Sunday, 26 January 2014

A Week in January

I have had such good intentions of posting to my blog several days this week but have opted for getting into bed early, watching a favourite TV show (American Pickers, love that show and it inspires me to start hitting up garage sales again!) or fine tuning the household organization that seems to be the theme of this month for me.

It was a good week, a great pace.  Some slow, quiet moments and some fun highlights.

Here's a snapshot of what we've been up to:


Syd is just loving school as much as ever these days.  She has taken it upon herself to ensure that all of the children in the classroom have gone to the bathroom when it's time for a bathroom break and holds the daily clipboard with everyone's name on it and calls each of the children one by one to go to the washroom.  It's so funny, the teachers tell me she even cracks the whip and makes the children who are waiting for their turn sit "criss-cross apple sauce" on the carpet.  Too funny!

I joined her class for Shabbat on Friday.  The kids made their own kiddush cups as a project earlier in the day and used them for Shabbat as well as kippahs which they made from coffee filters that they decorated.

It was so cute watching how excited they were to use items that they had made for their very special time together.


Sydney is so into both games and puzzles at the moment.  She asks me at least a half dozen times a day to play a game with her and she and Daddy do puzzles together every single day.  Right now her favourites are Candyland, Dancing Dress Up Game, Tea Party Game and Go Fish.  It has become a precious bed time routine for us to play a few rounds of one of these games before books and bed.

Happy Birthday Liz

My precious friend Liz had a birthday two days after Christmas.  Our group of Moms got together on Friday night and had a games night at our friend Sally's house to celebrate together.

Liz is such a fun loving and sweet person, you literally want to hug her every time you see her.  She has such a beautiful energy about her and I love spending time with her and her sweet family!

Sally made the most beautiful cupcakes for Liz and we all chipped in to send her to Harrison Hot Springs for a night on her own so she can have a well-deserved day to sleep in after a few months of sleepless nights with a newborn!

What a lovely time we had together playing games (Creationary, like Pictionary but with Lego, SO fun!) and visiting.

Sally sent us each home with a little box of cupcakes to share with our family.  Loved it!

Kiwi Crate

This week we got a long awaited green box in the mail, our very first Kiwi Crate.  This very cool company is a monthly art club that sends kids a box stuffed with fun art supplies each month that includes two projects to work on together.  Sydney loves art so much that I knew the minute I heard of them that it would be a hit!

Syd was super excited to get a parcel addressed to her and we completed one of the projects, Weebly Wobblers, which was an experiment of sorts with eggs stuffed with different materials that we decorated and then explored how they moved and wobbled on hard surfaces.  It was very fun!

Click here to check out Kiwi Crate or to sign up for their monthly delivery!

Happy Birthday Nadav!

This morning Sydney joined most of her preschool class at her friend Nadav's 4th Birthday party.  The kids had a fun time playing in the gym at the Kerrisdale Community Centre and then hit up the party room for treats and pizza and a pinata.

I love when Syd gets to see her school friends on the weekends, it's so awesome to see how comfortable they all are together and what deep friendships have been formed between them.

Book Club

We had our first book club of the year at the Lyceum on Saturday.  This term's theme is Friendship so after reading several books on friendship the kids made friendship bracelets with beads that they strung on to wire.

They made one bracelet for themselves and one for a friend.  Sydney decided that she wanted to give her bracelet to her friend Julia, it was very sweet!

We had Julia and her Mom over to play this week, Syd was so excited to have a playdate with her!  Jenny brought me a delicious box of macaroons from Faubourg as a little treat, loved it!

Sydney said the sweetest thing to me today, she was lying on the floor outside of my closet while I was getting dressed inside and out of nowhere she said, "Mom, you're a really great parent."  I was so touched, what a lovely thing to hear from anyone but hearing it from your own child makes it all the more precious!

Loving my girl these days, she is growing into an independent, fun and happy person and I love this time that we have together!

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