Friday, October 31, 2014

today we are...

Dusty Crophopper


Little Red Riding Hood

And a pumpkin.

Happy Halloween! May it be safe and not scary.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

halloween pumpkins: a how-to pictorial

1. pick it

2. gut it

3. carve it

4. plant it

Monday, October 27, 2014

meeting samuel

We had two very nice visitors today (who brought very tasty cookies). Michele, we were so happy to see you again and, Samuel, what fun to meet you! Henry and Annie were particularly amused by your "walking" and Clara found not just your physical feats but also your kind soul, good looks, and sense of humour to be quite delightful. She would welcome your visits any time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

and now it's nice again

Beautiful day today. Shorts are acceptable. Resume outdoor activities.

Clara... the saddest monkey. 'Twas too sunny for her.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

inappropriate seasonal dressing

This edition of inappropriate seasonal dressing is brought to you by the Kantor Boys.

Today it is cold. It is October and we are in Canada so it is cold. But today my boys chose to wear:

shorts / no socks / crocs / but hat, sweatshirt, and mittens
Church clothes / crocs / with socks / mittens

Nobody likes to see the cold weather coming and, I suppose, we are getting somewhat ready for fall (ie. they wore mittens) but, really, they should look to Annie for a better example. 

p.s. Thank you, Annie, for being the only one to listen to me when I told everyone it is cold outside.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

soccer saturdays

Joe is in soccer this fall and he loves it. Half an hour of instruction followed by half an hour of game. According to him, it's practically pro league.

He's learning but it's very clear that a lot of the kids have been in soccer for much longer than him. Sure, there are kids staring off into space and rolling around on the ground, but there are also kids who can seriously dribble the ball and know the actual positions and rules of the game. Joe is somewhere in the middle - but he neither knows about nor cares about that, thank goodness. He really is just having fun and running fast and kicking the ball and having water breaks (water breaks = the big leagues).

when daddy's away

The mice will play. And wear baskets on their heads to school. And run around like crazy. And amuse themselves while Mommy rocks and rocks and rocks Clara to sleep. And subsequently eat supper very late.

And that was our week. David was away in Dallas for work and we were here, going about our usual routines but with two less grown-up hands. So we operated just a little bit slower and just went with it (whatever "it" might be... one day "it" was Annie proudly sporting a basket on her head on our trip to pick Joe up from school, marching down the street in her fashion-forward hat... I would have taken a picture but, well, I didn't have the time or energy to take a basket off her head so couldn't summon either to go grab my camera). Bedtime was definitely the trickiest, with a fussy baby in my arms, trying to wrangle squirmy people into their jammies with my outstretched fingers while the clock just kept on ticking. But everyone was good and Joe took to reading to kids when I couldn't and we did it.

And now Daddy is home and thank goodness for that. We made him a sign to welcome him at the door and to tell him to never go away again.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

afternoon shift

And these are the people I hang out with every afternoon when Joe is at school and Annie is napping.

(p.s. Clara does nap... quite a lot, actually... but isn't she cute when she's awake?)
(p.p.s. Henry was trying to teach Clara to crawl. She seemed receptive to the teaching, but no go yet.)

morning shift

These are the people I hang out with on Tuesday and Thursday mornings when both Joe and Henry are at school.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

her hair is getting so long

... or tall, depending on how we style it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

happy thanksgiving!

With love and feelings of gratitude from Clara and all the Kantors and what's left of this pie.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

spectator sport

We tried to fly a kite. But, word to the wise, don't take your kite to a well-treed valley and expect much success. So we went down to the creek to throw rocks and watch the fishermen instead.

two months

12 lbs 8.5 oz
23 inches long
happy as a clam

Friday, October 3, 2014

baby noises

Could anyone use a nice dose of happy baby? Here you go.
[some notes: Henry is taking pictures with his fisher price camera. Those are his snazzy orange socks at the end of the video. And it ends with his arm moving in front of my camera, not him smacking her with his arm. Phewf. Also, not heard, he calls her "Bear" but sometimes it sounds like "Bill." I always wanted a daughter named Bill. So glad that worked out.]

heads up

Clara is enjoying tummy time. She has a good coach.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

four kids

Do you want to see that kids on the couch picture bigger, Grammie? Here it is.

(It was a good book but... Clara didn't like it. I don't think she understood it.)