Monday, January 19, 2015

roll call

They're all here.

I do find myself counting heads at different points throughout the day. I have also started monitoring our progress in percentages... 50% of my children are dressed... 25% have brushed their teeth... 75% made their bed. Somehow I feel like this helps me keep a handle on what needs to be done and get us out the door in the morning. I could just as easily do this by counting but percentages feel like progress to me. Even if it's 0%.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


When we renovated our basement and put in some fluffy carpet, Joe and Henry thought there would be no better thing to do than sleep on it. So we invited the cousins over to break that carpet in. Here they are, at 6:30 this morning because, I guess, you need to be awake to fully appreciate the fluffiness of the carpet. (Not pictured: Annie, because she got kicked out of the sleepover for poking people, and Clara, because she is too little.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Well, Annie's been growing out the same hair since the day she was born. Maybe time to shape it up, so off we went for her first hairdo. She started excited, turned grumpy, ended happy (with the help of a lollipop and a balloon). Unfortunately, Annie's mommy is terrible at communicating and we didn't get quite the cut we wanted AND really crooked bangs. Still, today's the day we write in the books as "Annie's first haircut" ... whether I like it or not.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

working on it

When you ask Annie to smile, you get a squished-face-puckered-lips kind of grin. And when you say, "Smile! Show some teeth!" this is what you get...

Monday, January 5, 2015

5 months

Growing and happy. Loves sucking in her lips. Squeaking and squawking. Rolled once. Has shown no interest in doing it again. Smiles 90% of her day.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year from this pajammied crew to you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

our caribbean christmas

All right, so the Girodats did something a little cah-razy this Christmas. We opted out of a Saskatchewan winter and went for a warm weather vacation down to Jamaica. This meant sand instead of snow, jerk chicken instead of turkey, and short pants instead of coveralls for Dad. We smooched dolphins, snorkelled, built (lots of) sand castles, enjoyed breakfast doughnuts at the buffet, glistened in the dinoflagellate waters, lounged, played in the park, danced, and chased after crabs. And while we very much missed the Hansens on our trip, we loved our cousin and family time and all the chaos that comes with travelling with eleven kids all under the age of seven. Those seven days were a bit of a dream and, now that we're back in cold Canada, we have a hard time believing that we were really there. Still, we're very grateful for our vacation, very blessed by our family, and very glad to have had the whole experience.

Pictures? I took 848 of them. But - good news! - I've whittled them down to 67 for your viewing pleasure. I know Mom was looking at the blog the day we got home, waiting to see pictures... so here they are, finally.

Thank you again, Girodat families, for our days in the sun together. I love you very much.