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The Wee One is One!

I know it is a little late but… Mina is one!!! (Ok 14 months now but whatever.) We had a small party to celebrate and unkie Simon and auntie Chrissy came to visit for the week.

We did plenty of sight seeing while they where here; we visited the Winchester Mystery House, Big Basin (the redwoods), Santa Cruz, Hwy 1, San Francisco and Alcatraz.

For Mina’s birthday we visited Gary at work for lunch at Cafe Macs and the next day we took her to the Children’s Discovery Museum.

That Morning Mina got her gifts from Mommy and Daddy, her first trike (a jet trike at that) and from Grandma a Sweet Pea which she loves to carry around and dance to.  That evening we had a few people by for cake and ice cream. We made vegan chocolate cake since some of our friends are vegetarian. and allergic to eggs. It was actually really good! We managed to get he kids to wear party hats and got plenty of good pictures.

See Simon and Christine’s photos of the week on MobileMe
See our Birthday photos, Alcatraz and HWY 1 on MobileMe

As far as first year milestones go she started walking a week before her birthday (and hasn’t stopped walking, running, dancing or climbing) and her first two teeth arrived in August and her next two just arrived this month.

The BEST chocolate cake ever…that happens to be VEGAN. I kid you not! (and they aren’t kidding; we now use this recipe whenever we make chocolate cake)

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it’s really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.

Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).

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Mina & Egg

Mina & Egg

Mina and Egg (named for the Dennis Lee poem “The Friends”) having a nap.

We had a great time on Sunday. Thank you to everyone that made it out, it was wonderful to see you! She does wake up, it’s just that she seems to sleep best surrounded by people. She slept through Simon and Christine’s wedding and reception too.

New Game
Wilhelmina likes to “swim” in the big bath with mommy and the other night she discovered a new game. She figured out that if she kicks against me she can bounce in the tub, like with a Jolly Jumper but in water. She loves to bounce, so this was great fun in the bath.

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Plans for the Toronto Open House have been confirmed.

Date: Sunday November 1/2009

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Host: Mandy, Eric and Thomas

Location: 163 St. Hellen Street, Apt. 2 (second floor), Toronto (at Bloor and Lansdowne)

Mandy would appreciate it is you would drop her an email if you plan on coming, she would like to get a sense of how many people may attend.


We are planing an open house in Toronto for Sunday, November 1, hosted by Mandy. Details to come.



Everyone welcome!

We are planning an baby shower/open house to meet Wilhelmina on Sunday October 18th at First Mennonite Church (800 King St E Kitchener) between 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. There will be a gift registry at Baby’s R Us, but we are looking more for a fun time to gather than for gifts!

Mina is a very lucky little girl who already has everything a baby needs and lots more! Many newborns in the world are not so lucky. Please consider gifting Mina by gifting someone who needs your help more. Mennonite Central Committee’s online donation page allows you to designate “Kits & Material Resources” and “Newborn Kits” and to do it all in honour of Mina For more information about Newborn Kits see