I will never forget the day you came into our world and changed it forever. I'm trying hard to show you off to the camera in this picture but what I notice when I look at it is how happy I look just holding you up for the world to see. You came into my world on a busy day. I was a new principal and it was our school's big year end assembly. There was so much to do and so many people coming to honour and celebrate their own children but the moment that phone rang everything else seemed just a little less important. We got through the afternoon and me and Grampa hopped into the car for our drive to Vancouver, hoping you hadn't arrived before we got there. We missed your grand entrance by just a bit but it didn't change how excited we were finally meet our first grandchild.
One of the things I remember most about you being a wee baby is how much all your aunties (and your dad) had to learn. Auntie Carrie and Auntie Kelly were looking after you one day when you were still so little. Daddy had forgot to pack diapers and by the time Grampa and I got there your two aunties had your little bum wrapped in a towel and they were a bit frantic about how to make you stop crying. A quick trip to the store solved all the problems. You've heard many other stories (like the one where Auntie Carrie held you while Auntie Kelly wiped up the puke after they fed you junk food and then put you in the car for a long ride to Agassiz). Along the way we all figured things out (lucky for you!) and it seemed like there was always a big competition about who would get to look after you when mommy or daddy needed a bit of help.
As you grew (by the way, MUCH too quickly) we learned more about you and who you are. You always had the ability to entertain yourself and it wasn't long before we all were amazed by your incredible story-telling skills. You could turn an ordinary couch into a boat in a storm. A rope became a fishing rod that brought many beautiful things to us from the sea; mermaids, dolphins and that really famous starfish that your daddy ate! A tree stump in Olympic Village became shelter from a desert storm even though it was pouring rain in our world. One of my favourite days with you was the day at Kye Bay where you turned Grampa into your "matey" and I got to be the queen. You dug for buried treasure, watched for pirate ships and had Grampa running to and fro at your every command!