Alice’s 3rd hair cut

We took Alice to Beaner’s this morning for a hair cut- it’s getting into her eyes, so we wanted a trim. We are growing it out, though. She did well, but didn’t want any blow drying; I guess we will entertain hair styling for when she’s a little older. Daddy took photos, and Alice and I played in the ball room after. It was much cleaner than last time, and Alice had fun going down the slide.

Alice’s favorite game right now is guessing who has a belly button. She’ll start by saying, “No, baby”, and waiting for a response from mommy. We go through the list of people she knows (auntie, baby, nana, papa, mommy, daddy), then we get to Chase; and she says “Chase?” and mommy says, “No! Chase doesn’t have a belly button!” and we laugh a lot and play the game again. We also play this game with other themes, such as who drinks milk, etc.

Alice’s favorite movie right now is a new Dora movie we got a few weeks ago. And our new favorite thing to eat is chocolate and cake, just like her mommy…We often pretend we’re eating cake we made outside in our play kitchen with our sand sifter, and we eat it all up when it’s finished baking; it’s adorable! Alice also loves to play in her wading pool, we have 2 new swim suits and she’s precious.

Closed the Deal

My offer for the 2004 MINI Cooper S in Winnipeg has been accepted!

Because Corinna was so quick calling the seller, we had first right of refusal. We are getting the car for its asking price.

The seller received about 30 calls in the few days the ad has been on Autotrader. Lots of interest from Alberta too — people offering more than the asking price, sight unseen. Crazy.

I’m booking a one-way WestJet flight on June 30th to make the pickup.


Now back to watching The Italian Job.

2004 MINI Cooper S

Corinna has wanted me to upgrade the Red Sled (1991 Mazda Miata) for some time now. There are at least two reasons.

  1. In November 2003 C. Howard ran a stop sign in her Jeep Cherokee and as a result T-boned Corinna in the Red Sled. Corinna is now almost fully recovered. I suspect C. Howard is still a careless inattentive driver. What’s the deal with all you Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee owners? Do you have to be a bad driver to get a Cherokee or something?
  2. There is no way I can take Alice to her day home when Corinna is cooking for her clients. This makes Corinna’s day much longer than it needs to be.

The goal was to find a replacement vehicle which had a back seat, and would be fun to drive. It should come as no surprise that the MINI Cooper S was at the top of my list.

They hold their value exceptionally well and there are few used ones on the market. This has made the search pretty difficult.

Yesterday Corinna decided to perform a Canada-wide search on She discovered the following ad for a MCS in Winnipeg:

2004 MINI Cooper S

2004 MINI COOPER S PEPPER WHITE/BLACK STRIPE lots of options 2 sets of new tires with rims like new, 6 Speed, All equipped 3,788 kms

When Corinna phoned me at work, I told her the 3788 must have been a typo. She called the number in the ad and spoke with Deborah. That really is the milage. Because Corinna was so quick to phone, we are first in line — it’s our car if we want to close the deal.

We’ve enlisted the help of Mark, Wanda and Mitchell. They are going to test drive the car and let us know whether it’s as good as it sounds. If it looks okay I’ll probably hop a one-way flight to Winnipeg and drive the car back home.

I’m a little bit excited.

Nana and Papa

Grandma Phyllis and Grandpa George were here this last week for a visit; they left on Thursday. Alice got to spend some quality time with her Nana and Papa, including going to the zoo! Auntie Lana, Uncle Dwayne and cousin Zach also came to the zoo with us, on Sunday. Auntie Chrissy, Uncle Norm and Cassie also came to the zoo; Nana and Papa hadn’t seen Cassie since she was 4 weeks old! Everyone came back to Alice’s house for a BBQ after, it was lots of fun. Alice was so used to Nana and Papa being here that she would wake after a nap or from the night, saying “Nana?” “Papa!”. She still asks about them, even though we know she understands us when we tell her they’ve gone back home. She sure misses Nana and Papa…

MS walk 2006

Today, Alice, Don and I did the MS walk, along with Auntie Chrissy, Uncle Norm and Cassie. It was a perfect day — not too hot and a bit cloudy. The most exciting part of the day was when 2 army helicopters came and landed in the field beside Prince’s Island Park. There were several of us who had just started the walk, and stopped to watch the helicopters. None of us anticipated the great gusting winds accompanied by such an event, and we tried moving back away from the path; lots of debris was flying around, and Alice was getting scared. A nice lady found Alice’s bunny purse she got from Grandma Chant at Easter, and gave it back to us; she also offered lots of other child related items which were not ours…anyway, the helicopters were sure neat. When we made it about 1 km around the park, at the north side of river, the helicopters were ready to take off, so we stopped and watched the action. Of course, since we were much farther away this time, there wasn’t the wind…

We finished the walk by noon, and as Auntie indicated in her earlier blog the food was indeed marginal, but at least we expect this. Alice only ate some rice pudding, then we came home and she had a nap, so did mommy…we were both very tired and slept over 2 hours. We ordered pizza by 5pm and we ate supper upstairs, watching TV, which we’ve never done but mommy just felt like that’s what we should do. Alice ate 2 pieces of pizza, sitting on the couch with mommy and daddy. After supper she had lots of cheerios and milk. I also taught her how to get up and down of the big chair in the living room; she uses her little stool to get up, and slides down on her bum to get off. She can do this independantly, and is very proud of herself (as she should be!). I think she’s getting another molar, which would make 3. 10 teeth total so far. Wow. That’s all for now! Oh, our other new words are “beak”, “bee boo”- from our new belly button book , “book”, and snack “nack”. And when we eat things we like, we say “mmmmm”, including imaginary cake we’ve baked in our sand sifter, using our new kitchenette play set. Alice sure makes good cake! How nice, my little pattisserie assistant!