Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Camping and Birthday again

It has been a summer of fun with seven or so weekend away but things may be winding down soon but not quite yet. We went camping yet again this weekend but this time headed south and met up with Scott, Carolina, Lucia and Oscar. Met them again in Gifford Pinchot National Forest but this year we had little Oscar as an addition. Elizabeth constantly wanted to hug our cute new friend.
There was mountain biking, hiking and a bit o' road biking. Elizabeth was not willing to cooperate here and wanted out to get in the waterfall.
The highlight was the girls and their dolls. There was much nursing, patting and hugging their babies. So fun to watch them giggling together. I love that our girls will grow up together on many a Westie trip.
We managed to yet again celebrate Elizabeth's birthday with more cake and a Princess Two hat made by Carolina.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The HA HAs

We were in Vancouver this past weekend and the highlight for Elizabeth were these statues that she called the "HA HAs". She asked about them constantly wanting to visit them again, walk around them, talk about if they were sleeping now, etc. She was really fascinated and loved them more than the park or even the train ride.
While putting her to bed tonight she looked up at me with this huge silly grin with her eyes squished shut. I asked her with a giggle 'What are you doing'. She answered "I'm the HA HAs momma".

Elizabeth Eats Cake

Elizabeth is two. She is a funniest little kid ever and loves to make a joke. She saw me react to a spider recently and it must have left an impression cause this weekend on our way back from Vancouver she hollered from the back "Momma a bug in me car seat". I look back saying 'what bug' and she starts laughing "No bug momma, bug at home" and then she belly laughs

This smile is after opening her first presents and playing with her doll furniture and new daddy built architecture model style dollhouse.She spent quite a bit of time dancing in her new 'Toot Toot'.
She woke up this morning asking to ride 'me new red bike'.

And finally Elizabeth eats cake. They had a little party for her at school with all the kids wearing hats and singing Happy Birthday in Chinese then English. So odd to hear her say things in Chinese! As far as cake goes... she is not a sweets person. She likes fruit but at most parties she says no to cake. This was actually one of the first times she participated in the cake eating. Of course the frosting had to be scraped off.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ring around the Rosies

Pool Time with Lila from kathleen mcgregor on Vimeo.

Pool Time is fun in any weather

The cheap-o' pool is fun on cool and warm days. This weekend we are reaching temperatures into the 90's and a dip in the pool is needed for all involved. Plus a good swim equals a lovely nights rest... its 730am and Elizabeth is still sleeping!!!

Monday, August 09, 2010

July 2010

Long video that not everyone will enjoy sitting through... vacation photos can be torture for those not present. 2nd song is for my brother.

Family Trip 2010 from kathleen mcgregor on Vimeo.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Hot Days of Summer - 81 degrees is hot for us

Elizabeth is a cautious child. She is not one to jump into the group. She takes her time, evaluates what is happening and eventually she gets in there. It was this way with the pool this weekend and especially the other weekend when we went to the neighborhood wading pool. She clings to me, refusing to participate which is fine. I sit with her in my arms, we talk about what is happening, she makes a few comments, takes my hand but she always finds her way to letting go and getting in the fun.
It takes patients as a parent especially when you (umm I) are the sort that tends to jump in feet first and look back thinking... uh oh what have I done. Then again I am also the sort that LOVES to snuggle and that she does while considering her next move. Oh I love a snuggle.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Alison and Quinn's Wedding

There is something about attending a wedding of a friend in your 'real' adult years. It is often a friendship that is cast in stone and will last a lifetime. This was such a wedding. We were roommates for years, co-workers, pregnant together and our daughters born four days apart. I am blessed for knowing this couple and it was the BEST wedding ever (well besides my own).
Jeff played with the girls on a blanket during the ceremony however Lila finally needed to see her mom. Of course this was during the vows but what are you going to do but pick her up and enjoy the moment just the same... or perhaps even more.
As one guest commented... 'it proves we love this couple that we all left the sun and traveled to the pit of clouds on the Washington coast'.