Sunday, May 20, 2018

Book Sale!!

Our local library had their book sale today!  I was hoping to be early knowing that a few other homeschool friends would be attending and getting first dibs on great finds.  I was thwarted by our errand to the Kent store first.  Marko wanted to pick up some wood for a planter and a hose reel.  The wood was easy but it took forever for them to find the hose reel.

Thankfully I didn't loose my mind and the kids and I had a great time at the sale.  And we came at a good time.  My friend Denise had found lots of good stuff but had to cull some of it and I called first dibs on her rejects.  Even her rejects are fantastic finds!  I was also glad that I was able to grab some fun stuff and come home with just one box of books.  That being said, the kids did grab some books too.
 My first pile--just in case you wanted to see what I found.

 My second pile.

After the book sale the kids and I decided we'd see if we could find any yard sale bargains.  We happened upon one that was selling stuffies and we just HAD to stop there cause my kids only have like a hundred of the things already. They got their stuffies and I found this:
 A portable DVD player! I tried it out in the van and it works! I can see this not only being useful for long road trips but also at home if the adults want to watch one thing and the kids another.

In the afternoon we headed over to Kings Castle for a birthday party.  It was a perfect day, a little buggy but warm and sunny.  The kids had a lot of fun.

 Mr. Levi having some solo time in the sand box.

After the party we were off to Charlottetown to run some errands.  The kids needed some clothes and we picked up an escape room game to play with friends tomorrow night AND we bought some new fish!

The guppies
And the Mollies

The kids were pretty happy to have a pet(s) again.  They'd still like to get a dog at some point but we'll have to see about that.

We stopped at Little Ceasar's to pick up pizzas and went to a little park for supper.

 And of course all the kids have to get on one toy at once!

This evening we had Mike and Nancy in to see the new place and play some Near and Far. We weren't able to finish the game but took pictures and hope to pick back up on Monday if possible!
 I love this game!  So much fun!

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Cleaning Schedule

 Today was our first official cleaning day.  The kids have a new Friday chore chart and more responsibilities.  I didn't want them to get too overwhelmed so while we cleaned we bopped to our favourite tunes. I'd ask for a request, find it on Youtube on my phone and away we went!  It was so much fun.  We had quite the jam in the master bedroom.  I choose tunes from The Greatest Showman while the kids choose mostly Disney songs.  Best cleaning day ever!

After quiet time I called the MacGregors to see if they might like to come over to check out the kids' new fort.  They spent a lovely afternoon together and I made some chocolate chip cookies for snack.
 The crazy crew!

It was a lovely sunny evening.  It's still a little cool here in the maritimes but it makes me happy to see these two pretty little tulips through my window.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Such a Great Day!

I just can't help but gush about this house!  We are having so much fun truly living here!  The kids are finding so many creative outlets!  This morning after breakfast these two set to work on multiple drawings.  They had found some tracing paper and enjoyed finding pictures they loved and creating new scenes for the characters.  Emma-Lyn drew a mouse pushing a shopping cart full of chesse! So funny!
 Hard at work and loving it.

Last fall the town had come to do some work on the trees and left a pretty big mess.  Today a bulldozer came and smoothed out the mud.  The kids had to go investigate.

 Sean created his own bike ramp area.

 While the others got to work on a little fort!!
 Here we are in the kitchen around the table and seated on handy logs.

After their venture in the great outdoors it was time to come in for some bookwork.  They were quite thrilled when bookwork included making paper airplanes!  We made planes according to the book and then tried my way of making planes.  Sean made a few more prototypes after school time.

 Time to fly!

After quiet time the kids were back outside and working on their fort.
 This is the music room complete with futon.  I'm not sure why this is the music room but that is what they named it.
 And don't let his quirky smile fool you...He's showing me their ammunition pile--just in case intruders should wander their way! The bucket is filled with pine cones.

 The futon in the bed position.  Not the comfiest but good use of materials.

Sean was quite pleased with his improvement of the kitchen table.  Nate and Emma-Lyn even enjoyed their lunch in their fort.

I'm so in love with just how much the kids are getting out of this space. I love seeing what they come up with!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sunny Skies

 I just had to snap this photo before we got down to business with our homeschool work for the day.  I love this view:
 And I love that I can see it as I sit in my rocking chair sharing books and learning with my children.

Today we had the plumber in to take care of a few bathroom issues we were experiencing.  If you need any work done and are local, Howe's Plumbing is the way to go!  Great service and great price too.

I went through my homeschool bins and found some old sketch books and paper.  All of the kids spent some time sketching and at one point I thought I might sit down to draw too.  But there were jobs to do and supper to get on the table and I didn't get a chance to grab a pencil and paper.  That is, until this evening.  I had been reading a book about motherhood and the need to take time to do things that you enjoy.  Great advice!  I grabbed my sketch book and book about birds for subject material.  It was nice just to sit and create for a little while.

Hummingbird with a hibiscus.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Trampoline is Up!

 The kids are super pumped to have the trampoline back up!
 Nate in midair!

This morning the kids had their music lessons and I pulled out our homeschool stuff to work on during lessons. Usually they would have some free time but,  I feel that we've lost so much time over the move that I'd like to utilize any time I have to help them learn.  They were quite productive which was encouraging.

This afternoon we met with our homeschool group at King's Castle.  It's a lovely park with plenty of space for the kids to run around and lots of equipment to climb on.  And it's even magical when someone brings bubbles!

 Denise and I had quite a bit of  fun with the bubbles!

 And here we have the two Emmas--sweet, beautiful girls! Oh and also a couple crazy boys!

When we first arrived the sun was shining and warm but soon the clouds came and it began to rain so we packed up and had the Bowmans and MacGregors come over for a visit.  We all enjoyed a yummy ice cream treat and the moms also enjoyed some mocha lattes.  All ten kids headed back outside and invented their own little game using the trampoline and bocce balls.

I'm not sure of all the rules or the gist of the game but they all had a great time with this.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

It has been a very full but wonderful Mother's Day weekend!  On Friday Jake came over to play and he was quite pleased with the new place.  He was most impressed with the larger yard.  The kids had a blast together and even after Jake went home they grabbed some books and apples and headed for the willow tree to hang out!

 What better place to read a good book?!

 And a wonderful place to doodle!
 All my monkeys in a tree!

I spent the day baking which was quite the feat as I could remember what cupboard things belonged in at the old place but had no idea where I had put things here!  I did get the hang of it eventually.

 I made cinnamon roll cake and some apple muffins.  That evening I enjoyed hanging out with some girl friends and having supper together while catching up on everyone's latest and greatest.  And then we watched The Greatest Showman...SO GOOD!!  I loved it!

On Saturday we ran some errands and even stopped over to the old place and met the new owners.  They've been quite busy with demolition and they let us come in and see the progress!  It was mind blowing!  They took down all the walls upstairs--it almost made me dizzy just looking at it since nothing made sense anymore to me.  They're going to do a two bedroom with open concept downstairs. They ripped up all the carpet which revealed some beautiful oak hardwood floors in the living room!! They've invited us to come back when things are done, I can't wait to see the finished product.

That evening I got to hang out with my Pepsi peeps.  We celebrated Tammy's birthday and enjoyed our Pepsi and chatting and laughing.

I'm pretty sure Tammy's thinking about how close to 40 she's getting!!

Today the kids and Marko have given me lovely gifts.  Sean gave me pansies and chocolates.  Emma-Lyn gave me a scarf and a necklace she made and Nate gave me a lovely card. And Marko brought me more chocolate.

After church and lunch we headed over to the pool to enjoy the free family swim.  We all had a great time and hope to go swimming more often!

And this evening we were blessed with a lovely house warming gift:

So pretty!

 And has a perfect place on top of the piano.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Moving Right Along

 The kids started their day with puzzles again and some Lego time.  Then we actually got through all our homeschool material.  Nate had a minor melt down but pulled himself together and finished well.  The boys went out afterwards to work on building a fire pit with some large rocks they had found.

 Unfortunately, they didn't ask to do this and had to move their creation after daddy showed them a better area for it.

While the day started out sunny and cool, it didn't take long to become more cold and damp.  The kids have been itching to have a fire in the wood stove and I thought this was a perfect day to light one.
 They were very happy and cozy all cuddled by the fire.

We watched a Planet Earth episode for science and munched some popcorn.

The kids received gift cards to McDonalds for helping at our local greenhouse so we went out for supper.