march madness

march was an exceptionally long marathon.
indeed, it is just under a month from my last desperate post.

i did make an effort to take more photos but getting them edited and posted just never seems to make it onto the list with work projects taking precedence.

as many of you have already seen, Spring Break was dedicated to doing a trial set of Art Classes for kids ages 4-6.  it went over super well with the kids and parents, so i am very happy!  i won't say it wasn't hard work or exhausting, because it certainly was despite what the photos might say hahaha.  it was received with requests for summer classes for younger kids and adults alike, so it looks like i have my work cut out for me.  i'm game.  i'm always game.

check out the Blog and the Art Club links at THE PAUAHUS for more information and photos of our 2 week adventure!


in other news, i couldn't be happier with the progress of our home.  despite the usual mess that comes with 3 children, there has been a constant orgasmic stream of accomplishments with things getting done and spaces coming together in a very natural way that reflects who we are.

i set a deadline for these shelves to go up in time for Art Club.  they went up.  i bought tiny succulents from Welk's on a trip out to Opus and Lindsay's home that now have actual homes, thanks to Lindsay, who came over yesterday and helped to replant ALL THE PLANTS that have found their way into our home.  there is so much plant-life here now which has really changed the vibe and i could not be happier! 

Chloe's self-portrait from Eve's birthday party in February, Welk's succulents, eccentrically bright stuffies from Sayulita (oh yeah, i never posted that I made it to Mexico for Jade and Rob's wedding... i might post that one day...)  and Velvet Underground record.

the baseboards were finally finished and kevin designed a toilet paper holder for the bathroom that i still have never posted after over a year of it having been completed.  i feel like other improvements have been made in terms of my determination to change my bad habits.  i will say, having small areas of the home that i am finally really enjoying have encouraged my WANT rather than my NEED to care more.  it's not easy, and i am often more exhausted and grumpy trying to squeeze that extra time into my day, but the final result is still always worth it when i don't feel like killing everyone for the insurmountable mess.

this guy is walking full tilt.  as the weather began to turn ever so slightly at the start of March, we started creeping out into the yard a little more, and was Malcolm ever excited to get out and safely wander to his heart's content.  i'm pretty sure he thinks he owns it.  he was much shakier at the beginning of the month with his orangutang arms still up to keep his balance.  this photo is from last week where he is now helping to carry rocks, leftover planks, and toy cars from the front/side yard to back where we now have a NEW DECK!!!!

i remember seeing kevin out planning the size and shape of the deck with random scraps and pieces of string, thinking this was never going to get done.  we were lucky.  we had amazing weather and he was both excited and determined to accomplish something beyond raising 3 kinds of trouble day in and day out.  once he bought the materials, it happened really really fast!

also i'm sorry, i know nobody cares, but some of these photos are not straight and it's driving me crazy but i just started learning Lightroom and i was really trying to just get these photos up ASAP because i should actually be tackling a lot of work right now....

ugh.  crooked photo, so annoying...  but wow this stage already got me super excited because it happened so quickly that i knew the rest wouldn't be far behind.  also helps when your Dad comes by and lends a hand even for a couple of hours :)

chloe in her new favourite undersea dress from MC
and Malcolm playing with screws

we had our first 2 after-school picnics this week.  the kids were SUPER stoked and i was falling in love even more with our little home.  the grass looks fabulously lush from this angle.  it's still quite patchy from bird's eye view, but it's not the GIANT MUDPIT that it was this time last year!  why don't we do a quick flashback here...

April 2015

 May 2015

yeah.  so i think it's safe to say life is really great with a yard
thank you in-laws for making this happen 

OH!  and just to make us feel even MORE grateful, our $550,000 home is now worth double with Tsawwassen's current state of sky-rocketing prices.  we literally made it by the skin of our teeth before the steep rise in property value.

picnics are going to be a big thing...

...along with delicious cocktails and good friends under strings of globe lights
well into the warm summer evenings

this little boy melts my heart.  from his thin wispy hair, that is without the slightest curl or wave like his siblings, to his improving fine motor skills and body language that he uses to communicate while we still await his real first word.  he loves dogs.  he woofs when he sees or hears them.  he dislikes cheese, but loves peanut butter, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, tofu, and toasted nuts.  he sniffs plants and flowers.  he had his first dandelion blowing experience the other week.  he nods and shakes his head yes and no but still has a deafeningly loud and piercing scream when he needs or wants something.  he understands simple phrases but lies face-down on the floor (and cries) when he doesn't want to do something (at home and in the grocery store).  i remember all the terrible things of coming into toddlerhood, but now that M + C are grown, perspective has given me a much more relaxed ability to deal with these tantrums.  they are awful, but certainly something i would choose over, say, punching someone in a lower grade in the stomach.  more on that in another post.

he really loves being outside

in my last post, i think i mentioned having started working out.  i will admit, i haven't been doing the sun salutations since Art Club started.  i did get to the track a few times, but i haven't given up mentally in spite of my lack of time/organizing to get out there.  i've gotten back to the stairs.  i went twice last week, once with friends and once with the kids here where i took a few photos.  if the rain holds off, i'll be back there tonight.  crooked photo.

we have been lucky to have great weather and some truly glorious sunsets in the neighbourhood.  this sort of thing never gets old and it is a great way to really get more out of your workout.  we watched the sun go down and waited for the stars to come out.  the kids made it up and down twice with breaks in between to collect rocks and shells.

it really must be something to live on the bluff.  whether you're at the top or down here on the bottom level, these sunsets (and sunrises) over the water are to die for.

i forgot to edit this and i'm not going to do it now, but you can see him up on the steps.
that should be good enough for you.

even with the ferry terminal and Delta Port on the horizon, it's still beautiful.  i like to squint and pretend the thingies at Deltaport are giant giraffes...

back to the car

the deck was completed two days ago, on Sunday.
kevin trims the last piece off

Phase I is complete
the plans are to extend both ways
to the left, have the windows replaced with doors to walk out from the dining room
to the right, have an enclosed seating area from the bedroom

Sunday was a perfect day to finish.  we had some of our most favouritest friends come by to celebrate and bless our new deck!  KLF + Milos were visiting from Whitehorse and Jade had a few hours to spend with the girls.

Oooo!!!  also, this weekend was Spring Clean-Up aka JUNK DAY where we managed to find a whole bunch of stuff that we needed included patio chairs, plant pots, another chair for the living room, a basketball hoop, a soccer/hockey net, a work table for kevin, some metal picture frames, and a bunch of other household items. 

Jade brought over cakes which were quickly demolished

do you know what a Filipina cute attack on a baby looks like???
this is pretty much what i still do to this guy all the time

crooked photo
also i was too lazy to go grab the wide lens to get the whole deck

i'm really happy right now
there are many things i am working through for another post
but they are things i am happy to be working through no matter how challenging


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