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Tea Parties and Picnics – Embrace the Camera

I embraced the camera twice this week, bad hair, sweat pants and all.  On Monday, Eva and I had a tea party.  She insisted we use the tiered serving platter.  Fudgeeos were on the menu.  We sipped hot chocolate and discussed her usual question: “So, how was your great day today?”

On Tuesday, while Eva was in school, the boys and I went out for a walk.  We’ve lived in our neighborhood for a whole year now and I’ve hardly explored any of the walking paths around here.  In the heat, I decided to explore the most uphill one, and just as we hit the incline, Ezra decided he wanted a ride in the stroller with Isaac!  Phew.  I was so happy when we finally reached the top of hill!  After a stop at the park and walking home, I decided to have a picnic with the boys in the shady back yard.  Peanut butter sandwiches, baby carrots, grapes and bananas were on the menu — I love that Ezra actually eats healthy food (unlike a certain daughter of mine, what am I going to do with her!?).




I’m embracing the camera because I want my kids to see me in our family photos when they are grown and looking back on their childhood.


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A Week in Photos – Week 18 – Project 365

April 28, 2012 – had a weenie roast at our friend’s house.


April 29, 2012 – coloring in church. Our family takes up almost an entire pew because of this.

April 30, 2012 – napping cutie.

May 1, 2012 – Eva has been wanting to do a puzzle since Miss Linda babysat her and Ezra the Wednesday before. Today we did a Tangled puzzle.

May 2, 2012 – wahoo for date night! First one since Isaac was born. Dayna came to babysit and Peter and I went to The Hunger Games followed by coffee.

May 3, 2012 – went to Costco with friends.

May 4, 2012 – Eva suddenly has an interest in holding Isaac lately. It is so cute!


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A Week in Photos – Week 17 – Project 365

April 21, 2012 – Bad night. Ezra cried out off and on from bedtime until about midnight (maybe more, but I finally was able to fall asleep and didn’t hear anything). He cried out at 3:50am and I went to check on him and he was sitting up and ready to go. I refused to get up for the day and made him stay in bed. He cried out a few more times but I just kept telling him to go to sleep. I couldn’t sleep after that, Peter was away for the night and I was afraid I wouldn’t hear him if he got out of bed because I was so tired and I thought I might fall into a deep sleep. I was up til 5:30, then woke up at 7:45 to Eva and she told me Ezra was sleeping in front of their bedroom door!



April 22, 2012 – This two were taken less than 30 seconds apart. 


April 23, 2012 – Walking to vote!  We went to the school where we voted for the federal election to discover that we were supposed to vote at the school half a block from our house.  It was a nice walk :)


April 24, 2012 – Three on a couch!  Love these little people.


April 25, 2012 – Nap time!  He constantly refuses to let me take his sweater off.  Have to wait until he’s asleep to do it!


April 26, 2012 – Isaac turns four months old.  Isn’t he incredibly cute?


April 27, 2012 – Eva drawing kitty cats for Ezra to color.

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Isaac was 3 months and is now 4 months old!

Isaac, you’re four months old now.  I know that I didn’t write you a letter when you turned 3 months, but I definitely didn’t forget about your little milestone.  I intended to write you a letter and time just went on and before I knew it you were almost 4 months old so I decided to wait and write them together.

Right after you turned 2 months old we had some visitors, Buffy and the kids!  Now not only did you have your big brother and sister to dote on you, but three cousins as well!  We went on several outings while they were here, my first on my own with 3 kids but it didn’t feel that scary because I always had Buffy there to help me if I needed it.

Soon after that, we celebrated big brother Ezra’s second birthday!  I think this was the first birthday “party” you went to, although Ezra is just so two that we decided to keep it just family again for this year.

We had another outing to the park, just mama and the kids and everyone did well!  You wanted to be moving constantly in the stroller and Ezra was scaring me by wanting to go down the biggest slides and climb to the highest parts of the park.  So I was running back and forth between the two of you and felt rather ready to go home afterward!

You and I went to Eva’s school on March 15 to help out and all of her Kindergarten classmates just loved you!  The teachers too!  You are probably the favorite volunteer of this year :)  Eva was so proud to bring her baby brother to school and show him off.

Isaac, the truth is, you just keep growing.  You had your 2-month needles on March 12 and weighed 14lbs 2oz (6.42kg).  You were 59cm tall and had a head circumference of 40.5cm.  I had to pack up your 0-3 month clothes and it was just kind of sad.  That might be the last time I ever fold such tiny clothes of my own children.  Now you are 4 months old and it’s already almost time to bring out the next size of clothes.  Don’t you remember I told you to stay little?

Right  before you turned 3 months old we went to the Bailey’s cabin in the mountains for our Young Adults Retreat.  It was your first time to British Columbia!  You did so well on the trip there and back (and brother and sister also kept from getting car sick on that windy road, so Mom and Dad were very happy!).  I wasn’t able to sit in the back of the van with you because we brought ourselves and all of the food for the weekend so we were packed full!  You fussed a bit on the way there but we made it and you slept most of the way home!

The weekend after the Young Adults Retreat, we went out to Regina to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Roberts and to attend the final homecoming of Western Christian College, where Dad attended high school and some college too.  This school is a big part of Roberts’ heritage so it was really cool to be there since it is closing at the end of this school year.  All of your aunts and uncles and cousins came to Regina for the weekend too, so it was a crazy but fun weekend!  It was your first time back to your birth place.  I still can’t believe you were born there!

You started giggling sometime around 3 months.  Daddy is sure that he got the first giggle on video but you started giggling for sure right before our trip to Regina.  At first, I’d try to get you to giggle and you’d get so close but then just end up getting the hiccups and spitting up!  Quite the opposite reaction of what I wanted!  But now you are quite the giggly little guy, ticklish too.  I just love seeing you smile and hearing you giggle.  You are also getting quite chatty!  Just last week you starting blabbing away and really finding your voice!  It is so fun to hear you making so many different noises.

Also, right before the trip to Regina you started taking your soother!  It makes me so happy.  Must be the brand.  You prefer Playtex.

Your sleep pattern hasn’t been great lately.  Between 2-3 months you were sleeping 7 hours, waking 5 minutes (literally!) to eat and then sleeping a couple more hours!  I think it is my fault, but now you seem to be sleeping only a few hours and wanting a little bite to eat before going back to sleep.  I’m so tired from having two other kids that it is just easy to bring you into bed and fall asleep nursing you, so that’s why it may be my fault.  You are still in a bassinet in our room so maybe it’s time to move you to your crib and see how it goes.  I’d really love some more sleep, little man, but I feel you are too young for sleep training just yet.

You  had your first Easter and we had a hunt at our house and then went out to the Zorn’s farm for an outdoor hunt and a wiener roast.  You didn’t really seem to care about any of that stuff, but your siblings sure did!

It’s getting warmer and we’ve been spending more time outside and you even graduated from the bassinet attachment for the stroller to the actual seat.  You look so cute in it!  It was 26 degrees the other day and you wore just a little onesie.  I loved seeing your chubby little legs and your little toes sticking out from the stroller!

You are still just such an easy going, happy little guy.  Your neck is getting stronger, you are doing better in the Bumbo seat (at first you were a little floppy!) and you are even starting to bounce a little bit in the Exersaucer.  Yesterday I even saw you grab at one of the little toys on the Exersaucer, could’ve been a fluke but I know it won’t be long before you are grabbing onto everything and exploring your world even more.  In the last week (April 22-28) you even rolled over from your back to your tummy!  You did it three days in a row, so it’s the real deal.

I took this last photo with my phone on April 26, the day you turned 4 months.  You are just so cute.  I love spending my days with you.  I still love the feel of your baby head against my cheek and how your body will suddenly relax in my arms and I know you are asleep.  Your little baby noises and the way your tongue curls around in your mouth as you make them.  Your fat little feet and chubby legs and fuzzy little hairs on your head.  The way you bury your face into my neck when you are tired and going to sleep, or the way you cover your eyes with your hands when you’re falling asleep laying on the couch.  You are just so sweet.

Love, Mama.


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A Week in Photos – Week 16 – Project 365

April 14, 2012 – Eva went to her school friend’s ballet birthday party.


April 15, 2012 – I said I wouldn’t match my kids, but I couldn’t resist!

April 16, 2012 – Ezra lives coloring lately… Even on my chairs.

April 17, 2012 – I was sick early Tuesday morning starting around 3:30am. Spent all morning in bed and the rest of the day laying around.

April 18, 2012 – spent the day with the lovely Brittany. She documented our entire day from breakfast to bedtime. Here’s a few.

April 19, 2012 – Ezra loves to help cook. Prepping stew for the slow cooker.

April 20, 2012 – tired beebee was falling asleep on the couch beside me while I drank a latte and edited pictures.

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Ezra’s Morning Alarm & Embrace the Camera


Dear Ezra,

Today, you woke up early.  I could hear you stirring but I kept drifting in and out of sleep, waiting for Daddy to get up with you.  I heard the crinkle, crinkle, but I still fell back asleep.  Suddenly, at 7:00, we heard the house alarm going off and I quickly woke Daddy to go see what was going on.  He found you in the laundry room, opening the door to the garage (hence, setting off the house alarm, good thing we have that thing!).  It appeared you had blood all over your face and hands but after further investigation we discovered it was just residue from the breakfast of ketchup chips in which you helped yourself to (crinkle, crinkle).  We also discovered you had a mess in your diaper, but not just in your diaper, also down your legs and into your socks.

It was quite the way to wake up, but we’re glad it happened otherwise Eva may have been late for school, since Daddy and I both sort of forgot she had school today.  After cleaning you up and getting Eva ready and sent off to school, you and I prepared stew for the slow cooker while Isaac napped.  We played with cars and we chased each other, you helped me make my latte and we watched Toy Story 3 together.

I love you, you crazy little man.

Love, Mama.




by | April 19, 2012 · 10:58 am