Fall is here!
It is hard to believe that this is the last post I'll write before Ava officially becomes a BIG sister. What an exciting time for our family. We are blessed to have a daughter who is so kind and caring at such a young age. She is going to make a wonderful sibling to her baby brother.
Things have been fairly low-key this month as my nesting instincts are in full swing and we've been busy preparing for our new arrival. Grandma and Grandpa Eden arrive on Friday and we are really looking forward to having them here. We've moved Darrin's office upstairs to Ava's former nursery and that space is now the guest room that will eventually become baby boy's nursery.
Darrin and I enjoyed a lovely "weekend away" at a posh downtown hotel while Ava had fun hanging out with cousin Judi. We also had the chance to host a grown-up mystery wine party here at the house while Ava spent the night at Judi and Jake's apartment. Knowing it will be quite some time before we are able to these types of things again, Dad and I are taking full advantage of some precious alone time. Ava has also enjoyed all the special attention from cousin Judi and other friends. This is equally as important as we prepare to divide our time and energy.
She is one busy little girl this term. She is taking a little chef's cooking class, pottery, a world traveler workshop, all on my own art classes, as well as fall camp two days a week with Miss Jennifer. It is wonderful to watch her socialize and make new friends. We are fortuntate to live in a community that provides such affordable and accessible learning opportunities for young children.
After spending half her life without any hair, it is super fun that we're now able to get big girl haircuts. Much to my surprise, she did a great job of sitting perfectly still for the entire endeavour. I have a feeling the lollypop might have had something to do with it.
We have been keeping our tradition of visitng the Vancouver Aquarium at least once a month. Ava is not only becoming knowledable about sealife, but is passionate as well. She calls all of the sharks, dolphins and whales her friends and, on occasion, they are even her best friends. Just recently she asked if we could go get a new book about dolphins. We went to Kids Books on Broadway and she carefully picked one out.
We were also fortunate to have the Fox-Seidel family up for a visit. John Paul and Ava had a great time playing together while Hilary and I were able to escape for lunch at the Secret Garden. Darrin and Cedrus also took the little ones to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for some treetop advenutres. Another highlight of the trip was a ride on the Ghost Train in Stanley Park followed by prego friendly sushi at Kadoya.
Of course the month finished with a candy filled evening of trick or treating. While Ava's official costume was Sheriff Woody from Toy Story she wore a different costume every day of the week. We are currently going through a phase where getting dressed can be quite a challenge in the morning so I was happy to let her wear whatever she wanted for a change.
I think that's a wrap for this month. It is amazing to think that I'll have two blogs to update very very soon. You can check out what's happening with baby shark at his blog - https://martini.typepad.com/baby2/. Thanks in advance for the kind thoughts and wishes over the next couple of weeks.