Happy Anniversary to me!!! (and Drew) of 12 years. Wow. How did we spend it? Building stairs at camp!!! Well, not me really, the cousins came and helped Drew and they are fabulous. I have been suggesting for at least 3 years that we should work on them and now they are really done. It just took some appropriate timing with Jan and Mel up at the same time as the boys and the rest is history. So thank you Drew - I will consider this an amazing anniversary gift from you. Now I just have to work on something for you....
My baby is 5! So hard to believe. And just lately she is taller, talks a whole lot more, asks a whole lot more questions, and is just FUN to be with. She is a total girly-girl, wants to dress like a rock star, loves her barbies, polly pockets and pet shop guys. She can listen to Strawberry Shortcake songs and Emily Osment's Once Upon a Dream over and over and over. She loves to shop and can't wait for us to spend some 1:1 time picking out her gift. Happy Birthday baby girl!
(She got some groovy duds from Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Ya-Ya that she put on as soon as she got them).
One last last minute prep for the car ride. Trail mix. Since I don't want it to go stale we are leaving it until the very end. We are putting the following in: corn pops, captain crunch, golden grahams, mini marshmallows, raisins, yogurt covered raisins, clodhoppers, m&m's, and popcorn. Yummy! I hope to just take a large tub and dole it out when the hunger pangs surface.
Sometimes the helping just isn't a help. This is what almost 6 cups of rice krispies looks like - on the floor. Some landed on the chair so I could reuse it. Well - I'll be honest, I had just swept the floor so yes, I did still make rice krispie squares using this cereal. What they don't know won't hurt them! Shh - don't tell!
Front row seats at the local summer theatre - this time it was a rendition of Peter Pan. This is the 4th year for Matt and the 3rd year for Cierra and Marlee. They do such a great job - very audience oriented.
I met with some new kids that I am going to look after in the fall. The kids got along well and took a popsicle break together. I love this photo - taking in the neighbourhood and the construction work on the lawn.
Marlee has been wanting to sleep outside for a long time - finally a night warm enough. Well not really - we ended up taking her in when we headed into bed. I was planning on joining her but it had gotten just a little bit cold.
52 card pick-up! A little exercise routine I picked up from a local boot camp I took. We use a deck of cards and assign an exercise to each suit - ie leg lifts for every club. You do a rep for each number on the card. We do a minute of cardio for every face card we raise. And the great thing is, the kids love it and have actually ASKED me to do it a few times this week. I hope it continues.
With my parents away, I went over to help with an energy audit that they had scheduled. The kids were fascinated with the big fan that sucks all the air out. The man was really good about explaining stuff to the kids.
We had an exciting day at our friends cottage on Georgian Bay. The kids were particularly keen on checking out the loft in the cabin. After some initial help getting up the ladder they were all able to fend for themselves and every hour or so they "had" to go back to the cabin for some reason. It did give us some good ideas for a future cabin for our cottage! More info on our weekend here.
I attended a pampered chef bridal shower for my sister's friend who is getting married in a few weeks. She told me about how herself and 2 other couples get together every few weeks and are cooking their way alphabetically through the world. She's blogging about it here.
I am a SAHM striving to balance motherhood, child care providing, volunteering, hobbies and more with being the person God intends for me to be. I have a terrible memory and like to scrapbook so for me this blog ia a place to record those details. So know that I may just add in details and adjust them chronologically. That's just me!