Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lots of Visiting Today

We enjoyed a lovely playdate with the Bowmans in the morning and then another fun playdate in the afternoon with the Arthurs. The kids had a grand time playing together while the mamas chatted the hours away.

And this is my current read.  And I'm loving it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Full of Fun Day

We enjoyed a much anticipated playdate with the Mooney's today.  We all had such a great time.  The kids played and played while Maria and I talked and talked. 

Afterwards the kids and I had some errands to run and we stopped into McDonald's for supper.  I thought they might like to play in the Playplace but they were much more interested in hitting Teahill before we went home. 

It was a gorgeous evening for a bit of beach fun.  The water was warm and inviting and the sunset was enchanting.  The kids splashed  and ran and then we all snuggled up on the blanket with a quick snack to enjoy. The perfect ending to such a lovely day.

 Walking in big brother's footsteps!

 Watching the others play...

 They seem so far away...


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


The kids had themselves quite the time in the pool this afternoon.  At this point I asked them to splash as hard as they could. They didn't need much encouraging.

Love my kiddos and their craziness.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Quietish Day at Home

It was nice to just putter here at home today.  The kids splashed in the pool, read books, played with cars and just hung out.  At one point the kids were reading and I was scrolling Facebook when I realized that Levi was not in the room and he was being WAY TOO QUIET!  I jumped out of my chair and ran to the kitchen to find out what the wee lad had been up to.  Found him slathered in nectarine pulp and he was busily "painting" my kitchen chair in the sticky goop as well. Fun times!

I did manage to find some time to organize some of my homeschool plans as well as work out some Sunday School stuff as well as Awana stuff.  I know most people would probably use their computers for this kind of thing but I am definitely a pen/pencil and paper kinda gal!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time For the BEACH!

After what has felt like non stop activities and places to go to and people to see it was nice to just stop and plunk ourselves down at the beach. We love Panmure beach! The kids swam and splashed and dug in the sand while I pulled out some school stuff and worked on planning.  It was so lovely and relaxing.  Also nice to bump into friends and chat for awhile.

My view this afternoon.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Awana Fun Day

Today was our Awana Fun Day at our church.  We had face painting, a couple of bouncy castles, games and much more.  I enjoyed working at my balloon animal table.  It was a very fun day!

Our face painters were amazing!
 Miss Emma-Lyn as a fox!

 And I even got my face painted!  Such a work of art!  I even went shopping in Charlottetown with my face painted.  Got some stares, some folks just looked away and others did the double take. I tried to keep a straight face as I wandered through but when I got back to the van I just had to laugh--such an interesting social experiment.  Two clerks at Canadian Tire told me that they loved my face and I shouldn't wash my face ever again!

This evening the children enjoyed their last night with our friends at VBS in Charlottetown.  They had so much fun!  And they especially loved the pie in the face at the end.  The leaders were all such good sports and the kids learned so much from them. They're already asking to go next year!

 The lead in...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Parade Day!

Nate is feeling kinda stiff and sore but is doing much better today.  We all enjoyed going to the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade this morning.

Grampa Hope was in the parade and the kids were excited to look for him.  We spotted him right away and I called out, "GRAMPA!!" Nothing, no recognition whatsoever..So again a little louder, "GRAMPA HOPE!" Still he waves politely to other parade goers but is still completely oblivious to us.  By now he's pretty near on top of us--last chance. " GARRY HOPE!!!" Voila!  He sees everyone and then pretty near attempts to crawl through the crowd to say hello!!  That's my dad for ya!

We enjoyed a lovely visit with my folks in the afternoon and then I took the kids into town for VBS which they enjoyed immensely!

What a Whopper of a Day!

The day began simply enough.  Everyone rolled out of bed as they tend to do in the mornings.  Marko woke up with his back aching and decided once he got to work he would see about making an appointment with the chiropractor.  The kids and I kissed him good bye and got on with our day.

The kids played with Lego, I got the laundry on the line and spent some time in my garden. We got a call from Marko later in the morning saying that he had an appointment for this afternoon and that we'd all go in together.  I sent off a quick message to see if the Beuckerts would be home so that we might pop in to drop some books and a movie off while Marko was at his appointment.  A quick reply came back that they would be home and would love to have us drop by.

And all of these things went off without a hitch.  Marko went to his appointment while the kids and I made our way over to the Beuckert's. We enjoyed a lovely visit. Rachel and I chatted over tea while the kids romped around on the deck or coloured at the kitchen table.  Three of the boys went for a bike ride.  While they were off cycling around the neighbourhood, Marko called to say that he was ready.

 I quickly packed up my kids and asked Rachel where I might find our wandering cyclists.  I followed the route she mentioned and did not find any of our things were getting interesting.  Back to Rachel's I went to inquire where else our little lads may have wandered off to.  Quite possibly they may have wandered over to a local school ground known for it's sledding hills.

Off I went again and I just pulled into the parking lot in time to see the three of them make it to the top of a steep hill and then scoot down at a tremendous rate! Nate's bike's front tire hit hard into the small dip at the bottom which sent him quite hard into the handlebars and off the bike.  From my vantage point it looked like a serious accident.  I quickly put the van in park and went tearing down the hill yelling, "Nate are you okay?!!"  He was up and walking before I could get to him and thankfully a couple of teenage boys had already ran over to him to see if he was okay.  The wind was knocked out of him and he had small cuts and bruises on his forehead but he was complaining that his breathing hurt him.

I would let the cuts and bruises slide but hurt ribs and lungs make me nervous. I tucked him into the van and piled the bike in the trunk and brought him back to Rachel's.  We got him cleaned up and I decided that it would be worth the wait to head over to the hospital to see what should be done.  Rachel was ever so generous and let me take the rest of my kids to her church's VBS tonight while I picked up Marko and we got Nate sorted out.

Just as we were pulling into the hospital parking lot we realized that I didn't have Nate's heath card with me.  I normally carry them in my wallet but I had taken them out for Grammie for when Marko and I were away.  I made a quick dash into the hospital to see if they'd still take him in.  And yes, if you live in PEI they will find your file and you are all set to go.

We got Nate registered and it was just ten minutes before the nurse called us in.  And as she was processing Nate's symptoms another nurse walked by to say that another room had opened up if she had anyone to send in and she gave the room to Nate. We were very thankful!  Then to make things even better it was our own family doctor that was on duty today!

Our doctor looked over Nate and decided that nothing was broken, that Nate was built of tough stuff but would probably be quite stiff and sore tomorrow.  Poor little guy.  He did very well at the hospital.

That had to be the quickest time through outpatients ever!

Since we knew the other kids were probably enjoying their time at VBS we didn't have the heart to tear them away so we headed over to Little Ceasar's for pizza.  We found a quiet park and had our supper.  As we ate I remembered that my folks were in town and gave them a call to see what they were up to.  They were enjoying supper as well but would be up for company afterwards at their hotel room.

Marko was really hoping to go to trivia night downtown with some friends so I dropped him off down there and then picked up the rest of the crew before heading over to mom and dad's place.  We had a lovely time at their room.  Levi spilled several cups of iced tea but thankfully no spill was too bad.  We were getting a little noisy and it was getting late so I herded the kids back into the van and called Marko to let him know we were on our way.

Marko had enjoyed his trivia time and we all marveled at the lightning as we made our way for home.  As we headed out of Stratford the rain really picked up and the lightning was intense!  It was a slow and careful ride the rest of the way home.

Now everyone is snug in bed and the wind and rain have passed. Time to find my way to bed too.

Just some shots from my garden. (Nate didn't want to have his picture taken)