Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tulip Love

This morning the kids had dentist appointments so we took our homeschool on the road.  The kids did their work in the waiting room and we are very happy to report that no one has any cavities!!  And Sean was complimented on his teeth by the dentist. 

Afterwards I decided it was time for a treat and off we went in search of beautiful tulip fields.  The first one we came to had already been cut and it wasn't particularly photogenic so we went home for lunch and then off to Dromore to find the epic tulip fields.  We were not disappointed.  Sean's comment was that it looked just like Holland!

These partiucular fields belong to Vanco Farms.

Monday, May 29, 2017


This beautiful picture arrived today in our mail.  And I am ever so thankful for it.  All of the children have  had their portraits sketched.  The older children had theirs done by a teacher that worked with Colleen and Linda in Cyprus.  This gorgeous piece of artwork was drawn by a very talented and loving friend.  I am so blessed to have this and am so thankful for her and her artistic talent.

Love how she captured that little Levi smirk--full of mischief and cuteness!  Thank you so much Helen, for doing this for us--it is perfect!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Fun Saturday Afternoon

 This afternoon we enjoyed the Touch a Truck event put on by the town of Montague as part of their 100 years celebrations.  I think the boys quite enjoyed themselves!
 They especially loved honking the horns and turning on the sirens.

 And yes, of course Sean has to do the 'Live long and prosper' sign for a picture.

After we'd had our fill of trucks we crossed the street to take in the Island Falconry event being put on by the library.  It was another wonderful presentation.  Jamie really knows his stuff and is great with the audience and the birds are absolutely breath taking!
 Sam the Saker falcon.
 Hermes the Gyr Peregrine hybrid falcon.

And Hush the Harris Hawk.

Fun with Trucks and Birds

 This afternoon we enjoyed the Touch a Truck event put on by the town of Montague as part of their 100 years celebrations.  I think the boys quite enjoyed themselves!
 They especially loved honking the horns and turning on the sirens.

 And yes, of course Sean has to do the 'Live long and prosper' sign for a picture.

After we'd had our fill of trucks we crossed the street to take in the Island Falconry event being put on by the library.  It was another wonderful presentation.  Jamie really knows his stuff and is great with the audience and the birds are absolutely breath taking!
 Sam the Saker falcon.
 Hermes the Gyr Peregrine hybrid falcon.

And Hush the Harris Hawk.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Lovely Little Visit

Today the children and I enjoyed a lovely visit with one of my past students from Grace Christian School.

This is Spencer reading to us from Nate's favourite book about ocean life:

Spencer was in my grade 5/6 class.  After school when all the other students had gone home, he used to regale me with his own made up stories about the governess.  So nice to visit with him now that he's all grown up.  He even went to my Alma Mater--Mount Allison University!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

That Awkward Moment When...

Let's start this post with today's most awkward moment. There were a few more awkward moments throughout the day but this was by far the best.

We were at the kitchen table working through our school stuff when we arrived at our studies in Ancient Egypt.

Today's session included jewelry, hairstyles and cosmetics.  The children drew pictures and we discussed and wrote down the details.  For the cosmetic section the book displayed an activity where everyone could do their own Ancient Egyptian make up.

I asked the kids if they wanted to do it and at first they were all fairly keen but then they remembered that we were going out later and they all chickened out.  I decided that I would go ahead and do my own makeup just for fun...

So, there I was at the hall mirror applying a thick black line under my eye and extending it nearly to the bottom of my eyebrow as well as another thick black line to my upper lid when the doorbell rang!!

Seriously?! Practically no one EVER comes to my house through the day unless I've made specific plans but today and at this specific moment someone shows up?!! Are you kidding me?!

There is nothing I can do at this point, but answer the door with my face looking like I have no sweet clue how to apply eye makeup appropriately.  And at the door was just our friendly door to door salesman--this resulted in the ever so awkward explanation of why my face looked so lopsided.  The children were kind enough to interject their own comments and observations which was ever so helpful!

In other news, this afternoon when the kids and I were in town we stopped into Value Village and scored this lovely game for just $2.99!

Sean is super pumped to play it!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Snail Mail!

 While I love a good email, nothing beats getting something in the mail!  Today we got the treat of two fun pieces of snail mail:
 The CD on the left is our fabulous friends, the Skys.  Now we know what we'll be listening to in the van tomorrow!  And the card on the right is from my marvelous friend Melinda!  She lives in Indiana and she also sent along my old Moby wrap to give to my sister in law.  I loved reading her letter and the kids were equally delighted by the notes from her kids.  Levi in particular was thrilled to get his own piece of mail.  He hugged it to himself and kept saying, "It says to Levi, it says to Levi!"

This evening Marko and I had a little date time and headed over to Linda's place to drop off the Moby.  Luckily little Daniel woke up from his nap while we were there and uncle Marko got to hold his sweet little nephew.

 Sweet fellas.

 Loved the pink clouds as we headed home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Victoria Day!

 It was a wonderfully warm and sunny day today!  A great day to do some yard work and garden prep as well as finally get the bikes out.  And in the midst of all that we even made a trip to my happy place: Panmure Beach!
 This is why I love living on Prince Edward Island--you're never very far from a beach!

While it was warm, the breeze was brisk and I couldn't imagine that the temperature of the water was all that great.  The fact that the water was downright chilly did not stop my kids from getting sopping wet.  Also, they got ridiculously sandy!  They had a blast!

 Would you look at those waves!

 Apparently they were wildly inviting:

I could stay here all day!
 Crazy kids!
 I had my girls with me today and Emma was fairly keen to get wet as well!

 Gracie got her feet wet but decided that was enough for her and got to work at mucking about in the sand:

Gotta love the dunes and clouds!

This evening after the girls left I headed in town for a long overdue visit with my friend Tammy a.k.a Sweetums!  We had dinner together and then headed over to the hospital to meet this handsome little fella:
This is Josiah and he is adorable!  My beautiful bestie Jennie and her husband Troy are going to be great parents! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baby Shower for Daniel

Yesterday Emma-Lyn and I went to the family baby shower for Linda and my nephew Daniel.  It was a lovely time and Emma-Lyn was pretty pleased to finally get to hold Daniel.  I was pretty pumped to hold him and get to feed him too.  He is such a sweetie pie and growing fast!

This afternoon we went for a little drive and a trail walk in Mount Stewart.  It was crazy windy out so our walk was more of a brisk jog! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just Another Homeschool Day

 I just never know what the day will bring.  I might have my plans, but my kids come up with all kinds of spontaneous stuff to keep me on my toes.

Let's take today for instance, we had our extra student with us for the day which my kids were quite excited about.  I let them begin their day with play outside as the weather was absolutely amazing!!  They decided to make mud bricks in some of our cinder blocks.  Sean and Jake have plans to get a little landscaping business going.

After they had the bricks on the driveway to dry they came up to the deck to have snack and we had our circle time. During our read a loud we were interrupted by a couple of blue jays who were in the process of building their nest in one of our trees. We all stopped and watched as they broke off twigs and flew up farther into the tree to build their nest.

 The kids  had another break while I got the rest of our homeschool materials together in the kitchen.

They amused themselves by discovering the power of the magnifying glass:
 They did indeed get a little fire going and were quite pleased with the effect.  Nate had safety glasses just in case things got out of hand.  The hose was nearby and the little fire was put out quickly.  Then it was time to hit the books once again.

We had a hot dog lunch on the deck and then we went inside for some quiet time. The kids read books and played quietly while Levi went up for his nap.

 The kids really wanted to do a bonfire so we gathered up some sticks and got a little fire going in our fire pit.  I managed to deal with a good amount of our yard debris this way.  After all this fire and heat it was definitely time to bring out the sprinkler!! The kids had a blast!

We had another quick nature moment when I noticed a small spider catch a mosquito on our deck.  The kids all came over and we watched as it scampered under the deck with it's dinner.

So much of our day seems to come by the seat of our pants and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Resources and Other Homeschool Tips

As a homeschooler I am always on the lookout for more resources!  Whether it's living books, documentaries or good museums or art galleries to visit, it's always great to find a good resource that will fit nicely into my homeschool day.

Within their huge collection of Christian movies, Pure Flix also offers quite a variety of resources for the avid homeschooler. Just check out this pamphlet:

Pure Flix just might have that extra bit of content to benefit your homeschool day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Birthday Tea Party

We were invited to lovely birthday tea party this afternoon.  Emma-Lyn's friend Liana turned 10 and while the girls enjoyed tea and treats, the boys roamed the wild outdoors.

It was a wonderful afternoon of fun and games, presents, and cake.  The girls got to decorate their own hat and tea cup to take home.  Everyone had a blast!

All the lovely ladies sporting their treasured hats!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mothers Day!!

 We have enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day weekend!  We started it all off with our first run of the season to the mainland!  So thankful to have the ferry up and running once again!

My kids love the boat ride and cannot wait to get to Gramma and Grampa's!  It was a gorgeous day for sailing across the Northumberland Strait.  As we came barreling down Grampa's long driveway we honked our horn profusely as we usually do.  This normally has the effect of bringing all the Hopes out onto the deck to greet us.  Not so much this time. No one came out, no one greeted us but that did not deter us nor dampen our spirits.  We made our way through the entryway and into the kitchen and still, no Hopes?!  Finally, I walked into the living room and there are Gramma and Grampa just as relaxed as can be sitting in their chairs without a care in the world!

They were quickly out of their chairs and hugs and love and laughter were shared.  Trooper wasn't feeling too well so perhaps she didn't hear us coming and wasn't able to alert the others to our presence.  Nate was pretty happy to see his pal:
We sat and chatted awhile before having some lunch and playing a new game we just discovered.  We call it, Mind Your Health!  And all you need to play is a portable blood pressure monitor and willing participants!  Quite a captivating game.  Everyone had a chance to take their blood pressure and ask Nurse Gramma if that was normal.  Just look at this excited particpant:

After lunch we headed outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Nate, Emma-Lyn and Levi enjoyed rolling down the hill and driving the play tractor while Sean and Marko worked on putting together Auntie Karina's new wagon.

Gramma Hope's tulips were also in bloom:

The boys hard at work:

Ya gotta love the fun of rolling down hills!
 This tractor sure is getting put through its paces!  Nate has played with this thing since he was three!

 Once the wagon was complete the older kids and Auntie Karina, Marko and I headed to New Glasgow to check out a yard sale.  The kids had a grand time finding trinkets and treasures to bestow on me on Mothers Day.  We came home and chatted some more before eating a tasty lasagna supper and heading out the door to catch the ferry.

Once back on P.E.I, I had a few more errands to run so the big kids watched a show while Marko, Levi and I went shopping.  Levi thought he should go out like this:
 This handband was one of the trinkets Emma-Lyn found at the yard sale.

Today we went to church and then came home for lunch.  Levi went down for a nap and while the older kids watched a show Marko and I went for a relaxing drive out in the country.

When we returned we got the kids geared up and off we went to town to go for a snack and a trail walk.  We grabbed a couple fraps at Starbucks and then hit the Beach Grove trails.  It was a bit brisk but still a lovely day to be outside and enjoying nature.

Love this girly!  My warrior princess!
 The kids still had lots of energy so we hit a local park and the kids had a blast climbing and running and jumping!

 Pretty thankful for this fella:

We stopped and had supper at Swiss Chalet which was lovely.  I had ribs! Yum!  With our bellies full of food and our bodies tired from all the fun we made our way back home.

This is another little treasure the kids gave to me:

And this is the craft the children in my Sunday school class made for their mothers.  The one on the left is Nate's and the other is Emma-Lyn's
I am so very grateful for my mom and all she has done for me and my family and I am thankful to be the mommy of my crazy fun kids!