Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas is Coming!!

And our kids are ever so excited.  This year we started a new tradition, instead of doing an advent calendar I wrapped up 24 different Christmas or winter books; one to unwrap each evening at bedtime.  The children have really enjoyed taking turns picking out our Christmas book.  Last year at about this time I took Sean and Emma-Lyn to see The Sound of Music at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown.  This year we saw The Wizard of Oz.  They just LOVED it.  Emma-Lyn was sitting next to me and got very excited near the end and she pulled me close and said, "I know what she's going to do next!  She's going to click her heels and say there's no place like home!"  She was very pleased with herself for knowing what was going to happen.

 I love live theatre--I remember being in a theatre group in Newmarket. I enjoyed some small roles had fun learning to do make up and seeing just what goes on behind the scenes to get a play up and running.  In university I did some more theatre work but mostly behind the stage.  I did some costume and prop stuff but the most challenging job I did was stage managing.  I remember one night at the intermission the stage hand and I went over what props needed to come off the stage what had to go on.  With that checked over I went to the actor (yes actor--there was only one) and the front of house managers and got ready for the second half.  In this play, I think it was called House; the actor had the ability to turn the lighting on and off by clapping his hands.  In one scene he was to clap the lights off and then turn on a mechanic's inspection lamp.  We were approaching this scene when the actor claped off the lights, the entire house was now in utter darkness.  I and my lighting and sound guy were following along on the script when we noticed that the actor had veered completely off script and was adlibing  like crazy.  It was then that I looked up into the darkness and realized that the lamp was not onstage!  I was horrified, and there was not one single thing I could do about it. I just stared into the darkness and hoped that the actor could find the lamp.  Thankfully, he did and the play continued without another hitch.  Phew!  Fun memories.

In other news I've begun working on painting the entryway.  I have about 80% done in the first coat of linen - coloured paint.  I'm so excited to be actually tackling one of our many reno projects.  The kids even helped sand and put primer on the wood paneling.   I told Marko that this was his Christmas present from me.  Although, I'm not sure when I 'll be able to get it all finished, it may just have to wait until the new year.

And for the first time in my short homeschooling history we had a pajama day.  All three kids and I were coming down with the cold so I decided we could stay in our pjs and do some fun Christmas stuff.  We made snowflakes and did some baking and watched a movie.  It was delightful!   That being said, all three kids did change their clothes at some point during the day.  Not me though, I was hard core and lounged in pjs all day!

Today we made up our Christmas treat trays and gave them our to our neighbours.  It was lovely to stop in and chat and share with our neighbours and let them know that we appreciate them.  Tomorrow will be cleaning and doing some final prep for Christmas.  I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends.  From our home to yours we wish you a most blessed and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. 

The kiddos all dressed up for their Christmas Concert.

Our Christmas decorations.

Monday, December 10, 2012

My Big Boy Turned 7

We made the big decision this year that we'd like to make life simple yet still fun, but perhaps we'd turn the crazy down a notch or two by not having a big birthday party and instead do a fun activity just with the family.  We'll still have big birthday bashes for those BIG birthdays like turning 5 or 10 or 15 and so on.  Sean decided that glow bowling on the weekend was the thing to do.  Wednesday was his actual birthday so I decorated the kitchen and we gave him his present after breakfast.  He was thrilled to get some Star Wars Lego! We had Bible study in the morning which meant he got to play with some of his favourite friends.  And while we hadn't planned on a party, the neighbour kids came over for supper which led into cake time---which in this case was actually cupcake time and then there were their presents to open.  So it was like having a mini party with less children but just about the same amount of chaos.

Saturday was a very busy but very fun day.  In the morning I took the kids to the Library and the Nearly New Shop while Marko worked on his sermon prep for Sunday.  Then after lunch we headed into Charlottetown to run some errands before heading to the bowling alley.  The kids were so excited to be there and were very happy to have Auntie Linda and Grammie Peric join us.   The kids needed a little help to get going but once they worked out their technique they did great.  Emma-Lyn enjoyed Daddy's suggestion of standing backwards and sending the ball between her legs approach.  After bowling we went to Dairy Queen for some yummy blizzards.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate Sean's day.

 Glowing in the dark

 Nate watching his ball make its way ever so slowly to the pins.

 Me and my funny girly--with Sean squeaking by in the background.

 Mr. Bowling!

 Cupcake time!

Ahhhhh icing on the face!

Monday, December 03, 2012

It Would Seem I Took A Bit of A Blogging Break

 And that would be partly because we've been busy and I had some photo uploading issues to deal with but, now they seem to be solved and perhaps we are in the calm before the storm of Christmas activity.   The kids are so very excited for Christmas. We put our tree up after our first snowfall--it wasn't much but the kids did manage to go out and make snow angels and do some shoveling.

I took the kids out on a tea party date.  We had hoped to go to a little cafe called Ruby's but they were closed.   We were all dressed up so we walked to Kate's Cafe in the mall instead.  The kids thought it was fantastic.  We had pancakes and home fries and they were delicious.  While we waited for our food we had a lesson in art appreciation.  We looked at the different paintings on the walls and talked about what they made us feel like and/or what we thought was going on in the picture. 

 The gentlemen at the table--Nate looks so impressed!

 And my beautiful girly.

\Our ladies Bible study has started up again and it has been so nice to get together with these ladies and share with them.  I've enjoyed being stretched out of my comfort zone for this group.  Some of us have had the chance to lead the study, which at first I wasn't all that keen to do, but it has been a great experience for me. 

It looks like we may be done of our trail walks for this year.  We had an amazing season checking out all kinds of different trails.  There are some definite ones to come back to as well as ones that were less than interesting.  The last trail walk we went on we had such a blast.  We had races, we sang songs at the top of our lungs and just let out loud whoops and hollers and there were some piggy back rides---I even got one!

In other news, Sean has begun piano lessons.  A fellow homeschooling mom is a piano teacher and she teaches at the church just up the road so we thought this would be a great opportunity for Sean.  He has loved his lessons and we are making progress with making time for practicing.  I have an older Casio keyboard that he can practice on for now, we may have to look into something a little better if he finds that piano is something that he'd like to pursue.  Speaking of lessons, the kids have their final swimming lesson at the pool this Thursday.  They all have done a really great job this session and the instructors have been so much better this time around too.

Last week I decided it was time I cleaned out and thoroughly organized my kitchen cupboards.  I took every last thing out and took out the insane little pieces of wood that were nailed down inside some of them--guess it was supposed to be for standing your plates up, but we just found them annoying.  So happy to get those out and get things put back to normal. 

 Here's my kitchen in mid process---this plus the opposite counter top was covered as was the kitchen table.  I had no idea we had so much stuff piled up in there.  It was nice to get rid of some of it and put things in order.

 Apparently my kids think I should never be left unsupervised.  While I worked on cleaning shelves, these two sat and ate apples and looked at books.

We had a wonderful opportunity to be in the Christmas parade in Souris this past weekend.  The kids were so pumped to actually be in a parade.  The church we went to in Charlottetown put in a float and invited us to be apart of it.  The kids and I sat on the float and sang our hearts out while Marko walked/ jogged behind the float passing out candycanes taped to tracts.  Marko wasn't too keen to go, but afterwards he was very glad to have been a part of it.   

Sorry for the hodge podge of a post--guess thats' what you get after taking a Bloggy Break. :)

 Our Christmas decorations:

 The kitchen swag.
 And our little tree.

 And the three little ones all set to go outside...and it is only at this moment that I realize that a couple of them have done some growing and need some new gear.
Time to play in the white stuff!