Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sidewalk Chalk

I gave the kids some sidewalk chalk & sent them outside, on a nice sunny day.  Not long after, Asher asked me to come out & see what he’d drawn with it.

IMG_6001Well, his ‘drawings’ ended up being a whole bunch of math problems…


…with a few swingsets thrown in as well.



I think he’s ready for school.

Monday, 29 August 2011


The kids were playing in the pool the other day, & Asher told Chancery he was going to ask me for more juice.  He got to the patio door, but then got distracted by his mad skillz…


“It’s like a band.”

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 5 years

Chancery – 3 years



Chancery: “Yes, Asher?”



Asher: “I was just wondering if you were planning on hitting me with that hammer.”



Chancery: “Well the thought had crossed my mind…”



Asher: “Then I guess I’ll sit as far away from you as I can.”



Chancery: “But I do like you Asher, & I wish you’d sit by me!”



Asher: “See, Mummy, we can get along from time to time!”

Friday, 26 August 2011

Engagement Photos

No one just goes to Sears for an engagement portrait anymore.  These days it’s all about having an old truck in the photo, or standing in front of a dilapidated barn.  When’s the last time you’ve seen a baby portrait that didn’t have at least one photo of them in an old washtub?


I shudder to think what kind of photos will be the norm when my kids get married.  Perhaps they’ll “go retro” & just stand in front of the church!  Without any old vehicles!  Or pets!  Or props of any kind!


I’m not saying these other photos aren’t interesting to look at, but  they just seem to be getting more & more out there!  Take a look at this couple’s photo shoot


What’s next?

Thursday, 25 August 2011


We celebrated Chancery’s birthday  when PChad’s parents were here.  We were a day late celebrating since on her actual birthday PChad was a t a retreat  in the morning, & performed a wedding in the afternoon.


Chancery was excited about the cake, & the presents, but she kept telling everyone, “It’s my birthday, but I don’t get any cake or presents.”



Don’t worry though, we made up for it!



When she opened her dollhouse from Grandpa & Grandma, she was so excited, but unsure as to what was actually inside!



After the opening, there’s always the assembly stage, & she waited rather patiently for her scooter to get put together.


She has caught on pretty quick that she’s three now, & holds up the appropriate number of fingers when asked.  She’s growing up so fast!  Now we just need to figure out the potty training thing…

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Breakfast With Grandpa & Grandma

One of the activities we always try to do when we have visitors, is have breakfast at the Preserve Company.  So, we headed out there a few weeks ago with PChad’s parents!


We always start off with a bit o’ the Irish…


Grandpa & Grandma got coerced into it too!



A mere 4 feet further along the path, we are stopped once again for a “photo on the rock”!



After breakfast, we usually take a walk around the grounds to walk off some of the delicious food we’ve consumed!


The kids like talking to the sheep, but they don’t seem too interested in saying hello to the kids!



Chancery saw a ‘kitty’ & she had to pet it.  She claimed that it was “pokey”…


Asher & Grandpa rounded out their morning by spending some time swinging in the hammock.

We once again had a great time & the weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll around the gardens.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Big “Helpers”

I had a few checks to deposit at the bank today.  Going to the bank is not at the top of my “Fun Things To Do With Kids” list.  There’s no drive through, so I have to unload the kids, & bring them with me.  The kids like to go to the tellers & ask for stickers & lollipops, but the lines are usually quite long.  I often go when the actual bank isn’t open, doing what I need to do at the ATMs.


This morning while I was in the midst of entering all the check info, I’d gotten to the point where it asks, “Would you like to do another transaction?”  Asher kept asking if he could push the buttons, & I kept telling him that he could not.  Despite my warnings, he reached out & hit the “Cancel” button, returning my card to me, & cancelling all the info I’d just entered.


So, I started at the beginning again…


Next stop, the grocery store.  I wonder if I can get out of there in under two hours?

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 5 years

Chancery – 3 years



Chancery: “I guess Asher didn’t get the memo that it was time for pictures…”



Chancery: “Well then, I guess I’ll just have to practice my smile!”



Asher: “Here I am, I’m ready for pictures too.”



Chancery: “Did you bring a toy like me, Asher?”



Asher: “Yes, in fact, I brought a whole box full of toys!”



Chancery: “I’m so glad you came to join me, Asher!”

Friday, 19 August 2011

Spruce It Up!

Is your place looking a little drab?  Not sure how to brighten things up?  Follow these suggestions & you’ll be on your way!



Thursday, 18 August 2011

Reading Buddies

Asher had a friend over a few months ago, & true to his nature, Asher didn’t want to play anything.  Once Jack had tried out all of Asher’s toys, he went to find what Asher was up to.  Jack tried to convince Asher to play Lego, marble tracks, & trains, all to no avail.  Finally he gave up & joined Asher reading.


We throw the best playdates…

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


A few weeks ago the kids & I headed out on a berry picking adventure.  I was more interested in the experience for the kids than I was in getting a lot of berries, & it’s a good thing that was my aim!
I had instructed Asher to only pick red berries.  Then I had to tell him all the colours to leave in the field, “Leave the green, white & pink berries because they aren’t ready yet.  Only pick the bright red berries because they are the best!”
Asher followed all the instructions with a question, “What if I find a black strawberry?”

For every 3 strawberries I picked, Chancery stole 2 out of the bucket.  It’s a good thing they didn’t weigh her before & after!

We had a great time on our berry picking adventure, & we even brought a few home for Daddy!  Maybe next year we’ll get enough to make a pie!

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Right Foot

We’re busy celebrating birthdays, hanging out with the Grandparents, & trying to capture the elusive warm, summer days.  It’s a busy time, but a good busy…


This ought to help get your week off to a great start!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 5 years

Chancery – 3 years



Chancery: “Asher, did you know that yesterday was my birthday?”



Chancery: “…and I got no cake, and no presents.”



Asher: “That’s because Daddy was gone yesterday, but we’re going to celebrate your birthday today, and you’ll get to have cake & presents today!”



Chancery: “Hooray!  I am so excited about that!”



Asher: “I love you, Chancery, and I bet we’ll have a wonderful day!”

Thursday, 11 August 2011

A Beach Day! (Finally!!!)

We’ve been having a lot of cloudy, chilly days this summer.  IN fact, one could hardly say we’ve had summer at all yet.  All through June I kept thinking July would be nice.  When that didn’t happen, I consoled myself by thinking surely August will be warm & sunny!


Alas, it seems that we’ll only get a handful of nice days this year.  I think we’ve made it out to the beach maybe 5 times so far.  It’s really dreadful.  Last week we had a somewhat decent day, & since PChad’s parents are here, we thought we’d head to the beach to show them what fun it is!


The kids spent nearly all their time playing in the sand, far from the surf.



The water was really cold, & there was a chilly wind as well.



The pictures make it look like a pretty nice beach day, but if you looked a bit closer, you'd have seen we were all covered in goose bumps!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The North End

We started the day by turning on the TV.


That’s what you’re supposed to do on holidays, right?



We drove up to the North Cape & saw lots of windmills!


Asher thought it was pretty cool!




We also stopped at Westpoint to walk on the beach…



…and climb the lighthouse!



At dinnertime PChad & the kids were entertained watching a spider on the window near our table.  I felt like I wasn’t very interesting company since they had all turned their backs on me, so I entertained myself by colouring their pictures!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fun, Fun, Fun!

After out trip to Moncton, we went home for a few days to recuperate, then we were off to Mill River!

Our first day was a beautiful sunny day, so we headed to the Fun Park.  The kids had a great time playing in the ball pit!

There are a few waterslides, & Asher got over his fear of water long enough to go down by himself.  Chancery lasted for about an hour, but the water was pretty cold, so for the remainder of the day, she was content to sit wrapped in a towel & eat all the chips.
We had a really good day, & were glad we had chosen that day to go since the weather got increasingly worse each day…