Friday, 15 August 2014

TGIF Favs

1. These two. This was the last week of Bart and Brooks' Excellent Summer Adventure and Bart has made the most of his best bud time with Brooks. On Thursday they headed into Regina to check out Rider practice and made sure to send me lots of pics. I teared up with every photo sent, but especially this one. They make my heart happy.

























2. My new wallet. Bart has done a great job of following tradition when it comes to our anniversary and this year was no exception. The 3rd Anniversary is leather and he picked out the perfect wallet for me. Bart continues to kick my butt with anniversary gifts and I really don't mind letting him.


























3. Cheesecake lollipops. After see the commercial for these I had to try them. The idea is to defrost the box and serve to company, but I wasn't having company and as much as I was capable, I didn't need to sit down and eat 10 at a time. I've been enjoying them one or two at a time straight out of the freezer.

























4. Mother Goose Club. Kaella introduced me to the Mother Goose Club when her and London visited in early July. I have a few apps on my phone for Brooks but he hasn't quite mastered the interactive part of some of them. With this I can just pull up the YouTube video and he is very content watching the songs and nursery rhymes.

























5. Hair tie pants trick. Jen and Jena changed my life with the hair elastic trick when we were in Saskatoon for Bruno Mars. The pants I had brought to wear to the concert fit, but the waste cut the baby bump in half in a very unflattering way. They showed me how to use a hair elastic to add extra room and smooth out the bump.

6. New table. We've talked about get a new table and chair for quote a while now and even more regularly since we moved into the new house. We've never had a new set and the mismatched hand me downs we did have had seen better days. When I saw this one in a flyer on sale I was sold. I love the rustic look of the table paired with the more modern black chairs. I was so convinced this was the one we needed that I ordered it without seeing it in person and didn't even measure to see if it would fit. Ooops. I was very relieved when it arrived and fit our space perfectly. Now I just need to come up with a Brooks proof centre piece and do a little more decorating to spruce the space up a bit more.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Week 7 - Best buds

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014

Monday
Today was awesome. Although our original plan to check out a new park and splash park was kiboshed due to the weather, your brother, London and Auntie Kaella and I set out to meet Kirsten and your future sister-in-law Mila at another park. We had a great time visiting and watching the kids explore. Your brother decided to explore his way almost right onto the road before I caught up with him. Bugger. I do honestly hope you are every bit of every thing your brother is, but I wouldn't mind if you came out just a little more cautious and aware of where your parents are. That would make mom and dad's life as parents of two much much easier.



Tuesday
Auntie Kaella and London left today. I will see Kaella on Thursday, but I don't know when I will see London again. It makes me sad, but I really do feel like I have a connection with him even though we've only visited 4 times since he was born. Your brother and him definitely have a special bond. I would imagine our fifth visit will include you as well. 


Wednesday
BAGEL. That's what my mind, body and spirit were yelling repeatedly at about 10 a.m. this morning. More specifically, CINNAMON RAISIN BAGEL TOASTED WITH STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE! So I listened. That's something that is definitely different this time around. My cravings are much stronger and must be satisfied. Or else.

Today is also Auntie Daniele's birthday! She is going to be here with the rest of the fam dam next week for a visit. I am so thankful that ever since she moved to Chicago we have done an awesome job of making the effort to not only keep in touch, but actually see each other in person. You can bet one of your first trips to America will include a stop at the Drozd household.

Thursday
I skipped out of work early today to meet Auntie Kaella for some patio drinks and appies before we headed home to BBQ supper a la Chef Dad. I want to soak up as much time with her as possible while she is so close and really wanted some baby free out of the house time with her.

Friday
Tonight was homemade pizza night at our house! I have a song I sing which is basically just repeating the words homemade pizza night a few times. Brooks thought it was hilarious and I am sure you will too. Your mom really does know how to "hit that" note.

Saturday
Your dad was on the road early this morning for a ball tournament and your brother and I were out of the house by 9 to meet Kirsten and Mila at the park. It started out being a bit cool, but warmed up just in time for Brooks to figure out how to turn the splash park on and get soaked in a matter of seconds. He really loves the water and right now, isn't hesitant to try anything. He is outgoing, friendly and has a blast pretty much no matter what. Kirsten and I were talking about his personality and I said it would be ok with me if you were a little bit quieter or just slightly cautious - exactly what I was thinking to myself earlier in the week. She didn't figure that was an option with your parents and Brooks for a brother. Hahahahaha.



Sunday
Sunday was a slight disaster for Brooks and I. He had his first "we have to get out of here" public meltdown tantrum at the park with Auntie Jen and Elliot and Emme. We met them to feed the ducks, but your brother decided he was going to run way ahead of us and almost fall in the water several times. Finally I caught up to him and for his own safety picked him up to put him in the stroller. He fought and screamed and cried for probably 20 minutes before he settled down just before we made it to the car and only 5 minutes later he was asleep. Hahahahahaha. I wondered how I would handle the same situation with two of you and then I remember a similar situation your Auntie Jen had with Elliot in the same park when Emme was just a baby. They survived and so will we one day.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Brooks - 20 Months

It's hard to believe I only have a few more of these posts to write before you are 2-years-old. You are nothing short of amazing and continue to surprise us every day with new words and your capacity for understanding and learning. You've grown up a lot in the last two months and it's almost impossible to keep up with all of the changes, but here are a few of the things that stand out in mine and your dad's minds and make us smile.

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Airplanes, airplanes, airplanes (airpame)! You are absolutely obsessed with airplanes. Booking a hotel near the airport in Calgary could possibly have been the best thing I have done in my entire life. You would have been totally content never leaving our room and watching airplanes fly by the window all day long. Your dad and I were totally entertained by your excitement and it was nice because it kept you from playing in the toilet or making phone calls while we were trying to get ready for the day.























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It took me a little while to realize what you were saying, but now it's clear as a bell. You love to say "your turn" and point to your dad or I. It really doesn't matter what it is you're doing - putting a hat on, drinking your water, hiding or giving kisses - you always make sure everyone gets their turn.

Lately you like to take your clothes off. And even your diaper. We've found you naked a few times in your crib or sitting quietly in the livingroom, but thankfully we've only had two messes to clean up. I wonder if this is an indication that you are ready for potty training or have aspirations to join the Chippendales Vegas show. If it's the latter, we will definitely need to get you out of a diaper before you will make that ensemble.


You still have a temper and still turn to hitting more often than not, but you have also come to understand that you need to apologize afterwards. So every hit is immediately followed by a hug where you lay your head on us and say "awwwwwwww". We can't help but laugh even though I am not sure you quite comprehend that you shouldn't hit or whether you have just figured out a way to get away with it.

You continue to be a great eater and have graduated from the highchair tray to sitting right up at the table with your dad and I.

























I am not sure how much you weigh or how tall you are (I need to find that growth chart asap and get it on the wall), but you are in a variety of sizes 18-24 to 3T depending on the store and clothing item. Both your dad and I figure you have gotten taller in the last month or so. Your legs definitely seem longer than before and are actually long enough for most 2T pants.

You like to say bye to anything and everything. And that practice has helped with your cooperation when we leave somewhere or go on to a new activity. If we give you a chance to say bye to all the inanimate objects you were playing with or looking at then you are much more cooperative about the change. I really wish the people in the drive thru window at McDonalds could hear your sweet "bye bye" coming from the backseat.

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You talk non-stop and attempt to repeat whatever we ask you to. You are also getting really good with names and when we ask you to say Elliot, which usually comes out as Elli, it is immediately followed by a assertive Emme. You're right Brooks. We can't forget Emme. And you sound so sweet the way you sing "where are you?" or ask "where go?"

You have started to really follow direction and understand routine and sequence. It took a lot of meltdowns, but you now understand that you can't play with the bathroom tap to pour freezing cold water over your head until your bath is done and mom has rinsed the soap off of you. You patiently wait until I tell you it's your turn and to go ahead.

Brooks you are hilarious and so full of enthusiasm and a perfect amount of crazy. You make it nearly impossible for your dad and I to have a bad day and we are so grateful for that. We love you Big Time!