Saturday, July 26, 2008

Julie, this is for you! (and for anyone else...)

As you may have already read....

Leah and I have started a new joint blog!

Presenting....

The Greatest Pleasures

Check it out and enjoy!

And if you have any recipes or book recommendations, pass them on to either of us and we'll be happy to post your suggestions!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy Brithday

One time Hillary made a banner for my birthday party that said "Happy Brithday Erica!" Nobody noticed the spelling mistake until a few weeks later when mom got some photos developed and sure enough, "brithday" in massive letters printed over two sheets of computer paper - the kind you had to tear apart and rip the edges off.

Anyway, Hill's birthday was yesterday, and mom's is tomorrow. Happy Brithday to you both!


Love, Erica

(Hillary took these photos with my camera after I accidentally forgot it in Lethbridge at Christmas - and yes, that is Value Village, and yes, mom is making coffee. We like to document the regular parts of our lives.)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Timeline: Zero through Five

1985: I am born in Killarney, Manitoba. My mom and dad had been tobogganing with my sister the previous day. No one expected a girl, and for the first couple days I was nameless, until my aunt realizes that if an “a” was added to Eric, the name my parents decided upon, it’s a name for a girl.

1986, age 1: We move to Lethbridge, Alberta, a month before my first birthday. I don’t remember the move. My dad is going to go to college. My parents move themselves and their babies into an apartment site unseen. We only live there for 3 months.

1987, age 2: My dad works in Blairmore for the summer, leaving Hillary, mom and me in Lethbridge to play and live in our one-above-ground-level apartment. We have friends there, and play hairdresser at least once a week. The game involves me sitting on an upturned laundry basket with a towel around my shoulders while Hillary sprays my hair with water and combs through it. We entertain ourselves for hours.

1988, age 3: Hillary starts kindergarten that fall, and me and mom bake cookies almost everyday. I pretend we are on a cooking show every time and mom plays right along. I always wear an orange and white polka dotted half apron, which comes out of the dress up box.

1989, age 4: I go to Wee College in a big white church just a few blocks from our house. It is there that I meet Jackie, my friend to this day. At Wee College we play games, learn Bible verses, sing songs and eat snacks. One spring day we have Rice Crispy squares that are in the shape of nests, and each one has three jelly beans in it, for eggs. Mine are purple, pink and yellow.

1990, age 5: I have my 5th birthday party in the house that my parents still live in today. We also have a housewarming party with the friends from church. There are about 10 kids close to our age in the neighborhood. I start kindergarten in the fall. I’m in the afternoon class, and this way I can still watch Mr. Dressup, Under the Umbrella Tree and Sesame Street in the mornings. Hillary and I stand on the front steps for a picture on the first day of school. We stand there every year after that on the first day of school, and on our graduations.