Monday, September 12, 2016


 Gracie started gymnastics today! 
She's always been interested in gymnastics, and has taught herself so much stuff, so I surprised her by signing her up for a senior girl's recreation class. 
All the girls in her class have no experience, so it's a perfect class for her!
She was very nervous, and actually got upset on the way in with the instructor. 
She did awesome once she was in there, and couldn't stop talking about it the whole way home.
I think it will be really great for her. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

first day of school

The first day flew by, and everyone had a great day! Even little Benny who obviously wasn't as interested in the lesson but listened intently until this happened.
The girls were both very happy with the day and the schedule I set up for them. I was pleased with how smoothly everything went as well! 

They do their individual work first which includes math, language arts, phonics, reading, and braille, and then we finish the day with the work they can do together. This includes geography, science, history, religion, and health. We do a nature study, and right now we're focusing on specific mammals and where they are found. 

It's working out really well, and I'm hopeful that they don't start getting bored, and giving me a hard time.
But. Enough about that. Here's our back to school photos!

These were taken at the end of the day, so don't mind the messy kids. Hanna didn't want her picture taken, so I had to deal with the one of her laughing hysterically as she tried to run away! 

After these were taken, we kept the tradition alive by heading out for ice cream with Mom, Aunt Patti-Lynn, Jamie and the girls, Kristyn and the kids, and Michelle and the kids. Dad even made it this time!
Hurray for a successful first day!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Labour Day

My mom put on an amazing Labour "Sunday Funday" for one last big hurrah of summer! 
It was awesome. We spent the day eating (of course), drinking, playing with water balloons, swimming (if you were a crazy kid who didn't mind the cold!), and visiting with friends and family.
I didn't get any photos of that part of the day because there was just too much going on! Almost everyone came, from Aunts and Uncles, to friends with their kids. It was just so much fun.

The evening was finished off with an outdoor movie projected onto Michelle's VW van, "the winnie", and a bonfire with marshmallows. 
We are so spoiled. 

Matt and I spent the night in the tent with the kids, and Michelle slept in the winnie with hers. Kristyn pooped out and cheated and went home leaving her kids to fend for themselves in their tent. Ha!

 In the morning Mom and Dad came out to get a fire started, and fire-cook waffles with syrup and whipped cream. 
It was an amazing way to spend the last official day of summer break. 
I'm hoping this is going to become another one of our perfect family traditions.
I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it...but I am blessed with the most **incredible** parents. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

County Fair

We are lucky enough to live in a small town right next door to an even smaller town, that puts on the best, little, old-fashioned, county fair. 

Matt and I take the kids every year, but this year Matt had some form of the plague, or at least *ahem* he acted like it, so I invited my parents to join my little clan and I. 

 It's fun to just walk through. We never do the rides. We never have. The kids get kick out of looking at all the entries to the contests - baked goods, arts and crafts, photography, fruits and veggies, etc. Not to mention the tractors, farm animals, and some local craftsmen and women selling their goods.
 A snack is always a must.

 Oh mom, just let me have a picture of you eating your beloved funnel cake!

 Lawnmower-turned-racecar races!

 Just missing Mom in this picture...
 Always a good time! This time was just a little more special.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I think he's comfortable

Rocket's pretty comfortable these days. 
He lets himself into the house.
He's helped himself to our toothbrushes, cleans out the bathtub drain, and pees in the toilet. 
I have child locks on my cupboards, and my garbage no longer has a home under the sink. 
Oh yes, this guy is a handful,

I've found him in random places around the house sleeping.
Here's a few:
Sharing a pillow with a sleeping Benny - on my bed.
Inside Hailey's drawer.
In the hamper of dirty clothes.
On my night stand. 
On everyone's bed at one time or another. 
On the dining chair.
Inside my box spring. 
In the dollhouse. 
In the bathtub. 
and here:
  Oh Lordy.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

storm quietness

I agreed to watch Kristyn's kids while they went on a wine tour, and the weather turned out to be a little crappy. The kids spent most of the time in the house, and I was actually thankful when the storm got nasty, and we lost power in the house. It's funny how quiet a house gets just because it's dark.
I helped them build an under-the-table fort, gave them a flashlight, and they made their own fun. 
 Laughter filled the dark house, as they made shadow puppets for a good hour. I sat with the last bit of battery power on my laptop and an ice-cold coke, listening to the roaring wind and cracks of thunder.  
It was probably one of the most relaxing hours I've had in a long time!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

sprinkler express

That's what these crazy girls called the swing as it swung through Ben's little Paw Patrol sprinkler. 
They have really been enjoying the summer. It's been a hot one, and every single one of them have just been loving the water, even freezing cold straight from the hose. 
It makes me so happy to see them enjoying the little things. 
It doesn't take much to make these kiddos happy.
Ben was happy to watch from the sidelines this time. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

picture of the day

Big baby...he's still favouring that leg, and actually let me carry him around like this for about 1/2 an hour. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

picture of the day


poor rocket

 Today we noticed that Rocket was walking with a very bad limp. He wasn't using his back leg at all.
After telling the kids to be very gentle with him, Hailey told me she saw him fall out of the willow. She even showed me where he fell, which is also where there was a broken branch on the ground. 
Assuming she was telling me the truth, he fell a long way. 
So, we're babying him until he starts feeling better.