Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lydia's Visit, Pt 1

Monday, August 9th, we made the drive back to Edmonton with Auntie Lydia keeping Hope company in the backseat, or keeping Josh company up front, depending on Hope's needs. :o) Lydia's diploma exam was the following day, so we gladly brought her with us in much anticipation of the realization of this long-awaited milestone in her life. She stayed with us for a day short of two weeks, and blessed us incredibly by her presence here with us and all her help in the house and yard!Tuesday morning as she was preparing herself for the exam, these flowers arrived from her dear friend, Betsy Shultz. (from Oregon) After a brief run for Lydia and Taco Salad for lunch, Josh drove her to her exam while Hope and I took a nap and made cookies to have as a celebration when they got home! Josh also had the special idea to go out for supper together that night, which was so nice!
I found this doll stroller for Hope at the Super Store in Lethbridge, and she really figured out how to get it going once we got home.
It's not designed to be able to turn, and Hope figured that out, along with her own way of turning it - picking it up! :o) Eventually, we convinced her that it was okay for a stuffed animal or dolly to ride in it!
When Langemanns were here in June, Lorrie found a little Winnie-the-Pooh house and critters that their kids used to play with. Hope loves it! She can't open the house on her own, but when she wants to play with it she totes it up to one of us to open for her! The other day she was playing with it, and only Piglet and Pooh were accounted for - Tigger was missing. Lydia had seen him on the floor somewhere, so she told Hope where to look for Tigger, and Hope went exactly there and found him, returning to us with the missing critter in her hands!
My dear little girl enjoying the rocking chair and a book while my dear sister Lydia and I got the nursery prepped for painting.
One of her looks. :o)
One day, Lyddie sweetly took time to make a batch of her legendary cinnamon buns, which are Josh's favourite. I make the same recipe, but they never turn out quite the same as hers. I was trying to watch to see what she did differently! ;o) The cinnamon buns were a hit, as always, and there's a jolly amount of them in the freezer for continued use. :o) Thanks, sis!!
Since we would have had to disassemble the crib to get it out of the room, we decided to just park it in the middle and cover it with a sheet, as we had some sanding to do in the room. You can see the green tape around the room, marking the division line for where the blue paint would start. We did the top a sky blue colour and left the beige/brown on the bottom.... you'll see in the following pictures!
The primer. Ah yes, it all looks so simple at this stage! The hours and hours of work were worth it though! We painted the whole nursery, plus the main bathroom and the ensuite bathroom.
Playing with her Winnie-the-Pooh house again.
Fair little one. :o)
Figuring out that door....
Josh was home this day, so he lent a hand in taking care of Hope so Lydia and I could paint ourselves crazy. I guess they went downstairs to do email after lunch, and she fell asleep on his lap! Good little gal - she knows when it's naptime!
Progress. Yessss!
I think Lydia was making a salad for supper. Hope must have seen water and "bubbles" in the sink and decided that was where she wanted to be!
Sunday afternoon at the park. Lydia and I took a walk with the babe while Josh graciously went out to Home Depot to pick up a few more small roller brushes which Lyd and I needed to finish the painting.
Laughter all around. :o)
She's getting to be a pro!
Oh yeah - sweet guy that he is, Josh also picked up Booster Juice for us for supper. Hope loves it! Looks like the cup is half as big as she is.
A Sunday evening game of Rummikub. At least, that's what the adults were trying to play.
Hope was playing "Knock all the chips off Daddy's Board."
I think Josh still won. He beat me anyways. Can't remember Lyd's score!
Quite content with herself! You should try Scrabble with this gal! She makes winning very challenging, as you must remember what letters you have before she gets her hands on them! Maybe Hope can sit on Auntie Melody's lap next time I play her! That way, I might have half a chance of not being skunked! :o)

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