Monday, February 27, 2017

rocket sighting

Every time we see Rocket, we know that it could be the last, so we soak him up as long as we can. 
 Tonight he came right to the door, and attempted to come in. I happened to be in the kitchen when I heard something at the door, so I got out there before he got in - thankfully! 
Matt hasn't seen him since before Christmas, so he hurried out with the kids when I announced we had a visitor. 

 Kalli was just as happy as the rest of us to be able to play with Rocket for a while. I have a feeling she sees him more often than we do though. 
He stayed for a about an hour, then I had to go back in the house and get the kids to bed! 
Such a crazy little guy. We're so glad he keeps coming back and visiting!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

the "b" word

The kids know that they're not allowed to say "bored" in my house. Or ever. 
If they do, I give them something to do, and usually it's something they won't enjoy. (aka chores) 
We've been having such miserable weather these days, and being cooped up in the house is getting to all of us. Especially because we're still under construction, and the house is still a disaster.
I caught Gracie laying on the couch, counting clouds. Did I hear that "b" word? 
Not a chance. But the poor kid was counting clouds

Saturday, February 25, 2017

dinner at grams

   We have dinner at Gram's house every week, and I don't mention it very often on this old blog. I brought my camera along tonight for a change so I could capture a few photos.
I try to get there before I know she's planning on having dinner ready, so I can help her prepare, but tonight it was frozen pizzas on the menu, so it was easy. She always has freshly baked cookies or ice cream for dessert, which is a nice treat for all of us!
 Ben was being a bit rowdy, and ended up bumping Hailey in the face with his head. I gave her some ice and told her to go hang out in the quiet, and she chose the little pocket of light in the hallway, where Ben joined her to make sure she was okay. "Does it hurt when I do this?" he says. 
After dinner we always just hang out and have a tea or smoothie while the kids watch TV for a while. Gram has satellite, so there are channels that are a major treat for the kids to watch. 

We really look forward to our simple little visits with Gram. I hope she looks forward to them through the week as much as we do. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

picture of the day

Patience is a virtue. And she obviously has it. 

For the love of little brothers. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

bees bees bees.

Earlier in the winter we had a pretty nasty storm. It was windy, and rainy, and mild. My bees are set up in a good spot out in the yard. They're protected by trees, and I've never had a problem with the wind taking the top off before, so I didn't think twice about it when I heard about the storm we were expecting. 
All I can say is, I learned my lesson. You can never be too sure.
The top came off the hive, and rain got in. 
I didn't realize this until the next day, because the storm happened at night.  I ran out and covered it back up, just hoping for the best. It's best not to even open up the hive during the winter because you don't want to disturb the cluster they go into. So I didn't take the hive apart to check on them. I had a feeling they weren't doing well though, because when I tapped the hive, there was no buzzing back at me. 
Today I finally opened it up. It's been warm, and I know that I would've seen at least a couple bees flying around, and since I haven't, I had to take a look. 
Zero bees made it. None. Nata. Such a bummer. 
I did manage to get 17 jars of honey out of the hive, but as far as my bees, I have to start from scratch. Here I am, trying to help the bee population, and instead - I'm murdering them. 
Not sure if I'll get more bees this spring or not. It depends on who's shipping them. I did learn my lesson, and as hard it is, I'm sure I'll be learning more along the way. 
If I would've kept all the honey that was available in the hive, I would've had 3 times as much. But some cappings were discoloured, and I just didn't trust it. So the 17 jars I got, was from the prefect looking frames only. Crazy. 

picture of the day

We're getting some very unseasonably warm weather these days! We'll take it. 

Friday, February 17, 2017


A girl I know was in a pinch, and needed my help to find her rooster a new home. 
Since we have the ducks, and an extra hutch that used to home the bunny, I told her we could try him out at our house. I'd love to have a rooster crow in the morning! 
We took Speckles in, and the kids instantly loved him. He seemed to get along with the ducks, but it made me nervous because we still weren't sure if the ducks were female or male. 
After doing some research, I found out that there's some serious risks involved if a rooster tries to mate with a duck. So, I kept a close eye on them. 
 I soon realized that the rooster had to go. My ducks are definitely female, and he is definitely putting them at risk. 
I called the girl back up, and we almost immediately found him a new, more appropriate home - a farm with lots of chickens. 
I will miss his morning cock-a-doodling, but he'll be much happier there.  
Sorry buddy, but my ducks come first. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Since we had such love and support from some of my dad's work buddies to help get the SMART brailler for Hanna, we wanted to make sure that they got to see a little bit of how she's doing on it. 
Honestly, I've kind of put braille on the back burner a little bit. 
She'd rather read print, and she's doing well with it, so I'm focusing more on that right now. 
I was surprised when we took out the brailler, that she still remembered all of the letters. I even needed my cheat sheet!
Here's what we sent to my dad, so he could send it around to the right people at his work.

 "Hi Pappy"
And she didn't need help with any of the letters. 
Pretty good. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

children's museum

Mom and Hanna worked on an Inuit project for about a month, and part of the plan was to go to the Children's Museum when they finished, to check out the Inuit exhibit there. 
Of course we made an all-day field trip out of it, and invited Kristyn and the kids, and Yuli to come along. 
We started in the dinosaur exhibit.

 After we checked out the caves, and "fossils", we headed to the Where you Live exhibit. This was by-far the kids' favourite.

 Everything was child-sized, including, but not only, a post-office, Valu-Mart, TD Bank and McDonalds.

 Poor Hailey woke up with a stomach bug. It had been passed around a couple kids before it got to her, and it seemed like a very fast-paced and short-lived bug, and she said she felt up to it, so we didn't let it stop us from going. She did get sick in the car a couple times on the way there, and then she felt a little queezy for some of the museum visit. For the most part, she was okay though!

 Next up, was Child Long Ago. We stepped back in time into a one-room school house.

 Hanna couldn't wait to get to the Arctic Discovery. I thought this exhibit was really neat! 


 After Hanna and Mom felt like they covered enough about the Inuits, we headed to the star show in the space exhibit. 
Hanna kept us in stitches during the show. The girl hosting it wanted all of the kids to introduce themselves, and when it was Hanna's turn, she spoke right up to make sure she knew that Nanny was there too. "And this is Nanny!" 
She was just really into it, and just proved to be excited about every single part of the museum experience.
Since the kids loved the little town so much, we headed back there to waste some time before going out for our late lunch/dinner. 
We decided on the Mandarin. Sooooo good! But, since it was Valentine's Day, it was packed, and twice as much money. 
Of course Mom, being the crazy woman she is, treated all of us to dinner. 
It was such a great day! Hanna learned a lot from her and Mom's project, and this was just the icing on the cake. All the kids were so well-behaved, and Hailey even felt well enough to eat dinner. It was just an all-around great day.