Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shiver me timbers!

Yesterday was the last 2-yr-old class before Halloween so all the toddlers wore their Halloween costumes. Ronan is a pirate this year, and after a temper tantrum to get him into the costume, he had a great time.

Stay tuned...I'll post some more pictures from trick-or-treating in early November.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monkey see, monkey do!

Last week Collin was stretching out for his run before Ronan had gone to bed. Ronan said, "Daddy, wad'u doin'?" When Collin replied that he was stretching, Ronan thought it would be a good idea to do it too.

Checking out Daddy's form and trying to imitate.

I'm doing it too!

Oh, this one looks harder!

Is this right?!?

A goodnight hug before Daddy leaves for his run.

Congratulations Daddy!

Earlier this year Collin finished a professional designation course in Statistics (Black Belt - Six Sigma) from the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. They finally mailed him his parchment which he received last week.

He said that it was the most challenging program that he's ever completed - he said that even his Master's degree wasn't as challenging as this one! Now we get to frame the parchment and hang it on the office wall.

Ronan wanted his picture taken too!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bathroom renovation

My amazing husband continues to put in long hours at the office and then long hours on the weekends renovating our bathroom.

Here is how the bathroom looked in August when the wall separating the bathroom and kitchen was removed. So small and cramped!

He spent a few weekends in the crawl space under the house doing the plumbing; he removed the old pipes and installed all new plumbing. This weekend he installed the new toilet! However, the toilet is not in it's final position yet because the tub is in the way - it will be re-orientated 90 degrees to face the center of the room. The tub will go against the wall opposite the toilet, perpendicular to the way it is now.

A different angle to show how big our new bathroom's footprint is! Moving the wall two feet increases its size by 44%. Also notice that there is not one bit of wall separating the bathroom from the hallway - so much for privacy for now!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stoney Ridge Farm

On Friday we went with our friends to Stoney Ridge Farm to participate in some fun autumn activities - pumpkin picking, navigating a corn maze, going on a hay ride and looking at farm animals.

Ronan was so excited by all the pumpkins that he saw - he kept repeating, "Punkins, punkins!"

He wasn't too sure what this was about.

Ronan and his friend Violet in the pumpkin patch, with the hayride going past in the background.

Ronan was so excited to get up on this old tractor - perhaps it's his Saskatchewan farming roots showing through.

We got thoroughly lost in the corn maze - seriously....we were LOST!

Ronan and the mini pumpkin that he picked out. My one rule was that he could have any pumpkin that he could carry - Mommy didn't want to be carting around a huge 20-pounder!

Little man and his Mommy on the hayride.

Visiting the Shetland ponies.

We got a similar picture last year - my, how he has grown!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hockey pj's and animal cookies

Here's a short conversation I had with Ronan today. My point was to show how well he is talking, but as soon as I pulled out the camera, he got shy and his speech got sloppy.