My Parents Visit The Island

IMG_2222 Well it finally happened, after 7 long months my parents were able to come back to Victoria for a visit! They arrived and totally surprised Dylan (aka Tavis as he’s known here) on his 18th Birthday. We have spent a week being the most busy little bees you have ever seen.
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We celebrated Mother’s Day, Dylan’s 8th Bday, my Dad’s Birthday. Played at the Carter’s farm, saw the sweet baby goats and baby chicks, had a BBQ with the Carter family. Drove around and snagged all the fresh fruit at the local markets. Spent hours at the laundromat getting me all caught up, organized kids clothing and drawers, ate apple and rhubarb pie that my Mom made, ran after Lola, weeded the garden, shopped for beautiful flowers and planted them, raked grass, ran after Lola, walked on beaches, shopped in some thrift stores, watched The Avengers at our favourite little theatre in Sidney, picked up the kids from school and took them for a fun lunch, ran after Lola some more, and Nate took my parents for Fish and Chips at Salty’s.
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It was wonderful to be with my parents and to share the funny things my kids do each day with them. What a blessing it is to have family. I’m so grateful that they could come and see us, I know it was a sacrifice in many ways to come but it filled me up and I totally needed that. Thanks Mom and Dad, we all love you!
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Move Over Betty Crocker

Mama’s makin’ cupcakes! :) My buddy Elizabeth and I baked up some fun little cupcakes the other day. It was fun to mix up some sugary treats while she’s here staying with us. They weren’t perfect, but man were they yummy ! (P.S. isn’t Elizabeth super cute in my red apron? Love it!)

Friendship + 1 box of cakemix = fun!

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Holly Is A Hit!

This just in! Last week Conor and Katie brought their baby girl Holly up to visit for the first time since her birth. Our family was lucky enough to get first glimpse of precious Niece/Cousin Holly since our city is first stop before Calgary. YAY us!

They arrived late at night when the boys were in bed, but that didn’t stop the three older ones for jumping up to meet her. Seeing our boys greet Holly was just pure sunshine, and made us all laugh thinking of how our own little baby girl will be spoiled by them when she arrives this December. It was a total KICK to see Conor and Katie as parents! I can now testify to the fact that Holly IS in fact real and no longer think she might be a stunt baby. :)

Brigs Reaction (the observer):
“She has a little nose, she has little eyes, she has little hands, she has little feet! Mommy look she has little hair!”

Joshy’s Reaction (the Play-by-Play):
“She’s sucking on her soother…she stopped sucking on her soother…….she is sucking on her soother again!”

Dylan’s Reaction (the baby whisperer):
Just scooped her right up like a pro, thinks she is adorable. Likes when she sticks her tongue out – LOL!!

Noah’s Reaction (the tentative lovey):
“Can I kiss her????” then slowly goes in trying to get just the right spot to smooch her on because she was wiggling.
(sorry I missed getting a pic of Noah with her)

On Sunday we were all able to be together for Holly’s Baby Blessing. It was a really special day to have the entire family together in one place. As I said to Conor yesterday “Thank you for procreating so we could all get together!” :) We sure love you little Holly-Bo-Bolly!