Wednesday, December 17, 2014

our tree

While I sat nursing Clara on the couch last night, the kids decorated the tree. I, subsequently, lost control of creative planning and input. Still, the tree (fake) now stands in all her glory (shiny). Everyone is happy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

kifli day

Today Annie, Clara, and I headed to the kitchen with Nanny to make kiflis for Christmas. These delicious bites of pastry and jam require lots of rolling of dough and scooping of apricots and, also, tasting. We like to think we were good helpers. Mostly with the tasting part.

Monday, December 15, 2014

eye on the prize

Henry waited patiently for the guests to be served first.

joe is six, part 2

Today's the day! He's actually six! So today he...

ate breakfast in bed / snuggled a baby / enjoyed some prezzies / ran an obstacle course with his friends / high-fived / pinned the propeller on Dusty / smiled a lot / ate some cake

Joe, we love you a lot. You are funny, sneaky, thoughtful, curious, inventive, responsible, loving, and determined. You make us so happy and proud - how lucky we are that God gave us you. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

the kantors meet kris kringle

And can you tell who was the most excited about it? Answer: Not Henry. He's a shy little fellow so meeting a large stranger in bright red clothing was not his favourite part of the evening. He did accept the candy cane, however. Priorities.

We went to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton tonight for story time with Santa. Aside from a Church Open House a couple of years ago, where Santa came to greet the kids, we've never gone out of our way to have our kids meet Santa or get a picture taken with him. But we're very glad that we went to the RBG - it was just so nice and peaceful and even magical. A beautiful, snowy evening with twinkly lights leading the way to Santa's cabin and, inside, the warm glow of a giant Christmas tree and kids cuddled up on blankets listening to jolly old St. Nicholas read stories. Yes, please. It was lovely.

d'ou viens-tu bergeres?

I don't know what that means. It's a French Christmas song and, given the shepherds in the first couple of rows, one might speculate it has something to do with... shepherds. What I do know is it sounds awfully cute coming from the mouths of these little grade one kids. Anyway, I love Christmas concerts and this one today at Joe's school made me very happy, even if I don't speak en francais.

And do you know what else I love about Christmas concerts? Cousins! We got to cheer for Lily today as she sang her song, also in French and about... wearing bracelets made of shiny Christmas garland? Yes, probably, that's what they were singing about. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

joe is six, part one

He's not really six yet, but it's never too early to start birthday season! Joe is going to have his First Ever friend party this year on his actual birthday day, so we moved the family gathering up a little early. Guess what? He didn't mind.

Happy Early Birthday, Joe! We love you, even if you don't have a full set of teeth.