Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Grandma's Birthday

October 22nd is my Grandma's birthday.  She passed away sixteen years ago but would have been 103 years old this year.  I make a point of talking to Sydney a lot about my Grandma as I would love for her to feel as though she 'knew' her through the stories that I share with her. 

Every year on October 22nd Sydney and I do something special together to remember my Grandma and it is usually built around some sort of memory that I have of her. 

One thing that I always remember about Grandma is that she carried a little package of bright green Tic Tacs in her purse with her and would always have a few if she was going somewhere that she felt she needed fresh breath for.

Sydney and I searched high and low to look for a package of bright green Tic Tacs, apparently they don't make that colour any more, so we settled on orange ones and opened the package and each had a few on her birthday.  It was a funny little thing that brought back so many memories for me.

I also took the opportunity to cross another item off my '40 Things' list and pulled out a letter that Grandma had written me that had been tucked away in a keepsake box for years.  I keep a stack of them bundled together and reading one is like having a conversation with her, it's precious.

I laughed so hard when I read this one that Grandma had written, she was talking about a mutual friend of ours who had just gotten married and how he had such a ponch now that he was married and that his new wife must be cooking too well for him!

I dearly loved and still love my Grandma and was honored to remember her on her birthday once again this year.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Sydney's 6th Birthday

I'm not sure how this can be but six short years ago the best thing that has ever happened to me came into my life, my precious Sydney.

My baby is six.  She is an incredible girl, smart and funny, sweet and entertaining.  I love spending time with her more than anything in the world and it was such a pleasure to celebrate yet another birthday with her.

This year her party was a leopard print theme.  Sydney loves all things leopard print so I knew that I had to pull off a party that included as much of it as I could.

Michelle once again saved the day and helped me with Sydney's cake, I just love the way it turned out!

We decorated to the nines and invited twenty of her friends to come and celebrate at UBC Gymnastics.  The kids had such fun in the gym and it was so neat to see them all together and enjoying each other's company.

I'm always blown away at the generosity of our friends and this year was no different.  Sydney got such amazing gifts from everyone!  She especially loves the Shopkins and her gifts this year did not disappoint!

Sydney's actual birthday day was on Monday so she and I spent some time making special cupcakes to take to her class so that she could celebrate with her classmates and then, at Sydney's request, we went to Whitespot for dinner with Zach and Danielle that evening.

My heart is filled with gratitude at being given this most amazing task of being Sydney's Mom and having the sheer pleasure of watching her grow up right before my eyes!

I love her so much it is hard to put into words, she is my joy, plain and simple.  Happy Birthday to my Sweet six year old!  xo

Sydney's Halloween

For the first time ever this Halloween Sydney didn't have a clear idea of what she wanted her costume to be.  Every year we have run with a theme for Halloween but this year, despite me asking her several times, she decided that she wanted to wear something from her Tickle Trunk and decide at the last minute what she wanted to be.

We had three opportunities to dress up: our annual Dunbar kids party, her school class Halloween party and for actual trick or treating.

So two days before Halloween as I'm lying in bed with her to go to sleep she starts to cry and tells me that she doesn't want to wear one of her costumes to her class party on Friday, she would in fact like to be Anna from Frozen.  The poor girl is literally sobbing into her pillow, heartbroken that she doesn't have an Anna costume.

So, like any Mom of a heartbroken girl, I flew into action and texted literally every Mom I knew to see if anyone had an Anna costume that Syd could borrow as I wasn't sure I'd find one two days before Halloween in the stores!  My friend Ivy came to our rescue and lent us her daughter's costume.

So I proudly brought it home to Sydney thinking I'd saved the day until she tried it on, decided that it was too big for her and that she'd wear her butterfly fairy princess costume after all.  Sigh....sometimes you can't win for trying!

So three times in a row she was a beautiful butterfly princess.

Sally and Allan graciously hosted this year's Halloween party on the day that Dunbar Village does trick or treating at the shops.  The kids had a great time roaming from store to store gathering candy and comparing what they got with the other.

I had the pleasure of volunteering in Sydney's class for her Halloween party this year.  I even got into the spirit of things and dressed up like a ladybug for the occasion!  It was a fun time with the girls doing different stations and crafts and seeing them all dressed up in costume!

We so enjoyed trick or treating too, met up with Sydney's classmate Kristin and her family for a while and then headed to Jack and Christina's to meet up with the Dunbar gang to finish the night off.  It was dry and fairly warm this year so the kids really enjoyed themselves and Sydney came home with a bucket filled with candy so all was well.

Sydney was so excited to hand candy out at our place too, we only had a handful of trick or treaters arrive by the time we got home but she was thrilled none the less to give out what she could.

The candy fairy paid another visit to our house that evening and left Sydney with some great things, a new magical wand, some Shopkins and a Beanie Boo stuffy to add to her collection.

It was such a fun time, I love Halloween with Sydney!