Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Little Graduate!

Here are some pictures from Tristan's kindergarten grad!

So proud of our sweet boy... his report card comment started with this: 
Tristan is a very caring boy with a big heart. 
He loves to lend a helping hand and he is friends with everyone!

So grown up.

Good buddy Sam

Grandma Anne

Our family

Self portrait at the beginning and end of the year!

Mrs. Krauss

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creator extraordinaire!

Jax likes to make stuff.
He is a creator.
He is completely dedicated to a creation task.
He can sit and work on a project for hours.
I am not exaggerating! 
His favourite are those melting bead projects, those tiny beads you painstakingly place on a mat and then melt together with an iron. (I couldn't find a picture of any of those project, unfortunately.)
He is the only one in our family to completely fill and finish the large square mat with beads!
It took him two days.
He has such determination and dedication, it surprises me.
Except when it comes to cleaning up... by then he is much too tired from all his creating to clean up. 
That's what he tries to use as his excuse anyhow!

It's funny, how as a parent, you think you know your kids... and there are things they are born with that later in life you will say, 'ya, they were just born that way!'
But then there are these unexpected things.
When he was 1 and 2 years old and going down the twisty slide head first and climbing cupboards and breaking most toys or siblings crafts he could get his hands on, I never thought he would be interested at such a early age in sitting still for hours to make stuff.
Guessed that personality trait wrong!

Here are just a few of his latest creations:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Funny Farm!

Well... it's been 6 years since we moved out to the acreage.
So I guess that means it's been 6 years since I first started thinking about getting a horse and some chickens!
And about 5 years since I told the kids we are going to get a horse and chickens one day.
So far it's looking like one day means the same to me as it did to my Mom when she said, 'yes we'll go to Disneyland one day!' 
I got over not going to Disneyland, so I am sure the kids will get over this, right?!

But I really do hope one day does happen... soon.
And the funny thing is; I could make it happen... this decision is actually up to me. Getting a horse is how Clayton talked me into moving out here, so he has to be on board. 
Unfortunately I like to day dream about adventures I might have one day and not actually buy stuff.
I hate buying stuff. I mean: shopping is not my favourite!
Turns out this transfers over to buying a horse.
Not my favourite.
Couldn't the perfect horse; suitable for me but also great with kids, just show up in our horse pasture?
I'd leave a big wad of cash out there on a fence post for the deliverer!

The horse pasture is ready and waiting... Clayton did his part... now we're just waiting on Kimberly! ONE DAY!

But in the mean time we have acquired some funny farm pets.
The kind that just show up, without notice, at your place.
That works for me!

The salamander we kept for one day and then let free.
The bat we tried to nurse back to health. But to no avail. Rest in peace little batty.
The princess and lion seem to have taken up residence here! ;)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy 8th Birthday Shayla!

Happy Birthday Shayla!

(Getting this post up a little late, but better late than never, right?!)

How can you be 8 already?!
Wasn't it just yesterday that you were bum scooting around the house and emptying full cheerio boxes onto the floor for a snack?
Now you are doing cart wheels and round offs around the yard and baking cupcakes of your own creation for a snack!
You add so much joy and fun to our lives!
We all love you so much honey and wish you a wonderful, joy filled 8th year!!! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Our Adventure!

Here are some pictures from our (the kids and I) adventure in April.
We drove out to Vancouver via the Kootenays on Highway 3, saw and tasted the ocean and then drove back home through Lillooet and Tappen via the Trans-Canada!
It was quite the adventure!
We drove the whole way without any electronic devices and I told the kids we could stop whenever we wanted!  Needless to say the first day there was A LOT of stopping and exploring! Eventually the 3 little ones just waited in the car while Shayla explored.
We tented in Osoyoos and spent a full day and Farm Gramma and Grampa who meant us there. We did some biking and beach combing. 
Then we arrived in Vancouver at my cousin, Allise's house! We had our very own chauffeur and tour guide to take us to west coast places! I think the favourite was the searching for shells and watching people crabbing off the dock! 
Then we meant my sister, Vanessa and family at Skookumchuck natural hot springs, near Pemberton. Enjoyed camping with all the proper camping supplies that they brought, relaxing in the hot pools in the rain and hiking and biking along the river!
We stopped at their place for a night on our way to the farm! (Had to take a turn or two in the hillside rope swing and dirt biking!)
Enjoyed Easter with Farm Gramma and Grampa and had a lovely all day campfire with other family as well!
Then homeward bound, with a stop in Calgary, where we meant my sister, Corrine, and family and Clayton's brother, Nathan, and family for water sliding and science centre fun! 
Clayton surprised us by showing up at the hotel too!
And then we drove the last leg back home!
What an adventure!
Our team chant at various places was: 'Let's blow this popsicle stand!'
(Funny to us because one time I said this when we were done our shopping trip to the city and once we were in the car Jax shouts 'when will we get to the popsicle stand?!')

First stop: Windmills!

Old tree at the Crowsnest Pass

The Big Truck!

Fun at the Big Truck stop

Old train tunnel somewhere along the #3 in BC!

Haynes point provincial park


Farm Gramma and Grampa in Osoyoos

Spotted Lake

Lovely old growth west coast forests!

Bridal Falls in Chilliwack

Hanging around!

Hollow log!

Guided tour with a car full of kids! Front row: Shayla, Jax and Mya

Back row: Alexander, Tristan and Rhys

At the Vancouver Aquarium

Dolphin show!

Feeding time!

Jelly fish


Playful sea otters!

Beach combing at Belcarra

Little crab

Alexander and Mya collecting treasurers

Jax; taking a break!

Allise and Kimberly, taking a break!

The adventurers!

Shells and sea life on the dock


Very friendly fisherman, Riley, crabbing by swimming
down to the ocean floor and grabbing crabs!

Dungeness crab

A true fisherman; Tristan was dying to try his hand at crabbing!

The hot springs!

Soaking in a tub with Amelia

Getting smiles from baby, Rueban!

Mountain women

Hike to a waterfall!

Waterfalls... awe!

Camping by the river

Saw lots of wildlife! Even a momma bear and her cubs!

Lillooet: Seton Lake


Dirt bike rides... how lucky!
Tristan says:
It was so cool Mom, Uncle did a wheelie and a jump at the same time!
Oh my!!! Hope it just felt like that!!!

Shayla too!

Painting easter eggs at Gramma's with our Courtney!

The hunt!

Colourful eggs

Found one!

Still searching

Grampa's 10% easter egg tax to get back inside!
What an adventure!
'Let's blow this popsicle stand!'