Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here as no doubt you all are experiencing as well. There have been piano recitals, family dinners, crafts and baking and all the other fun memories made at Christmas time.

After their piano recital we all headed over to Uncle Brian and Auntie Bernie's for some family fun.  The kids quite enjoyed the ornament crafts and toys they had available.

Sean decided to hang his ornament on their tree.

At one point in the evening we had quite the engineering feat to behold.  Nate was determined to build a ramp that his truck would go down successfully.  He did accomplish it to much fanfare!

Later in the week we settled in to do some baking for neighbours and friends as well as ourselves.  We made jammy shortbreads, Oreo truffles, candy cane cocoa cookies, lemon squares and mystic bars.

The kids were a great help to me.  Emma-Lyn jumped right in and put her apron on to get baking.  Nate popped in once in awhile to lend a hand and Sean was my Gopher.  I was so thankful for him picking up ingredients I had forgotten about! And even Levi did his part.  He did dishes:
And yes, it did end with him just playing in the water.

Emma-Lyn and I in our baking zone.

And Sean coming home with a few more things.

And then it was off to drop off our goodies to our friends and neighbours.

Another big fun event in my life was participating in Art Battle!!  What an experience!  I LOVED it.  The gist of the thing is it's basically speed painting but this time with a twist--you worked with a partner!  My amazingly talented friend Jo invited me to be her partner and what a time we had!  I would jump at the chance to do it again.  We worked in two 30 minute rounds producing two works of art.  Our first piece was inspired by Bob Ross and I painted many happy little trees!
 Here we are hard at work and our finished piece:

 Our second piece was two cardinals sitting in a tree.  I experienced some mild panic during this one, I messed up the outline of my cardinal but thankfully the sky blurred that out and we were good to go.
 Jo is just amazing and I was so grateful to work with her.  I love her style and her ability to adapt to the circumstances!
 Our happy little birdies!

On Christmas Eve we went to our church for our morning service and then headed down to the little church right in Montague to help prepare Christmas dinner.  I love this opportunity to share the love of serving and helping out with the children.  Afterwards we came home for some down time before our traditional lasagna supper.
 No real plates for us--I love simplicity and less time cleaning up. :)  We enjoyed the evening service at church and headed home to open one gift.  The kids were super pumped to open their Christmas pjs from Gramma and Grampa.

 Such funny kiddos!

Me and my handsome hubby!

 And the whole crazy family piled on the couch!

Christmas morning we were up by 7:30 and opening stockings before heading to the kitchen for breakfast.  It was a quick breaky and grab your coffee to head back to the living room for present opening.  The kids all seemed very happy with their gifts and enjoyed playing with their toys.

At 11:30 we headed down to church to help serve the Christmas dinner.  The kids did a great job and were wonderful helpers and servers.  As we were cleaning up the kids played us a couple of tunes on the piano.
 It was quite the windy, snowy, slushy messy day and when we got home Marko and Levi got to work shoveling the driveway together.
And just to keep it real all these happy memories were interspersed with meltdowns and flaring tempers and all manner of craziness! 

And for my last shot--Marko in his new sweater we got him...finally, a sweater I won't steal from him!!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas Time, A Birthday and a Recital!

It's been a busy time with Christmas preparations and a couple more house showings as well.  This has been no simple task trying to sell our place.

The kids enjoyed putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations and watching our first Christmas movie.

 We watched Elf.  This evening we watched the Muppet Christmas Carol--a much loved classic.

Sean turned 12 and had some friends in for a games night.  They had a blast and it was lovely and low key which was super easy for me.

I love the happy golden glow of the Christmas tree:

This past weekend we made our last trek to Nova Scotia.  We celebrated Sean and Auntie Karina's birthday. We also did a mini Christmas celebration and opened our gifts from Gramma, Grampa and Auntie Karina.  They don't usually get to see our happy faces as we open gifts so this was quite a bit of fun for everyone!
 So many candles!

This past Tuesday our homeschool group enjoyed our Craft day and bake exchange.  I loved organizing it and seeing the kids get right into their crafts.  I'm so thankful for our homeschool group and having parents get involved and lead a craft or help with crowd control.  It was a really fun day for all!
 Some of the older girls working on their wreaths.

And this is just a fun picture of "our" cat Muggins under the tree.  He's really the neighbour's cat but he comes over for visits.

This week we also spent some time studying the Halifax explosion.  This inspired Sean to make his own simulation on Minecraft!

And this afternoon we enjoyed the Celtic Christmas step dance recital the kids were involved in.  I was happy to be the emcee for the event and dance with my wonderful friend Claire!
 All lined up and ready to go.

 Claire and I and what appears to be the apparition of our dance instructor, Jordan!

The whole troupe on stage.

It was a fantastic afternoon and tomorrow night the kids will be participating in their Sunday school concert.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Levi Turned Four!

 Another week in November means another birthday at the Peric's! 

Last week Levi turned the big FOUR!! This was the first time that he actually wanted to invite a friend over.  He had asked two boys but only one was able to come.  Titus and Levi had a grand time!

We started with playing in the leaves. They loved piling up the leaves on the slide and scooting right into them.
 We followed that up with some bubble fun before heading back inside to warm up.

Time for cake and goodies.


Levi picked blue and green for his decoration colours.

The boys also played dinkies and watched some of Cars 3.  Levi loved his little birthday party and even thanked me for having it.  What a cutie.

In other news, we're just trucking right along in our studies.  Some mornings we start with bookwork and other times the kids pull out some other materials.

 Sean and Nate pulled out the old Monopoly board to have some gaming fun to start their day, while Emma-Lyn got serious with her goggles and experimented with fabric and dyes.

 Levi went for the multitasking route and headed outside to get some fresh air and practice his cutting skills.
Love my funny little kiddos!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Birthdays and Other Stories

This week has been a full week with Marko and Nate's birthdays, visits from far away friends, two house showings, a field trip to the symphony, there was glow night at Awana where Sean ran into a concrete wall which ended in a trip to the ER--he is going to be okay, and we decluttered the garage.

Nate had a birthday party with six friends.  They played outside, they played freeze dance inside, had cake and chips and cheezies and watched a movie. It was simple, fun and didn't leave me feeling frazzled.

The house showings --what to say, we clean the house and hope but so far folks just aren't interested.  It's disappointing and I'm finding the whole real estate business to be a farce but what can you do.  We shall keep our heads up and keep on trucking!

We were ever so delighted when our friends Noel and Dwana dropped in for a quick visit.  They live in Ontario so it's not very often we get to hangout.  It was lovely just to chat and catch up for the afternoon.

On Thursday night we had glow night at Awana...The basement was decked out in black lights, white streamers and different coloured glow sticks.  The kids were pumped.  Unfortunately when Sean's group was playing games, he was running full tilt and missed seeing the wall until his head crashed into it.  I took him to the ER right away just to make sure nothing was wrong.  I have never seen such a big goose egg in my life!  It's looking like he'll have quite the black eye by tomorrow.

And on Friday we cleaned out the garage so we could get the fire pit and the BBQ put away for the winter.  Had a nice chat with the neighbours...Apparently they don't want us to move--we are just too good a neighbour to pass up! LOL

The Hopes were supposed to come visit today but with the high winds the boats were cancelled but hopefully they can make the trek tomorrow instead.

 Mr. Nate the Great turned Eight!

 We got a new game called Near and Far--such a fun game!

 The Gerums came to help celebrate the birthdays.

 Muggins decided he'd try snuggling on my back...it didn't work out too well.

Our homeschool group was treated to a lovely experience with the Atlantic String Machine. The kids were enthralled.  So much beautiful music and the musicians were so very personable and knowledgeable-- couldn't ask for a better event.  We are very thankful to the homeschool student that won the event through the writing of a poem for a contest.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Falconry Event 2017

 I am beyond thrilled that such a thing as Falconry Services exists on P.E.I!!  The educational presentations that they put on are exceptional!  So much information and delivered in a very kid friendly and fascinating way.  And then add to that the experience of holding a falcon and for the adults the experience of having a hawk land on your gloved hand is just out of this world!

The owner, Jamie Stride is passionate about what he does and easily conveys this to his audience.  His obvious knowledge and respect for his birds is a delight.  He takes you through the elements of falconry as well as sharing about the individual birds and their personalities.  If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend you book a presentation with Island Falconry Services! You will not be disappointed!

They are based out of Albany in Prince County and I hope that we can some day pop in and visit their facilities and meet all their birds!

 This is a still shot of Hulk the Harris Hawk flying over me....This was intense!

 This Jamie with his peregrine gyr hybrid.

 Emma-Lyn with Sam the Saker falcon.

 Each of the kids were very serious as they held Sam.

 I find it a bit funny as it seems that the T-Rex on Nate's shirt is also checking Sam out!