Sunday, August 31, 2014

thank you

Clara received this lovely quilt from our beautiful friend, Sharon. Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your craftiness with us in the most cuddly form!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

whirlwind

That's what all of our visits home to Shaunavon feel like... we spin around in a tizzy trying to pack in visits and events and people and then it's all over too fast. This one had some slower moments, when David was off to the high school to run his annual volleyball camp and I was at home with mom and the kids. But still, now that we're back here, I'm wondering what happened to not just those long-awaited visits to Saskatchewan but our entire summer. Time is moving too fast and people are growing too quickly and slow down already.

day tripping

We visited Cypress Hills on our last day in Saskatchewan... a bit of a super-speedy, condensed version of our Cypress Hills visits. Limited time, but still managed to play on the beach, tour around the lake, have lunch, and go mini-golfing. And naps on the way home.

puddles

Puddles get deep on the farm. There's really no point in wearing rubber boots.

grin

Ireland asked if she was dreaming about unicorns.

Yes. And jellybeans.

easy as pie

(Pie's not really easy... unless you are Grammie... in which case you just snap your finger and the pastry is made... and it's perfect and tasty... even though she says it isn't.)

farm kids

Hanging out with Papa and doing important work on the farm...

meeting clara

Clara met a lot of people while we were in Saskatchewan. She slept through many of the meetings, so she will need to be reintroduced at another time.






































In addition to all of these lovelies, she also met the Molyneux family, the Klaassens, Miss Cindy, Aunties Rosella, Karen, and Janet, Uncle Jason and Auntie Paige, and Uncle Al. And probably more than that... I may need to be reintroduced, too.

AND while we were in Shaunavon, Mom received an invitation to Aunt Nellie's 100th birthday party. So the girls and I tagged along and it was really lovely to see Aunt Nellie again and meet lots of her friends (and, it seems, a friend of Aunt Nellie's was a friend of my Grandma's so it was so nice to talk about her and think of her). Here we are, celebrating 100 years of Aunt Nellie.

becca's dam birthday

So we flew from Toronto to Saskatoon, met with our awesome, awesome friends, the Molyneuxs, and then drove as quickly as we could (it was still 4 hours, but it was as quickly as we could) to Simmie to celebrate Becca's birthday at the dam. She's 18. I have mentioned this before, and my disbelief that she could possibly be a day over four. Well, anyway, she is.  And we're glad we could get there in time for hot dogs and dirt cake and boat-riding and celebrating. Happy Birthday, Becks!





























Poof! Just like that.

clara's first flight

We flew on a plane with four kids! This was pointed out to us by many people in the airport and on the plane! Indeed we did!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

my ten pound baby

Well, hello there. We've been gone, flying on planes and introducing Clara to Saskatchewan. I will post some pictures of all of her prairie adventures, in between prepping Joe for grade one, feeding my hungry baby, and listening to long, complicated stories/requests from Henry and Annie. But for now, here's a picture of the healthy TEN POUND baby. (What happened to our tiny, little newborn? Oh, that's right. I never had one.)


Sunday, August 10, 2014

doughnuts for clara

Sounds like a fundraising or awareness campaign, but really is just an excuse to eat doughnuts. We welcomed Clara with a doughnut party after Mass today... just us, our house, and a box of a dozen doughnuts. We officially welcome you, Clara! Sorry you couldn't eat the doughnuts. They were good.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

clara's first day at home







































Clara likes it here. She thinks she'll stay. Today we had waffles, went to the doctor, accessorized, slept, had a bath, and went swinging. Sounds like a nice day... who wouldn't want to live here?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

clara jean marie

Ta da! Here is our baby! Clara waited until just after Annie's birthday was done (literally... it was midnight) and then she started showing (some very painful) signs that she was ready to come. So after packing up our kids and delivering them to Nanny and Grandpa's house, a speedy drive to the hospital, and a very short wait in the delivery room where she was delivered by the anesthesiologist (wait - what? you were supposed to give me an epidural, not a baby), Clara Jean Marie entered the world at 2:43 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5.

Before a gigantic dumping of pictures, here are my tired-brain bulleted points on our sweet little girl:
- she's our biggest baby, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches long (Joe is next up at 7 pounds, 14 ounces). Apparently, she enjoyed all the ice cream and cinnamon buns that I was enjoying while being pregnant.
- her middle names are in honour of her Grammie (Helen Jean) and Nanny (Mary Alfreda). Her first name was debated for a long time... it has no family connection but is one that we liked, links her to St. Clare of Assisi, and, ultimately, stood up to David's sports announcer voice test (where he says "Clara Kantor" in a deep voice, like he's colour commentating something at the Olympics).
- the kids LOVE her. We have already broken up fights over who gets to hold her next. And Annie is under the impression that we have given this baby to her, her two favourite expressions upon seeing Clara being, "MINE!" and "I hold it!"
- this is our first night at home with her, so we'll see what a sleep schedule looks like without all the hospital interruptions. Fingers crossed that I remember how to do all this nighttime stuff.
- David is awesome. Well, first of all, David's parents are awesome for looking after Joe, Henry, and Annie for two full days. And now David is being awesome... giving me time to rest and serving me hand and foot, all with a smile on his face. I feel as though I have won the grand prize in some sort of husband lottery or awesome daddy reality show.
- Clara is sweet, sweet, sweet. She is patient with her doting siblings and she squeaks while she sleeps. I have called her Annie about one-million times, but she is patient with me and all is forgiven.
- And now, here she is:






































And this shall be my crazy life...

inside baby...

... is now outside.

Monday, August 4, 2014

celebrating annie

today we celebrated our 2-year-old with...




























































































prezzies / playing with prezzies / big smiles / napping time (not pictured) / mommy and daddy's undivided attention at a restaurant supper, just the three of them / birthday ice cream / cuddles with Nanny and Grandpa / refreshing rain

We had a restful and peaceful and joyful day, and it looks like Annie will have her birthday all to herself. Inside Baby, very thoughtfully, is waiting to be born another day.

happy birthday to our super delicate angel princess







































You make our lives so good and funny and happy. We love you, Annie Elizabeth.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

par-tay

What do you do when your due date and your little girl's 2nd birthday threaten to coincide? Well, you plan nothing until the day before when, if it seems like you are, in fact, not going to give birth, you invite your sister and her family to join you for a barbecue and cake. And then you organize all the things that go into having a barbecue and making a cake. And then you act like that was your plan all along. (And you also plan a larger, joint birthday party with big brother Henry in September when your life won't be so crazy and your ankles won't be so big. That really was the plan all along but you just felt guilty letting the day slip by without doing anything at all.)

So, Annie, when you read this in however many years, please know that we love you SO much. We may not have put a lot of thought into your party, but we definitely put a lot of love into you.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

go team kantor

After a too-long hiatus, due to time being occupied by basement renovations and painting and blabbity-blah-blah-blah, we resumed our Team Kantor Adventure Weekends today (that sounds exciting, doesn't it?) with a trip to the RBG Arboretum. The little hike through the trees and marsh was, as Joe said, "our best one yet." This will probably (?) be our last little outing as a family of five, and we're looking forward to the adventures as a family of six (but it is getting harder to get everyone inside the viewfinder).