Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Emma-Lyn's Tenth Birthday and Other Stories

This past Tuesday Emma-Lyn turned the big 1-0!! The day of her birthday was a little hectic with piano lessons, homeschool group and step dance lessons so it was light on the celebrating but weve more than made up for that.

We had Auntie Linda, Uncle Henk and Daniel over for supper on Wednesday and Emma-Lyn was delighted to have them over and enjoy cake and presents.

 

Saturday was the main event! And it never fails the day of and I am running around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to get all the last minute things done.  We were so thankful to use the church space that we normally use for homeschool group.  It was perfect for the amount of girls that came.  Emma-Lyn wanted everyone to wear their fancy dresses and have a tea party and play some games.  We had a little photo area where each of the girls had their picture taken with Emma-Lyn as a keep sake from the party.
 Mmmmm yummy cake!

 Blowing out her candles.




 Freeze dance!!

Tomorrow Grammie Peric is coming over for supper as she was unable to join us last Wednesday.

In other news Sean participated in the George's Deck and Recovery curling tournament.  His team played well and came in one point shy of taking third place.
 Look at him go.

 The Montague teams owned the podium though and his good friends took first place this year.

This past Sunday we enjoyed visiting with our friends the Skys.  This may very well be the last visit for quite some time to come, as they are preparing to move to Tennessee in the not so distant future.  We made the very best of our short time together.  We went sledding down their big hill and then came inside to get warmed up and drink hot chocolate.  We had a wonderful time of prayer and worship before finishing up with a late supper of nachos!  And then it was time for some big hugs and well wishes before making the journey back home.  I shall dearly miss my Sky family!

 Joel and Hope heading down the hill!

 Miriam and Abby sliding slowly down the hill. The snow was too soft to get any real amount of momentum going.  But it didn't stop us from having a grand time!

 Such grace and finesse!

Worship time!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Happy New Year!

 I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's Eve celebrations!  We went to our church pot luck and then to the Bowman's for a sleep over.  The adults enjoyed lots of games and the kiddos played indoors and out and watched a few shows. It was a wonderful way to ring in the new year.

This Christmas I've really enjoyed finding some old black and white films to enjoy.  I have to thank my wonderful friend Jackie for telling me about them.  We watched Christmas in Connecticut--really cute and funny, Going My Way--gotta love Bing Crosby, It Happened on 5th Avenue--the kids found this one quite hilarious, and The Shop Around the Corner--I always enjoyed You've Got Mail but I think I almost enjoyed this one more!

Marko went back to work on Thursday--the same day a big storm was due to hit the Maritimes.  He got most of the day in before heading home early to beat the storm.  The kids and I stayed busy getting prepared in case our power went out.  They cleaned while I made biscuits, bread and banana loaf and had chili simmering on the stove.  Thankfully our power only flickered but never went out.  Any snow that accumulated soon disappeared as rain and warmer temperatures came in.

This Monday will be our first day back at the books and I was thankful that Marko took the kids out for the day today and I was able to get some planning and organizing done.  I'm looking forward to getting back at it--hopefully the kids are too.

Sadly, we haven't been able to sell our house and it doesn't really look like it's going to happen any time soon.  Our contract with our real estate agent is up the beginning of February and we'll probably just take the house off the market until at least the spring.  I'm pretty disappointed but what can ya do?  We'll just take one day at a time.

Now for a cavalcade of pictures.

 I love this solar system model that Emma-Lyn got from Grammie Peric. And Marko is helping Nate with his volcano.

 Sweetest little nephew ever!

 The kids did manage to get some sledding in while we had snow.

 Playing King of Tokyo on New Year's Eve!  So much fun!

 Even when it's cold out--ya gotta hit the beach!  I love the beach in any season!

 Handsome hubby putting up with my need to see the beach in the bitter cold!

 Icy cold rocks.

And isn't that the craziest looking carrot you ever did see??!  But so yummy!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here as no doubt you all are experiencing as well. There have been piano recitals, family dinners, crafts and baking and all the other fun memories made at Christmas time.

After their piano recital we all headed over to Uncle Brian and Auntie Bernie's for some family fun.  The kids quite enjoyed the ornament crafts and toys they had available.


Sean decided to hang his ornament on their tree.

At one point in the evening we had quite the engineering feat to behold.  Nate was determined to build a ramp that his truck would go down successfully.  He did accomplish it to much fanfare!

Later in the week we settled in to do some baking for neighbours and friends as well as ourselves.  We made jammy shortbreads, Oreo truffles, candy cane cocoa cookies, lemon squares and mystic bars.

The kids were a great help to me.  Emma-Lyn jumped right in and put her apron on to get baking.  Nate popped in once in awhile to lend a hand and Sean was my Gopher.  I was so thankful for him picking up ingredients I had forgotten about! And even Levi did his part.  He did dishes:
And yes, it did end with him just playing in the water.

Emma-Lyn and I in our baking zone.

And Sean coming home with a few more things.

And then it was off to drop off our goodies to our friends and neighbours.


Another big fun event in my life was participating in Art Battle!!  What an experience!  I LOVED it.  The gist of the thing is it's basically speed painting but this time with a twist--you worked with a partner!  My amazingly talented friend Jo invited me to be her partner and what a time we had!  I would jump at the chance to do it again.  We worked in two 30 minute rounds producing two works of art.  Our first piece was inspired by Bob Ross and I painted many happy little trees!
 Here we are hard at work and our finished piece:

 Our second piece was two cardinals sitting in a tree.  I experienced some mild panic during this one, I messed up the outline of my cardinal but thankfully the sky blurred that out and we were good to go.
 Jo is just amazing and I was so grateful to work with her.  I love her style and her ability to adapt to the circumstances!
 Our happy little birdies!

On Christmas Eve we went to our church for our morning service and then headed down to the little church right in Montague to help prepare Christmas dinner.  I love this opportunity to share the love of serving and helping out with the children.  Afterwards we came home for some down time before our traditional lasagna supper.
 No real plates for us--I love simplicity and less time cleaning up. :)  We enjoyed the evening service at church and headed home to open one gift.  The kids were super pumped to open their Christmas pjs from Gramma and Grampa.

 Such funny kiddos!

Me and my handsome hubby!

 And the whole crazy family piled on the couch!


Christmas morning we were up by 7:30 and opening stockings before heading to the kitchen for breakfast.  It was a quick breaky and grab your coffee to head back to the living room for present opening.  The kids all seemed very happy with their gifts and enjoyed playing with their toys.



At 11:30 we headed down to church to help serve the Christmas dinner.  The kids did a great job and were wonderful helpers and servers.  As we were cleaning up the kids played us a couple of tunes on the piano.
 It was quite the windy, snowy, slushy messy day and when we got home Marko and Levi got to work shoveling the driveway together.
And just to keep it real all these happy memories were interspersed with meltdowns and flaring tempers and all manner of craziness! 

And for my last shot--Marko in his new sweater we got him...finally, a sweater I won't steal from him!!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas Time, A Birthday and a Recital!

It's been a busy time with Christmas preparations and a couple more house showings as well.  This has been no simple task trying to sell our place.

The kids enjoyed putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations and watching our first Christmas movie.

 We watched Elf.  This evening we watched the Muppet Christmas Carol--a much loved classic.

Sean turned 12 and had some friends in for a games night.  They had a blast and it was lovely and low key which was super easy for me.



I love the happy golden glow of the Christmas tree:

This past weekend we made our last trek to Nova Scotia.  We celebrated Sean and Auntie Karina's birthday. We also did a mini Christmas celebration and opened our gifts from Gramma, Grampa and Auntie Karina.  They don't usually get to see our happy faces as we open gifts so this was quite a bit of fun for everyone!
 So many candles!

This past Tuesday our homeschool group enjoyed our Craft day and bake exchange.  I loved organizing it and seeing the kids get right into their crafts.  I'm so thankful for our homeschool group and having parents get involved and lead a craft or help with crowd control.  It was a really fun day for all!
 Some of the older girls working on their wreaths.

And this is just a fun picture of "our" cat Muggins under the tree.  He's really the neighbour's cat but he comes over for visits.


This week we also spent some time studying the Halifax explosion.  This inspired Sean to make his own simulation on Minecraft!

And this afternoon we enjoyed the Celtic Christmas step dance recital the kids were involved in.  I was happy to be the emcee for the event and dance with my wonderful friend Claire!
 All lined up and ready to go.

 Claire and I and what appears to be the apparition of our dance instructor, Jordan!

The whole troupe on stage.

It was a fantastic afternoon and tomorrow night the kids will be participating in their Sunday school concert.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Levi Turned Four!

 Another week in November means another birthday at the Peric's! 

Last week Levi turned the big FOUR!! This was the first time that he actually wanted to invite a friend over.  He had asked two boys but only one was able to come.  Titus and Levi had a grand time!

We started with playing in the leaves. They loved piling up the leaves on the slide and scooting right into them.
 We followed that up with some bubble fun before heading back inside to warm up.




Time for cake and goodies.

 Yummy!

Levi picked blue and green for his decoration colours.

The boys also played dinkies and watched some of Cars 3.  Levi loved his little birthday party and even thanked me for having it.  What a cutie.

In other news, we're just trucking right along in our studies.  Some mornings we start with bookwork and other times the kids pull out some other materials.

 Sean and Nate pulled out the old Monopoly board to have some gaming fun to start their day, while Emma-Lyn got serious with her goggles and experimented with fabric and dyes.

 Levi went for the multitasking route and headed outside to get some fresh air and practice his cutting skills.
Love my funny little kiddos!