Thursday, November 29, 2012


I play basketball on Wednesday nights. Not to worry - Joe fills in for me.

keeping up

Annie likes to play with her brothers. The bumbo is a big help. Thanks, Bumbo.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

annie elizabeth

Annie is a clever girl. She knew that it was probably best to get all the yucky stuff out of her before she was cleansed by the waters of her Baptism and welcomed into the Church family. So that's what she did. She waited until she was bathed and dressed in her Sunday best and we had just arrived at noon Mass, which would be followed by the Baptism of her and two other little girls, to poop long and hard to get out all that sullied her system. And she did an excellent job, spilling out of her diaper, onto her white tights, and all over that cute little ruffle dress from Auntie Chelle. 'Twas an awesome, poopy, sour-smelling mess that took me right up until the Liturgy of the Eucharist to scoop up and wipe off. I cradled her in the ladies' room, balancing her on the tiny change table, gathering up the soiled clothes, and dressing her in her Daddy's Baptismal gown.

But then she was clean.

And moments later, even more so, washed clean and sparkly - inside and out - by our Lord. We pray that it always be so.

Happy Baptism Day, Annie Elizabeth. You are such a gift, such delight, to us.

and while they were here...

these things happened...

lots of books were read / Lily turned 5 / Baby Gaby turned 1 / Andrea turned... older and received her family in felt form / Henry watched the Grey Cup / the boys visited some trains / they said "cheese"

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

dear auntie chelle

I love my dress. And don't I look terrific? Thank you very much.

to lisel

Surprise! (kind of!) 'Twas so much fun to celebrate you on Saturday. We're so excited for your wedding and promise to do everything you need us to do, such as supply you with pina coladas and monkeys and such. Cheers!

Friday, November 16, 2012

happy birthday, Nanny!

From all of these people and their parents. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

christmas time's a-comin'

Time to take our family picture.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

country in the city

It's the Royal Winter Fair! Time for our kids to get agriculturalized!

Annie and the cows / Henry and Joe / hungry cow / feeding time / giant pumpkin, little hand / Annie in canola / if I could carve butter, it would be a pig riding a scooter - why not?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

three months

why kids are great

p.s. I think there are a great number of reasons why kids are great. Their interest in and ability to vacuum is merely one of them.

dear daylight savings

We forgot about you. It wasn't until five minutes before we were set to rush out the door to Church that social media reminded me that everyone else in the world (except you, Saskatchewan) set their clocks back an hour this morning. But, as it turns out, telling your kids they have an hour more to play is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. And I filled my hour by taking pictures of Annie, wearing a skirt, and tights, which is doubly amusing.

So, thanks, Daylight Savings, for a nice day.


Friday, November 2, 2012


Taking kids bowling. Everyone should do it. But probably not make a habit of it.