Saturday, May 31, 2014


Here we are, with Garden 2014. Joe drew me a diagram of where everything should be planted and then the rest was easy - just dig and chuck everything in. Well, that was Annie's method. I tried to put some order to it, and we'll see what comes up.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Impressive, isn't it? I think the issue was she couldn't have the pencil crayon she wanted because someone else was using it. Life is rough in toddlerdom.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

it's way past bedtime

We'll just let them wrestle their crazies out.

deacon greg

Today we celebrated with David's cousin and Henry's godfather, Greg, as he was ordained to the diaconate. The Mass was beautiful and, obviously, quite meaningful as we witnessed someone close to the family so joyfully give his service to the diaconate and, someday in the future, his life to the priesthood. The occasion also involved Annie spilling the entire contents of the Holy water font, two trips with Henry to the bathroom, desperate pleas for raisins, three snack breaks, some general complaints about boredom, climbing Mommy like a jungle gym, and what seemed to be, given their floppy bodies and low groans, near-death hunger. And still... strangers came up to us afterward to tell us how good our kids had been in the two-hour Mass. (I did ask one man if he was being sarcastic but he promised his words were genuine.) Anyway, the good news is that, despite our children's behaviour or my reaction to it, Greg is now a deacon and he will make the Church an even brighter place. Congratulations, Greg!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

may day

After a rainy, rainy week, we finally had a beautiful sunny day today. Our Victoria Day was spent outside doing yardwork, running around, building a fence to protect our strawberries, swinging, and eating lunch and dinner at the picnic table (the boys' dream come true). God save the Queen and all of that.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

mama's day

Around our house, it looked a little like this...

plus some of this...

and a whole lot of this...

We're renovating our basement! We need to make room for Inside Baby (because it will not be Inside forever), so our office/sewing room is becoming Joe and Henry's room, while their room is becoming Annie's room, and her room is becoming Inside Baby's room. That means moving office/sewing to the basement. BUT it was a freezing, cat-peed, hole-in-the-wall mess and we're hoping to make it more functional (and warm) for the whole family. Renovations begin this week and David spent as much of this past weekend ripping up carpet and tearing down walls to get ready for our contractor to step in and take over. This is exciting, and overwhelming, and also messy. Much like life in general, I suppose.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

now all we need is a partridge

We planted a pear tree today, replacing our ash tree from days gone by. This little twig will obviously not provide fruit or shade for a few years, but we will be cheering for it until it does.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

happy first communion day, shannon!

Our niece and goddaughter received her first Holy Communion today. She beamed and said it felt special. Three cheers for that.

you win some, you lose some?

What to say about this weekend... well, we went on a family roadtrip to Kingston. The reason for the trip was for David to attend the Hall of Fame induction of his former university and provincial volleyball coach on Friday night, which he did and he enjoyed. Meanwhile, my plan was to take the kids to the pool, which I did and we enjoyed. The rest of the trip... we had some grouchiness, some sickness, some tiredness, some bossiness, some restlessness. And it was just hard. David had hoped to show us around Kingston a bit but tours were abbreviated because of the above-mentioned ailments and we're trying to learn/accept that travelling with littles can't always be the amazing adventure you hope it to be.

We did manage to take a ferry ride and have a yummy meal out (and, of course, visit the pool a lot) so we take from it some happy moments and some rough moments and that will be that for a while.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

mix up

This is not what our afternoons usually look like.

He fell asleep waiting for me to finish my lunch and read him a story. 
She stayed awake to have a party in her crib.