• Ezra’s 21st month

    Afternoons with Maman are always the best

    Showing off some new books they bought with some money from Easter

    Never a dull moment here

    Two seater swings are so much more fun!

    Hunting for worms

    Trying on an old hat of Grandpapa’s

    I’m not sure what is going on here but Sierra always used to put her head into a pillow or on the floor when she didn’t get her way and Ezra also now mimics that movement.  Now I just laugh every time I see it happen.

    Peek a boo!

    Moving on up to the big kids swing!

    Vero found a good trail behind the school and we found this old tire hanging there

    A rare family photo

    We came across these structures not too far from the school.  We think that there may be classes that come out and learn about making tree forts

    I think he was excited to see snow again after a few weeks of it melting

    Another adventure in the rain for us

    I’m not even sure what is going on here?  Maybe a science experiment for school?

    Sierra teaching Ezra how to use the tricycle.  Interesting fact: this is the same tricycle that Vero grew up with!

    I would like to say this was a somersault but no, it was just Ezra being mad about something and he’s burying his head

    Super Ezra!

    Ezra is really liking his ipad time.  There are a few neat apps that he plays.  One involves crushing trucks with a dinosaur foot in a junkyard

    Ice cream!

    Count Ezra

    Searching for worms in the garden

    Go Team Canada!

     

  • Driveway sealing #2

    For historical reference, we paid $700 tax included to get the driveway sealed.  They did start out the with a $900 price tag but balked at that one trying to remember what we paid the last time.  They did say that a ‘water based’ sealant was applied last time and that’s why it wasn’t good anymore.

    That’s probably a bunch of malarkey.

  • Thoughts about Ezra

    I feel as time goes by I get slower and slower at updating this website and then I fear that I will forget little details about my children that I want documented!

    Until I get around to updating a few things, I thought I would just chat about Ezra at this point in his life.

    Ezra is 20 months old.

    Currently I get to take care of him a lot in the mornings and then Vero takes over in the afternoons.  Sierra stays in her room for the most part taking school but Ezra is VERY excited when he sees her emerge from her room.

    He’s a really loving child.  He will go and hug Sierra when she comes out of her room.  He waddles over to her at full speed and practically collapses in her arms.

    He’s really good at walking these days.  We even took him in the forest the other day and managed to navigate branches without falling over too much.  That being said, I still don’t understand how he can just be walking around the kitchen sometimes and do a complete wipeout!  I blame his socks.

    His vocabulary is really getting good.  He says thank you when we pass him something.  The other day I asked him if he wanted to stay in his chair or get down and he replied with get down!  I think last night I heard him say bedroom.  He can definitely say Maman and something that resembles Dad but not enough for me to notice sometimes.  I feel sometimes that all his words sound like he is underwater but I’m assuming he’s just learning to enunciate.  I can’t remember what Sierra was like when she was learning to speak.

    I laugh sometimes at how much of a different force of nature he is compared to Sierra.  The other day when we were all out looking for worms in a rainstorm, Sierra wanted to pick up worms on a stick and move them over to a puddle.  Ezra wanted to squash them all with his boot which resulted in Sierra screaming “Nooooo!” like when Darth Vader was born.

    Life with Ezra has become significantly easier compared to last year.  We no longer have to have portions of the back patio fenced off to prevent him from falling six inches.  He now climbs up and down the stairs like a champ and wanders around the yard and we aren’t overly worried about him.  We did start closing one gate near the garage so he doesn’t wander off to the front yard without us.  We always have an eye on him but you never know where they go when you are handling the BBQ for a few minutes.

    He really loves his swing set and whenever we ask if he wants to get down he says No.  In fact, he replies no  quite a bit these days but it makes sense when he says it.  I don’t think he has mastered yes yet but if we ask him something and he doesn’t say no then we know he probably wants to say yes!

    Ezra enjoys watching anything large like trucks driving by.  Our weekly voyage to the grocery store parking lot results in us staring and waving to the cars as they drive around.  In fact, he waves at every car that goes by and people are generally nice enough to wave back!  He also likes hearing the train going by in the distance and tries to say choo choo.

    Now that I’ve started livestreaming concerts with the family, I bring out the guitar quite a bit more and he loves it.  When I say “Guitar?” his eyes light up and he runs to the guitar case, opens it up and proceeds to pass me two picks, a capo and my pedal.  Then he strums the guitar for about three tunes and gets tired of that.  He’s becoming quite good at strumming!

    He loves bathtime with his sister but I’m not sure she loves getting buckets of water dumped over her head all the time!  He has to figure out those fine motor skills because a bucket of water over the head usually results in him bonking the bucket into her nose or head half the time!

    He is really enjoying reading these days.  He is starting to choose new books to listen to, but then he also has his routine of reading a book about Boots and Je T’aimes de la tête au pieds”.  Recently he really likes Garbage Delight (which I’m delighted about!)

    To the jealousy of many other parents out there, he is a great sleeper.  He has an afternoon nap which lasts between 1-2 hours and he heads to bed around 7:15PM and wakes up anywhere between 7 and 7:30pm without much trouble during the night.  He tosses and turns once in awhile but I can’t remember many times that he actually wakes up.

    He is a very happy kid and there is always a smile on his face.  I even managed to get a good picture of him laughing the other day which I love.

    Overall, we are happy with his development and he makes me feel old some days but I manage to get some energy to horse around with him as much as I can because in about five years time, he’ll have no interest in me!  Ha ha.

  • Ezra’s 20th month

    “Good tunes Dad!”

    The Force is strong with this one

    Tiny dancers

    I think he was trying to wink in this photo

    I thought this look he have his sister was hilarious

    Checking out a reflection with Maman

    Not sure if he enjoyed wearing Sierra’s wig

    Ezra does some funny things when he wakes up from a nap these days

    When I saw these two play on the swings together all I could think of was “Finally, I see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to pushing my kid on a swing!”

    Good toque head

    “Likely story Dad!  Tell another one.”

    A typical weekly outing to get some groceries.  We would wander the parking lot and he would wave to everyone who passed him by.

    Limoges park have these really long chains on the kids swings which make for a fun ride

    Spring time is always the most fun time for toddlers I think

    Ezra always feels the need to help give Sierra a push

    Having a snack with Maman

    A good photo opportunity but he hasn’t mastered the tricycle yet

    Ezra quite enjoys mopping up the mess!

    Ezra quite enjoys when I practice guitar in the mornings.  When I say “Guitar?” he goes over to the case and opens it up.  Then he passes every guitar pick he can find as well as my capo and pedal.  Lately he has been deciding to sit in various spots of the guitar case which is hilarious.

    Ezra discovering the wonder of chalk

    Trying on Sierra’s hat

    Ezra likes trying for a high five while swinging next to Sierra

    He’s getting the hang of building blocks!

    By the looks of the snow on the ground, this was probably the last voyage of the SS GT Sno-racer for the year

    I have realized that a post gets a lot of attention on Facebook when there’s a kid involved!

    I had everything lined up in the span of 8 minutes to acquire this gem from Belleville.  Then Vero reminded me that our neighbours were going to give Sierra their old kid car for her birthday.  SO CLOSE!!

    In the quest of ‘trying to find a spot to go outside not near people’, we found this little park in Casselman on our way to St-Hubert.  Unfortunately part way through our visit Sierra said she needed to pee!  I’m pretty impressed that she managed to hold it in for another 30 minutes until we got back home!

    Sierra taking some photos of her brother

    Fredo + Dad = love

    Ezra was seriously rocking out to some Pearl Jam in the basement one afternoon with me.  It was pretty amazing.  I also realized that if I ever want a good cardio workout, I just need to pop in the last 30 minutes of a Pearl Jam concert and jump up and down imagining I’m at the actual concert.  Way more fun thatn the elliptical!

    I’m not entirely sure what this photo was for, but chances are it’s when I win a game of Carcasonne against Mom when the score is really close or really wide apart.

    Snacktime

    Vero took some photos of the pathway in the park and the bad shape they were in.  In July they ended up fixing a bunch of it up which is great for kids on their bicycles!  I’m quite proud that she mentioned it to the community association.  Sometimes all it takes is asking the question to someone!

    Poor He-Man!

    Poisson d’Avril!

    When Sierra went into her room, we hung a banner with a bunch of fishes on it.  She found it very funny.

    Poisson d’Avril Sierra!

     

    The pranks kept coming when I put peanut butter in their grilled cheese sandwich!  Sierra really enjoyed April Fool’s.  She kept putting pots and pans on our chairs and saying “Poisson d’Avril’ a month after April Fool’s.  We tried explaining her the difference between a prank and April Fool’s but she just kept saying it.  

    Tall kid!

    Filling up the feeder.  I think a squirrel ate it all the next day

    Years ago we never burned the brush that fell down throughout the winter.  Now we try and keep on top of it.

    Vero told me this was quite the leg workout!

    First cone of the year!

    Easter was definitely fun this year with Ezra able to walk around and look for some eggs!  He seemed to catch onto the concept after awhile.

    I think this may have been the day where Ezra discovered how amazing this shopping cart is.  He brings that everywhere in the backyard with him!

    Pull my finger (thanks to Shannon for that one!)

    Reading outside

    One of the first hot tubs of the year with the kids.  I also realized how long my hair was getting when I had to put it in a ponytail so it wouldn’t get wet!

    Figuring things out

    First of many meals outside

    Yeeeeehawwww!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sierra’s 58th month

    Enjoying a hot dog from the campfire

    Sierra wanted to wear this to school one morning

    She was quite excited to construct shapes from popsicle sticks

    I believe this photo was from the activity which involved making your own mini-pizzas.  We had a good laugh when we figured out that it was the teacher who wanted to make them for herself and decided it was probably a good idea to make it into an activity for the rest of the class!  A lot of prep work for this activity!  Haha.

    I think this might be teeth?  It’s ironic that she probably ate all of those marshmallows after!

    Generally the in depth science experiments happen when Vero is taking care of Sierra but sometimes I get to partake in it.  The video I haven’t shown you here had a total failure of a snow volcano experiment.  I then pivoted and just put some stuff in a cup and had Sierra add what needed to be added and BAM!  Science experiment success!

    Sierra found it extremely funny that she was wearing Dad’s t-shirt.  She couldn’t stop laughing.

    I think this meetup one afternoon was before another lockdown.  I also think this is when I told Mike that Trish got married during the pandemic and his mind was blown.  I had a good laugh at that!

    Crazy hair day at school!

    I’m sure this will turn out to be an entertaining read

    The kids have grown to love a game involving us taking off our shirts and running to someone on the couch who catches us and throws us.  It’s been the highlight of the winter!

    Making the house pretty for Spring

    Painting Easter eggs out in the sun

    Sierra is getting pretty good at writing letters!

    Good one!

    I would definitely do this

    I was THIS CLOSE to getting this from the kids.  My buds lined up people to pick it up for me and everything.  Then Vero reminded me that we were getting a car from the neighbours for Sierra’s birthday.  SO CLOSE!!

    I believe this was taken in Casselman where we found a little park near the river.  We stopped there for awhile before picking up St-Hubert.

     

     

  • Ezra’s 19th Month

    Ezra on the zerbert attack!

    Trying out a new hat

    Enjoying some hot chocolate at the Losier ice rink

    Heated match!

    Forget the ice rink, this swing was the highlight!  

    Snacktime

    I feel this could be a future wrestling costume for Ezra

    A LOT of snow dumped down.  We had to dig out the sled from the snowbank!

    Ezra was pretty interested in hearing stuff through the headphones!  I believe I was testing out my audio equipment before a Nanny Sybil livestream event where Troy and I were going to strum a few tunes.  That even gave birth to future livestream events called the Don’t Fret sessions.https://photos.app.goo.gl/ctuSwQHFYrG4fEH16

    I decided to venture through the park’s uneven terrain!  Hold on Ezra!

    I’m still quite impressed that Vero fashioned some swords and shields from some pizza boxes.  Genius!

    You’ll get there kid, you’ll get there!

    Ezra has the habit of climbing onto Sierra’s chair while she’s eating.  Some days she’s annoyed, other days are like this.

    I remember this being a cold day in the shade of the trees

    Pretty good slide!

    Having some hot chocolate and a stroopwaffel!  I’m pretty sure I bought eight extra boxes thinking I would go through them throughout the winter.  It’s June when I’m typing this and still have the eight boxes!

    Ezra loved climbing and sliding down this snowbank

    Again!

    Maman was nice enough to pull us all for a bit of the trek!

    Here’s a typical morning for Ezra and I.  When Sierra goes to school at 9:15AM, we head outside until 10AM to have some fun.  You never know what shenanigans we get into.  This was probably taken five feet from our driveway.  We didn’t get too far with our snowsuits on but some mornings Ezra would hold onto the GT so I could walk around the block.

    Look at this gigantic snow boulder!

    Waiting for cars to pass by

    Sierra and Ezra doing a science experiment with snow and colours

    On a mild day Vero decided to make some popcorn over the fire.  We were surprised at how fast it popped!!

    Popcorn was a hit!

    Someone doesn’t look impressed.  I was pretty excited about my new snow pants.  This might have been the first day I wore them.  For the past 20 years I had the same snowpants from when I attempted to ski back in the late 90s.  I never really cared for those snow pants as they just were around my waist so if I was in some snow it would go up my back!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered some off of Amazon for fifty bucks.  Can’t go wrong for that price!

    Taking in the sun

    The trampoline made an appearance!

    One morning Vero heard a big thump and looked out the window and saw that all the snow had slid off the shed roof in one fell swoop!  It even took out a tree branch.  If someone was there, they would have been seriously hurt.  I’ll have to get snow guards for next winter.

    Tea party

    I’m not sure if this is the most comfortable way to watch TV?

    Silly

    Vero and I checked out a livestream of the Dears (which was excellent).  I had a good laugh when Vero pointed out that the letters made it look like their band name was DE HEARTS!

    One sunny morning we headed out to the Limoges park.  I’m glad I brought my snowpants and boots because I fell through two feet of snow a few times!

    Weeeee!

    Ezra trying to decide whether the carrot should go in his mouth or on the snowman

    This was an exciting project!  Vero’s grandfather played violin for many years and had recorded a tape of him playing some songs.  We got the tape from her uncle and we transferred it digitally one evening.  I still have to go in and clean up the audio but at least it’s saved on a hard drive for now.  It was interesting for Vero to hear how her grandfather played some songs that she is learning.

  • Sierra’s 57th month

    First skate of the year!

    Maman teaching Sierra how to get up

    Learning checkers

    Some days I feel that Sierra wants to go on her adventures without her brother.  This was one of those days I felt that so we brought some snowshoes and went over to the Castor River area to traipse through the snow.  We had a lot of fun as it was a nice day.

    Taking a break with a thermos of hot chocolate

    Everyone has trouble getting up after falling!

    Measuring different quantities of snow for school.

    I’m not sure what Sierra was supposed to draw here!

    Ice cube experiment

    The Besnard Lakes came out with a new album this year which is fantastic and they had three livestream events which were equally fantastic!

    Getting pretty good at whisking eggs!

    Making some Valentine’s cookies.  I’m pretty sure we ate all but one of them by Valentine’s Day!

    We all thought it would be a funny idea to bury Maman and Dad.  I couldn’t handle it at one point but Vero quite liked it!

    Hopscotch!

    I always laugh when I see that some form of food is on the schedule for school.  I always figure the teacher just needs to make it for her kids so she has everyone else do it with her!  Smart.

    Benoit tipped me off that the hot thing that is selling on the market were these old Marvel cards that I collected.  In fact, these cards were the things that actually got me into collecting comic books!  Anyhow, when I was younger I always thought everything I purchased would be worth money so of course I was interested in selling some!

    In the end, the bubble burst as fast as I entered it.  I think this Deadpool card was selling for $80.  To put that into context, I paid $1.25 in 1991 for the X-Force #1 comic book that the card came in.  That’s quite the profit!

    I did end up selling this card a week later.  It sold for $45.  Let’s subtract $15.40 to ship it.  I offered free shipping.  Let’s also remove the $5.09 for the Ebay fees.  I also bought some hard plastic protectors.  Let’s say that’s a $1 each.  So I ended up with a profit of $23.51.  Not too bad considering it was a card that came in a comic book for $23.51.  But making that profit does put things into perspective at 42 years old.  Is my time worth $23.51?  Let’s imagine I put an hour of effort into taking photos, posting the thing, answering any questions, packaging it, driving to the post office and sending it off. 

    As I grow older and older I have come to realize that my time is worth money and unless I’m going to make a LOT of profit on something, it’s probably not worth my time.  Perhaps it’s something that I can hand down to my kids to sell and they can make money from it.

    Cute!

    Before bed one night Sierra wanted to show me all her funny faces

    I can’t stop laughing at this one!

    Once in awhile Sierra and Maman have a picnic snack

    I think Sierra wanted a picture of someone who is scared

    We are very fortunate to have great friends.  Mike, Melanie and Max let us use their ice rink while they were away.

    A helping hand

    Sunny day at the rink

    One of our favourite trails around us now has ‘No Trespassing’ signs on it which is a bummer.  But we stumbled upon another trail system and they even have little signs of the mini trails set up!  We have a feeling this is a school project they did one day and we love it!  

    GTs are not that easy to lug around!

    Vero got me these keychains for Valentine’s Day.  One says “I love you” and the other says “I know” (from Empire Strikes Back).  I was joking the other day that the better response would be “This is the way.” which is from The Mandalorian.  She modified the keychain after she heard me laughing about this idea.  I love Vero!

    A shield has to be made and Maman had the brilliant idea to repurpose a pizza box!

    You can see the thought of winning dance in her eyes.

    Sierra attempting the hill herself

    Hanging out in the snowbank with my girl

    Sierra wanted to take a photo of us so we decided for the creepy photo shoot.

    I can’t remember what this day was.  I think it was hat and tie day, or pink day.

    Oh now I remember!  It was the virtual winter carnival at school and people had to wear hats and ties!

    Pretty amazing how many cards Nanny Ruth ended up with her 90th birthday.  I think the final total was close to 170?

    Hanging out in the fort

    Fun with a spray bottle, food colouring and snow

    Sierra BEGGED to sleep on the floor overnight in her fort.  I really didn’t think it would work but she insisted.  I’m glad I gave in pretty easy because two minutes after the lights went out she came to her senses and moved into bed.  Imagine if I would have been arguing with her for 30 minutes?

     

     

     

  • Ezra’s 18th month

    Ezra loves playing with his sister when she is done her school in the morning.  You can also see that he is starting to converse when we ask him questions.  Do we know what he is saying?  Nope.  But it’s fun.  You also see that they are watching the Friendly Giant which they are fond of.

    It’s a pretty exciting day when a new Star Wars shirt enters the house!!

    Ezra sure loves a game of Musical Thunderstruck

    Our typical routine has us finishing up our bath around 7PM and Ezra gets his bottle of milk before bed.  Here were the kids sneaking in a story in the living room instead of their bedrooms before Ezra headed off to bed.  Vero has a good routine with him for bed that I have learned.  First there are goodnight kisses from Sierra and Dad.  Then there’s a routine where Maman puts him in his bedroom and he tries to escape while screaming down the hall until Maman runs and picks him up.  He has a really good laugh at that.

    Then the sleepsack comes on with some tickle time so he’s laughing before settling in for the night.  As I type this there are two books on constant rotation in his rocking chair….Boots and Je t’aimes de la tete aux pieds which is always a fun one.  Then the light goes off and a little humming of a tune (my favourite is the Friendly Giant song which I know is some classical music piece that I cannot remember right now) and then put into the crib.  He is a really great little boy and sleeps through the night most nights.  Apologies to all the parents out there giving me the dagger eyes when thinking of their own children’s sleeping habits.

    I am not entirely sure why I took a photo of this mayonnaise but I may as well profess my love of it right here, right now.  My go-to breakfast these days has been a pumpernickel bagel with this mayonnaise and some tomato with salt and pepper.  Sierra is even helping me make it these days which is pretty good.  I did have to teach her the limit of three shakes to the salt and pepper as I got a LOT of salt one morning!

    Having fun before supper.  Maybe I was trying to take a photo of my new Pearl Jam shirt that I had forgotten about in the garage for a month?

    This kid does NOT have it easy in the winter.  It’s very hard to move around!

    No wonder he doesn’t like winter, look at his sister dumping snow in his hood!  Also, I have fond memories of the month of January and February when we got dumped on with snow.  I was excited that winter had finally arrived compared to the Green Christmas we had.

    Someone wanted to help knock snow off of the trees

    Warming up some cold hands

    Someone loves Dad’s hat!

    A perfect winter day – with hot chocolate and mild temperatures

    Hot chocolate was a constant request from the kids (and Maman!) this winter

    Reading

    Hockey

    Ezra loves this music machine that hangs on the fridge.  You can see he understands what we are asking him to do as well.  He’s also getting really good at being on the couch.  We only have to watch out a few times when he’s going for a tumble.

    Ezra has some strong muscles!  This was probably taken after our morning walk.  We try and get out whenever it is not too cold.

    Stopping for an icicle treat

    Ezra really likes to help me get the guitar out of the case and pass me the guitar picks and as you can see, he likes stepping on the guitar pedal below!  That thing probably won’t survive the winter!  You can also see in this photo that I am playing my 12 string which I haven’t done so in years.  I actually have downtuned it a full step which is easier on the the neck and I got a really strong capo.  I’m really enjoying the 12-string guitar these days even though I don’t have a built in tuner like my other guitar Ruth does.

    My good pal Danny built this zamboni for his rink this winter.  I thought it was the cats meow.

    Someone REALLY LOVES pushing his cart around and picking up toys.

    Looking for a toy.  We don’t spend too much time downstairs so it’s a treat for Ezra when we do go down there.

    Ezra is surprisingly stable on this GT and there have been many mornings where we go for a walk and we are pulling him on this.

    Spider-Man in the house!

    This was taken on one of the coldest weekends of the year.  We still managed to go outside a few times but it’s pretty hard to keep positive in -35!

    Ezra loves pushing the mop around

    A bunch of Ezra’s teeth finally showed up

    Riding the train

    Trying to learn Rabbit Foo Foo

    First skate of the year came pretty late in January.  Not sure if it was the best idea to bring Ezra there without a helmet.  We brought one the next time.  Not sure if he liked the ice.  It’s hard to understand the concept of slowing down on ice when walking!

    He wanted to wear this helmet around the house

    Maman showing us how to skate.  We were in awe.

    I like the look of a house that is clearly happy it’s winter.  Sleds and shovels all around, little snow hills being built. 

    I had a good laugh when I came into the room and Ezra was rocking out to Megadeth

    Nice headband

    My cousin grew his hair out so we started exchanging photos of each other to compare.  At this point I would say it’s been a year without a haircut.

    Ezra enjoys the Wookiee book

    The fortress of stools

    I had a good laugh at this.  Man I miss poutine.  I miss buying lunch!!

    Ezra now only takes an afternoon nap and once in awhile he’s lucky enough to have a lot of smiling faces when he awakes!

    Ezra is pretty ticklish

    There was a birthday in the neighbourhood so we spruced up the sled and walked by their house

    Oh, festivals

    I love this shirt

    We buried Maman in the snow!

    Someone figuring out how the camera works

    These two are pretty close

    Ready to roll Dad!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sierra’s 56 month

    Sierra wanted to add a new decoration to the tree

    Queen of the hill

    I wasn’t looking forward to playing with this stuff because I thought it would be gooey but it was surprisingly not!

    A hot chocolate and a stroopwafel is the best treat after some time outdoors.  I didn’t even realize that we were supposed to put it on top of our cup to soften until I read the instructions one day

    Sierra loving her new socks, scarf and mitts from Nanny Ruth

    Surprisingly these tattoos must have lasted a few weeks!

    Over the holidays I ordered a Nintendo Switch and I was trying to find some games that Sierra would enjoy.  I ended up getting a Just Dance game with a song from Frozen on it.  Not going to lie, I was tearing up a little when I saw how much she enjoyed playing video games!

    Trying out the new hockey sticks and net

    I had a good laugh at this typo from Uncle Greg and Aunt Mariette

    Snow rumble!

    Here’s a new type of Operation game where you have to get some dog food from his mouth to his butt.  It even has fart sounds!

    Who said Facebook advertising doesn’t pay off?  I saw this on an advertisement in Facebook and I thought “This thing looks incredible!”  They are stackrobats where you have to stack them up into different positions.  Very hard and very entertaining.

    Snowman

    I figure this sign must be 50 years old!  Found on the Cumberland forest trail.  I think it used to be a snowmobile trail or perhaps it actually is and was closed while we were on it

    I am a huge fan of oral histories and this book does not disappoint

    Sierra wanted me to pose with Buzz and the Octopus

    If there’s one thing I don’t like in life, it’s gooey stuff.  Sure enough we had to do some gooey science experiment for school which somehow did not work properly.  Lovely. 

    Now winter was finally here!  That bird bath had no snow on it the night before

    We were showing Sierra the old Fredo videos we had made.  She had a good laugh

    Someone snapped this lovely winter wonderland photo

    If you see bigfoot tracks around your yard, it may be Sierra

    I’m not sure what’s going on here but I think she had to construct a ski hill

    The activities for the month of January have been very ice and snow based.  Here is a hockey rink that she had to make.

    View from the comfy chair

    I think this may have been a lava lamp experiment

    Maman showing us how it’s done

    It must have been that extra push that Sierra gave me that made me bail off the GT sno racer at the end!  There is no video of the next time I went down but I didn’t make it over the jump and I ended up going straight back onto my back and I smacked my head pretty hard on the snow!  It hurt for a few days.  Ouch!

    Sierra going for the jump

    Sierra likes to make slow motion videos of eating spaghetti

     

    Windchill off of GT snow racer: -26
    Windchill on GT snow racer: – 61
    This thing can fly!
  • Ezra’s 17th month

    If you missed this bit in the 2020 Holiday Special, here it is again…Ezra laughing at me making a popping sound

    I bet Ezra thought walking inside the house was hard enough…I feel bad for him in the snow!

    Going for a sleigh ride

    I, too, have wasted hours playing ‘pick up this piece of paper’

    Ezra is getting old enough that he is able to climb up on the couch himself quite easily.  This has added some stress into the household because he likes to get near the edge and peer over.  Here is Sierra sitting next to him to protect him from doing a flying leap off of the couch

    These two get silly before bedtime

    Dress up day

    He must be copying my drunken sailor dance moves

    Waiting for baseball to start up

    One last visit to the Castor River before it gets too cold

    They found a great log to sit on

    Ezra and his snack chair.  At least we try and get him to sit in his chair to eat a snack.  At this point of the game, he can walk around the house whenever he pleases so he doesn’t sit too long in one spot

    Building some strength

    Probably watching Passe Partout before bathtime

    Look at the excitement on his face!  After this video was taken, I bring him down to play piano a lot more now

    First time Ezra ever saw a walking snowman

    Hunting mice

    I’ve been playing a lot of guitar with Ezra and this is a common sitting spot for him while looking out the window

    We checked out a trail in the Cumberland Forest on the way to Limoges (there’s actually two completely different trails labelled as the Cumberland Forest, one on your way to Limoges and one on Frank Kenny) which was a nice trek but not too many hills to slide down.

    If we put a plow on the front of this car it could clean up toys well

    Getting in the Christmas spirit

    Master Yoda teaching arithmetic

    New pyjamas from Grandma and Poppa on Christmas Eve

    Ezra loved his box that he got

    Ezra looks very impressed on Christmas morning.  “Why do I have to wear this hat again Maman?”

    Vroom vroom

    Ezra liked putting up the stickers on the window

    This is how Maman has to drink her hot chocolate on Christmas morning

    I feel this pose will be good in their teenage years

    Relaxing before the turkey preparation

    I was super upset that there was no snow on Christmas day.  But we made the most of it.  Santa had brought Sierra a jump rope so we were showing her how to use it.  I wish I had a time machine to go back to this moment and tell me NOT to do this!  I think jumping in my winter boots really messed up my hips and back for the next week.  It must have been the impact of landing really hard on my feet in those boots.  I’m glad that I’m ok now!

    It’s not often in the winter that we can bring the kids into the hot tub but if the thermometer is above zero, we go for it.  Even if it is Christmas day!

    It’s fun to bring out new toys for Ezra that we may have forgotten we have.  He really enjoyed playing on this xylophone

    Mmm boy!

    La buche de noel!

    This was a pretty neat car racing set that we let the kids open before bedtime.  That was a bad move.  We course-corrected the next day and only had gift opening anytime before supper.  Yes, this was another year where we opened up a few gifts a day across the holidays.

    Ezra giving zerberts through a shirt

    Helping shovel

    Sierra is pretty fast at pulling Ezra on the sleigh!

    Who needs a sled when you have a scoop?

    A boy and Battlecat

    Ezra trying out his new hockey stick

    Quite the interesting ice coming off the roof of the shed

    Have to brush off the car as we don’t park both in the garage any longer

    “How you doin’?”

    I was pretty pumped to get a print of this family portrait of the Hilarious House of Frightenstein as the original print run was sold out.  What a great show!

    Nowadays my day consists of hanging out with Ezra in the morning while getting some work done on the workphone.  This was probably the scene of a videoconference between Ezra, myself and a colleague

    Hill!

    Ezra’s new favourite item