Saturday, November 28, 2015

cousins eating cake

More happy birthdays... more cake... more hyper.

squeaky clean

Look at Joe, all shiny and new! He had his First Reconciliation today and came out all clean like a new machine. Over the course of his preparation these last few months, he went through stages of denial, refusal, anxiety, and giggling, that he would need to confess his sins rather than keep them crammed down deep inside his toes, hidden where no one could ever know about them. But he did it, and he'll do it again, and that's how confession goes. How exciting that he gets to be part of this Church and this process and this Sacramental grace.

Friday, November 27, 2015

no big deal

Well, don't want to brag, but we totally met Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem tonight.* It was cold and rainy and we probably gave our kids pneumonia but, in the end, we met Baby Jesus so how's that for celebrity?

* It was an event, put on by a bunch of churches, that took us along the walk to Bethlehem that Mary and Joseph would have experienced... except it was in Canada... and only took 30 minutes... and there was a weird dancing camel.

christmas is coming! we're making crafts!

(Ignore the green grass outside and it's positively festive.)

Monday, November 23, 2015

hard day at the office

Well, it's a good news/bad news story. Good news! Annie finally gave up on her soothers (plural... very plural). She decided out of the blue to throw them in the garbage (I didn't, just in case) and tells me every day, "I'm fine without my doodoos." But... bad news... she hasn't napped since and her nighttime sleeps are kind of crummy. Why just this morning I woke up at 5:30 when I was whacked in the head with a book in my own bed. "Annie, what are you doing?" "I'm not sleeping anymore. I'm reading."

Anyway, here's Annie catching up on her desk work, instead of napping.

And here's Clara, looking refreshed, after napping.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


If you make your daughter an apron, but her brothers are really into superheroes, this is probably how she'll wear it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

sunday walk

We went for a walk with these nice people. It's good to have them here.

(And have we made it clear to all the other people in Saskatchewan how good it would be to have them here, too? I'm pretty sure we have.)

Friday, November 6, 2015

farming 101

We skipped school (eek!) and went to the Royal Winter Fair. We brought our own farmer in case we had any questions. We saw sheared sheep, cute bunnies, little chicks, cow poop, super dogs, awesome perogies, farm magic, giant vegetables, and clever sculptures made from butter. And we came home tuckered out. Just like real farm life. Except our farm life included a commute.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

play ball

Thanks, Papa, for playing sports with the people. Sorry you didn't win a single ball game. But the boys still think you are a really awesome athlete. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

like grammie, like clara

I'm pretty sure they didn't know they were making the same face.

Anyway, Grammie and Papa are here! We're going to keep them busy so here we go.