My grandmother passed away today. She was 98 years old. We were quite close and I'm so sorry to see her go. She's left me with a ton of memories, but here's what I'll remember most. Her Sense of Humour My grandma was wicked funny. For as long as I
The Tragically Hip's "The Lonely End of the Rink" shuffled on during my bike ride on Friday. I've loved this song since the first time I heard it in 2006, but it took on a far more personal meaning in January of 2008. That's when my uncle Bruce passed away
These pics were snapped on June 15, an homage to the iconic slow-motion walk from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Cue the George Baker Selection...
My maternal grandmother turns 97 today. She no longer recognizes me, nor knows where the heck she is, but she doesn't seem to be in pain and is still very much alive. Meanwhile, my paternal grandmother recently turned 101. She still has her wits about her. When people find out
My sweet 7-year old has written a letter for Santa. It's ready to hand-deliver to the big guy next Sunday at the parade. I cracked open the envelope to see what she wants. Protip for kids: Even though you're writing Santa, let your parents see it before you seal the
Tonight I was lucky enough to watch the Chiefs defeat the Bisons at High Park to win the championship. My son happens to be a very proud member of the Chiefs, who won the series 3 games to 1. Congratulations, James.
My mom's aunt, Bernadette Whelan, passed away earlier this week. I remember visiting her home in Acton as a child and being overwhelmed by her two giant St. Bernard dogs. I was back in Acton yesterday for her funeral, and this entry is about my great aunt Bernie and her
My son plays for the Blue Jays in the High Park tee-ball league. They won their quarter-final game on Friday, their semi-final game on Saturday and split the first two games of their best-of-three final series against the Mariners on Sunday. Game three took place last night, and it was
Six years ago today, the baby of the family was born. She's certainly no baby today. She's far more mature and organized than me already, full of interesting insight and impressive observations. They really do grow up too quickly. Here's my Michelle at about six months of age. And here
I have a question for the ladies out there, and those who have daughters. When did you get yours or your daughter's ears pierced? I know lots of people who get their daughter's ears pierced when they're mere months old. My daughter turns six next week, and she decided she
I just got back from taking my daughter to her last Beavers meeting of the year. It's actually her last Beavers meeting ever. After being a trail blazer for a year, my daughter has decided there are just too many boys in Beavers and she'd rather join Sparks next year.
What an amazing weekend. The weather simply couldn't have been better and we had an absolute blast. I got a lot of sun, a few mosquito bites, enjoyed outdoor movies, three campfires, plenty of sports and activities and great meals. It really was the perfect weekend. Here are some photos
I've got a son and a daughter. My son, who's the oldest of the two, loves playing baseball and hockey and doing "guy things". He likes to do this stuff with his dad, so I spend a lot of time with him at baseball diamonds, at hockey rinks and messing
I have a great mother. I love her very much and I want to wish her a very happy Mother's Day. My two angels have a great mother. They love her very much and I want to wish her a very happy Mother's Day. The only thing better than having
My son grew too quickly. I mean physically. He's always been way bigger and taller than his peers, so he's always struggled with gross motor skills, trying to figure out what goes where and how to put it all together. My son is playing tee ball this season at High
Back in September of 2007, my wife tried to sell me on having a third child. Her argument was a good one. We had created two amazing kids, why not create a third? I somehow managed to convince her we were done growing the family, and I didn't hear another
The oldest kids in the family are about to turn six, so we were in need of fresh meat. Little Nate recently arrived to give family gatherings a little extra oomph, and yesterday we all chilled with the little man at my mom's place. He's like a shiny new toy
This entry serves no purpose other than to test video production settings for YouTube. This video was produced using Camtasia Studio version 6.0.3 with settings optimized for an upload to YouTube. The pretty little ditty you hear is the last track from Big Star's #1 Record and I've
I was always very close to my grandmother. I remember a pre-teen version of myself timidly approaching the elderly woman behind the counter of the Irish Store and asking if she had a print of the Doors of Dublin. My younger brother Ryan was there too and our plan was
A year and a half ago, I posted Michelle's Fields of dolls. She's changed things up, and now has a row of her girls she tucks in each night. Here she is, taking care of her girls. And here they are, all tucked in and ready for bed.
My wife wanted family portraits done while the kids were still young and cute. If you want stale, uninspired, soul-less family portraits done, you can go to Wal*Mart or Sears. If you want cool, fun, amazing family portraits done by a couple of Toronto professionals who get it and
I awoke this morning with an eerily calm feeling. When I woke up James, I told him about my feeling. I just felt good about the day ahead... as if good things were going to happen. James was playing for the Swansea Hockey Association Novice Division Championship of the world.
Back in November, my daughter didn't know how to skate let alone play hockey. When she hit the ice, she'd attempt to stay on her feet by taking little steps. That's not skating, that's walking on ice. We enrolled in the Swansea Hockey Association's Learn To Play Hockey program. I
My youngest child just got her first email account. She now knows how to login to her Gmail account and send emails and gchats to her parents, brother, grandmother and uncles. My oldest child got his first account when he was five, and it really helped him learn to type,