Saturday, June 30, 2012

Graduation day

Kaylin is officially finished with high school. This chapter of her life is over and to say that she is excited to move on is an understatement. She will be studying nursing in Moncton in the fall and is thrilled to finally be pursuing her dream. I know that the next 4 years will be a challenge for her but I also am convinced that nursing will be an avenue she can use to serve others and use her God given talents. I'm so proud of her and so excited to see the next chapter of her life unfold.

Hamming it up in their graduation gowns.

Just having a little fun.

Wahoo. She is finished. And she finished strong. Recognitions and awards. So proud of her.

The complete family. I don't know how many of these photos we'll be taking over the next few years, but I'm thankful for the moments we are all together.

Sisters and friends.

5 wonderful kids. 

Kaylin requested her graduation meal at a Thai restaurant. A great ending to a wonderful day.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Things we love...

We love it when Kaylin watches the kids and bakes with them. Gaelle loves to cook anything and Peter loves to eat. It's a win win. Actually I think Peter helped frost the cookies. But we all helped eat them.
 We love recipes that have special memories. I have a few recipes that have been passed on to me from my family. This little cookbook contains some of Robin's moms most used recipes. Love.

 We love the Halifax waterfront. But the rule of thumb is to always have sweaters in the car no matter the time of year because it can be blazing hot at our house and downright chilly on the waterfront.
We love beaver tails. I don't know who came up with the idea but they are perfect. Fried dough dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar. Even better is a coupon for buy one get one free. Love. 

We love goofy statues. We have not met a statue that we don't want to have our picture taken in front of. We try to look just as goofy. Love.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day Fun

A group photo top off our Father's Day Fun. I should be able to wax eloquent about what a wonderful dad Robin is to our kids. I could never do it justice. He loves to spend time with all of his kids and is always up for a get together. He works at staying connected with all of them and that is no small feat. 

Emily spent some time going down memory lane with youtube videos of her favourite songs from her childhood movies. As you can tell, Peter and Gaelle are mesmerized. What you can't tell, is that Emily is just belting the tunes out. Good times.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another milestone

So, how did we get to this place? High school is almost finished for yet another one. Kaylin celebrated her grade 12 prom on Saturday and at the end of the month she will graduate. Yikes. Why couldn't they just stay 5 years old? I don't actually mean that. I'm thrilled to see my kids grow and change and mature and develop opinions and interests all their own. 
Here she is with some of her closest friends from the past 4 years. Marcy, the girl in the purple dress, was her first friend when we moved here. They are so different in so many ways and yet they have managed to keep the connection of friendship alive.
Peter and Gaelle came with us and managed to ham it up for the camera. Gaelle was enthralled with it all and was not the least bit impatient.
Kaylin and her date, Jeff.

Sisters and friends. 

And finally, the proud parents.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Random shots

Our spring is so far behind so much of North America. But it is earlier than normal. Quite often we don't have lilacs until the beginning of June and this year they started the end of May. However my bush managed to be on time. It is in full bloom now. Love it.
If Snickers gets ahold of stuffed animals our house quickly becomes the killing fields. She will play with a stuffed animal for a couple of days without incident and then the holes and rips start and it's all over; in the garbage it goes. For some reason, she became owner of this stuffed animal and she has lovingly cared for it for a couple of months now. We are all amused by her and it. When we come home at the end of the day, she runs to get her "friend" as if to say, "Look, friend, my people are home.Look people, here's my friend. It's alright with my world." Tail wagging she trots around the house.
Peter loves to be active and play outside but he also loves to spend time on the computer playing games. He's such an 11 year old boy. People are always curious about how the kids are integrating into Canadian society. Make no mistake, he will always be Haitian, but he is fully 100% Canadian as well.

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Year Older

With so many different obligations throughout the week, it was great to sit down once again as a family for a birthday celebration. This time it was Robin's special moment. We are so blessed to have him in our lives as a husband, father, and friend. He really is our rock and our soft place to land. People have frequently asked me over the years what I did to deserve him. I don't know why we have it so good compared to others, but I'm so thankful. And because we want him to stick around for a while longer, this birthday was a heart healthy one. He loves all kinds of battered and fried seafood but especially scallops. I stayed clear of the grease and I found a recipe for scallops with a fruit salsa. It was easy and good. Then I came across a 5 Layer Cake recipe which I altered slightly but it was still heart healthy and low fat. The ricotta cheese layer called for 4 cups of ricotta. That seemed like a bit much to me so I cut the quantities in half. And I just toasted some almonds and walnuts for the crunchy layer. I omitted the oats and flaxseed. I liked it. The taste was good. I suppose my criticism would be that the taste was too mild. Peter gave his dad a frame just waiting for a photo of the 2 of them together. I think we'll use this one. Emily and Kaylin finished off the evening with a final corsage for one of the local proms this weekend. Emily's fund raising for Julia has gone well but she is taking some summer courses so has not had a lot of time. She still managed to pull this off and do well in her classes. We're so proud of her and all of her hard work. Overall, a wonderful day.