Monday, May 11, 2015


In the end the decision was not all that difficult. Probably because we didn't really do it "properly". Minimal discussion really. There was a moment, sitting outside in the sunny backyard, when Steve and I smiled at each other and muttered accusations at ourselves about 'flying by the seat of our pants' or 'throwing caution to the wind' or somesuch (which is actually a habit we secretly love about each other and ourselves!) but it ended in laughter and excited grinning. We were getting a dog!

We've talked about it many times before of course, but, well, the time just felt right, and the right dog came along. So, meet... Jazzy!! 

She is utterly gorgeous and fits in perfectly with our family. She is particularly attached to Siobhan, even refusing to go outside for a desperately needed pee unless accompanied by her chosen human for at least the first two weeks, but she has relaxed about that somewhat now, and the kids and Steve get plenty of attention and affection from her now too! 

Here are a few more pictures. 

She is fast on her feet for an 8 year old. 

Hanging out in the shade under the trampoline. These two are good together. If Araliya annoys Jazzy, she will get out of her way or, at worst, bark at her once, nothing aggressive so far. And Lili makes ME feel like an angry wolf sometimes so Jazzy really is patient! 

She LOVES the water!! Perfect for our water mad family. 

She is really very beautiful. In looks and temperament. 

Having a nap in the car. 

One of the beaches near the new house we're moving to in the summer. 

All in all she is adjusting wonderfully and is now settled completely I'd say. Sweet, lovely Jazzy. Here's hoping for many more years of fun and friendship with her! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring forward

It was such a beautiful morning this morning. I love the first Monday after the clocks change, especially if you wake up to a warm and sunny day like today. We haven't walked to school for a while, so this morning was a treat. We left nice and early (but still arrived just after the bell) and tried to stick to the sunny side of the street. 
  The sidewalks are clearer now so getting the buggy along is no longer a frustrating exercise. Tadhg enjoyed his first scooter ride of the year and Brendan enjoyed pelting Tadhg with snow. Araliya sang to herself in the stroller while I turned my face to the warm sun whenever I could and dreamed of summer. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Around the craft table.

 This photo was taken quite a while ago, last fall I think. But I love it! Moments like this, when everyone is creating or working away happily together just fill me up with bliss. What awesome little people we have here!

Strawberry Bonnie plays again!

Not the best photos but these are all I've managed to capture so far. Araliya carrying Strawberry Bonnie, her auntie Caitlin's doll bought in 1981 or thereabouts. I am a little worried that the wear and tear in the fabric of her soft body won't hold up to the rough play around our house, but I'm thrilled to see this doll being enjoyed by this gorgeous wee girl. 
The carrier was made by a very talented mama friend of mine in Ottawa, and I just had to choose the one with this fabric selection- ants and bugs and garden creatures all over it. I'll get a better picture of the back later. It's truly beautiful. 

Together again in a new house!

The backlog on here has paralysed me for too long! I'm just going to start posting again and work on filling the gaps over time. 
We're more or less settled in our new rented house in Toronto. It's only a short stay, about 6 months in total, but we have decided to unpack absolutely everything and engage in a serious bit of purging.
 We're not putting much on the walls to minimize the repair work when we leave, and some things are staying in the basement so it is not as cluttered as our houses usually are. At least not yet. 
We're trying a new thing... Biggest telly upstairs in the main living room of this bungalow, with downstairs reserved for play and mess. It's working so far, I think it means less screen time overall. Although I will post at some point on the computer game saga. 

This house is much brighter than our last, which I am loving! I think the amount of daylight that gets in has to go up near the top of the priorty list for future houses again, the last one was way too dark. 

Since the main purpose of this blog is to provide us with lovely printed books in lieu of photo albums I will be adding more photos as the house is tidied. 
And filling in the big gaping holes over the last year and a bit!! Paddy reminded me recently he hasn't even seen our Costa Rica and Nicaragua photos!