Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Gift from dad - he's all set up in his room to jam, and he's already got his first chords down to go along with his first blister! 
Caleb is 8, and there is much to celebrate about this wonderful boy who fills our life with joy and new discoveries each day! We invited 15 kids to our place for a bday party this weekend. We hosted an epic paper airplane making competition with awards for best decorated, best design, best distance flyer, best trick flyer and best overall flyer! The kids worked for a long time on their planes, then we set up some bristol board targets for the kids to take turns aiming at. This turned out to be a great way to keep everyone engaged and our house relatively intact during the party! We then surprised Cale with an amazing Harry Potter cake made by a friend of mine. He was very impressed, and the cake was delicious!

Our Fiesta sombrero is now a staple for all of our family parties!

Cake goals!

My friend even added a few owl cupcakes to the order!

Airplane target practice
Caleb's actual bday was on Monday, so as has become our annual tradition, we all take the day off to spend a family fun day together. We were hoping to go skiing at Martock, but I've been down and out with a flu for the past 12 days, so I really didn't have the energy to hit the slopes for the first time in 20+ years! We ended up playing board games, figuring out the cool microscope Grammie and Grampie gave Caleb as a present, and cuddling/snacking/relaxing all day. I love how our family has 3 winter birthdays to give us a reason to celebrate and to help break up the long,cold season.

Caleb is truly a wonderul kid. He is kind, smart, funny, introspective, caring, artistic, innovative and still wonderfully loving and cuddly. Here's one little story to show what a great little person he is becoming - I was recently telling Caleb about a new committee forming that will be working to bring a new refugee family to Annapolis Royal. He was so excited and was asking all about it, but then his faced dropped when he realized that I would be joining the committee, not him! I checked in with the committee organizers and asked if they would be ok with having a jr member, and they enthusiastically said yes! So now Caleb and I are on our first committee together and I can't wait to get started working with him!!

After years of preferring to play mostly on his own, he now has many good friends and is becoming more social all the time. His number one fan is his little brother. Odin thinks Caleb is hilarious, not to mention Big and Strong!! Each day after I pick the boys up, I ask how their day was a school Odin, without fail, will tell me that he got to sit beside Caleb at snack time! That is seriously his highlight every single day! Caleb is such a great big brother and I'm so thankful that he is kind and patient with his very strong-willed little bro.

Caleb was too busy playing guitar with his dad in his room to do an interview this year, but he did answer a couple of quick questions for me:

What would you do if you had 1 million dollars? Donate it to save animals and save some for food and other stuff!

What do you like about living in Annapolis Royal? All the people are so friendly!

Where is your favourite place in the world? Mexico

What do you want to be when you grow up? Pop star (still holding on to this dream!)

What's your favourite color? Any neon colour - bright pink, orange, yellow, green, blue!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Holiday recap

All dressed up for a family Christmas dinner at Kings Landing!
Wow, what a special Christmas vacation we had this year. We had a house full of singing, baking, decorating and excitement for a week. We had friends over on Christmas Eve, then spent a magical next few days storm-stayed at home, playing with all of the kids' amazing new gifts by the fire. Legos, magnetiles, puzzles, board games, monster trucks and even a skid steer - the one thing that Odin had asked for.

It was so nice to spend a weekend celebrating with family in Fredericton before Christmas. Here Uncle Roland and elf Odie are looking particularly festive!
Someone was a bit excited on Christmas Eve!
We did our annual 'Christmas cookies for neighbours' on the 23rd. To our great surprise, one of our neighbours was anticipating our visit and had these two amazing nutcrackers waiting by the door for the boys! These were two of the best presents we received.

Wild haired Odin and his prized Skid Steer from Santa on Christmas morning. 

After a few days of relaxing together, we jumped in the car and headed to the Halifax airport for a weeklong trip to Tulum, Mexico with my parents and my brother's family. We couldn't have asked for a better week to get away, or a better destination. The resort was beautiful with great food and lots of activities for us all. We spent our days playing on the beach, swimming in the waves, paddle-boarding, kayaing, snorkeling, eating at amazing buffets and restaurants and drinking daquiris in the sun. We all loved the Mexican culture and the many iguana, gecko and coati sightings. Odin loved the airplane and driving up front in the many golf cart trolleys that would zip you around the resort. Caleb loved snorkeling, playing with his cousins, learning Spanish, souvenir shopping and the all-inclusive drinks! He was only a bit disappointed to learn that the gift shops were not all inclusive! We had many, many laughs and made so many wonderful family memories that we will all cherish. Here are a few photos:

Arriving at the airport in Cancun

Corona on the bus to our resort

Family selfie, featuring some new vacation shades!

The resort was very well decorated for the holidays

New Years Eve photo shoot!

All the ladies!
New Years decor

Sombrero twins!

Beach buddies - Cale and Ava didn't look up for hours. The kids all had a such a great time together. 

One of Caleb's souvenir purchases, with coatis in the background!

We left the resort a few times to check out some local sites. The Tulum ruins were a highlight of my trip!

Tulum ruins and that gorgeous turquoise sea 
Cousin love

Cousin love part 2

Thank you Mexico!!