More Easter pics…

Warning! ¬†This post is pic heavy… but I don’t think the grandparents will mind. ūüôā

Easter celebrations actually started a week ago Sunday when we celebrated birthdays and Easter and my side of the family. ¬†All three of my brothers and their families were there and it was great to have everyone together. ¬† Here are some of the cousins waiting for their dinner… ¬†some and not all… there are 12 cousins in all!

And here is my littlest¬†niece¬†on my side of the family, but she won’t be the littlest for long. ¬†It’s very exciting but my middle brother and his wife are expecting number 2 any day. ¬†And more babies is great in my books!

And then yesterday afternoon we were off to Jason’s parents for the annual Easter egg hunt graciously put on by the Easter bunny (a.k.a. Grandpa and grandma.) ūüôā

Another great Easter come and gone with just the chocolate left, but it’s disappearing fast as well!

Cookie and cousin fun

Well the first weekend in December is drawing to a close, but we had a great weekend and filled it fill with Christmasy things, even is those things did not include playing in the snow. ¬†William is a little disgusted that we don’t have any snow yet, ¬†he said we should pray about it because how is one supposed to feel Christmasy without snow? ¬† ¬†Good question. ¬†But we tried our hardest when we made our Christmas cookies Saturday morning. ¬† And it was classic, before we had even begun, someone spilt the sprinkles….

And just like years past, the kids ‘paint’ the cookies before we bake them. ¬† We paint them with an edible egg tempura that I make simply by combining food¬†colouring¬†and ¬†egg yokes (you can’t taste it) and then they decorate them with sprinkles if they want. ¬† ¬†The best part of this process is that I roll out the dough and cut it and just give them the shapes they ask for. ¬†That worked well for the rest of them, but not this one…

She was much more interested in the dough. ¬†I think she thought it was just a yummy sort of play-dough, I let her have some to play with and she made lots of shapes like ‘a pile of leaves’ and then processed to just sit eat her ‘play-dough’. ¬† She¬†definitely¬†enjoyed herself and would probably give Christmas cookie making a thumbs up if I asked her how she liked it.

The others happily painted their cookies…

And here are some finished cookies…

Lots of food colouring fun! ¬†Yee haa! ¬† ¬†But it worked out because then the kids had lots of cookies to share¬†with¬†their cousins who came to spend the afternoon. ¬† ¬† It’s a deal we do every December, my older brother Jason and his wife Shelly take our kids one Saturday and we get theirs one Saturday. ¬†The kids love it, it gives the adults some time to get things done and it’s a win-win situation. ¬†So there was lots of playing and crafting and even some sand-box time…

Nothing screams ‘Christmastime’ more than playing in a sandbox in December. ¬† But it was nice to enjoy the kinda nice weather – as in nice for December when there really should be snow. ūüôā

And then today we got our tree up!

So one minute the tree was up and almost fully decorated and then the next minute it was down… as in it fell. ¬† ¬†I had left the room for a moment and then I heard it come down. ¬†Poor Will and Sarah were shaken up by our tipping tree, ¬†but after daddy secured it to the wall they ventured back to hang a few more ornaments. ¬† As I’m looking at the tree I don’t think that it will ever be the same again, ¬†but would you be if you fell over full of lights and¬†ornaments? ¬† ¬†But maybe it’s Ok that the kids have a good healthy fear of the tree – that way I know that no one will be trying to climb it behind my back. ¬†ūüôā

And now as this weekend is coming to a close ¬†my boys are watching Punkin Chunkin with their dad… a great way to end a great weekend!

Canada Day Weekend Highlights

Hight-light posts are the best… a picture really is worth 1000 word right? ¬†So here are the high-lights from our 4 day weekend at the cottage.

Jason and I were so proud… Erik can water-ski! And not only did he get up the second time on Monday, but he also mastered deep water starts and he can get up on his own, way to go Erik!

Our good friends Collin and Carrie from Michigan were up at their cottage as well with their two kids who are William and Sarah’s age. These two were as thick as thieves. From the moment they see each other until it’s time to go, they are joined at the hip…

I was worried about Sophia not enjoying her first real boat ride in the Mastercraft since she likes to play things safe, but she really didn’t seem to mind even at full throttle, here are the girls waiting for their ride…

And when it was over, she didn’t want to get out, she wanted to drive!

Erik and William and I were supposed to go for a bike-ride, but 10 seconds into the ride Erik’s tire popped, so instead we drove to the ice-cream stand. I think the neon-coloured ice-cream tasted just the same…

We were also happy to spend some time with Liam and Aidan, it’s fun to watch the kids be together…

Sarah had a friend too in Dana. It’s neat because this is now the third generation of friends!

Erik made a new friend with the girl next door. She’s 9, she’s a riot and they had a great day together…

And as always lots of work was done by Grandma and Grandpa with some help from dad. Although this one looks ready I can’t honestly say she was that helpful…

And of course we celebrated at night on the beach with some fireworks. Here’s someone waiting patiently…

Happy Birthday Canada, we had a wonderful weekend celebrating!

Me Too!

These are Sophy’s favourite words right now.¬† If she thinks anyone is going anywhere or doing anything, she immedicately pipes up, ¬† “Me too?”¬†¬† Or if she KNOWS something is going on it’s a more forceful, “ME TOO?”¬†¬† This morning Jason told me to put William on a plane so he could get to the Dagobah system for some Jedi training and as always Sophia was right there with a “me too!”.¬† But somehow I just can’t see Sophia as a Jedi.

Here are a few more babies screaming, “Me too, ME TOO!”

   

Since I finally had my camera AND remembered to take pictures at my parent’s house… here is my neice Katy!¬† Sweet little Katykins, she has the best smile and I love how she is¬†always so happy to see us.¬† She melts my heart,¬†especially with her¬†super-big smile.

Here¬†she is with her dad, my brother…

She’s very huggable and smoochable.¬† So is this one…

Sophia¬†and cousin Tyler¬†were quite happy to swing and swing and swing and swing and swing.¬† And get pushed and pushed and pushed and pushed.¬†¬† Thankfully that was Oma’s job…

Now Sarah – earlier¬†this day we stopped by friends who have horses.¬† We went out in the paddock with about 7 horses and Sarah was not scared of these horses at all and was happy wandering around patting¬†all of them.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†So now she says that when she is an adult she is going to have a black horse named Black Beauty.¬† I don’t doubt it.

This is more Sophia’s style… on a snail no less.¬†¬† Just right for her.

And last, I’ll leave you with a picture of my gang.¬† My gang who is growing up so fast.¬†¬† Does this make you sad?¬† Me too!

Spring, where art thou?

So spring is still taunting us here in the cold white North.¬†¬† Sunday it snowed instead of the rain they promised.¬† The snow¬†only stayed one night because¬†yesterday¬†was a balmy¬†14 degrees and kinda rainy, which was just lovely, but then today it’s back down to 4 and it’s snowing… the audacity!¬†¬†¬† This weather is not motivating me to be produtive, but last week I thought I better do something is case a miracle happens and it actually decides to get warm.¬†¬†¬†So¬†I sorted through the girls clothes to see what they had and what they needed for summer.¬†¬† Sophia¬†was in her glory and she wanted to¬†wear ALL the clothes.

In this pic she is sporting 2 dresses, one t-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of Sarah’s tights to round-out the outfit.¬† And she wouldn’t let me take a single thing off until bedtime.¬† At least she was warm.¬†

And this little turkey is bored with being inside all the time…

She is desperate for friends to play with and is driving her brother’s crazy just because she can.¬†¬† She’s also currently going through an ‘I-love-dogs” phase.¬†¬† Our good friend grandma M has a little dog¬†that¬† Sarah adores…. and when she’s not asking to go over to her house to see the dog, she’s asking¬†when we are getting¬†a dog of our own.¬†¬† It’s not going to happen.¬† Sorry sweetie, it’s just not going to happen.¬†¬†¬†¬† But everything is not fair right now, so I’m hearing quite a bit of,¬† “Why do they have a dog and we don’t?¬† It’s not fair!”.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Just like the other day when she asked about some friends of ours, “Why do they have 2 babies and we don’t?¬† It’s not fair!”¬†¬†¬† More babies,¬†a dogs, you can see where we would be if Sarah was in charge.¬†

My brother Dan and his wife Jenilynn came by on Sunday¬†for a visit and that provided a nice distraction from the snow.¬†¬† Tyler is just a few months older than Sophia and he’s really cute.¬†¬† The kids¬†had fun playing together…

He’s a little blondie like our kids and fit right in.¬† He would take Sophia’s¬†cheeks in his hands and look at her and she just stood perfectly still, wondering what the heck her cousin was up too…¬† we weren’t quite sure either but it was pretty cute.¬†

Well I can see the sun has decided to come¬†out today.¬† Maybe it will be out for more than 5 minutes,¬†¬†warm up a degree or two and we’ll have spring after-all!

Cousins Rock…

My kids are very blessed in the cousin department.¬† They have 9 cousins currently and that’s not even it yet… there are two more on the way coming this May and July.¬†¬† And my kids love their cousins, in fact, I have to be honest,¬† when I was teaching Sarah to pray we included Grandma and Grandpa and Oma and Opa and then I combine everyone else into God bless “all our friends and family”… yes, I’m a wimp.¬†¬†¬† But lately miss Sarah has wanted to pray for everyone and it takes a long time!!!¬† ¬†¬† But I‚Äôm not complaining.¬†¬† It‚Äôs so sweet to hear her pray for her cousin Aidan and baby Katie and the baby in aunt Lija‚Äôs tummy and the baby in aunt Jenilyn‚Äôs tummy and¬†I think she can remember them all, I just help with the aunts and uncles, that’s can be tricky.¬†¬†

But on to our cousins.¬†¬† We’re¬†really blessed because all the cousins are all quite close in age with the oldest one 12 and¬†¬†the youngest just 4 months younger than Sophia.¬†¬† So¬†when the kids find out that we are seeing any of them they get quite excited.¬† And this past weekend was great because we saw them all!¬†¬† On Saturday we celebrated Grandma’s birthday and we saw Aidan and Liam and then on Sunday we celebrated Opa’s birthday on Sunday and¬†saw Ben, Matt, Nate, Rachel, Zack, Katie and Tyler!¬†¬† What a great weekend!

Here’s Aidan on Saturday with the¬†cutest smile…

And Liam and the kids had a great time playing and then here¬†waiting to blow out Grandma’s candles…

And silly me, I didn’t take my camera on Sunday because I didn’t think I would need it????¬†¬† I took¬†quite a few pictures with my sister-in-law’s Canon Rebel (which is almost as good as my Nixon) but she’s pregnant with a toddler so I don’t want to bug her about sending me the pics – something tells me she might need her¬†energy for other things.¬†¬†¬†¬† So¬†instead of all the cute pictures of the kids having a grand ole’ time with their¬†cousins on Sunday, here’s a pic of another cutie…

What can I say?¬† She’s my baby and she’s cute and I rest my case.¬†¬†

But I will say it again… the kids love their cousins!¬† And I love my nieces and nephews… wow, yes, I keep forgetting that I only have¬†two nieces and 7 nephews¬†– but I did mention that there are two babies on the way… maybe we’ll get some more xx’s to even things up with the xy’s.¬†¬† I don’t think anyone would mind that! ūüôā

Fall Wrap-Up

Well I haven’t given up on blogging yet!¬† It’s been a while, but since fall is over, I’ll do a quick wrap-up of the rest of our fall.

After the Wyoming Fair, we had a really fun afternoon at Appleland with some homeschooling friends of ours.  I of course forgot to take our camera so no pics, but the kids loved picking apples and eating them, and even though Sophia got stung by a wasp, it was great fun and a perfect fall day.

Then on a Sunday afternoon at the end of September we took the kids to the Sunrise Corn Maze.  We took friends of ours from Church and had a great time together.

The maze itself became an adventure when after walking for 30 minutes, we reached the half-way point and¬†so continued on obviously looking for the way out,¬† however, every path we took led us right back to the middle of the maze!¬† We tried again and again, and still came back to the same point.¬†¬† Corn mazes are fun, being stuck in them, NOT so fun.¬† Especially when your darling 15 month old daughter decides she wants to walk, is obviously is too slow, has to be carried and starts crying.¬†¬†¬† Erik by that time was ready to get out on his own and our friends have 2¬†older boys who felt the same way, so then comes the time when¬†we realize that the four boys aren’t with us anymore.¬†¬† We didn’t panic, but figured that the boys must all be together and safe and so decided to forget finding the exit and we would just back-track instead to the start.¬†¬† But something didn’t feel quite right, so Jason went back just to make sure that the boys were OK and didn’t he end up finding Erik – at the ripe old age of 7, map in hand, happily wandering the maze by himself,¬† quite confident¬†of finding his way out on his own.¬†¬† When we finally came out the ‘entrance’ – William and the¬† two older boys were¬†playing on the pedal go-carts, and of course they informed us that we hadn’t come out the exit like they had… oh corn mazes!!!

But after the maze, there was plenty to do there… the girls really enjoyed the ‘cornbox’ which we had to eventually drag them out of.¬† It was a another fun, fall afternoon.

Then we were off to the Ilderton¬†Fall Fair with Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Lija¬†and Uncle Mike and our cousins Aiden and Liam on the first of¬†October. ¬†Again, no camera, but¬†even if I had brought the camera, it was the rainiest, coldest, yuckiest¬†day of the fall and even though we still enjoyed the parade (the kids got lots of candy) and went to the fair afterwards (brave souls that we were) any pictures would be of us huddling and freezing our buns off…¬† so those pictures were probably best left untaken.¬† We DID however put our furnace on for the first time when we got home after that!¬†¬† But still a huge thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for a great time!

Then it was off to the cottage for Thanksgiving, and we were blessed with a beautiful weekend and we had a wonderful time.¬†¬† The boys even ventured into the lake it was so ‘warm’ out¬†– crazy cannuks!!!!

You just have to love any beach time that you get at Thanksgiving!

Then October 22 was the fateful day that I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.   The following week was a painful blur, but I am recovering and will go into more detail another time.

Then of course was Halloween.¬†¬† Jason and Erik carved the pumpkin to look like Larry-boy from Veggie-tales…

And then Jason took a plain Buzz lightyear costume and jazzed it up by making the best wings to go along with it.  We also made great boots and the costume was complete.    William wanted to be Luke Skywalker and Oma made a fabulous tunic for Will and just by adding some things we had at home, his costume came together and looked great as well.  And Sarah was happy in her tiger suit (my fierce little girl), and sweet Sophia was a poodle, again in costume modified by Oma.  They had a great time,  even Sophia, who happily wandered around the neighbourhood with us, they ate all their candy in a week and everyone was happy.

Phew… so that was our fall in a nut shell.¬† Busy, happy, tiring.¬† With some good times and low times,¬† but now we are starting to look forward to Christmas and I have a little boy here who asks every day… “But when is it going to snow??????”