Friday, January 13, 2012

Family Time

Throughout the holidays life tends to get crazy busy. It feels like you're constantly running from one house to another visiting family and friends. While I thoroughly enjoy the time we spent with our friends and family (we certainly don't get enough) it is really nice for the three of us to be able to just spend some time together as a family. That's what we did this past Sunday!

Leah said it best when she talked about finding the simple inexpensive things to do together. After Caitlyn was sick for a full week she was feeling better this weekend. Sunday we took her to Storybook Gardens for the first time. It's an outdoor children's place with a bunch of animals and different things to look at. I'm sure it's much better in the summer but a bit of outdoor time was just what we needed today. So off we went.

She gets so excited to see all the different animals and tries to interact with them. Of course Mama Bear comes out and gets pretty nervous, but luckily Daddy was there to make sure she came home with all her fingers. It's so hard sometimes to sit back and let them explore while also making sure they stay safe. I'm sure that's something that most parents struggle with on a day to day basis. 

Something I've been wanting to do for a long time is get better at taking pictures. I have a really bad tendency to use the auto shoot feature on my Nikon D40 SLR camera all the time. So while we were out an about today I tried out Aperture mode. I think they turned out not too bad, in the next couple of pictures I definitely managed the blurry background I was going for. I'm hoping that sometime this year I'll get the time and $$ to take a photography workshop. It would be really great to get better at taking pictures of my family. 

They can't ALL be of Caitlyn now can they... 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our outing. I certainly enjoyed taking them and being out and about with my awesome family! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Christmas Post

Oops, I'm a little late! But here it is the Christmas post. 

Christmas was a wonderful experience this year, Caitlyn was so much more interested in her presents and got really good at opening them. It's amazing what a difference just one year makes. While last year she sort of got into Christmas, this year she was all over it. Although it's been over a week now, she is still talking about Santa. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how much I can point out that only good little girls get presents, this could be a good year after all :) 

We had a wonderful morning together then headed out to visit family.  She had a blast visiting with her grandparents and opening her presents. While I didn't take as many pictures as I should have, this is the second Christmas we #failed to get a family photo together. I did a get a few others that I'm happy to share. 

First off, me and my awesome nephew Logan. He is the biggest sweetheart and I can't get over his eyebrows. They give him the most expressive face. He's a great baby and so much fun. Can't wait until next year when he and Caitlyn are playing together. 

Grandma is in Caitlyn's good books but maybe not in ours :)

This music set is actually pretty awesome, it came with a guitar, drum, shaker thing and other noisy things. Pretty awesome and pretty loud. You'll see how much Caitlyn loves it a little later in the post. 

This year thanks to Pinterest., I made  a home made message centre, red pepper jelly and  apple butter for our family. I love making home made gifts for those closest to me. Just seeing their faces light up and knowing how much the appreciate it makes it all worth while. 

Can I just say that of all the possible gifts, home made ones are always the best! It's so awesome to know that someone spent time putting together a gift and it makes it that much more special. Enter the amazing matching Mother/Daughter aprons my Mom made for us this year. Unfortunately we weren't able to get a good Mother/Daughter picture but they are gorgeous. 

Tuckered out 

Caitlyn is a true Canadian and seems to love the snow and cold. She loves her new sled and we enjoyed taking her out to try it out in the backyard. We've got a tiny hill in our backyard which was a good first test of how Caitlyn liked her sled. She laughed and smiled so much while we were outside with her. 

Daddy was counting at the top of the hill. "One, Two, Three, Go". Caitlyn caught on really quick and she started calling out "One, Two, Go" yes forget the Three, just get me down that hill. Then she forgot about the count all together and it was just "Go".  At the bottom of the hill as soon as we would stop, she would call out "Again!!" 

Yes, she really loves that sled. 

As promised a little demo of Caitlyn and her music set. 

Rather than play the guitar, Caitlyn likes to push the demo button over and over and over again. Here's a short video of what happens when Daddy tried to take a nap on the couch. He says "thanks Grandma"