Archive for July, 2010

A busy, busy life

Yes, we are still alive. No, I have no free time on my hands lately. Andrew is still away working. He does come home on the weekends but we try to cram in a lot of family time, and I often forget the camera. Case in point: we went to the beach on Saturday down by the river and I left the camera at home. Not surprisingly, there were many photo ops that went uncaptured. Let’s just say Lincoln L-O-V-E-S the sand.

Another thing that Lincoln likes lately is the slide at Kristy’s house. He taught himself to climb up the slide and once he reaches the top he turns around and dives head first back down the slide. He even learned how to brake himself so he doesn’t smash his face into the ground. It is really quite amusing. I will try to remember my camera tomorrow so I can get a picture or video to share.

Lincoln is not yet walking but he is on the verge. There is a lot of standing unassisted and he took one step on his own the other day – and Andrew and I were both there to witness it. I am not encouraging the walking. Lincoln can move fast enough as it is that I don’t need him running 🙂

I will try to be more diligent with the pictures. For now, here is one of Lincoln rocking some awesome hair before bedtime.


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Once upon a time Lincoln planted some flower seeds in a couple of pots. We put them on the deck where they received lots of water, sun and love. This is what grew…

Hello flowers, nice to meet you!

Little white flowers.

Side by side.

These are the only flowers we planted this year. Everything else in the garden, and multiple flower boxes and containers, is all edible. We planted tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), carrots, beets, peas, squash, green onions, spinach, lettuce, strawberries, asparagus, beans, basil, oregano, cilantro, sage, mint, rosemary, and summer savory. The gardens are bursting with life and we are already enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of our labour. I don’t mind gardening as long as it is food – I need something in return for all the hard work.

But here is a little food for thought: The Mayor once told me that flowers are food for the soul. I can see his point but I think I’ll stick to the veggies. Munch, Munch.

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Just the two of us

Andrew is away for the week working in Castlegar which means it’s just me and Lincoln – and Glenn too! Last night was our first night alone and so far so good. It was cute to see a confused look on Lincoln’s face this morning when I brought him into the bedroom and Andrew wasn’t there. He kept saying Da Da and looking around the room. Thankfully there were no tears.

Our first morning together went without a hitch too. I was even able to catch up on the news with a cup of coffee while Lincoln happily played on the living room floor. Glenn got a walk in the morning, Lincoln was happy when I dropped him off at daycare, and mom made it to work on time – all in all a very good morning.

We miss you Daddy!

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You can tell already that these two have trouble written all over their faces…

Lincoln and Oli discuss the ways they can sneak into the pool without anyone noticing.

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A hiking we will go

Nanny Simmonds came for a visit  all the way from New Brunswick this past week. It’s been almost a year since she had seen Lincoln – the last time was when we went back to the Maritimes in September – and boy has Lincoln changed. I think he must have remembered her because there were no shyness issues and he thought his new playmate was just great. I had to work so there was a lot of Lincoln & Nanny time, which they both loved! Andrew was even able to get some more projects done around the house.

On one of my days off we decided to take a hike up Midway Mountain to check out the view.

This was the first time that Lincoln has been in the backpack since the winter.

Yea! A tag for me to play with!

It was the Fourth of July so Lincoln wore his American Flag leg warmers.

Away we go.

Glenn was super excited to hike the trails. He has so much energy that he actually ends up doing double the distance. He is always coming back to check on us.

Daddy signing our names in the log book.

Last summer the trails were upgraded and there were lots of benches along the way to catch our breath and enjoy the scenery.

Glenn was a bit tuckered out when he made it to the top.

Dog kiss anyone?

We took Lincoln out of the backpack so Dad could cool down. He instantly started throwing rocks over the edge.

Throwing rocks is fun!

This is the view of Midway from where we were.

Where we live.

And this is zoomed in on our house!

Going back down was much easier but it was easiest of all for Lincoln!

Thanks for the lift Dad!

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Let him eat cake!

Since Lincoln will be 1 year, 1 week old tomorrow I thought it was time to post a cake-eating video. He was exceptionally clean while eating his birthday cake, and we have had far messier experiences at the supper table – imagine a one-year-old eating applesauce and yogurt without a spoon. I pictured him being covered in icing and chocolate cake from head to toe but I guess we will have to wait until next year.

Despite his cleanliness he really enjoyed his cake. As you will see in the video he was very upset when I tried to take it away from him even though I left some on his tray. You will also see that the other kids were just as upset when I gave it back out of fear there would be none left for them. In the end everyone enjoyed a piece and it all looked the same smothered in ice cream 🙂

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In honour of Lincoln’s first birthday we planted a nectarine tree in the backyard. A week prior we planted something else to nourish the soil that has been in our freezer for the past year – I won’t go into details but hopefully you can figure it out 🙂

Dad and Lincoln prep the soil.

Uncle Joel stayed over an extra night and was a part of the momentous occasion.

Can you spot Glenn lurking in the background?

Who knows how long it will be until the tree produces any fruit but hopefully Lincoln’s tree will be around for many, many years.

Lincoln's tree ready to grow big and tall.

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