Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Girl Scout Outdoor Training Certified, Oh yes I am.

 Maddie at horse lessons.

 Camp Currie
 Me at Girl Scout Outdoor Training. I'm now the certified adult on record to take a bunch of kids camping. Scary stuff! Mrs. Kamas, I miss you! I'm not ready to fill your shoes!!!

Learning outdoor camping stuff.

 Practicing knot tying.

 Foil dinners anyone?

 Jake again. He's just so photogenic.

 as are these two sweet peas. Izzie, Maddie.

 Izzie in Pig Tails


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A bit of this and that

One day I was walking around the backyard, actually the side yard, the part which is tucked back and no one really ever goes over there, and I saw this beauty of a flower. I love how my yard always surprises me!

 A gift from the previous homeowners that we are finally dealing with. They left gallons and gallons of old mostly dried up paint and stain in our shed. We really haven't used the shed so it was easy to ignore. But this summer I started renovating it, in hopes to turn it into a playhouse for the girls.  We got the demo done, but put the rest of the project on hold.

 When I moved to Vancouver a friend I met online put balloons on my door. So when I met a lady on a homeschool board that was moving from Ft Worth, Texas to Vancouver, I did the same for her. It was a fun way to pay it forward.

 Izzie, Momm and Jake cuddle!

 Maddie and Izzie playing on my friend Hanukkah's piano.

 Sewing lessons didn't exactly go as planned this school year. For whatever reason, the bag we started at the beginning of the year kept getting pushed aside. But we were so close to completing it that we made a push and finished it up. The girls have been using it all summer to carry markers in. This is Izzie finishing up.

 Maddie doing those last few stitches!

 Maddie showing off her handmade bag.

Nanna and Popo took the girls to the library and Maddie asked to check out an atlas. She's had a lot of fun studying the maps.

Izzie, ta-da!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day, Captain America Style

 Maddie on the couch and Izzie on the floor just hanging out and watching some tv.

 Gardening class with Hanukkah. Izzie ended up taking a nap in the opened up van. She said she wasn't feeling well, so I made a doctor's appointment for the next day.
 Poor girl had a sinus infection. So, got her on some meds and thankfully cleared it all up pretty quickly. There was a hilarious snafu with the pharmacist who accidentally rang my $10 medicine up for over $1000. Got a few extra zeros on that... not sure the insurance company would appreciate that!

 Troop 45078 made blankets and bought animal supplies to donate to the Humane Society. We got a behind the scene tour and somehow managed to leave without any of us adopting a cute furry friend... at least that day!

 My friend Christina gave me some of her eggs. I lined up a Goose, Duck and chicken egg to see the comparison. So cool! I love having friends that I get farm fresh eggs from.

 Maddie in her CHOOSE HAPPY shirt. I love this shirt!

 A rare photo of how messy my kitchen can sometimes get. You know with life going on and all...

 Daddy and Izzie.

We went to go see Captain America vs Iron Man for Mother's Day. Sometimes you just roll with it it. We decided to wear matching shirts, because, why not? Daddy, Izzie, Maddie and Mom.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Dining Table Reveal

 Izzie showing off a Latin drawing.

 Table finished! I got this table way back in October. I bleached it, sanded it, striped it and painstakingly stained it and sealed it. I taped off each section and stained different colors to make it look like it was built with old salvaged wood.  I finished the table and two of the chairs and then took a couple months off to finally finish the last two chairs. But I love how it turned out!

 When I bought it, it was moldy and had big water spots on it. It took a lot of TLC!

Maddie and Izzie's first attempt at a sleepover. But right at bedtime I got the call to come pick them up. Hanukkah was reading to them until I arrived. Sad it didn't work out, hopefully soon!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Take Your Kids to Work Day 2016

 The annual Take Your Kids to Work Day. Maddie, Daddy and Izzie. They wanted to all wear Superman shirts just because. There supposedly is more photos of the day but since I wasn't there, I don't have them, and dear husband hasn't emailed them to me. If I get them, I'll update the post...

So, what's a mom to do that has a rare day off at home. A mom that is lovingly with her kids a LOT? Rest you say? Bwhahaha! Not this mom! Just kidding. Jake forced a bit of relaxation on me by literally crawling on my lap on the couch, so I watched some tv to accommodate him. It was all for the cat.

 That being said, I'm not one to just sit around all day, so while the kids were gone I made a window ledge for the backyard. I'd like to add some shutters to the sides, but this was a good start. I made it out of leftover deck pieces. I used a power saw. It was fun.

 The girls made these plastic hands at John's work. In the materials lab. They are very life like. Cool, but a bit creepy all at once.

 Girl Scouts. Here's Debra teaching some art project.

 Veronica with the older girls.