Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day 332

Enjoyed a great family fun day.  Marko and the boys got their hair cut this morning while I puttered around the house tidying up and getting things ready for our outing to see the Christmas parade in Charlottetown.

The kids were very excited to see the parade.  We went to our usual spot in front of the Maritime Christian College.  I love that the students set up tables and offer yummy hot chocolate.  This was Levi's first Christmas parade and he seemed to enjoy it.  His favourite things to see were the dirt bikes.  He kept calling out, "Bike! Bike!"

Afterwards Marko dropped me off at the Swiss Chalet while he took the kids home.  I met up with Tammy, Karen and Jennie for our annual Festive special and Christmas party.  It was a fun evening full of food, fun, gifts and lots of laughter.  My kind of way to end the day.

We drew names for the gift exchange.  This is what Tammy got me.  I love it!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Day 331

Busy day of cleaning and shopping and soon some playdate time which will be great fun.  Then this evening Sean and I are off to Stratford for a birthday party.  I'm dropping him off and then doing some Christmas shopping with my friend Tammy.

I'll be picking Sean up at 8:30 and heading home to Marko's games night at our house.  And once I've shooed Sean off to bed it'll be time to call a dear friend in Quebec and curl up on the couch with an herbal tea.
This boy loved playing in the leaves when we came home from our shopping excursion.  Then to his delight our friends Claire and Holly pulled up and this was his reaction!  Love it!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Day 330

Just had to run out this morning before breakfast to snap some shots of the frost.  

We had a great homeschooling day.  Although we did have to make a run to the store for some ingredients for our baking time this afternoon.

 It always makes me a little nervous going to stores during school hours.  You just never know what people might say.  Some people ask why the kids aren't in school and for the most part when we say we homeschool we get positive responses.

But then there are other times when people just stare and say loud enough for you to hear, "Why are they  here??"  This wasn't spoken directly to me but my children heard and it kinda smarts 

I feel like I should plaster stickers on my kids and I that say, "It's okay for me to be here, I homeschool."  Not a big deal, just a pet peeve I guess.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 329

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...  The kids were so excited to listen to Christmas music today!  Nate's first words to me were, "We get to listen to Christmas music today!!" They were over the moon when they found out we'd be putting up our Christmas decorations after we got our school stuff done.

Sean and Nate had their piano lessons and Claire and I as well as our daughters practiced our step dancing.  It was a lot of fun.  Looking forward to Friday's practice!

I love the cozy, golden glow of the lights on the Christmas tree.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day 328

This is one of my favourite finds from last night's book sale.  I had taken a copy out of our library and just loved it!  Very excited to have it on our own shelves now.  I love that it's Island specific and has so much useful information.

I promised the kids they could turn on Christmas music tomorrow and I think I may even pull out the Christmas decorations too!  Can't wait to see their faces when I haul the boxes out!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day 327

So far the bedroom transition is going well.  This morning I came to the boys' room to find Sean changing Levi's diaper--I could get used to that! 

The rest of the morning has been really good.  The forecast was sounding pretty dreary for the day but this morning the sun was attempting to shine and the wind was warm so we went for a walk around the block.  It was fantastic!  It was great to feel the wind on your face and watch the leaves dance in the yard. 

Once we had finished playing outside we came in for poetry and tea time.  Sean and I took turns reading different selections. Always have to read the favourites as well as try out a few new pieces.

We worked on our math and did our map skills pages.  I read more from The Tale of Despereaux and we did our history sketches.  This afternoon after quiet time we'll watch a Planet Earth video and draw a narration picture and we're going to try out our Planet Earth game. And I think it's finally time to take down the birthday decorations. This means that we'll probably be playing some balloon games as well. So glad to be enjoying our homeschooling day together.

 Leaves dancing.

Kids in various stages of climbing the Maple tree.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 326

It's a very wet and windy kind of Sunday.  Church was going well until Levi got too tired to care and was screaming his fool head off.  This was my cue to take the boy home and put him to bed.  While he snoozed I listened to a Bible study by our friends the Skys.  It was a great way to spend the morning.

After lunch Nate and I went on our date, we picked up his frozen yogurt and my fries and went down to Roma for a little drive.  I love spending one on one time with each of the kids.  You really get a better sense of their unique character.

We decided at lunch time that Levi was finally ready for the switch from his own room to going over to the boy's room.  Emma-Lyn was super pumped to get her own room.  And the boys were pretty pleased to have Levi bunking with them. For the rest of the afternoon we all worked at rearranging the rooms.

This evening, Levi wasn't falling asleep quite as well as we had hoped and the boys were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with him.  I came in and told Levi he had to be quiet and go to sleep.  He wasn't super thrilled with that response.  I thought I'd give him a few minutes and see if he would settle.  He was whimpering and the boys decided to sing to him.  Levi loves music and it was just the trick.  So proud of my big boys for taking care of their little brother like that.  Also really proud of Sean for offering to take the bottom bunk so that he could take better care of Levi.

And here is my favourite pottery piece from yesterday's travels.  I love the colour and that it's a second.  It has little imperfections but it's still so beautiful.  If you're looking for beautiful pottery, I highly recommend Koleszar Pottery.