Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
And today we introduced Miss Rachel to prunes. Sadly, solid foods have been wreaking havoc with her pooping abilities and she was screaming today as she tried to poop. It was very sad :( So we introduced her to prunes and hopefully that will help. She looked adorable with her prune beard and mustache! Ha ha ha!!!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
You still don't sleep well. Although the week you were five months and 3/4 was the worst ever. You woke up every 1-2 hours to nurse and Mommy was completely exhausted. However, then you got two teeth right after each other. Yay! That seemed to explain the lack of sleeping.
A Child's Book of Lullabies. Mommy especially likes singing you Golden Slumbers and Baby's Boat. You don't sleep through the night but you seem to fall asleep earlier and sleep better. You also still regularly have a nap about two hours after you wake up.
You finally pooped after 21 whole days and then your pooping got pretty regular so that was a nice change. You nurse okay but just seem really distracted. You watch us eat so closely and chew. I can't wait to see how you do with solid foods. (Well, okay, as of this writing we've introduced you to some solids but since it was after you turned six months old I'll write about that next month!)
You are still a generally happy baby. You love your big brother Sam and are so excited about him! You started playing Peek A Boo this month. We cover your face with a burp cloth or light blanket and ask "Where's Rachel?" and you pull the covering off your face and laugh and laugh.
We love you Miss Rachel. Happy Six Month Birthday!
Note: Rachel's six month post is late due to factors mentioned previously.
Friday, December 23, 2011
The funeral was on Tuesday, December 20, the day I posted the eulogy. And the days after that have been full of recuperating, celebrating Channukah and preparing for Christmas. And starting Rachel on solids. So far she has had bananas (which she LOVES!) and carrots and apples (which she HATES!). Oh well... Here are some pictures of Rachel attempting solids.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Agnes Elma (Regier) Ewert was born on March 9, 1907 in Tiefengrund, Saskatchewan and died at the age of 104 years, nine months and seven days on December 16, 2011 in Rosthern. She was the first child of Cornelius W. and Johanna Regier’s seventeen children. She attended the German-English Academy (later Rosthern Junior College) for Grades 9 and 12 and Laird High School for Grades 10 and 11 so she could be closer to home to help with the younger children. After high school, she went to Normal School (teacher training college) in Moose Jaw and received her teaching certificate. This was unusual in that it was expected that, as the oldest, she would stay home to help with the family. However, her mother was determined that Agnes should have the opportunity to do what she wanted with her life. Agnes then taught school for five years, first at Snowbird near Laird for two years, and then at the Kansas school in Drake. It was there that she met Elmer Ewert, the secretary-treasurer of the school board who paid her salary, who she fell in love with and married on July 11, 1933.
Agnes and Elmer honeymooned in Waskesiu and then moved to the farm in Drake where they had planted a spruce shelterbelt and their first garden. They had seven children: Arlyn, Myrna, Lorna, Carol, June, Ellen and Randy. Agnes was an active farming woman, and was overjoyed when they purchased a new 1940 Dodge one-ton truck so she could haul grain in comfort to the elevator in town! Together she and Elmer raised chickens, cows and pigs, selling the eggs, milk, cream and butter to the store in town. In 1947 they moved into town but it wasn’t until 1948 that they moved into “the big house.” They farmed together from 1933-1970. Elmer and Agnes made many, many trips together all over Canada, the US and to Europe. Florida was their winter home for many years. They were also very involved with The Silver Sages in Drake where they were an unbeatable shuffleboard team.
Agnes moved to The Villa in Drake in 1992, after Elmer was hospitalized. After he died in 1993, she continued to travel, to Europe and the United States and to visit her children and grandchildren. She moved to Pineview in Rosthern in September 2010 and died at the Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home on December 16, 2011.
Agnes was a long-time member of North Star Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. In fact, she taught Sunday School until she was 95, when she decided she wanted Sundays off! She was the secretary on the founding executive of Canadian Women in Mission, a position she held for ten years, and continued to be involved in this organization both provincially and nationally. Agnes was an active supporter of the church, its schools and its institutions. She volunteered at the thrift store in Lanigan and sewed thousands of quilt tops for MCC, stopping only when she moved to Pineview at age 103. She expressed regret that the younger generations did not appear to give as freely as she had hoped and wondered what would happen to the poor of the world.
Music and gardening were very important to Agnes. She bought her first piano before she was married and played many, many songs from memory. She planted a garden of flowers and vegetables until she moved to Rosthern in September 2010, even planting gardens for her neighbours because they were “too tired.” Agnes enjoyed staying up late drinking coffee and playing Scrabble (or Rummikub or dominoes) with her children and grandchildren. She also loved holding all the new grandbabies and great-grandbabies and looked forward to more. Although she initially resisted the move to Pineview in Rosthern, she quickly acknowledged that she loved it there, and her last months of life were incredibly rich and full of energy, love and music.
Agnes is survived by:
Arlyn (Arline); Darwin (Krystyna); Denise (Ron) Corey, Kelsey
Myrna; Ward (Christine) Christopher (Crystal),Jessica; Trevor, David, Ryan; Ray (Deanna) Sarah, Katie; Krista (Craig) Tyler, Jake, Parker
Lorna; Tanya; Lisa (Neal) Olivia, Theo; Katherine (Matthew)
Carol; Robyn;Kristina; Jay
June (Bill); Lance (Emma) Sera; Mark (Michelle) Matthew, Melinda; Rhonda (Chris) Ava; William (Janis) April; Stewart (Cathryn) Nathan, Kylie; Dean (Heather) Mackenzie, Alexander
Ellen (Rob); Natasha (Dave) Samuel, Rachel; Jason (Erin) Liam, Ainsley; Wendy (Rob); Christopher Kaelin
Randy (Sandy); Geoff (Amanda) Ashley, Logan; Jodie (Blair) Taylor, Kyden, Jordice, Callum, Thadeus; James (Amber) Beckett, Finley
She is also survived by her sisters Irma Nickel, Paula Dyck, Bernice Regier, Verna Klassen and Wilma (CJ) Dyck, brothers Don (Mary) Regier and Victor (Sarah) Regier, sisters-in-law Gene Ewert, Louise (Al) Friesen, Ethna Ewert, Margaret Ewert and Irene Ewert, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend Harry Giesbrecht.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Ewert, four sons-in-law, Stan Small, Rod Sawatsky, Reg Rempel and Ron Bartsch, three great-grandchildren, Ryan Rempel, Oliver Mundell and Christine Lacharite, four sisters, Frieda Dueck, Johanna Voigt, Edith Bergmann, and Anna Fast, five brothers, Peter Regier, Erwin Regier, Walter Regier, Harold Regier and John Regier and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Video taken: September 2011
And this is the last of the "catch-up videos" I will be posting. Hopefully you have enjoyed this live action look into our lives :) From now on, I will just be able to post a video when I take it if I decide to blog about it. Yay!
Sam really liked the Thomas picture. I was a little confused as to what Thomas and Noah's Ark have to do with Christmas...
Some people decorated their outdoor trees with huge ornaments and it looked really cool. I took these pictures mainly for my mom (Hi mom!) because I thought she might want to do something similar one day.