Sunday, September 23, 2018

Assessments, Questionnaires and Other Stories

The past three weeks have been interesting with getting geared up and doing homeschool once again and in the midst of that figuring out Levi. 

I have filled out several questionnaires, we've been to several meetings with different specialists and we just finished Levi's panel of assessments.  And he has been diagnosed with ASD.  We haven't received the final report yet but the diagnosis has been made.

 It's been a flood of emotions for me--definitely relief!  I am happy to know what is going on and being able to go forward with information and seek out further support.  I've cried just because this has been such a long process and some days it just feels hard.

I'm thankful for this:

 Levi's psychologist gave this to us just before we left her office.  I've read and highlighted so much--it has been a great source of information and comfort for me.  I'm hoping to drop into the Autism Society some time this week to find out more.

And all the while we're still doing regular life.  After our first week of homeschool I got together with  a couple of other homeschooling mama's and their kiddos to encourage each other and enjoy getting through our first week!

 Some of the kiddos!

 Two of the mamas--we're looking kinda shiny!

We've started up another tradition that we quite enjoy: Poetry and Tea time!

 We had pink lemonade and chocolate chip loaf.  We shared some favourite poems and tried out some new ones. Such a lovely activity for all of us.

This past Friday we headed to Cornwall for a fun and very interesting presentation about Geology.

 The speaker was quite informative and let the kids examine the rocks and explained all the different aspects of rocks and minerals.

And now it's Autumn!  I love this time of year with the changing leaves and crisp air.  I love decorating and was thrilled when I found these white lights--so I just had to put them up
 Feels so cozy--just the way Autumn ought to.

And we've just been to our first apple picking of the year!  We love going to MacPhee's apple orchard and it was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon for picking apples.  We picked the Gingergolds-a definite favourite.
 So yummy!

 Levi and I crunching a couple apples.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Our First Day Back in the Books

Today the Peric Academy was back in business.  The kids and I had breakfast and did our chores before settling around our table to get back into the swing of things.  We mostly went over our plans for the coming year and how things were going to work.  We read about the invention of the piano which all the kids quite enjoyed.  We had grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and after quiet time we headed over to Roma for fun and a mini photo shoot.  We had a delicious chicken dinner to celebrate the beginning of our school year.  We had a few meltdowns here and there but overall I'd say we're off to a good start!

 I love this shot from our Not Back to School Picnic!  Such a gorgeous day to get together with other homeschooling families and gear up for the coming year.

 Our little school room all set for the day.

 My funny, quirky goofballs!  I love them!

 Mr. Levi in fine form!

 My beautiful girly!

 Mr. Guy Smilely hamming it up!

 Sweet and serious Sean.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

My Birthday Adventures!

 We just got back from the mainland!  What a fun filled and amazing trip that was!  Full of unexpected surprises!

We had been thinking that we would take the 9:30 boat on Friday but the night before my friend Kristen posted about a fun opportunity!  It just so happened that if we took the 11 o'clock boat we could take part in a little photo shoot for a local magazine AND they would cover the cost of the ferry!  We were quite game for that and signed up! The kids were pretty pumped and it gave some extra time in the morning to get things in order.

In the morning after breakfast my family blessed me with many handmade gifts and my wonderful hubby passed me this gift bag and said, "Here you go...Dear"  Smirk, smirk!

 And that is why I married him!!

We were soon on our way to the boat and it was bit odd explaining at the toll booth that we were a part of a photo shoot and they just took our info and off we went!

 Also for a first for us was getting put on the mezzanine.  We were the last car on which was perfect for our situation which allowed us to be later getting down to the cars since we knew no one would be waiting behind us.

Once we grabbed all our stuff we headed up to the cafeteria to meet the photographers and the contact from the magazine.  They were all delightful and we dove right in.  They took us to an upper deck that is normally reserved for ferry personnel.  We took a few shots there and then headed up to the bridge.  They took a few shots of Nate sitting in the observation chair with the binoculars.We then moved back down  to the cafeteria for some food shots

 They instructed us to get whatever we wanted and they would take care of the cost!  Another fun little bonus!  They took pictures as we ordered, ate and said cheers!  Then they headed up to the ice cream shop to order ice cream for us as we finished our lunch!  We were not expecting that at all!   And this is no ordinary ice cream, it's the Island famous Cows Ice Cream! So yummy!  They took some shots of that and then did a little shoot with Emma-Lyn wearing a shirt that said, I love the Ferry!

It was such a cool experience!! When the photos get printed in the magazine they're going to send us a copy!

We were excited to share our story with Gramma and Grampa! They were thrilled for us and thought it was such a fun thing to have happen on my birthday!  We sat and chatted for awhile before setting up our tent and grabbing some supper.  After supper it was birthday cake time!

 Auntie Karina made a delicious carrot cake topped with icing and walnuts!

Today we took the kids to one of their favourite places to visit, the Museum of Industry!  We love this place!  And today we had a great tour guide named James who brought everything to life for us!  He was so knowledgeable and friendly.  We learned so much! 

 We found this wild animal along our way!

And we just had to have our picture taken around this huge tire! 

We got back to Gramma and Grampa's and had supper then took down the tent, scarfed down some dessert and then we were off to catch the boat!  This time it was a lot quieter with a lot less picture taking!!

Must say I am quite enjoying being 42!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...and the Amazing!

 And lets start with the bad...About a week and a half ago we were enjoying a lovely little bonfire when I accidentally dropped my phone in the fire pit!  Mayhem and chaos ensued!  We tipped over the fire pit and frantically searched for the phone in the dying embers.  IT WAS STILL IN THE FIRE PIT!  We tipped it again and Marko rescued what was left of my phone.

Enter the Ugly:

 This is what was left of my OtterBox--my phone case.  So melty and charred!

Now for the Good:

 That OtterBox saved my phone!!  Hardly a scratch or anything!  I was so impressed, relived, thankful, grateful, delighted and thrilled!!!

And the AMAZING!:

I was so overjoyed that I wrote to the OtterBox company and told them the story and sent them the pictures of my recent adventure.  They too were amazed that my phone lived on!

 "That's AMAZING! Granted we didn't design the case to prevent this sort of damage but the fact that the device is still intact and functional is what we did have in mind when the case was designed."

 And then they offered to replace my old case with a new one free of charge!  They even waived the shipping cost!!  How cool is that?!!

 And I am ever so happy to have my phone back in it's beyond durable case!!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gold Cup and Saucer Day

In years gone by we used to actually go to the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade but the past few years we've either been in Nova Scotia or off doing our own thing.  This year we were off gallivanting around the Eastern tip of the Island.

We took the kids to the Elmira railway museum.  It's a cute little place.  I wasn't entirely sure the kids would enjoy it as none of them are extreme train buffs anymore.  We used to be avid Thomas the Tank watchers but we seem to have moved out of that phase.  The kids had such a blast!  They loved the model train exhibit and they were thrilled with their train and speeder rides!  It was such a beautiful day for it too.  

We also went out to the East Point Lighthouse.  The kids quite enjoyed that as well.  It was fun to feel like we were all on vacation and enjoying playing tourist in our own part of the Island.

It has rained like crazy all day today.  The kids and I ran into Charlottetown to run some errands while Marko puttered at home and worked on his sermon for next week.  I was so glad to get home and out of the rain! Marko went to games tonight and the kids and I pulled out the couch and relaxed and watched Hotel Transylvania.

 This is the Elmira train station.

 Our ride on the little red train.

And this is the speeder!  I was quite thrilled to try this out as it actually runs on the old tracks.  For those that don't know, PEI doesn't have any trains or railways.  They have all been torn down and now we have hiking trails where the railways used to run.
 Me and my handsome hubby--look!  He's just about smiling and his eyes aren't closed!!  I'm so proud!

Nate was excited to be able help to switch the track for the speeder.

He also very much enjoyed sitting up front!
 The rest of us...Looks like we're photo bombing Emma-Lyn's shampoo photo shoot!

Levi just loving it!

On our way to the top of the lighthouse.

Crashing waves.

Time to relax!

Monday, August 13, 2018

At the Beach Like a Boss!

 Such a gorgeous evening!  Definitely time to hit Panmure once again!

 Sean and I had fun playing with the panorama feature on my phone.

 The water was so still--it was just like glass.  I love the big waves but there's also something special when it's so very calm.

 I LOVE living here!

 Back for more splashing fun!

 Little waves.

I call this one, "The Struggle is Real!" 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bit of a Blogging Break

Things have been just a bit crazy busy here as Sean was working and I had a short term job.  This meant lots of early mornings and long, full days.

Sean and I would get up at six to have him in the field for 6:30.  I would pick up our babysitter and then head into Charlottetown for my job.  I worked for Immanuel Christian School and their exchange program.  Every year about thirty 14- 16 year old Japanese girls come to experience the Island.  My job was as tour guide/activities coordinator.  I had such a wonderful time!  It was a huge learning curve but so much fun.  I loved interacting with the girls and talking with their teachers.  It was fun to play tourist in my own province and get to know some more of the people in the tourism industry.

 The girls quite enjoyed learning to make sandcastles at Brackley Beach.

 The beach was quite a hit.  As well as all things Anne of Green Gables!

 On their final day we went to camp Seggie and they all were quite thrilled with attempting the rock wall.

I was sad to see the girls go last Sunday--I saw them off on their early flight out of Charlottetown.  I hope to have this job again next year and am already looking forward to it!

Last Sunday afternoon my family and I were off to Johnstons River for a family shindig.  There were kids games, fiddle music and step dancing and lots of food!

 Three legged race.

 Sean step dancing.

The kids and I have enjoyed some dates out at Knox's Falls and Dam this month.

The kids also continue to be quite goofy as seen here:

We have been so thankful that Marko has been able to have loan of the company car since my job started which has meant some additional jaunts to the beach!  

 I LOVE the beach!!

 But the storm clouds came rolling in so we headed home.

Then we caught this lovely rainbow.

Things seem to be slowing down a bit and I've started to get into homeschool planning mode.  I've picked up some supplies and hope to have a Saturday to myself to sit down and plan our year. And I'm happy to report that I'm looking forward to going back to the routine--not that I'm wishing the last of the summer away--I'm just not dreading what's coming next!