Wel May continues to be wonderful with visits from family and friends and lots of action.
Max so pleased to be sitting
Nora is a true carb lover won’t even put her bread down to fly a space ship.
Dinner on our weekend away, incredible.
Swimming in Cadaques.
“Mom I am too busy collecting sticks to talk”
Graduating to the big kid swings.
Just a little bit expressive!
An afternoon nap.
Nora loves noodles good thing Grandpa Regehr does too.
I was ill so Grandpa Regehr had to go to the play date in the square with three other mommies.
Tabitha saying hello to Max in Toddler Sense.
The oldest taps in Barcelona beside our favourite restaurant.
Uncle Andrew came to visit! So much fun.
Nora and some giants
Getting a little closer.
Nora telling or asking for a story not sure which one.
Max making duck lips.
Calcots feast- Uncle Andrew was on Max duty 🙂
Some plaza time- Uncle Andrew was inside.
What are you doing Emma?
Oh I can do that.
Dancing for joy in a rain puddle.
Back for another lunch at our favourite restaurant.
Louanne’s birthday party fun
Well our May is turning out fairly busy- family, weekends away, birthday parties lots of good things have been going on.
Well we have been busy- in the past little bit both kids have been sick. Involving an emergency room visit with Nora and lots of not sleeping and frustration for poor little Max. (He has been sick more than healthy poor little man.) We have had a Grandpa arrive and have done some travelling and are about to leave for a long weekend. We love it but could probably all do with a bit more sleep 🙂
Grandpa taking care of both kids on his arrival- i.e. we put him to work right away 🙂
Max is such an easy going guy.
Nora was using the binocular’s to check out a jungle.
Nora showing Max how to use the swings.
Showing him how to use a rocking thing (he not that interested)
Nora and Emma with a post dance ice-cream.
Part princess and part dragon to celebrate St. Jordi day.
Max participating in Toddler Sense with Grandpa.
St. Jordi day in Toddler Sense.
Nora’s favourite thing to do is play at any and all playgrounds but this is one of her favourites.
Early morning train to Montblanc for a medievil festival.
Grandpa’s turn with Max.
Nora adding a wand to her costume.
So psyched to ride a dragon while wearing a dragon cape.
Birds of prey in front of a castle wall.
Some knights on horse back.
We ended up eating here when we had lunch, it was a very meat heavy meal.
Just a one of places cooking meat.
In need of beer.
Sorting her rock collection.
Perhaps some wine to go with the beer.
Getting ready for lunch.
Hospital St. Pau- no longer a hospital an so worth the visit.
Grandpa falls asleep everywhere!
Max’s first time on a slide.
Stained glass in Milan Cathedral.
Nora reading the map and leading the way.
Nora taking care of Max.
Nora showing her necklace a gift from Dad.
Max is now rolling!
We have been busy- most of the photos have captions to give you an idea what is going on. Hope everyone is well.
Max is developing new skills so quickly.
Horse back ride with friends.
Nora feeding the horse.
Helmet on- but only needed for a moment as the pony had a wobbly back and Nora prefers non wobbly backs.
Nora is on the hunt for rocks.
Craft time with friends.
Nora’s favourite part was the cupcakes.
Max slept through the fun.
A finished product.
Max trying out the highchair.
Hard to tell from the photo but Nora is in shorts and a t-shirt and the other child is in a winter blog.
Dad and daughter vs a goat.
Nora trying to decide what she is serving.
Max is part of our family dinners, only two more months before he gets to start eating.
Indoor play fun with friends.
Max and Luca chilled on the side.
Nora almost fell asleep in the ball pit.
A new hat for summer- Nora thinks it looks like a cowboy hat. So it is Cowboy Nora and Cowboy Daddy etc. when she has it on.
The blossoms are out on the trees.
Max doesn’t have sunglasses yet so borrowed Nora’s, he seemed to enjoy them.
Easter weekend in Madrid.
Retiro Park, Madrid watching the row boats.
A tapas dinner.
Nora’s favourite are the mussels, and Brendan’s favourite are the boquerones.
Max seems to like most things going on.
Nora played with the camera for a bit this is one of her shots through fingers.
Nora giving us a close up of Brendan.
Me saying hello as seen by Nora.
Nora saying hello- not her shot obviously.
Cathedral in Madrid.
Nora, and some raisins.
Family photo in front of the Palace.
Hide and seek with Dad.
The back of the cathedral.
Brendan and Nora played hide and seek for about half an hour while Max and I stood in the shade.
Max and I hanging out by a clock tower.
This time Brendan and Nora were just racing in the streets.
Dinner again and Nora has the camera again.
She likes to take photos of Max.
I took this one.
She is so in love with him but has discovered that she likes to squeeze his cheeks.
Max seems to tolerate it.
Perhaps he is hoping for rescue.
An action shot in our hotel room, Max loves to practice sitting.
Nora and a balloon.
She now has Brendan telling her a story involving the balloon.
The story continues.
Max and I listen but don’t understand all the complexity of the story.
Nora practicing her monkey hang.
More stories from Dad.
Family dinner time.
Nora, Eva and Emma and some chalk.
Max with his favourite book.
Everyone has a stroller.
Pretty much a private concert.
Max, his new hat, and well he showing that he can sleep anywhere.
Nora making some new friends. She skipped her nap and to say she was tired is an understatement.
Max watching Nora play at Toddler Sense.
Max getting in on the Toddler Sense fun.
Nora’s current favourite playground.
Max four months old here and 16 pounds.
It is better to swing when you swing with a dragon.
Nora and Emma after dance class eating some ice-cream.
Human towers- Uncle Reid and Aunt Janice are watching as well.
We are at one of Brendan’s favourite Monasteries
Nora was sound asleep so a family photo of three.
Max gives great hugs.
Chilling in the stroller.
He smiles so often lately.
Nora and Dad are both dinosaurs.
One of Max’s favourite spots.
Nora telling me a story.
Nora telling Uncle Reid a story as well.
We finished the week with gastro and a trip to the hospital.
Max loves his giraffe.
Well we have had a really lovely week- Sunday we went for a long walk and stumbled on a calcotada in front of the Cathedral. This is the spring onion feast where the onions are burnt and you peel the blackened bits away and dip the onion into a tomato based sauce so yummy. Darcy- we had a feast of these last year and Andrew and Dad we are going to one when both of you are out. This one wasn’t really a feast you got 6 onions a piece of bread and cup of wine, it was still delicious though and pretty nice to be eating with such a nice setting and there was also music and dancing going on. Monday one of my friends had all the moms and kids over for an Easter party. Nora loved it- she got to decorate a bucket, a couple of cookies, go on an Easter egg hunt and also play trains. She loves Thomas the trains sets and has been missing playing them as she played with them daily in February. She in fact plays Thomas with Brendan where she gets to be Thomas and Brendan is Gordon. The rest of the week was filled with a trip to the zoo, dance class, toddler sense and lots of playgrounds. It was a pretty wonderful week.
Max getting in on the action.
Nora was too busy to get in on the photo.
Playing with the goats.
My view for part of the zoo time.
Exploring the mountains.
Hunting for eggs.
Egg and spoon race.
Floppy bunny ears.
Nora dancing and singing the opening song- “How Do You Do?”
Max in his second outfit of the day.
Max enjoying Toddler Sense.
Emma and Nora enjoying ice cream because of Nora’s increased participation.
Brendan do an advanced Daddy move- reading with two on the lap.
Jumping in puddles.
All the chocolate displays to enjoy.
Picking out a chocolate display for her and Max to share when they are older.
A walk to the grocery store.
Nora loving the train sets.
Examining the loot.
Easter egg hunt.
Waiting to get hunting.
Decorating plant pots to put our eggs in.
Max charming us.
Dad and Nora having a nap after our tea.
Chocolate and raspberry layers.
Delicious cake for a proper tea.
Playing on our way back home.
Peeling all the black off the calcot.
Our calcotada box.
Stroller parking with two sleeping babies.
Nora showing Dad how to take a selfie.
Well we have been busy here back at home. Nora has two new things that are pretty insanely cute- she now performs magic tricks and she also tells jokes. Her favourite magic trick is to say “Agracadabra” and then run and hide something and then after we exclaim at the item disappearing she says “Agracadabra” and runs to get it. If she has an item such as a hat she will hide the item there but she can only carry a hat so often. Her other new thing is her jokes- she is pretty proud of them her most recent ones include. “The grocery bag has groceries” followed by smiles and laughter and also “The book has a daddy” again followed by smiles and laughter. Max has also been very busy he has become quite proficient at grabbing and holding onto a couple of his balls. He is getting stronger and can now sit up when propped slightly with a pillow, he seems to really like this position so we will see how quickly he starts sitting by himself.
Max is now sometimes referred to as Massive Max, granted Nora still calls him Maximuka.
Our new to us stroller making an appearance- it will probably become our everyday stroller once I can figure out how to quickly turn the seat around.
We were the only ones at the playground.
Communal toys are left in the sand box I think this is a pretty wonderful idea.
Pretty confident on the bridge.
Our first trip back to the zoo.
Some very amorous monkeys.
Max didn’t seem that impressed with the zoo as he slept our entire visit.
Nora and Eva reunited- Nora shows Eva her stroller and Eva shows Nora a stick.
It was hard to get the four girls in one place at a given moment.
That is little Tabitha, Eva’s sister, so cute and an amazingly nimble walker.
Nora loves the tortoises.
Snack time an assortment of fruits, seeds, nuts and some juice.
Some slide action.
Nora wasn’t that into dance this week as she repeatedly told me she doesn’t know what her Catalan dance teacher is saying.
A brief moment of participation.
Max showing off his new skills.
Even able to move the ball to his mouth.
Nora building towers at Toddler Sense.
Max not sure what to make of Toddler Sense.
Nora telling me some jokes.
This joke required thinking so it must have been stellar.
It was pretty funny.
Getting to be so independent.
Brendan and Max in deep discussion, Max has really started to find his voice lately and talks to us frequently.
Showing off with his ball again.
He was helping me while I folded laundry- he was talking to me and playing.
He has a pretty cute little face.
Nora did some painting today.
Paint was shared equally with her page and her skin.
She was studying colour mixing and was pretty pleased when she managed to make grey.
She loves to paint.
Max sitting up- he stayed this way throughout story time and a bit more.
Nora is such a good sister- she is almost always willing to help, she likes to bathe him and if he is crying she tries to get him a toy and also sings to him.
Well lots to report since our last post. We were in Canada for a a bit and have just returned to Barcelona.
Our time in Canada was filled with lots of family time and our own family growing with the addition of Maxwell. We have now started our final three and half months in Barcelona which will be lots of time for more adventures.
Nana and Nora looking at tidal pools.
Cousins at the beach.
Helping Grandpa make pancakes.
Showing Great Grandpa how many roll-up pancakes a 2 year old can eat.
Riding the train in Summerland.
Shahid made the deck wet so that a very happy Nora could try out her new rain boots.
Great Grandpa and Nora at Great Grandpa’s in Darcy.
Nora’s encounter with a Beluga.
Max’s first day!
Max needed a night under the lights to help get rid of the yellow.
Family filled Christmas.
Dad has had lots of check ups!
Nora is so happy to have a brother.
Cousin time abounded in February.
Biggest smiles for Grandpa.
Max and Dad on the flight back to Spain.
Sunny Barcelona even bring Max to smiles.
First full day back home we love our square!
Nora reading to Max.
Next week we will need a tutu.
Dance class with Emma!
Nora so happy to be back.
Max loving Toddler Sense.
Nora giving Max a bath.
Friday morning with friends.
A true demonstration of patience four days before having an ice-cream.
Loving the slide.
Nora and Dad each with a stroller.
Our first weekend back and out for a walk.
We are still loving life here in Barcelona! In the past few weeks we have been to the playground many times and our friends also hosted an early birthday party for Nora. We are so incredibly lucky!
Still in love with her stroller.
An hour and a half of lego this morning!
Nora and a large block of ice at a science museum.
Nora was in love.
A raspberry mouse cake and a chocolate cheese cake for her birthday.
Nora loves to swim- a little over confident though.
Nora and Eva splashing in the paddle pool
Nora’s birthday party an amazing day put on by our friends.
Ok Dad you have to sit here.
Playing in the sandbox.
Gotta wear shades.
Brendan not believe what Nora has him doing now!
Playing with dad again- he is her best friend.
Checking out the bears!
Nora and Eva at the zoo- Nora insisted on wearing her zoo t-shirt.
Wearing her peppa scarf- thank you Grandma and Grandpa.
Still telling stories on the way home from the park.
Obviously it is a good one.
Telling dad a story!
Playing the squat game.
Well my laptop is running on an off market battery that is no longer holding a charge and my charger is no longer charging so I manage to get some charge off Brendan’s but it doesn’t work perfectly so randomly shuts off. To say my laptop is on it’s last legs would be being generous to the laptop.
I am not sure when our next post will be but here is what we have been up to the last few weeks. Lots of fun with Grandpa and Grandpa and then Nora, Brendan and I went off for a week in Belgium- our last holiday before heading to Canada for August.
Feeding the goats at the zoo with Grandpa.
Nora loves the zoo playground.
Playing while Grandpa explores Parc Guell.
Nora playing with a fountain.
This was how Nora occupied herself while we went for lunch at L’Academia.
First day in Belgium and Brendan picked up some snails
Leuven still the first night out for dinner Nora wants to be just like Dad and wear her hat.
Antwerp train station.
Nora’s new game is ‘sleeping’ in all sorts of places, even the Antwerp Cathedral.
Getting Dad to ‘sleep’ with her on a train.
Bruge was our favourite stop of the trip.
We went super touristy and did a 30 minute carriage ride- Daisy was the horse and Nora was in love.
I know the guy doesn’t look super friendly but he had lots of good info and was nice.
Saying hello to the swans.
A 10 minute walk to our B&B.
Trying to get me to join her.
The clock tower in the main square of Bruge.
The view from our B&B window. While it was a great view you might notice you are not looking through a scree- we were eaten alive both nights here as the first night we slept with the window open. I tried to kill all the mosquitos before we went to bed the second night but apparently missed some.
Nora’s second new game is called the ‘squat’
In can take a very long time to get anywhere Brendan thought he could get her to move her ‘squat’ forward.
She didn’t go for it.
Castle in Ghent.
Sorry out of order this is in Bruge again.
Bruge river boat cruise.
Brendan admiring the view.
Duck as the tunnels were pretty low.
Nora loved the ducks and swans.
Nora ‘squating’ in the Grand Place Brussels- probably the city we could have skipped.
Natural Science museum had the largest dinosaur collection in Europe- it was very well done.
Nora making a dinosaur roar.
After watching Nora be an archeologist we have come to the conclusion that it might not be for her- at least at this age.
She was very much into burrying it further for future generations to discover.
Cheers, our last day in Brussels.
Called for some ice cream.
Home and in love with her backpack- thank you Grandma and Grandpa.
Well my mom and dad are here and are here until next Thursday. We have been incredibly busy since their arrival with a weekend away in Valencia, and then four nights in France. We went to Valencia by train but rented a car for our France trip and stayed in three different locations. Basically our days are filled with restaurants, sight seeing and reading/ game play. Brendan suffered a string of losses at cards but managed to redeem himself our last night in France.
In Valencia we spent one day visiting the Cathedral and exploring and then spent the second day visiting the market and the aquarium. France was filled with castles, bugs and aquaducts.
Our time in town has been filled with going for walks with Grandpa all by herself, frequenting the gelato store with Grandpa and also staying at home with Grandma all by herself. These are some big changes for Nora. We have done lots of walks and exploring and also our normal classes- and so many meals out. All in a very busy but great few weeks.
Waiting for the dolphin show at the aquarium.
Nora doing math- addition and subtraction have been mastered so now onto multiplication.
She does the slide all by herself these days.
She is not fond of having clips or elastics in her hair- so soon it will be long enough to fit behind ears.
First stop on our French adventure the sea side town of Collioure.
Nora trying to jump Peppa and George in the very large puddle.
Grand palace of Collioure.
He did throw her a bit higher- I just caught it at the wrong time.
Nora is a literal tree hugger (and kisser) she frequently likes to hug them and then give them a kiss.
The quaint street where we found someone serving food before 8pm.
Really tasty food as well so that was a bonus.
Our hotel for the first night and also our rental car.
It was windy.
Picnic spot on day 2.
This pool was so so cold- Brendan and my dad went swimming. Nora didn’t go all the way in but played in water with Brendan for a super long time.
Our hotel was a 17th Century converted home- it was pretty lovely. Grandpa and Grandma were on the main floor and then Brendan, Nora and I stayed in a two story room that included the turret.
so many birds- this one was so cute not sure what type it is.
Pont de Gard- Roman Aquaduct pretty amazing and the museum on site was really well done. This was the view from our lunch spot.
Nora is into bugs, like really into bugs.
Trying to get the bug to talk to her.
Any one know what type of bug this is?
Nora loved trying to drive and was very good at pushing all the buttons.
Entering the Cathedral in Valencia- it holds the Holy Grail so we can cross seeing in off our bucket list.