Friday, July 31, 2015

Day 212

 Because it can be fun to play with the kids' toys when they're in bed.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day 211

 It was a bit of a crazy full day.  This morning Nate went on his date with Grammie Peric while the others came with me to clean the chapel.  We came home prepared some sandwich stuff and scrambled back into the car to head to Charlottetown.  We stopped at three different bookstores before heading to the West Royalty Sobeys to meet up with Jennie.

We grabbed Jennie and headed to our main destination: Brackley Beach!!  It was a beautiful day and the beach was pretty near packed.  The kids loved jumping in the waves and having a picnic on the beach. By 4:30 Levi had had his fill so we packed up and headed back to Charlottetown.  I was about to drop Jennie off when I got the bright idea we should visit Owl's Hollow and then Value Village.  It was great to see the new and improved Owl's Hollow and we always enjoy a visit to VV.  That being said I think we over did it.  Poor Levi fussed most of the way home.  It wasn't until we pulled out the Raffi CD and sang along that he calmed down.

I am so tired...I think I'll get this posted and just go to bed...

 Mr. Levi and the beautiful bright red pail that was lent to him.

He loved playing in the waves with Jennie!!

Day 210

I love when good friends pop in for a visit. And it can become even more fun when the kids decide that they would like to try out their new 3-D Shark slip n' slide. The kids had a blast.  That being said the thing is finicky and we spent a lot of time trying to keep the shark head upright.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 209

What a fun morning!  Today our homeschool group came to our house for a playdate!
The kids had a blast playing on the trampoline and the swing set and some even attempted some craft time.  I was glad that the rain held off and all 21 of us were able to enjoy some outdoor time as well as indoor time. Even though the group was large and my home is not especially big, it wasn't stressful.

 I LOVE being with my homeschool group. We're a pretty easy going bunch who encourage each other and help each other up when we fall down. We listen and give advice when we can and most importantly each individual is valued and loved. I love my homeschool community!

 Swinging high!

 Jumping Around.

Such crafty homeschoolers...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 208

We've said our good-byes and Baba and Deda head back to B.C. early tomorrow morning.  It was a good visit.  It was not without it's times of stressfulness and chaos but we enjoyed some really nice times together as well. Today we managed to sell a bed, move our old kitchen table from Grammie's house back to our kitchen and run to the grocery store. We had stir-fry for supper and played some games afterward to round out the day.

To Baba and Deda, we love you very much.  We really appreciate all that you do for and with us.  It was nice to make new memories with you both. I hope you have a lovely trip home and look forward to hearing from you soon.

And now for random photos:
Hmmm, maybe it wasn't such a great idea to let the kids watch American Ninja Warrior.  What you don't see in these photos is Levi attempting to scale the side of the door frame.

And maybe we should help the poor boy put on his helmet...

Emma-Lyn made me this twist-tie sculpture...and if my homeschooling friends play their cards right, they may get the opportunity to have their children build their own amazing twist-tie masterpieces at my place tomorrow morning!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Day 207

We enjoyed a lovely excursion out to one of our favourite places with Deda and Baba.  Kings Castle was the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.  The children played and we enjoyed some ice cream.  It was Pizza Delight brought home for supper followed up with some Mythbusters.  The kids are really enjoying the Mythbusters these days.

 Loved just swinging with these two cuties.

 Two funny little boys and a funny little car.

 Mr. Slick

 Well, there's your problem.

 Deda and Baba watching the kiddos.

Cutest pilot ever.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Day 206

 Today was the big day and such a wonderful day it was!  It was a bit cool and wet but the bride and groom were radiant.  The kids all did a fabulous job. I am so thankful for my wonderful friend Claire and her daughter Holly who came to look after Levi while we went to the ceremony.  I came back and picked him up for pictures and the reception.  I loved the couple's idea of having people come up and share anecdotes or facts about them to get them to kiss.  Sean, Levi and I left during the reception while the other stayed for part of the dance before coming home.

To Linda, you were and are a beautiful bride.  I am so excited for you and Henk.  I was so blessed to be there for your big day.  Your vows had tears in my eyes! May God richly bless your marriage!

To Henk, I have a brother in law now!  So thrilled it's you!  You are such a great man and husband for Linda.  You are such a wonderful uncle to our children!  God bless!

Now for the pictures!

 A very excited flower girl.

 Love her hair.

 Such a beautiful bride and her matron of honour.

 My handsome hubby and a very proud brother of the bride.

 A very happy mother of the bride.

 The program and centrepieces.

 Pretty little girls.


 Handsome little ringbearer.

 The beautiful couple.

 Giddy children.

 Reception decorations.

Beautiful Bridal Bouquet.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Day 205

Today I got my hair trimmed and we ran in town to run some errands.  We met up with Baba and Deda and had a quick lunch at Burger King.  Then we were off to Emmanuel Bible Camp to pick up Sean.  He had an AMAZING time at camp.  Loved it all and was full of stories.  Baba and Deda joined us for supper and we chatted about plans for tomorrow.  I think everything is pretty much figured out for Linda and Henk's big day.

In all this hub bub it was nice to sit down and do something therapeutic.  While I'm not entirely happy with the end result I did enjoy just being creative.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day 204

 It was another cool and wet day today.  We did some tidying up and then Baba and Deda came over to visit.  Enjoyed a lovely chat with them and we pulled up Google maps to get a good idea of where they live in B.C.  The highlight of the day had to be watching Deda and Levi play horsies together...So sweet!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 203

Just a beautiful sunset after a mostly rainy but busy day.  We enjoyed visiting with Baba and Deda this afternoon.

It was a perfect evening for a drive in town to go walking along the boardwalk with Jennie.  We stopped in at Starbucks and we drove around and reminisced about our time at the Maritime Christian College...I can hardly believe that it's been 16 years since we met outside my dorm room. So many great memories.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 202

What a fun morning!  The kids and I went to the Butterfly House in New Glasgow with some of our homeschool group.  The kids were enthralled with the butterflies and loved carrying them around on pieces of orange.  We also enjoyed a lovely walk along the Garden of Hope. 

This afternoon was also fun as Deda and Baba dropped in for a visit and then we met Henk and Linda at Pizza Delight for supper.

Now for lots of pictures of butterflies and things!

 So many gorgeous colours

 Levi loved the birds.
 Mr.Ben waxing philosophical with his butterfly.

 Mr. Sammy delighting in his fine winged friend.

 At one point Nate was hopeful to get ten butterflies to land on him at once.  His record was two.

 I love the bright orange!

 Emma-Lyn loved looking at the butterflies up close.

 Such a cool butterfly with nearly transparent wings.

 Such a beautiful blue.

 A butterfly drying it's wings after emerging from it's chrysalis. 

  Cool hanging orb.

A wild rose along one of the paths in the garden.

Emma-Lyn desperately wanted to pick one of the  flowers since they were just so beautiful!