Sunday, August 29, 2010

At Long Last...My Post About Our Weekend on the Mainland

So I've been working on this post for the past week...slowly so slowly posting pictures up every night...Blogger was insanely slow at getting these up so that's why it was a nightly event... :)

In any case finally I'm here to tell you how everything went from beginning to end! Hold on to your hats folks! :)

On Friday we took the kiddos to the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade in town. It was a very long parade...about an hour and a half long but still a lot of fun and the kiddos seemed to enjoy it.

Here is our happy little crew awaiting the parade...

We managed to find Troy and Jennie and what a delight it was to have them with us!! Emma-Lyn spent a lot of her time sitting with Jennie. :)

These horses were amazing! And this is pretty much my best photo from the parade as my camera's batteries died shortly there after.

After the parade we went home for lunch and naps for the kids. I cleaned the car (I know, odd thing to do, but its so much nicer to have a clean car when going on a road trip!) and then finished packing it up. As soon as the kids were up from naps, we had them in the car and on our way in no time.

The kids love the ferry ride! They amused both themselves and other passengers with their antics...I lost count as to how many times we walked up and down the decks!
I don't suppose you can tell that the lad was having fun eh?!!

There's my baby girl...all Queen of the world!! :) Doesn't hurt to have Daddy helping you up!

We landed at my folks place the same time they got home from work so you can just imagine the chaos as the kids go skittering about all over the lawn and the adults are busy setting up house in the tent and getting supper together (thankfully my folks had the presence of mind to pick up a couple of delicious pizzas from the Superstore!) It was awesome! We sat out on the veranda and enjoyed our supper, but just before supper the kids had the thrill of a lifetime when Grampa Hope showed them how to live it up country style!!...
"Yes kids, its time to play, Roll the Tires!!!" Mom's car needed new tires so this was what happened to the old tires!!

Emma-Lyn and Grampa made a fantastic duo at rolling tires!

Sean showing off his brute strength!

You can just imagine how incredibly pleased Gramma Hope was about this!! The poor flowers had no idea what hit them...
Taken from the flower's perspective!! I know I'd be shaking in my roots!

The homestead! I love this place!! After being here for the weekend, Marko and I are more determined to find a home for ourselves in the country.

The whole lot of us, minus Nate who was already in bed by now. Again, the pizza was scrumptious!!

While Nate got to sleep in the luxury of a play pen in the house, the rest of us were roughing it in the tent out back. I was a little wary, not knowing how the kiddos would react. They did amazingly well!! Emma-Lyn complained about being hungry, but then Sean told her how to go to watching him! Too funny to hear them chatter in the back room while Marko and I tried to sleep in the front room. Nate was up through the night for a feeding so I ran in and just when I was going to head back out, the heavens opened up and the rain just came tumbling down!! I decided I'd rather not get soaking wet and headed to the living room to bunk out on the chesterfield for a bit. When it slowed down I made a dash for it and made it in the tent before it started up again.

Come morning the rain had passed and everyone survived their first night camping in a tent. In the morning the big excitement was to go with Grampa to get the paper.

Off they go, the happy trio.

Once they had the paper, each child got a section to bring in as fast as they could! Sean looks like a little paper boy shouting, "Extra, Extra Read All About It...Perics Survive First Night in Tent with Flying Colours!!!"

Emma-Lyn on the other hand would rather run and read! And Grampy was just pleased to have all the company. :)

The day started out kinda cloudy and grey but quickly became sunny and warm. We decided to take the kids to the Museum of Industry and do a bit of grocery shopping.

But first a pic of the lovely little pond out back behind Gramma and Grampa's house...
Doesn't it look wonderful...I just love this little spot. So serene and beautiful.

The kids also loved throwing apples, twigs...whatever they could find into the water. :)

And this is the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. The kids had a hoot!

They had Sean's attention right away!The boy is all about trains and I'm sure he could've spent his whole time just playing on this train.

My two little monkeys!

This is such a great museum. So many hands on things for the kids to do! Here the kids find out about the usefulness of pulleys.

Learning about the power of water!

Here they get the chance to work on a chocolate factory assembly line...I Love Lucy flashbacks anyone?!! :)

Nate had a great time checking everything out too. So thankful for the Mobi wrap. Kept him happy and my hands free! :)

Emma-Lyn and Daddy pulling the bell in the train.

A very charming look for Sean?!

I love Nate's expression in this one! :)

Okay, so this was Sean' absolute fave part of the whole museum. We'd go off to see other things and he'd always want to come back here to check on the trains! :)

It was a wonderful morning out and we headed back home for some lunch and some time just around our little home away from home...seen here:

Such a great tent!

We had bought the kids a life jacket so I took Sean and Emma-Lyn out on a tour of the pond...They had a grand time!

So happy...just sailing along.

Happy kid or what?! :)

That night we were in bed by 9:30. I didn't think I'd be able to fall asleep so early but I did! And the kids did too and thankfully, it was an uneventful night :) We decided to head to Magic Valley Theme Park for the next day.

This is just a little theme park not far from where my folks live. I worked there for two summers as Daisy the Talking seen here:

Nope, I wasn't in the cow...she's mechanical. I stood behind that window with a microphone and chatted with people as they entered the barn. :)

Sean and Emma-Lyn weren't quite sure what to think. But as we went on different rides the kids wanted to come back to Daisy to talk to her. At one point we were half way across the park when we headed over to the barn and Emma-Lyn kept calling out DAISY, DAISY!!! It was so cute!

Here is the girl herself taking a wee car out for a spin! :)

Here is the fam on our fist train ride!! :)

Going around the bend!

Looking mighty pleased!

I used to come to this place as child but back then it was called Storybook Village. There were little houses and scenes from children's stories and rhymes set up along a path.

Sean and Emma-Lyn with Humpty Dumpty. I'm sure there's a similar pic of my sister and I kicking around here somewheres.

Along this path there is a castle and sadly the best they could come up with to put in here was this:

They called them the Beach Bunnies...and oh how creepy there were and still are! They were the bane of my existence when I worked here. When I wasn't Daisy, I had to run up to the castle and let patrons "enjoy" the sights and sounds of these bright fellows. As you can guess they sang Beach Boy songs much to my delight/horror... I do not like the Beach Boys and whenever I hear one of their songs a part of me dies just a little bit...LOL

And the kiddos reactions...I did manage to get Emma-Lyn up to dance for a bit. Just outside the castle are a couple rides which apparently even adults can ride as seen here:

Daddy and Emma-Lyn driving their fighter plane.

Nate wondering where his family went and why did they leave him here?!

And then it was paddle boat time. We had a nice relaxing time on these. Although Emma-Lyn was a little miffed that her feet couldn't reach the peddles to make the boat go.

Our final ride of the day were the bumper boats which both Sean and Emma-Lyn enjoyed immensely!

Emma-Lyn kept asking Daddy to spin her!! She loved it!

After Magic Valley we headed back home to pack up the car so we could catch the 4:30 ferry. We made it and had a lovely trip back to the Island. The kids were all in but their shoelaces by the time we got home. We gave them a quick supper of sandwiches and sent them to bed... Ahhhh, what a great family vacation!!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Ever Have a "Tool" Moment?

I have....many upon many of times...truly my life is made up of a long string of tool moments! :) What is a tool moment you may ask? Simple. Its any time you do something ever so embarrassing! Like I said, my life is made up of them...

Take this morning for instance, we were all running around the house getting ready for church...I had to get the kids dressed, change a poopy bum, get my self dressed and out the door to get to church in time, in quick sometimes, somethings inadvertently get missed...not to worry, we didn't forget any of the kids at home or anything like that. :)

I was pleased as we drove off that everyone was in the car and in good spirits and I relaxed and breathed a sigh of relief. As we pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a friend walking into the church and I was not only relieved to know that we weren't late but, also noticed that she was wearing cute shoes...and then an interesting question popped into my head, "Oooh yeah, what did I finally decide to wear this morning?!" Yes, I really did have this mental conversation with myself...only to realize that I had forgotten to put on outdoor shoes...I was still wearing my house "slippers" Now thankfully, they aren't pink or fuzzy or even resemble much of a slipper but, still!! I was walking into church with what I am accustomed to just bumming around the house in!! So while they looked normal enough, inside my head I'm thinking, "Do they know that, that white splot is just a bit of calamine lotion?? or "Do I look like I just jumped out of bed and ran out the door?!!" Aaaaahhh, good times!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Busy, Busy

What a month and I can hardly believe that July is already over!! How does time go by so fast?! It has been a great month weather wise! So much sun shine to be outdoors and playing in! The kiddos have enjoyed afternoons in the backyard with the kiddie pool and morning excursions to the beach with friends!

My folks have been over and this month we hope to head over there for a weekend getaway! My folks are going to Cape Breton while we will hold down the fort for them and take in some local fun! I really want to take the kiddos to Magic Valley! I worked there for two summers as Daisy the Talking Cow!

We went to two weddings, both of which were so much fun!! My fav though had to be Tammy and Doug's wedding! I got to co-MC their reception and my lands, what a great dance afterwards!! Malcolm and Heather's wedding was absolutely the most picturesque I've ever been to, with it down by the water and seeing the rolling hills beyond.

I spent two weeks babysitting my friend's little ones in the mornings while they took their older children to swimming lessons! That was a hoot! It was pretty busy by times but always so much fun and I especially enjoyed the Mommy time afterward.

There have been friend's birthdays and games nights and wedding showers to go to and who could forget Canada Day to get the whole thing started! This year was a bit of a twist as Heather's bachelorette was that night so I was on a boat out in the harbour with the gals while the fireworks went off! And what an awesome display it was this year!

I went on a photo walk this month which was a total hoot! I'm thinking about joining the Charlottetown Photographer's club...Met so many great people and had a blast just taking shots of downtown Charlottetown early in the morning.

So here's to August and all that it has in store!! :)

Sean on his new bike with training wheels.

Malcolm and Heather. :)

Playing at the park.

The surf at Tea Hill Park.

One of my shots from the photo walk.

When my folks came down we played the Wii! So much fun!

Karina was really quite good at it!

Dad had a lot of fun too!

Grammie and Nate.

From the photo walk.

The kiddos playing at the beach.