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