Happy July 1st!!!!
Ok, ok its August and July is gone but this is a super cute family picture so I just had to share it. This was our first outing as a family of five. We went three whole blocks from our house to the local park! We hung out waiting for the fireworks to start. Ailsa ran around and played with a giant parachute, Willow slept and Zoe played on the blanket. All was going great until just before fireworks time- Zoe had to return to the house for a diaper change, Ailsa got stressed about the potential noise from the fireworks and Willow woke up hungry. Since Gavin had not returned with Zoe yet, I decided to take a crying Ailsa and Willow home. Zoe did decide to return to the park to see the fireworks after her change but unfortunately by that time, she missed most of the show. So, the day did not turn out as we hoped but hey- we got a cute picture out of it!
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Too
A more recent and successful outing was to the Science Centre. Again, Willow slept or nursed most of the time we were there but she is only two months old. Zoe and Ailsa had a great time exploring the Kidspark play area (their favourite place to explore) as well as other areas. We also spent some time in the outside play area. They have updated the trails since we were there last so that they are more wheelchair accessible (Thank you!). Zoe really loved the giant tree slide. They hollowed out a tree trunk from a very large tree and made it in to a slide that is very fast. I wish I could have gotten some pictures but I was busy trying to catch Zoe while she flew toward me with her boots at my eye level! Gavin walked her to the top and then sent her down by herself.
This is the teepee in the outside play area. As always, Gavin was willing to get Zoe in where she wanted to be/play.
Super Dad wonders why his back is hurting these days...
This picture was from the Aquarium in March. Again- Gavin got Zoe to where she wanted to be. This is a clear tube that goes through the middle of one of the tanks. All the kids (and some adults) love going through the tube.
Willow and Ailsa show off my knitting in this photo. The blanket was designed by Ailsa as a gift for Willow- she likes to tell people she made it for her sister! I started the sweater before Willow was born as a distraction in my final pregnant days. I was super excited I actually finished while it still fits Willow! Knitting has been a great activity for me. It is so important for parents to find something they enjoy. Of course I mainly knit things for the kids... but I do enjoy altering patterns I find or making my own design. It gives me a creative outlet. And the meditative aspect of knitting has a calming effect on me. It is one of the things that helps keep me as sane as I am. I even bring knitting with me when Zoe needs to go to the emergency room. If/when Zoe is very sick and not active it is very scary and stressful. I find it helpful to have something to do with my hands. It gives me something to concentrate on at a time when I just want to yell at hospital staff to make it better NOW! And when times are not stressful, its just plain fun.