Monday, February 25, 2008

Of weekends and baby fixes...

We had a wonderful weekend up north with my siblings and their babies. My parents are away on a cruise of the South Pole (yes, they are the original adventurers, even if their version includes the casino and shopping). So what are their progeny to do but plan a little trip of their own ... together.

This was the first vacation we've taken as siblings with our families. Largely because up until this past summer, yours truly was the only one of our clan to have procreated. But now that there are two new babies added to the mix, it makes it additionally fun. Exponentially.

Here is a little photojournal of our weekend...

Babies arrive and are engulfed by the love of their big cousins.




The babies playing side by side; not with each other yet, but blissfully aware of each other's presence.

On the glorious Saturday, the Lboy and his Dad went downhill skiing, my brother-in-law went cross-country skiing, and after several permutations and combinations, the rest of us went snow-shoeing and back country skiing (my sister).

Here are the three of us with our baby girls, all in a row, a little over exposed but posing nonetheless:




My brother with baby R all comfy-cozy and my sister pulling along the pulk with baby J.


Me struggling with Little G. My brother in law helped fashion a harness of sorts for me to pull her along on her toboggan. I borrowed his snowshoes and only fell over three times. It didn't help that little G was packing the snow into her toboggan while I huffed and puffed away.


My sister-in-law took over the reins to relieve me for a little while. Little G yelled out "Mommy, Auntie is so FAST!!!". Sure she was, I've packed on 11 years more baggage onto my mommy frame!


I just loved how the kids adore each other so. Especially impressed with my little man. He just loves those little girls; he asked for them as soon as he woke up in the morning and couldn't wait to make silly faces and play with them. He left his beloved DS at home, and although he did borrow his uncle's for a while, he set it aside whenever the babies were over.


Cutie baby R was giggling and chattering all weekend and baby J was perpetually grinning. She is so generous with her beautiful smile.

On the Sunday, my boy wanted to go snowboarding, and although we talked him into tubing, his sister wasn't quite tall enough for that activity yet. So the boys went skiing while G and I checked out downtown Barrie, by the waterfront.

Ice-sculpture/ slide:


Ice blocks and pseudo igloo:

I'm thinking that a getaway with this crew again at some point, hmmm, perhaps in Europe, a villa in the summer maybe ... that might be in order sooner rather than later...sigh. Wouldn't that be sweet!

17 comments:

Karen said...

Looks like the family all had a wonderful time!

Kami said...

Oh those babies are simply adorable! Gotta love a baby fix, especially when you can hand them back when they fill the old diaper ;-)

Looks like a great winter vacation!

Family Adventure said...

Great pix, Karen. Looks like you had fabulous weather, too. Did you rent a cottage??

Heidi

Beth said...

Looks like a fun time! And what cute babies! Almost makes me want to have another one...almost...

bec said...

Wow! what an amazing family gettaway. Looks like you had a great time with all the outdoor adventures and all the bonding b/w cousins. Winter can be such a fun time, too!

Cherry said...

ohh! That snow slide thingy is so cool! Of course I don't live with snow, so I think snow is a novelty.

Just think how much more of a workout you got pulling Little G plus her load of snow! She was just looking out for your butt, hips and thighs!

C said...

Oh! How sweet, Karen!! So nice to get together with the family! Good times! :)

Hey, my aunt was upset that you knew I was going to be in town before she found out! LOL! Anyhooo, we'll be in TO Mon night and we leave for Puerto Plata in the AM. Back on the 11th and maybe we'll stay with my aunt. Hopefully we can catch up with you then?

Kellan said...

It is so nice to spend time with family! It's so nice for the cousins to be together and have so much fun! Those are great pictures of a great weekend - I'm glad you had so much fun! See you soon - Kellan

LunaNik said...

Isn't it fun to watch babies play next to each other! I love that they totally ignore each other yet are so in tune with the other's presence. So. Much. Fun.

Rima said...

That sounds like such a fun weekend! I can't wait to go on a big extended family vacation like that, some day soon!

OHmommy said...

What a sweet family!

Curiosity Killer said...

Awwww - you guys look so happy! What a fabulous canadian family day!

Huckdoll said...

What a wonderful adventure for you guys...the babies and all. It's so nice that having little ones doesn't stop you...you're very inspiring :)

mrsmogul said...

It's nice to have a lot of kids around. Lots of snow and it's actually snowing right now.

Laura said...

The babies, and their big cousins, are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Badness Jones said...

That looks like so much fun! I can't wait until Bad is big enough to really play in the snow...and it looks like little G was trying to give you a workout even better than BodyJam, packing snow into the toboggan like that! And thanks for the cute baby pics, I love me some other people's babies...

Don Mills Diva said...

Great pictures - I love it when Graham plays with his cousins - such a warm and fuzzy feeling...

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