Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meeting the Prime Minister

Today the Prime Minister made a social call on the little town of Montague.  And while I may not agree with this particular politician or some of the things he has done, he is the guy running the country and he's basically showing up in my backyard!  How could we not go and say hello?!

We headed over to the curling rink at 8:30 with the hopes that our illustrious leader would be arriving at 9 o'clock.  While we waited we noticed our wonderful friends the Bowmans and we chatted with them which helped pass the time.

Justin arrived just after 9:30 to much applause and smiles.  He quickly worked the crowd as he made his way up to the podium.  Once atop his mighty platform, it was his "Ra Ra Sis Boom Bah--Aren't we wonderful?!" shtick.  With that out of the way, we were wished an early Happy Canada Day before he climbed off the platform and worked his way back through the crowd.

 Here he is mid spiel.

Some of the kids anxiously waiting.

Justin and our local MP Lawrence MacAulay.

The next series of shots are courtesy of my wonderful friend Denise--this is when we finally got our chance to shake hands with the Prime Minister--just watch the expressions!!

 Sooooo Funny!!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ladies Retreat Weekend

 What an absolute blessing this past weekend has been!

Things had been pretty busy leading up to this weekend so it was wonderful to be able to get away for a couple of days. I love Emmanuel Bible Camp!  The whole atmosphere is so relaxing and inspiring.

I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. And the sessions with our amazing speaker were just what I needed to hear.  I am so encouraged and convicted by all she had to share. It was definitely a time of renewal and transformation--thank you Barb MacDougall and Romans 12!! 

I was volentold to do a skit and find some friends crazy enough to join me!  I did find some willing victims and what a fun we had!

We played crazy games like human hungry hippos!  Oh my goodness!  This was hilarious! I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time.  If you don't know what human hungry hippos is just google it!  At one point I was on the scooter board being pushed across the floor when suddenly I got pushed right off the board and unto the floor and the poor lady who was pushing me fell on top of me. I laughed so hard!! Thankfully we were both alright and continued to play the game.

We had a great morning devotion time.  I was so thankful for all that the ladies at my table had to share.  It was great to connect over God's word.  And the music--I just love music and singing.  One of my favourite hymns is, "It Is Well With My Soul" It always nearly brings me to tears, the words are just so inspiring.  And we capped the weekend off by standing in a circle holding hands together and thanking God and praising Him for all that He has done in our lives. Again, hard to hold back the tears of joy and love for God and these amazing ladies.  I cannot wait to return to Emmanuel Bible Camp for next year's retreat!

 Just so peaceful.

Great ladies to hang out with! And yes, there were some men there to cook in the kitchen for us!

And this is my good friend Edith.  She and I look forward to every retreat and our time to getaway and have some fun!  It was her birthday on Saturday so after she went to the showers I blew up some yellow smiley face balloons and stuffed her sleeping bag with them!!  She was ever so pleased!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chasing Storm Clouds

It was a gorgeous day for a picnic!  The kids and I packed up our things and headed to Victoria Park to visit with Jennie and Josiah.  Josiah was quite the sweetie and pretty much slept through the entire visit.

In the afternoon Emma-Lyn helped plant the lettuce and she watered the garden.  Deda popped in for a wee visit as well.  We had a quick supper and then off to the park we went.  No sooner did we get there then the clouds opened up and the rain started to fall.  We sat in the parking lot just admiring the clouds and listening to the rain pitter patter against the van.  We went for a little drive and searched for the rainbow we knew should be visible in the sky.  It wasn't long before we found it and we pulled over to enjoy the bold colours.

And look what we found at the end of the rainbow!!

BOOKS --- The REAL pot of gold!
These are actually my Value Village finds from our little jaunt to town today!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sandspit, Father's Day and Other Stories

Things have been pretty busy here in the Peric household.  Our homeschool group went to Sandspit on Thursday and we had an absolute blast!! 

This was the first year I brought Levi. I thought that he would instantly fall in love with the place but he was pretty cautious at first.  It wasn't until he and I tried out the helicopters that he seemed to find his groove! He tried out the Scrambler and even put his hands up and squealed and he loved the Tilt-a-Whirl--which he called the Apples. He went on all the little kid rides several times and then it was mommy's turn to try out some rides. 

I am so very thankful for all the moms that looked after Levi while I went and had a whole lot of fun!   I am also thankful for the mommas that went on rides with me!  So much screaming and laughing and arm waving!  I'm pretty sure the whole park heard Emily and I on the Paratrooper ride! While Sandspit is no Canada's Wonderland, it brought back lots of great family memories of fun and laughter!

We were pretty near the last people leaving the park and it was at that moment that the clouds finally opened up and the rain came tumbling down!  The kids were so pleased and cannot wait till next year!  And truth be told...neither can I!

Mr. Levi sporting my sunglasses and holding my phone.

This was the scariest moment for me!  The roller coaster ride needed a fifteen minute break and I watched as the teenagers basically threw themselves over the edge of the railing and hit the ground running. I decided that I would like to try that too!  So funny!  I was surprised at the amount of people that stood and watched as I made my grand leap from the railing!  I made it with a bit of a tumble on the ground--I am ever so graceful!!

Mr. Levi and I enjoying our last go of the Scrambler.

On Friday the kids and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon with the Beuckerts.  They brought us down to this lovely little stretch of beach which we all just loved!  I would love to go back again when the tide is out to do some more exploring.
Such a lovely little spot.

On Saturday my folks came over and we enjoyed a lovely visit together to celebrate Father's Day. They always have something for us and this time they brought our old Lite Brite and our old globe.

While Karina and I sat across from each other I couldn't help but mention how I wished we were closer but we just seemed worlds apart! LOL

The kids are loving the Lite Brite!

That brings us to Father's Day--by the looks of things on Facebook most people had some pretty polished days of fun in the sun with their family.  Ours was not so much--it wasn't horrible--it was just really lumpy with grumpy attitudes and things just not going according to plan. 

We slept in late and missed the first meeting at church which could easily send the day into a tailspin.  Thankfully Marko had the bright idea to go for a little drive to Lower Montague and we parked the van by the beach.  We sat and prayed, read Bible verses and Nate even recited Psalm 23 and Emma-Lyn drew pictures from Bible verses.  It was a good way to get back on track.

So much in love with this amazing godly man.  So thankful for the wonderful father that he is for our children.

In the afternoon we went to Uncle Henk's and Auntie Linda's for supper and Deda joined us for supper as well.  It was a nice evening to sit on the deck and chat.  I am very thankful for all of my family and glad that we were able to celebrate together.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fun Events

It was a pretty productive day and had a few little surprises in it!

This morning the kids had their piano lessons and I planted some of our garden. I was happy to finally take some time to get Levi's picture up on the wall!

Awww, they're all so cute!

This afternoon Sean mowed the lawn all by himself for the first time.  He was so pleased to help out.  While he mowed I cut and burned some brush in our fire pit.  It wasn't exactly on my to do list but I'm glad to have gotten the bulk of it done.

While we were eating we had a surprise visit from Deda!  He came all the way from B.C. to spend time with family on P.E.I for the summer.  The kids were pretty pumped to see him! Deda is looking forward to teaching the kids to play soccer.

Afterwards we hit the library for some Lego challenge and game board fun.  There was a fun little draw for a gift certificate which I got to draw the name for.

As you can see, I took the job very seriously!
 Very excited for the winning Bowman family!

Nate and Ben hard at work!

Levi and I enjoying a rousing game of Connect Four.
Thank you, Denise for the photos!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rock Barra Wild Edibles Excursion

Today the kids and I made the trek up to the Rock Barra Artist Retreat for a workshop about collecting wild edibles. Quite a few of our homeschool friends also came to enjoy the event. It was a bit of a hike to get out there but we quite enjoyed our time learning more about nature and the food we can find in our own backyards. Our guide, Shalom was quite knowledgeable and good with all the children. 

Here is Shalom sharing about what the nature hike would involve:

 Here he was showing us ground ivy and sharing the many uses it has.  You can use the leaves in salads, soups and teas and some people use it for it's medicinal properties.

Group shot walking the trail to the beach:
 And the beach:
This evening the kids had their last dance lesson and party.  They did a great job and had a lot of fun. To celebrate their accomplishments we headed over to What's the Scoop for some ice cream treats.

It was hard to just drive right home afterwards and it seemed the sunset was calling us to go for a country drive. We took a jaunt down a dirt road where we found oodles of lupines!  The kids and I tumbled out of the van and picked some for a pretty bouquet. And as we headed home we stopped for a moment to admire the beauty of the Montague waterfront. A lovely, full day!

Book Sale Finds!!

This past Saturday our local library had a wonderful book sale!  The kids and I were pumped and there before the doors opened!  The kids found some fun stuff and I love the gems I came home with too! Such a great way to spend a Saturday morning!

For your perusing pleasure: some pictures of our finds: The first five piles are what I picked out.

This is Nate's pile:

Sean's pile:

Emma-Lyn's pile:

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Down By the Beach

 It was such a delightfully warm day today! In the morning I sat out on the deck and slowly sipped my coffee as I prepared myself for the day.  We had lunch and supper on the deck and after supper the whole fam jam made a run for Panmure Beach (My most favourite beach!)

Emma-Lyn, Nate and Levi braved the icy water and splashed about.  The rest of us enjoyed the warmth of the sun on our backs and the sand between our toes.  Marko and Sean played catch while I wandered down the shore taking pictures and just enjoying the salty sea air.  I LOVE the beach--everything just feels better there!

And it's great to go in the evening as hardly anyone else was there:

Oh the joy of running into the water:

Like I said they actually got into the water--it was pretty cold!

 Sean and Marko playing catch while Levi splashes on the shore.

 My momma always said I had long legs but now they're GINORMOUS!

Thought it was neat to find green plants growing in some sand in a piece of driftwood. 

Yes, it is my happy place!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Step Dance Competition

 What an amazing day! We were out the door at 7:30 to head to Kensington for our dance competition.  It was a bit of an overcast drizzly morning but the weather improved as the day wore on. 

The kids had a blast and placed very well!! They were first in both of their group dances.  The older group scored a 93 and the combined group scored a 91.  I am so proud of the work these children and their teacher put into their dances!

During the break between performances we slipped out to Clinton to visit a very near and dear to our heart family.  It was such a delightful blessing to visit with the Sky's and catch up on the goings on in their lives!

 Just look at that snazzy crazy bunch of step dancers!! They rocked it today!

Yay!! The Skys!

 And my pretty pleased as punch little dancers and their ribbons.