Friday, 29 April 2011

Not What You’d Expect…

Once again, the Brits demonstrate their remarkable sense of humour




Thursday, 28 April 2011

Snooze Buddies

I caught these two on the couch the other day.  They had been quiet for awhile, so I thought I’d see what they were up to…



Thanet must have thought that it looked like a good plan, because he joined in the action (or lack thereof) too.



But all was not quite as it seemed…



I’d been duped!  They hadn’t been sleeping at all!


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Just Another Day…

…at the office for Chancery.

Do a little colouring, sing a little song, smile a little smile.  Same old, same old.

Monday, 25 April 2011


After all the outdoor activities I partook in whilst in Montana, it felt like it was time to enjoy some nature at home.
Saturday after our weekly outing to McDonald’s for breakfast, we headed to a local park so the kids could run around for awhile.

The only downside to that idea, is that the park is right along the water, so it was pretty cold.
The kids didn’t seem to mind too much though.

I think we should have hit up Starbucks on our way to the park, but hey, there’s always next time.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years


(Chancery’s stream of consciousness)



Chancery: “Today is EASTER Sunday, and that is REALLY exciting!”



Chancery: “Asher is sick today though, so he doesn’t get to go to church, & that is pretty sad, eh?”



Chancery: “But I get to wear a NEW dress today!”



Chancery: “I got it for Christmas, but it was too big for me, but then I grew, and I grew, and now it fits me!!”



Chancery: “When Mummy pulled it out of the closet this morning, I said, ‘Yay, a ZEBRA dress!’”



Chancery: “Do you think I look like a zebra?”



Chancery: “I sure do, because zebras are black & white…”



Chancery: “And they are also tall, like me!!”

Friday, 22 April 2011

Sunday Pictures: Good Friday

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Asher: “Today I told Mummy that I wanted her to take pictures, since we are dressed up, but I only wanted her to take two.”



Asher: “So we smiled really nice, but Chancery had her eyes closed on the first picture.”



Asher: “So I told her she could take one more, AND SHE DID!”

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

In The Ditch

While I was in Montana, my cousin took me quadding with some of his friends.  We seemed to spend a lot of the time pulling his friend Rob out of snow drifts.  He seemed to have a knack for getting stuck.  At one point, he had backed into a ditch & couldn’t drive his quad back out.  After they had pulled him out, they asked me if I had gotten a picture.  “No, I was too slow getting the camera out,” I replied.  They ever so kindly pushed him back into the ditch so we could document his rescue…

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Trip Recap

I feel like it’s been forever since I blogged, but it has been a crazy week.  I got the call from my Mom last Monday that my Grandpa had died at the age of 96.  He had a good long life, & my Grandma dies 3 years ago, so he was ready to re-join her.


I flew out to Montana for the funeral & to see all the family gathered there.  PChad & the kids stayed behind, as the price of airline tickets was astronomical.  I managed to save a bit of money by taking the most indirect route on the planet, by driving to Halifax, then flying to NY, Salt Lake, & then Montana.  The trip out there took 20 hours.  It was long, but pretty uneventful.  I had ample time to finish the book I had brought along.



My brothers


For me, there wasn’t much to be sad about at the funeral.  My Grandpa was a Christian, & he’d lived 96 years.  His last few months had been hard & he’d suffered some illnesses.  He was ready to go on to glory.  I had a GREAT time with my cousins, & Aunts & Uncles.  My Uncle & his family live on a ranch in the hills, so we had a chance to go quading as a group one day & we also tagged some new calves.  It was nice to do some ‘country’ things again.



And, of course we ate some awesome food.  We ate at Famous Dave’s, & IHOP, & we also had many, many ham buns! Smile



One of my Mom’s cousins had us all over for pizza one evening, & it was a fun night with lots of laughter.  We always have a great time when we all get together, but unfortunately it happens far too infrequently.


I really do love my extended family, & I’m glad I had this opportunity to spend a long weekend with them.  As we have married, & had kids, we seem to have all spread out across the country, so we don’t get to see each other near often enough.


After all that fun, it was time to head back home.  I find that flying out on a trip is always a bit of fun (think of the tales I’ve had to tell!), but flying home just doesn’t have the same excitement to it.  Perhaps that’s just because my flights home were routed even worse than my flights to Montana.


I started out at 4:30 for my 6am flight to Minneapolis.  That wasn’t so bad, early morning flights are never pleasant, but it was uneventful.  From there, I headed to Orlando.  No, I don’t know why, & I tried to get my ticket changed, but they gave me some song & dance about since I bought a cheaper ticket, I had to suffer on their airlines all day (I think that was the underlying message anyways).  In Orlando, I must have been on the wrong side of the plane, because I didn’t even get a glimpse of Disney, then I walked off my plane only to walk across the hallway & immediately board my next flight, taking me to lovely NY!


In NY I had a 3 hour layover, so I had a chance to walk around a bit & dine casually at a restaurant.  I had never had the opportunity to relax over a meal in an airport like that before, so I took the chance, but I think they must have rented to seats by the minute, because I paid dearly for my efforts.


I flew from NY to Halifax & for the first time, I had an empty seat next to me, so I spread out & relaxed for a bit in preparation for my 3 hour drive home.  I rolled in to town around 2:30am.  It’s good being back home, but I think it’s time to start planning the next family reunion!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


…they just make them smarter in Canada.


That’s why I’m glad that my kids are half Canadian. Smile

Monday, 11 April 2011

Is Spring Springing?

With the sun shining more often these days, it’s starting to look nice outside.  The snow is slowly melting, & the kids want to go out to play.  Asher talked me into letting them out for a few hours, but it was still cold enough to warrant their winter gear.


  Asher was just so glad for an opportunity to climb his tree again!



I’m just looking forward to the days that I can go out without a coat of any kind, but I think those days are a long ways off…

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Sunday Pictures

Chancery – 2.5 years


Chancery: “Hello, everyone, and welcome!”



Chancery: “Daddy & Asher went on a small trip in a car.”



Chancery: “A car a bit like this one, but different.”



Chancery: “Since they were gone, Mummy had lots of time to do my hair, so she did it really pretty today.”



Chancery: “See, isn’t it nice?”



Chancery: “I really miss having Asher around to play with, but they’ll be back again for pictures next week.”



Chancery: “See you then!”

Friday, 8 April 2011

Barq’s Has Bite!

A friend & I were talking about this commercial a few weeks ago, & I thought it was time to ‘tell the world!’



Wednesday, 6 April 2011


During snack-time yesterday, the kids started talking about where they wanted to live, so I thought it was the perfect time to save their life ambitions for posterity.  Now we can look back in 20 years & see if they’ve met their goals.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Photo Session

PChad was selling a coat on eBay, so I took a few pictures of him so he’d have pictures to post.  Chancery wanted to get in on the action, so I turned the camera on her…


She knows what to do…



She made sure I got all angles, just like I did for Daddy.



Chancery: “Are you as excited about this as I am?”



She copped a casual pose, & then…




Sunday, 3 April 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Asher: “Ok, we’re both here.  Let’s get this show on the road!”



Chancery: “I lost my little brown bear, so today I have a little bunny.”



Chancery: “And Asher has a cool red toy that changes shapes.”



Asher: “If you had your brown bear today, it would match your skirt, Chancery.”



Chancery: “I know, but I lost my bear, Asher.”


Asher: “I will help you look for it after pictures are done, ok, Chancery?”



Chancery: “Can we be done now, Mummy?  I want to find my bear!”



Asher: “We have to give her a good smile first, Chancery!”