Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Milestones...

Man, these kids of mine just seem to growing in leaps and bounds these days. Nate has gone from crawling to climbing and pulling up on everything and seems to want to eat anything and everything we give him!

Sean is doing more things on his own and is quite a valuable helper around the home. He buttons and unbuttons his own shirts...this astounded me since I never spent any time teaching him how to do this. He can buckle himself into his car seat. He is learning to ride his bicycle...without training wheels. (not that we don't think that they'd help, we just haven't bought any yet and the boy is anxious to get on his bike) He loves to listen to stories...We've gone through Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan and now we're tackling The Swiss Family Robinson. It amazes me to read these books to him since they have little to no pictures to look at, yet he will settle in right beside me, lay his head on my shoulder and just listen. I love story time with him!

Emma-Lyn is learning to pedal her tricycle...She loves to be able to do all the things she sees her big brother do. She can be quite the little cuddle butt these days too, which in my books, is always welcome!! :) I think she would like to help more with Nate but just isn't big enough yet. She loves to help me with the laundry...you should see her fold it!! So funny!

This week looks to be another busy one. We had hoped to take Sean to see Toy Story 3 tonight but it was sold out. :( So now we're thinking we'll try for the Sunday matinee! On Monday evening I tutored a Chinese family which has been a LOT of fun! The couple are so sweet and charming. On my first evening they sent me home with Chinese tea and a special fruit drink. And before I head home their daughter will play the Chinese Guzheng for me, which I just love! Tomorrow evening I'm headed to a friend's place for movie night, really looking forward to that!
And of course, Thursday is Canada Day and we have family fun planned. Also, I have a bachelorette party to go to that evening. Saturday is the wedding and Sunday we're going to try for the movie make up. Should be a lot of fun to say the least!

Here's the Nator Tator getting his crawl on and scooping up all the dropped cheerios!

My students at the Diverse City Event on Sunday. This is the Chinese Guzheng that I wrote about earlier. Such a beautiful instrument.

It's been raining a lot these days so I decided to go out and try a out a few shots.

Canada Day here we come!

Now just some more fun photos I took.

I love what this picture taught me about perspective. When I first snapped it, I was a little disappointed that the power lines were in the way but, now that I look at it, I love it!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!

It has been a most fantabulous weekend!! We spent the day in NS with my folks yesterday which was awesome!!

We couldn't have asked for better weather, the sun was shining and the breeze was cool. We arrived and just had a great time chatting while the kiddos played with my old toys! So funny to see the old Seasme Street people and buildings!

After lunch we headed outside to soak up some of the beautiful sunshine!! The kids got right into it and ran around as starkers as could be! Mom and Karina filled up two dinghies with water and let the kids have at it. Oh, the squeals of delight and peals of laughter that they let out! After awhile we dumped one out and I took it out on the pond for a wee ride... it was delightful! So peaceful and serene out on the water. It was lovely to be able to dip my hands in the cool water as I floated quietly along. We also put the tent up to see what kind of shape it was in. The poor thing needs some fixing but was in good enough shape to put the suitcase of toys in so the kids had a place to go play when they tired of their little pools. We sat in the shade, ate blueberry coffee cake and sticky buns and drank ice cold pop.

For supper we had cold turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, a couple of different potato salads (one with diced up apple...which was extremely yummy!) and strawberry shortcake for dessert (my favourite!) Then we were off to catch the boat to head back to good ol' PEI.

I love going to my folks place. There are so many memories held in that old home. We moved there when I turned 14, so I spent my whole high school career there. I love the smells and sounds of the house. It's about 100 years old and it is so lovely and unique...one of the walls is actually curved and there is a dumb waiter between the dining room and the pantry. The stairs squeak and groan as you tromp up them and the view from any of the second floor windows are breathtakingly beautiful! Before we moved here, my grandparents lived in it and my sister and I would come to visit every other summer for a couple of weeks. There's plenty to remember from so many years gone by. A pure delight to be sure...then there's my family...I just LOVE Them!! There's nothing quite as comforting as spending time with people who know you so well but love you just the same! I know we can be loud and wild and crazy by times, but I love it and wouldn't want it any other way! I love you Mom, Dad and Karina!! You're the best!

Today, while a lot cooler and cloudier, has been simply wonderful as well. We went to church where I got to teach the 3 year old Sunday school class. What a hoot!! There were just 4 of them, but let me tell you, we had a mighty fine time together! Loved it!! After lunch, Sean and I set to work making a cake for Father's Day...Daddy even pitched in to help and now we have a lovely chocolate cake ready for frosting and then eating!!

We headed to the bookstore after Emma-Lyn and Nate woke up from their naps. We also hit the library and picked up a couple of books and the movie Madagascar 2. Then we went to a nearby park, but not for long as the rain started up and the lightning and thunder came around. We quickly came home, cleaned up and the kiddos and I sat down to watch the movie while Marko went to Superstore to pick up supper: Chicken dinner with potato salad, potato wedges, apple pie and vanilla ice cream!! YUMMMY! When he came home we paused the movie, thoroughly enjoyed our meal, cleaned up and got the kiddos in their pjs and then finished the movie. The kids were scooted off to bed and now we're just catching up on Facebook and I'm finishing this post for the ol' blog...Hope you all enjoyed your Father's day weekend!!



A Hope family portrait from way back when!! I love this picture :)

Mom and Dad's place...So love it!

I love the view!

Marko enjoying his Father's Day weekend!!



Just couldn't resist taking some pictures from my mother's beautiful Sutherland's garden.


Sean and Emma-Lyn down by the pond. They love throwing stuff into it.

My sweet Emma-Lynny... I love that hat! A friend of ours made it for her and I just think it is so sweet.

Auntie Karina and Nate sharing some quality time together.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Having Fun With Photography...

I love playing with my camera and taking pictures of whatever happens to catch my eye. Today I was out with the kiddos and found some flowers that I thought were fun and interesting to photograph. The kids even got into it and would point out flowers and such that maybe I'd like to take a picture of! I wish the batteries hadn't died before we went out in the afternoon. I let the kids go scampering about in the light rain bare foot and blowing bubbles! It was such a great photo op! Oh well, I'll know for next time! Anyhoo, here are some shots of what we found today!

Found this blossom on the ground and just started turning it this way and that to get different angles...I love the colours and sweetness of it... I think a couple of these pics in an arrangement would be nice in on a wall in a little girl's room.





I just love the symmetry of this one.

These little blossoms are just so small, I had to get a shot of them!

And there is something about the vibrancy of the colour yellow.

I loved catching that little critter in the act! :)

And who doesn't love the simplicity of the buttercup! :)