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The Appearance of April

April holds Trinity’s birthday. And spring. Both worth celebrating. Don’t forget Easter and sunshine and Grandma’s visit. Wow was April ever a fun one! AND a lot of it you already know… Click on the words above that will bring you to each event.

Easter display at church

Easter display at church

Trinity had her first Communion class.IMAG0927

We had a super special opportunity to try out a local put put golf place that was closing down after decades of service. Renee and Christopher had gone there, and I think Ken as a child. So it was a fun way to get our kids in on something they remembered. Even though it was rather cold. 20170429_150716

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Renee lining up her shot.

Renee lining up her shot.

Jeffrey

Jeffrey

We went from the golf course to a soda shop. Not just any soda shop: Blue Sun Soda & Sweets where Renee spoiled the kids with letting them chose one soda each!!20170429_162502

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CLEARLY CANADIAN!!!

CLEARLY CANADIAN!!!

And then time to hang out at the Schwartz’s. With Mystro and all!IMG_20170429_205159_040

With their sodas!

With their sodas!

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We have been trying really hard to make Friday night a weekly date night for Ken and myself. Not only to get out for a nice and quiet meal, but to spend quality time on us. This is AFTER my Friday night workout class, so it has been fun to work really hard and then shower and come out pretty and ready for fun.IMG_20170428_223514_550

Ready for class

Ready for class

Noms!

Noms!

We have taken full advantage of our time at the YMCA as usual.IMG_20170424_230042_248

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IMG_20170401_165706_816And continued our trend of watching our godson kick butt in soccer on weekends.IMG_20170422_222724_464

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20170422_200702Trinity has been playing with her camera, and other lovely gifts.DSC00090

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April has been a regular month of school, of course. With lots of completions to celebrate. IMG_20170427_110709_315

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By Echo

By Echo

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Aimee (fellow homeschool mom) and I made it out to a major textile garage sale and found some gems.IMG_20170422_174400_404
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We rode bikes and visited the local park.IMG_20170425_144820_302
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Found some early spring flowers.20170425_134545
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Of course I snuck in some crafty time.IMG_20170424_230135_558
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Crafting in the sunshine

Crafting in the sunshine

A good and busy month.

Putting a state study together (Gavin)

Putting a state study together (Gavin)

A new tack board!

A new tack board!

Grocery shopping!

Grocery shopping!

Learning in the sunroom

Learning in the sunroom

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Another view of the crew

Another view of the crew

Week 2 of Honest Photo Month

Welcome to the second week of my experiment… You can see the first week of photos HERE. Again, these are posted daily on Facebook and Instagram. And here we go…

DAY 820170908_102551

“It was minion’s choice. We took a family walk this morning… to the Catholic Church… to play Pokémon… all sorts of educational, right?! The girls found so many butterflies in the flowers and the boys took their bikes. We picked up some trash along the way too. Happy Friday all!!!”

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“We have to get creative to take group shots. This was too planned out to be an HONEST PHOTO… But HONESTLY it is hard to get  a group shot.”

DAY 920170909_105522

“I assume we are great entertainment for the YMCA front desk staff. Ken has his spot where he sits… No one expects him to work out. And the twins either stay busy or get typical teenager bored. Today that degraded into some sort of slow motion tickled/wrestling match. Yup… We are the weirdos in the lobby waiting on mom to get done with her workout. Feel free to giggle.”

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“We came, we saw, we headed home right after Sunday School. Funny thing… Hacking kids make for abbreviated church experience. Especially when the after service activity is creating meals for the food bank. But here you have it, photo proof that I CAN dress them up AND take them out… Sort of.”

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“How do you do it? I couldn’t teach my kid! What do they do all day? It looks too hard… Well, it is hard. All rewarding things are. And how do I do it? Trial and error. With siding being done and sick kids we do what we can, and if that is just counting woodland creatures and colouring… Well that is a success!! Worksheet is thanks to Activity Village (link on right).”

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“I debated waiting later in the day… But… They are only so carefree and young for so long. Sometimes school is taking a walk and looking for birds. In the process having a shadow puppet war… Trinity’s bunny vs something Emanuel said would nuke it… Bunny was victorious and our shadow creating skills powered up.”

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“Science vs Craft… This is common with our one room classroom. On the left slightly grumpy teens who had to try and figure out the seed count of a kiwi because that was one of 3 fruit I could find with seeds for some basic science. On the right loud children helping mum fulfil her glitter craft challenge from her pen pal… Glitter slime!

Did I mention slime makes Zander want to vomit? His words…”

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“Glitter!”

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“Then this happened…”

DAY 1420170914_141627

“Welcome to my late afternoon/evening reality. Crochet, entertainment, school planning, letter writing… The kitchen table is often occupied and I do like to spread out, so the bed it is. Open door so the kids are constant, but I can leave it all out and work until I am ready to crawl into bed. Organized chaos… Ask Ken what happens when he touches something.”

And that is the second set of 7 days in a blog post! As always, suggestions welcome!

First Week of Honest Photos

Remember my proposed experiment using photography that I blogged about HERE? Well we have already reached the conclusion of the first week of images which I have posted to my Facebook and Instagram accounts. So now it is time to share the first 7 posts here on my blog. Enjoy!

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“I wish I had a sound recording of the arguing and the directing of the stroller through the garbage containers. Last day of summer program, 5th day in a row of mornings at the YMCA… Careful carry to avoid potential tire puncture… Welcome to September.”

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“Once a year Ken and I go out for a day to cut loose at the Renaissance Festival. I usually take most of the photos and am critical of what is taken of me. Here is a quick one Ken took. This is the only time other than the pool that I bare my midriff post babies.”

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“Remember all those perfect little girl rooms out there? Yah… not my house. This was deemed ‘clean’ after church by the residents. I struggle with the idea of a super tidy room and the reality of 2 girls who are comfortable in the room as is. No magazine spreads here… Unless we are the ‘before’ picture lol.”

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“Anyone who follows me on Instagram is probably aware that I have committed myself to a minimum of 4 days of working out a week at the YMCA. I post my elliptical times to keep myself honest. But what you don’t see is my often day glow self booking along. Ken took this one for me today. It isn’t pretty but the results have been fantastic. And honestly I think I look ridiculously awkward and gawky.”

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“Day 5 photo comes early today… ‘Look up here and say cheese kids.” *click*… Among the smiles was coughs and yawns. We are not tidy or early morning learners. There always seems to be unfinished assignments and at least one ongoing argument between scholars at any given time. But… it is our room and our chaos. And tomorrow you may get to see the teacher 🙂 messy hair and all.

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“Day 6 photo is my most ‘naked’ too date I think… Meet the teacher. No make up, glasses, messy hair, sweater from my old university, yoga pants (you can’t see the Totoro on my socks). I roll out of bed and make myself some tea and the day begins. No glamour, no magic, just… me.

Photo credit goes to Trinity with her exquisite point and click skills (Zander tried and got fuzzy images but he had just woken up.”

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“Day 7 and the last family member in our classroom. Every morning I clean out Neko-Chan’s cage. Scrape the dirty papers out, add hay, check food and water. On a perky morning I also spend half my time stopping her from eating my spoon and climbing out her door. To some she is just a rodent. To me she is a joy. I have not had a true pet in over 10 yrs. I didn’t even realize the true magnitude of the void until she came along fill it. Plus… SHE’S SO FLUFFY!!!!”

And there you have it, week one of my photo project up for all to see! I hope everyone is enjoying this candid peek into my life. Any suggestions of things you would like to see, moments, events… do share! And check back in 7 days for the next batch!!!