Friday, January 16, 2015

Trends in 5-year-old fashion

I think dressing in colour code every day is wearing on Maddy. This is her current favourite outfit. She puts it on first thing when she wakes up in the morning, and as soon as she walks in the door after school. I bet you didn't even know that a tutu could be worn as a top!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Poles! Glorious Poles!!

Remember this little sad faced 2-year-old who complained to her grandparents that "Mommy and Daddy didn't buy me any poles"?

Well, the day is FINALLY here. And she couldn't be more thrilled.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Astrid, Dragon Rider

We recently saw How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Maddy decided that she is Astrid. She has been wearing this outfit every time she gets the chance, and using a devil tail as her sword. I've even let her out of the house like this on occasion, though I draw the line at the boots (which are mine!).

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sunshine Star

We couldn't be prouder of the start Maddy is off to in kindergarten.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What she's been up to lately

What does Maddy do all day?

She goes to school,


 competes at swim meets,

jumps off the 3m board,

 sets up her new bed,

and goes to Surfset fitness class.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thanksgiving in Ottawa

This is long overdue, but we had a lovely long weekend in Ottawa. As always, lots of food and fun with the family. However, the real story of the weekend ended up being the hiking. On Sunday, we went to Meech Lake and the Carbide Wilson ruins. This is a leisurely 3k-ish walk that we did last year too. At the ruins, my dad started chatting with a group of mountain bikers who recommended another trail called Sentier des Loups, that was supposed to go to a nice lookout and not be too hard.

 So, with very little (read: no) research, we set out on Sentier des Loups on Monday morning. A little look at the map made us think it was probably under 6k. Sure enough, after 3.5k and a LOT of uphill climbing, we came to a lovely lookout, with a beautiful view of the Ottawa Valley. So we continued along the loop, thinking that we had gone the long way out and we were taking the short way back. 

And then we kept going uphill. And we arrived at another trail marker. Which indicated that we had gone 5k and still had 3.5k to go. A bit of panic started to set in. 

This picture was taken at the second lookout, right before Maddy accidentally grabbed a wild raspberry bush and cried for a solid kilometre. 

After scrabbling over rocks, occasionally being unsure where the trail was, and crossing streams via fallen logs, we started to make progress. And then she started to get a little crazy from all the walking...

Perhaps we should have paid more attention to this sign. And questioned the distance between the two lookouts. But we're adventurous like that. (Also note: the NCC info sheet on this hike lists it as "difficult", which could have been useful information.)

Finally, the only reason we managed to get Maddy down: the promise of ice cream. Well deserved after an 8.5k hike!