Snow

One of the best things about living in Vancouver is that the winters are mild and it rarely snows in the city. But if you want snow, just head up to one of the local mountains and in 20 minutes you are in 7 feet of snow. Or better yet, head up to Whistler. 
 And that's what we did with our visiting family, because they don't see snow, ever.
And boy did it snow!
 My aunt was thinking she would be fine in meshy runners.
  I eventually convinced her to wear my boots before we headed out the door.
 They had never seen anything like it.
It was great to see their reactions.

Weekend

Our weekend in (Instagram) photos:
 There was a Skytrain ride.
 Goofing around with Daddy
 in the costume section
of the fabric store
 
while Mommy picked out colourful elastics
 to go on her shoes!
Speaking of shoes, these were pretty awesome.
And a picnic lunch at home on a rainy afternoon, while watching Anthony Bourdain eat his way through Crete on the travel channel.

Library Picks

These are good books.
 Castle and I both especially like the Pride & Prejudice one.
 The '4 marriage proposals' page seems to be a favourite.
"Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you... I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family's expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony... I love you."
 I don't think Castle notices this, but I am in love with the 'I  Darcy' on Lizzy's sweater.
 And there's Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. *sigh*
 The other two books are good too, filled with famous artwork by Matisse and Rousseau, but the Pride & Prejudice one is better.
I really don't know how we managed to have a child that will sit still and flip through a book on his own. He loves looking at the pictures. I think in part our constant reading and no TV rule has helped, but perhaps he's also a visual person, just like his Mommy. 

It is my wish to bestow upon you a most favourable weekend!

Distraction

We've had a busy month, it just flew by and we are tired.
 This boy has kept me going everyday.
 He is growing super fast, becoming more vocal, and learning to be defiant. A.k.a. throwing hissy fits when he doesn't get his way.
 I'm trying all sorts of discipline tactics, but he is still too young to understand it all.
So for now we will use distraction, give him something else to do, and in two seconds, he forgets about what naughty thing he's been doing in the first place.

New Past Time

Castle has a new past time.
 It's called the Peeling Tape Game.
 It's challenging, working those little fingers.
It keeps him quite and still for a little while, so I'm all for it!

Happy New Year

It's Chinese New Year today! With family living far away, it's difficult to be festive all on our own, but we did try, thanks to my aunt and uncle who are visiting all the way from Hong Kong.
 They brought us a few items to get us in the spirit.
 Decorations, Chinese outfit for Castle, and red pockets.
We are having a great time.
Happy Chinese New Year!

Scrappy

Ripping paper is one of Castle's past times. (Just like me, he likes to make things with paper.) I don't discourage him from doing it, since I see the proud satisfaction on his face. I just make sure that all the things I don't want him to rip is off limits.
 This particular afternoon I gave him a magazine. He sat there and ripped ripped ripped.
 After each piece he hands it to me for approval.
Instead of throwing out the pieces, I decided to make him a scraps page by sticking the pieces onto card stock.
He liked that very much.
And continued to play with his scraps for the rest of the evening. Go figure.

Crank City

I took Castle in to see the doctor for his 18 month shots a couple of days ago, and ever since then it's been a whole lot of this:
Whiny tantrums and a permanent "I'm mad at the world" look. He did not react well and became a cranky mess of feverish snot and drool. It's taking him a while to get back to his old self. He woke up in the middle of the night wanting a cuddle, to which I gladly obliged. He's known to dish out cuddles sparingly, in fact only when he's sick. So in my groggy, tired and sleepy state, I gladly leaped out of bed in order to pounced on that cuddle session. Any cuddle deprived mother would have done the same, me thinks.

Glove Doggy

One of my dear friends gave me this book:
Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori. It's a book filled with instructions beyond the sock monkey.
All of these characters are in the book.
I gave the glove doggy a go, with a pair of dollar store gloves. It was actually two pairs for a dollar.
 Cutting, stuffing, sewing...
 It didn't take long before I had a head and body.
 Looks great monochromatic like that, but when I showed it to Castle he wasn't interested. He gave me a scrunch face.
 So I put some felt eyes and a silk cord knot nose on him.
Glove Doggy came alive. I showed it to Castle again, and he gave me the same scrunch face.

Legoland Face

Last time we went on a trip, there was the 'China Face'. We were in China and Castle kept on making a face by sucking his lips in. He did it quite often throughout the entire trip, yet never made the face prior to or after the trip. So we dubbed it his 'China Face'. 

Now we have the 'Legoland Face'. 
It started on the plane ride there.
He does a straight faced pucker.
For the whole week we were away he kept on making his Legoland Face.
And now that we are home he doesn't make the Legoland Face anymore.
I guess he knows that we are no longer in Legoland. Sad, but true.
Auntie Amanda came with us too, it was much fun.

Mobius Strip Trick

 I don't remember who, but someone taught me how to do this when I was a kid. Mobius Strip Trick: a fun and simple activity, to wow kids and adults alike; something to do when people say, "I'm bored!"

What you will need: Paper, tape and scissors.

How to: Make some strips of paper.
Cut a page of magazine into six strips. To make the strips longer, taped two together.
 Now there there are three strips. Each strip will become a hoop.
Make your hoops: 

Hoop 1, on the left - take the strip and tape the ends together.

Hoop 2, in the middle - put one twist in the strip before taping together.

Hooop 3, on the right - put two twists in the strip before taping together.

Are you ready? Here comes the trick part.

Hoop 1
 Cut Hoop 1 down the middle, and go all the way around.
 What do you get? Two hoops.

Hoop 2
  Cut Hoop 2 down the middle, and go all the way around.
 What do you get? One giant hoop.

Hoop 3
  Cut Hoop 3 down the middle, and go all the way around.
 What do you get? Two interlocking hoops! 
Hoop 3 is my favourite.

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