It has been a mild, easy February.


The boys did some concept work. Here is Owen’s plan for a cat robot:


Trevor is making plans for a large house. He is going to build a model of it during the March break.


Markus has been watching the Olympics and wants to do a lot of sports. His current favourite is figure skating, but others will do as well.


Winter Break

Tomorrow these boys go back to school after the two week break. We are all refreshed and ready for 2018.


The temperature during the break was -20C on the average so we did not got to do too much outside.


A few forts maybe…

We started skiing and snowboarding and went to a few museums.


Trevor has gotten into building model airplanes and Markus still loves owls and angles. He asked me to make him owl mittens. I tidied up his room and he was so happy he said it was the best day of his life. He doesn’t even need to clean his room any more – he can just put things where they belong!!!


Owen’s favourite book series is the Grumpy Cat graphic novel. He even got few posters of Grumpy up on his wall.

How does Mommy feel about fighting?

So these guys…


are fighting all the time!!! And then they are all good friends…. And then they fight out of nowhere!!! And then they are all good friends… And oh no, Owen bumped me! And oh no, Trevor said I can’t go into his room, and oh no, Markus is crushing me!!! And then they are friends and then they fight….



Markus’ new middle name is Ange-Hibou. He is so pleased when I tell him that he is my angel. Also, still super crazy about owls. I show him owl pictures I see in my twitter feed and he is super happy. If I accidentally show him a picture of a different bird, say an eagle, he gently reminds me that he is only interested in owls. Here are some already reported but noteworthy quotes:

C: what do you want for Christmas?
M: a toy owl which, when you press a button, it barfs up a mouse pellet.
C: …
T: that’s brilliant! I think I can make one for you!
M: Yay!
C: …yay?


M: I want to go to your hairdresser! Not daddy’s barber!
B: what, why?
M: they always shave my hair! I want them to dress it!

I think he actually wants to have angelic haircut. I am slightly scared but curious to see how this turns out.


Meanwhile Owie turned eight years old. He is still big tardigrade fan. Also, he is the most likely of the three of them to be first one ready in the morning. Though he is still easily distracted and a bit (ok, a lot) of a class clown, he can be organized and accomplished at things. He can win at connect4 even when playing with Chris!


Trevor has been full of plans lately. This weekend he had been drawing the blueprints for the house he is going to live in when he grows up. It has a lot of rooms.

Halloween 2017

This year Trev got two costumes, one for school and one for trick or treating. He put together both himself.

Weird Al

And metro cop from Half Life.

Water bear

Owen wanted to go as his favourite animal, the tardigrade. They are small but indestructible. Markus was a vampire.



How do you spell Markus?

M A R …

Wait! That’s not right. That’s my old name, Markis. How do you spell Markus?

What I said.

No. Can I change my name to something else?

Not until you are 18.

I don’t like my middle name. Can I not have a middle name?

Not until you are 18.

Trevor gave me that name. I don’t like it. Trevor is not the namer, he can’t give me that name. Can you please remove it right now?


I will give myself another name. Owl-dowl. How do you spell that?


That is good. That is a good teacher’s name. I am going to be a teacher and work in a school. You can be a teacher too and we can work together. My school will have four floors and an elevator.

August report


As a break from summer camps and activities, Chris took August off and spent it with the boys.

Visiting with friends

Eating ice cream

Honey flavoured ice cream

Checking out Fort Henry

Arranging rock samples by crystal content

Holding critters at Science North

Nickel mining

Visiting the Big Nickel

Going to train school

Getting thrown in jail

And most importantly playing video games!!!

So it is summer…

Life gets pretty crazy in the summer.


Owen broke his arm. It was a bit of trouble at first but then he figured out that he can still summersault over picnic tables. He is looking forward to getting the cast off soon.


Trevor is planning to make robots to do household chores. I told him I made him for this purpose.


Markus got to actually be the only kid in the family for a few days while T&O were at sleep away camp. He enjoyed every minute of it.