Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Different Kind of Playdate

Gary and I attended a memorial service for our friend's dad yesterday. It was a beautiful service. I always feel so bad for the kids as I know how bittersweet it is. Thankful that their loved one is not suffering anymore, thankful they are in heaven, and thankful for the awesome example of parenting they had. However, it sucks too. As Andrew said, and I've said of my mom, his dad was his biggest fan and supporter. It's tough. Really tough. However, hopefully my kids will see that I am their number one fan and that example that I was given will be passed on.

I am very appreciative of my family and close friends. I know I have a lot of really solid people in my life and I am so thankful. I don't know how to say this but I'm very hesitant to make new friends because I feel like I can't even invest enough in those that I do have. Does that make sense?

So talking about those we are close to, today we had our first sisters playdate with all sisters in attendance and just Kai was at school (Ani is still recovering from her appendectomy). That means 5 mommas and 7 kids (and 3 in utero). The `big kids' just played upstairs and the little ones just got cuddles while the mommas chatted. Good times. We are planning on getting together weekly so we'll see how it goes!
Sami's `cheese' face. She's adorable. And a monkey. I love it. She will be a big sis in April!!!
The `little' ones. With lots of aunties to hold and cuddle them, it was a fuss free time:)
There was a whole lot of kids clothes swapping going on. A whole lot. I think we're all good for a while!
Hannah is about 5 or 6 weeks old now. So strange to be thinking I will be having a girl because it does feel more `normal' to be holding Isaac. I'm just used to lugging around big chunky boys.
Tummy time for two!

I'm thinking that by the time Maria and I have our kids, no one will want to hear anything about diapers or breastfeeding or sleep as our conversations are just saturated with it these days. So thankful for these babies, those inside and out. Praying for health all around.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Love, Louise

PS Did you know Gary is pretty much done basketball after this week?! Yippee!

PPS Kai and Koen are playing together so well these days! They play soccer or football for about an hour every night after dinner. Kai is so incredibly encouraging of Koen (mostly because he knows he has to or Koen won't play with him). This isn't to say that there isn't a lot of contact, because there is, but I love to see them playing sports together:)


  1. CUTE, those babies!!!

  2. I would so encourage you to do your sisters and kidlets play date every week. I know that when we were in Grande Prairie, I cherished that time with all of the other moms that we had at the church. I've started a small one here in Sundre and it's nice to have some other girls who understand it all. The nursing, the waking up in the middle of the night, all of it even if they are out of that stage once you have your babe. It's just a huge blessing to have girl time!

  3. Ali-visits with you are a must! Besides, you make great muffins and have lots of great boy toys:)

  4. nice pics lou! So cute isaac and hannah together!

  5. Great pics...thanks for having us over! :)

  6. So fun! I love that you're planning in getting together weekly. Awesome to have sisters to support you :)

  7. Oh Lord, those babies are so cute. Such great baby shots.