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Did You Wear Your Green?

March 13-17

On Thursday it was the twin’s turn to work on their pinewood derby cars. Sadly we all sort of fell apart to a rather nasty cold which had our school week light and our napping heavy!!101_6474

This is all part if Gavin's master plan I am told.

This is all part if Gavin’s master plan I am told.

We did make a Sam’s Club run that has started a new family tradition. If the kids can at least attempt to behave on our shopping trip we then agree to have a post shopping snack. The prices on their food that is ready to eat are AMAZING… and also include a family favourite – pretzels! It is a great way to bypass the frustrated kids in line at the cash. Ken stands in line with the purchases and I have them sit at a table and order food to share. 5-6 dollars and we have some pop, pretzels and even a hotdog or pizza slice (that is really like a quarter of a large pizza!). We even caved and chose the more difficult cart to push around to humour the girls.20140313_115647

998127_10152289084531151_1641340283_nIn fact, once the car working was done and the sickies were STILL sleeping it was back to the Lego game. Having that table out has saved my bum during the sick time.1979895_10152289244221151_1315922711_n

Friday was quiet learning. Mainly things like watching Veggie ¬†Tales and then going and doing the Sunday School sheets or what we have now started – Dirty Jobs. We are watching episode by episode and then doing a reflection journal page about it. Trinity is drawing and then I write, Emanuel drawing and then copying two sentences and the twins 4-5. We are working on having a title for our pages – Dirty Jobs Episode whatever… and on working more on telling all about something not just simple sentences. Anything to expand our work and our skills!

Keeping tabs on our week thanks to Activity Village

Keeping tabs on our week thanks to Activity Village

Saturday was a special day. We had plans to meet up with Matt and Fran and their twins again… but this time at IKEA for our favourite family lunch – meatballs! Although, with kids still recovering we had smaller appetites than usual. I really need to carry some ziploc in my purse for extras when we over order!1962794_10152292930601151_1719002751_n

1601402_10152292932241151_2146416814_nAfter lunch it was time to go across the street to MOA and the Lego store. They have this great play area out there for the kids to build.1964785_10152293088701151_314343813_n

Echo and Izzy

Echo and Izzy

101_6488101_6489I was especially excited to go… this is the only place that has a Typo store for my favourite pens AND Body Shop (except airport where I never fly anyway to get into the store section and when anyone does they are closed) for my facial soap.101_6483

I could not resist.. I had this sort of pen in high school!!! 4.95 plus tax!

I could not resist.. I had this sort of pen in high school!!! 4.95 plus tax!

Sunday was really nothing special. We had way too many sick kids to do anything and no Sunday School so it was a lay back and enjoy naps and rest…101_6491

And time to set out our leprechaun trap! Because we all know Lucky Charms are the perfect lure! Sam’s Club had a double box on for sale so the kids were over the moon… as long as the leprechaun didn’t take off with the goods!101_6511

Monday was St. Patrick’s Day. With kids still suffering from this cold we did the best we could with our Green clothing. Got the picture in at the very least… but no green lunch.101_6512

101_6513Trinity and Emanuel were starting to bounce back so we focused mainly on THEIR St. Patrick’s Day fun.

Emanuel's cover for his dinosaur book we read together

Emanuel’s cover for his dinosaur book we read together

Playing a number game

Playing a number game

Father, Son and Holy Spirit on a 3 leaf clover

Father, Son and Holy Spirit on a 3 leaf clover

Not the most impressive start to the week but it is great to see that even limping with illness we do get a wee bit done each day. Progress is progress! Enjoy the random MOA pictures!101_6478

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Weekend for the Win

June 8-9

Weekends count with Ken’s new 5 day schedule, and we are working hard to make them count. Sadly the weather did not work exactly according to the original schedule.

I did forget to mention that on Friday we had to take the money Gammie had sent us treat treat the kids, and with no slurpees in sight… we went with Icees! Thank you so much for 5 happy kids!!

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Sugar crash under the dolly blanket thanks to Gammie also

Sugar crash under the dolly blanket thanks to Gammie also

It is definitely garage sale season in our neighbourhood. So we spent a little more time hunting for some gems… Saturday was our day.

Pretty headbands at a steal

Pretty headbands at a steal

Our other prizes

Our other prizes

Took Trinity forever to get her turn with the crown

Took Trinity forever to get her turn with the crown

Sunday was supposed to be a picnic at one of the many many lakes here in Minnesota. Sadly Sunday was the day that the rain decided to pour down. So instead of the picnic at a park we packed up and drove into the city and had an IKEA visit. MEATBALL STORE!101_2404

Waiting for food

Waiting for food

We wandered, we checked things out, we planned for the future and all with Bree, Lily and Scott. Our Lily Bean is growing and growing and growing… of course I had to make Ken hold her…

What a face

What a face

Lily Bean

Lily Bean

And get in my own picture time.101_2409

Lunch with friends at our favourite store is a good compromise to a rainy day. Scott mentioned to Bree after that he had a great time talking with the twins. It makes me so proud to know they can carry their side of a conversation with an adult they are just really getting to know without my help or intervention.101_2410101_2414That got us home in time to spend some quality time with the cousins. THEY are done school for the summer so longer visits on different days are starting up. This time they were home over Sunday night into Monday.

Gaming time

Gaming time

Popcorn!

Popcorn!

Not a bad couple of days!!

Baby with her Baby

Baby with her Baby

Advent Begins

December 1-2

December began on a busy note. Our morning marked the first day of our Advent experience with Activity Village. I love this yearly event. Every day there is a print out to colour and cut and then a video to watch that is Christmas related. This is Echo’s first year doing it as well.

Colouring the Advent pictures

It was also the December Saturday for the boys’ to go back to Home Depot to do their craft. They got to make picture frames with Daddy and Baba! They came back so happy!!

Completed frames

After that there was time to get everyone tidy, pack up the bag of things that Ken and I would need and then pack the kids into the van to go to the drop off point to drop off Zander and Gavin with Joe and Faith for their first cousin overnighter. I would have sent Emanuel but he and Trinity were both still coughing and runny nosed.

TWO ponies

Instead post drop off we headed right off to IKEA. The only one in the state, for meatballs and some shopping. We decided to join the (free) family membership and take advantage of the children’s section sale item to get Echo a wonderful Christmas gift. We of course had to have supper, I do not know why I don’t pack along a ziploc bag, we always seem to over estimate how many we will eat. But I managed.

Out front of Ikea with Snoopy

Shopping went well and after paying we had our 25 days schoolwork accomplished ice cream cones! Super yum!

YUM

That night the littles had popcorn and tv AND started the countdown on our Advent calendar.

Counting down

Sunday we had the boys come home, and me go into a panic over a missing birth certificate (mine)… lots of fun was had by them, and I have a plan of action for Monday.

Nails with Nana

With Daddy sharing

Now while the weekend goes half busy half not we are definitely making progress with our gift making, learning and fun time! 

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