Monday, January 27, 2014


One of the more rewarding things about parenting is happening in our home right now. Inara goes all day saying things such as: "Good job, mom and dad!" , "That was so nice of you!" , "You are so good at doing that!" or "Do you need help with that?" and the list goes on. It especially makes me smile when she comes into the room, asks if everything is going ok, and then leaves again after I answer that it is. It's good to be reminded that kids reflect everything we do and say right back at us. Now I just wonder where Inara's stubbornness comes from...

Out sledding (picture taken by my talented friend Jennie).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Baby Thing

Haven't had much time to post, but here's a little Alba for now:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Alba almost always keeps her hands clasped like this when she sleeps. 

Monday, January 13, 2014


I found these important notes in my 2013 calendar:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Talking the Talk

Alba is a talker. Especially around 4.30 am, but other times are ok too. Inara was standing next to me while I was trying to film this and she kept asking to watch it, put her hands in front of the lens and finally asks to see pictures of grandma and grandpa instead. Very helpful. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Good Day

Hope you like the new look. Now everyone in our family is included!

Inara, Alba and I had a really nice day together. We went to the open preschool and then hung around the house the rest of the day since the weather is miserable. We're hoping for snow this weekend so we can finally go sledding. 

We also made these little guys:

A really fun, affordable and environmentally friendly craft for dreary days. We also made a barn out of an old cardboard box and Inara painted it. 

Alba has started showing her love for her sister by sympathy crying. It's very cute that she's concerned when Inara is sad, but makes for pretty high volume around the house.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Doing some remodelling...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sister, sister

The way that Inara loves her little sister makes it all worth it. I cherish the thought of them always being there for each other and always having someone to count on.

Even when they've had a long day.


Sunday, January 5, 2014


Normally, we read to Inara before bed, sometimes sing to her (if she allows it) and then snuggle her for a little while before she goes to sleep. The other night though, Inara told Andrew that she was going to read by herself and that he had to leave so she could sleep. He figured she would change her mind pretty quick, but we heard her just flipping through her books for a while, then it got quiet and we found this:

Tonight when Andrew was putting her down, she again told him to leave. He responded that that was fine and that he loved her and that he always would no matter how big she got. He must have looked a little sad, because she pondered for a moment and then told him he could stay and read to her. 

It's strange how you whine and moan about having to cram yourself into a tiny kid-bed every night and then when you're not allowed to do it anymore, it feels kinda sad.