Saturday, July 18, 2015

Our Koda

Today we lost a great dog. 

Koda got sick, and in about a week, declined so fast, that we had no other choice but to relieve her of her suffering. 

She was my very first baby, and quickly became Matt's baby too, before we were even married.  
The three of us were a family, and we brought every one of our babies home to her, and if she had to, I know she would have protected all of us with her life. 

She was a gentle giant. Laid back, and friendly. She was one dog that got around with every other dog she met. 
We'll miss you Kodes girl. 
It wont be the same around here without you. 
 Koda O'Hara
November 8, 2004 - July 18, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

summertime means

In no particular order:
backyard bonfires
 wrinkly fingers and toes
 messy hair
 counting stars

 sandy hair
 staying up late
 popsicle stains
dirty feet
and most of all, some of the best days with my kids. 
Just loving summer vacation with my kiddos.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

outdoor fun

We've had a lot of fun with our wet/dry bouncer already this summer. 
The kids really get a kick out of it when I add dish soap. The bubbles are crazy and it makes it so much more fun and slippery! As an added bonus, it gets the kids clean!

I'll let the pictures do the talking!

 Unfortunately, I think that having a really busy couple of days with all of my nieces and nephews on it too, wore it out. 
I was hoping it would've at least lasted until the end of the summer, but it was fun while it lasted! I think the kids enjoyed themselves. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

just filling in the blank space

with another picture of my Benny. 
 Just because he's the baby. 
And he's cute. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

loving life

Ben loves to play in the van.
 He even knows how to put the keys into ignition - which is why removing them is the very first thing I do when he goes in for his little adventure.
 He asks for the windows down, and he screams like a maniac like he's on the road trip of his life.
 He's just so full of joy, this boy.
 Just loving life.
 Many people could learn a good lesson from my Benny.
Enjoy life. Every single second. Even if you're just sitting in a parked van.
"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness. Not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it"
-William Feather

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

note from my daddy

Not sure how, but the following little message ended up as one of my post titles. What a nice surprise from my favourite man.

Jenn, I don't get into this blog nearly enough, but when I do I am ever so proud of you, your many talents and that wonderful brood you have blessed us with.  Keep it up, you are a true inspiration!  ...Daddy

You made my day. 
Thanks Daddy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

messy party

Austin had his 9th birthday party coming up, and Kristyn wanted it to be something different. Something fun for everyone. Her decision? 
A messy party!
 To start things off, they played painted twister!
 Some liked getting messier than others....

 Then it came time to "paint the birthday boy!" and just make him as messy as possible.
 I think Ben thought everyone was out of their minds.
 There was a storm brewing, so the games were fast and over quickly, but the kids had a blast. There were also water guns full of paint to add to the messiness.

 After it started raining they played the last game on the porch. They had to find the gummy worms under the whipped cream and pudding, without their hands.

 The party was so much fun for the kids. Too bad the weather wasn't more co-operative. Seems like the trend these days. 
Great party Kristyn! Genius idea!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Picture of the day

This one just makes me laugh! 
Ben thought it was hilarious that Hailey was spitting water on him. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

last day of school

Today was officially the last day of school for my girls. 
Gracie got done her books last week, and we took one more week to finish off her big project. 
She had to choose one Canadian person to learn about, and put together a presentation to present to my parents. 

I decided last minute, that Hanna should do a project too. I let her choose her favourite animal. 
I don't have actual workbooks for Hanna right now that will work for her, so I make my own work pages for her to do. I made sure she was at a certain level before determining her last day as well, and I made darn sure it was the same last day as Gracie. Hanna will still be doing "school" all summer, but not formally, and no structure to it. We'll keep up with the Hooked on Phonics and work math in wherever we can all summer long just to keep it fresh in her mind. 

They both did a great job and answered all of the questions my parents had for them. I'm proud of these girls, and so happy to be done school for the year!

Monday, June 8, 2015

strawberry picking!

When we moved into this house, the previous owners had a beautiful vegetable garden, that we just couldn't even think about maintaining the first summer we were here. The strawberries were always, and still are abundant, and are so thick that they don't even need to be weeded. 
I've added to the garden this year, and we have so many veggies and fruit to look forward to!
Of course the kids' favourite plants right now are the strawberries, since they are the only ones we can pick so far. (I'm sure the taste helps too!)  Every year they spread a little bit more across the garden, multiplying. Every day they go out and pick them - eating most, but still bringing back a whole bowl full, which I've recently started to freeze for later.
 I've also gotten straight into beekeeping. So, my plan for the garden was well thought out, to keep the bees busy, happy, and away from playing kiddos. 
Melons, and large flowering fruit are closest to the hive, and the strawberries are furthest away.
I'm sure the bees will be all over the strawberries, but at least the kids have had lots of days bee-free. They will soon learn how to be cautious and mindful of the little, buzzing honey-makers!
I'm just glad they're all happy to help pick. Eventually, maybe they'll be just as enthusiastic about weeding.