Wednesday, December 28, 2011

christmas in review

We're still enjoying some lazy days of Christmas holidays... boys even sleeping in until 8 a.m. (bliss... never mind that Henry is up for sometimes hours at a time in the middle of the night). So before we sleep away the holiday, here's a bit of what we did. (David took Dec. 23 off work, so the review begins there.)

Friday, December 23
We did a little baking, had a twinkle walk, then home for movies, popcorn, and hot chocolate. (Henry loves popcorn and watching him shove fistfuls into his mouth is, quite possibly, the funniest thing I have ever seen.)


Saturday, December 24
Off to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton for some Christmas and train displays. Trains = Thomas therefore boys = ecstatic. Then home for an early meal (in the dining room, no less... it's Christmas eve, after all) and Mass at 7. David returned to play the trumpet at midnight Mass but, alas, the rest of us were all snug in our beds.

Sunday, December 25
Merry Christmas! We enjoyed discovering what Santa left for us and opening all the amazing presents under our tree, then feasting on egg nog pancakes made by Daddy. Henry had a wee nap before heading over to Nanny and Grandpa's for a few more gifts and a lot more food. We stayed up late, consumed a lot of sugar, and played a lot of games.

Monday, December 26
Back to Nanny and Grandpa's for more food... a delicious German breakfast and then brisket for supper. In between was a long walk through parks and on trails ("just like in Bear Country!" said Joe), more games and a teeny bit of shopping. Alas, yesterday's turkey made me so lethargic that I didn't even take my camera out of my bag.

And that is that. The last two days have been at home with our boys, playing new games and reading new books. It's cold outside, we're cocooning in here, and it's awesome.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas at the kantors

Big smiles, matching jammies, and a happy day. More to come....


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

home for the holidays


And by "home" I mean anyone's home... Joe really is quite comfortable making himself at home wherever he goes.

Today, Joe, Henry, and I delivered parcels of cookies to our neighbours. Joe was in charge of:
  • carrying the cookies
  • ringing the doorbell
  • saying, "Merry Christmas" to each neighbour who answered

(Henry and I were in charge of smiling in the background).

Joe added to his responsibilities by being in charge of:
  • stepping into each house
  • taking his coat off
  • inviting himself in

Our neighbours are very nice people so they didn't mind. He got a couple of house tours and a few invitations to come play another day. He has accepted and will no doubt be following up on those.

Merry Christmas, neighbours! You are really kind people and we are glad to live here.

dear raisin bread


Thank you for being a delicious distraction for my boys when we are grocery shopping. They consume about half your loaf in the time it takes me to zip around the store stopping only, of course, to put groceries in my cart and more of your slices in their hands. One time, I tried to replace you with cheese bread. I paid for my mistake and I shall not try that again. I always appreciate when you are on sale but, still, will buy you as long as I have two boys in my cart.

Sincerely yours,
Gillian Kantor

p.s. but even you, raisin bread, are no match for boredom.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

um, no fank you.

That's what Joe said after he blew out the candles and was offered one of his birthday cupcakes. Yup. He turned down a birthday cupcake. That's the kind of day it was.

Which is to say... it was a bad tummy day. Both boys have been fighting something and what better day for it to be at its worst than on Joe's big day. The curious thing about this bug is that it only curbs their appetites, not their energy levels so Joe was fine to continue with all the activities of the day but, when it came time for meals - even the restaurant food he was so longing for on his birthday - it all got a big "no fank you."

So... maybe when he's feeling better, we'll have a birthday do-over.

Still... he was a trooper and offered me these "cheese" smiles throughout the day...


And... I add this photo... check out the coach in the background... sports are going to be awesome.


one, two, three


Happy Birthday to our Joe!

To quote his godmama Sandy, "We can't believe he is three already - what the heck?"

Exactly. What the heck? How have three years passed already? How have we gone from Joe being a teeny weeny baby to this big guy who reads stories, sings songs, dances crazy dances, and plays trains, plays trains, plays trains?

Sometimes I look - well, stare - at him and try to comprehend that this is our son. That, when I was younger, I always thought I would have children and, now, this is him right in front of me. This is the son I couldn't really, truly have done justice in imagining. He's one part David and one part Gillian and a million parts Joe... which is to say he's a million parts incredible.

Ah, Jojo, we love you so much. Happy Birthday.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

dear Auntie Susie

We are so sorry that you couldn't be at the Kantor Family Christmas today, along with your other flu-bug bitten family members. We hope Brooke brought home her crafts and here's what the kids looked like this year:


Get well soon.

Us and all those cute kids in the above picture

Thursday, December 8, 2011

it's true

The name Henry means "ruler of the house."

So far, this is proving to be true. This is just one of the soapboxes he likes to stand on to bellow out commands.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

one of my favourite things

Please watch if you are in a grumpy mood. And just try to stay grumpy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Just being a looky-loo in my own house, peeping around corners and such.


Waiting for assistance... I think... I don't really know what he's doing here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

a dhas family update

Here they are and they are cute.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

for hire

Are you a mom, looking for someone to help?

He's very, very good at holding babies.



Tricky part is, he doesn't tell you when he's done. Just kinda slides out from underneath the baby and gets up.