Eight Months Old

It's hard to believe that Callum is eight months old already! Although, at the same time, it seems like he's been with us forever. He loves to go shopping - I guess it's the change of scenery that amuses and delights him. He's always friendly too, with a smile for all the ladies who stop to chat with him. They're always surprised when I tell them his age, but I let them know how much of a head start he had, which prompts another exclamation... :)
This photo is for Marlaine's mom. He's such a little boy now, with his 12 month clothing!

And this one is for Jeroen's mom. Your outfit fits now too!

Mmmm, apple! I thought that he would reject this piece of fruit, considering these granny smiths were particularly sour. But then again, he did enjoy a lemon slice at Boston Pizza. I suppose his tastebuds are still developing.

Hey, this shirt fits now, too.

Callum will stand whenever possible! Hey, isn't that Guy Smiley in the background?

Who Am I - Casting Crowns

Who am I,
that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt

Who am I,
that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who Am I,
that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
and watch me rise again

Who Am I,
that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me

I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
'Cause I am Yours
I am Yours


A Filmstrip

Callum and Eric
Photos by Leanne

More Pictures of You-Know-Who

Sooo happy!
Hey, what's that stuff?

"No I didn't!"
Can't get enough of standing...
"But I don't wanna go to bed..."
Munch munch

Buttery Apple Torte


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup apricot or raspberry jam

1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

3 cups thinly sliced apples
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sliced almonds


Crust: Cream together butter and sugar. Blend in flour. Work with hands to form a smooth dough. Press evenly into the bottom and 1 1/2" up sides of a 10" springform pan. Spread jam evenly over bottom of crust. Beat all filling ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread carefully over jam. Toss apples, sugar and cinnamon together to coat well. Spoon over filling. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 for 25-30 minutes longer, or until apples are tender-crisp. Cool slightly, then remove pan rim. Serve warm or cool.


My Little Winner

Callum placed fourth in the Smart Canucks Cute Baby Contest! (Out of 67 entries!!) Thanks to all who voted. This is the photo I entered. It was so hard to choose which picture really captures his personality. No, make that...it was hard to choose a photo out of hundreds his snap-happy mom has taken. Here are the results of the contest: Smart Canucks Cute Baby Contest


Apple Pie Muffins

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Batter2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk(or use 1 tsp vinegar in 1 cup milk)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups diced apples


Topping-mix all together, until mixture forms crumbs.

Batter- Whisk together egg, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.
Stir in sugar. Add apples and mix well. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir just until combined. Spoon into muffin cups. Sprinkle the topping over the muffins. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.


But this side is bigger!
Watching the snow fall

Why can't we be friends?

Loungin' on the couch
Loungin' with Auntie Leanne
Loungin' on mom

Talking to Grandma on speakerphone

Loungin' with dad
Loungin in the hot tub