First Ski of the Season

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Yesterday morning we went out to the trails for our first x-country ski of the year.  After 4 days of large family get togethers, including a Birthday and Christmas our family was spent and we were looking forward to a day of relaxing at home.  Curt suggested the ski and I was all over it.  It has been great weather here, I really wanted to get outside and I knew I was in need of some exercise.  The only problem was getting the kids going.  Our kids are painful to get out of the house on a regular day and this was not any easier.  They were playing so happily and I hated to interrupt them to leave for somewhere again.   Nollie was crying saying "you said we wouldn't have to go anywhere today, that we could just stay home."  Sorry dear but Mom needs this and you could use some fresh air too.  When we finally got in the van I was raging, tired of wining, crying, slow moving, etc.  

Since we only have one set of kids skis we generally take turns.  One of us will go for a ski while the other person stays back at the cabin with the kids and lets them play around in the snow and try out the kids skis.  I was still angry after the 10 minute drive to the trails and we decided it was best if I went for my ski first, so that I didn't loose it on any of the kids.  It took about 2 minutes of skiing and I was at peace.  At 10:00am we were the first ones at the trails and the other man that arrived just after us went the opposite way, so I was skiing completely alone.  The temperature was right around zero, beautiful for this time of year and the sun was beaming through the trees. My view ahead looked like this..


... and to my view left through the trees you could see the river valley down below. 


I skiied 3.2 km and on the way back I was getting tired and slow, hoping  I didn't do too much, since other than climbing the sledding hill a few times I haven't done much for exercise since gardening season ended.


When I got back from my ski I was met by Luca coming towards me on the trails.  Nollie had no interest in skiing yesterday and Luca had been ripping around the whole time I was gone.  She was excited and wanted to go on a ski just like I did... as far as I did... even further, so I turned around and we started skiing together. It was so fun to see Luca wanting to ski and enjoying skiing.  She didn't want to turn around and go back at all.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time alone with Mom and was chatting up a storm for the whole ski.  We forgot to grab the kids poles, which is OK since kids don't normally learn to ski with poles but she was convinced she needed some, so she used mine.


Luca and I skied another 500m together, the longest I've ever seen her ski.  I can't wait to get another set of kids skis so we can try family ski together this year. 

Merry Christmas 2011!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Wavy

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 Hard to believe my baby is 2 now.

Here are some photos of her to celebrate

  


Riding the tricycle

Her pose

Yes, she dumped an entire box of Cheerios on the floor while sitting on her potty.

The girls laugh about this all the time 
"..remember the time Waverly had spaghetti stuck on her nose.."



Waverly was a scootcher for most of the last year.  
She has permanently stained an worn through several pairs of pants.

..but she has finally decided to start walking this past month. 
(I don't think I have a single photo of Wave walking, gasp!  I know, horrible Mom)


Baby Wavy

Wavy's 1st Birthday

Wavy 2nd Birthday

Happy Birthday Wavy!

Croissants

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I've been wanting to try making Croissants from scratch for a while but knowing that I had to start them two days before we planned to eat them I could never get the timing right.  Friday night after we put the girls to sleep Curt suggested I get them started.  I wasn't all that impressed with the idea at the time, since I generally shut down and do nothing after the girls are in bed, but am I ever glad I did it.  I followed the recipe from the book French Women Don't Get Fat, by Mireille Guiliano.  I found the instructions at shesingsatthetable.com and thought her commentary on the recipe was quite humorous as I went along.  After the initial preperations on Friday night they needed some attention twice on Saturday and then the final steps took place on Sunday morning.  I was up early so the Croissants came out of the oven just in time for breakfast.  Curt whipped up a quick batch of chocolate honey to have with them and we sat down to enjoy.  

They were amazing and I will definitely be making these again.


 Would you look at that flaky goodness, mmmmmmmm. 


Needless to say the 12 croissants did not last until lunch time that day.

Night Skate

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Last night we went out to the pond in our back yard for a night skate.  


We put a lantern in the center of the ice and head lamps on the girls and let them skate around.  



Waverly sat in the center of the ice and watched.  


The girls had lots of fun and when we came inside we all enjoyed some hot chocolate before bed, such fun!

Halloween Fun

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Another Halloween over and our house is full of candy. 
I am not complaining, I love the candy!
Thankfully Waverly isn't old enough to notice me eating her stash.
We had alot of fun this Halloween Season

Aunty Shelby had us over to Mom & Dad's for the girls to paint pumpkins one night
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Of course we carved some pumpkins at home.
 

For Homeschool on Halloween we did a bunch of fun Halloween activities.  I haven't been taking any pictures of our school time, I should really start, I guess I'm a little busy at the time.

I made a fun Halloween snack
I like making these crazy snacks, but unfortunately I can't get it planned ahead so on Halloween day at snack time I am doing a quick search to find something fun to make.  I guess it all works out, but it might have been easier if I knew what I was doing the day be fore.  It's just the way I am.

And of course we dressed up and went out trick-or-treating.  We drove all over the country side visiting all the Grandparents, Great Grandparent, Aunts & Uncles and this year the girls wanted to do a bit of walking around town too.  At the end of the night the girls were exhausted, we had to basically scrape them off the floor. 

Nollie the Butterfly

Luca the Dinosaur

Waverly the Care Bear

I love this picture and any picture that catches the girls looking at each other in a way that you wouldn't maybe notice in in everyday life.


I take photos at the beginning of the night and then my Mom gets her photos at the end of the night when everyone has smeared make-up, dirty faces and costumes and tired looks.  It'd be funny to see the comparison. 

Happy November!


Happy 4th Birthday Luca

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 Luca is pink and frilly and rough and tumble all in one.  For her birthday her one request was a pink princess fishing rod and I'm sure when she does go fishing she will wear her most beautiful dress.

She loves earings, necklaces, bracelets, and clips for her hair.  She loves "beautiful" dresses and skirts.  She loves lipstick & nailpollish and everything pink.

On the other hand Luca always has a messy face and never wears shoes outside.  She's not affraid to get dirty and loves catching frogs.

 She is always watching her big sister

and tackle hugging her little sister
 

Luca is always a helper and you often hear her  say "I can do it"
 

She is amazing at puzzles and is becoming interested in learning to read


Baby Luca

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Two
  

Three
  

Four
 

Happy Birthday to Luca!

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