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!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Loving it at Lakeside!

 It is hard to believe that it is really October 29th and this afternoon the kids and I hit the beach!

Ever since we went to Lakeside this summer the kids have been itching to go back.  Today was the day!  And it was perfect!  And yes, they did actually go in the water! 

I can't imagine that this beautiful weather can last much longer.  We're due for a bit of a storm tomorrow so we'll how that changes things up.  In the meantime, I'm not complaining!

 So beautiful!
 Not sure what the boys were up to at this point but it sure looks like a lot of mischief!

 Miss Emma-Lyn--always creating wherever she goes!

 Her pretty little owl.

 Reflection fun!

Footprints in the sand.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sumo Wrestler Versus T. Rex!

We did not go into this weekend figuring that at some point Marko would be dressed up as a Sumo Wrestler and his friend Brian as a T.Rex and yet, here they are in all their glory!!



Bonnie and I are ever so proud of them and their new found alter egos!

We also enjoyed a fun afternoon with them after the boys put the costumes away.  We brought over the game King of Tokyo City and played a round after supper.  My Cyber Kitty and I won the night by smashing all the other monsters to smithereens!

In other news, it seems that Levi has matured quite a bit this month.  He is becoming so independent and taking care of his own things.  I love how he'll thank me for making supper even if he spent the first five minutes complaining about how he hated whatever was served to him!  He is making great progress with potty training which I am THRILLED about! He's actually taking the initiative and heading to the bathroom when nature calls. Here's hoping we're on our last bag of pull-ups!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

14 Years Later

This past Wednesday marked Marko and my 14th Anniversary! We didn't really come up with much of a plan beforehand but by the morning of, Marko decided it would be nice to hit the town and go out for supper and then the Small Print Cafe for some boardgames!

I made homemade mac n' cheese for the kids and once Marko got home we were on our way.  We didn't make a reservation anywhere and hoped we'd quickly come up with a restaurant to try.  We ended up at Terre Rouge and enjoyed their burger.



 Yum!

Then we were off to Small Print.  Such a great place.  We always enjoy a round or two of Machi Koro as seen here:
 This is Marko right after I whooped him!!

Then we tried a new game to us called King of Tokyo.  As we were stumbling at learning it, a gentleman happened to be standing by and gave us pointers on how to play.


 We really enjoyed this game and are hoping to get a copy for ourselves.

We finished off our night with a couple of rounds of  Unusual Suspects.  This is a fun twist on the classic Guess Who game.  We had fun with this one too!

 And there we are after a fun night out.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More Thanksgiving Fun!

 We had our own little family turkey dinner on Sunday night:
 We had turkey, cranberry sauce, turnip, potatoes, green and yellow beans and rolls--so yummy. I love that Marko was so willing to help get things on the table and we were able to tackle Thanksgiving dinner as a team!

That night Marko and I decided since we haven't had much action on selling our house why not take down some more wall paper!  That sounds like a super fun thing to do at 10 o'clock at night!

 The ugly paper that was on the wall

And the ugly paper that was hiding underneath:
 Yuck!  But it hasn't been too hard to get off so I won't complain.

On Monday we went up to St.Peter's for a picnic and then up to Greenwich for a trail walk.  Auntie Linda, Daniel and Grammie Peric joined us.  The day was perfect-- sunny and warm.

Greenwich is one of my favourite beaches--I just love the dunes and the trails are delightful! 

The floating boardwalk:

Down at the beach:




Emma-Lyn took this panoramic shot:


Today has been one crazy day!  I still had more wallpaper to take down and the kids had piano lessons and friends were coming here for their piano lessons as well.  So I was just puttering away and had started the tap to get my dishes going--it fills slowly so I thought I'd just peel a few layers and return to finish the dishes...I returned just in time to watch the water slide across my kitchen floor as our piano teacher and daughter came in as well.  That was fun to clean up!  I joked with Claire that wouldn't it be funny if someone called to see the house after that!! HAHAHA! And then five minutes later the phone rings and yes, someone would like to see the house at 2:30!! 

Now it was time to kick it into high gear and get the kids cleaning upstairs while I tackled downstairs and laundry and Claire plugged on with the piano lessons.  At this time Denise and her boys showed up and they were quickly conscripted to tidy up!  So very thankful for all their help!

We left at 12:30 to get ready for our homeschool group down the street.  The kids learned about their kidneys and bladders.  We are very fortunate to have a dad that works as a nurse and he did a fantastic presentation for the group!
The kids enjoyed being a part of putting the model together.

As for the house showing it seems that the people aren't interested--but ya never know.  We'll see what comes.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Fun!

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  It was a gorgeous day here on the Island with temperatures hitting above 20 degrees!  The Hopes came for a quick visit and we jam packed it full of fun and adventure.

First off, they showed up on our doorstep earlier than we expected so we were just getting breakfast on the table when they arrived.  The kids were thrilled to be able to have their Smarties right after their cereal!

No sooner did we have the table cleared and dishes done and we were on our way to the apple orchard. So many varieties and so yummy.  We picked some Spartan, Jona Gold, Honey Gold and Northern Spy.  The Hopes loaded up on the Jona Gold.
 So delicious!

 The Hopes wandering in the orchard.

 Family photo time!

After our fun in the orchard we came home for lunch.  Gramma Hope brought Beppe's soup and homemade bread and Pake's cheese and ham.  We added some other goodies and filled our bellies full of good food.  For dessert we had my strawberry apple crisp.  Unfortunately we didn't quite have enough and Gramma and Grampa shared a bowl... 

Let us call the next set of photos, The Progression of the Silver Spoon:
 Here we see Grampa Hope is quite pleased that he has the spoon while we see Gramma Hope plotting how she'll snag that spoon!

 Aha!  The whipped cream has arrived and Grampa is distracted by all it's sugary goodness and Gramma Hope makes her stealthy move...
 Grampa Hope is still delighting in the whipped cream while Gramma smiles all the while fiendishly stroking the silver spoon of victory!

 HA! Grampa Hope suddenly realizes the spoon is no longer in his possession--makes a lame attempt at retrieving it.  Gramma Hope is not to be trifled with--she is NOT going to give back that spoon.  Marko being the keeper of peace and sanity steps in and offers a second spoon.

 Here we now see the loving couple of 48 years count down to the first bite of their dessert...3...2...1
 And they're in!!

 And Gramma gets the first taste of pure sweet deliciousness!

After all that food we thought it only fitting to walk off some of the calories by going for a walk on the Beck's Trail. We walked a good four kilometers in the wonderful warmth of the sun.  It did get a little antsy as we were nearing the end as we were cutting it close to when the Hopes would have to catch the ferry home.  They made it away okay and are happily safe and sound on the mainland once again.

A few shots from our walk:




 I love the colours of autumn!

 As we walked I happened to notice this wee fella just watching us pass by.  I did have a passing desire to pick him up but thought I'd only end up squealing and throwing him on the ground and felt it best for all involved if I just left him there.


And this lovely shot of Gramma was just after she nearly got beaned by a stick...Who threw the stick you may ask?  Marko--Marko threw the stick and in his defense he said, "Wow, Gramma you got going faster than I expected!" Haha--that could have made for some interesting Thanksgiving memories!

Yep, nothing out of the ordinary here just steering around the tree.

At one moment Marko, Levi and I were well back from the pack and I thought I'd see if we could get some little birds to check us out and this little guy came down to greet us.
 Just love the vibrant reds and yellows!