US in August) and I've lost another stone and 4 pounds (18 pounds). Not bad. Have I mentioned how much I love breastfeeding?! Last night, we went to another friend's house to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day (actually the 5th of November, but they saved the celebration for Sunday night as the weather wasn't cooperating earlier). Liara loved all the fireworks, she ooh'd and bababa'd at them and watched them all, despite the freezing cold wind hitting her smack in the face. We then went inside for some nice hot tea and Fran's Fruitcake (the only fruitcake I've actually enjoyed...). Fiona's dad was laid off last year (or as they say here, made redundant) and had started his own photography studio in a spare room in the house to supplement his income while he went back to school. We didn't plan on having any photos taken (obviously, since Nick had crazy hair and a hoodie on, and I had my jeans rolled up (they got muddy watching the fireworks) and my snowboarding socks on.... stylish), but they insisted that we take some photos. Well, some turned into a thirty minute photoshoot that produced some really adorable pictures. We got to look at them on the camera and they said they'd make some for us (at no cost, thank you!), although I plan to order some anyway. I think we may just go back to him on Liara's birthday for her first year photos, she seemed to like him a lot and it was easy to get some great pictures. If I can, I'll see if I can get them from him to post here... I can't wait to see them again myself!

Anyway- I need to get started on those horrible dishes (I HATE not having a dishwasher in this house, especially since it takes a freaking hour to get the water hot). I just thought I'd give a wee update since it'd been ages.