Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School

The summer holidays have come and gone, although the weather here certainly does not indicate that yet!

On Sunday we loaded up Peach and all her belongings for her first year of university.

 We delivered her to her dorm (the same one as her brother was in when he was in first year). Then took photos of the science buildings she will be studying in. They're just a very short walk from her dorm. She is taking an Honours Science Psychology. She gets her brains from her dad!

Today, I sent the remaining five off to school. Yes, all of the kiddos are back in school again. Beans and Squirt are off to grade eleven and grade nine.

They are sure that people are going to have a fun year continually confusing them! :o)

After much prayer and discussion, meeting with the principal and others, we chose to send our three youngest to the public school this year. They have a strong special education program there and we feel that it will really help them out -- especially since it will continue into secondary education as well. Our only big trepidation is that they are placed age appropriate. That means Bella is in grade eight, Bright Eyes in grade six, and Peanut is in grade four. If you know our girls, you would know that none of them are ready for those grades in any way. We will see how this year goes.

As I am typing this, I am feeling a little overcome by the silence in the house. It's not a bad thing at all, but it is going to take some getting used to again. :o) Hopefully it is a great year for all of us.

Sorry! No photos of Nathanael. He is in his third year of study, still living in the same house, with several of the same roommates, and working at the university pool when he is not studying. All is well!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August!? No Way!! {Part 1}

Yes, once again the blogging has been sadly lacking and here it is mid-August already. There hasn't been any lack of events around here, but blogging has just not been a priority. It's been the HOT summer I had been hoping for ever since summer turned to autumn last year. Thus, much time has been spent outdoors soaking up the heat and the sunshine!

My dear hubby turned fifty on June 11. We had a special time of family togetherness over the course of the weekend. On Friday (the 10th) my parents, along with our brood and their significant others enjoyed teriyaki steak on the barbecue, baked potatoes, and well, it's been so long, I forget what else. We had pies that I baked for dessert. Murray loves pie! Rhubarb, cherry, and his absolute favorite -- pecan pie!

Saturday was spent with most of Murray's family at his niece's wedding.

First dance with Grandpa. Murray's brother (her dad) passed away in December of 1995 from cancer.

Then on Sunday (the 12th) we attended Peach's graduation from high school. I am in denial that we already have two children who have graduated from high school. It cannot be possible!

The squad celebrating.

Then ten days later on the 22nd, was Squirt's grade 8 graduation.

 In case you are wondering, she is wearing Converse. We couldn't find sandals that she liked, so she decided to wear Converse. They will go great with her uniform when she starts high school in the fall.

 Giving her part of the valedictory address which she shared with one of her best friends.

They shared their graduation cake.

Our first beach day was early this year. June 23rd and the children were all in the lake.

Even the slightest north breeze creates some great waves for swimming in!

Next thing we knew, we had survived June and then it was Canada Day!! I let the two oldest girls have all their friends over for the afternoon/evening. You would have hardly noticed that there were eleven extra young people hanging about except for the rate the food disappeared. :o)

 Waiting for the annual Canada Day parade.

 Discussing the rules for a game of capture the flag.

 Dinner time!

 The two youngest had their very own spot.

 Don't even ask because I don't know! :oD

So thankful for this great group of friends!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mastering the Granny Square {My Continuing Quest to Learn to Crochet}

I taught myself to crochet about ten years ago now, but I didn't fully understand where the hook was supposed to go when starting a new row. Thus the few very basic projects I made had a rather strange look about them ;o). In late June, early July last summer, I was rather preoccupied even during the quiet times and I knew that reading was not the therapy I needed. I needed something to keep my hands busy because my mind was not going to slow down enough to read a book.

I am left handed when it comes to writing, eating, and apparently, crocheting. Murray's mom was left handed too, so I thought she could teach me and had taken my crochet up with me when they were still living on the farm, but alas she had learned to crochet right handed and my dreams of her teaching me were dashed. Finally, last summer, I watched a YouTube video that taught it left-handed. It finally made sense! I was so thrilled that I took my work up to the hospital to show Mom. She seemed pleased. I don't think I will ever be as good at it as she was, but I am glad I could show her yet that I had finally learned to properly crochet too.

I have since learned to do a granny square. So now I am making a couple afghans and a lap blanket (maybe?).

You've heard of the ugly Christmas sweater? Well, I am making the ugly Christmas afghan. :oD

This is new wool I bought. It's actually cotton. I have no idea why I bought it except that cotton washes up nice?

My leftover wool...

I have been telling myself that I am not allowed to buy new wool until I have used up my entire stash. Granny squares are great for that! Too bad I don't seem to have much time lately for any crocheting...

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Dining Room {Good-bye Dark, Hello Bright!}

Although I do love the flower pot orange, the colour was just not working for me in our dining room. It always felt dark in there and we tend to spend quite a bit of time in our kitchen/dining area. Being a northern exposure it is darker to begin with, but I was getting to the point where I felt like the orange was sucking the life out of me. It was time to paint!

I chose Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Grey. Some of my children had a hard time liking me switching to grey, but when I told them it was grey walls or cut down our big Crimson King maple, the boo-hooing suddenly stopped.

The last two photos almost make the walls look cold, but in real life, it's not cold at all. It's cozy and relaxing feeling. The printed sign is from our paint store where I purchase all my Benjamin Moore paint. The photos of the Amish and Mennonite people were taken when the Engineer's parents sold their farm. As much as I love those photos, they will never be available for sale because, well, truth is, I never got any of those folk's permission to take those photographs. Horrible, I know!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Silly Girls!

Our rhubarb is growing like crazy and producing some giant leaves. The other night the three oldest girls gathered on the front lawn and got a little silly. Stress relief maybe?

At least they can't say they never have any fun!


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