Tuesday, 25 September 2012

For Clara...

I promised Clara a video of Elijah, as she told me that I have not posted one recently, seriously Clara how old are you? She would then answer literally "two and half... why Zia?". Anyways enjoy the video! If you cannot see it here, go to: https://vimeo.com/50184796

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fourteen Months and Counting...

Elijah is now fourteen months old! He has learned so much this month and of course he is as handsome as can be. He knows what he wants, and he is letting us know.
He has discovered his supreme love for watermelon, we have been buying a baby yellow watermelon at the farmers market every weekend and he loves it! Of course because he is my son, it comes complete with a sugar high, and he is hilarious after eating it...running, screaming, and dancing! One night he even rode my sewing box, on and off on and off.
With the wonderful weather we have spent many a day down at Kits beach, Elijah loves the playground and the awesome sand pit there. We have had too many days getting completely wet and sandy in his clothes, I have had the look from other moms like "you are making it so much harder for me to keep my kid outta there".  He is happy and that is the important thing, even if sometimes you forget a change of clothes and you have to borrow a diaper from a stranger and take the twenty minute walk home in nothing but a fleece coat you (thankfully) found under the stroller.
 He is obsessed with the bath this month, if we even mention the word he runs across the room to the bathroom, signing "bath" over and over again. Then he climbs up the side and cannot even wait two seconds. He now takes his own diaper off and helps with taking his clothes off. Once he gets in he will play with his cups, ducks, and shampoo bottles happily for hours if we let him. Oh and he learned how to blow bubbles and puts his face right in the water! He is very proud and shows us often, he even mumbled a word that sounded fairly close to bubble...as he is not saying anything else we will take it.
 He is quite particular on things he likes to eat, porridge, toast, salmon, peas, green beans, crackers anything noodle and anything covered in tomato sauce.
Speaking of food Elijah has his very own kitchen! I scored at a church garage sale and finally was able to fulfill my childhood dream of having a mini kitchen. I may have been a tad more excited than my child, come on, it has a chalk board, a phone, a pull out ironing board, a hologram muffin tin oven window, a curved side pantry a faux granate countertop, need I go on? Anyways, since he figured out how to turn the knobs, he loves to play with it and it keeps him busy while we cook...well kind of.
Speaking of kitchen's Elijah figured out how to put a two piece lid back on a mason jar, empty our pantry, revove all contents from cupboards and race across the kitchen with the cooling racks.
He is now understanding and responding much more, I will say "Elijah go to the room and get a book and mommy will read it to you on the couch" he will pitter patter to the room, get a book off the shelf, and climb up on the couch. He is also learning his body parts and will point to them, he knows teeth, tounge, mouth, nose, toes, head and sometimes bellybutton and knees.
This month we are working on sitting on his little potty so that he can eventually go by himself, so we do not always have to lift him on the big toilet. He has somewhat masterd the walk backward to straddle the seat, but sometimes it ends up with a foot in the potty. 
Today he woke abruptly from his nap walked to the bathroom and with a bit of help from Daddy he sat on his potty and had a poop (with a book of course). Well done! We do prefer being able to just flush the big potty, but all in the name of independance.
We had to spend a few days inside as our little dove was quite sick (momma does not want to talk about the details, tear) he is all better now and we can report that all that is left is one snotty nose. What a trooper. I explained to him that I was sorry about what happend, and he proceeded to sneak behind me and he bit my bum! What a guy.
We cannot believe how fast you are growing, and how fast you are moving...did I mention that I turned around for two minutes to pack the stroller and when I looked back Elijah was at the bee hive with a look on his face like "mom come check this out, it is amazing!!" Yikes.
We love you more than ever.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Country Fair

I was too excited for the Southlands Country Fair this year, we went last year and Elijah slept the whole time, this time he was old enough to enjoy the splendour. To my dismay he was not that impressed. Come on! You can ride a pony, pet the animals, feed carrots to the horses , play with snakes, jump in hay pits. Nope, the box of recycling is much more interesting. All jokes aside he did love watching the horse jumping and the fancy ponies.
We walked home and found an amazing blackberry bush and it officially completed my wonderful summer. I love picking berries, the way your hands turn purple, the prickles, eating handfuls, it was simply glorious. Now we have to make something scrumptious with them.

Saturday, 1 September 2012


Great moments from Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Whistler...
Amazing crystal blue waters, the earthy smell of trees,
and glorious snow capped mountains.
 Singing Kirtan lead by Krishna Das
Taking a yoga class from Seane Corn while Micheal Franti played live...
simply delectable (especially when he held my baby).
A fancy mountain chalet with an outdoor pool and hot tub!
Elijah watching people with mad yoga skills,
 standing next to them and doing his newly perfected 'one handed headstand',
touching his toes and then clapping for himself. Priceless.
Going to the farmers market with Zia Maria and sampling every
kind of snow cone flavor from pineapple habenero to kalamansi lime.
Elijah running into the lake with all his clothes on and loving it.
All the wonderful surprises that made my belated birthday anniversary present simply