Disappearing Time and the Case of the Seven-Year-Old

Disappearing as in, where did the time go?

A whole month has gone by since I last posted. Anyone else feel like it’s a blur? Is this what adulting is about? Being continually surprised by how long it has been since the last time I acknowledged the time?

This past week we celebrated our firstborn’s seventh birthday. He was quite pleased. It’s been a big year for him – from starting Grade 1 to losing several teeth via the dentist to starting karate…he’s grown so much. It’s been an interesting and joy-filled journey. I wouldn’t say the easiest journey – he has tons of energy and is extroverted, which is complete opposite to Andy and I. We’re still working at learning more about this child of ours to help him to succeed in life, and loving him up as much as we can. So here’s to celebrating our big seven year old – with our annual interview:

What is your favourite colour?

Pink

What is your favourite toy?

Lego and puppy [the stuffy].

What is your favourite food?

Brunch! And pasta. I have a lot of stuff that’s my favourite food.

What kind of food do you not like?

Tomato soup. It’s one of the things I don’t like. 

What do you want to do when you grow up?

A race car driver. Maybe? I don’t know.

What do you like to do with Daddy?

Go to his work.

What do you like to do with Mommy?

I don’t know. Going outside and playing, and going to the park. And drawing pictures. With chalk. Or just in the snow.

What does Daddy do?

He works for the church. That’s all I know.

What does Mommy do?

She takes care of us.

What does Felicity do?

She just putters around and plays. Sometimes not very good at staying away from things I don’t want her to [play with].

What does Cassia do?

Plays with me and Felicity and putters around.

What does Spencer do?

I play with the girls and I like to play with Lego a lot. Oh, and play the princess and kitty game [<- a game he’s made up with his sisters and they play often]

Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about being seven?

That I’m a little older and I get to lift Cassia and Felicity a lot better.

Spencer’s Adventure

Last week Spencer went on a huge adventure, all without his immediate family. He and my mum flew several kilometres away from our Autumn-Turning-Winter climate to the warm southern breezes of southern California for a journey that a 5-year-old *should* remember for life: Disneyland.

He sure doesn't look impressed with Mickey, eh?

He sure doesn’t look impressed with Mickey, eh?

From my interpretation of the stories he told me…

  • He was most impressed with the size of his bed and that he needed a chair to climb onto it
  • He loves Star Tours
  • He loves roller coasters
  • He liked running around with the kids on the Island area of Disneyland, until he got lost (which he handled like a pro, thankfully)
  • It was really hot and they walked too much
  • He really wants to go back someday. Probably with Cassia.

We are very grateful and thankful he had such a great opportunity to travel with his Nana and have a wonderful adventure, even if it was 37 degrees Celsius for two of the 3 days they were there. We both enjoyed his temporary absence and missed him at the same time. He has such great stories that we can mostly interpret, and I’m glad he enjoyed himself so much and added a wonderful experience to his repertoire of travel.

Happiness is… (vol 11)

2015-06-02 happinessGoofy dress ups. I don’t know if I have words for the goofiness. But it comes amidst some stressful growing times for all of us. Children’s drive for independence is so freeing and frustrating at the same time. I’m thankful to have had a moment like this to capture and look back on as we continue our growth.

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Happy 3rd birthday to our beloved Spencer! Our little boy turns a big 3 today, and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. All the way from his unexpected early birth until now, it’s been a crazy journey that he braves with us newbies to parenting. We love you Spencer!

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I finished Spencer’s sweater. I’m so proud of myself! It fits well enough; in the first photo I the neck opening is too large. I’ve since sewn it closed more. It’s meant to be a baggy type of sweater. IMG_1117

This was too big around the neckIMG_1130Fixed it and left the yarn ends out in case I needed to adjust it moreIMG_1138Now it fits!

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Cassia is teething. Therefore, sleep is inevitably disrupted a lot more during the night. Therefore, I am a tired mama most days. Couple that with knitting and watching too much Community at night and I just set myself up for disaster after disaster after disaster :S.

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We went to the Saskatoon WinterShine Festival’s “Warm the Heart” Professional Soup CookOff. We sampled 10 different soups and cast our 3 votes (it was $5 for all you can eat samples, bread included). We had a great time. I loved the minestrone, and my second favourite was a tomato & cashew soup, which won people’s choice first place. Totally doing this again next year!

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Delicious!

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IMG_1132 IMG_1131I did it. I made the peanut butter and jelly sandwich cake for Spencer’s birthday. When given a sample of just some cake cut-offs, he spat it out. When given the peanut butter icing, he licked the spoon nearly clean. So we’ll see what happens. If he doesn’t eat it, next year we’re giving up on the cake and doing a big brownie or a pie or something.

The cake process became slightly complicated when I realised I had only one square cake pan. This is why the bottom is not as ‘bread’y looking as the top. oh well. Can’t win everything.

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My mom is treating Andy and I to a play tonight for a date night. I’m excited! I think the last time I went to a play (well, it was a dance…Alice in Wonderland by the Winnipeg Ballet Co.) was in Ottawa. Looking back on my life, the arts are not really where I tend to spend a lot of money. But crafting? Oh yes. Pass me my knitting needles, please.

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Tomorrow we are hoping to go test drive a few different cars! Wish us luck!

Spencer’s Photos

Our little boy is sick today. Seemingly from out of nowhere did he wake up with the stomach flu early this morning. Poor, unhappy little boy. He seems to be on the mend, we will see after tonight. If I remember correctly, last time he had a stomach flu, he only threw up in the middle of the night for a few nights in a row. Hopefully he’s truly on the mend.

So while he (and Andy) have been happily napping this afternoon, I took it upon myself to finally sort through our summer photos. In the midst of them, I found a batch that Spencer had apparently taken (without our knowledge). I thought you might enjoy his photography.