Monday, January 4, 2016

Winter Wonderland

Sunday Morning
our last day before the return to school 

he's starting to do the toddler tantrums but he also comes to me just for cuddles
he pats my back or squeezes his arm around my neck as he rests his head on my shoulder

i want to print a mini photo of this and keep it in my wallet

with the sudden gust of winter that has blown in this past week, my Facebook feed has been flooded with posts from the local mountains and the beautiful frost that has embellished every car, plant and spiderweb with ornate detail.  for the most part, i was so caught up in the rush and then trying to relax and clean up the rush, that i didn't give too much thought to the winter activities.

my mom guilt kicked in.  we hadn't done the Stanley Park train nor the Van Dusen lights show or Capilano Lights.  we didn't go ice skating at any of the local rinks, but to be honest if we were going to skate i would have LOVED to go at the tiny outdoor one they set up at Tsawwassen Springs with a big Christmas tree and globe lights.

unfortunately, they don't rent skates and it's $10 admission per person…   not having winter tires cuts out trips to the mountains for tobogganing (snowboarding and skiing are not even close to being an option…) and those were the photos that really got me in the gut.  seeing the beautiful snowy mountains on clear sunny days.  we haven't had snow this year, although i'm pretty sure during the frost, Deifenbaker would have been slippy enough to ride anyway.  

we made tentative plans to hit up the skating rink at Robson Square with Lindsay and Neil Sunday afternoon but those plans fell through, so we're hoping to reschedule.  i think the kids would really love a pretty evening downtown, skating under the festively lit dome...


we set out to check out Centennial after being inundated with FROZEN TSAWWASSEN NATURE PHOTOS on Facebook.  it got foggier as we approached the beach and by the time we arrived it was engulfed in fog.  we turned back to try out the dike, we had seen many cars parked on our way to Centennial.  

wintery fog

dance off

momo looking out to Beach Grove

winter florals


the sun started burning through the fog as noon approached

lucky shot of these birds

the hasties
joined us at the beach just as the fog had completely lifted

normally you can see whatever city is across the water
but the purple band at the end is more fog rolled out

the shore was a giant salty slurpee trail

we visited on a warmer day
the previous days had the water all frozen

too cool for school these two

first winter beach for little m

derp + derp

Malcolm had a good time with his other parents

he took 10 steps on saturday afternoon
i will post them in a separate Malcolm update because he's been on a roll this week

will he have thick curly hair like momo or a thinner batch like chloe?
we shaved Momo's head when he was born so wondering if that old wives' tale is true...

hoping we get another cold snap so i can get more photos


as far as white chicks go, this one is pretty alright
returning soon for a winter bonfire!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

HOLIDAY 2015: Christmas + New Year's

i really didn't take a lot of photos which makes me sad
i seriously need to have a fool proof game plan for next year if i am going to survive

dim sum with my dad's side
these dudes are for real bffs

christmas eve in east van with my mom's side
test shooting with the crazies for individual family photos

baby brothers


test shooting for the big group photo
i really wanted to host christmas this year but i guess i should wait
i really want to have a photo booth set up to do fun things like this for everyone

the belonios | winter 2015

the kids all had a great time.  chloe had a random spat where it seemed like she was having an asthma attack/allergic reaction to something, but it passed thankfully!  we did presents at about 10-1030pm i think, i'm just throwing numbers out there.  the cousins usually do a secret santa, this year we decided to do the Beg Borrow Steal game (or whatever you call it) for the first time and it was so much fun.  i think we stumbled home and got kids in bed just after midnight.  who knows.  we stayed up late tidying a bit and getting the stockings ready and last minute unwrapped gifts finished.

Christmas Morning was an absolute haze
we were all tired as absolute hell, as you can sort of tell by everyone's slow gaze
the only thing that got me to jump-roll-stumble blindly out of bed was my mom guilt of missing christmas morning.  i hardly was able to hold my camera steady, i felt so burnt out, my eyes on fire and my head with an ice-pick jammed in the top.  a few crappy shots but shots nonetheless.

my poopoo's first christmas

momo trying to teach him how to open presents

our crazy keeled-over tree
some people really hate the kid tree but i love it, it's really the most festive kind of them all
Malcolm playing with his new finger-puppet book

i can't tell if he is just infatuated with the tactile nature and process of a book
or if he is in fact actually interested in books… well i guess maybe he is too young?  idk
anyway, he loves this book and it makes my heart melt because these finger puppet books were the kinds that Moses and Chloe really liked as well


we headed up the hill to the happeneys who were so kind as to host another party after the crazy fun adult-only Halloween party this passed Fall.  again i didn't really take a lot of photos.  i'm so tired that i really just want to enjoy myself, it's really just the guilt sometimes that pushes me to take them, knowing full well i am going to struggle to find time to go through them, edit and blog/post them.  

i had to get this one of Malx totally passed out

the kids lasted all night
we got home right at midnight and i quickly threw my tripod in front of the couch
for a few famjam pics to make up for my lousy party photographing


holiday shit wrapped up
i can move on with my life


really loved having the kids at home 
also really not looking forward to behavioural regressions and dramas

it's been subzero temperatures lately
and we went out to check out the frosty winter wonderland at the beach
post those guys tomorrow

HAPPY 2016