March 2009

Kenan LOVED his drama class this winter.  And no wonder–he got to be a pirate!  Here he is in his starring role as the Pirate Captain Hook in their presentation of Peter Pan:

Captain Hook


making snow ice creamWe just can’t get enough of the stuff!!  After making snow balls and snow caves and snow tunnels and snow angels, we brought some fluffy coldness inside and made Snowy Blowy Ice Cream, from the book “Snowy Blowy Winter”.

4 cups clean snow
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla separately until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour over the clean snow and mix until it’s somewhat creamy.  Separate into bowls and add chocolate sauce or your favourite ice cream toppings.

God gifted us with eight inches of dazzling white last night.

Because of my injuries* Helen reluctantly but heroically offered to shovel.  Look, she’s even smiling!
Helen shoveling

Kenan gladly helped her out.

Kenan shoveling

Even Soirée stuck her nose out.

Soiree Shows Her Face

Eating Snow

Shana in the Trees


* For those who didn’t hear the story yet, here’s the brief version:  last Monday I had a spill on an icy hill while biking to work and sprained a thumb, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  I’ve basically been rotating ice packs around my body all week.

santaShana and Kenan are playing with our neighbours, Claire and Finn.  They’re playing one of their favourite games, The Christmas Game.  I’ve heard them mention it before but Shana just now explained it to me.  Here’s how it works:

One of the kids is The Parent, the others are The Kids.  The Kids tell The Parent what they want for Christmas.  The Parent has to remember all the requests, then sneak away when nobody is looking, get the presents, and sneak them back into the room.

I wonder if The Toothfairy Game will be next.

Kenan and Shana are singing a mutilation of a Veggietales song:

We are the pirates who don’t do anything
We just stay at home and sleep around
And if you ask us to stop sleeping around
We just tell you…  we sleep around! 

Argh argh argh argh,
Argh argh argh argh …


hamantaschenPurim is the Jewish holiday where we remember how God used Esther to save the Jewish people from almost certain death at the hand of Haman.  You can read the story in the book of Esther.

Every Jewish celebration must involve food, and Purim is no exception!  We enjoyed making hamantaschen,  three-sided cookies filled with fruit or chocolate to remind us of Haman, the villain of Purim (who supposedly wore a three-sided hat).

While the hamantaschen was baking we acted out the story.  Shana of course was Esther, while Kenan gladly volunteered for the part of Haman, the meanest character.  During Helen’s narration, any time the name Haman came up we all had to boo and Kenan would gleefully bang his sword against his shield as loud as he could.

Here’s Queen Esther decorating her crown:

Queen Esther

And Haman looking every bit a villain:


Nate as Mordecai in a bathrobe and a Kippah and Helen as Queen Vashti will be left to your imaginations.

I Spy


Can you find:




CompassA Compass

PeterPeter Pan


TreasurePirates’ Booty

Nest EggAn egg in a nest

Lightning McQueenLightning McQueen

Dog SledVictoria and Hanson

Mr. Lego McCoolMr. Lego McCool