Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Walking the Trails and a Haircut

 We enjoyed a fun filled weekend.  It started pretty early with a breakfast hosted at the MacPhail homestead for people interested in going on an early morning bird walk.  The kids were pretty pumped to go so it wasn't hard to wrangle them out of bed.  We enjoyed our muffins, juice and coffee and then headed out with the group to the trails.  I was not anticipating the crazy amount of mosquitoes that would attack us as we wandered along.  Thankfully they had mosquito hats that we could wear which made an amazing difference.  I would have to say that the most interesting thing we got to do was call an owl and hear him call back to us and follow us on the trail.  The kids are now avid owl callers.

 Marko in  his fresh mosquito hat fashion

 This is our guide.  She would play a bird call on her ipod and the birds would hear it and call back and forth while flying overhead.  It was pretty neat to see.

 And finally a tree swallow stayed still long enough for me to snap a picture.

Well it seems we have developed a little family tradition.  On Sunday afternoons we like to go for a walk on a trail.  We're enjoying finding new ones and exploring.  This past Sunday found us trying out some of the Confederation trail in Brudenell.  It was gorgeous and so much fun.  There was a delightfully high bridge that the kids loved throwing rocks over and listening to the ever so satisfying SPLOOSH at the bottom.
 So many dandelions.  I always loved blowing off the seeds and watching them float away.

 Nate scooping up some pretty flowers.

 Brudenell River.

 Waiting for the sploosh.

 Crazy kids!!

We did something that I had been thinking about doing for awhile but just couldn't get the guts up to do.  I gave Nate his first buzz cut.  I was excited to see what he would look like.  Marko and I worked together to get it done and as Marko finished up the cut, I couldn't stop the tears from falling.  My little baby boy no longer looked like my little baby.  He looked like a big boy now...A cute one for sure, but still no baby boy.  I couldn't believe how I reacted.  I had no qualms doing this to Sean but now here I was in tears on the deck because Nate didn't look like a baby anymore.  I'm getting used to it now and I'm ever so happy that he is still such a cuddle bug.  Guess you can't keep 'em young forever eh?!

 My little guy.

 Still goofy...

And filled with silly smiles! I love him! :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Where Do I Begin?!

What a crazy couple of days folks!  Friday seemed to be getting off to a great start, the weather was wonderful, the kids were excited about playing outdoors, what could possibly go wrong?!

While Sean and Emma-Lyn were tidying up their toys in the backyard, I was upstairs just cuddling Nate and having one of those mommy moments...As I rocked him back and forth and plastered his little cheeks with kisses, I couldn't help but think about the future and how someday I wouldn't be able to hold him in my arms and rock him back and forth and he probably wouldn't want me to smother him in kisses anymore...One day he is going to be a big man with big dreams and responsibilities.  And as I sat and snuggled and tried not to get all teary eyed, Sean came running up the stairs in a panic.

"Mom!  Mom, there is blood on the floor in the kitchen!!!"
"Blood, there is blood downstairs!!"
Oh.my.word.  What on earth is going on down there?  I put Nate down and ran down the stairs and into the kitchen where there was indeed a little pool of blood.  I turned around and noticed  little drops of blood in the living room, and then more and more and finally there was Emma-Lyn sitting beside the couch with a bloody toe!  I picked her up and took her to the bathroom.  As I filled the tub with water and let her soak, I asked her what happened.  Apparently as she was cleaning up the last of the toys outside she stepped on a nail.  Oh no!  So back downstairs and out to the backyard I went, Sean in tow to try to figure out where this nail was.  We followed what little trail of blood there was and after searching we were not able to find any nail.  Back inside we went to check on Emma-Lyn.  She was happily playing in the tub.  I checked her toe and the bleeding had stopped but I was still concerned.  Should I take her to the ER?  Does she need a tetanus shot?  I called Marko and we decided to call the ER to see if it was necessary to go in.  That was a pointless call, they can't tell you anything over the phone.  Next I tried our family doctor--the man is out for the week!!  WHAT?!  Okay, now what?  All this time I had Emma-Lyn's vaccination card in my hand and finally I looked at it and saw the health nurse phone number!  Yeee Haw, maybe now we'll get some answers.  Sure enough, they are able to inform me that since she hasn't been in for her 4 year assessment that she should come in for the tetanus shot.

Great, now we're getting somewhere!  I call Marko and he heads home to take us to the health nurse.  The nurses were so wonderful with the children.  They got colouring pages and crayons for them while we waited.  Nate came with Emma-Lyn and I as moral support for the needle.  Emma-Lyn was a wonderful trooper, didn't even cry a bit.  She and her brothers got new tooth brushes and freezies! She also got a little princess sticker.  I'm thinking the kids may just go looking for nails to step on just so they can get all the cool stuff!! LOL

Now with everything taken care of we all relax and enjoy having daddy home early from work.  Marko and I pulled out the BBQ and got the fixing's together for some tasty burgers.  Marko fired up the grill and we set to work, not too far into it Nate made the mistake of touching the hot BBQ.  I grabbed him and put his hand under cool water but that didn't seem to help so we tried the cold compress in his hand.  This only helps if the patient will actually hold the compress which Nate was not interested in doing.  He did manage to eat his supper after which I drew him a nice lukewarm bath which seemed to do the trick.


Now that brings us to Saturday.  It was our turn to clean the chapel.  The kids played out on the deck and the front lawn while I headed upstairs to clean and Marko started on the main floor.  Everything was going smoothly until I heard Marko yell, "WHOA, GET THAT OUT OF HERE NOW!!!"  I dropped what I was doing, I had a sinking feeling I knew what "THAT "was.  You see, on the previous Wednesday the kids and I had been at the chapel for Bible study and afterwards as I headed out to my car I had noticed something sticking out from the grill.  As I walked closer I realized it was a dead bird!! My friend Laura pulled it out and the kids had looked at it and she had disposed of it.  And now, now I was afraid that perhaps one of the kiddos had found the dead bird's disposal site...

Yep, my intrepid explorer Nate, had found the bird and picked it up by the head and brought it into the chapel for all to see.  And not only that, he KISSED IT ON THE BEAK!! YUCK!!! Marko marched him back outside and made good and sure that no kids would be finding that dead bird again!

In the afternoon we headed into town to take Sean to his friend's birthday party while Marko and I took Nate and Emma-Lyn on a date to McDonalds.  They love the one in Charlottetown because it has a great play place.  They had a blast and we enjoyed the time too--no injuries and no dead animals!!  Afterwards we went to Sears and I finally found a new swim suit!!  I had searched high and low for one so I was super thrilled to finally have one.  We picked Sean up and headed over to the Superstore for a cheap supper.  By the time we got home we were all in but our shoelaces.

On Sunday after lunch we landed at Buffalo Provincial Park.  We had hoped to go to the bird sanctuary but they don't open until June.  We were thrilled that we got to see the buffalo though.  Often when you come here they all seem to be hiding in the woods but, today they came out wandered around a bit.

  Mostly looks like brown lumps wandering on the grass. 

This is Nate attempting to call the buffalo over to him.  Love the hair.

We then trucked over to a new trail close to Knox's Falls.  The kids love to explore and often rush ahead to check everything out.  If they do get too far ahead of us we'll call them to stop and sometimes when we catch up to them this is what we find:
"Man, my parents are sooooo slow!!"

Sadly on Monday Marko had to go back to work.  The weather was amazing though so the kiddos and I hauled out the sprinkler.  They were so thrilled.   All you could hear were their peals of laughter and squeals of joy as the danced in and out of the water!

Sean making a magnificent leap!

Emma-Lyn the stylish dancer

And then there are those, who find dancing in the sprinkle a serious business!!

Safety first people, gotta wear your hard hat.

The best part about having the sprinkler going was that it made a most wonderful mud puddle at the bottom of the slide.  The kids splashed and splashed and splashed some more, until they were pretty much covered in mud!!

Lovely no?!  He dunked his head in the puddle.

I do believe he is following in his big brother's footsteps!

The happy muddy trio!  What a great weekend for memories!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Belated Mother's Day

 Such a busy but fun weekend.  Emma-Lyn's friend Liana was having a birthday party on Friday evening that we were all invited to so as soon as Marko came home from work we piled in the car and headed over.  There were 3 other families there so it was a full house.  The kids had a blast running around the farm and playing with all the children while the adults got some good quality time together too.  It was a late evening though and we pretty much just threw the kids into bed when we got home and we weren't far behind in falling into bed.

On Saturday we woke up late, which was wonderful.  We made plans for going in town for a picnic lunch and to run some errands.  I dropped Marko and the kids off at a park while I headed over to the homeschool book sale.  I didn't think I would be very long but there is just so much to look at and of course all the other homeschooling moms to talk to.   I got there a little after 11 and didn't make it out till after 1.  My poor family was tired and cold and hungry by the time I got back to the park.  So we piled in the car and went to the mall to have our picnic in the food court.  We ran a few more errands and then headed home in time for supper.  We fed the kids a quick meal and got them in their pjs for Grammie Peric.  Marko and I were headed out for a much needed date night.  We went to the Merchantman and had an awesome time!  I had their Tupelo Street chicken and oh. my. word. It was AMAZING!  Just thinking about it makes me drool!  If you ever get the chance to visit Charlottetown I highly recommend the Merchantman!

Sunday was a slow start but we enjoyed our church service.  In the afternoon we went for a hike on one of our favourite trails.  It has lots of bridges which you know the kids love for the mere enjoyment of tossing things over the railing.   Afterwards Marko made us a supper of waffles.  Yummy!  At one point Marko needed his keys and remembered giving them to Sean to open the garage earlier.  Unfortunately Sean had left the keys in the garage and then locked the door.  Naturally we thought of my keys--which were in my purse, which was in the trunk of our locked car. YAY!  Thankfully we're covered by Honda Roadside Assistance, so after a quick call and a short wait we were back in business.  A memorable Mother's Day for sure!

 On the dock before heading down the trail.

 Me and my kiddos sitting at one of the many lookouts on the trail.

 My little man with a vision.

 Rainy day reflections.  Thankfully we were just heading to the car when the rain started.

As of yesterday I've begun working on my flowerbeds and my veggie garden.

 Here is the veggie garden all set for planting!

 And while I know my flowerbeds don't look like much, I'm telling you they look a million times better than before!  Imagine overgrown grass and weeds and general yuck!  I'd like to put some nice fencing around them and plant some wildflowers too.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Yay, It's May!

 And I can't wait for summer!  The weather is slowly but surely warming up and the grass is growing and I can't wait to get working in my garden!  I'm hoping to extend it a bit this year to add a few more yummy veggies.  I have lots of work to do on the flower beds, currently they just look very drab and in desperate need of some TLC and it looks like this week is going to be pretty wet so it'll be awhile before I can get at that.

This past weekend my folks came over for a wee visit.  So good to see them again.  The kids had a blast with their Gramma and Grampa and Auntie Karina.  Emma-Lyn put on her own little Canadian Idol show and sang us her own song about getting her nails painted!  So funny.


While the folks were over we celebrated Emma-Lyn and Gamma'a birthdays.  They both have birthdays in the dead of winter so we aren't able to visit so Gramma made a cake and we all enjoyed it...some more than others. :)

Nate and Grampa had a great chat.  They both just LOVE to laugh!

Poor little Nate got tired of waiting for me to finish up school with Sean so he fell asleep on the couch.

We made another run to the beach.  Such a favourite spot to hang out!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Just Some Pictures

  Okay, more like some pictures and some captions.  This past weekend we went for a stroll at one of our favourite spots, Roma.  The kids love the water, the trails and the rocks.


 Now this is the way to travel!

 Creating for art class.

 Some serious business painting with cotton balls.


 Yep, this is my living room through the day...MESSY!

And while it may look like a mess, I know what lies behind this couch are some great memories.  The kids had just been working out a puppet show together.   My kids like to use dinkies and egg cartons for their puppet shows.  :)

And how about some music time.  Emma-Lyn leading the way with her trumpet and sword!

Nate is ready to do some cooking!

Such a sweetie.

Digging for gold...:)