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"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose"

Romans 8:28



March 28, 2010

Haircut

It's REALLY handy having a hairdresser living upstairs because Isla's hair grows REALLY fast.

It started out with just getting her bangs trimmed and then after a bit of chit-chat we decided that evening out the long bits at the back could do with a snip too.  After a few minutes, VOILA -


The straight look or at least as straight as her hair can be....

The fresh out of the bath curly look...

I know, the cup is in both pics even though they were taken about five hours apart - she drinks alot, what can I say...

I like it and despite being a bit skeptical when I told him, Colin says it looks nice too. Phew!

Now we just have to figure out how she inherited those curls?

PS - she's still sniffly today, coughing and the nose is still running constantly.  I'm beginning to think this silly cold will NEVER go away.... Poor girl but she doesn't complain.

'Til next time,

March 27, 2010

Just wonderin'....

... if Isla will ever stop coughing, if her nose will ever stop running and will I ever have a full night sleep again before she's 18 or moves out of the house?

So, I thought she was on the mend and then bingo, Wednesday morning her nose is running like Niagara Falls and she's hacking up a lung - albeit a loose cough.

Getting to bed has been a struggle too because now she's coughing more and she thinks she has to come out at least once before falling asleep...

Did I mention that I am sooooo ready for Colin to come home?  It's been a long almost four weeks of single parenting ....

Whining finished.

'Til next time,

March 22, 2010

Life

I'm patting myself on the back at the moment for posting on the blog finally......

Nothing exciting to report.  Isla is still coughing especially at night but thankfully the doctor didn't find anything wrong with her and said it could take awhile to recover completely from a viral infection.  I have noticed a significant improvement the last couple of nights and tonight is the first night that I haven't used the Vicks Vapo in her humidifier.  She's been sleeping soooo much better too which means I also have been able to get a few more hours of rest each night.  Single parenting for long stretches of time is hard work so trust me when I say I need all the rest I can get.

Colin is in Brazil and will return until next weekend.   For some reason I had it in my head that Easter was this weekend and he would be home on Friday morning but I got it wrong, it's next weekend.  It will be nice to have him back, we miss him so much!  He's been able to fly to different cities and is keeping busy which makes the days go by quickly.

Isla and I keep busy during the day grocery shopping, playing, cleaning, visiting and LAUNDRY - does it ever end?!  She starts a toddler class next month that includes singing, activities and swimming - she'll love it and we're both looking forward to it.  She's very social and I thought this was the best class for her to interact with other two year olds and still get the opportunity to splash in the pool at the same time!  YAY!  

There are a few projects that I've had planned all winter and would love to get started.  It's probaby a case of time mis-management on my part but with Colin home soon I should have a few more minutes to myself in which I can start.  Who knows, I may even blog about them! 

Here's a photo update...
Before Colin left we took her for her 2nd birthday photos -
the quality isn't great as it was scanned, sorry!

Last week we've had some great weather so we've been outside alot playing and just hanging out.  Isla had the chance to check out the new landscape and L-O-V-E-S it... The cats do too!



I can just imagine these two saying in passing
"Hi Didi" (Dixie)
"Hi Isla"...

Peek-a-boo!


.... oh yeah, and I celebrated a birthday!



I have been working with my slow cooker so if I come across any good recipes I'll share them!


'Til next time,

A Two Year Old


I have to share this poem I recently came across because it reminds me so much of Isla! 
Just read it and you'll see why...

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Author: unknown

A two year old is so many things.
A tiny discoverer of butterfly wings.
A hugger of teddies, a sweet sleepy head.
And someone to dream for in bright years ahead.
A special new person who right from the start,
has a place in the family and a coarse in your heart.
And just when you think you've learned all the things,
that your dear son (daughter) is,and the joy that (s)he brings,
a hug or a grin comes with such a sweet surprise,
that love finds you smiling with tears in your eyes.

'Til next time,

March 4, 2010

Hangin' Out Together

As I write this, the house is quiet.  The cats are asleep, Colin is asleep (and feeling ill) and Isla is still in bed.  I should be napping too but Isla awoke for a bit and that was the end of my "nap".

I've been MIA from the blogging world.  We've been spending time together before Colin leaves again this weekend for Brazil.  The time he is home goes by far too quickly and I miss him already!  I think he will be back the Easter weekend.

We've been keeping well for the most part.  Some good laughs and good cries, some happy moments and some moments of anxiety.  We've been through the whole realm of emotions and sickness but we'll get through and focus on the good for now.  We've come to expect plans that go amiss and to be honest, I don't understand why but I pray that His plan will be done.  Maybe I've been taking advantage of the good and haven't noticed them as much but there always seems to be something "bad" going on.  I can't explain it but I know that everything works for our good and our lives are in His hand which is the source comfort to get us through our troubles.

One good day we had was this past week - we took Isla to Niagara Falls for the first time.  I wondered as we walked along the edge of the Falls how many times will she come here in her lifetime.  Personally, I can't recall but I must have visited there between 6 or 7 times.   She seemed to be quite taken with them and was always looking over the edge.  This girl is a daredevil so I made sure to hold her hand at all times! 

Afterwards we ventured up to the Butterfly Pavillion and she loved it!  She wasn't too sure what to make of the butterflies that flew on her head (or on her butt, see below).  We walked around a few times and enjoyed spotting all the different types of butterflies - some were truly beautiful.  God makes the most gorgeous creatures!

~See the butterfly on her head ~

~ the butterfly is flying around her butt and she's trying to chase it ~

~ Daddy's Girl ~

'Til next time,