Life28 Oct 2010 03:00 pm

One Saturday morning Leah and I decided to visit my mom at her work before heading off to a lunch date. They were really busy as it was Thanksgiving weekend so Leah and I helped out a bit where we could. Pumpkin pies were selling quite fast so I helped out by putting on the pie crust leaves on to the top of the pie. Leah was feeling a little left out so my aunt got her a slightly burnt pie that was unsaleable and she put on the same leaves over and over again. She took her time, was very careful and was happy to be busy.

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Leah is convinced that every place we could ever go has toys for her to play with. We were at a restaurant the other day when Leah declared she was done eating her dinner and ready to go play. I told her there were no toys but she didn’t believe me. As it was a very small, open restaurant with only our large party there at the time, I told her to go and look for some. Though at first it seems odd to think everywhere has toys, it has been mostly true for her. Grandma has a whole toy cupboard, her friends all have lots of toys, the Dr’s office has a basket and even the local coffee shop has a whole playroom devoted to kid’s entertainment. Everywhere else we visit, such as the grocery store, Leah is too busy with the cart or other business that there is no time to look for toys.

When we were visiting a friend of mine at her parent’s house Leah asked for some toys. I didn’t bring any except for a few small doodads in the diaper bag as usually Leah is pretty good at entertaining herself. We did find a few toys downstairs that we brought up for her to play with. I remember having the same Fisher Price farm set as a kid. They also had a great tea set for Leah to play with as well. I love the toys from my childhood. They were so simple and quiet yet a child could be amused for hours with some help with their imagination.

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Tomorrow will be the last day I look after Leah’s best buddy. They have spent so many hours playing, exploring, eating and creating together and have grown so close. I hope they will remain close friends for a very long time. I was looking back at pictures from when I first starting looking after her and it is amazing how much they have grown and how their relationship has developed alongside their personalities.

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Leah received a tricycle last Christmas and has now learned how to pedal. For the first while, we kept it indoors but now it stays outdoors as she gets the hang of it. She hasn’t had much practice as I put it away when I have daycare kids here but seeing how much she enjoys this new accomplishment, we will be taking it out more.

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One Sunday morning we went for a small stroll around the neighbourhood before church. Our street has a downhill slope which Leah really enjoyed. Going back home up the alley was a little more difficult as it was uphill and more narrow with ditches on either side. I’m glad Morgan was there to help steer Leah along.

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Last weekend I joined my group of ‘mommy friends’ and spent a night in Whistler. We had a really nice time relaxing, eating and chatting it up with each other. The fall colours were gorgeous as was the scenery on the way up.

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I tried to be artsy…

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We had a great time and the talk of getting away together again has already began. Though I loved the time away, I also cherished the big hug and excited greeting I received when I walked in the door.

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