Monday, October 31, 2016

the big day

Here they are...

a bear

a prairie girl

Princess Sofia

Obi-Wan Kenobi

a dragon

And the unlikely scenario where a bear, a prairie girl, a princess, a jedi, and a dragon all hang out together...

Happy Halloween-ing, everyone!

oh hey there, part 2

Just want to say that I would take offense with Jane's comments about napping is for sissies. But I didn't hear them. Because I AM NAPPING.

oh hey there

Just want to say that napping is for sissies. I avoid it whenever possible. I pretend I'm sleepy and sweetly rub my eyes but, when mommy tries to put me down for a nap, I pop these big blues open and giggle and give this irresistible smile. I will sleep only for 10 minutes at a time when we're driving in the car but, otherwise, HELLO! I'm awake! Come love me!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

pumpkin carving and my children's personalities

Not just a fun holiday tradition, pumpkin carving can also reveal or confirm your children's quirks and personalities. For example...

Joseph - overly complex and way too complicated to carve. Mommy simplified it to save a lot of heartache.

Henry - quick and to the point and let's go play.

Annie - creative and loves a crafty project.

Clara - she was under the impression that this was snack time. She busied herself eating pumpkin innards.

Jane - exempt. Presently developing fine motor skills.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Clean and ready for bed. And cute.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

when dragons have homework

It's a bit of a drag, but they always get it done before they go outside to play. Dragons are responsible like that.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Here we are, in fall, enjoying the leaves and pretty nice weather. Every morning at the bus stop, we check the daily temperatures of (1) Oakville, (2) Shaunavon, (3) the North Pole, and (4) Port Charlotte, Florida (where Nanny and Grandpa are presently). Fact: We are always warmer than Shaunavon. Another Fact: Sometimes the North Pole is warmer than Shaunavon. Last Fact: Some mornings we need mittens, but Henry often gets off the bus in the afternoon without a sweater on. Summary of facts: We live in a nice climate and we're enjoying it as much as we can.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


A free afternoon + Riders in Toronto + $10 tickets + all the green and white clothes we can find = Saturday at a football game. All of us... even a two-year-old... had a great time watching the game/eating popcorn and cheering the Riders to a win. Sometimes we sign up for these things with the expectation that, at any moment, we'll have to wave the white flag and go home. But this was a happy surprise, that all these kids of all these ages would have a fun time and be smiley for almost the whole three hours.

(p.s. thank you, Auntie Rosella, for sharing your awesome Rider gear with us!)

Game was over. People left. We stayed to party.

Clara wasn't ready to go home. She's off the explore the Toronto night life. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

lunch is served

Here we go... time to eat! Annie is volunteering to be Janie's permanent waitress, and I imagine that will be very helpful when we're trying to get one more mouth fed in the morning and still make it to the bus on time. So this was meal no. one... pears. Delicious. Well-received. Good job, Jane.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

jane the lion

Six months! She's trying to sit up, wants all our food, and has a lot of exclamations. Janie is growing and growing and taking it all in with her big, bright eyes.

Monday, October 10, 2016

thanksgiving pt. 2

We went to the Ball's Falls Thanksgiving Festival today, and look who was there! The cousins. And while there were many things to do at a Thanksgiving Festival, this is what demanded the most photos. Family portraiture in lovely autumnal vignettes.

Missing are Gabey (I'm not sure where he is) and Janie (strapped to me).

See my tilted head and folded hands? I was really going for Sears Portrait here.

From left to right... Gabriel, Henry, Jonah, Joseph, random child who wanted to join in on the fun

Before Annie was born, Lily told Andrea that "Auntie better have a girl or I will never go to her house again, not even for a minute." I'm so glad that I had some girls. 

That is all. Now on to the turkey leftovers.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


This year I'm grateful for the golden October sunshine that makes our backyard look magical.

(Also, I'm grateful for my family and friends who play in said backyard and make my whole life magical. And the magical people who live far away, I'm grateful for them, too. Just grateful for a whole lot of things, really. Happy Thanksgiving.)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ducks in a row

Look! Janie can sit!

Kind of.

This is us.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Our garden is done for the year. Did it ever really start? Not really... wasn't our best year. We managed to get some cherry tomatoes, a couple of zucchinis, one cucumber, a melon, a handful of onions, bunches of parsley and basil, and some teeny garlic. We had a good year for beans and peppers and that alone was enough to make Annie feel like a really great farmer. I would often find her out there with an optimistically large bowl, humming away to herself, picking (and eating) the beans. We have big plans for next year... it's good to have a helper.