30 December 2012
Christmas festivities included a visit to Stanley Park's Bright Nights light display with our friends, the Van Dops, Blommesteins, and Vangie & Skye. We braved the rain to enjoy the train ride through the light display, visit Santa at his "house", enjoy some face painting, and take photos with the mascots walking around. Sophia enjoyed everything, except for getting too close to Santa. I was hoping to get a photo taken with Santa but Sophia would not go near him. Oh well.
I also attended Navarik's Christmas party, held at the Vancouver Aquarium. It was really nice to see my ex-colleagues again, as I do miss them. Knowing that this will be my last Christmas party with Navarik (I changed jobs last October) made me feel nostalgic.
To celebrate my birthday, Ed and I both took the day off work. I wanted to spend a grown-up day with Ed so we dropped Sophia off at daycare then headed to downtown. We had brunch, did a bit of shopping, then watched the James Bond film, Skyfall. Afterward, we had a snack, did a little bit more shopping, then it was time to pick up Sophia from daycare. The time went by so quickly. Later that evening, after Sophia went to bed, we went out for a fabulous dinner at Les Faux Bourgeois. I had a great time with Ed and really enjoyed every minute of my birthday. It was definitely a happy day.
On Christmas day, we all slept in then had some bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then we took some photos in front of the tree, before opening our presents. Sophia doesn't really get the Santa-coming-down-the-chimney thing yet so we just mentioned that Santa gave her some presents. She seemed happy enough with that much information. That evening, we hosted my family Christmas dinner. My mom and sister's family brought the sides while we prepared the main dishes. Ed slow roasted some pork shoulder and it was super delicious. It was a big hit!
With Christmas over, my attention turned to preparing for our upcoming trip to Trinidad. So much to do, so little time! I quite enjoyed December but now I look forward to having some down time while in Trinidad. I need a break from errands and running around like a crazy woman. While I was packing, Ed says to Sophia, "Mommy is packing like a maniac". Sophia then comes upstairs and asks me, "Mommy, you packing a mani ack?". Too funny.
22 December 2012
Canada has been very good to me and my family. Thank you, Canada, for welcoming us with open arms. Thank you, Papa and Mama, for uprooting your own lives so that your kids can live in a place with better opportunities. Your sacrifices have not been for naught and I appreciate them every single day I get to enjoy the life that we have been able to build here in Vancouver.
20 December 2012
I am really enjoying Sophia nowadays. Yes, her “terrible twos” moments make it more challenging but her increased ability to articulate her thoughts and feelings allow for more interesting and enjoyable interactions with her. Her personality and sense of humour are coming out more and more, and she makes us laugh all the time. Her cuteness is overwhelming, sometimes. Hey, I’m her mom, I’m allowed to be biased!
“Mommy not angry anymore.”
“Don’t wipe my tears.”
“No, daddy not exercising. He at work.”
“Mommy no go to work. Sit with me first.”
These are some of the things she has said to me lately. Sophia’s vocabulary is growing everyday. She is quite chatty and asks many questions. She loves to read and we’re regular visitors in our local library. When checking out the books, Sophia scans the books by herself. She sometimes cracks jokes and laughs at them the loudest. Too cute.
As for the terrible twos moment, I am learning more tricks and techniques for how to deal with these situations in a more calm and patient manner. And these new skills have really helped make my time with Sophia more peaceful and gratifying. Less stressful for me, too.
One of my favourite moments is when Sophia asks if she can tie up my hair. She has me sit on the floor and she stands behind me. She sweeps up my hair with her hands and forms a pony tail (well, a messy one). Then she attempts to put a hair tie on but of course, she’s not able to do that yet. So she releases my hair and starts over. I just love feeling her little hands through my hair and she has such fun fixing mommy’s hair. These moments, I just wish would never end.
30 November 2012
It was on sale last Friday ($101 off) and that was all I needed to make the purchase. My six year old MacBook Pro has finally given up (I think it over heated and fried some components). We have another MacBook (also six years old) that is still working fine but using it to edit photos was getting painfully slow. It’s funny how our threshold for “slow computing” gets lower and lower as time passes.
This is my first ever computer purchase, which is pretty amazing. Work has always provided me with a machine to use at home but my work laptop now is a Dell and I am not interested in using Windows at home. I’ve been using Apple laptops since 2004 and all my stuff are too embedded in the Mac. I love, love, love this new laptop. It is super light and fast and the retina display is stunning. I’m very happy right now. :)
23 November 2012
16 November 2012
Julia was pretty impressed that Sophia made the connection before seeing the last page. So am I! She's a logical thinker, which is not a surprise given her parents are both logical thinkers. Julia's story made me so proud. That's my girl!
9 November 2012
Above are some photos from our pumpkin patch adventure...
It was pouring that afternoon and Sophia's monkey feet got wet when we walked to the car from her daycare. Once we got home, she took off the monkey suit so that I can dry the feet. Then I announced that it was time to put the costume back on so we can go trick or treating around our complex. No. That was Sophia's response. Don't you want to go trick or treat? No. Don't you want more candy? No. So that was that. It was raining hard so I got over my disappointment pretty quickly.
I found other ways for her to do some Halloween activities. I got her to help with lighting the pumpkin (she handed the candle to me, then I lit it) and we went outside to place it outside our door. We also put up a "Happy Halloween" sign on our door. She quite enjoyed this part. What she didn't enjoy too much was coming with me to answer the door when people knocked. She found the costumes and masks scary. Oh well. Hopefully, next year, we will actually make it out the door to go trick or treating.
26 October 2012
It certainly is different where I am now. Navarik has less than 50 employees, whereas Dell has over 100,000 employees in I don't even know how many countries. The team I joined is a product team that develops software for modernizing legacy systems and my role involves product management, business analysis, etc. My role is similar to what I was doing at Navarik but the products and users are quite different from what I am used to. I was looking for change and I definitely got it.
It is Friday now and I survived my first week at Dell. It was overwhelming and scary but it was also good. Change is good, right? Right???
16 October 2012
More photos at our Flickr site...
5 October 2012
4 October 2012
It is very fascinating and fun to watch her personality develop. I love listening to her use new words and surprise me with new antics everyday. I was looking for one of her books the other night and was muttering to myself, “where is that Jillian Jiggs book?”, as I flipped through the books on the shelf. Then I hear Sophia say out loud behind me, “Jillian Jiggs, where are you?”. She made me laugh and I thanked her for helping me find Jillian Jiggs. Too cute.
She enjoys going to daycare and playing with her friends all day. Sophia still loves to sing and dance. Her daycare teachers commented on how musical she is and how she loves to just belt it out. Yup, that’s my girl! She is also a fast runner. This presents a challenge when I am carrying groceries and I need to run with her on the sidewalk. But she loves it.
Mealtimes are usually peaceful but sometimes stressful. I would say Sophia is a picky eater fifty percent of the time. Some days she eats a lot and some days she hardly eats. She has recently started eating grape tomatoes, nectarines, and strawberries. I even got her to eat a little bit kale and couscous recently but refused them the next time I offered it to her. And when she’s not in the mood to eat, she starts palying with her food and dumping it on the table and floor. Then I get mad and take her off the chair, then she gets mad because she wants to keep playing with the food. Yeah, sometimes it’s a battle. It’s up and down. When the mealtime passes peacefully and she eats well, I always say a thank you prayer that we got through that without any battles. I just take it one mealtime at a time.