Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's ok...

... the ice was 8" and sometimes 12" thick :) The water was flowing under the ice in a bubble.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Text Edit Font Size Control

If Finn practices writing his name (now with E-A-S at the end) or Ransom's name or PAPA or MAMA, then he can type in the text edit program. Now that he knows how to make the font large, it's very exciting!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What a way to run a railroad

"St. Nicholas' Day"!

We told the boys it was St. Nicholas' day when Nana's package arrived (2 days after the "real" St. Nick day - but the boys didn't know!). All three of us were at the door when the postal truck drove up! The driver enjoyed the boys' enthusiasm. And then we had to wait for Papa to come home...

Thanks so much, Nana and Grandad!

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Thanks, Dad!

Gloria in Excelcis Deo

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Warm Winter...

...means the park! But wet mittens. I think Finn went through 3 pairs before we had to abort for lack of more dry ones!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Winter Walk

The winter here so far feels like southern Alberta - it's been easy so far to get outside multiple times per week - instead of watching the weather for the one day a month it won't freeze your face!

This wasn't his first wipe-out and the landings before were soft - he doesn't have far to fall! The ice-slides are surprisingly gentle!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Wind Bag

He's regressed! But today (Nov 22, he was blowing fine again)...?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ransom's "Fluxin" Cave

Only upon watching this video the first time did I understand what he meant by "fluxin". Serendipitous vocabulary-ist, there!

Finn's Soundtrack

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Link to "Lost" Thanksgiving Footage

Part I

Part II - apparently is too big (Robyn's camera records HD!) so it will require editing - an some patience!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ready for Baby Jesus

In the first few seconds you can see Finn colouring the face of our paper Baby Jesus for the nativity book we found at the Post - complete with a fold-out paper nativity after the story - except Baby Jesus was missing.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Great-Grandma Visits!

So special to be visited! Thanks Great-Grandma! You're great!
(Finn learned how to play UNO!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Peace is when...

..the wind stops blowing... the sun is showing...

...and when my boys are playing... cooperatively, like this... ahh. Sigh.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kitty Hammock

This is Smaug again - our stray kitten who was under our care for a little over a week. He walked all the way to the tunnel with us - and back! But the next day he moved on...

Like Bike

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Apparently this is fun...?

...Apparently boys wrestle:


A stray cat was under our care for a while. Pets do bring so much "joy"! But he wasn't around the morning of August 24th... The boys miss him.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bin Bath

It's been a long time since the last bin bath. Thanks for sharing the bins, Leina!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Through the Praise of Children and Infants II

Transcript: "dump", "he is my help and salvation", "Oh my soul praise him... for He is my help and salvation... Oh my soul praise Him..."

(I prompted him wrong and accidentally changed songs to All Creatures of Our God and King)...

Thanks, Carolyn for using these hymns for your processional - I think after your wedding we started singing both of them more consistently.

Ransom the Teacher

Apparently Leina and I trained Cara in the same way!

Friday, July 15, 2011

How They Like to Clean Up Their Toys

Someone Asked Nicely Enough

It's really Grandma Harder's molasses cookie dough but it still makes "Gingerbread Men"! Jill's vinyl storybook records that she gave Finn two Christmases ago has the Gingerbread Man and it ends with "Perhaps someone will make some for you - if you ask nicely enough!". Someone did!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Through the Praise of Children and Infants

...You have established a stronghold against your enemies. (Psalm 8:2)

(Musical interlude from"All Creatures of Our God and King")

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How we survive routine 5-hour roadtrips:

Pardon the sugar-slurpees, though. First (and last) of the summer. For the record, they drank only the top 1 cm. :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ransom reads Panda

Finn is older in these posts, (scroll down) but the books are the same and so is the sweetness!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gift that Keeps on Giving

Thanks, Nana and Grandad!

"Snow" at the end of June

I had heard the complaints of the poplar fluff but had never seen it. Finn wanted me to weave cloth from thread we would make from it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nana Bubbles

Water Balloons with Nana!

Out back with Nana

Finn cracks me up. Of course. before the camera came out he was telling it all: (on repeat) "I'm working hard..." and when Ransom was helping "We're Team Barbour"....

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Homemade Marble Toy

Designed by my mom and dad and made by my dad... Thanks, guys.

Happy 4th Birthday, Finneas.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Celery Car Snack

When he saw the carrot wheels, he pulled them off, looked at them for a minute and then put them in his ears (Renae uses earplugs when vacuuming the house and they are orange and circular on the end)!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Water Balloons with Papa

He actually picked up the burst balloon shreds after the video. :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nothin' Like a Like Bike

We get so many comments about Finn's Like Bike!

Daniel caught him on the nice decline into the tunnel but he is a bit more wobbly than usual - but still! Not bad for a two wheeler without training wheels.

The Garage IS all it's Chalked up to be...

I figured that we have to paint and prep it anyway; chalk won't hurt. They loved it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dandelions Beware!

Ahhh... spring!

Discovery Museum

My neighbour friend told me about this place - and it was free this day. They have a pet shop/vet area, a lego table, a music section, a stage with costumes and a puppet stage, a camping area and a craft room with supplies. We were the first to come and the last to leave. The boys loved it.

(What he wanted to do with the mask "to pay for it" was to "beep" it on that grey microphoney thing. Beep! I guess nothing escapes their notice - and they do come with me to the grocery store at least once a week.)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hope Springs Eternal

So sweet... breaks one's heart...

(He's holding a bowl of sunflower seeds hoping a bird will come by and eat them).

Friday, May 6, 2011

Candid Ransom

I just love how he likes to go outside by himself - on his own initiative!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ransom Reads "The Very Quiet Cricket"

Transcript: "Rubbed his wings together" (but) "nothing happened" (not a) "sound".

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Real Play

The new lambs were bleating just across the fence, a soft wind was blowing and the meadowlarks singing. Ah.. And is there anything more wonderful than seeing a little boy play freely in the great out of doors? I think not.

Easter Egg Hunt

(The fourth one of the holiday!)

Friday, April 15, 2011


I don't know... do you think he likes him?

Oh the "Finn running commentary"!

It's so fun to see my "baby" entertaining another!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blast from the Past

Daniel's friend Chad invited us over before this semester began way back in August and then just gave us some footage of the visit. Pretty cute....

Friday, April 8, 2011


For my Kowalsky family out there who knows my crocheted finger loop habits, does the apple fall far from the tree?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

There's no diaper under those stylish green sweats!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's Warm Enough for a Walk...

It was Ransom's idea to wear the hearing protection. Kept his earlobes warm!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Finn's First Wishbone

Anticlimactic at best. But so nice to be visited by Aunt Robyn!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Snow Cave

Snow Tunnel

It was +2 today!

And it's supposed to be "warm" (above -10?) until the end of March! Time to enjoy the snow before it melts!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Shining Armor

I thought I got him saying "helmet" on video, but I didn't start soon enough. Cute nonetheless.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh Sick!

We had just washed his backside in the tub as is our norm - and in this video he is finishing his job in the tub (surprise! - should have sat him on the potty!). He's referring to the messy diaper in the toilet.

It happened on the way home...

... from this year's first buggy trip to the grocery store. Who cares if it was -14? It was a warm -14 and the sun was shining no one got0 cold and we (I) had a bad case of cabin fever. And it looks like it was quite a long walk for Finneas.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Someone put pee in my pants!


We know, it's really a "re-bounder", but try and tell that to a little boy... Whenever the song comes on, the trampoline has to come out (or vice versa).

Best $10 we've spent yet!

Friday, February 11, 2011

More Puzzles

Forgot to post this one before leaving for reading week:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Not as Puzzled as we thought he'd be...

Oh yes, and the "funky fab fashions" are in celebration for our first annual bleak midwinter party, scheduled for later this evening.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A moment in the life of...

The camera is out of sight so it's candid:

Could they be any cuter?

Nana, we love our ball chair!

And our rocking horse.

He's looking at the screen saver on the computer that has a random picture slideshow of family.

Creme Brule

Friday, January 7, 2011

Gelli Baff

Take one:

It turned out to be bread!

Take two:

Thanks, aunt Jill!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Back Home

Of course Ransom was loudly exclaiming about the lights before the camera came out... :)

And Finn's reference to Abraham and Noah is in regards to that big white box of Bible stories on cassette that the Babe children listened to whilst falling asleep - thanks Jennifer - he really enjoys listening to them and plays well and asks for a new tape almost every day. I enjoy listening to them, too!