that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.



As ever the rarity, I have nothing to say. I have a ‘to do’ list and one of them is ‘write on blog – something smart’. No joke. However, I am drowning in Canadian History of Race and Ethnicity, Laws and Social Change Anthropology, Canadian Post-Modern Literature, and Shakespeare’s Comedies…if you think that would make me have something smart to say on my blog, well, you’re wrong. Instead, I am stealing some pictures from Alicia’s facebook profile and giving them to you in a montage. Sounds nice doesn’t it? What I would prefer to sit here and tell you is about how every Wednesday night, Dan and I go to the Josoks for dinner. Sometimes it’s just Auntie Monika and Uncle Richard and us, and sometimes we get the added bonus of Alicia and Griffin’s company (and sometimes Benn, Alicia’s friend). I try to go out early to watch Oprah with Auntie, Dan to follow… and we have wonderful evenings of chatter, food, and a place to feel like home (I swear all these Holenstein women are exactly the same…). It’s a lot of fun, I feel blessed more and more as I am let into the little bits of their lives. Except …when we play Scrabble.

So while I would really like to sit here and tell you about our fabulous Wednesday nights, I just want you all to know that Auntie Monika is a Scrabble cheater. I don’t know how she does it, and maybe she’s legit, but I swear she cheats. Last night I was winning for the very first time until Griffin just “randomly” messed up the entire board…which is fine, but one might wonder if his Mutti actually put him up to the task. And if anyone has a Scrabble dictionary lying around that they do not use please send it to my home address.

Take a look at the pictures, and perhaps you may want to join us one night? We have fun, aside from Auntie’s cheating. haha ūüôā

Adopted Siblings!

Adopted siblings!



We’re falling in love with this kid!

Scrabble Night!

“Get ready, set…”


Dan surprised us with his skill!

Monika the Cheater
 Look at that face? The sly look of a cheater!! :):):)


Doin’ the silly dance!

Scrabble Night!

Great start!
Yes, Toejam is MY word!

Dan and Griff

Isn’t Griffin beautiful?

Raging Kate!

Yes…I was silently raging about this. Maybe I am a Holenstein at heart…because even though I was not winning legitimately myself (yes, I cheated when Auntie went to get us tea…so did Alicia and Dan…sorry AM if you’re reading this) I got so aggressively competitive, I am glad the game ended! hahahahah