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hi tree

I love when Victoria is full of blossoms, I had to make sure not to miss out on taking a few of this tree when I passed it today. So beautuful!

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spring break 2013

we had a great time this spring break with our little getaway to the states. we are in a tricky phase right now with a baby, so this was the best plan we could come up with for this year, but it turned out to be a really fun time. we met up with some friends from vancouver at the great wolf lodge, and ended our trip by spending 2 days in seattle walking around and seeing the sights. kids loved it!

here are some snapshots from our trip...

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Elise turns 7

Elise turned 7 this past week. And the plan a while back was to skip having a birthday party this year and instead go to the great wolf lodge over spring break. i'm not sure what happened, but after thinking about her growing up and not having parties anymore, a little pizza and movie night in my head - ended up being a spa-jama birthday party. The girls had a great time. They made fruit loop necklaces, got their nails done, had banana and avocado masks and ended the night with pizza and a movie.

this birthday has been my favorite one to date. The look on Elise's face was priceless and hearing the girls say "this is the best party ever!!" made it so worth it. all the girls arrived in their pajamas with their stuffies, and it was ridiculously cute. Elise talked about it the next day saying how there were 7 friends for her 7th birthday. I wish I had more time to take photos, but here are a few from the night:

ps - this same situation happened to my girlfriend in Vancouver. she was also having a non birthday party year this year, and i guess when two organized Sagittarius' imessage alot, they end up getting carried away. LOL 

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peekaboo baby

some photos of penelope last night playing with us before supper

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my baby is one

it's been a very busy christmas season - with ruben working, the girls home from school and everything that goes with the holidays. Somewhere in the madness our sweet little penelope has turned 1. and i'm really not sure how a year has gone by so quickly, but it has because i also started working again this past week. which has been kind of awesome... sitting in a quiet office drinking my coffee in silence. 

Penelope is growing so much these days, she started walking on her birthday, has 7 teeth, is a horrible sleeper and loves to read books. just like elise she hates getting her photo taken so this is the only recent photo i have of her. well, a photo that is not from my phone. her favourite show is "do-da" (dora) and her happiest time of day is playing or watching her sisters. She is growing up to be quite a loud little monkey, because even though she's the smallest in the house she sort of rules the place. i tell her all the time that she is lucky she is so cute. and in the few minutes i took to type this ruben has informed me that she now has her first blackeye. oh lord.....

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Family time

well here are some long overdue photos that i just haven't been inspired to put up.

First of all...here are the girls on their first day of school! They love going - which makes my life so much easier. They're both pretty happy with their classes and seem to be doing well!

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Olivia the chatterbox telling stories. Her shirt is so bright it actually hurts my eyes.

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so I've had more time in the days to spend with this little baby monkey - who is turning into a handful. She's lucky she's so cute and loveable. 

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see this cheeky face? Yah - she screams murder if she doesn't get what she wants. Like ear piercing screams

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Here is Penelope at the lake with daddy, we spent a nice day up at shawnigan with some friends, too bad i didn't get many photos. it's kind of hard with kids, docks and open water. but it sure is beautiful.

(Maria - do you recognize Nola's hat??? :)

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We went to Parksville this week-end and spent some family time together. Olivia is not a fan of car rides and was like a miserable old lady for most of the time we had to drive. But she loved seeing all the animals. She petted goats, sheep, bunnies, chickens, cows - you name it. I had to make sure her arm wasn't going to get eaten off half the time because she just walks right up to animals and jumps right in. we really enjoyed Tiger Lily farms and the Little Qualicum cheese factory. It's such a nice feeling up island, we didn't want our mini vacation to end :(

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Our one beach day at Rathtrevor beach. We were planning on going the next day, but it's still hard with an 8 month old who wants to eat sand and is all over the place. 

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Parksville...we hope to see you again soon!

Summer 2012

here is our summer so far in images....

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Elise had her first taste of coke... she liked a lot :)

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We've been spending a lot of time at the water parks...with harmonicas.

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And Ruben has been working a crazy amount as he does every summer. The best times as a family are spent together before he goes. That is if no one is having an emotional meltdown. This morning was good.

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Olivia gives the best hugs EVER. I am so happy i captured one in a photo

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Penelope started having solids at almost 7 months...not too sure what to make of it!

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And apart from sitting up, she has been moving herself off the carpet onto the floor. 

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She has also been working on her two bottom teeth for what seems like forever. worst. teether. ever. 

She is doing well with sitting up and moving around, she's of course still smiley and adorable.

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We had our first family beach day last week-end when we had family come for a quick visit. Love the memories from this day. Penelope's first time touching the ocean...sorry it's not Caribbean sea baby.

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The girls had so much fun, we went for ice cream after the beach and somehow ended up in a bus stop eating it LOL

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one of the many faces of olivia... this kid cracks me up. Although we've been having a really rough time with her adjusting to being a big sister, she has a really great personality, so i am just waiting for this phase to pass. please god.

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Poor fifi - olivia renamed her kiki and dragged the poor dog everywhere

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Elise joined a science camp at Uvic and had SO much fun, more than her other dance camps that she had done. Here she is showing olivia some experiments

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Last night Olivia held her own concert outside in the sprinklers. Elise opened the door - shook her head and went back inside. She had no interest to be freezing cold like her crazy sister

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1 month old!

I can't believe she is already a month old. Maybe it is the lack of sleep? but it doesn't seem like it was 4 weeks ago that she was born.

She is the sweetest baby ever, doesnt cry or fuss, but grunts A LOT. I don't realize how noisy she is until I take her out and people ask if she is ok. She loves to sleep and smile but we are still waiting for her first real social smile. Ruben and I are trying pretty hard to see who gets it first. Hopefully me because I am the one up with her all night! Last night she actually slept 3 hours strait, and I felt like a new person with the extra hour of sleep.

Here are some photos of miss nella pea growing bigger! I weighed her yesterday and she is 9 and a half pounds! That is a huge difference from the 5 lb 15 oz baby we took home with little stick legs. She is so sweet I could just eat her up...

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Princess Penelope

Here are some photos for those of you that have been asking...or threatening - of Penelope. I had all these grand plans to get lots of newborn photos of her during her first week. But I have forgotten how hard it is to recover from a c section, and it has been so dark lately that by the time I get up it feels like the day is half over.

I can't believe she is already 2 weeks old. It feels like she was always supposed to be here. I looked at a photo of all 3 girls today and couldn't imagine that photo existing without her in it. We are soaking up all her newborn-ness and loving every minute. well - except when it's 2am. I miss my sleep!!! I had forgetten all about this no sleep business. Not fun. It's a good thing she is so cute :)

Hello!

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