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Hi guys, It has been way, way, way too long since I wrote last. So much has been happening. Oliver, you're still playing your heart out in hockey. You're up for any practice or game, you listen attentively to the coach and have no problem accepting constructive criticism. Your shot... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at bambamblog
It’s a dish I’ve prepared countless times and one that’s usually met with approval: Linguine Vongole. I used to lie to the kids and tell them the clams in it were chicken, but now they don’t eat meat so this time I have to come clean. “What are these, mom?”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at bambamblog
Hi lovelies, This past summer we stayed in a cute house in Prince Edward County and had a few guests up: first it was Auntie Kate and Remedios, then it was Adrienne, Craig, Clark, Beck, and Abbey. We had lots of fun despite the fact that this was the year... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at bambamblog
2017 was The Year of Hockey for Oliver and The Year of Cartwheels for Georgia. O, gymnastics has never been your thing but this week was Georgia's last class of the season and you gamely came with me to be a "parent participant," which practically speaking meant you got to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at bambamblog
Hi again lovelies, On Saturday Georgia and I went over to GG and Grumpa's and ate dinner in their fabulous dining room, which is centred around a teak table from Indonesia and accented by treasures from their travels around the globe. One of the best things about the room is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at bambamblog
Well, the last time I did a Christmas festival here was 2014, and that’s just ridiculous! You’re nine (Oliver) and six, almost seven, Georgia, and you remain the best kids that we ever could have dreamed of. So one day, when you've forgiven your stodgy parents for refusing to buy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at bambamblog
Georgia, before you go to sleep every night you say "I love you so much." When you wake up, you say the exact same thing. It is the first and last thought on your mind every day. You are six. Oliver, before you go to sleep, you twist and twirl... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at bambamblog
I missed writing about both Georgia's and Oliver's birthdays—G turned five in February and O turned eight in April. We are loving these ages. Georgia, in particular, seemed to have been waiting to turn five. Like Oliver, Georgia found four a bit frustrating—no longer a toddler, but too little to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at bambamblog
We had the best gastro-flu event this week. It was a) limited to Georgia (am I just jinxing the rest of us? probably) and b) it lasted for 12 hours. Now the first six or seven hours were really gruesome, and I won't get into them because everyone has carried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at bambamblog
I like the tooth fairy better than the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. First, she's all good with the lowercase 't' and 'f.' You would not find EB or SC (especially) too comfy with that sort of treatment. They are really big-time players, and there's always a bit of ego... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at bambamblog
A couple of days ago Oliver called out Georgia on her pronunciation of "supposed to." George says "apposed to" and I love that so I jumped on O when he tried to tell her she was saying it wrong. She's five, and I still want to hear "apposed." I also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at bambamblog
Every morning for as long as I remember, Oliver greets me silently to start the day. If he's just woken up he will simply move toward me and put his weight against me, sometimes hugging, sometimes just standing as he slowly separates from his dreams and solitary slumber in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at bambamblog
Last night Georgia decided she was in charge of setting the table. I was the minion. I went upstairs for a sec to go pee or some such other bother and it was incredibly annoying to the conductor of affairs. She began the countdown preceding the point where I would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at bambamblog
It's been a while since I've written in here. I guess I am feeling the urge because last year I wrote something every day about our family in the month of December. So much has happened since then, but really we are also all the same. Sometimes Craig and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at bambamblog
It’s on again with Oliver and his beloved, after a months-long fallow period in which she turned her attention to another boy. We have no idea what changed (O attributes it to his mad soccer moves) but the object of his affection asked him this week to once again be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at bambamblog
For the past little while I've found my energy flagging, my sleep broken, and things just a bit darker than they should really appear. Yesterday O and G gently, unknowingly flicked a switch in me just by being who they are. O was excited to go to the dentist to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at bambamblog
Hi Oliver, You are seven today, and not a minute too soon (for you). For me? I'm good with seven, too, because you just keep getting more awesome. Here are some things I love about you these days: Your bed-headed, half-asleep walk to the bathroom in the morning; Your maniacal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at bambamblog
Oliver may not end up being the artist we thought he might be. Instead, he may be rich, or at least marry a sugar mama. He is fascinated by money and what money can get (i.e., Pokeman cards) and quite impressive in what we call his "acquisitional" strategies. For example,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at bambamblog
Sometimes Georgia likes to go to Oliver's Tuesday night hockey practice, but tonight she wanted to stay home with me. The minute the boys head out the door, I announce girltime bathtime, which is always a happy event. We strip, and Georgia makes some hilarious comment about our bodies, about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at bambamblog
[Oliver] Man, you whir. You wake up early, can't wait for the day, never stop, never get cold, can't stop exclaiming about every single thing that delights or affronts you. You are exhausting and thrilling. Tonight, at bedtime, I called on your obsession, Pokeman, to settle you down: count your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at bambamblog
Hi lovelies, Merry Christmas! It was a wonderful one, despite your dad and I getting the brutal cold that raced through the city this December. Oliver, you came to the rescue when on Christmas Eve morning, you woke up early to go downstairs to make us these “Owl Face” fruit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at bambamblog
Yikes! Four days absent. And so much has happened. Oliver, you announced a couple of days ago in the car that you have a girlfriend. You are in Grade 1. She's in Grade 2, of course, and when we asked how it all came to be you said it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at bambamblog
Well ok. Two days missed. But look at what we've been busy with, 13 days before Christmas. Uno: We scraped the plastic Halloween spiders off the window, which was sort of emotional. Dos: Please. Look at these friends, all dangling legs and mystified expressions. They're mostly for me, if I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at bambamblog
Hi kids, I'm taking a break to let Grumpa and GG jump in with examples of very characteristic things about you two these days. ***** GRUMPA: So it was Tuesday night hockey, and Oliver was strutting around the ice with what I took to be a new intensity. Although Rocket... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at bambamblog
Hi kids, Ok, there was no December 7 posting. Sunday is not so much a day of rest around here as it is one of knuckle-down survival strategies. Let us say of yesterday, in the spirit of fond remembrances, that the Christmas tree we hunted down in -20°C weather is,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at bambamblog