Friday, August 31, 2007

Incredible Discovery - Video

I was cleaning the bathroom, and the kids were playing together, amazingly. I had to try and capture a moment or two on tape. Kenna was singing to him and talking to him, and helping him bounce. I really can't wait until he's mobile, they will have so much fun together!


A couple random shots from today...

My Grandma painted this for me, (dark red roses are my favourite flower, and forget-me-nots are a close second). It looks amazing in our hallway!

Kenna being silly on her bed

Boo Boo jumping away...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pretty Girl

Kenna in her prairie dress (which is my favourite), having fun at the wedding

Myrtle Beach

An incomplete family picture...Brooks was in his "shelter"

Daddy and his little girl

This is Nicole Warriner (my cousin) and her fiance, Dave Baranowsky

Brooks had some shelter from the wind and rain, and some good company

Virginia Beach

These pictures are courtesy of Caralyn. She took them while visiting day we went for a walk on the boardwalk...

Kenna and I in front of a large beach ball

Brian...I would say something else about the shot, but I am coming up with nothing, so this is Brian:-)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Family Shots

My Uncle Trevor and family (L-R Teegan, Trevor, Caralyn, Keeley, Holden & Tatum)

Kenna and Daddy

Mommy and Kenna (and Pluffie! he always makes it into every picture)

Holden Shantz, handsome boy!

Grandma Shantz with her first great grandson

Jordan's Wedding

It was a very nice day on Saturday. It rained very lightly the whole time, which was actually pretty nice as it seemed to take an edge off the heat. It was a beautiful day!

This was the setup before everything got underway

Jordan and best man, Kyle Whitham, waiting for Katie to arrive.

Jordan and Katie Warriner!

Brotherly Love

Here is the little man, only alone for 2 seconds until Kenna finds him...

and hugs him, kisses him, pats him...

strangles him...:-)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Kenna's first molar came in today! I noticed she had a slight fever yesterday, but no new teeth, so it just popped through today...she now has 6 teeth, with a 7th almost in - she is very slow with getting teeth.
Brooks can roll over, and actually fell off the couch on Sunday. Bad Mommy! :-( Of course he is totally fine, but we we really have to watch him now. He's officially out of the infant stage I guess.
In other news we had my Aunt & Uncle in town (they left this morning)...we really enjoyed having them (and all the cousins!). I will post pics when we get back from Myrtle Beach, with all the excitement going on around here, I actually didn't even take any yet. We'll have to set up a little photo shoot on the beach for all the kids, and hopefully we'll get some good wedding footage too.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Play Station

Brooks is getting so big! I really can't believe how the time is flying. Here he is playing with his new play station. Amazingly Kenna loves it more now than she did when she was a baby. Now she "gets" all the toys, so she operates the sound and motion and Boo Boo watches her. I guess they have started to play together!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Zucchini Casserole - Recipe

I am always on the lookout for an easy recipe that makes 'plain' foods (like zucchini) taste great. Aunt Jonne made this casserole while we were in NJ, and it was so good!

4 medium zucchini, diced (about 4 cups)
2 medium onions, chopped (frozen, fresh or dried)
3 large eggs
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/2 C grated cheddar cheese
1 C bisquick
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t oregano

Mix everything except eggs and oil in a greased 2 qt casserole dish.
Beat eggs, add oil, then pour over zucchini mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes uncovered
Note: this can be overcooked, undercooked, or reheated and it is still delicious.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Jersey

We visited Brian's Uncle & Aunt, Bill & Jonne Bolger, in Long Beach Island, NJ on our way home from NY. Brian did not come with us, as he is still working and will be home next weekend. We had a really good time! It has been 3.5 years since we last saw them!

Great Uncle Billy

The kids with Bill & Jonne

Saying goodbye to Meghan & Ann in NJ

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Can you tell I have more time than usual on my hands? I am afraid once I get home there will not be nearly as many pictures taken and posted. This is Kenna dressing up as a bunny from a hand-me-down halloween costume (or maybe an easter outfit?:-)

She's even got the rabbit teeth going on here

Notice her lovely 'armpit' bracelet!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Kenna is a busy kid, she loves to carry things around with her, she usually has 2 to 3 items stuffed in her little arms, and attemps to pick up more treasures as she goes. I pared down her selection for her nap today, 1 stuffed animal, 1 book, and some milk. Amazingly it seems she can read the book, drink the bottle, hug the stuffed animal and sleep, all at the same time! Her talent never ceases to amaze me!


This is Kennedy on 6/9/06, so she was almost 3 months old

And here is Brooks at just over 3 months.

Man Cub

Is three pictures overkill in this instance? I thought he was really cute, and he always looks so different, depending on his expression...

This picture reminds me of someone...Davis maybe? I really think he has Brent's eyes though.

Sometimes he looks a little Asian or something...

Talking to Mommy. What an adorable little boy (in my humble opinion of course)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Buh Bye Daddy

Brian had to leave for work early this morning, of course we all got up to say goodbye. He is working in the Adirondacks with his dad, remodeling a Bed & Breakfast. We won't see him for 2 weeks as we are leaving NY next weekend to head back to Virginia, and he is working through the weekend and will leave for VA the following Friday. We miss you Daddy!

Everyone is jealous of Daddy and needs hugs

Comparing the height of our big boy and our little girl

Saturday, August 4, 2007


This is my other handsome boy, being totally cheesy. He got a haircut today, thats 2 in 3 months, a new record! I know everyone always wants to see a new look, so I will post it anyway, despite the lovely grin:-D

Cutie Pie

Brooks was enthralled with this green ball. He was talking to it and going crazy trying to grab it. He's my handsome boy.

Friday, August 3, 2007


Kenna is trying to hide a bag of chips. She's a teeny little thing for sure!


Brooks is now a chubby three months old! He's so kissable!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


This years Civic holiday (8/2/07) got me thinking about home, and wondering why there is no such long weekend holiday in August in the US. ?. Who knows. There must be something worth celebrating. All I know is that my mind jumps back to the things I once knew...Thanksgiving is always on a Monday, for example. I have to do a double take and keep on checking the calendar here...when is Thanksgiving anyway? Too close to Christmas is how I tend to think about it. Home sweet home. I am pretty much adapted to my surroundings though...Saw-rry, soda, even y'all when appropriate. I almost always remember the (in)correct spelling of words like Savior, color, labor and neighborhood. I really miss the "u" though. Oh well, no long weekend in August... we shall somehow survive. Vive la Canada!

Counting fingers - Video

Kenna's language is one that only a mother, or more specifically her mother can decipher. Let me translate for you. She says "two, four, five, six, eight and nine" with a few "Daddy's" thrown in there for good measure. She started doing this about a week ago...counting all the numbers in the right order!

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Brooks, 3 months - Video

Brooks is 3 months old tomorrow! He's really getting so much more alert and wanting to grab at things and play with toys. He has the most beautiful smile! He still has about one fussy period each day where he just does not want to fall asleep or eat, or do anything but cry - usually from around 7pm to 8 or so.

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Water Hose - Video

This was Kenna yesterday helping Grandma water the flower gardens. She really loves water!

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