Tuesday, August 27, 2013


littlest benjamin leo turned one today.. well, that was the fastest year of my life..

highlights of his day were a morning birthday hike in the backpack with daddy and cedar, mac 'n' cheese at ikea, enjoying his gifts (he hasn't actually opened them all yet), trying to keep his brother from taking all his gifts off him and getting crazy with the balloons.

this little one is such a precious, crazy, snuggly, adventurous, fun character
we love you soooo much lil benja/bobbin/benjimali

Monday, August 26, 2013


a favourite place to visit with gran is deep cove.

when we turned up yesterday morning we were wondering why it was harder than usual to find parking and then we figured out that the annual 'deep cove daze' festival was about to kick off! 

it ended up being pretty fun, especially for roo - check out his serious fairground ride face.. i wasn't sure but it turned out he was really loving it ha! spencer bear had to come everywhere with roo today (really cute) and he was really concerned that his lovely red balloon might fly away (but we managed not to lose it thank goodness).

..and some cool market stalls to browse too.. a few new finds were some funky vancouver inspired screen prints by kt&paul and awesome home items from delish general store. we also came across a new organic restaurant called the village table that i would love to check out one of these days.

deep cove has got to be one of the most flippin prettiest places.

 tomorrow.. my littlest li'l baby turns ONE! x

Saturday, August 24, 2013


although it was looking a little rainy last sunday, we stuck to our plan to head up to squamish with some of our lovely fellow british friends in the hope of doing some rock climbing and catching up on life.

to begin with, the rock climbing part really was looking dubious, so we sat around in the car for a while to see if it would clear up.. after a while it did (a little) so we decided to go hike around and see what we could find i.e. any dry rock to climb!

...we ended up at friendly old family wall, an favourite of mine.

we brought a harness and shoes for roo with us.. which he had not previously used. we are sharing them with roo's best buddy and this was his first try! we didn't put any pressure on him and he had a great time! he did so well and was super pleased with himself.. and i was extremely proud of him too! i'm sure i am going to be one of those embarrassing moms when he's older haha :)

 we look like the blue crew... i was wearing a blue shirt too!

Friday, August 23, 2013


so we are all excited for gran to arrive tomorrow!

we have her mattress out ready and until tomorrow it's propped up against the wall in roo's bedroom waiting for her arrival..

 yesterday afternoon i had a slight panic attack when all of a sudden couldn't find benji... these days he has a tendency to crawl into little spaces (..the oven warming drawer etc) so when i heard a little rustling coming from behind the mattress i knew exactly where he was...

...in the little gap between it and the wall.. 
..with a huge mischievous grin on his little cute face :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013


we're pretty impressed with how our sunflower crop is turning out
..and the wildflowers too!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


although i have to time roo falling asleep with driving home from the morning's adventures... 
he still enjoys a daily nap.
thank goodness.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


this is roo's favorite spot for playing with his diggers, there's a little patch of sandy dirt right there.. 
..and he's happily sitting in it wearing his super cool new gruffalo pj's from auntie sarah :)

Monday, August 19, 2013


we haven't seen it for a loooong time... apparently not one drop fell in july!

last week we got our first showery afternoon and i found roo lying on our outside couch just chatting and singing to himself whilst watching the rain.. i think he'd actually forgotten it existed!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


now he can climb up onto our bed himself it's one of his favourite fun places to be.. he loves to go down the little gap next to the wall and then launch!

i've managed to prevent him launching off and onto the floor so far...


..through the window.. a little boy eating chilli alfresco :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013


this happens :)

i don't often end up with the boys sleeping in the stroller at the same time.. the usual plan is to get benji to fall asleep for his morning nap in there while roo reads some books, eats apples and waits (relatively) patiently for his time to get out at the park/playground/on the trails.

cute squared.

Friday, August 16, 2013


a campground.. with a bike park next door.. perfect. 

benji is very busy around the campsite. roo is very pleased with his biking skillz,

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


this cheeky chappy is almost 1 year old!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


my little baby boy turned three last weekend!
looking at these pictures taken a few days ago i can see how grown up he is becoming... and it is exciting and heart wrenching all at once.
right now roo LOVES cars, roads, trains, cranes, tools.. that kind of typical boy thing. needless to say he was super excited about his birthday gifts - a road mat (thank you ikea), new cars, trains, train tracks and work bench with tools.
he was also super stoked to be given a beautiful green 'real' ticking watch from uncle shane.

love this little boy SO much.

...thankfully he is still young enough not to care if i put a girly party hat on him :D