Thursday, March 31, 2016

Awana Awards Ceremony.

Tonight was the  Awards Ceremony for our Awana Club.  The kids have so enjoyed their year in Awana and I've really enjoyed being a leader. 

Nate and Emma-Lyn both finished their books and Nate went through it twice and did some other memory work not in the book.  He was also chosen as the clubber of the year.  He was a very excited lad!

Tonight the kids had the additional treat of going to the Awana store.  Over the year they have been accumulating points and tonight they got to spend those points on some fun toys and sweets. 

While this was the official closing for the year the kids still get to look forward to the Awana Grand Prix next Thursday!

 This is Kara our Awana Commander and Nate with his ribbon of achievement.

And a proud Emma-Lyn as well.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Maple Syrup Time!

We had planned on a regular school day but when it came up that we could go see the maple syrup production we dropped everything and headed out the door.

We just happened to meet part of the Charlottetown homeschool group on their way out.  I had a quick chat with my friend Rachel and her kiddos and invited them to come back to our house.  I even gave her the keys to the house so she could get in while we were on our tour.

We truly enjoyed learning about the process and taste testing both the sap and the syrup. The sap just tasted like sugar water while the syrup just tasted AMAZING!

Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely playdate with Rachel and her kids and she even surprised us with treat.  She had butter tarts for the kiddos and she and I enjoyed some yummy nutella doughnuts from Tim Hortons.  And she had a beautiful bouquet and sweet card for me as well.


 Throwing more wood on the fire.


 And what a flurry of bubbles there was once the fire was piled up again!


Nate taste testing the maple sap.

The lovely bouquet.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Back Into the Routine

 It was our first day back into our routine after the break.  We had a great day!  The kids dug right into their books and we had a lovely time learning together. 


By mid afternoon our weather started to get a little crazy.  The wind came up, the snow was flying and we were all happy to be inside our warm little home.  I made a big pot of chili and some biscuits for supper.  A perfect meal for a such a cold windy night.


Mmmmm, biscuits!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Monday

We slept in...it was delightful.  We had a late breakfast and then we all went to the grocery store and I picked up some hot cross buns.

After lunch and some of those yummy hot cross buns we played a round of Ticket To Ride Europe.  I was utterly trounced.  I must admit I was a less than gracious loser.  I thought I'd get at least my longest ticket made but Marko triggered end game and I still wasn't ready to finish it along with a couple other tickets.  The kids enjoyed the game and then played with Lego while I finished up our yummy pot roast dinner.

Nate and I went on a date to Pizza Delight after which the kids worked on a little video that included such things as a weather forecast, some jokes and wobbly camera work.

And this is my current reading material. I'm really enjoying the information in this book, it definitely sheds light on the 19th century in England.  And I love that as I learn new things, I'll stop and do a little additional research to find out more.  A fun and fascinating book!

The title is, What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew From Fox Hunting to Whist- the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England. By Daniel Pool

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

He is Risen! 

We have enjoyed a beautiful day today.  We enjoyed our church services and some down time today.

Tomorrow we'll have a big dinner and do some other fun little activities.  My folks weren't able to make it over this weekend due to poor weather but hopefully we'll see them this weekend.

I have to tell you that I had such a fun time at my friend Emily's birthday party.  So many lovely friends and what a fun project to do.  Her husband is an amazing artist and taught us all how to paint this lovely painting.
It's called "Star Catcher" by Aeron Brown.  There was much laughing and chatting as well as deep quiet concentration throughout the evening.  We began around 6:30 and were finishing up around 11.  The time just seemed to fly!  What a fun way to spend time with friends and celebrate!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It's the Weekend

Sean is off to his babysitting course so while he is out the other kiddos got to watch Toy Story 2 for a treat.  They even got to have some of Mommy's Smartfood popcorn.

This afternoon we'll pick up Sean, run some errands and go out for supper.  Then the fam jam will drop me off at Indigo and Denise will come to pick me up and we'll be off to celebrate a wonderful friend's 40th birthday!!  I'm so excited!

Mr. Levi cuddled in his blanket with his lovey book.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

We started our day with a delicious breakfast put on by the lovely folks of the Church of Christ in Montague.  They had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, hash browns, toast, cereal and tea and coffee and fruit punch.

We were very thankful that the freezing rain that was forecast for today wasn't as bad as they said it might be.  We had a quick lunch and then we were out the door again for our church's Easter Conference.

I was impressed with the turnout, I thought numbers would be down quite a bit with the possible bad weather but we still had a full house. The kids enjoyed the children's services and Marko and I enjoyed the messages we got to hear.



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

I survived the sleepover.  I made the discovery that I'm not a great sleepover mom type.  I was so stressed the entire time.  I was surprised by my own tenseness over the whole thing and tried to be more relaxed but just couldn't shake the stress.  Maybe if our house was a little bigger, Levi a little older and life not quite as busy, I'd do better.

Anyways, before heading to Hannah's house we popped in to visit Denise and have a quick chat before heading in town which was delightful!

We made it to Hannah's house just before twelve and we stayed for lunch and more chatting...love a good visit with another wonderful friend.  And then it was time to run from one house to another.  I stopped in to drop off money for a book I bought from one friend in Stratford then we headed into Charlottetown.

There we picked up some goodies before hitting our last stop to pick up another book.  And this is where we begin to go around and around...

Note to self--share your cell phone number so people can text you instead of leaving messages on FB. 

We got to my friend's house and she wasn't there...I suspected that I was early--We hung out in the parking lot for 15 minutes.  Then we headed to DQ because Sean needed to use the bathroom--and then back to the house--still nothing. Then Levi started screaming for milk and I was thinking I should find someone who has the internet so I can check FB for messages.

Went to another friend's house she wasn't home but her older children were so I get the milk and forget the internet for now--go back--nothing.  Tried another friend's house and sadly it looked like she and her family are out too. Drive and think, drive and think. 

Come up with another possibility and start driving in that direction only to realize halfway there that they don't use FB and not sure about the internet now.  Sean suggests another family.  They're across town--but might as well try them since we've already put this much effort into it.

Arrive at this friends house and I'm ever so thankful to see her smiling face when I knock on her door.  And I'm even more thankful when lets me come in and check my FB messages.  Thank you Melinda, you are the BEST!!

Find out on FB that my other friend was late and she had put the book in the mailbox... That killed me right there.

But now I have the book and I am happy.  My kids are in bed and I am happy.  I am not so stressed because I am happy!

Our treasures. The Life Giving Home book is the one I went in circles for.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Busy Day

Emma-Lyn has her friend Hannah over for a sleepover tonight...I think they're asleep now.  All the kids have had fun playing outside, playing Lego, playing Nintendoland and watching a movie.
The kids had their piano lessons too and enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt as part of their lesson.

While the kids were doing all these fun things I was baking raspberry jammy shortbread bars and lemon squares. I felt like I was just going in circles in my kitchen from one thing to the next.  From mixing dough to picking through Lego to getting things out of the oven and then off to wash dishes ad nauseam.

But now, the squares are done and have been delivered to our church for the conference on Friday.  All of the kids are finally in bed and I think they're sleeping. And all is quiet...Another full day tomorrow to look forward to.

I love this map puzzle--it makes my geographer's heart go pitter pat.  I have always love maps and when I was little I would pretend that the backs of leaves were maps to distant places. Yes, I was an odd child. And I love that the kids enjoy maps too.  They love putting this one together and we get some lively discussions from the map that sits on our kitchen table too.  It makes for a fun table cloth!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yay for VBS!!

Sean, Emma-Lyn and Nate enjoyed a wonderful day of Vacation Bible School at the Church of Christ today.  It was a full day from 10 am to 4 pm.  The kids did crafts, sang songs, baked, played games and much more.  The kids had a BLAST!  I have to commend the folks from that church, they put on a great VBS and are so welcoming to the whole community.  I'm looking forward to joining them for their Good Friday Breakfast!

While the big kids were away Levi and I puttered around the house.  I baked a cake for our upcoming Easter Conference at church and we dropped it off and went to Buy-Rite for a few things.  We had a quiet lunch and then it was nap time.  Oh the sweet sound of silence...it was intoxicating. I enjoyed reading my book, having a little nap myself and tackling our many baskets of laundry.  Denise popped in a little after two and we had a great little chat and even played a round of DaVinci's Challenge.

And this is what Sean decided to do before going to VBS.  He made this puzzle to send to a friend.  I love his thoughtfulness and creativity!



Monday, March 21, 2016

Time for Plan B

Well, the weather sure put the boots to our first plan of action ! We had hoped to take Sean to a babysitting course in Stratford while I took the other kiddos to the theatre to see Padington and then meet with friends afterwards.  However the snow was coming and things were getting cancelled.

This meant it was time for Plan B! 

Our Plan B turned out like this:

We had our regular breakfast and got daddy out the door to work.  We cleaned up the kitchen and then headed out the door as the snow began to fall. We ran into the Superstore and picked up some storm day treats.  We grabbed apple juice, peach ginger soda, Doritos, Cheezies and Bear Paws.

Once we were home again the kids got to work tidying up the living room so that we could begin our CPR course. We have our own CPR kit with a video and dummy named, "Mini Ann" included.  All the children tried out their skills, even Levi--which was more funny than anything else.

After that we had lunch and some quiet time.  Then it was time to set up our at home movie theatre.  We pulled out the bed and the kids got in their jammies or comfy clothes and brought down pillows and blankies.  We piled up our bowls with our snacks and got our drinks and settled in to watch Curious George 3.

We had a fair bit of snow down by this point and Marko called to say he was coming home early.  I went out and shoveled out the driveway so he could actually park the car when he got home.

After the kids finished their movie they played outside and made a snowman.  I made them hot chocolate and they played Lego until supper time.  We enjoyed some yummy Eggy Bread for supper.

While we were all disappointed that our first plan didn't come together, Plan B more than made up for that.  In Nate's words, "This was the best day ever!"




 Nate doing chest compresions.

 Levi wanted his picture taken...oh I also cut his hair today.  This was his expression when I told him to smile. Looks more like constipation to me...

Emma-Lyn discerning that our person needs help.

And then of course, "Mini-Ann" needs to be read a Christmas story after all the CPR she went through.


Sean working on their snowman.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Quiet Sunday

We did church in the morning, had lunch and quiet time in the afternoon.  We went for a lovely drive in Orwell and visited with Auntie Linda and Uncle Henk. We stopped at a park on the way home and let the kids burn off some energy.

Tomorrow we're off to town (hopefully, as long as the storm they're forecasting isn't as bad as they say) to drop Sean off at a day long babysitting course and I'm taking the rest of the kiddos to see Paddington at the theatre.  Really hoping the weather won't be too bad.

Pretty pink petals on the snow.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Breakfast is Served


I can't begin to tell you what a delight it was to come down to this display this morning:



The kids worked together to not only make breakfast but also to make it special They laid out a lovely table cloth and cloth napkins.  They made us our coffee and poured Marko's bowl of cereal and peanut buttered my cinnamon raisin bagel for me.   Such a sweet start to our day.




Last Day of Curling for the Season

This morning we all walked over to the rink to watch Sean's last tournament of the season.  The kids watched for a little bit but then switched to colouring and reading before discovering the big screen t.v at the back of the room.  They got their fill of children's programming today! Sean had a great time and is looking forward to next season.

We did manage to get the house reasonably cleaned this afternoon and then this evening I got to hang out with a lovely group of ladies.  We laughed, and talked and just enjoyed sharing our lives together.  Such a great night!

I love this cake that one of Sean's curling instructors made.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Island Hill Farm Visit

Today the kids and I as well as other homeschool families got to tour the Island Hill Farm.  It is a lovely place!  I loved the decorations and the owners were delightful and knowledgeable.

 Poor Levi  just kept falling over so I spent a lot of time picking him up and dusting him off. And he kept trying to feed the animals and for some reason he kept pestering one little girl who did not enjoy his attention in the least.

Unfortunately for me, in our rush to get out the door I hadn't dressed for the weather.  And it was ever so cold in the barns.  We lasted an hour and we had all had our fill.  Thankfully our lovely friend Joan and her son invited us to have lunch at their place.  We gladly agreed and basked in the wonderful warmth of their home.

Levi experienced more warmth than he bargained for when he accidentally touched their wood stove.  We quickly got his finger under cold water and kept him as comfortable as possible.  He has a little blister but I think he'll be fine. He's napping now and I'll check his finger when he wakes up.

Sean is off curling and we have Awana tonight.  Looking forward to putting my feet up and sipping a hot chocolate tonight once the kids are in bed!

 Loved this chandelier in the chicken coop!

 Such a cutie pie.
 Loved the juxtaposition of the chandelier and cobwebs

 Sean and a sweet little bunny.

 Such a festive feel.

 Levi and an alpaca.

 So many goats!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mud Pie

Mud season has hit P.EI. in full force.  We have several large mounds of the stuff in the backyard that the children's clothes seem to be quite attracted to.  Emma-Lyn and her friend Holly made this lovely mud pie together this afternoon.



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tea Time and Poetry

The tulips invited us to take some time to rest and enjoy their beauty as well as some poetry, art and music this morning! 

I made some yummy chocolate chip cookies and a tea pot full of hot chocolate.  We put out pretty table cloths and our little white tea cups and saucers and sat down to a lovely morning of relaxed learning. 

We began with a brief study of two of Mozart's piano concertos. Then everyone picked out some poems to share.  Sean and I read the Gruffalo together.  He did the voices while I was the narrator.  We all enjoyed that quite a bit.

Next, we wrote some acrostic poems using the letters in our names.  I even let the kids use my special markers to decorate them and we then laminated them.  And now they all hang proudly in their rooms.

We followed that with nature study.  We each sketched some of the tulips.  I definitely want to incorporate this activity in more of our everyday homeschool routine!  It was a delight and fun to see the different pictures each of the children came up with.

We had lunch and quiet time and then it was time for a rousing game of Settlers of Catan. I still love that game!


The pink is just so delicate and sweet.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tulip Time

Today our homeschool group enjoyed a lovely tour of a local tulip farm. Millions of beautiful tulips for all to see.  It was interesting to hear the process of growing, processing and selling their flowers.

Emma-Lyn and I splurged on a couple bouquets that now adorn our dinning table. 





Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fun with Supper

It was left over chili for supper tonight and nothing jazzes up leftovers quite like red corn chips!  Nate made this fun design.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Curling Provincials


This weekend Sean has been participating in his first Curling Provincials.  Unfortunately his original team was unable to compete and so he has gone in as a sub.

He has played two games so far and was a skip in at least one of those games.  He is quite the dedicated curler!  While waiting for his turn on the ice he has chatted with friends and watched other curling tournaments on the big screen at the Charlottetown Curling Club.  While he may have been disappointed not to be part of his own team, he is making the best of this wonderful experience.

Go Sean Go!!

Another Full Day

We cleaned the house, helped clean the church, scarfed down some lunch before heading down to Charlottetown.  Sean is a sub for the Provincial Curling Tournament and the first game was set for 2:30.  We dropped him off at the rink and then we headed over to the Bible for Missions store and picked up this fun game:
 It's called DaVinci's challenge and Marko and I played a round this evening and I won by three points!

And this evening the girls and I got to celebrate this lovely lady's birthday!

Yay for getting older!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Treasures

After poking through my husband's tote of stuff we found some great treasures.  We found all his old Awana Grand Prix racing cars.  The kids were over the moon about that.  We found a couple old one dollar bills which the kids marveled at.  And the piece de la resistance was finding the headphone cord that would fit into the keyboard.  Sanity Saved!!

Tickling the ivories.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Loving Lego

Since piano lessons didn't work out for us yesterday we did a redo this afternoon.

The boys were especially thrilled when Claire pulled out the theme music to Star Wars!  Emma-Lyn has come back to playing the piano as well.  She's excited that Claire will be bringing the music to Let it Go for her next lesson.

Before his lesson Nate and Holly had a grand time building this house out of Lego.



Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Fun with Science!

This morning, the kids and I had a great time learning about the movement of invertebrates in the water.

First, they all had a chance to sit on a small rug and use one foot to scoot along the floor, much like how a clam might move along the bottom of the ocean. Next, and most certainly the most entertaining experiment was learning how jet propulsion worked.  We did this one quite a few times!  I love that even in the textbook it mentioned to "feel free to repeat this as many times as you like."







Monday, March 07, 2016

Down on the Farm

Today we enjoyed a wonderful day at our friend's farm!  There were lambs and kids to bottle feed. The children went on fun walks around the property and enjoyed spotting coyote tracks in the snow.

I enjoyed helping to milk the goats and even catching one of the does to get her in to milk.  My Pake would be proud!



Sunday, March 06, 2016

A Quiet Sunday


This afternoon we went to a music recital.  There were so many talented musicians, it was a truly a treat to hear them all.  But I would have to say best of all were our friends Eliza and Isabel. They played Pachelbel's Cannon in D.  They did a wonderful job!  The next recital is in April and Sean is hoping to try his hand at playing piano in public at that time.


Lovely piece by two lovely girls.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

A Little Bit of Fun

This morning Sean was invited over for a sleepover at his best friend's house.  He was over the moon when he found out!  Half jokingly I posted on Facebook "One down three to go...Anyone else want a Peric kid over for a playdate?" Which landed Nate a playdate for the day.  Thank you to the Fergusons and the Pooles for taking in our kids! 

While the two older boys were away we had a lovely time with just Emma-Lyn and Levi.  In the morning we headed out to the library and picked up a book or two. Then we were off to Buy-Rite to pick up some yarn and and a new crochet hook for me and some hair clips for Emma-Lyn.

We had lunch at Wendy's where one of the servers came to our table and gave Emma-Lyn and Levi their own balloon.

In the afternoon Emma-Lyn and I headed back to the library to check out the Seedy Saturday event.  We had a grand time picking out various seeds for our garden.  The seeds were all donated from local gardeners.  I can't wait to get back to my garden this year.

When we got home it was time to get Levi up from his nap.  We popped some popcorn and watched the movie Brave.  We had a simple but tasty supper of subs from Sobeys and chocolate cake for dessert.  Just as we were serving the cake Nate came home.  I let him finish my slice of cake.

Once the kitchen was cleaned up we played some Ticket to Ride Europe. A great way to end a fun filled day.


Just some of our treats from the day: balloons from Wendy's, book from the library, seeds from the library event, Lego scene from Brave, new yarn and crochet hook and the Ticket to Ride game!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Can't Leave a Bookstore Without Buying a Book!

I went into town this evening in hopes of purchasing Sally Clarkson's book, The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming. One of the ladies in a Facebook Book Club I belong to mentioned that Indigo had them back in stock.  I had failed to notice, however, that this lady lives in Halifax.  So, while the Indigo in Halifax may have had the book in stock, the one in Charlottetown did not. I could have ordered the book while I was there but I really wanted the study guide which they did not have in their data banks whatsoever.  Bummer.

Jennie and I then perused their bargain books and I found this fun book.  I love bird watching and this seemed right up my alley.

Afterwards Jennie and I hit Tim Hortons for some hot beverages and then we drove down to Victoria Park.  It has been far too long since Jennie and I have just hung out so it was nice that we were able to get together sort of last minute and enjoy a nice evening together.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Stone Play

Sometimes it's just fun to break out of the ordinary and do something different.  I convinced the kids to go down to Roma in this teeth chattering cold to find nice stones.  They helped for a little while until they got engrossed in climbing the large rocks. 

Once we were back home the kiddos went to play while I cleaned and dried my rocks and shells.  It was fun to play around  and come up with a scene.  I think the kids will enjoy trying this out tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

It's Right Some Windy Out


The winds were gusting pretty good around the house this afternoon.  The kids were delighted and decided to make some plastic bag kites to fly.  I was surprised at how long they stayed out there as there was a sharp chill in the air.  Our friends Holly and Claire were over at the time and Holly had a great time too while Claire and I stayed nice and warm in the kitchen sipping our coffees.


And in other news, we had a bit of a wild night last night.  Nate is still getting over the cold and it's moved into his left ear.  Last night he was howling with pain and could not sleep.  We tried a few home remedies and nothing worked.  So at at quarter to ten Nate and Marko headed over to the ER.  Thankfully they were in and out in an hour.  He has the beginnings of an infection and we were given a prescription to fill if it got worse.

When he went to bed he was still in quite a bit of pain so we moved him to our bed and gave him more pillows and  a warm compress to put on his ear.  Still the boy couldn't sleep and cried.  Marko and I were near out of ideas and yet at the hospital Nate had been able to stay calm.  I realized then that he had been distracted from his pain by the new environment. That gave me the idea to grab some books for him to look at and maybe then he would drift off to dreamland.

It was after one in the morning by the time the poor guy fell asleep. At one thirty Marko was carrying him back to his own bed where he slept the whole night through.  He awoke this morning feeling much better, just a little congested.

I was thinking we might be having a relatively slack homeschool day with all the lack of sleep and late night excitement.  But we managed to pull off a pretty successful day! 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Time to Dance!


This morning we started our homeschool day with finishing off watching Mary Poppins.  I love that movie.  I really enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes stuff afterwards as well!  And you know that as we made our way to the kitchen to start our studies the kids were all singing, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down..." Funny, kids...Very funny!

Sean went off to curling in the afternoon, friends came over for supper and then it was time for Emma-Lyn and I to head out for step dance lessons.  I was so thrilled when her instructor needed a parent helper...I jumped at the chance to get up there again.  I got to be the centre of a windmill--very fun!  Just had to shuffle and turn around in a circle.

I may be just a little excited to be shuffling again!  The girls seem oh so impressed!