Friday, October 31, 2008


Connor and I spent a few hours at a pumpkin farm a few weeks ago.  I won two free pumpkins because I found fake plastic ones in the field.  I let Connor pick a pumpkin and he chose the monster below.  It weighed 82 pounds!  He and his friend carved it tonight by themselves.

Connor decided to be a clown for halloween because he could wear it and ride his unicycle.

Pretty Leaves

A few weeks ago we had a storm and all the leaves were blown off the trees.  Instead of being the usual dry, brown leaves they were very vibrant.  The pictures don't do them justice. 

Caitlin's Turn

I hardly ever talk about Caitlin because she has her own blog but it is definitely my turn to brag about her.  One of her dreams was to write a book and last year she self-published Unlikely Heroes - Keeley.  It has been a hit with all the 10 -14 year old girls we know.  They are clamouring for the next book (Caitlin is planning a trilogy).  Yesterday Caitlin was honoured by the University of Guelph at their Campus Author Recognition Evening.  Students, Alumni and faculty (current and retired) were eligible.  42 of the 88 titles were written by the staff - mostly texts.  Kevin, Caitlin, Connor and I travelled to the campus for the occasion.  It was very nice.  There was lots of food and a few short speeches.  After the speeches the librarian Caitlin had been emailing found her and arranged an interview with the alumni newspaper.  

On the wall behind her is a poster featuring her novel.  All the authors were given a mounted copy of the poster to keep.  That was really nice!  Here is a link to her book page if anybody wants to see it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tori's Commencement

Yesterday was Tori's Grade 12 commencement.  She is a very dedicated student  and only missed being an Ontario Scholar by a few decimal points.  She received an award for volunteer service in addition to her Extended French Certificate so we are understandably proud of her.  She is doing her "victory lap" and plans on university in the fall as soon as she can decide which program and which facility.  Below she is "resting on her laurels".