Amy starts up Speech Language Therapy practice in Waterdown

Amy has been working for several years in the Hamilton/Burlington area with a couple of SLP practices. She started out with ABI (Adult Brain Injury), and has expanded her skillset to include working with small children. A couple of weeks back she decided to launch her own practice using her own name.

You can see her site at Talking Matters


The Quaglia's get a new pool

Lots of adventure on the street, as the neighbours decide to get a new pool.

It is a newer design of pool, where the entire pool is formed at a factory, and then shipped on the back of a truck. A hole slightly larger than the mold is dig, and equipped with plumbing and heating as well as drainage. The pool is then dropped into the hole and the sides are filled in to support the pool.

In this case, there was no direct path from the street to the backyard, so the pool had to be lifted by crane over the houses and into the installation. The street was only shut down for a few minutes, and the entire exercise was over in about 10 minutes. Folks from around the block and down a few streets did stop by to check out the activity.

Prep for the job was done over the previous week, as parts of the existing patio had to be removed, and the hole had to be dug along with supporting trenches and locations for equipment. The pool was brought on a truck and had to be carried on it's side as it was much wider than the trailer. The crane had to be set up in the front yard, and a lot of time was spent by the crew making sure that everything was set for the lift before actually giving it a go. One operator worked the crane in the front of the house while the crew worked several ropes tied to the pool from around the property to control any sway and movement of the pool as it was hoisted in the air and over the house. At one point the pool was about 10 feet over the house.

Once the pool was lowered into position, the crew very carefully disengaged the crane and worked to start filling in the sides of the hole.

You can see more photos of the exercise at my Flickr site.


Florida is for kids too

March break is an exciting time for kids. I know that is not an earth-shattering statement.

This year was very different for us as the children have started to grow beyond the toddler years and into the young child years - as an average. Our Spring Break trip to Florida really helped to underscore that point for us. We started out planning to spend some time in the Orlando area, and then see where the vacation lead us. After a couple of days by the pool, and a fantastic day at the Disney Typhoon Lagoon water park, we decided to head west to Tampa and try out the Clearwater Beaches.

There are some folks that we know who were concerned that we might attempt a sun n fun vacation in Florida with 3 small children in tow. And the prospect of spending hot and sticky days in Disney World with 3 small unhappy children was not very interesting to either of us parents. Fortunately for us, this turned into a very exciting time for the kids.

I used some hotel points and got a room at a newly opened Marriott Residence Inn in Treasure Island. Redone in a Miami style, it was the perfect location for an oceanside vacation. From here we could explore the Tampa area and the beaches in Clearwater. The kids had a great dinner with us at Crabby Bills in Indian Rocks Beach, where we had stone crab. BTW it is called stone crab because the thick shell is quite stone-like.

The highlight of our trip was probably the time the kids spent on the beach. On our way out we stopped at Clearwater Beach for a couple of hours, and that is where all the fun really got started. The boys had a chance to pick up shells on the sand, and run around in the surf. P got his finger stuck in a mussel that was still alive, and N was very impressed with the pieces of kelp that had washed up on the beach. They talked about the ocean for days afterwards.

On the return trip to Orlando to get our flight back home to the frozen North, P thought he should tell us that he really didn't want to leave Florida, and maybe we should move there. I should really expect more from the little ones as it is very refreshing to see that they are not necessarily buying in to all of the commercial theme park material they see on TV. Except for those lightsabres that snuck into our luggage...


Our New Airstream Camping Blog

I have moved our Airstream blog from blogger to here.

Thanksgiving 2007 photos

Everyone has been asking me for recent photos of the kids. You can always check out our Flickr site for family photos, and here are 3 highlight photos that I think are the most current:

N is really growing up fast.

P loves to smile.

G sure is cute.

The photos were taken at our place by Penny over the Thanksgiving weekend this year (Canadian Thanksgiving, that is!).



Nascar in Montreal

Originally uploaded by LangFamily
John, Allen, Ken and I went to the first Nascar Busch series race in Canada, held this summer in Montreal. They raced on the F1 track, which was really interesting as many of the drivers had to get used to the setup as well as the fans! The Quebec fans were very enthusiastic, and Montreal was a great place to spend the weekend.

Next year we may have to reserve a table at Hurleys, that's if they don't already have our nameplate on it.


Grandpa at Valens

Originally uploaded by LangFamily
Grandpa came down for N's birthday party. We held it at Valens conservation area, and had a nice picnic lunch. Here Grandpa is taking N and his friend C for a walk through the forest to the wetlands, where the kids are about to how him things you can find in a marsh. Very educational for all of us.


Another blog... train-wreck funny...

Every once in a while you trip across a little diamond-in-the-rough as you surf the Internet. Right?

Well, in this case, I didn't trip across it, it is not a diamond, and I didn't even find it. John did.

Check out the funniest online cookbook I have ever read. I just realized that I have been missing out on the whole casserole craze. And how easy they are to make.

And take a peek at the rest of her blog, if you really need some entertainment.


P Graduates!

Originally uploaded by LangFamily
P made it through his first year at Daycare. This year at the Graduation party, they brought in the reptile man. And was P ever impressed!

Here he is giving a special P back rub to a tortoise.