Wednesday, December 26, 2007

And a Happy Boxing Day

We celebrated a pseudo New Year's Eve with Luis, Lisel, and Phil on Boxing Day. These are people we would like to pack up and take with us on our trip (but we can't because they weigh too much for our suitcases).

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Christmas morning with the Dhas family...

... and Christmas evening with all the Kantors. It was like a 24-hour gift-a-thon. But in a very "Keep Christ in Christmas" kind of way. Thanks, Baby Jesus, for being born.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quelle surprise

Those Salt + Lighters... they got us good. An innocent gathering of a few coworkers turned into a surprise going-away party, complete with the induction ceremony into the prestigious Order of the Golden Kangaroo. Thank you. I am so blessed to work with all of you. Even if you are a bunch of lying schemers.


This is where I work... Leftropolis, a division of Salt + Light Television, where all is left-handed and goodness reigns. And this is my fellow Leftropolis citizen, Matthew. He doesn't always have a handlebar mustache. That was the result of a referendum, where all citizens voted in support of the growth of the moustache.

Monday, December 10, 2007

What delicious looks like

This is Swan restaurant... a favourite of ours. We celebrated our second engagementaversary here tonight with the usual deliciousness of wine and risotto and fish specials and brownie.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Good morning.

This is how we start our days... wake up, bundle up, pack up, and get out. In training for the Camino part of the trip, David and I have started hiking around Oakville every morning with our backpacks (packed with cans of beans... a can gets added every day*) much to the confusion of many early-morning dogwalkers and commuters.

* For weight only. We will not be packing cans of beans on our trip.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Birthday

Look who showed up a month early... here's Lily Kadia Dhas, born November 23, 2007 at 1:05 a.m.

Apparently... she couldn't see her little daytimer inside Andrea's belly and she thought she was supposed to come out on November 22, not December 22. Anyway, early and tiny though she may be, she is here and so lovely and so pretty.

And - what great timing (Lily really is a thoughtful baby)! Mom and Dad had long planned to fly into Toronto today from Ottawa, where Dad was attending some meetings. Little did they know they would be meeting their newest grandchild while here.

So, if anyone is looking for me during the month of December, you can find me hanging out at Andrea and Binu's, loving up Lily.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hu-rae for Cindy Rae!!

Congratulations Cindy Rae Billington and Tim Middle Name Cadieux!! We are so happy to hear of your engagement!! And even though we won't be in Shaunavon to celebrate with you on your wedding day, we will be praying for you and pretending to be at your wedding (and we have excellent imaginations).

But before your big day comes the big day on January 5, 2008, when we get to meet Tim (this comes as a partial reminder, Cindy, that we're meeting for supper that day!). So excited to see you then!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hello Moynihans

These are our friends, Dan, Lisa, and Emma. Dan and Lisa take full responsibility for introducing us, laughing at us when we first started dating and sat really far apart from each other on the couch, and then fully cheering for us and supporting us when we got married and as we plan for this trip.

We like them a whole lot.

We'll miss you, Moynihans, while we are away. But we are so excited to meet up with you in Sydney!!

(In this picture, Emma is counting. When she gets to three, she gets to watch the Dora movie.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Birthdays

In the Kantor family, all of the adults have birthdays in bunches ... so November has Mom and Julie's Birthdays.
Everyone was treated to a Raclette experience for dinner, then delicious cakes and desserts. And even though the cake and presents were for the Birthday girls, guess who had the most fun blowing out candles and opening gifts?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Canadian Morning

We spent a delightful morning with our nephew Jonathan, who is particularly excited about playing hockey these days. The first challenge was to get all of his gear on ... thank goodness for a step by step list from his mom, or else these two non-hockey players would have been lost, and Jonathan might have been wearing his elbow pads on his knees.

We sat in the stands, enjoyed that rink smell, and watched
as this little guy who could hardly stand on his skates last year was now dashing and darting through the practice drills. He was even told to fall - on purpose - as part of practicing how to get up quickly.

After practice, we made a pitstop at Tim Horton's for hot chocolate and treats.

What a thrill to experience this truly Canadian morning.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Road trip

All right, so in an attempt to ready ourselves for the trip and save some money, we joined the hordes of Canadians flocking to the States while the dollar is good. (Sorry, Canadian economy... we felt guilty all day long.) The trip proved fruitful... David got a waterproof jacket with long-enough sleeves, I got a sleeping bag, we both got some clothes, and we started our Christmas shopping. So three cheers for a productive day.

Pre-shopping, David and I went to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine outside Buffalo (this is where he took me on the day he proposed... he didn't propose here... just took me to Mass and to pray, which was very nice) and THEN we participated in American culture by going to the Old Country Buffet. We held our own quite nicely and amassed this giant pile of plates. David does enjoy a buffet.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

So long, good buddy

Well, today we sold Rueben. Trusty friend, faithful confidante, good pal. A car. Yup - after 9 years of driving and laughing together (Rueben is a very happy automobile), my red car and I said goodbye. Perhaps I was a bit more emotional than Rueben in our last few moments together, but I think I saw a little windshield wiper mist trickle from the hood.

Anyway, bittersweet a moment it may be to let go of a car I've become quite attached to (never name your car... that's where the trouble starts), the sale was made to help us along in our trip plans. Now we have a little extra money to put in our travel account and who needs two cars sitting in a driveway in Canada when we're gallavanting all over the world.

So, Rueben now belongs to a lovely lady named Linda. She was very eager to meet Rueben (and even apologized to me for taking the car away). And what makes me happy is that she called a few hours after driving off with Rueben to say "I'm in love! I love him!" (Yes - she said him. She knows Rueben is a boy.) So, isn't that the kind of owner I want Rueben to have? Someone who will love him as much as I did?

Rueben - here's to you and all 117,000 km we had together. Drive safely.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Waiting, waiting, waiting

Andrea and Binu and a big, beautiful belly. This is my niece or nephew, M., who I am so, so excited to meet.

M. will be arriving around December 22 (or, according to the very-organized Andrea, on December 22, as scheduled) and so David and I will have a few weeks to meet and play with this wee one before taking off on our trip. I love having Andrea and Binu so close by, and will be sad to miss out on this brand new part of their life as they watch M. grow and grow and grow. But when we get back (August or September 2008) I will shower the baby with heapfuls of love and lots of cool round-the-world presents.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We heart pac-man

I like hallowe'en to be a regular, non-scary day (even if Dad phones and makes ghost noises). So that means carving non-scary pumpkins. Although, I suppose it is kind of scary for the ghost if he's about to be eaten by pac-man. Sorry ghost.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Just keep running

This was the cup I got at Starbucks after David and I went for a long run today (reward, treat, bribery, whatever). I thought it was an appropriate kick in the pants.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Having our Phil of fun

Thanks Lisel and Philel for the most wonderful, awesome, splendid fall day of 2007... we had so much picking apples, cleaning oil off the floor, and feasting on fondue. We already knew we were blessed to have Schmisel as such a good friend, so now we are extra happy that we get to add Phil as a friend. Yippee!!

And as for the apple-picking... thanks, Chudleigh's. The apples are, seriously, the size of your head.

Monday, October 8, 2007

You're a turkey

We did it! We made thanksgiving turkey and no one got salmonella. Hurray! This is us with Andrea and Binu before eating the golden bird. Proof that we really are okay and not diseased is that I'm writing this blog entry.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


It's a lovely time of year... perfect for frolicking families.... Here is my friend Gillian, her husband Abby, and their wee ones, Lacey and Lyla (and of course, the wee-est one of them all, whom you can't see, in Gillian's belly).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

We have jobs!!

Okay, so we are finally feeling one step closer to our Big Adventure 2008. Hurray!! We heard back from the WYD office in Sydney with confirmation that our jobs will begin at the beginning of March. We're still lacking some details regarding non-important things like where we will live but figure those things will work themselves out along the way.

While we have confirmation that we do, in fact, have jobs, we are waiting for more information on what those are. At this point, we know that David will be working with the Operations team, most likely with the cleaning waste and environment division. And I will have an administration/assistant role with the COO's team. At this moment there is no exact job description but, I'm told, "the tasks are many... I can tell you she will be part of an extremely busy team."

So, to recap, David will be cleaning toilets and I will be very busy. We're very excited to go.

Really, truly, we are. We get to live in Australlia for 6 months of our lives and are grateful to have any job at all. I would even trade with David - he could be part of the extremely busy team and I will clean toilets.

And with the information for when we are needed in Australia (it feels so nice to be needed) we can plan for our pre-WYD trip. At this point, this is what we're thinking...
  1. Christmas - enjoy the holidays with the Kantor family and play with Andrea and Binu's newborn (newborns can play, can't they?)

  2. beginning of January - travel to Saskatchewan to visit with the Girodats and friends

  3. mid-January - leave for Europe and toodle around Germany, France, and Belgium

  4. February - head to Spain to walk the Camino

  5. March - fly to Australia

As always, the invitation is open to one and all - join us at anytime on our trip!! We will be missing our friends and family and will be glad for any visits, emails, or cards and cookies sent in the mail.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sears catalogue

This is Luis and me... on a walk at Glen Eden. We were quite amused by something far off in the distance.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Very Long Walk

Hurray! Here's to our friends Lisel and Val, who took part in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walk in Toronto this weekend. That's 60 kilometres in two days under hot sun and rainy skies to raise money for breast cancer research. Amazing. I joined Lisel's team for a (short) piece of the walk on Saturday... here are the lovely ladies.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Boot Camp

Look - our boots are waterproof. But, alas, too shiny and new to call ourselves respectable hikers. So, David and I joined our friends Jeff and Maja for a day of hiking on the Bruce Trail to try them out and scuff them up. We went to Tews Falls, Websters Falls, and about an 8 km loop in between (which included a LOT of map-checking and a bit of getting lost and some redirection). But it was a beautiful day to be outside, with friends, and in our new boots.

The goal? Someday these boots will be taking us around Australia and (fingers crossed) Europe (including the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain) in 2008. Yes, we know Europe and Australia aren't really close to each other, but it's all part of our plan to travel the world, see the sights, and serve. We're praying right now and trying to figure out where God wants us to go, and soon we'll have our travel itinerary for 2008 up here and on display - and eventually countless photos and stories for our family and friends as we travel. Yeehaw! We can't wait to tie up our boots and go!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Walk in the Park

We have now been married for a year. And a week. A year and a week. And it's been grand. A fun walk, indeed. There have been a few trips and falls along the way. But we've picked ourselves up, kept walking (sometimes even skipping), and are so excited to think we are an extremely mature, serious, old married couple.

Anniversary no. 1 was celebrated while on our holiday to the great wild west of Canada. We danced at midnight to the Proclaimer's "500 Miles" at my cousin Clayton's wedding in Salmon Arm, B.C. and then the next morning we were off to Banff (after eating some delicious blueberry pancakes made by Auntie Alice... yum) for two days of camping.

We took our time getting to Banff... David thoroughly enjoyed his drive through the mountains, craning his neck to see out the car and using the highway's rumble strips as his reminder to occasionally keep his eyes on the road. At cousin Roxie's suggestion, we made a stop to take a walk through Cedar Grove, just off the TransCanada. It was a beautiful, refreshing walk among tall, tall trees (some 500 years old) and the air was so clean (just like those tree-shaped air fresheners). Once we were back in the car, we opened cards from our family and reminisced about what we were doing 365 days ago. And amid the talking and the memories and the (happy) crying, we realized our walk among the cedars had been a perfect stop on our anniversary day - in his homily at our wedding Mass, Fr. Tom quoted Psalm 92:12 and compared us to the tall trees. "The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon."

A year and one week after our wedding day, we are enjoying our walk. We're no longer among the cedars, but at home in Oakville. But we'll still use those trees as our example... together, we want to grow big and tall and old.