Family Day at the Olympics

Putting my issues with the Olympics aside, we went in to the city on Sunday to see the spectacle. I don’t remember the last time we’ve had a full day set aside just to spend time together. It was so much fun! We didn’t really do too much Olympic stuff except walk around the hot spots but Livi loved it! We loved seeing Livi have so much fun.

We left for Vancouver just before 10am with the plan to put Livi down for a nap at our friends’ house just off of Main street and then head into the city centers when she woke up. Our plans changed when we looked in to the back seat and found Livi sleeping! This was truly a huge surprise and momentous occasion. She has not fallen asleep in the car since our trip to Edmonton when she was 9 months old. To top it off she had fallen asleep without her soother or fuzzy and didn’t complain about it at all! Has the world turned upside down?!

I snapped a picture of this once in a lifetime event 🙂
We briefly stopped in at Brent and Mary’s but headed downtown pretty quickly. Livi loved transit. She HAD to hold on to the pole or loop in the bus and skytrain just like everyone else. Our first stop was at the Pavilions. We walked around a little bit but since we don’t follow any of the non-sport related spectacle we didn’t know what anyhing was and the line-ups were way too long. We went and saw all the rocks on the water front then got back on the skytrain to Robson Square. That was much more interesting for us. All the art, buskers, and people were fabulous to see!
Livi was a little hungry and tired when we first got off the skytrain but once we got some food in her she was re-energized. She kept trying to give all the people she passed high-fives. It was pretty cute. We left from Robson and walked down to see the flame. Livi walked the whole way! Yes, that is a leash you see. I thought it would be a good idea since she is prone to sprinting and doesn’t always want to hold our hands when walking.
We made it to the flame and took the shot that every other person in the world has seen.

After the flame we played at a little park area while we waited for some friends to meet us for coffee.
At the end of our trip we went back to Brent and Mary’s house for a little visit and put Livi down for a short nap. Livi had a lot of fun playing dress up with Mary in Courdoroy Bear’s clothes and talking on the toy phone. We made a quick stop at Jon’s mom’s house for a delicious dinner then home for bed. It was a fabulous, fun, family day. I hope we can do them more often 🙂

Daddy, Be My Valentine

I’ve been neglecting my postings and realized I missed posting pictures of her Valentine to Daddy!

Livi decided the her Daddy is the only boy worthy to be her Valentine. To show him how much she loves him and that he was, in fact, HER Valentine, she thought she would bake him a cake. 

She decided on a Devil’s Food cake with Coconut icing. She got all the ingredients out and started mixing.
 Mommy did have to step in and get her back on track when she forgot that the cake had to be baked before eating it all.
 Eating the batter was DEFINITELY her favorite part!
In the end her Valentine present turned out really well and, as long as she could help Daddy eat the cake, she was okay with Mommy being Daddy’s Valentine too 🙂
Jon took me out to Restaurant 62 that night so we could have a more adult Valentine’s Day celebration. It was very delicious and we had a good talk. We’ve been so busy lately that it was nice to take some time out and talk without the TV being on, Livi running around, or trying to clean things up. 
Lifestyle Change Update: I forgot to post my progress! With dinner out and the goodies consumed over Valentine’s weekend I did not lose any pounds but I did loose 1 inch! So, I’m still counting that as a half success. I’ve gone back on the meal plan… as best as I can… and committed to going to a Speed Zone class once a week (which kicks my butt!), so I am hoping for better results in two weeks.

Update Post

I think I’m due for an update post…

Lifestyle change update:

Although my meal plan has slightly gone out the window, I have managed to keep a few of the original goals. No junk food has been in the house. I’ve only cheated with junk food a handful of times. I’ve been eating five smaller meals a day and doing very well at maintaining portion control and balance of carbs, fats and protiens. I’m eating a lot more fruits and veggies and some of the meals from the meal plan have been incorporated in to our every day eating. I would like to get back on to the meal plan more routinely but I’m not stressing about it because I know I am doing so much more than I ever have.

I can fell myself changing. I have more energy. I officially have pants that are too big for me! Clothes that were tight before are fitting perfectly and getting to big! My bathing suit that used to leave a line across my stomach from the rouching pattern on it doesn’t leave a line anymore! I have an appointment to weigh and measure myself tomorrow so there will be an update about the actual numbers soon.

Livi Update:

Livi had her 18 month check-up yesterday. I can’t believe that my baby is 18 months old in five days! She is completely healthy and doing well. I was sure she was going to weigh over 30 lbs … since she was 24lbs 6 months ago. She is only 26.5lbs! I was shocked. She feels a lot heavier!. I don’t completely trust the doctor’s scale. When she gets her vaccinations in two weeks I’ll be able to get more accurate measurement on her.

I’m not worried about her lack of weight gain. She is healthy, growing well, not overly skinny. She has become some what of a pickier eater. I wouldn’t say she IS a picky eater… just pickier than is normal for her. I guess that goes with her age though.

She put herself in time out today. It was awesome. She spit water at me and I told her to go to time out. She ran over to the time out spot by the front door and turned around until I was finished counting to 30, then came back and gave me a hug and kiss. How cute is that! I’ve only really been enforcing it for opening the fridge door (which she does all the time) for the last two days and she already gets it! Well, maybe she doesn’t get it, but she knows the routine!

Adoption Update:

We are trying to sift through a lot of burocracy. There is so much to consider. So many different rules for each different country. We might have to change agencies because our original agency doesn’t work in one of the countries we are seriously considering. The cost for our lastest country of interest is more than any others. I tend to get a bit stressed about the details and finances but Jon has an “it will all work out some how” attitude. It is actually really refreshing. He is being so positive about it, which is slightly uncharacteristic. It does help to ease my mind and keep me convinced that we are doing the right thing. So much uncertainty though.

We can’t do an actual commitment to a waiting chuld until we know which counrty we’ll be able to adopt from. I so want to know what my daughter looks like and start showing her picture off to people 🙂 I think this is a lesson in patience and faith. I don’t have much of those sometimes.