April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- Native American Proverb

April 19, 2011

The "G" Team

A few weeks ago, Gabby stopped by with her mom to meet baby Eden. (Bearing gifts, a big bin of girly clothes and a delicious homemade pizza!!)

It was a short visit but our little twosome made good use of their time together, playing with Play-Dough and being silly! I'm looking forward to more frequent play dates now that I'm off work again!

I just love these two little monkeys!

April 14, 2011

You Get to Choose

Thanks again to Mary for sharing this great quote!

"With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose."

- Dr. Wayne Dyer

April 13, 2011

Danielle's Dream

Here is a great story about Danielle, a RBE (right below elbow) amputee, who dreamed of being a nurse ever since she was a little girl playing with her Fisher-Price doctor kit.

Despite some unsupportive people along the way, Danielle never gave up and she was determined to make her dream come true. Now she is a successful nurse who is well loved by her patients!

Thanks to Mary from the Lucky Fin Project for sharing this link!

April 12, 2011

For the Love of the Game

A few weeks ago, John took Gavin skating for the first time. He was so excited to wear his new helmet and finally get to test out his skates. He didn't really skate at all, just relied on Daddy to push him around while he leaned back and enjoyed the ride and Daddy got a sore back...

He was more excited to watch a hockey game in the other arena. He came home and told me all about the hockey game and how they banged on the glass when someone scored. And the Zamboni. Ohhh the Zamboni.

Well since then, he has become obsessed with hockey. OBSESSED I tell you. He lives, breathes and sleeps hockey.

Forget Treehouse (the kids channel). He wants to watch HOCKEY. To the point that we have to put on Leafs TV or a sports channel just so he can watch hockey recaps while he runs around the living room with his ball and stick, yelling "SCORES!" and throwing himself on the floor. (Because for Gavin, he has to fall every time he scores or its just not as fun.)

The only problem with watching hockey is all the recaps of the fights and the hits, slashes, etc. We keep having to explain that its not nice and the hockey players will get a penalty when they do that. But he's still always asking, "Why they fightin'? Why? Why they slashin'? Not nice? He get time out?"

Every day we have to read him "Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet" book and he sleeps with it at night.

Thankfully the weather is getting warmer and we have been able to take the hockey game outside to the driveway. Gavin would stay out there for hours if we had the energy to keep up with him.

I love watching him play though. He has quite the slap shot for a kid with one hand! ;)



April 11, 2011

So Sweet

I must admit, I was pretty worried about how Gavin was going to adjust to having a new baby at home. He is used to being the baby in the family and he is used to getting all the attention. He has always been a Mama's boy so I was worried that there would be a lot of jealousy and tantrums.

But he has completely amazed me and proved me wrong and I couldn't be happier! Gavin LOVES his baby sister so much. He loves to shower her little face with kisses and tell her, "I love you Eden. I love you too."

He is just so proud of her. The other day we were in a store and the sales lady was helping me and Gavin proudly told her, "Look at my baby!"

He is the first to tell me, "Mommy she's cryin'!" or "Mommy, she puked!"

When she cries, he tells her, "Shh...its OK Eden." as he strokes her face.

He is so gentle and loving with her. I just couldn't be more proud of him.

We took her to Annya's studio to have her newborn pictures done and I wanted to get a few of them together as well (then Daddy took Gavin to the park so Eden could have the spotlight).

This is my favourite picture ever. It just melts my heart every time I look at it.

We are so blessed ♥

And here are a few more of our sweet baby girl. (11 days old in these photos) Thank you Annya!!! xo

April 8, 2011

Say Cheese!

Well here is another milestone for Gavin. His first school pictures! They had them done at his daycare last week and we weren't sure how they would turn out because he is at the stage where when you ask him to smile, he gives a huge cheesy grin, usually with his head tilted back and his eyes squinted shut!

We got the proofs today and John and I could not stop laughing!

Everything about these photos is funny to me.

Here is Gavin, just hangin' out in the jungle, in front of a mountain, reading a book! Then there is the fake smile. And WHAT is going on with his hair??? Hahahahaha!!!

Despite all that, he still manages to look cute!

My little boy is growing up way too fast...

April 7, 2011

Lucky Fin Project

I just found out about this awesome project today and I couldn't wait to share it!

Last summer Molly Stapelman started making these adorable bracelets in celebration of her daughter Ryan's limb difference. Since then, hundreds of bracelets have been sent all over the world!

We like to use the example of Nemo's little fin to help other children be more accepting of Gavin's little arm. The colourful bead in the middle of Lucky Fin Bracelets resembles a clown fish, just like Nemo and his lucky fin! :)

The mission of the Lucky Fin Project is to educate, celebrate, support and unite. Lucky Fins ROCK!

Molly recently launched her new website to help spread the message of the Lucky Fin Project!

You can also check out the Lucky Fin Project Facebook Page.

On her website, Molly says,
"I believe everybody is different. Some people's differences are on the outside and easier to see than the differences others have on the inside. But EVERYBODY has got something and God doesn't give challenges to those who can't handle them. And in what ever your challenge, is a blessing worth celebrating."
Help the Lucky Fin Project grow and order yours today! Lucky Fin Bracelets are available in three different sizes and six colour combinations. Get your own handmade Lucky Fin Bracelet with a $10 donation (includes shipping). 100% of all donations go directly back into supporting this awesome project and spreading the Lucky Fin pride! I can't wait to get ours!