Friday, December 31, 2010

A Glance Back

The year 2010 will always be synonymous with the Olympics in our hometown. (don't know if Jackson would share that view)

Our tenth anniversary.

Easter picture:

Sydney's first lost tooth:
 Activity Day at school: 

Track star:
 Some dance magic:
 Last day of school:
Miscellaneous adorableness:

  Summer holidays:

First day of grade 4 / grade 2
Sydney turned 7!
Camping with the Cubs:
Glamour witch and Mario joined us for Halloween:
Finnegan joined our family:
Jackson turned 9!
Some furry adorableness:
Christmas 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Finnegan Meets the Groomer

As is evident, Finny was due to go to the groomers.  We would have brought her sooner, but she needed to have had her last set of shots.  Then, it was the pre Christmas grooming panic where everyone but us brought their dog to the groomer for a festive trim.  The groomer suggested waiting until after Christmas.



 I was a little worried how she would do but to quote the groomer "she was walking around like she owned the place."
She was somewhat subdued when she got home, perhaps owing to missing her morning nap in favour of making friends with a big black lab and a weimaraner.

But it didn't take long for her to get the spring in her step back:
Still trying to dig a hole in the trampoline: 

Bucket Lists

The kids made bucket list in Sunday school. I haven't quite devined the spiritual value in them. Or why they have made them and I haven't.  But here they are:

Jackson's Bucket List

- skydive
- go to the South Pole
- break a board
- buy a house
- get a country club member ship

Sydney Buket/List

- bujy juping
- ride a pony
- eat chocolate ice creem and not get sic
- meet Sata
- Be rich
- See Jeesas in persin
- rid a dalfin

I am still working on mine.  And understanding theirs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Santa Certainty

Jackson informed us that he had categorical proof that Santa exists.

He wrote a letter to Santa. At the north pole. And he received a letter back.

This in itself is not new. The last two years the kids wrote letters at school and received responses. Jackson took this as a positive indicator. Last year the letters came COLD which further buttressed support for the argument as the letters must have come from the north pole.

Alas, in grade four there was no class writing assignment to Santa.  So Jackson wrote him a letter. His first effort went like this:

Dear Santa
This Chrismas I'd like somthing .... Well somthing I like. if it has
c)screens (not reccomended)

Why did I say "not reccomended" I mean I want some screen free gifts why'd I say "some" because I'd like 1-2 screen gifts. example:

1. D.S.i
2. iPod touch

have a merry Christmas Santa

Sincerly #1 fan


I figured that I really needed to help Santa out.  This is really more of a riddle than a letter with any concrete requests.  When Jackson bought himself an iTouch with his birthday and allowance money a couple weeks before Christmas, I suggested he might want to amend his letter. 

He said "Yeah, Mommy, I'll just make that my first draft".

I reminded him that since he has spent all his accumulated allowance on his iTouch, he might want to ask, as he had already mused, for an iTunes card so he could buy some apps.

This was his second effort:

Dear Santa

This Christmas I'de like a i-tunes card a rubex cue the "stink" seirise of book's I'm not sure if this exits but I'de also like a mystery kit (example: kit with note pad magnified glass ect.) and possibly a D.S.I. Marry Christmas!

P.S. I'll leave cookies milk & carrots on Christmas eve.

We mailed this letter off to the north pole. And just a few days before Christmas he received a response.  It was mostly a newsy letter, saying how they have recently expanded the toy workshop at the north pole.

But what convinced Jackson beyond a shadow of a doubt?

The letter from Santa had no smears. Our printer has been smearing everything from grocery lists to emails for weeks.  So Jackson concluded that he had categorical proof of Santa.

Sydney needs no such evidence to prove the existence of Santa. She is a fervent believer.  Just this week she mentioned how one of her friends had a toy that broke.  Jackson has the identical toy, except that Jackson got his from Santa.  Sydney said "Jackson's will never break. Because it was made by Santa's elves. They make things way better than the stores."

This year Sydney asked Santa for a Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker.  Her letter back from one of Santa's elves said that Santa would do the best he could, but it was a very popular item.  You have no idea the trouble Santa went to. International shipping, phone calls, on-line inventory checks. And a good old fashioned lesson in economics:  when supply is low, the price sought and received will be well above market.

Some Christmas morning magic:

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snapshot of Christmas

Official Christmas 2010 photo.

Cupcakes for Jesus' birthday.

When exactly did she get to be so grown up?!?!?

Finnegan enjoying her first Christmas under close supervision.

Christmas Eve presents!

Santa came!!!!

Rubik's slide!

  Cinnamon buns for breakfast Christmas morning!

Opening family gifts.
Some of us need help opening gifts.

Some of us needed even more help.

Finnegan opening a gift: a new bed.
Because she dug holes in the old one.

Did you notice the matching wrapping?
This is no accident.
Safe harbour.

Every year we give the kids a Christmas ornament. This years offering:
Santa hats.

So when they grow up and move out, they will have their very own
collection of tacky and dated ornaments.