Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rainy Sunday.

Call it a weekend curse, call it bad luck, for whatever reason we're just not able to sleep in on the weekends (or really have a good nights sleep). Friday night, Melody got up a few times calling out for "Mommy" which really wrecked Tracey's sleep. I think it still may be some residual effects from the cold she's been fighting, but then again who really knows. Kids are surely unpredictable in the sleep department. Last night at around 3:30am, Malcolm woke up with a bloody nose. He has a difficult time dealing with it as he associates blood with pain, even though there's nothing really wrong. It's been some months now since he's last had one. Roger put the humidifier in his room tonight, hopefully that will help.

Today, the family took a trip downtown on the Skytrain to do some exploring. Initially they had gone down to have lunch at the food truck congregation at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but the more than wet conditions made it less than appealing. Instead they headed to Pacific Centre and had lunch there. Roger got a new pair of shoes at the Bay, 30% on sale. I guess the trip wasn't a total bust, Malcolm really loves to ride the Skytrain. Anyway, here are some pictures from their excursion.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Tracey!

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Here's a haiku I wrote for you:

Happy Birthday Trace
You look fabulous my dear
A girl Ben Buttons?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tobogganing at Seymour.

Roger and Tracey said that it was a fantastic day on the hill today. As they cut through the fog, they were greeted with glorious sunshine and a temperature inversion at Seymour. Their initial thought was to have the whole family up for the ride, too bad Melody wasn't being compliant. She's certainly difficult to convince once she's made up her mind. In fact, yesterday she missed her skating lesson cause she outright fought to stay home. Roger and Tracey thought it would be okay since she has been fighting a cold, but today was really no different. Luckily, Gomo came over to watch her while Roger, Tracey and Malcolm headed up to play in the snow.

Malcolm really had a stellar weekend. His behaviour has been much better over the last several days. He even got back all of the toys that were temporarily confiscated during the holidays. Now the question is whether he can keep it up. Yesterday, despite his initial reservations about going to skating, he did very well. We know it can't be easy being the smallest and youngest kid in the class, but he really did put a great effort forward. Today, he spent over three hours tumbling, sliding and rolling around in the snow. Let's just say that he was asleep in 10 minutes and has been sawing lumber since 8:30pm. He loves playing in the snow. I think that's pretty clear in the images below:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A year in review, 2012.

I know it's a little late, but Roger wanted to add his year in review to the blog. In his words, he'd like to thank everyone for all their continued support.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Skating lesson 1

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Well, Melody's first skating lesson didn't go as well as we had hoped. I guess the excitement of the lessons didn't meet her expectations. She cried a little, then was pretty defiant about not participating. As good natured as she is, when she doesn't want something it can be pretty clear. I guess feisty is the word that I would use. While all the other kids were pushing around little shopping carts, she pushed her's to the side and said: "I'm pushing NOTHING". Luckily the skating coordinator has allowed us to join the parent and tot lessons for next week. Roger is going to join her so make the transition smoother. I hope that will help.

Malcolm on the other hand did fantastic. Being the smallest and youngest in his class gave Roger and Tracey a bit of an uneasy feeling, but he managed quite well. He may not have the speed yet, but is certainly following along well. Roger and Tracey felt very proud of him. Even after a bit of a fall, he choked back the tears and soldiered on. The family is all going to go skating more to help cement what they have learned. No one said it was easy. Here are some pictures from the lesson.
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Monday, January 07, 2013

Transition to daycare for Melody.

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Roger and Tracey had hoped that the transition to daycare would have been more seamless, but they're yet again met with tears and cries. It was hopeful that Melody would fair better, but like her brother and perhaps many other children before her she's having a tough time adjusting. It's certainly a better situation than it was 2 and a half years ago with Malcolm, also adding the fact that Tracey and Roger have no worries about who's taking care of her makes it somewhat easier. We had all just hoped that she'd take it all in stride. It's a work in progress we all know, let's hope that things get better through the week.