Tag Archive | Mother’s Day

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

20170528_194332Ken and I tried our hand at some minor landscaping.IMG_20170527_144311_734

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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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!

Crochet…orca-image-1495332562532.jpg_1495332562843

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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May, Looking Back at Spring Time Fun

May tends to be absolutely lovely here so we try to take full advantage with LOTS of time outside. dscn15491

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We got started on our planter boxes as well. Tomatoes and cucumbers this year. dscn15701

Plus Ken and I snuck out for a wedding.

Congrats you two!

Congrats you two!

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I even had my very own Mother’s Day (not professional of course) photo shoot! dscn15821

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img_20160508_120648We had a field trip to a local museum with homeschool buddies.dscn15951

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dscn16021img_20160518_143433We broke out the freezies.dscn16111

And worked on our meager landscaping skills.dscn16091

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Climbed trees.dscn16181

Went on long walks. And learned our route to the YMCA.dscn16211

Had lunch outdoors.dscn16241

And started our Canada unit. dscn16261

We even managed a visit with the Schwartz family.imag3086

And S’mores on the bbq… improvising!imag3134

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One of the things I love about May in Minnesota is that it does warm up. And this year we took full advantage!img_20160518_143350

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Vanilla Bean Murder… a Book Review

From a Mother’s Day mystery and random dinosaurs to a contemporary cozy mystery based around the owner of a bakery whose best friend and soon to be employ is embroiled in the murder of her previous boss at the local bank. Vanilla Bean Murder by Deany Ray is the second in her Ouna Bay Cozy Mysteries series. This lucky free find was a lovely novella length mystery with a touch of romance and a dash of humour.

Now keep in mind this is a second book in the series (I really lucked out with a freebie), so there are some moments where you feel you are missing a bit of information. The relationships are more defined and there is a hint of that being something that came out of the previous book so I won’t give names and details.

What I really enjoyed about this one is that I didn’t see the murderer coming… I mean, towards the end I was getting the feeling that something wasn’t quite right but I was just as surprised as the main characters (Becky) as to who did it and why.

I am definitely interested in taking a look at the first novel in the series as well as continuing on (once the book budget allows of course…). Deany Ray does a terrific job creating interesting characters. The story  felt well thought through and had a great pace. The mystery, as I mentioned, was intriguing and unexpected. Definitely a fun read out in the hammock on a warm afternoon, especially since that is exactly what I did! And who doesn’t love a title like Vanilla Bean Murder. It sounds so… scrumptious.29240009._UY500_SS500_