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May, Yup Still Behind!

But, I may just catch up before Christmas??? Who knows! So sit back and enjoy the peek back!IMG_20170531_232050_888

Anyway, May. Well… Mother’s Day which means Mother’s Day photos. Of course since the weather was decent we drove down to the end of our road and took photos on the path. You can check out the photos HERE since this post is HUGE already!IMG_20170514_205447_969

Ken bought me the most adorable Totoro socks. We went to church. It was a lovely day.orca-image-1494789507636.jpg_1494789508273

May also found us at Mall of America at what I felt was one of the happiest places on earth… TIM HORTONS! There are multiple locations in state now, and I have visited more than a few!!IMG_20170524_192319_471

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All out of Legos!

All out of Legos!

May was also Sean’s yearly visit. He drove down this year. We had a lot of fun with him.IMG_20170518_235019_750

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Emanuel and Trinity got their white belts in karate. More on that HERE.IMG_20170518_204437_812

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20170518_204051Of course we continued swimming lessons and visited ClubY. With myself keeping suitably busy as well.IMG_20170507_193055_547

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New stationary machines!

New stationary machines!

Zander and Gavin had track.FB_IMG_1493669694918

I even got my hands on some back in production Clearly Canadian!!!orca-image-1495926787264.jpg_1495926787629

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For lack of a bonfire we got creative making s’mores.IMG_20170528_230059_179

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We even tried some backyard gardening.IMG_20170522_213156_516

My best gardener with her Gypsy dog toy pal

My best gardener with her Gypsy dog toy pal

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dead heading in pj’s

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Berry bushes!

Berry bushes!

And we bought a can crusher which was fun for the kids for about… a week.20170528_192911

We had company… and went visiting.

Cousin Robbie

Cousin Robbie

Schwartz family

Schwartz family

Snoopy!

Snoopy!

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With Gavin

With Gavin

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School…

Reading in the best vantage points

Reading in the best vantage points

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IMG_20170517_170113_405Eating out…20170528_131458

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It was a busy month looking back! I forget how busy when the days pass by.

A sweet apology

A sweet apology

sparklers!

sparklers!

Emanuel perfected his bicycle riding.

Emanuel perfected his bicycle riding.

Quiet moment!

Quiet moment!

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Toad!

Toad!

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Happy Halloween 2017

Well October rushed by and it was Halloween in what felt like was the blink of an eye. This was not the year for the new handmade costume for the family. Rather a couple repeats, and some purchased pieces worked out to a rather nice looking group.IMG_20171031_215034_744

Echo was enamored with the movie My Neighbour Totoro, and since we could not find a chinchilla costume (her first choice), Totoro was a VERY close second. I ordered this one off Amazon. Ken whipped up an acorn bag and for the photos I lent her one of my handmade Totoros.IMG_20171031_220718_155

Trinity chose to be a princess this year. Again a dress off Amazon, and after 2 attempts, a tiara to match.IMG_20171031_220755_177

Emanuel is still a Minecraft fanatic. This year we went with an Enderman. Black sweats, black sweater and a mask/box I bought off Amazon.IMG_20171031_220830_455

The twins went for a repeat of wizards. Ken had made the capes and staffs and the hats were crocheted by me.IMG_20171031_220909_803

This is our second year trick or treating with our homeschool friends. Echo was over the moon to run the neighbourhood with Nate.20171031_181326

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Nate the Power Ranger

Nate the Power Ranger

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They didn’t do half bad on candy, which I sorted and bagged up. We will be eating these with some restraint. Stomach aches are not worth the gorging.20171031_203332

Of course Neko-chan had to get in on the fun. Though when we tried to actually WEAR her costume she balked and attempted to eat it. But still – adorable. I bought a dog costume hat, it worked!IMG_20171027_203930_229

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I had less of a costume and more of a comfortable slightly on theme outfit. (not the highly indulgent Irish sweater… I plan to live in it)20171031_141133

Of course the girls had to do a little photo session with last year’s mini witch’s hats… I love that Echo wore skeleton jammies under her Totoro costume.20171031_114157

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That week we did some fun Halloween themed crafts as well.

It was supposed to be thumbprints but with kids who hate getting hands dirty we used the eraser end of pencils.

It was supposed to be thumbprints but with kids who hate getting hands dirty we used the eraser end of pencils.

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Meet Jerry

Meet Jerry

We also had a lovely special lunch on Halloween. We did good!20171031_115613

Week 3 of Honest Photo Month

Welcome to week 3 of this lovely experiment. I hope it has been enjoyable to watch.

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Remember day 4 and the day glow look? Well all that hard work is visual for me every Friday night. I do R.I.P.P.E.D. class and then it is date night. It took 13 years before we could afford and coordinate a weekly date. This has been amazing for our marriage and been fun to go from sweaty to this…

Photo credit to Ken.

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My family is far from us and Ken’s immediate are in Florida but we have created a family besides. One of our favourite things to do is to take our god son out for dinner. Today his parents and youngest sibling joined us. We are blessed to have so much love around us.

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God Son!

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I am sure there is some deep metaphor about my life in this one… but really this is just how progress looks in our house. We have been planning shelving for months. Today Ken and the kids took the plunge and while I napped they stripped out our mismatched shelves and Ken got busy. Reorganizing books is educational right? Cuz guess what we are doing tomorrow! Bam! 5 kids, 5 somewhat willing workers.

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Zander says we have too many books it is like a library… LIKE??? I may be a wee bit offended.

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It may have been overly ambitious, my idea of 5 sets of semi willing hands… but here is my Monday. Surrounded by literature, dust, school items, and whiny children.

Echo had the audacity to suggest we have too many books!!! I call alien abduction cuz… no such thing!

Photo credit to Ken who bravely worked from home today. And only came up to periodically laugh at me.

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And honestly… many days of my life are¬†honestly boring… or at least the re telling of it is. And then cutest lunch bag I splashed out $12.00 on appears and becomes the newest yarn project bag cuz TOTORO!!!! So… I admit it… love anime… love yarn… love a deal… love you all!

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I may have bought Echo a “gift” of a small size rake so that she could “play” with the leaves… in a fashion that ends with cranky 13 year olds filling leaf bags… maybe…

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The honest truth is I am trying to instill healthy patterns in all my children. So when the little kids have choir and confirmation isn’t on yet I drag the twins to the YMCA.

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And this is what they were really doing… trotting along while they game against each other… so we both win? Or did I lose?

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Sometimes we just… sit. With the weather yo-yoing cold and hot we are really not hugely motivated. But story time is always welcome!

And there you have it, my messy life… Check out weeks ONE and TWO.