Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This Christmas

My brother Kevin is spending Christmas with us this year.  It'll be the first Christmas I've  had with him since 1998, so I'm really thankful he was able to make the long trek out here for it.  It will also be the first Christmas that Nate will have with him.  It should go without saying that Nate has been pretty much stuck to his side since he arrived.  Best Christmas present ever!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Boozy Black Forest birthday cake

Patty asked me what sort of cake I wanted for my birthday and I chose Black Forest. It's been years since I've actually had one, but they were a particular favourite of mine when I was younger.

I tried me best, but I don't think the pictures do it justice.  It was delicious!  Better than I remembered.  An impressive feat considering it was the first time she had actually made one.  Thank you lovely!  I think I am going to be asking for these quite a bit from now on!

Experimental hair

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A walk around Charlottetown

We spent a few days in Charlottetown last week, where we were all nicely spoiled at The Cranford Inn, a lovely B&B not 2 blocks away from our friends Lori and Paul.  These photos were taken on a leisurely Friday morning walk through the city, culminating with a lobster dinner at the Water-Prince Corner Shop.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Getting in the mood for Halloween

We've been trying to get this done for a few days now, but the weather hasn't been very cooperative.  That and I have been feeling a little under the weather.  But we caught a break this morning, it wasn't raining, and I wasn't feeling too badly.

A few minutes of fiddling about and voila!  May I present to you dead Ned.  As you can see, it didn't take Nate long before he was hamming it up for the camera!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thanksgiving this year

It's  a special Thanksgiving for Nate this year.  He'll have all his grandparents together in the one place.  Who knows when or if this will ever happen again?  He's a lucky kid to have the grandparents he does.  It's been quite a revelation for me to see this relationship develop, because I never really had grandparents like that while I was growing up.  Different place, different time I suppose.

In any case, watching Nate with his grandparents more than makes up for it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lego time
Peanut fight
There are no chocolates in Chocolate Lake

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sundays should always start with surprise visits like this

Two old friends got to spend a little time together today.  I doubt if surprise visits get any better than this.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

You're doing a great job

Dad, you're doing a great job catching all those bugs in your traps.

Thanks Nate.

Yeah, I wanted to tell you that because I'm your manager.

How do you know about managers?

I don't know.  I just know that this town is full of them!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What happened to June and July?

I'm not sure how it happened, but June and July have slipped by and it's August already.  I've been meaning to post updates to this blog for some time now, obviously without any success.  I suppose I could tell you about all that we've been up to, but I'm being lazy.

Jack was our first visitor from Vancouver.
Our peonies bloomed while Patty was in Vancouver.

Mawio'mi - Grand Chief Membertou 400 pow-wow.

Steve, Leah and Liam visit from Vancouver.  Liam hams it up with Nate.

Summer soccer with the Westmount Wallabies.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

This evening, Nate went to his treat jar and  picked out a chocolate heart for me.  "Happy father's day!", he cried, as he presented me with his gift.  "It's a Transformers chocolate and they're really crunchy!".

It might not seem like much to you, but it meant the world to me.  I already know I'm his best friend because he tells me this quite often.  I know he loves me because he tells me this almost  everyday now.  Today I found out just how special I was, when he picked a treat out of his treat jar just for me.

So Nate, if you should be reading this one day,  I just want you to know just how special you made me feel today.  I love you son!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Victoria Day

10am and it was already 20 C, on it's way to a high of 29 C.  We spent most of the day out in the backyard, in the shade of the big Norway Maple. Sunscreen, washing on the line, bare feet; summer in May.  Emily and Sam came for 'Sunday dinner', and we spent a lazy afternoon sipping sangria, nibbling on veggies, fruit salad, and a bean salad.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Getting ready for the Tooth Fairy

We were back at the dentist's again this morning to have Nate's front tooth extracted.  Nate did very well, and we only had to bribe him with one Lego Bionicle and one Lego Star Wars toy.  The hardest part was the needle, it just took so long to get the stuff into him, and he didn't like it.  But Dr. Macdonald was great with Nate, and made sure that Nate was in control.  He told him that all he had to do was say stop, and he would stop.  And that was how it went.  I think that really helped Nate feel more comfortable about the whole process.  That and having Patty sit in the chair with him. 

In the end it took just under an hour to get the job done.  Nate got to take his tooth home in a special little tooth necklace, and tonight it goes under his pillow to await the Tooth Fairy. 

It wasn't even half an hour after we left the dentist's when we heard him proclaim 'It's a good day.'

Thursday, April 29, 2010


It's probably been happening for some time now, I just never really noticed it.  Nate's Lego constructs have mostly been on the small scale, usually assembled from pieces no longer than two stud lengths.  Last Friday he dragged out his mega blocks and started building with them.  It seemed like he was only at it for a short while when he walked into the office to show me this.

It may not look like much to you, but to me it was vastly different from the other things he's made.  It's obvious that some thought went into it.  It is completely symmetrical, in form and colour. My first response was to ask him if he had made it by himself.  Silly question really.  I had been in the office, Patty was out of town, there really wasn't anyone else!  But to me it didn't seem possible that he had done it all by himself.

Later on that same day he came and showed me this.

'A robot!', I said.  
'No!  It's a mask!' he said.

And so it was, complete with eyes you could look through.  

I have no idea when a child is supposed to develop these abilities, I just find it fascinating that it came about so quickly, and that I was fortunate enough to be around to witness it.  A few days later, I watched him as he put together a 'building' in the waiting room at the dentist's.  You could almost see the gears turning in his head, as he picked through the bins looking for the pieces he needed.  He almost always picked them in pairs, but sometimes he'd find one piece and add it to the building before going back to find another one.  If he couldn't find another one, he would look for a new pair that would work instead.

I'm pretty sure I could have watched him for hours.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The tooth fairy

I took Nate to see the dentist yesterday morning.  Some while ago he was trying to show Patty he could jump up and spin around in the air.  However he forgot he had his hands in his pockets and lost his balance.  He fell and smacked his face into the hardest part of the kitchen floor.  A while later we noticed that his front left tooth was starting to discolour.

Yesterday, we learned that the tooth was dead and had to come out.  So the good dentist took some time to explain to Nate how the tooth fairy had called and put in a request for Nate's tooth.  Apparently she's building a house and needs Nate's tooth because it's the perfect fit for a hole in one of the walls.  Personally, I find the idea of a house built out of teeth a little creepy, but Nate seemed to think this was perfectly fine.  Dr. Livingstone also explained how they would remove his tooth, and how he would have to take it home and put it under his pillow so that the tooth fairy could pick it up.   He's already wondering what the tooth fairy will leave him in return for his tooth.  

The whole visit went without a hitch, and he didn't even want to leave after he was done.  We spent another 20 minutes in the waiting room so that he could play with the mega blocks.  He's always enjoyed going to the dentist and I hope that his next visit won't change that.  

On the walk back to his grandparents' after that, he told me 'I love my dentist'.  He also told me he loved me and I was his best friend.  He turned to hug me, and I picked him him up to give him a big squeeze.  Then he broke the spell with 'You can put me down now dad!'  He's so sentimental.

We go back on Monday morning to get the tooth removed.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Nate (after a series of coughs):
I think I have an allergy. Yeah, I think I'm allergic...to myself.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Everything I know about baseball comes from movies like The Natural, Field of Dreams, and Bull Durham.  When his nana asked him if he knew what baseball was, Nate's reply was "Yeah. It's a show on TV".  Are you starting to see a pattern here?

His grandfather got him the tee ball set.  To my untrained eye, he looks like he's got pretty good form.  But what do I know about baseball?

More signs of spring


The cherry tree is budding, little flowers under the maple, and hyacinths in bloom.