Sunday, January 29, 2012

Francis’ 11th birthday





I am so behind on my blog!  I was uploading some pictures and realized that I hadn’t written anything about Francis’ birthday.  Suddenly I have more time on my hands but I get less accomplished.  By the magic of publishing dates I will add this post to Francis’ actual birthday date (but it’s really the end of February)!

Francis and 5 of his friends went to an indoor baseball facility to hit some balls and get some fun practice in.  I made these cute cupcakes for the party but they never got served so we enjoyed them later at home.  On his actual birthday we had a small family party – I didn’t get very many pictures (I always seem to get caught up in the fun of the moment and forget to take pictures)!

Hard to believe that I am a mom to an 11 year old … we are almost into the teen years – yikes!

Friday, January 27, 2012

It’s a dog’s life

I thought this was too adorable not to share.  It’s funny, I have been a cat person my entire life but this little dog has stolen my heart.  She follows me like a shadow and she is my little walking buddy.  Well, actually this little 20 lb (half schnauzer half yorkie) pulls me down the street so I'm not sure who’s walking who.  Like most dogs, her 2 favourite words are “cookie” and “walk”.  In the video you will see that she does the typical schnauzer “talk” which always cracks me up.  Hope the video makes you laugh!

Don’t mind all the tools on the floor there … heh … we are doing some minor renovations and there seems to be tools everywhere!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CNY Lunch

We had a lovely time lunching with friends for CNY.  There were Hunan dumplings, spring rolls, wonton soup, General Tao and of course, noodles!  Here are a couple of photos of the kids enjoying the feast.


 IMG_1906 She ♥ wonton soup!IMG_1907

IMG_1921  Francis can`t get enough of those crispy noodlesIMG_1914 Say cheese daddy! IMG_1920

This is Doris and Dan`s adorable new son, DonovanIMG_1923

and big sister, Daphne …. enjoying her soup


Little brother is loving those noodles!


Francis teaching Daphne to play video games

IMG_1901 being silly …

IMG_1905My fortune … hmmm ….  very strange because the very next day I got temporarily laid off at work.

IMG_1926 Looking forward to that open door …

Monday, January 23, 2012

恭禧发财 – Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Wishing everyone a very happy Chinese New year! 2012 marks the year of the black water dragon.

Click here to hear how to pronounce Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recycled castle


Naomi’s kindergarten class was given a special project to complete over the Christmas break.  They had to build a castle out of recycled materials.  It’s funny because I remember doing this exact project with Francis when he was in kindergarten (same teacher). Naomi had a lot of fun creating her masterpiece.  It’s interesting to see all the different castles that the kids came up with. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012



This picture was taken last Thursday white we waited for the morning school bus.

I was starting to wonder if we were in for a typical Canadian winter around here.  Up until December 24th we didn’t have any snow (that stayed on the ground).  At the beginning of January we were still experiencing temperatures of +2C (which was lovely).  I can officially say that winter is here now.  We have had several snow storms and today it is a freezing –22 degrees Celsius.  Brrr.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Skiing & Snowboarding




As part of their Christmas gifts, the kids got skiing / boarding lessons.  Naomi even got some new skis.  The lessons were supposed to be every day for a week but because we all got sick they didn’t get to complete the week.

Naomi took to skiing like a fish to water.  She absolutely loved it.  I am so glad because we used to ski before - so now we can do it as a family.  Looking forward to hitting the slopes soon!