Wednesday, December 23, 2015

When all through the house

Not quite all of it, but you get the picture. We are back to decking the halls for the grandkids' generation.
I must make a resolution in the new year to use my "big camera" once again. It's so simple to use the phone, but not half as rewarding when it comes to processing the results other than on the little screen.

Meanwhile, hope all is Merry and Bright wherever you may be!

Two more sleeps!!

And to all a good night

Monday, December 21, 2015

Here we go again

Round two, now with the grandkids' Christmas concerts.

Oh how I have missed these events. Such excitement, joy and pride in the little one's performing in a crowded gym. These are the best of Christmas memories.

Luca's Pre-school dance studio was appropriately decorated with works of art from the first semester. Each teacher lead their little troupe in various songs and dances and charmed the audience with their hops and skips and jumps. "Must be Santa" was belted out with a guitar accompaniment. Held during their normal school hours ie: 9 a.m., the kids were at their prime while the parents all clutched coffee and smart phones.

After a nice celebratory brunch at Cora's we were off to the next production of the day at 2 p.m. Much more civilized hour really. The kindergarten children, numbering over 100 students from 6 different classes!....were in three tiers across the entire length of the big gym and clad in pajamas. After several numbers all guests were invited back to the various classrooms. The children and their siblings had juice and cookies and a good look around the room.

The end. It's always good to know how to take a bow. Nice work kids! Can't wait for the next one.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This year for the annual food drive, The Professor and I had Luca round up a big bag of food from the pantry to take to the local firehall. After much discussion about his misgivings of donating "his" spaghetti to less fortunate children, he was assured we would refill the cupboard and off we went to visit the fire trucks.

Can't say enough about the crew that greeted us a fire station 115, just up the road. They allowed Luca to "drive" in the front seat and then check out all the other areas where the guys ride. The big boots at the ready were a bit daunting, but the fire hose was a total hit. It's a pretty big deal when you are three and the firemen totally celebrate your excitement and welcome you to come back when the ladder truck is in the bay, home from it's check-up. Of all the things we have recently done with him, this was his most favourite activity. He now proclaims he will be a fireman when he grows up. You have to be big and strong - so eat your vegetables!

All photos with The Professor's phone. Thanks for sharing Papi!

Photo Credit: Mississauga Fire Dept.

Home again to the cozy basement and playing in the toy box. It was a great afternoon.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Taking Flight

Big day out with Luca yesterday. We drove to Cambridge, ON home of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. It's a darling small conservatory and Tuesday was the perfect day...only young ones there. The snowfall of white rice paper butterflies is amazing. There was also a great display of bugs and bees and owls. We practically had the place to ourselves and it was enchanting. Classical music playing in the background of the warm hall, the light splash of waterfalls and just enough for a 3 year old to focus on. Another charming day with our little grandson.

This moment of cream