Feb 21, 2011
are getting un-bear-able!!
She Really Does Exist...
...and She's a Little Angel!
Alina Dennis was born in early January, Rob Dennis is her Uncle, so he and the rest of the family were there the day she arrived into the world. Thanks to facebook and "Uncle Rob's" iphone camera, scribbles has had no problem introducing Alina to our reader's as we watch her grow.
Trouble is, yours truly (Alina's common-in-law Uncle) had yet to meet the new bundle of joy. That is until Family Day, when Alina's parents Rodney and Heather hosted a home-cooked dinner.
Proving she wrote the book when it comes to multitasking, Heather prepared a home-cooked meal, while making sure baby Alina had her feeding, hubby Rodney (recovering from some recent surgery) was feeling ok, 4 year old son Kade played nice and quietly with his niece and nephew and that the family dog kept her cool when she saw a dog on the family's HUGE TV.
And although she would have been forgiven for going for store-bought, Heather instead prepared homemade lasagna with fresh banana cream pie for dessert. I was impressed!
Thank you for a delicious dinner and the opportunity to meet Alina and actually have a photo of me with her that wasn't the result of Photo Shop.
Could I be any cuter?
Yes, I guess I could be
photos of our little Niagara Falls friend Kiera Blythin.
Our sympathy to our friend Merry Proulx on the recent passing of her dog Precious. Precious first came into Merry and her family's lives when Merry was with Ted Masters. Precious was his dog and when Ted passed away a few years ago, Precious became Merry's dog. Although she was pretty frail when she left us on Feb. 18th in her 16th year, Precious was spunky in her early days. She shared her home with Flipper the cat, who is also feeling a bit blue now that his canine gal no longer shares the sofa with him.
Merry you were a great mommy to Precious, you sure shared lots of years together and although you are sad she is not there, your special memories of her will remain with you forever.
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Feb 7, 2011
"Can you turn down that music, I'm cramming for an exam"
No, it's not my cat J.R., it's Steph's furry friend Gus (who you may recall seeing on scribbles before). This time around Gus makes us smile as he shows us how his mommy studies. Great shot Steph and thanks for the open invitation to use his pix in scribbles, he truly is the cat's meow!
Proud Big Brother
What a great pix of Kade Dennis and his little sister Alina.
At my nephew's 12th birthday party, everyone had a chance to play a game and win prizes. The game was to shoot suction cup "bullets" from a toy gun at a target. The more you hit the target, the higher your score! When it came time for yours truly to take a turn, I grabbed the gun with great enthusiasm, acting like a skilled marksman. Well if you look closely, you'll see why everyone erupted into laughter. I was holding the gun incorrectly, with the rubbery bullets facing me. I'm going blame it on my meds...LOL! As you can see, afterwards I got it right and took aim. I wasn't the winner but I was the most memorable player. Hahaha!
We'll feature more about my nephew's birthday party in a few days, so come back soon.
Rub-a-Dub-Dub, I Have Fun in the Tub
My nephew Graham smiles for his mommy's camera at bathtime.
"Can't a Guy Groom his Private Parts without an Audience?"
Our Welland pal Sandra Burger Vedder's adorable kitty Murphy looks mighty comfortable perched up on the window ledge as he grooms himself and he looks equally cute cuddling up with his mommy. I first met Murphy last Spring when Rob was housesitting for Sandra and her husband Dan while they were on vacation. Murph is a talkative and curious cat, who seemed to sense I was a cat person.
Rob will repeat his cat-sitting duty in March when Sandra and Dan take yet another holiday, this time for 3 weeks, giving me plenty of time to visit and catch up with this friendly feline.
Bon voyage Sandra and Dan, your big guy will be in good hands.
Check out Oprah Winfrey's many do's, in this link from Oprah.com.
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"I've Had a Great Life"...Jim Papple Sr. turns 90My brother-in-law Don's father Jim Papple recently enjoyed his 90th birthday with his family, but that wasn't the only celebration he had for this big event. Jim has had dialysis at the Brantford General Hospital for 10 years now and the staff and patients surprised him with a birthday cake and card on his Feb. 3rd appointment. The event also made it into the local newspaper, The Brantford Expositor and the online version also included a video of the birthday boy.
Congratulations Jim, you're truly an inspiration to us all.
VIDEO CLIP Highlights from Jim's 90th Birthday ...
To read the Brantford Expositor article and view the entire video click here
East Meets West at Thomas' First Birthday
While his great grandpa Jim Sr. celebrated his 90th birthday (as seen above), only a few weeks prior, Thomas Papple celebrated his very first birthday. Surrounded by his parents Jimmy and Phoebe, grandparents Don and Kim and others, little Thomas had a blast. Thomas' mom Phoebe is originally from South Korea where babies first birthday is celebrated with a tradition called a Doljabi.
As his proud grandma Kim told us "the birthday baby wears a tradional outfit called a hanbok and a traditional hat. There is lots of food and special rice cakes and candies fruit made to look like flowers. The highlight of the celebration is when a mat or table is layed out with items that represent possible career choices or fortells the child future. A gavel represents a judge, stethescope for a doctor, you get the point. Thomas walked onto the mat and picked up the gavel ! so my grandson is going to be a judge when he grows up! Of course he did pick up and play with the stethescope to so who knows."
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"Ummm, who peed on the floor?"
Rich and Kristin are Ja-Makin' Me Jealous
While the temperatures dropped and the snow fell back home in Niagara, Rich Hunt and Kristin Warren strolled across sandy beaches and enjoyed the warm sunshine in Jamaica. The happy couple enjoyed a week at the popular tourist destination at the end of January as seen in these pix taken from Rich's facebook page.
Love...On the Rocks!
"I have the best boyfriend". Those are the words our friend Laura DeGraaf has repeated a lot lately. In addition to being a hopeless romantic, Laura's BF Ryan Haanappel surprised her recently with a vacation in the Dominician Republic. This was Laura's first ever trip away to a warm and sunny destination and to say she was excited about it would be an understatement.
The happy couple enjoyed scuba diving, fun on the beach, a swim-up bar and delightful feasts, in a week away from the blustery winter weather in Niagara. Glad you had fun Laura and you're right....you DO have the best boyfriend!!
Laura draws a heart in the sand
Talk Wireless President to Wed new First Lady
Congratulations to my boss, Talk Wireless President Al Willick, who recently announced that he and lady friend Kathy are now engaged. The staff of Talk Wireless first met Kathy at our 2009 Christmas dinner (where these photos were taken) and they make a perfect couple.
I'm so happy for you Al, Kathy seems like a very nice lady and I wish you both nothing but the best!!
And when she isn't posing for the camera, little Alina likes to catch a few Zzzz's with her daddy Rodney. Night, night.
What a difference a day makes. Our pal Amanda Bergsma recently spent 6 days in sunny Mexico, where she lazed on the beach and went scuba diving. Then she was homeward bound, back to frigid St Catharines. Before returning to Canada, Amanda posted this update on her facebook page "It is +30 in Cancun and -20 in St. Catharines.... In a matter of 5 hours I'm going to through a 50 degree temp drop.... Not impressed"
And to prove just how difficult it was to reclimatize herself, here are two photos showing what Ms. Bergsma wore (or almost wore) while enjoying Mexico and what she wore back home...all bundled up, layered from head to toe...and that was when she was INDOORS no less. LOL!