Monday, 23 June 2014


Peanut had her first swim in the pool today!  Jen took her down to the Stratford Y and reported that Paige had a good time.  She is going to be fully prepped for the beach next week.

"Did I remember my suit?"

"Where's this pool at?"

"Frig, what's the combination to this thing again?"

Tough for Jen to take pictures while in the pool.  Wish I could have been there.


It was a big test for us this weekend.  It was our first attempt at an overnighter, out of town, since the unfortunate Super Bowl incident.  We were again heading to Niagara and, once again, using Grandma and Grandpa's place as the home base.  This was going to determine what kind of adventure we could expect next week at the cottage.

And it actually went pretty well.  The drive down and back wasn't the greatest but Paige had fun at the Robickle's BBQ and after dinner she went back to Port with Jen.  She went down around 8:30 which let Jen come back to the party and Paige slept through to 5:30.  Not her best sleep ever but 9 hours, in a different house, and a strange bed, hey, we'll take it.  It was a real confidence booster looking forward to our week at the cottage.  Plus we got to hang out with some of our Deere peeps and had fun stressing over various board games.  A great weekend.

Aunt Andrea found some adorable devil horn hair clips.

Other strange things were to be found in the Robickle garden.

"Yup.  You've got zombies.  You'll have to spray for that."

"Rawr, Maggie.  I'm a zombie!"

"That's right.  You run!"
Maggie was quite the entertainer.

A long weekend but much fun.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Out and About

"Hmm, I thought there would have been more kleenex in there than that."

"Let's see, I got my phone and keys... what am I forgetting?"

Out for a swing

She is an awesome climber upper.  Still mastering climbing down.

"Hmm, I thought there would have been more tinfoil in there than that."

Stylin' and on the move!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

What's TBone Not Watching

I am not watching the second season of Orange Is The New Black.  I liked the first season despite absolutely despising the main character.  Great stories and storytelling for the supporting cast but every time they focused on the protagonist, my blood pressure spiked.  I tried giving Season 2 a shot.  I want to support Netflix and their cable-company-busting efforts to deliver new and interesting content on demand.  But that first episode was everything I hated about Season 1 in concentrated form.  Done.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Me Day!

Had a great father's day thanks to my two special girls.  What more can a guy ask for?

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Peanut Adventures

The lego platform quickly became a stepping stool.

Her artistic endeavours continue.

And she's really getting into helping with dinner

Snore Away

So, Jen says I don't snore anymore!  Every now and then I've been skipping the CPAP jet fighter mask at night and when Jen got up at night a couple weeks ago she noticed I wasn't snoring.  So I tried leaving it off all week to see if it affected my blood pressure or I ended up feeling more or less tired.  My blood pressure actually went down a couple points over the week and I feel the same as I do if I use the mask.  So I think that's the end of that!

Monday, 9 June 2014


Quite possibly the worst case of Broccoli Face I've ever seen.

Fortunately, there is a cure.


The shapes cube continues to be very popular with Peanut.  Although I'm beginning to suspect it was designed by some mad, sociopathic, musical genius as hours later I'm singing "Squares!  Squares are everywhere!".  It gets into your brain and doesn't want to leave.  "Open the door it's a rectangle!  Close the door it's a rectangle!".

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Speed Racer

The roadster that Paige got for her birthday has quickly turned into her favourite mode of transportation.  Trips to the store, around the neighbourhood, or just up and down the driveway, are all done at the wheel of her lil roadster.

"YOU man!"

"Engage Ludicrous Speed!"

This is her speedy look.  She makes the same face running around the house.

"Dang it.  Hold on.  I think I flooded it."

Day At The Beach

Got a few layers of fibreglass on top of the gaping holes of the kayak.  Thought it would be a good idea to get it in the water and see how it held up before hauling to the cottage in a couple weeks.  Also give me an excuse to sort through my fishing gear and get it prepped for the summer.

Conestogo Lake is the closest body of water to us and we decided to make it a family outing.  I was a little nervous about this location.  I'd never been to the lake but I've driven by and it looked like an absolute zoo.  And if you have a boat with a trailer, it IS a zoo.  But away from the boat launch, there's a nice picnic area with plenty of tree shade and a fun little beach on a sheltered cove.  Best of all, not crowded at all.

We had our picnic lunch and then I headed out on the water while Jen and Paige played in the sand.  It was great to be back on the water.  Tried out quite a few lures and caught exactly nothing.  But there are fish there.  I saw them.  Swimming right under my kayak.  Bastards.  I'm going to put it down as the wrong time of day.  Still great to be out there again.  Definitely coming back to this lake.

Not pretty but it worked

"Where's the beach at?"

"Daddy?  Why are there no forks?"

"Woot!  Ready for the surf!"

Contemplating her first move.

Hey, that's me not sinking!  Yay!

"But I don't wanna go!"

What's TBone Watching

Finally watched The Lego Movie.  Really clever, funny movie.  Highly recommended.  When Paige is a little older I definitely want to watch it again with her.

And I'm finally picking Game of Thrones back up.  The internet is a bad place to be if you're a couple seasons behind on this show.  I'm aware that certain things have happened but I've been diligent about avoiding details.  Hopefully I can get through these 2 seasons before I click on the wrong link that spoils something critical.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Peanut Sightings

Helping the neighbours move their kitty litter?  I guess?


We need to build a jungle gym ASAP.

Big fan of this outfit.

Can't wait for bath time!

Sweet Child Of Mine

One of Paige's birthday gifts was a singing, shape cube.  And she loves dancing to it as you change the shapes.  A little bit of Axl Rose coming through in those dance moves.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Pool Buster

And with that, my 2014 hockey gambling has come to an end.  I was sure I had a lock on some decent cash as I went to bed last night with Chicago up 4-3 in the 3rd.  Crap.  But man what a series.  I don't have strong feelings about either team in the upcoming finals but I'm really looking forward to watching the first two periods of the New York games and the first period of the LA games.