No we didn't fall of the face of the planet. It's just been a rather busy Fall this year. So here I am catching up.


Hannah and Grace's fourth birthday added two new members to our family. Dory and Nemo, the betta fish. Thanks Uncle Drew.

Our thoughts on JK

Well, we're three weeks into JK and here are our thoughts.
Number One - the girls love it. They didn't cry the first day and all they want to do is go back.
Number Two - it costs a fortune. Every time they come back from school I check their book bag and there is a note from the school which involves us paying for something. Considering we're only 3 weeks in, this could get expensive (remember everything is x 2).
Number Three - We have already noticed the girls learning new things which is wonderful.
Number Four - Their class goes to the library every day so they are really enjoying reading and we read their new books every night.

Thanks for a Great 4th Birthday





For all of you who helped us celebrate the girls 4th Birthday. Thanks so much for making it such a special one!
5 Days and counting until the 1st day of kindergarten...

Hannahisms

The other day I was showing Hannah how to clean something and I said, "and the dirt is gone! See, it's magic!"

Her response (with one hand on her hip): "That's not magic Mommy. Magic is when Baba puts the stuff from the brown bottle into the white milk and make it chocolate. That's magic!"

16 years and counting


Today is Adam and I's Anniversary 16 years (7 married) and we still like each other in the morning. He and the girls are really the only people I talk to pre-coffee.



The daycare went on a field trip to Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough and I was along for the ride!

Weird moments in the life of Grace


Grace wanted her picture taken with this Zebra... obviously he didn't agree.


Annika, Grace's Barbie, all tucked into bed for the night complete with her bedside lamp on so she won't be afraid in the dark.

Drew's First Born

We have another new nephew - the four legged kind - Apollo is Drew's puppy.

Papa's 80th at the Farm





Back to the Zoo

A few weeks ago the temperature actually made it to double digits (that was before we had two sudden days of snow!) and we went to the zoo to enjoy the day.


Grace hates the cold and will probably wear a hat until August!


A little type of Kangaroo that we thought was cute.


A flower we liked.


Grace and Adam.


Grace's favourite animal (and mine as well). She named him Melman like the giraffe in Madagascar.

My Birthday

Here are several shots from my birthday a bit belatedly.


Landon and I on my birthday.


The kids eating birthday cake.


Helping me blow out the candle.


And for all those who weren't there, Jeff Thomas really did show up at my birthday, it isn't a rumour.

We can't believe they're writing!

Gracie's "G"s.
Hannah writing her name.

One of the most wonderful of the many things that the Sisters of St. Mary of Leuca have taught Hannah and Grace is to write. Adam and I were trying to remember when we learned to write and I think I was much older than 3. Of course the whole fine motor skills thing comes into it and that is evident - Grace finds it much more difficult than Hannah. The girls also know their letters and the sound of the letters so we are working very diligently as they are well on their way to being able to read soon. Grace walks around spelling out the words she sees on food containers etc.

Meeting Jorge the Turtle

Our friends Ben and Rachel brought their new pet turtle, Jorge over for the girls to meet. In this picture Hannah is feeding Jorge some cantaloupe.
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Here is a video of the kids meeting Jorge the turtle.

Our favourite Games



I managed to catch two of the girls favourite pasttimes on camera - Tea Party and Pirates. Adam will probably not be happy with me about putting him in the feathery scarf belt onto the internet. By the way - the plastic golf clubs are supposed to be swords and I have no idea why one of the pirates has a baby...

Landon Update




Here's a shot of Landon and the girls and Adam with my Sister Stac. He is getting so big and talking non-stop, except no one knows what he is saying.

Big Girl School

That's what Hannah and Grace call it anyway. Last week I registered the girls for Jr. Kindergarten starting in September. I couldn't believe what I was doing! How did we get here so fast?

A little taste of summer



Since it's soooo cold outside I thought I'd post some photos from the summer to cheer us all up!

New Years Revisited

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Given that Ukranian New Year is upon us. I thought I'd revisit our New Years celebrations because I never did post anything back when it happened. Our New Years was a lovely one spent with good friends and the girls learned a new game - dreidel. They first discovered it on Sesame Street and wanted to play it because you win chocolate, but I did not have a dreidel nor do I know the rules of the game. Fortunately, we know someone who does. Thanks Ben, for sharing your traditions with us. The video is the end of the game where the girls had finally won all of Ben's chocolate.

More concerning Make Believe

You can read all of the books Oprah is stamping with her seal of approval to help you find the real you and be better than the real you is once you find it. Or, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative (actually scratch the cheaper - their education alone is estimated at $100,000), if you're looking for an alternative all you have to do is watch your life be mirrored in a 3 year olds make believe. Apparently, I spend the majority of my life talking about pee and poo and/or cleaning pee and poo. When I'm not taking care of everyone's bowel movements, I'm taking them to the doctors because they have eye infections and are throwing up. I have been largely unaware of my fascination with bowel movements until the girls opened my eyes to it. I mentioned in an earlier post that with three year olds it's all about what impression you leave. Well this is the one I have left.

Hannah comes out of the bathroom with her doll holding its pant in her fingertips with a disgusted look on her face and says to me:
"Mommy, my doll just pooed all in her pants. It's gross. You should wash them."

Hannah zooms past me with a shopping cart full to the brim with assorted dolls and stuffed animals. I ask, "Hannah, where are you going?"
Hannah - "Mommy, I have to take all of these guys to the doctors really fast."
Me - "Why? What happened to them?"
Hannah - "They all have eye infections and they all throwed up all over the livingroom. I'll clean it up when I get back."

A day with Landon -According to Grace




Grace documented our day with Landon with her digital camera.

Life at our Tim Hortons

The girls newest game is playing drive-thru in their little house with the window on the side. This scares me on many levels, yet it is funny to watch and they have great imaginations. My concerns is this, we don't really go to drive-thrus/fast food that much, yet the experience of the odd Saturday morning coffee has left such an impression. It makes me wonder what other impressions they are left with. I mean we've also taken them to give toys to charity, but their not playing that out in make-believe. I guess in the end it's the chocolate timbits fault. Saturday morning coffee is often accompanied by 2 chocolate timbits. Giving toys and food to charity gives the satisfaction of having helped others which probably doesn't have as much meaning to a three year old as a chocolate timbit does. Although I hope one day it will.
Here's a little snippit from the our Tim Hortons drivethru:

Hannah: What do you want?
Grace: Two double-doubles?

Hannah: What do you want?
Me: I'll have a large coffee?
Hannah: Okay, here's your Dora bandaids, your chocolate donuts and the toy for your Happy Meal.

I guess the whole ordering process is a little redundant when Hannah is on shift.