Fifteen Months

Gramma's red hair  
Strawberry loves to read books and will often imitate reading a story, babbling away as she turns the pages.  She's got the walking thing down pat, and even figured out how to go down the stairs all by herself.  She knows all her body parts "Where's your ear?" and understands and complies with simple phrases like "put it back," or "close the door" but every time we ask her a question she answers "no."  Unless it's something she would like, such as going outside or having a snack, then it's answered by a huge grin and "Eeee!"
Daddy's toes
She understands (or copies) communication well and likes having a conversation with me in her own language, complete with intonation.  She also can say lots of real words too, like shoes, bubble, cheese, cracker, baf, cookie, apple, and that a cow says moo and sheep say baa.  It amazes me how bang-on she can be with pronunciation.  Once I was buckling her in her car seat and told her so.  "Buh?" she said.  "Yes, buckle."  "Cuckle?" she answered.  "Almost!  Buckle." I say, not thinking she would quite get it. "Buckle!" came the triumphant reply!
Our littlest blessing. :)
Still only has two teeth, which finally showed up at the end of her first year, but two are about to push though at the top as well.  Still wary of others who are not her family, she reserves her smiles for us only.  Still hates the nursery but will tolerate it for a little while if held constantly.  She frequently goes through phases of independent play to being clingy.  It's the age of opposites.  And separation anxiety!


Snow in Summer

I don't think I've ever needed to use the furnace in June before.  Nor have I seen snow in that month either, as far as I can recall!  But in the first week we actually had some snowfall, and needed some extra heat.  Unfortunately our furnace was broken at the time so we lit all the candles we had.  And baked just for the warmth of the oven.

Well, now it's September, still summer (technically) and now we are experiencing some more chilly weather as you can see...

At least our furnace is repaired.

And it's supposed to warm up again by the weekend.

Welcome to northern Alberta!
My poor lilies.

Watching the flakes fly.



Seven years ago we had our first "little man."  It's hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long since he came into our lives, kicking and screaming!  We love our sensitive, loving guy who is smiling more often than not, and gets along with everyone, making friends easily.  He's also getting pretty good at jokes, still loves to draw and reads lots of books.

To celebrate his birthday we went to the mall in "the city" and bought tickets for the sea lion show/marine life exhibit.  The aquariums were underneath the grandstand and we could see nurse sharks, sea turtles, and various other fish inside.  On the other side we could see African penguins diving in the water in their tank.  We were just in time for a penguin presentation where an employee talked a bit about African penguins and welcomed questions afterwards.  

Brownbanded bamboo sharks.  These were in an open tank where you could actually touch them.  There was also a tank that usually housed some bullnose stingrays you could pet as well but it was under renovations.  I forgot to take a picture of the beautiful sea anemones, which you could also touch!
Nurse sharks.

After lunch we came back to watch the sea lion show, which was pretty entertaining.  Callum was chosen as a volunteer (but he only volunteered after he saw someone else take a turn!) to throw a basketball for the sea lion to carry back to the edge of the tank on her nose.
Mugging for the camera.
After that we came home and whipped up a huge (atari-inspired) birthday brownie we had with ice cream (after a healthy supper of course!)  
It was a fun day!

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This post is a little late in coming, but it's summer and the days have been very family-oriented as we are making up for lost time during the school term!  We also took a trip to Ontario to see all of our family.  It has been three years since we've all been back and it was so wonderful to see everyone again!  It was very sad to leave, though.  After spending three weeks with everyone it felt like we were moving away again.

More on our trip later, though.  Here are some photos of Strawberry in her twelfth month!

She loves books, just like the rest of us.
And goofing around with Daddy.
Anticipating birthday cake.A card in the mail from Gramma!



Knee abrasions sustained over three days.  Friday he fell off a skateboard and Saturday he tripped on the sidewalk walking to the street festival.  The freshest ones were from falling on the walk from the van to church.  Mr. Tough barely cried, though....


Fresh Pasta

It's been a few years since I've made fresh pasta.  I used to make it regularly when we were first married - you know, when I had nothing but time - mostly ravioli with a cheese filling.  A-team likes taking the pasta machine out and cranking paper through it, so finally I decided it was time to show him what it's really used for...
I found this recipe online at The Cooking Channel.  I used half all purpose flour, half whole wheat flour. After scraping the remains of the dough off the counter, I decided to use a bowl next time!
After forming the pasta we cooked it in boiling water for about five minutes.
We ate it with homemade pasta sauce and pesto.


  • cups flour
  • eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

    Mound the flour on a clean work surface. Hollow out the center making a well in the middle of the flour with steep sides. 
    Break the eggs into the well. Add the salt, and olive oil to the hollow center and gently mix together with a fork. Gradually start incorporating the flour by pulling in the flour from the sides of the well. As you incorporate more of the flour, the dough will start to take shape. 
    With your hands or a bench scraper continue working the dough until it comes together. If the dough is too dry, add a little water; if too wet or sticky, add a little flour. 
    Begin kneading the dough and keep kneading until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. At this point, set the dough aside, cover it with plastic, and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes. You can store the dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but allow it to return to room temperature before rolling it out.
    Divide the pasta dough into 4 even sections. Keep each section covered with plastic wrap or a clean towel while you work with each one. Flour the dough, the rollers of a pasta roller (or your rolling pin), your hands, and the work surface. 
    If using a pasta machine: Flatten 1 of the of the dough pieces between your hands or with a floured rolling pin until it forms a thick oval disk. Dust the disk, the roller, and your hands with additional flour. Flour a baking sheet to hold the rolled out finished pasta. 
    With the roller on the widest setting, pass the pasta through the machine's rollers a few times until it is smooth. Fold the dough over into 1/3, and continue to pass through a few more times until the pasta is smooth again. Begin adjusting the pasta machine settings to become thinner, passing the dough through a few times at each setting. 

  • Fresh pasta is superior in flavour and texture to the boxed kind, and it's actually really easy to make. (Plus, it's cheaper, bonus!)