Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday

Easter started out on Good Friday with three hours of quiet time and an educational video for the kids, and then church. 
Saturday we attended the Easter Vigil late mass, and the kids felt pretty special that I went through the McDonald's drive through at 11:00 at night just to get them a large Coke for being angels for 2 hours in church.

Sunday was busy. We started at mom and dad's for brunch! 
I attempted some photos of the kids in their {very adorable and co-ordinating} outfits...

 Brunch was extra-delish, and then it was time to enjoy the weather, and an egg hunt! 
(Thanks Mom and Dad)

 (See the little red blob by the tree? That's Hanna after getting a tip from my dad. Egg hunting isn't very fair for poor Hanna.)
 After hanging out for a while, we headed to Matt's parent's for dinner!
We also did mine and Gracie's birthdays since we won't be home for our actual ones. 

 Ayden and Gracie both had pretty cute fedoras, so naturally, we had to get a photo.
And that wraps up Easter 2016.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bowling again!

 During March break Santi came to visit and stay with Yuli and Tim. My kids didn't get to take March break because I'm a strict teacher like that. Well, actually it's because we'll be going to Florida for a week in April (which we are totally stoked about by the way), so we'll have our break then! 
Anyhow, Yuli invited Kristyn and her kids, and me and mine along to go bowling one afternoon after school, and it was great! One game was just enough for me all these little kids, so it was perfect. 

 There's kids missing in these photos. Forgive me. I had to bowl with 3/4 of my kids, so it wasn't the easiest to get any photos. 

 At the end of the game I let Ben bowl all by himself. The ball was only 6 pounds, so he could actually lift it. I had to get a shot of him watching his ball. He did this every time.
It's like he thought you were supposed to have a seat and watch it roll down the lane every. single. time. 
Cutie pie.
 At the end of our game I wanted to try to get a shot of the kids playing with the claw machine. My kids have no clue what this thing even does, but I could get a shot of their expressions through the other side so I wanted to let them try it! 
Turns out it was only a quarter per try and Kristyn and Yuli had quarters for everyone! 
Everyone got a turn, and there was actually one winner out of them all! 
My Hanna girl! I've never seen anyone win anything from a claw machine let alone a blind kid! :) 
No picture of her because she was too short. Oh well. You'll just have to believe me.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

picture of the day

First sign of Spring! 
Looks like my bees survived too, and are already starting the honey process! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

a breakfast song

I'm glad I always have my camera so close. 
This morning when Matt got home, he sat down with the girls and talked to them as they ate their breakfast. Hanna told him about how she had a dream about his "buzzing amp", (he played plugged in the night before and his connection is bad) so he grabbed his guitar and started playing for them. 
He started adding in rhyming lyrics on the fly, and these two sillies could not contain themselves! 
 Oh, the simple things!

Saturday, February 20, 2016


 A few months back, my mom and I showed our support for a family that I actually met years ago at a play date through CNIB. This family of nine have 3 kids who are visually impaired. They had the chance to try out these eSight glasses and realized how beneficial they would be for them. The youngest, and the one who we met at the play date, is 11 years old, and goes to the same homeschool co-op as us.  They had the fundraiser to raise money to buy a couple pairs of these insanely expensive glasses. 
Anyway! I won a family pack for our local bowling rink. So, Matt and I took the kids for a night out!
 It was a first time for most of the kids. Hanna was about two last time we came, but Gracie's been here just lately with some friends. 
 Because we were just walk-ins, we weren't able to get bumpers, and being surrounded by families of small children, we weren't able to get light-weight balls for the kids either because they were all taken.
 So, we used the ramps. It was kind of cheating, but it was really the only way! We had a great time.
 Matt's been getting some unexpected weekend nights off lately, so it's nice to be able to hang out - just us. It was even nicer to be able to go out for a change, and everyone really enjoyed bowling!
 Next time, we'll be sure to call ahead and make sure we're prepared to let them learn how to actually bowl. 

Friday, February 12, 2016


Benny is my little helper. 
He drags around the kitchen chair all. over. the. house. 
It doesn't matter if I'm rinsing out a can of tomato sauce. He thinks he should be right up there, helping me do it. 
Whatever he's doing at the time that he hears me make any sort of {productive} sound in any room of the house, is no longer important; He comes running. With his chair.
He has ears like a bat.
 But he's just so darn cute.
This was first thing this morning. I started making juice, and he comes a runnin'. With his chair. In his underwear and messy hair. 
God I love this child. 

Monday, February 8, 2016


This is Hailey's morning face.
That photo is just for fun - because she's so grumpy when she wakes up. 
On the subject of the Little Miss though, she was having a hard time with her teeth. She had appointment after appointment, and we got the run around from a few different dentists until finally our family dentist figured everything out for us. 
 She had seen a pediatric dentist, now almost a year ago, who started work, and was supposed to call us back to finish up. He also said that nothing was urgent and would be fine to leave alone for a while. So, I never questioned not getting a call back right away. 
She ended up getting an infection around one of the teeth that had been worked on, and needed to have that tooth pulled. Poor girl. 
She was sedated, so at least she was asleep the whole time. She got a milkshake afterward and came home to this from her daddy:
 She still has a significant amount of work to be done. The new pediatric dentist quoted us at a puke-in-my-mouth kind of amount. We're in the process of figuring that out though, so it's all good. 
Hailey girl obviously doesn't mind. When she got home from said dentist, she went straight to work at this picture. She says "it's a party":
  She's holding the pink balloon that the dentist gave her. 
Dentists...At least she still has a positive attitude toward them!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

a nice day for an ice day!

Although our winter so far has been pretty crappy, as far as weather goes, we're still making the most of it! 
It's been mild, and muddy...
Once in a while we get cold enough to have a bit of snow...but then it thaws. 
Then, we may get a few days below zero to make us some ice. 
We have our own little skating rink in the field next to the house. It flooded in the fall, and now freezes up nicely when it's cold enough.  So, we have a sledding hill, and a mini rink basically in our backyard! We headed out there today and played on the ice for a while, then went for a walk to do some exploring. Of course I didn't bring my camera, but we had quite a list going of everything we saw on our little adventure. Including our crazy little pup chasing four poor doe through the field just meters away from us.
Have I mentioned that we live in the BEST spot?
 After coming back inside and getting everyone toasty with some hot chocolate, we spent some time at Nanny's pond. 
Kristyn brought the sticks, pucks, and nets, and Mom and dad brought {more} hot chocolate!
 Hanna tried out skates for the first time! This is the first year she's been brave enough to even put them on. Let's not forget how careful she always has been. She needs practice, but she did great for her first time!
Hailey also had a go. A first for her as well! They both did great!
(**Side note**-See that gold van? It's ours! Yay! Thanks Aunt Tina and Uncle Chris! We now have a heated vehicle!)
 That rope has been hanging on the same little branch since I was small enough to swing on it. :)

 After everyone got too cold and damp, we headed over to Mom and Dad's for Sunday dinner. I think it was a Sunday well spent.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016