Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Today's project: Painting the back fence.

Our back garden gets a fair amount of shade.  The raised bed on the left spends most of the day in the shade.  We're hoping that with the white fence it will help to reflect the sunlight. Off to get some plants tomorrow.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Time For a Haircut

It was a bit of a slow start to our day today...A weekend away will do that to a person!  I must say that we are quite enjoying our unschooling summer thus far.  The kids seem to be really into their books because when I ask them to share with daddy what they read, they all seem to have plenty to say.

This afternoon after some fun in the pool I decided it was finally time to cut Levi's hair.  I grabbed a bowl of chocolate chips and plunked him down in a kitchen chair out on the deck and got to work.  He was quite happy to munch on the chocolate while I quickly snipped at his hair.

Mr. Cutie Pants

Sunday, June 26, 2016


What an amazing weekend!  It was just such a delight from start to finish!

It was so refreshing and encouraging to worship God and fellowship with all the ladies at Emmanuel Bible Camp.  Our speakers were fantastic!  They challenged us and encouraged us with their messages.  We enjoyed games and free time at the pool.  The pool was sooo relaxing...except for when my friend Carolyn and I decided to race each other doing the backstroke.  Then we had to see how many tricks we could do, like forward flips and handstands! Felt just like a kid at camp!

I enjoyed sharing a couple of book recommendations with the ladies and participating in a little skit. And I may have earned myself yet another nickname: Moose--seems the Blue Moose Call was a hit!

I had to leave right at lunch time to make it into town for Emma-Lyn's and my dance recital.  Emma-Lyn did a great job along with all the other participants--The program ran just about two hours!  I'm pleased that the boys did a great job watching and encouraging Emma-Lyn.  And the adult class and I had a BLAST!   A great way to finish off the weekend.

Now for some scenic shots from Emmanuel Bible Camp:

 The view from my cabin.

 My cabin.

 I happened to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and the mist on the lake was so inviting for a photo op!

 Can you see the little ducks?

 The main lodge

 The gate outside the pool area.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekend Away!

If I was more organized I would have posts written and ready to go over the weekend while I'm away...As it turns out I am not that organized and I'm still throwing things together as I head out in half an hour. 

I am so very much looking forward to this ladies retreat--gonna be a great time with amazing ladies! 

Will post more when I'm back! Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Enjoying the Sunshine

The kids are really soaking up all the sunshine they can get.  This afternoon we had a read aloud picnic on the driveway as the kids dried off and warmed up from playing in the pool.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pool Fun!

Today's big adventure was putting up the pool.  The kids were ever so pumped!  We got it up in the morning and filled it and then came back out around three in the afternoon.  The water was still a wee bit cold but the kids were excited and determined!

 Nate was in there pretty quick!

 "Just a little chilly..."

 Sean: "It's cold, it's cold...it's ever so cold!"

 Emma-Lyn: "It is wildly cold in here but I'm going to make it work!"

 Gotta SPLASH!
 My little nutters...

And yeah, it may have been a titch cold in there...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


What a glorious day!!  The big kids and I enjoyed a visit to Sandspit while Levi enjoyed a visit with the Bowmans.

It was a wonderfully warm and sunny day. The kids were very excited to find their friends at the park and ran off gleefully. There wasn't much of a crowd and very few lines to wait in.  I enjoyed chatting with friends and watching the kids so thoroughly enjoy themselves.

 The Ferris Wheel.

 Fun on the Tilt-A-Whirl.

 Bumper Boats!

Getting Scrambled!