Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I am lucky that my husband actually likes his job. He has no qualms about going in to work while the rest of us potentially have a jammy day and watch movies all day or head out to the park for a picnic without him. He of course loves doing all these things, too and we try to involve him in some of these fun activities, but he doesn't whine and complain that he has to work while we have fun. He also doesn't expect the house to spotless just because I am home. He loves it if the kids and I have had a fun day and doesn't even fuss if he has to help do the dishes that night because I wasn't home to do them - what a guy... he's a keeper!
Last summer I made a list of activities and places that we wanted to go and things to do, but it was a little too big and we didn't knock nearly as many things off the list as I would have liked, but I also forgot about all the other playdates and holidays that we had scheduled. So this year I want to select a few larger adventures to do and one of them is to take the kids fishing. My friend Carol facebooked about her successful fishing day at Thistle Springs Fish Farm and that is definately on our To Do this summer list! If you live in the Ottawa area and have a unique adventure for a 3 and 6 year old please send me your ideas.
We've only just begun our holidays, but we have already had a swim at a friends pool, ran around at a splash park, attended 2 family barbecues, spend $90 at Chapters (well actually only $25 thanks to all my school kids and their year end gift cards - thanks!) and knocked a whole bunch of small errands off the list, too!
Here is to a great summer filled with adventures and fun, a family holiday in Chicago with my sister and her family, swimming lessons, soccer practices and much, much more!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Jasmine had her ballet recital and it was very cute! They showed us all their fancy footwork and did have a little routine that highlighted all that they had learned.
Jasmine had her year end outdoor fun day and I did sneak up and take a few pictures. Above she is tossing water balloons with her friend Garnet and below she is running through part of the relay race. A fun morning for her!
The kids had more playtime in the yard with gramma and poppa. They got wet in the sprinkler and kiddie pool and had a grand old time! Gramma also bought the boys matching outfits - super cute!
Above Jasmine is waiting anxiously for her school play to start. She was Petite Chaperon Rouge or Little Red Riding Hood. She did a very good job and wasn't as embarrassed (I would say nervous, but she says embarassed) as she usually is. Her friend Garnet from above played Monsieur Loup (or the wolf) who ate her in the play - Gloup, Gloup! (or tried to eat her, not totally sure what happened at the end, as it was in French AND I don't understand French.) The beginning of many things I will not understand when it comes to my children's education!
Here is Jasmine posing with her teacher, Madame Abdelnour. Her teacher was recently absent for a week and Jasmine missed her very much. According to Jasmine, she makes her feel like a "big kid" because she says Jasmine brings a lunch to school as her snack is so big. The other teachers call it a snack and that makes Jasmine feel like a baby... who knew such a little thing could impact a child so much! Thanks Madame, Jasmine's French accent is awesome and her vocabulary is already matching mine with 7 years of core French under my belt!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On Saturday, we headed to Uncle Greg's for a family barbecue. Jay and I had a chance to play badminton. I do like that game... (maybe because I think I might be better than Jay at it - wink :) The cousins had a hoot in the sandbox and running around with the bubble lawn mower. Really, the best part was when they all got naked and had a jumbo bath together - couldn't be cousins without that ritual!
On Sunday, Jay and I got all dressed up to attend Jay's brothers convocation ceremony. He received his MBA after 3 years of night school. A lot of nights, a lot of papers, a lot of group work, a lot of not having any life but school, a lot of WORK period! Greg, we are so proud of you for achieving this goal.
The week continued with another graduation... Devin's graduation from Nursery School. No more duty days, no more providing snack for 30 cute children and no more wonderful help from his blessed teachers. Devin's teachers: Judy, Connie and Grayzna are simply the best! They taught him how to express his frustration in words instead of actions, they helped develop his speech, social skills and conflict resolution.... he has come a long way with their guidance and we are ever so grateful - thanks ladies! Devin also had his pool party this week, but since I was in the pool I have no pictures of that! (Gramma came to watch, so I am sure I will get some)
Tonight, we had Jasmine's year end ballet recital. A short presentation highlighting all the skills they learned over the term. She was pretty cute!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
To my mom and dad -you are the best! I love it when we have time to catch up on the phone. I love it when you send me emails telling me what is up with you. I love it when we get little care packages with chiropractic balloons and advil samples. I love it when you talk to the kids or send them cool videos, especially when you are dressed up in costumes and have magic wands. I love it that the two of you still really love each other and enjoy hanging out together. I love it that you have 3 girls who have all fallen in love based on your strong example and all have their own healthy families. I love it that you only work 3 1/2 days a week and takes lots of cool holidays. I love that you enjoy life and try to help us enjoy our lives as much as possible, too! I love it that you have lots of friends to be with. I love it when you come to visit and I can't wait until you retire when you can come and stay for a whole month! I love it when you visit and do a bunch of work around here, like build a deck, clean the garage, sew curtains, paint a bedroom, fix a toilet, fix a door, make supper, plant the garden, take the kids on adventures... I love you both a lot! I hope you know that! Thanks for everything and happy mother's day and happy father's day! Sorry, all I gave you was this blog entry!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I have added a few more interesting plants and ornaments to the garden and it is starting to take shape! I just put my rustic wheelbarrow in today to get a feel for what I should put in there and how I should do it - any ideas or suggestions? I need help on this one! Beside the wheelbarrow are a couple of stray gnomes... they aren't allowed near the fairy garden as fairies don't get along with gnomes! (Who knew?)
Below is my new cherry tree! It won't bloom this year, but it will get small whiteish, pink flowers in the spring and they are beautiful!And most importantly, below you will see my gardening philosophy. It is staked right near the front of the garden, I only wish it was bigger!
Devin had been a little hesitant to get on his bike, especially since daddy had to focus on running behind Jasmine. Now that Jasmine can ride a little better on her own, I can help her get started and daddy can focus on Devin. Devin is a good little trooper, but going fast scares him. Jay told him to ride like Poppa and it basically became a mantra, "ride like poppa, ride like poppa!" I'm pretty sure riding a bicycle will never be as fast as riding a Harley, but Devin doesn't need to know that ;)
I'm ready for some new salad recipes, so please send me some fresh ideas! Hope your salad was better than mine ;)
Friday, June 5, 2009
In this layout we focused on using the new circle cutting tool and using designer paper. The first page of the layout always looks better, because that is the one I do at Linda's house and then I come home to create the second page on my own. It can be tricky, because often I have to use my own supplies and sometimes I don't have the paper too match, so I get to be extra creative! I love the title - Love Devin in the circle, it is awesome and of course I just love all the pictures of him with his Gramma and Grampa Shadbolts.
I started this one at Linda's, but I think I just did it on my own. She had shown us how to use chipboard in the Big Shot, so the "F" and "C" are made out of that. I also double mounted a lot of my photos and I love the look of that! I added the 2 pages seperately below, so you can really see the precious look on Devin's face when he is fighting for the pail. Who knew a pail, could cause such an uproar. We've got smart in our old age and now we have more than 1!
I love it when I get my butt downstairs and scrapbook. I hope this will give me the incentive to get down there more often! I have 4 more layouts to complete the second side of from my scrapbook dates with Linda. Can't wait to see how they turn out!