Friday, December 27, 2013

dec 27

On today's agenda.... sledding with the Dhas family. Jonah invented "sealing," where one slides down the hill on their stomach much like a seal. Sealing was a hit and everyone tried it, including Andrea.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

dec 26

More food and family! Today we spent at Nanny and Grandpa's for German breakfast and brisket supper, and lots of playing in between.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

dec 25

Merry Christmas! What a morning! What a day! Weee!!

We had a nice day of discovering Santa presents, eating waffles, getting the turkey in the oven, and then - finally - opening presents. The rest of the day was spent enjoying our new books and gifts, talking to Grammie and Papa and aunts and uncles on the phone, napping, and preparing the house for our dinner guests - Nanny and Grandpa and the Bodners. This was our first year hosting Christmas and I spent much of my preparation time thinking of my mom and aunts and the Christmas dinners they hosted. I never, ever, not even for a minute appreciated what they were doing, never saw them flustered (even when us kids were racing through the kitchen around their legs), and always loved their meals. I don't think I can fill their shoes, but it was exciting and nerve-wracking to try. Also, David cooked the turkey so that was probably cheating. Sorry.

Merry Christmas, from us to you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

o holy night

This is Annie praying so fervently (for us? probably) during our Advent readings.

And here we are all, cleaned up and ready to go to Christmas Eve Mass. Merry Christmas, everyone!

christmas eve-ing

Today we went to see the train display at the Royal Botanical Gardens and - what fun - the Dhas family was there, too. Imagine the audio on the picture below (awesome).

Sunday, December 22, 2013


The weather outside is frozen and frigid, but we are some of the lucky ones. Our power was out only for a short time in the middle of the night and we have been able to keep warm and toasty inside.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

for grandparents, godparents, and the truly dedicated

We present to you... Joe's first Christmas concert. Pictures, for just a taste, and a many-minutes video for the full meal deal.

Monday, December 16, 2013


And lots of it. We woke up to a winter wonderland on Saturday and it didn't stop until late that night. This was the greatest birthday present to Joe that we could never have planned.

Joseph is FIVE!!

What? Don't even get me started on that. Am I going to live my whole life in disbelief that my children are getting bigger and older? It's going to keep happening, I know, so I should just get over it and accept that it's happening. But I can't.

Did I ever tell this story? Way back in March of this year, we were at a Parish Spaghetti dinner and there was a young boy, probably 11- or 12-years-old, who was serving our table. He was very polite and took great care in making sure we were enjoying our meal and had everything we needed. I said to Joe something like, "Isn't he a nice boy? Do you think when you get older, you would like to be a good helper like him?" And Joe replied immediately, "But when I'm bigger, you don't want me to leave the house."

Um, yes. That's true. I may have said that. Something like, "Joe, please don't ever get bigger and leave the house." I didn't think he actually listened to me.

Anyway, Joe's birthday. He is getting bigger and someday he will leave the house without me and I know he will be a big helper wherever he goes.

We had a nice birthday party on Saturday with lots of cousins and hotdogs and fighter jet birthday cake. Then on Sunday - the actual birthday day - we went to Church, had a birthday brunch at a restaurant, played in the snow, had afternoon movie time with popcorn and hot chocolate, (ate leftovers for supper... hot dogs two days in a row... being 5 is awesome) and then stuck a candle in some ice cream and called it a (very happy) day.

Happy Birthday, Joe. We love you.

Monday, December 9, 2013

our tree

Grammie called while we were decorating our tree on Sunday. She asked Joe what it looked like. He said, "Well, you'll just have to come and see for yourself." (It's true. She should. And she should bring Papa.) But just in case that doesn't happen, this is what the tree looks like, Grammie.

a kantor christmas

We gathered for our annual Kantor Family Christmas Party on Saturday. The kids had a good time running around, and the grown-ups had a good time sitting around... the makings of a great party. Merry Christmas, Kantors!

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Joe and Henry picked out our tree this year (well, mostly Joe, but he did convince Henry by way of some complicated equation that it was both their pick... had something to do with age, their individual heights, and height of tree). They/Joe did a great job and we have a very nice, slim, triangular tree, just like out of a storybook. Turns out that equation works.

Friday, December 6, 2013


We drove to Kitchener tonight for their German Christmas market... mommy's attempt to make Happy Christmas Memories. Things working against us though:
- traffic. It took a long time to drive there.
- daylight savings time. We left at 4:30, but Joe was convinced we were driving in the middle of the night. "Why are we leaving now? It's past my bedtime. It is sooo late. I need to go home to bed."
- my expectations. I imagined a very European, outdoors-y market, but lots of it was indoors. And we were bundled up for the cold. And it was warm in there. Sweaty. Blech.
- crowds. Lots of people had the same idea as me.

Okay. Bad stuff out of the way. Things working for us:
- a video on the way there.
- sausage and sauerkraut.
- an awesome train display.
- waffles.
- let's go back to the trains again.
- outdoor music that reminded me of the Mr. Bean Christmas special.

So, good or bad, take it or leave it, these are our Happy Christmas Memories.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

first snow of the season

grammie and papa

Reading books and Papa at the kids' table. We love your visits.

green is the colour

We had a combo birthday/Grey Cup party on Sunday. Happy Birthdays Lily, Andrea, and Gabriel! How nice of the Riders to win for you on your special day. And thanks, Auntie Chelle, for the t-shirts.

we knew these people were coming

Next arrival: Mom and Dad. This visit wasn't a surprise... a happy plan all along. We bowled and celebrated birthdays, and watched the Grey Cup. Also read stories, cuddled on the couch, and played in the snow. Full visit. Won't you please come for Christmas, Grammie and Papa?

well, that was a surprise

Look who showed up at my house on Friday - the Hansen ladies. We were having a leisurely, still-in-our-pajamas kind of PA day when there was a knock on the door. I peeked out from a second floor window, saw that it was Andrea, and told Joe to run and get the door for Jonah. But instead? There were Becca and Michelle. Joe was confused. So was I. But very happily so.

And off to go dress shopping we went. (Not the boys, though. BORING. They spend the afternoon with Uncle Binu.) See, a long time ago, we had a plan for Becca and Michelle to visit and shop for Beck's graduation dress. But that weekend got taken up with other things so this visit was indefinitely postponed - maybe for Dec. 6/7? Or, unbeknownst to me, a little earlier. Anyway, off we went. And it was fun and lovely and frilly and Becca got the most gorgeous dress (Michelle may have cried. Others may have as well). Anyway, you can't see the dress until June (it's blacked out in the picture below... I'm sure Becca appreciates that photo.)

Hey Hansen ladies, anytime you want to surprise us by coming for a visit, that's fine with me. Please feel free to bring Matt and Al, and Jason and Paige and all of theirs.

See you Dec. 6/7?

Monday, November 18, 2013

happy birthday nanny!

Love from all of us.

in the good books

We went to the Santa Claus parade today and Santa called Annie a "sweetheart." So things are looking good for us this year - woohoo!

Friday, November 15, 2013

the life and times of annie kantor

help from her coach / walking / getting into stuff / get out of my stuff

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

this boy

He offers to help with the dishes, he rakes leaves all by himself, and he was awarded Student of the Month at school.

He's a nice little fellow.

walkie talkie

That's exactly what Annie's up to: marching around the house, pointing in random directions, and giving orders about one thing or another that only she can understand. I've already shared my concern with David that she is going to be a bit of a bossypants.

Anyway, here is a picture of her neither walking nor talking. She is showing off her muscles. I'm not sure where she thinks her muscles are.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Not really. Their parents came to get them before the whole night was through. But here's what we did on our pretend sleepover.

Movie supper.

Flashlight dance party (as chaotic and dangerous as it looks/sounds).


Five monkeys in a bed (well, two beds pushed together).

We had fun! And we're excited to do it again! But maybe no flashlight dance party next time.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

can I have my picture taken now?

Doesn't everybody wake up from their nap, go into the bathroom, and request a photo? No? Just Henry, then?

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Our Ash tree came down today. Neither the house nor any of our helping helpers were injured during the activities.

Thanks, helpers. Sorry, tree.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Here they are: two airplanes and a pumpkin. In my imagination, the airplane costumes were more awesome. In reality, not as convincing as I had hoped. Fortunately, this three- and four-year old truly believed they were Dusty Crophopper and Bravo the Fighter Jet. Mission accomplished.

Joe had some Halloween fun at school, and Henry and Annie and I went to the Tiny Tots parade in the morning. After supper, we did some trick-or-treating in the drizzle, and then welcomed about seven kids at our door. Now David and I are enjoying a mountain of mini chocolate bars. Caramilk - yum.

Monday, October 28, 2013

a relaxing bath

... after a gigantic poop. Better this than the other way around.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

and then...

And then we took Joe to a mini-concert put on by the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for kids. It was a busy day. The symphony was really good, but don't double-book a four-year-old... it can be rough. Lesson learned.

it's a zoo

We took a field trip to the zoo today. We saw pandas, tigers, turtles, gorillas, and the Moynihans (intentionally... we saw all those things intentionally... and from a safe distance). We picnicked with the peacocks, ran after kids, saw a lot of animals without a lot of people (three cheers for the zoo on a cold October day!) and had a fun day.