Monday, December 17, 2012

Bowling Night and an Animated Koen

Our Family Advent Activities

Day 12: Go biking (again).  They LOVE it.

Day 13: It was supposed to be Games Night but I was sooooo sick and tired still so I changed it to `Open A  Present'.   I had found a Star Wars Lego pack at Costco for $16 (regular $32) and it kept Kai busy for 3 hours straight when he got home from school!!  He has been playing with it every single day. Awesome.  Big thanks to my friend Estelle for dropping of a meal that night, it was sooooo good and so appreciated!!

Day 14: Smoothie Night.  Then Gary and I went to his staff party and had a babysitter!  We were just gone 2 hours (as Gary and I were so tired) but Nya was SCREAMING when we got back. Not sure if she didn't recognize our niece or if she was just over tired but I felt bad for her:(   So funny to go to the staff party where your child also attends school.  I heard some great stories about my Kai Bear.  Brilliant and funny:)  

Day 15: Go to Grandma and Grandpa's House. I had two sessions and then stayed home with Nya while she napped.  We are now at the stage where it's not worth it for her to miss her  naps...

Day 16: Go bowling for Jackie's Annual Bowling Party!!  In the morning, we had Kai and Koen's Christmas concert at church.  They both did so well.  Koen was loud and animated.  Kai sang and did all the actions and his tummy is behaving!  Seriously, soooooo thankful that he hasn't had an episode since Friday!!

I don't ever include video but you sort of have to watch Koen.  He really wanted to make sure that we heard him:)  Kai did the exact same thing when he was four years old. 

{Kai with the tie in the middle}

Koen's Videos: There are two songs.  Each one is hilarious:)  Seriously.  His teachers told him to sing loudly and he followed instructions!

Off to the bowling party!  We've been doing this annually for about 5 years.  Usually it's on Jackie's birthday (the 23rd) but with so many kids and the busy-ness of Christmas, we moved it up.  You would think that with the 9 adults and 10 kids (5 being babies) it would be a bit wild but it wasn't bad at all.  The kids had their own lane with the bumpers up and we were good to go. 

{Below, Nya and Little Jack...buddies!  We call them Jack and Greta as those are my parents names and Nya's middle name is Greta:)}
Team Dekens 2012

Then, everyone came back to our place for dinner and dessert and it was pretty laid back as the kids could just play in the basement.  Missing was Doug (with a sick Sami at home) and dad and Joanne who were coming back from holidays.

I have been on antibiotics since Thursday and feeling much better.  The kids are all healthy (well, Koen has a cough but he pretty much does for 4 months straight during the winter) and I'm ready to get my body back in shape.  I have 2 months left before my 10km race so I need to get my butt in gear!

Love, Louise

PS Yesterday Kai said, `Who came up with this whole `Ladies First' thing anyway?':)


  1. Oh my goodness - totally laughed out loud watching those videos! Love it!!

  2. totally laughed out loud!!! Those videos are AMAZINGly awesome :) Go Koen!

    Love Kai's ladies first question ;)

  3. Those videos are priceless!

  4. He sings with such feeling! Love it :)

  5. Your boys are funny! Glad Kai's stomach is not acting up as much - did you change his diet?

  6. Ok that's hilarious. And I always thought he was the quiet one!

    Oh, and the actions!

    Glad to hear you're feeling better.

    And on that note, I'm going to have a beer too.