Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
You know the one. Eyes squinty or closed. Face scrunched. Big toothy smile. "CHEEEEESE" being yelled at the top of her lungs.
It is the face that kids of a certain age put on as soon as they see a camera. It is a face you never see unless there is a camera in sight.
I love this face, cheese and all!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Now look at this picture before I edited it:
Do you know about Picasa? Definitely old news to you who are a little more seasoned with photography. But something I definitely felt like mentioning today because it just may change your life. Okay, that's a strong statement. But if you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, read on.
I am not ... I repeat NOT ... a good resource for technical questions. Seriously. Don't ask. I just need to be sure you know that. But a friend at work recently convinced me to install Picasa and I have never loved software like I love this little gem.
It took me less than a minute to take this photo from a mundane OK photo to WOW. It was a little dark, so I adjusted the lighting (fill light), I used Warmify (yup, that is what they call it) to adjust the skintone and Sharpen to make it just perfect.
If you have not tried Picasa yet, click here, it is free to download and definately worth it!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
- totally into Ben 10, the TV show -likes to "play" Ben 10 "Mom - you be Gwen and I will be Ben"
- when 'calling' it, must say the following "I'm Ben 10 - called it - lock it in my pocket"
- working on the behaviour required to earn DS play time
- learned to ride a 2-wheeler without any adult help and has not looked back once
- learned how to fix the chain on his 2-wheeler when it falls off from going too fast
- gaining a bit of freedom in the neighbourhood, can cross the street on his own and go to Jackson's without adult supervision (mama still watches from the window though)
- is super helpful and sweet with Isabelle - most of the time :)
- has decided that toast is his favourite food and has eaten 8 pieces for breakfast two days in a row in the last week
- favourite saying "Prove It". Here is a conversation we had on the way home from TBall last night:
Owen: Can we get a donut from Tim Hortons please?
Me: You played great tonight buddy! Sure, you can have a donut or you can have the Kit Kat you bought at the snack bar. But only 1 - you have to choose.
Owen: Donut please!
Me: OK. You will have to eat it in the car on the way home. Bella has a sore belly and I am not going to get her one. Please do not tell her that we went to Timmys.
Owen: Why not?
Me: Because it will hurt her feelings.
Isabelle @ 2 1/2 years
- remembering to use the toilet most of the time - only wears pull-ups to bed now
- likes to wear a "princess dress" every day
- says "I not a buddy! I a girl" when I say "Hi my little buddy"
- is doing the same puzzles that Owen did at this age: 20-40 pieces. Now we have 2 puzzle masters in the house
- can recognize most of the letters in the alphabet and has an association for each one: O is for Owen, I is for Isabelle, M is for Mama, D is for Dada, G is for Grandma, P is for Papa, N is for Nora and Nana, U is for ung-brella, V is for guitar (and then mimics a person playing a violin while singing plinky-plinky-plink)
- enjoys playing games with Owen; enjoys doing anything with Owen - she idolizes her older brother
- loves to tell knock knock jokes that she hears Owen telling. Most recent favourite"
Bella: Knock Knock
Me: Who's there?
Me: Boo who?
Bella: (laughing) I don't peek owl.(The original joke was made up by Owen and is quite clever: Knock Knock Who's There? WhoWho Who? Sorry, I don't speak owl. He does another joke about a ghost which is where the Boo comes in - Bella has just combined them into her own joke - gotta love that!)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The girls were so cute standing across from one another, twirling and waving their sparklers around.
Friday, May 22, 2009
So we pulled out our trusty box of Crazy Forts, all the blankets the kids could find and set about building the bestest fort ever in Owen's words and a pretty princess castle in Isabelle's. Gotta love that one fort satisfied both of their needs all at once, that rarely happens and even more rarely on a house-bound rainy day. I love the forts of my youth, made with all the chairs and blankets in the house, and we often make those. But sometimes a special fort is called for. The wonderful system of sticks and balls work together to make a sturdy fort that lasts longer than the traditional chair/blanket system.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Last week I left work a little early and took the kids to a new park. They insisted on wearing arm bands in the car on the way over, the new park was close to the public pool and for them that was enough of an excuse to put on the water wings.
As they ran down the path towards the park, Isabelle grabbed Owen's hand and said "Owie brover, I so eh-cited" He held her hand just as tightly and told her "Me too Isabelle, we are going to have F-U-N"
Even going down the double slide they held hands.
They did have moments on their own...climbing