Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Trails...

Last Friday as I sat at the breakfast table and lazily watched the leaves falling from the trees, I thought how nice it would be to walk among the leaves and fresh fall air.  It didn't take me long to wrangle up the kids and head to the van for a good trail walk.

We headed out to the Boughton River Trail.  The kids were super excited!  This trail has hills and valleys, rivers and bridges and all sorts of fun things to climb over. We were heady with excitement and the golden fall leaves rushed from their branches to welcome us!  We were laughing and singing, hooting and hollering, wandering and climbing and exploring to our heart's content.  That is until we got weary and hungry, tired and sleepy and plain old pooped.

We walked and walked and walked some more. I am so proud of Levi he was quite the trooper but coming on the end of it his little legs had had enough and he was just so sad and he so desperately wanted me to carry him.  The lad is coming on 40 pounds now so I wasn't eager to hoist the boy up and he isn't a big fan of piggy backs. In the end I relented and picked him and walked as quick as I dared hoping that we were heading back to the trailhead and everything would look familiar again.

Thankfully, we weren't far off from the trailhead and we took a little break at our favourite little stream.  The kids dangled their fingers in the cold water and enjoyed a quick rest before tackling the hike back to the van.

I don't think we've ever been so happy to see our van!  We checked the trail map on our way out and discovered that we had walked over four and a half kilometers!  When we got home it was time to fill our faces and sip some well deserved hot chocolate!

 And they're OFF!!

 Old Man's Beard.
 Such a pretty little spot.

 A wandering she goes..
 Time for a rest.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Last Year's Dance Recital

Love my dance class and we had so much fun performing last year.  And we're working away this year on new steps!

I am so thankful for friends who have also enjoyed the journey of step dance and for such a great and patient teacher!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

So Happy Together!

My folks are happily enjoying their trip to Ontario going to a conference and visiting friends and family.

Here they are visiting the Kimmets in what appears to be the home of a musk ox and some other furry creatures.

Back here on PEI, the kids and I had a pretty normal quiet day. This past summer I had spent time with each one of the them up on my bed, reading aloud two books of their choosing.  Apparently this was quite the hit, so this afternoon we did it again.  I will admit that by the end of the last book I was just about going hoarse from all the reading. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time For a Walk

Today was too nice a day to pass up and spend indoors all day.  After we got our work done it was time for a walk to the waterfront. The kids enjoyed practicing some dance steps at the pavillion and then it was time to head home for lunch.

In the afternoon we went for a little drive and wound up at a beach and we did more exploring and running around. A lovely day indeed.

Pumpkin Math

We had a bit of a rough morning with our studies but we did manage to bring it back around and finish well with a Planet Earth documentary.

We enjoyed a fun math afternoon with our homeschool group.  The kids worked on estimating different amounts using pumpkins.

This picture was when the kids were predicting how far each of the pumpkins would roll down the ramp.

The funniest/ most awkward moment of the day had to be when Kristen asked for a brave adult volunteer.  I put up my hand and she quietly asked if I wanted to be mummified in toilet paper, which resulted in me dancing about and calling out, "I'm gonna be a Mummy!!"  The other parents sat and stared until one mom asked, "Is this a personal announcement?"  ", no--hahaha..." Awkward...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last Day at Our Favourite Orchard

As soon as we saw MacPhee's Orchard update on Facebook that today was their last day we knew what we had to do this afternoon.  We love their apples, their orchard and their service and what is better than buying local?! We had fun trying some new apple varieties and taking pictures.

After our orchard visit we decided to go for a drive and see where we ended up. We landed on the beach down a road called Honey Bee Lane.  We had a lovely time playing on the beach.  The kids were pretty near covered in sand by the time we got back to the van.

 My Big Boy.

 Still such a goof!

 My littlest guy such a charmer!

 Two boys together who usually end up like the following photo:

 My sweet lovey!

 My crazy crew all together.

 There she is again!

 Realizing that today is the last day...

 The apple tears are real, man!!

The beach...LOVE it!

Sand...glorious sand!

Play Date Fun

Today we had the Beuckert boys come for a visit and Emma-Lyn went to play with Isabel and Eliza for the afternoon.

It was a bit damp and overcast but the air was warm.  I took the boys over to Knox's Falls and Dam for some fun.  They loved it!  There was much gallivanting about and I took some time to snap a few photos.

Rachel picked up Emma-Lyn on her way over to our place to pick up her boys.  We made a double batch of nachos for supper and  we all dug right in.  After supper the kids scooted off to play and Rachel and I got to sip our coffees and chat before it was time to say good-bye.

Levi had been napping when we went out and when we came back, he wanted to go for a trailwalk.  The boys went in to play and I took Levi down to the waterfront for a little walk.  He seemed delighted.
 Such a dreamy little spot.

 Gabe and Nate trying to capture some water striders.

The futility of trying to throw a leaf into the water.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Starting the Day Off Right!

Nothing says "Good Morning, Sunshine!" quite like a good ol' fashioned watermelon seed spitting contest off the back deck.  The kids were thrilled at the prospect and spit their seeds as far as they could.

We followed that fun fruit fiesta with some caramel dip making for apples.  So much sugar...The kids dipped two apples and then we let them chill in the fridge while we got some school stuff done. 

The kids enjoyed their creations but I don't think we'll do that  again. I still can't get over the fact that it took two and a half cups of sugar!

 Fun on the deck.

 Enjoying the yumminess of sweet caramel.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Great Day

Love it when I get through a day and knock a bunch of items of the "to do" list.

Before homeschool time I cleaned out my fridge which was both horrifying and satisfying.  So many things get shoved in there and forgotten. YUCK!  Glad to have it all cleaned up and organized.

The kids worked hard on their studies and were ever so pleased to have Auntie Linda drop in and take them to the apple orchard.

While they were out I was able to clean out the garage and take down and put away our trampoline.  I also got the last of the deck furniture away as well. I grabbed a quick shower and was getting supper together when the troops came home.

Supper is ready and Marko just pulled in the driveway...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Special Birthday Surprises

Today we got to host a little surprise birthday party for our friend Ben.  He turns the mighty age of five on Thursday but this was the day we could squeeze in a little party get together.

In the morning the kids and I decorated with streamers and balloons.  Sean even drew Star Wars pictures on some of the balloons. Then we were off to the library to finally return a "lost" book.  I may have incurred some other library fines but lets not talk about that part...or  the part where I nearly drove off without buckling up Levi...Thankfully as I was pulling out of the parking lot he called out, "BUCKLE ME, MOMMY!!"

Back at home we grabbed some snack and this session of homeschool was brought to you by the letter L and the ever popular building blocks: LEGO!  The kids each got their own small bin of Lego that they got to sort into colours. At this point I was bursting with excitement as I taught them the joy of graphing information!  I shared with them how this was one of my favourite things to do when I was a kid.  They then made a bar graph to show how much of each colour was in their bin.  They happily worked away and enjoyed sharing and comparing their results.

Once they completed their math activity they were to build their own unique creation with only the blocks that were in their bin.  Then they were to make up a story to tell me about their creation.  They LOVED it.  I feel I may have prompted them a bit too much as I mentioned that they could make up something right out of their head or they could make a variation on an old story such as Little Red Riding Hood.  They all opted for a version of Little Red of course.  I think this will be a fun activity to go back to in the future.

In the afternoon the Bowmans showed up and we surprised Ben with our cheery, "Happy Birthday!!" He seemed quite pleased!  Denise had brought chocolate cupcakes and we had some munchies to share as well.  The kids played with Lego and watched a movie while Denise and I chatted the afternoon away.
It would seem we were fresh out of candles...( I did have a 40 candle, a 6 and a 7 but no 5 and no plain ones either) so we opted for the bamboo skewer. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creative Monday

We began our school day with our morning basket time and then we went for a walk down the trail by the waterfront.  We gathered some leaves and berries for our painting project.

Once we were home again I made hot chocolate for everyone and got things set up for painting.  We had a good but some what challenging time with this painting project.  This was the first time the kids have tried painting something that they were looking at. They usually just go nuts with their imaginations and colour everywhere. I was surprised at how hard they were on themselves if they thought they hadn't got it just right.  I think they all did a great job and we're inspired to try more projects.

After lunch we watched a documentary about Vincent VanGogh after which the children shared what they remembered about him and his work. It was fun to see them get excited about paintings they had already seen. We have a copy of his Cafe Terrace at Night and they all recognized it right away and they knew The Starry Night from a fun Youtube video I showed them which you can check out here.
Our masterpieces:

Fall Colour

 My folks had to leave early today so it was a bit of a quick goodbye whirlwind when they left.  Then we were off to church where Marko preached and I taught Sunday school.  Then it was home for lunch and then out again for me and the kids to a birthday party. 

When we got home Marko suggested a trail walk down at Mooney's Pond.  What a perfect way to end a kind of crazy chaotic weekend.  I love nature and this was a great way to unwind and let all the earlier stresses just slip away.  I think we all left feeling rejuvenated!

We came home and had a whatever dinner.  I put together some leftover turkey dinner for myself, the kids grabbed cereal and Marko made himself a turkey wrap.  And all were satisfied.

And now, prepare to be overloaded with fall colour shots!

 So peaceful!
 Little man in the big woods.

 Well, there's your problem!

 Love reflections!

 So many leaves!
My beautiful little fam jam.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Hopes are Here!

 It's been a bit of a crazy visit thus far but still highly enjoyable!

 This afternoon the Perics and Hopes were let loose in the MacPhee apple orchard.  We picked a great many tasty Jonagold apples.

 The mostly happy crew...the sun may have been in their eyes!

And our little Thanksgiving table all set for the meal.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Trail Walk

Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely trail walk with five mamas and nineteen children all together!  What fun! It was a gorgeous day and such a beautiful spot to walk.  The kids had a blast. 

We came across a little pond and the kids managed to catch a frog which they had to pass around until  everyone had a chance to hold it in their little hands.

Today the kids and I cleaned house, tried out a Wii U game demo and had piano lessons.  Marko and I went out for a little date to Tims and the Superstore this evening.  Looking forward to having my family over for the weekend!

 Wandering along and stopping to chat.

 The wee little frog.

 This boy was oh so dirty by the end of it!

Love fall colours!