Sam and Ava like to talk in the car while we're driving around town doing this and that - blowing bubbles is the main attraction, although sometimes Sammy will say "ta-ta" (the St. John's way of saying "here, this is for you, take it") in an effort to share a toy over with Ava. You can see that they are trying to reach each other's hands here, but they're not quite making it...
Ava has learned to recognize the word "kitty" - a new creature she has encountered at Robin and Mark's house. Hoopy (as their cat is called, named after "hoops" or hairbands that the kitty has always loved to play with) and Ava get along quite well, as Ava is not quite fast enough to really give chase...she's getting faster though and I can see why kids who grow up with animals in their house might tend to roll, crawl and walk sooner than those who don't - it is quite motivating! Anyway, Ava liked Hoopy's hoops too, so the two of them had quite a bit of fun together.
Hannah had family swim day in her swim class today, so Robin was able to go in with her. Ava and I watched from the sidelines and it was a great show. After the class, Hannah's long face shows that the Tim Horton's was all out of Tim Bits - awww.... good thing, they are on every corner in Canada, so all we had to do was drive down the street to satisfy our cravings!
Ava really hated putting on that snow jacket. But it must happen - there are piles and piles of snow here in St. John's. Really there is nowhere to put anymore. The snowplows come and just pile it up on top of the rest - there is less and less parking to be had around town, more snowblowing to do every day, and more snow to come in the forecast. Crazy!
Ava and I headed off for a week's visit with Robin, Mark, Hannah (almost 4) and Sam (16 months) in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. It is a LONG way away and it has been far too long since we have seen each other. Last time I saw Robin and Hannah was the day Ava came home from the hospital - 9 months ago! And last time I saw Mark and Sam was last Christmas, when Sam was only 2 months old. Needless to say, all the kids have changed a lot.
Our trip started with a bang, as I realized the night before that I needed a passport for Ava to go to Canada. Yes, yes, yes - this new rule has been all over the news, but I called Air Canada when I made the reservations and they told me (wrongly) that all I needed for a baby was her birth certificate. When I confirmed everything the night before I found out I did indeed need a passport. After a mad dash the day our flight was to leave, we got the passport (thank goodness we live close to San Francisco), we purposefully missed our flight, and were able to go standby on the redeye to Toronto and happily made it to St. John's against all odds. Ava was a great traveler - slept the whole way on the redeye and LOVED all the people to talk to in the airport and on the planes.
Here are some of our first photos of the trip - getting to know Sam and Hannah. Sam and Ava share a medicine dropper (I know - kids find the craziest toys). And Hannah and Ava share a hug - awwwww, how cute!
Ben and Lily had a great time making Valentine's Day cards and having their first real card exchange with their friends at school. Ava really, really, really wanted those cards too (she likes to eat paper) - next year!
Me Too You is written by me, Linsey Krolik, and this is my personal blog. About me: Mom to 6-year-old boy/girl twins and their (surprise!) baby sister, who is now 3-years-old. Technology, business and media lawyer and entrepreneur. Partner at Silicon Valley Moms Group, handling legal, business development and advertising for the SV Moms Group network of blogs. Twin sister to Robin, who lives much too far away in Newfoundland, Canada. Community leader. Advocate for kids to think "outside the box." 9-year (and counting!) cancer survivor. Runner and aspiring yogi. Lover of life, travel, the outdoors and a good adventure.