Wednesday, 30 October 2013


Yesterday Finley turned 5.  This is how she celebrated her day.
Our traditional birthday photo as you are waking up
She was already away reading her Transformer’s book that she got at the library the day before.
Our morning was pretty low key.  Finley and Penelope played Transformers and then we had to go help my cousin Jimmy switch hotel rooms as he just had knee surgery and needed some help.
Wearing her birthday outfit.  They sang Happy Birthday to her and she got a special sticker to wear all day.
She picked Red Lobster to celebrate her birthday supper
Coloring her menu
Free dessert!!!  The staff all sang Happy Birthday to her!  She was thrilled!
She was so excited to play with her custom made Finley the Mermaid doll
Opening presents
Doc McStuffins Operation!!
We played Operation a few times before an episode of Transformers on Netflix before bed.  Finley liked the game only when she could get her owie out. She got very angry when it buzzed.  
Finley said she had a great day which is great to hear!!
Happy Birthday Finley!!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Dear Finley

Happy 5th Birthday Finley!!
You are such a sweet, happy girl – most of the time!!  You are feisty, fierce, slightly dramatic and have a flair for fashion. 
You love to be outdoors, whether it’s riding your bike or playing in the backyard.  You love it.  You love camping and hiking and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  You even went fishing for the first time at Lake O’Hara and loved it even if you didn’t catch anything.
You went canoeing for the first time. You loved it.  
You love the beach, the ocean and the sand.  I think you could build sand castles every day of your life and be happy.  This was in Hawaii.  You loved it there and ask all the time when we get to go back.
You can ride your bike down hill with training wheels.  You are much better at balancing and you are getting better with steering.  I didn’t take my training wheels off until I was like 8 so maybe you will be just like me!
You recently starting rock climbing and you LOVE it!!!
You started wearing glasses this year.  You look so grown up in them!
You met Mayor Nenshi shortly after the floods that ravaged our beautiful city.  I hope you look back at this photo when you are older and realize how amazing the mayor was and how incredible he was during this difficult time.  I hope you also remember how we loaded up bags of stuff for the victims, their children and their pets when they lost all that they own.  You were so generous in giving your clothes, books and even some beloved toys.  
You love watching sports!!   You love the Roughriders, the Flames, the Patriots and the Yankees.  You love watching NASCAR and get sad when the Candy Car (Kyle Busch) or the Home Depot car are not doing well.
You are a silly girl always looking to have fun!
You played soccer again this summer and were so much better then the year before!
We went to Disneyland where you met Rapunzel.  You were awestruck when you saw her and it melted my hear just a little.  
Finley, it’s impossible to mention all the growth you have made this year and the impact that you have had on our lives.  It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, you were starting a specialized school because you couldn’t really speak to a very happy, vocal little girl in junior kindergarden.  You have worked hard on this and I hope that it continues.  You are a smart, friendly, beautiful little girl and so proud that you are ours.
Happy Birthday Finley!!  We love you!!

Birthday Questionairre

Finley’s 5th Birthday Questionairre
1.What is your name: Finley
2. How old are you? 5 tomorrow on my birthday
3. Who is your best friend? All of them
4. What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my ponies
5. What is your favorite color? Pink
6. What is your favorite food? Spaghetti and Rice
7. What do you like to do with your family? Kiss
8. What is your favorite toy? Ponies
9. What makes you happy? Funny stuff
10.  What makes you sad? Something that is too scary
11. What is your favorite show? Transformers
12. What is your favorite book? Princess books
13. What do you love to learn about? Coloring
14. What is the best part of your birthday? Seeing everyone
15. Where do you like to go? Park
16. Who is your teacher? Mrs K Mrs J
17. What do you want to be when you grow up? Cook
18.What is your favorite treat? Dinosaur Fruit Snacks
19. What do you think about before you fall asleep? books
20. If you could meet someone famous who would it be?  Me she says laughing
21. What is your favorite drink? Egg nog
22. What is your favorite fruit? oranges
23. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter sandwiches
24. What is your favorite thing to wear? Dresses
25. What is your favorite game? Minnie Mouse Frustration
26. What is your favorite animal? Camel
27. What is your favorite song? Queen Bee (Royals by Lorde)
28. What do you like to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
29. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti
30. What do you take to bed with you? Lots.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Exploring Fish Creek

Back in September, we met up with some friends at Fish Creek Park to enjoy the lovely weather and go for a walk.
It was a beautiful day!!