Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Isaac v 2.0

Dear Isaac,

Today, at this moment of this post, you turn 2. In the last few months you’ve transformed from a little baby to a little boy who can keep up to his big brother with very little trouble. I really realised that a few weeks ago when all of sudden you were making it to the top of the play place with him instead of just playing in the entrance like you always had. I looked up and you were coming down the slide which you had never been able to get to before. I was very proud of you in that moment.

 I have so enjoyed this year with you. You are at that age that everything is adorable and you are cuter than most. But of course I may be a little biased. You have a huge personality and are a child of highs and lows. I call you my little drama queen and I’m sure there are many fits and tantrums to come in our future. But with those fits comes enthusiasm and obvious joy and excitement for things that make you happy and I love that about you. You also love to cuddle and hug which I take advantage of any chance I get.

 We are all very impressed with how smart you are. You can already name most of the letters and numbers. You can count to 10 and you know all your colors. You have an amazing memory too. I usually only have to tell you once what something is called and you remember it. You are talking in full sentences and for the most part are now speaking English. For quite a while you spoke mostly Isaac-speak which meant only we could understand you.

 Isaac Speak Glossary:
Na-na Thank you. pronounced Nach (german like sound)
Titi- Courtney and Kirsty
Tooky- Cookie
Kee- Car
Anoo- Airplane
ato- Oliver Pronounced Auto
Amo- Oma
Apo- Opa
Tac tow- Tractor
Bit bits- Ritz Bitz (your favorite snack)
And- Sandwich
Tooky Paws- Bear paw cookies

 Things I want you to know about your 2 year old self:
-You never go anywhere without a dinky car in hand. You call them all Twin mill 3 which is your favorite Hot Wheels car from the Oliver’s Wii game.
-You love books. If I don’t now where you are in the house it’s a safe bet that I’ll find you in your bedroom with a book on your lap.
-You’re one tough little man. You rarely bat an eye when you fall down and scrape your knee or bang your head. But if your hands get dirty you’d think it was the end of the world.
-I don’t know why but every night you take your blanket and lay down outside your door and go to sleep. I can’t imagine it’s very comfortable but it’s your thing. You’ve been doing it for about 2 months now so maybe you’ll grow out if it soon.
-This year’s go to food is a Cheeze Whiz sandwich.
-My favorite Isaac quotes of the year: You at 14 months saying ‘Mmmm, Taaa-sty’. And you holding out your hand for mine saying "rha'mon' when you wanted to me to take you to the 'Peen' (aka: Trampoline.)

So here’s to you Mr. Smiley Pants. You are such a special little person and I look forward to seeing your smile every single morning. I'm enjoying every moment of being your mom.

Happy Birthday
I Love You
My little lumberjack at 1 year

My 2 year old little mischief maker.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oliver's First Day

My little man started pre-school today.

Oliver being Oliver I wasn't sure what to expect from him. He claimed to be excited but for anyone who knows O, he doesn't get excited about anything.


I guess you can't change a kid overnight and the day turned out to be a truely Oliver day. He wasn't at all interested in doing what the other kids were doing, he just wanted to do his own thing. I kept thinking that at least he wasn't the kid who was crying in to her mothers lap the whole time and left early. So things could be worse. I'm sure the next few months will change O alot. He's not used to a stuctured environment like that and he's certainly not used to being around a large group of kids his own age. As much as I love his independent spirit, I hope that he learns the value and the fun that can be had with participating in a group. I haven't been able to find a way to make that happen for him. And maybe he just is who he is.

He says he wants to go back on Monday so that's a good start. I think things will be different too when I'm not there with him. Only time will tell.

Monday, September 3, 2012


FREX- Fredericton Exhibition

Also known as a sure sign summer is over.

As a kid I always looked forward to the exhibition just before school starts. I'm a lover of thrill rides although I have to say that the rides they had at the Ex when we were kids were much more exciting than what they have now. One thing that hasn't changed is the crazy amount of money you spend before you've paid for one ride ticket. No wonder we always had to beg to get mom and dad to take us. Luckily we are only catering to a preschooler and a toddler so they are pretty easy to please and don't need to stay all day.

The petting zoo was a big hit.

'What's going on!!?!!' O's favorite Scrambler quote.

Illegal roller coaster ride.

Isaac (with a little help from me) won the round we played and walked away with a stuffed shark.
You may notice the caption on the roller coaster picture. You had to be 36 inches to ride so the plan was to let Oliver go on himself. At the last minute I asked the ride operator if Isaac was too small to go on. He said that as long as he would stay sitting down, he was welcome to go along. He was thrilled to be able to go. He was raising his hands and giving the operator high 5's as the car went by along with the other kids. There were probably a few adults wondering who the crazy parents were that let their baby go on the roller coaster but I'm glad he got to go. He loved every second of it and asked to go again when they were done.

Now that we've been to the Ex, school can start. My baby starts Preschool on Wednesday and he's nervous and excited. Where does the time go?

Happy September all!