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Fabulous February

Well BUSY and fabulous… as always! 3 birthday boys, Chinese New Year AND Valentine’s Day. Not to mention it is also Nana’s birthday month. I think February has ALWAYS kept us hopping. We tend to not do a huge celebration for Valentine’s Day but we do send out quite a few Valentines. Chinese New Year is always a bit of a big deal. We clean the house, wear new shirts (usually self decorated) and eat special foods. Although we will ALWAYS miss our friends back home who made Chinese New Year so special.dscn14541

imag2443img_20160208_161001We celebrated Emanuel turning 10. Double digits it is!!!dscn14361

dscn14381And made our very own igloo.dscn14421

dscn14451imag2545It was Emanuel’s turn for a workbook completion.dscn14402

The boys were very grateful for their lovely birthday gifts from all sorts of loving friends and family.img_20160206_124921dscn14471

With treats for the girls. Thanks Gammie!

With treats for the girls. Thanks Gammie!

After all, the twins are now 12!!! Where has the time gone? Next year — TEENAGERS.img_20160205_091216

We had fun with the Schwartz family.dscn14501

Swam our hearts out.dscn14621

And in the world of crochet – a heart scarf I gifted to a sweet friend as a pick me up.dscn14521

Hung out with the Novaks (gotta celebrate with our friends on those birthdays).imag2578

img_20160221_011306Had the guys over for game night.imag2559

Raced cars with the scouts… Not only Emanuel this year! imag2594

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I got in sewing time of course – I made a jellyfish mobile for the girls’ room and for a friend back home – a hat that has a likeness to a hat on a certain Sci Fi series. img_20160220_160307

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So a happy belated Valentine’s Day… etc… to everyone! img_20160214_115822

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September Sunshine

Well with sunshine and fun locations comes excessive images… sit back and enjoy the tail end of our summer of 2016 (seriously not the same ring to it as the summer of ’69).DSCN0971

Boys in the basement gaming... like college all over again!

Boys in the basement gaming… like college all over again!

A little bit of workbook fun.

A little bit of workbook fun.

Alien in her cowboy boots.

Alien in her cowboy boots.

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A wizard and his staff.

A wizard and his staff.

Tails!

Tails!

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A princess!

A princess!

Mermaid!

Mermaid!

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Poor Sean!

Poor Sean!

...and back in the basement.

…and back in the basement.

5 year olds want CONES not CUPS!

5 year olds want CONES not CUPS!

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We seriously love this museum! It was hard to weave out images. I hope you are enjoying the excess!DSCN1032

Working as a team... sort of.

Working as a team… sort of.

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Making Uncle Sean work!

Making Uncle Sean work!

My family. A hole is always filled when our Canadian friends who are family anyway visit.

My family. A hole is always filled when our Canadian friends who are family anyway visit.

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We broke him!

We broke him!

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At IKEA

At IKEA

And of course… MORE Wild Kratts.DSCN1147

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Yup, that is my husband on the Schwartz family roof.

Yup, that is my husband on the Schwartz family roof.

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CROCHET

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And a selfie to end…IMAG0826

 

Beginning the Weekend

The days are ticking by and with them goes August. Can you believe we have been here over a month? It is going so well that I have to say I am SURE this was the best choice for our family. I guess I am still working on my personal understanding of this truth. The days that have been bad are fewer and fewer at this point. I think it helps that we keep ourselves relatively busy…

Friday we spent our time around the house but it felt so busy. The kids were over the moon having their cousins there for the whole day. And after fun in the front yard…

Scotch tape and leaves

Nana and Baba took all but Echo out for a picnic and the park while Ken and I stayed home to clean (me) and work on job applications (Ken). Once the group returned the sprinkler was turned on in the backyard and more fun was had!

In line for sunscreen

slipping and sliding

So no school Friday due to cousins and a hot hot day best spent outside. Well for the kids, I am still working on the clutter in the basement… slow and steady on that one, I don’t think I will get EVERYTHING sorted out until we are moved into our own place once again but I am determined to do the very best I can to create some semblance of peace and organization.

Post water craft

Saturday, on the other hand… much more busy!! It was decided that Saturday was a good day to celebrate Andrew’s 12th birthday (seriously where has the time gone!). As the location of choice was his grandparents’ (John and Maggie) we went over to visit with the kids at their house first. Toys, boys and a good friend… perfect for the whole family!

I love this picture, it looks like she is lecturing him about some sort of text or call from another woman

Birthday boy on his way

Over at party central there was a lovely fenced in yard for the kids to play in and plenty of outside toys. Soccer, badminton, some sort of catch game and seats for the adults. 

SOCCER

Supper was VERY yummy, cheesy potatoes, corn on the cob and turkey. Add in some fruit snacks, veggie chips and lemonade for the kids and everyone was full in the end. Though there was some excitement over some bees. 

In line for dinner

Birthday boy’s choice… cake first! Sp we had to gather everyone around the cake and take pictures of course! This cake was rather neat, it was a round cake with cupcakes around it. Little mini hamburgers and watermelon cupcakes and a grill for the cake. LOTS of icing! 

The cake

What a group!

After cake it was time for PRESENTS! I am so glad Andrew liked his wallet (duct tape) and owl (sock) we gave him! I have already had a special request from my godson (Anthony), he wants a BABY owl for Christmas. I am going to have to keep an eye out for some special socks for everyone down here. Not having a Dollarama has cramped my shopping. As well as the fact that is seems like cheap socks around here are ALL ankle length – no good for owls! 

Opening presents

Even big Andy made it, at the end of the party… he was stuck reassembling his semi truck with the hopes of fixing whatever was wrong with it. But we got in a quick visit. He is more often gone than here really. 

The Daddy cometh

And that was our Saturday. I really am hoping we can spend some more weekends with the Novaks. They start school up again after Labour Day so our visits during the day will be less often BUT now that we are here for good… well there is so much more opportunity to plan! 

Hard to believe he was a few months short of a year old at our wedding!!!