Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Just yesterday, or was it last week? I went to the hospital and Henry was born. And now - he's six. And that's how time passes and tomorrow he'll be sixteen. So before that happens, I'll just put these pictures right here of how we celebrated his day...

Sweet Henry has a new found, pretty intense love for Star Wars, despite having never seen the movie. So that was his celebratory theme and he smiled throughout the day with presents, schools, playtime with cousins, supper and cake with grandparents, late bedtime, and sweet dreams.

Mr. Henry, we love you. You have a smile full of joy, eyes full of twinkle, a head full of questions, and a heart full of love. Happy Birthday.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016


We went apple-picking today. Along with 2.8 million other families. In their cute fall outfits carrying their spiffy cameras. We're such a cliche. I didn't mean to be... I didn't coordinate outfits and we went because I actually want a giant basket of apples with which to make delicious things. But when we turned around from the first orchard because of the crazy lineup to get in, and then arrived at the second orchard to a parking lot crammed with cars and people milling about in their plaid shirts, I felt a little silly and very unoriginal.

Me: Why do so many people go apple-picking?
David: It's something to do. (Not a direct quote. He may not have even answered. I can't remember.)
Me: Not this many people go strawberry-picking.
David: It's harder to do. You have to bend over and look for them. The apples are right here.
Me: Why are people so lazy?

Anyway, looking past all that, we did get that giant basket of apples I was hoping for, thanks to my very enthusiastic, apple-loving kids. Cliche though we may be, we're also hard-working. Yay us.

(Clara doesn't share.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

a little janie for your day

The boys were at school today and Annie and Clara went to hang out with Nanny and Grandpa, so that left me and Janie at home by ourselves. She's quiet, and nice, and that's the kind of day we had.

And then the boys came home. They can be quiet and nice, too.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Happy Birthday, Jonah...

from these yahoos.

Monday, September 12, 2016

jane the green sheep

She's a sheep, not a tree. We're honouring one of our favourites, Where is the Green Sheep? That book - a classic. It gets us every time... where is that green sheep?

So Jane is five months. She is so lovely but, sadly, for my mama's heart, she's not as cuddly as she used to be. She prefers to be left to fall asleep on her own, which I know in my head is a good thing, but in my heart wouldn't I love to rock her at the end of our day? Sigh. We're also having a tricky time with naps. ie. she doesn't. She used to... but then we messed her up by sticking her in a car seat for days in a row and driving across the country. So now she likes about 20 minutes and then HELLO! I'm awake! Come love me! Anyway we are just learning about her and loving her and all will be well.

But where is that green sheep?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

jumpy joller

Janie has begun some pretty intense jump training in the jolly jumper / jumpy joller. She's not going to play that ridiculous ball game on the trampoline but she does want to get out there with everyone else.


Welcome back to Danger Games with the Kantor kids. This one involves jumping on the trampoline with about 30 balls of various shapes and sizes bouncing around underfoot. Jane's not yet five months old and even she knows someone is going to break an ankle.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

first day of silence

And with all those people off to school, Jane is finding it pretty quiet around here. Clara is still in her face but there are fewer hands poking and prodding and where are all the people?! She's on nap strike until they come back.

the boys' turn

And now off go Joe and Henry! On the bus, to the same school, to grades three and one, French Immersion. There was a lot of grumbling on the part of Joe, who told me he wasn't going to school, especially on the bus. I told him he would have to move to Saskatchewan to work on the farm. And, lo, here's Joe, ready for school.

Henry's eager to learn some French, and to practice the made-up words he already knows. No nerves on his part... he just wants to go and get started already. And also to use the green water bottle. That's pretty important.

Bonne chance, my boys. I love you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


(title in all caps because she is that excited)

Today was Annie's first day of school. She is a student at Forest Grove Preschool Academy of Arts and Technology and should come away from that with a degree in something. Although, she only attends Tuesday and Thursday mornings, so that might hold her back a little. Anyway, she loves it and told me she wished her teacher was her mommy. So. That's nice.

At supper tonight she was bubbling over with excitement to tell everyone about her day. "So does anyone have any questions? To ask me? About my first day of school?" And when she told us all her stories, she was ready to celebrate. "Are we having something special for dessert? Because it was my first day of school?" (We did.)

I'm excited for all she's going to learn and do. She's excited for homework. Yay school!

Monday, September 5, 2016


We spent our last day of summer holidays in our backyard. It was a good day. It was a good summer. Our RV expedition took up most of July and I was worried I was a bit unprepared with how we were going to spend our August days. But visits to the library, a few field trips, some family adventures, and a lot of running around the backyard and jumping on the trampoline made the days speed by. And now it's back to school. Henry's excited, Annie's super excited. Joe is grumpy about it. And I'll admit I'm kind of siding with Joe on this one. I'll miss the lazy and the good of summer days.