Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Fun is Here Again!

Yay for summer activities!  This past Friday saw us enjoying a lovely day at Avonlea Village in Cavendish.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that this place has Islander days.  Just needed my PEI driver's license and we got in for free!!  For the rest of the summer if you are an Islander and you have a paying customer with you, you can still get in for free! How cool is that?!!  LOVE IT!  And we had a wonderful time while we were there.  The actors do a great job with the scenes and staying in character throughout the day.  The music was awesome!  Nothing like some good ol' maritime music to get your toes tapping!  It did start to rain while we were there but thankfully, they also provide umbrellas!  We still enjoyed our picnic lunch and by the afternoon the sky cleared up.  I can't believe that we  were able to do so much while we were there and still not quite see everything.  It seems every year we go, we learn something new which is another bonus in my book, so of course, I can't wait to go again next year!

On Saturday we had a special treat.  The Montague Days Festival began with a parade down main street.  We don't live too far away so we were able to walk and plunk ourselves down in a good spot.  We told the children to keep their eyes peeled as they might know some of the people in the parade.  I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking when they finally saw that Grampa Hope was in the parade.  They seemed a little stunned with disbelief, but they were full of hugs nonetheless.  We were all thrilled to have him and my mom and sister and Trooper visit with us for the afternoon.  It was especially advantageous for us, as we used the extra man power to move the old washing machine out and the new to us one in!  While Marko and Grampa Hope took the kids to Home Hardware, Gramma Hope and I set to work getting the old machine out...This turned out to be one of the most hilarious things we have ever attempted in our lives!   It took quite a bit of gusto to get the thing out and we had to time it so that we pulled at the same time...So there we were counting, "ONE, TWO, THREE PULL!!" And that's how it sounded the first couple of times but for whatever reason it struck us both so funny that we could barely get to two before we were in fits of laughter! What a great way to spend a day!! :) LOVED IT!  Thanks mom for helping so much and laughing as much as I do over the little things!! :)

Sunday was another busy day with church in the morning and then the neighbour's birthday party in the afternoon.  We all went and enjoyed spending time getting to know our neighbours better.  The kids filled themselves with candy, so to help alleviate some of that sugar high we went for a walk on  a trail.  Supper was simple sandwiches followed up by popcorn for dessert while we watched Over the Hedge.  The kids just loved this movie!  Then at 10 o'clock we all set up our chairs outside and enjoyed the fireworks!

Monday morning was simply too beautiful to pass up so we drove daddy to work and then spent the morning at Panmure Beach.  So glorious!  It was just us, the waves and the warm sunshine.  I sipped my coffee leisurely while the children played in the sand and jumped in the waves.  We came home for lunch and to do some chores before we headed back out and spent some more time playing at the beach and checking out the lighthouse and wharf before picking daddy up from work.

Today we headed in town for some visiting.  We stopped in to pick up some beef and visit with Bev and her daughters.  The kids loved playing with Abby's kitchen.  So cute!  Then we were off to Maha's to visit her  and her family before they head back to Lebanon as missionaries.  They are such a delightful family and filled us full of Lebanese food! YUM!

 Anne arriving at Green Gables.

 Nate and Emma-Lyn all dressed up--Nate is gnawing on an oyster shell.

 My whole little bunch.  Sean was especially thrilled that what he picked out was similar to what Gilbert was wearing!

 Just love the wisteria here!

 Emma-Lyn wearing as many hats as her head would hold.

 Some of the homeschooling moms.

 Just love the quietness of this shot.

Nothing says finale like a pig race!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Finish Line

Today was Sean's last day of Grade 1!!  We had a great year.  Full of ups and downs and sideways but, I'd say we both really enjoy homeschooling and are looking forward to next year.  We made the last day special by baking a cake together and having a picnic lunch in the backyard.  I'm so proud of what he has achieved this year.  He is a very motivated learner and enjoys finding out about anything and everything!  I would say his favourite topics were reading, multiplying and putting together his memory verses.  We enjoyed several field trips over the year with his favourite being going to see the Sound of Music at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown.  I'm already looking forward to and planning for next year.  Tonight when I put Sean to bed and reminded him of how proud I was of him he told me that I was the best teacher he ever had..Sweet.

In other news, we recently moved Emma-Lyn out of Sean's room and Nate into his room.  We did it kinda spur of the moment one evening when we were putting the kids to bed.  Thankfully it didn't take too much finagling and the kids are adjusting well.  I felt Emma-Lyn needed something to help her feel that this room change was special so we walked to Home Hardware and bought some Princess wall decals to put up.  She was so pleased to have her special girly room.

Last Saturday we went to the mainland to visit my family.  The kids love going on the boat, even if it is the Crappy-Day Island instead of the Confederation.  We had a wonderful visit with my folks.  The kids did some gardening with Gramma and Auntie Karina while Grampa and I provided some dancing and singing entertainment.  We watched the fish in the pond and ate lots of food, although no turnip or parsnip sticks like Gramma promised. 

 Auntie Karina and Emma-Lyn working together.

 Sean doing his part...

 And Nate tossing some dirt all the while clutching his little trucks firmly to his chest.

 The Hopes and grandkids.

 Gramma Hope and the kiddos.

 The boys' room.  Now you also get a peek at what the renos are looking like.  Nothing says homey like puke green walls!

And now for Emma-Lyn's room
 Loving the princesses. :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


This week we decided we needed to take a step forward in our home renovations.  We've had the bathroom in a sort of a limbo reno land for awhile now and it looks it may just have to stay that way for awhile longer, its just too big a bite to chew off right now.  We decided that tackling the kids room may just be the bite size reno we can handle right now.  It took some doing but with the kids help we were able to strip the wallpaper in Sean and Emma-Lyn's room.  Now the room is an ugly green colour and we can see that there will need to be some touch ups and such but nothing major, all definitely doable jobs.  I have a little more wall paper removal to do--the tedious small and awkward places stuff.  Then we'll be sanding and mudding and sanding some more before we get primer and paint up on the walls.  The kids were really excited about this project.  So excited that the first thing they would do in the morning was move the furniture out of the way so we could get to work right away!!  I haven't taken any pictures yet, but I will so you can see our progress. :)

This weekend we did make it to the bird sanctuary.  We had a lovely time.  The Canadian geese came to greet us at the gazebo and then off we went down the trails. The kids are good little hikers, we had fun finding Lady Slippers, wood peckers and our way back to the car.  A couple of times it got a little dicey as to whether we were still on the trail or not--thank goodness for blaze tape!

We are slowly winding down the school year, I hope to have everything wrapped up by next Thursday.  It has been a great year, full of ups and downs but a great adventure to be sure.  I'm already excited to be thinking and planning for next year.  Sean has enjoyed it  and is a motivated learner.  Currently he has a love for French and he and Emma-Lyn and Nate sat down to watch the Curious George movie in French--all the way through.  I'm definitely looking into French curriculum for the fall!

As far as getting projects done, I'm finally tackling my recipe book.  The poor thing is falling apart and looking the worse for wear.  I bought a binder and a bunch of page protectors and am now in the process of typing out my favourite recipes.  Once I get the ones I like out of my recipe book, I'm going to go through some of my well used cookbooks and grab the recipes out of there so I have all my faves in one easily locatable spot!  I'm also hoping to get to work on some photo albums.  I have so many pictures and none of them in print and it's time I did something about it!  Hopefully I'll be able to get a jump on that as soon as I get through my recipes.

 The high and mighty older Canadian goose!!!

 Yeah, well if he can do it, so can I!!!

 The toops

 Something tells me, they weren't doing it right...

 A delicate white Lady Slipper.  PEI's provincial flower.

And when I look at a shot like this I feel like time is just flying by and my kiddos are growing up right before my eyes!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Does Life Ever Slow Down?

 I guess with three very energetic children I should not be surprised at the speed of which life seems to go by.  This past week was a bit of a doozie.  While we were at our last Kids Club and Ladies Bible Study, Nate fell head first on a concrete step.  There was a deep cut on his forehead that warranted a trip to the ER.  My friend Laura was quick to drive us over and drop us off with her stroller while she and the other ladies decided what to do with Sean and Emma-Lyn. 

Nate and I weren't long in the waiting room before we were called into triage.  They quickly looked him over and we were walked to the trauma unit.  This is the area right by the doors that would lead to an awaiting ambulance should one arrive.  We sat beside the cot closest the door.  Nate was pretty subdued and happy enough to stay in my arms.  There was also a young lady and her mom there being looked over by a doctor and there sounded to be a older man sleeping heavily on the cot curtained off next to us.  Not exactly the level of excitement or lack thereof that I would expect to be in a trauma unit in a hospital.  Then Nate fell asleep in my arms, poor little guy.

The doctor looked him over and gave his assement, it would be one stitch without freezing.  The thought of not freezing  kinda spooked me but it seemed the right thing to do.  Two nurses came in and swadled Nate in a blanket and held him close.  Then the doctor quietly started singing the Irish Rover song, "The Unicorn Song:"  It was the sweetest thing and seemed to calm Nate.  Then the stitch came and the poor little guy let out a howl, but quick as a wink it was done and he was back safe in my arms.  Ordeal done, I called Marko to pick us up.  Laura had popped in earlier to let us know that Jackie was watching the kids and that she would be heading home shortly.  As Marko drove down our street I saw that both Jackie's car and Laura's van was there.  I was surprised.  Marko dropped us off and headed back to work. 

I was completely shocked once I got in the house, my two lovely friends had made us supper and baked cookies.  And they didn't make us any old supper, they found my menu plan and made the spaghetti that I had on tap for the evening meal.  I was impressed!! Also impressed that they managed to find everything, after much searching of course!! To hear their side of the story is a true comedy!

The supper was scrumptious, I couldn't be more grateful for the thoughtfulness of friends.  Then to top my evening off my good friends Jennie and Bonnie came and took me out for coffee as a destressor from the chaotic day.  This was also much needed and much appreciated!

 My sweet little lad sporting his big bandage over his little stitch.

This past weekend was a fun and busy one.  Seven PEI homeschooling mamas packed up their things and jumped in a van to the homeschooling conference in New Brunswick.  It was a weekend full of fun, stories, so much laughter and a few tears.  I loved every moment of it.  We got to do some shopping and I came home with a new to me stand mixer and a curling iron.  I was so pleased and oh, the many, many books I came home with.  I think we may soon need yet another bookshelf.  We already have 5 in the living room!! :)    I got some great curriculum and story books and fact books for the kids.

 Emma-Lyn was curious about my curling iron so I curled her hair, she was mighty pleased. 

 Yay, my irises are out!

 And my garden is IN!!! :)  Now if the weather would just warm up we might be getting somewhere!! :)

 The new mixer.  It did a great job on the cookies we made in the morning.  But had trouble with a thicker dough so I think there may be a problem with it.  Marko is hopeful that he'll be able to fix it.

My helpful assistants.