Saturday, September 22, 2012

Farm Day and Orwell Corner

Just gotta love living on the Island in the Fall.  So many great things going on.  We went to the Open Farm day on the weekend with the MacDonalds and had a grand time!  And then this week we went on our first official field trip to Orwell Corner which was another great day.  My mom and her friend Heather came to the Island to take in the Shellfish Festival and they enjoyed themselves immensely.  This weekend we have the 70 mile yard sale which I'm hoping to get to some of it.  And next Wednesday we get to go on our 2nd field trip and I am uber excited about this one because I have wanted to go to this ever since I moved to the Island.  We are going to the Confed Centre to see the play of Anne of Green Gables.  YAY!!  

So, I'm writing this post at separate times and we went to one yard sale today and scored a microscope set for Sean.  He was pleased.  We also picked up some little toys for them which they appreciated.  This afternoon I worked on some school projects and had a fun time playing cars with Sean.  We built our own little city for our cars out of duplo and wooden blocks.  It's so refreshing to take time and enjoy imaginative play with my kiddos.

Nate and Emma-Lyn enjoying the horses at New Perth Farms.

More horsey love!

I love the look of concentration on Nate's face.

And then they tried to hula hoop together..

And here we have Emma-Lyn's big news--she is out of her toddler bed and into single bed which she is so thrilled about!

And these are a couple of shots from Orwell Corner.  I really love this place.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

 This Monday saw us getting back into our Fall routine and  getting back to homeschooling. It has been a great first week.  All three kiddos have been enjoying it.  While I'm mostly concentrating on Sean, both Emma-Lyn and Nate get to participate too.  Our living room is our study area and the kiddos enjoy the best seats in the house--that being on the couch.  I really LOVE home educating.  I love sitting with the kids and reading to them and being read to.  We all cuddle in and enjoy this time together.  There are some times when we get annoyed or frustrated with each other, but thats when quiet time helps us refocus or in Emma-Lyn's and Nate's case sleep some of it off.  Looking forward to our first field trip this Wednesday to Orwell Corner!

Something new this year, it seems that we have become the neighbourhood hangout.  Which is pretty cool.  I enjoy meeting the children from our area and they all really seem to enjoy playing games with us.  After supper if the weather is good, we all head outside to play a few games before bedtime.  Often the kids will come over right after school to make sure we'll be doing the games later that evening. 

Poor Nate got stung by a wasp again..

Nate and Emmy on a trail in Cardigan.  Has to be our favourite trail so far.  We found raspberries, blackberries, apples and a geocache.  The geocache was nothing interesting, just sign the log to show that you found it.  Still cool though.

Sean and daddy racing down the trail together.

The ominous  sky.  We managed to get this trail walk in just before the sky opened up and dumped a whole lot of rain on us!

And this is one super happy boy.  He absolutely LOVES his Lego!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Summer is Drawing to a Close

 Wow!  What a summer!  We have had such a great time together as a family and with friends, from BBQs and bonfires, to museums and music festivals.  There has been plenty to do and wonderful weather to do it in.  This past weekend had us back on the mainland with my family. 

We left on Friday and I enjoyed celebrating my birthday with my family.  There was cake and presents and oodles of fun.  We pitched our tent as soon as we got there and got all settled in.  Saturday turned out to be quite the wildly windy day.  By times it looked like the tent might just blow away so we collapsed it and hoped that the wind would die down by the evening.  Thankfully it did and we were able to settle in for another night.  During the afternoon we had taken the kids to one of their favourite spots; The Museum of Industry in Stellarton.  This is such a great museum.  There is so much to see and do.  The kids loved playing with the water wheels and the model electric train was a big hit as was the working steam engine.

On Sunday we went to church in the morning and in the afternoon auntie Karina and I took the kids geocahing--it was not a very successful event but we had fun anyways.  We ended up in Pictou Landing and enjoyed walking/climbing along the beach.  That evening we enjoyed a bonfire in the backyard.  Sean was delighted when he got the privilege to stay up with the adults after Nate and Emma-Lyn went to bed.  Another big hit for Sean was getting to play with mommy and auntie Karina's old lego.  Dude was in his glory, so much so that Gamma Hope let him take the lego home! 

On Monday morning we made another go at geocaching and we were only moderately successful.  Sigh, maybe next time we'll get it right. ;)  I'm not giving up yet!  The afternoon passed quickly with a little visit down to the pond to check out the fish.  And then we were off to catch the boat and for the very first time this year we got the Confederation!!! I was sooooo happy.  I LOVE this boat!  In so many ways it is better than the Holiday Island.  There is  much more comfortable seating and even a play area for the kiddos. Love, love, love this boat! :)

Such a wonderful ending to a fantastic summer.  This week we are nicely settling into our fall routine.  We had let the chore chart slide a bit over the summer but we're back in the swing of things and I'm already enjoying this time of year.  We will be starting school up on Tuesday after the homeschool picnic on Monday.  The kids are excited to get going and so am I! :)

Yay, Birthday cake!

So in love with the view from the verandah.

Marko rescuing our tent from the wild winds on Saturday.

Emma-Lyn at the Museum of Industry trying her hand at seam filling.

The boys working hard with the water wheels.

The fun of model trains never gets old...

And apparently neither does Lego!

Auntie Karina and the kiddos at Pictou Landing.

Where we ended up looking for one of our geocaches we didn't find it, but we did find this huge soccer ball!!