Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I know that life is about change but I more often expect the changes or events to come gradually with larger ones growing on the horizon until by the time they have arrived they are familiar enough not to seem as large. However, today I have heard of two fairly large changes that have happened to two people who, although not within my immediate circle of family and friends, are close enough to me that I feel as though their events somehow affect my life (which they don't, really, beyond my thinking about them). I am not alone in thinking these two events to be newsworthy - both were reported on. So not only was I surprised by them, I somehow get that little sense of being famous by association that sometimes comes with these things. In the first case I heard (a couple days after the fact) that my cousin and her boyfriend had been in a head-on collision in Quebec. They have both been released from hospital with minor injuries but it sounds as though the woman in the other vehicle is in more serious condition. Here is a link to that story: http://urgence07.ca/?p=9331 I am just so thankful that it ended better than it could have. Accidents happen and they usually come with no warning (or they likely wouldn't happen at all). I mentioned above that I have an expectation of life that most of the events in it will come to me with prior warning but this is a large reminder to me that it isn't always the case. As to the second news-worthy friend-related happening I definitely had caught glimpses of it on the horizon but had no idea of its magnitude or proximity. Being involved in Augustine College I certainly have been privileged to meet a variety of interesting and often borderline famous (within a fairly limited circle, however) people. I also meet some nice people who I never would have thought I would hear about in the news. Imagine my surprise when listening to CBC I heard that Andrew Bennet (a member of the latter camp) had been picked to be the head of the newly-formed federal office of religious freedom! Here's an article on that: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/augustine-college-prof-to-head-harper-governments-new-office-of-religious-freedom/article8806344/ I suppose it has more to do with the fact that, although previously the Dean and professor at the College, when I originally met AndyB he was part of our circle rather than that of our elders. What, you mean someone close to my age has become what's known as successful? How is that possible? Anyway once the surprise wore off it makes a lot of sense and I am truly pleased for him. I think whoever made that decision chose extremely well. And I'm only slightly jealous. Really. Oh, well these pictures are just here to remind me that I have two awesome boys. And that's something...right?

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Lately Logan has been calling Walter 'Walters'. I wasn't sure if he was just confusing the genative with the nominative case but then I've noticed him adding an 's' to the end of several other words. These might in their turn be explained as a confusion of the possessive or plural form except that one of these words is 'kitchens' and I know of no house or time in which we could speak of there being more than one. It reminds me of Mr Collins' words: "I say 'staircases' because there are several, and each - in its way - very fine!" But this is all to say that he has not picked up the final 's' from hearing us use it so it has me wondering why this has developed. I'm sure there is some linguistic explanation. In any case it's pretty cute and I doubt it will in any way impede his linguistic development or relationship with his brother so I'll just enjoy it while it's here and remember it when it's gone.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Aah! Why didn't I stumble upon this closer to the beginning? The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - yet another modern day take of P&P but so different. How is it different? I really don't know how to describe it so you'd just better go look at it yourself. I'm not even part of twitter or some of the other platforms used but the idea is amazing and would have been fun to follow everything as it unfolded (not that it's fully finished yet). But then perhaps I would have bemoaned the wait for new info and episodes. Never happy, I guess :)

Friday, February 08, 2013

lighting the corners of my mind

Yesterday James was home most of the day (going out to work in the evening instead) so we had a cosy home day. We didn't do much but at the end of the day I thought back through the memories and realized that there were some lovely moments scattered through the day. I also realized from some of the things Logan is now doing and interested in that his age is similar to what mine was in some of my earliest memories. Not that what we've done before isn't important but it made me realize in a slightly different way that this is Logan's and Walter's lives and childhoods beginning, not just my life and parenthood continuing. It also made me realize Logan's much more a kid than a baby now. He took the couch cushions off and made a fort with his stuffed animals and I thought: of course. No one has to show children how to do it or tell them that it'll be fun - they apparently know innately.
We went to the science museum another day this week and spent the majority of the time on, around, and looking at the trains. Not that I'm surprised, they are pretty awesome! Apparently when Mom would take us as children the trains were our favourite part, too. Even Walter was fascinated. Whether or not these are Logan's earliest memories, I am certainly enjoying all the various things we've been able to do recently.
I love watching James with Logan. Even the smallest activities they do together are lovely to watch: having his Dad cut his hair again (in this house, cutting hair is a guy thing), using the scroll saw to cut out the shape of a rocket ship in wood and painting it together, cleaning up spilled milk (with no crying) and then mopping the floor excessively because it's fun to run it up and down the hallway (with the mop, of course). Even the way they interact while James gets Logan's supper or a snack ready is heartwarming. I saw a sign with the following saying: the only thing better than having you as my husband is our children having you as their dad. Okay, I usually avoid the sappy but this one applies so well to the dynamic at this time. It's just good for me to remember that I don't have to be the primary parent - there doesn't have to be a primary parent. We both contribute different and similar aspects as parents to this family and it's so interesting to see these dynamics play out.
And the day of little memories was finally complete when I curled up with my boys and read a good book to them. There are tough aspects to parenting and days I want to scream but then days like these go a long way to make the bad parts fade and disappear. Oh, and smiles like these don't hurt, either.

Monday, February 04, 2013

PJ boys

Getting them both to look at the same time can be difficult...
but the results are usually fun whether the do or not.