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From Start to Finish

July 11, 2013

Today was one of those rainy days where our living room looked like this from start to finish (photo taken at 11:30 p.m.):


When dinner time rolled around Jasper said, “You know what’s the truth? We should have popcorn for supper.” Can’t argue with the truth. But the truth needed a little protein so we also had hard boiled eggs. We’re not total barbarians.

Then at bedtime, James changed out of his pjs into more pjs. The only reason Jasper didn’t was because he was naked. From start to finish.



July 10, 2013
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Jasper has really gotten into dancing lately. He keeps telling me he wants to take a ballet class which I support with my entire being. Mostly because you don’t teach Jasper how to dance: Jasper teaches you. His favorite line these days is, “Actually, I think not.” So yes, I will sign him up just so I can watch a chunky little boy reinvent ballet.

Here are a few more things that have come out of his mouth in a past couple of weeks.

Me: Jasper, you stink like a skunk.
Jasper: I’m not a skunk. I’m a punk.


Jasper: Mum, I heard Sage look at me.


Jasper: I’m a dragon, Mum!
Me: Are you a friendly or a scary dragon?
Jasper: I’m a friendly dragon. There’s no fire coming out of my mouth.
Me: Oh good.
Jasper: I`m just breathing mouses all over you.
(way more terrifying than fire IMO)


Jasper, upon seeing Sage drool: Mum! Sage is leaking!


Jasper: Mum, I`m playing a game where the milk is trying to get out of mine cup.


Jasper: Mum, I`m punching the world.


Jasper, after finishing his dessert: Mum, that was too easy. I need more.



In case you`re wondering about the three posts in three days, I`m trying to blog a little more like I parent: Inconsistently.


Urban Planner

July 9, 2013



James built a block city this morning. If you were to relocate, you’d find a woolly mammoth museum, a monkey sanctuary, a pelican and flamingo information centre, a dinosaur art centre, and after JD asked about food supply, a grocery store. What more could you possibly want? But a word of caution: House insurance is really expensive because occasionally a giant naked toddler patrols the outskirts of town and accidentally destroys a large portion of the city. He always says sorry, though.

Four Months

July 9, 2013
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Dear Sage,

You’ve been doing your thing for four months and a few days now and that once-upon-a-time docile infant is now a full fledged baby with opinions – but they are happy opinions. Opinions that make everyone go “Yeah! Me too!” Your little body splays with joy and your face explodes into a smile when anyone stops to shoot the breeze with you. You have added elements of chaos and taken another serious bite out of our productivity as a family unit but man oh man kid, you do it with style. You’ve got your brothers whipped and when you start wrecking their stuff, they might even go easy on you.

We love you little Saysay.

-Mama, Dada, James & Jasper.

Brothers in a Bed: Take Five

June 25, 2013








See Take Four, Take Three, Take Two, And the Original

That’s What They Said.

June 17, 2013

This post is just a bunch of things that mostly Jasper has said over the past few months punctuated by  some (mostly) unrelated photos I needed to unload on you.


Jasper (in recovery after a meltdown): I still have some cry in mine eye, Mum.


James (after I told him to go play with Jasper one too many times): Mum, I can’t. I lost all my fun.


Jasper (as I’m opening the fridge): Can I come, too?


Jasper: When I get married I’m going to have a birthday party.


James: I don’t feel five. Maybe when I’m an adult I’ll feel five.


Jasper: I spy with mine eye something that is tricky.


Jasper: Mum, I rolled on something hard. I think it was mine muscle.


Jasper: Listen Mum. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. That’s how much I love bacon.


Jasper: I’m not going to laugh at you Mum. That’s your job.


Jasper: Are you done checking your emu, Mum?


J.D.: Jasper do you want an email address?

Jasper: An oatmeal address?!? No, I don’t.


If You Ask

June 16, 2013


About eleven years ago, just after I had completed my first and most difficult year of university, my parents gave me a bible. On the inside, my Dad had written out the verse John 14:14. It goes a little something like this:

If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. 

Not only does my dad truly believe this, he truly lives it as a father. Charlie Allen responds to his children’s needs with the abandon of love. His guardian angel follows him around humming “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

He set a pretty high standard and so I asked God that I might have a father for my children who would also live out that kind of love.

If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. 

It’s true.





Happy Father’s Day!