Thursday, September 29, 2016

Risk of Frost

It was a call to harvest this morning and the kids were thrilled to go and pick what was left of our gardens.  We have a lot of green tomatoes, a few zucchini and some squash.  I'm happy with how well the tomatoes and zucchini grew, I don't think I'd do the squash again though.

And in other news it looks like we are finally rounding the corner in this cold business.  No one was up over night last night and today most folks were feeling pretty healthy.  There's still some sniffles and coughs but nothing too bad.


Just a little glimpse of our bounty.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Cold Cycle

We, here in the Peric household are entrenched in the battle of the cold. Once one fella seems to be out of a phase the next fella picks it up.  Never before have the children ever had an earache but this particular brand of cold has them all curled up in balls, howling in pain.  It began with Emma-Lyn, went to Sean and last night it grasped Levi in it's evil clutches.  This meant that I spent most of the night getting up and consoling him and attempting to go back to bed but only for a time as Levi would start up again. I gave up come morning and crashed in his toddler bed with him just to catch some sleep in a solid stretch. By the time I finally crawled out of there I had lost the feeling in my left arm.

Levi was much better through the day. Then it was poor Nate's turn in earache arena of pain.  He and I crashed on my bed for cuddles to help him calm down and he drifted off to sleep for awhile which appeared to do him some good.

In the afternoon it was decided that some fresh air and a leisurely walk might brighten some spirits.  Off we went to Roma and it was a delightful respite indeed.  The kids skipped rocks and enjoyed being by the water and I loved breathing in the salty sea air!

After supper we piled on the couch and ate popcorn and watched a Planet Earth video.  I was impressed with what the kids already knew and shared as we watched the video about shallow waters.
Now, all is quiet. No howls, nor sniffles, nor coughs in the night.  All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Play Date Fun

 It was a bit of a crazy day where we didn't quite follow my original plans for the day.  Nate did bake another loaf of bread and I tried a new crockpot recipe.  The bread was great but the crockpot recipe was only okay--probably won't make that one again.

In the afternoon the kids had their piano lessons and we had a lovely visit with the Bueckerts.

The girls enjoyed some fun colouring time together:
 Looking from the inside...

 And looking in from the outside.

 Such a little sweetheart.




Monday, September 26, 2016

Poetry And Tea Time

It was our first poetry and tea time of the year!  Nate made a lovely loaf of bread for the occasion which was much enjoyed by everyone.  We were all drinking orange juice instead of tea as everyone is still dealing with colds.  We enjoyed new poems and lots of our old favourites. Such a great way to spend an afternoon.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

MacPhee's Orchard!

There is nothing better in the world than walking in a beautiful orchard and picking delicious apples!

I love visiting MacPhee's apple orchard.  It is such a lovely place to walk and just enjoy one of my favourite aspects of autumn.  It was a bit of a grab and dash as the weather could not seem to make up it's mind today.  One moment it would be pouring rain and the next the sun was shining brightly.  We picked two bags full before the skies opened up once again.  It worked out to be 41 pounds worth of delicious Gingergold apples.


 Miss Emma-Lyn enjoying a tasty apple!



 I love apples!


 Row upon row of gorgeous apple trees.

 Our haul.

On our way out of Cardigan we made a stop and while I waited in the van I snapped a few photos of what seemed to be abstract art due to the rain cascading down our windshield.



 
 



Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Day Well Spent

I enjoyed a wonderful day with an amazing group of ladies!  The Charlottetown Bible Chapel was hosting the Ladies Missionary Conference and they did an outstanding job! We learned quite a bit about a missions effort in Zambia as well as updates in Peru and Papua New Guinea.  We made bracelets for persecuted Christian women in Sri Lanka and there was a delightful book table to peruse.  And the meals were delicious! I did so enjoy launching the ladies into a rousing rendition of Thanks for the Food!  Good times!

 Such a yummy cake!
 Two very lovely ladies working diligently on their bracelets...Alyson and I may have been having a race to see who could finish the fastest..ahem..we are so mature!

 And this lovely lady lead us in our bracelet making and did such a magnificent job!

 A room full of dedicated ladies.

My little table of friends--except one of them is a wee bit sneaky and hid my bracelet on me...I'll let you guess who that might have been!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Step Dance Freestyle


  

Nate loves his step dance lessons and especially enjoys coming up with his own steps.  He wanted me to watch his latest configuration and I had to video it!  Such a keener!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

We Got Off to a Good Start...


We began with checking out our science experiment.  We had eight slices of apple in different mixtures to see which mixture would best preserve the slice of apple.  It looks like to us that Cup 3 is the winner and this was just table salt.  The others were mixtures of table salt/Epsom salt/ baking soda.

After our experiment we had our basket time which went quite well.  Then I tried out a new and what I thought would be a fun math challenge...I was wrong and it all pretty much went downhill after that.  People dug in their heels and just would not participate which was frustrating. We got through it though and managed to enjoy our afternoon for the most part.  The kids were excited to go to Awana tonight and they had a good time.  They're all fighting the cold and I feel like I'm coming down with it now too.  I'm just going to finish up this post and my hot lemon drink and then I'm off to bed!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Tough Day For Our Island


As we were happily working away during our homeschool day I got a call from my friend Denise.  We've been coordinating a field trip together and I assumed the call was about that and it was, but she also informed me that all Island schools were being evacuated due to a bomb threat.



 I could hardly believe it.  Things like that just haven't happened here.  When I hung up the phone I gazed at my children--thankful that I knew where they were and how they were doing.  I could only imagine how hard it must have been for many Island parents when they got the news.  How scared they must have felt and how relieved when their children were home safe and sound. 

We stopped our homeschool day to pray.  We prayed for the families, for the schools and for the police. I am thankful that everything worked out and that families are home safe and sound.

Mr. Levi working at the easel with his cookie in hand!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Memories...


It's funny what tucked away things you come across when you're going through totes and boxes for a yard sale.

I happened to open one box and it was full of old photos.

This has to be one of my favourite pictures of this lovely couple.  Giles and Sharon were like my adopted parents when I moved to PEI.  They lived in the apartment at Maritime Christian College.  My friends and I spent so many hours in their apartment--sipping coffee, talking, laughing and listening to many of Sharon's stories about her family.  I loved those days--wouldn't trade them for anything!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Taking Homeschool on the Road


Tomorrow is a morning of appointments so we're taking our work with us. It's not their normal books but still a few things to keep them engaged while we sit in waiting rooms.

Our bag o' homeschool stuff.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

70 Mile Yard Sale

 What a gorgeous day!  I arrived at our site at seven this morning and got to work setting up.  People started showing up at seven thirty even though we weren't officially open until nine.  The morning was a bit cool and windy but the sun came out and warmed things up.  Lots of people popped in and it was great to visit with friends as well!

I packed my things up at four and my friends are graciously helping me out by holding onto some of my left over stuff to see if it will sell tomorrow.

After the yard sale I picked up Marko and the boys and we headed over to the MacDonald's house for supper and some fun. We had nachos and while the kids played and watched a movie, the adults played a round of Settlers and I won!

Such a great day!
 My books and odds and ends.

My clothing area.

And I forgot to put on sunscreen and my face is ever so red!

I am so tired.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Big Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the 70 mile yard sale and some friends and I are vendors this year.  I have the van packed and I hope I'm ready.  I'm going to bed soon and I'll be stopping at Tims for a fresh coffee in the morning!

This evening Emma-Lyn is at a sleepover birthday party.  They're going to be dressing up at some point and this is the costume that Emma-Lyn and I came up with:

In case you can't tell, she is a breast cancer survivor dragon boat medalist... Just like her Gramma Hope!

And my wares to sell tomorrow!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Awana Begins Again!

The kids were super pumped to go to Awana tonight!  As soon as they got up they wanted to know how long it was until Awana.  We had some new kids join us and we had a great first night back. 

We had  good school day but we were a bit late starting and we began a science experiment that took a bit longer to do than I had anticipated so we were a little behind the eight ball when Claire arrived for piano lessons.  Still, the kids were keen and worked hard on what we did accomplish.

I picked these sheets up at the Superstore and let the kids fill them out yesterday.  I forgot to a get a picture of each of them holding their card but still here they are.

 This was Levi's contribution...I love his use of the ever popular squiggle.




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Official First Day!

We had a great day!! The kids really seemed to enjoy the new tweaks to their day and got on quite well with their studies.  We began a little after nine and we were finishing up a little after twelve.

In the afternoon the children practiced stepdance and piano before heading outside to ride their bikes for a bit.

Sean's chore in the afternoon is to help prepare supper.  Tonight we were having a chicken dinner so he helped cut and peel carrots and potatoes and he decided we should make things fancy.  Emma-Lyn was delighted with idea and immediately got a nice dress and hat on for the occasion.  Nate on the other hand was not interested at all in dressing up.  That said, he did manage to put on a nice shirt and tie with his black gym pants.  We put on a table cloth, flowers for a centrepiece, wine glasses and candles. Sean got the classical music playing as Marko walked in the door.  It was a lovely meal.

After supper and evening chores Sean desperately wanted us all to waltz in the living room.  So we played some Strauss and waltzed around the living room. The kids took turns dancing with each other as well as Marko and I. It was pretty funny and a lot of fun!

 Nate working on his Lego challenge.

After supper and before the waltzing began, Levi thought he would crawl in behind daddy and see if he could steer him with his ears. Marko was thrilled!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First Day!?!

Oh.my.dear...that was one wild ride of a first day of homeschool.  In fact, I can't really call it our official start since we didn't really accomplish much.  I don't know if we all got up on the wrong side of the bed, or we're suffering from summer withdrawal or what...But wow, talk about your grumpy, crabby beginnings.  And it all started at breakfast--there was some complaining and whining and gnashing of teeth.  Not a pretty sight. 

I decided to let go of my plans and tackle Mt. Laundry instead.  I got things sorted and asked the kids in to help fold which they did. Next I went upstairs and began the task of straightening the boys' room with their help and in the midst of that I got a call to set up appointments for the children with the eye doctor.  When I came downstairs the children had decorated the kitchen with balloons and signs that read, "Happy Back to Sckool!" I was impressed!

We had our snack and instead of jumping into our books, I outlined what our homeschool days will look like.  This really seemed to impress the kids.  We did do our basket time so I guess that is something. After that we went for a walk down to the waterfront and the kids picked and gobbled up as many blackberries as they could find. 

While I fixed lunch and the kids played, we listened to quiet classical music which seemed to calm us all.  Levi had his nap while the rest of us finally got to watch The Sound of Music.

This evening we had stepdance lessons.  Sean and Nate are also giving it a whirl this year and enjoyed their first lesson.

Just watching the waves and munching on blackberries.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Not Back To School Picnic

We had an awesome day at the picnic!  We picked up the MacGregor kids before heading out to Canoe Cove for an afternoon of fun.  As soon as I pulled into the parking lot the kids barrelled out of the van and that was all I saw of them until they came around for food and then off they went again. I kept an eye out for them and would do the head count to make sure everyone was okay.  Levi stuck close to me for the first little bit but once he was feeling comfortable off he went to find friends and play.

It was ever so windy though!  The kids didn't mind at all but some of us adults were very happy to have hoodies and scarves on!

When Denise and I went for a walk down on the beach with Ben and Levi, I took off my scarf and let it blow in the wind.  The boys thought this was fun and wanted to give it a try as well:

 Ben letting the scarf wave in the wind...

 And then pulling the scarf over his head for a bit of fun!


 Such a gorgeous spot!

Mr.Levi found a book about cars.  He was pleased!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Hills Are Alive...

Look what a lovely and thoughtful friend from church gave me for my birthday!!

If the kids and I weren't already going to a Not Back to School picnic tomorrow I know what we'd be doing instead! Maybe after we get our school stuff done on Tuesday we'll enjoy some Sound of Music!

Today was our first day back to Sunday school and I love my little class.  We had a great time together--I'm looking forward to the rest of our year.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

First Apple Picking Fun of the Season

This afternoon we headed over to Maple Farms for our first walk in an orchard of the season. We had a great time.  The kids were super excited to go gallivanting about between the trees picking apples and playing in the tall grass.

 Levi quite enjoyed his apple and explained to me that they weren't disgusting--they were good!

 Pretty little ladder among the apple trees.


 Creatures both great and small--Nate does love them all.

Later we walked along a trail and found a vast amount of blackberries.  The kids had quite a time picking these and filling our little container.

 

Mr. Levi and his blackberry.

Muggins

Mr. Nate loving on "our" cat, Muggins.  He's actually the neighbour's cat but he comes to our house each day looking for lovin' and we gladly oblige.  He is such a sweetheart.  He purrs at the drop of a hat and just enjoys being with people.  Nate is absolutely smitten with him--Marko not so much.  He likes to poop in the yard which isn't very endearing.

I love his half mustache!


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Date Night!


Tonight Marko and I went on a lovely little date night.  We met friends at The Himalayan and enjoyed a wonderful dinner!  I had the butter chicken and Marko had the tikka masala. YUM!

We had to hustle out the door to make it to our  movie on time.  We went to see Sully.  I really enjoyed it!  We made a quick stop into the Superstore after that. We picked up some fruit and coffee and I found a cute tube of lip gloss on half price.  When we were at the check out the cashier was having a hard time trying to find the bar code which gave Marko the leeway to crack a joke about it not being his colour..the cashier doubled over...



And in case you were wondering, the children have not picked up their school books again and I'm okay with that.  Tuesday will be our fresh full start and we'll go from there.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Beach Night!

The days have been wildly hot and sticky the past few days and I knew we needed some beach time.  And as soon as supper and evening chores were done, we were off!  We dropped Marko off at the church business meeting and we picked up the MacGregor kids and hit Panmure beach.

It was 8 o'clock by the time we got there and it was glorious!! The kids had a blast splashing about and I enjoyed just walking in the water and splashing about with Levi.  The water was a welcome relief and just so calming to the soul. We delighted in seeing the moon and the kids ran up and down the beach, dug in the sand and then ran for the waves again.


 I will never tire of this view!

 Crazy kids!
I see the moon and the moon sees me!