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We’re Going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo, You Can Come Too Too Too… October 29, 2009

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When Grandpa was visiting we took a trip to the zoo. It was fantastic! Not too hot, not too cold. It was an overcast fall day, so there weren’t very many people there. We pretty well had the place to ourselves, and we had a marvelous time.

Aili walked almost the entire way!

Checking out the little stinky pigs. Johnny and I stood back on the path. Those were some stinky pigs!

There is a great viewing platform for the giraffes. Aili called them all ‘Joshua’. Raffi fans will understand.

Am I the only who who thinks the emu has the same hairdo as Tomi?

Verrrrrrry tired and walking verrrrrrry slowly by the end.

After our outing, long delicious naps were enjoyed by all!


Visit from Grandpa

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My dad has been making such a great effort to be part of the kids’ lives, even though he lives far away. They only get to see him every couple of months or so, but when he IS here they have a blast!

Group hug!

Drawing moustaches on the people in the newspaper.


Pumpkin Patch Kids October 17, 2009

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Driving the tractor.
Man oh man would her cousin Sophie be jealous!

She looks pretty confused.

Ooh! A corn maze!
Off they go….

I don’t think Aili quite understood the whole ‘get lost in a field of corn’ thing.
Seeing as how she never knows where we’re taking her anyway.

Check out Mr. ‘Look-at-me-sitting-up-by-myself-in-a-stroller”!!

And THEN – – it came time to pick a pumpkin (or as Aili says, “bumbum”). Aili is really into small objects she can carry around, and reorganizing piles of things. She was in heaven in the “baby-bumbum” section.

Decisions, decisions…

How’s a girl to decide?

Neglect not the other little pumpkin….

Miles and piles of pumpkins.

Highly recommended: Laity Pumpkin Patch in Maple Ridge. If you’re looking for a fun pumpkin family outing, this is a great place to go!


Last Few Months’ Worth of Shots in Johnny’s Camera

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A hodgepodge of various shots from the past few months.

Getting stronger!

A new friend. Johnny’s friend from high school, Jeff, now lives in Japan and married a lovely Japanese woman named Yasuyo. We had the privilege of attending their wedding a few years ago. They were recently in town, and their little girl Karina is only 4 months older than Aili!
What a surprise it was to meet her – – our half-Asian kids are dark in features, but as you can see, Karina is a Japanese-looking, Japanese-speaking beauty with brilliantly blond hair!
I can only imagine how she must stand out in Japan.

Aili and I playing in her new ‘house’. Johnny’s now moved his office from the loft to the coat closet downstairs. Poor guy! But now the entire upstairs room is dedicated to playtime, and as a home for kiddie toys (in some futile hope that we can keep the rest of the house for grown-ups).

Tomi is the Bumbo. That Bumbo has been used by a whole lotta bums. I love to see these things be re-used! Someone suggested that I write on the bottom the name of all the bottoms that have been in there (“Aili sat here”; “Charlie sat here”; “Zoey sat here” etc). I might just do that!
Tomi has the most expressive eyebrows. His facial expressions are priceless!

Ahhh – – – the smile. You should hear his little laugh; he sounds like a dog squeak toy.

When he was about 3 months old we looked down one day, and his eyelashes were about 2cm longer. All of a sudden. (Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to his eyebrows too!)

We agree that Tomi is the more ‘caucasian-looking’ of our children, but sometimes you look at him in just the right way, and he looks very Asian indeed!

Can I just point out that I am NOT responsible for the shoe selection for this outfit?

Summer playtime.

Little Ms. Purty.

“This is WAAAY better than a sleep sac and a crib! Can’t I sleep in here with you? Puhleeeeze?”
(Answer: No. Under no circumstances.)

This is the usual mode of getting around these days: full tilt run.

In a moment of optimism, we took the kids to a restaurant. In public. In the daytime.
To our enormous surprise, it was a complete success! Except that Aili wouldn’t eat anything, but that’s pretty standard. There was no screaming, no tantrums, no food throwing, and a marvelous time was had by all.

Ahhh…. the foam. I had forgotten how WET the first year is. I cannot believe he doesn’t become dehydrated, what with all the drool that comes out of that kid.


Daycare October 16, 2009

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We’ve started sending Aili to daycare one day a week. Partly to give me a break, partly so that I can spend one-on-one time with Tomi, and partly for Aili’s socialization. Not only is it good for her to spend time with other kids, it’s also important for her to respect the authority of other grown-ups and learn to be flexible with the different ways that other families do things.

And somehow we found ‘Mama Jen’, who lives close by, is fantastic with kids, has a beautiful 2-year-old girl of her own, and used to work professionally as a nanny. And most importantly, Aili loves her!

Matching hairdos!

Running wild!

So how does Aili like daycare, you ask?
The other day when I told her it was ‘Shaylee Day’ she actually started saying “Bye bye Mama” on the way to their house. And then she pushed me out, blew me a kiss, and closed the door on my face.

And how do I feel about this?
Tuesday is now my favourite day of the week. I’m glad to get her back at the end of the day, of course, but it’s so much easier to get stuff done without a toddler in tow!


Random Photos from the Last Month

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The first thing most people say when they see Tomi is:
“Look at ALL THAT HAIR!!”.

Yes, look at it. All that hair, indeed.

Tomi’s Tummy Time is no longer torture. He’s getting much better at holding his head up, and can verrrry sloowwwwwllly roll himself from tummy to back. He can also roll back to front when encouraged, but has never done it without my active involvement.

Photos of Aili often turn out like this lately: blurry.
She’s on the move, that kid.

I am stunned by how much she looks like a big girl in some photos. When did she stop being a baby???

A cupcake for my cupcake. We still struggle with getting her to eat, although we’ve had some good days lately. We never know if today is going to be a day that she’s going to eat. For some reason she’ll eat when other kids are around. On Tuesdays she’ll eat for ‘Mama Jen’, her daycare lady, and on Fridays she CLEANS UP at Mommy Group.
Our family doc sent us to a pediatrician because he was worried about her low weight gain, but apparently she’s perfectly healthy. We just have to try to find ways to pack fat and protein into her. Lots of cheese, lots of peanut butter, lots of cream cheese, lots of butter. Sounds like heaven to me!

Pretty girl.

This is the last time he was able to wear this cute little blue sleeper. (Thank you Auntie Linda in Red Deer!) Who’d have guessed that a three-month-old would grow out of a size 6-month sleeper?? He’s now in 9-month clothes, and is rapidly moving towards 12-month clothes. At his 4-month weigh-in he was 17lbs, 11oz. Aili didn’t hit that weight until she was 8 months old.

Smiling in the bumbo.
I’ve already noticed that Tomi is not only much larger than Aili was at the same age, but he’s physically stronger and more active. He is easily strong enough to sit on his own (but lacks the balance), and when on his tummy he can get up onto his knees and try to kick himself forward. His arms aren’t strong enough to hold the front half of him up yet, so it’s all in vain.

We have also recently begun the ‘perpetual drool’ phase, accompanied by some bizarre urge to cram everything into his mouth. I had forgotten about how wet the first year is.


My Three Beloveds October 13, 2009

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