Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I know things have been a bit quiet around here. We've been busy and I've been lacking a bit of inspiration for blogging. And believe it or not, I don't have much to say. Ok, you can all stop laughing now. I know that's probably the most hilarious thing you've heard all week, but it's true.

Anyways, I hope to be back into the swing of things next week, so you can always check back then!

P.S. I was really enjoying that fallish weather. What's with the summer we're suddenly back in to??!?!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Family Time

After a super busy week of Boys and Girls Club last week, we spent this weekend with ourselves. It was lovely.

We cleaned the church Saturday morning with some WONDERFUL volunteers; we were there for about three hours with nine of us. It would have taken me and Ben ALL day. So thankful we had help! We spent the afternoon cleaning the house and the yard. It felt good to work together and not have to worry about rushing around after supper or having to put kids to bed alone. After supper on Saturday we went to the park with the girls. Katie loved it of course and Emma had a pretty good time too. We got some groceries after the park came home and tucked the kids in bed. Yesterday was church and then just us at home.  The girls were pretty cranky and Emma slept for about an hour when usually she sleeps around five hours for both her naps. I stayed home in the afternoon to let the girls sleep a bit longer and just listened to a couple sermons online. Don't you love Sermon Audio?  I didn't finish my 1000 piece puzzle though, so it's sitting two-thirds completed on my dining room table.

Well here are a few pictures from our trip to the park on Saturday.

 Little piggies!

 Sitting by herself!
 After a tumble after sitting by herself

Katie is not very brave; thankfully Ben's willing to climb all over the equipment with her!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Ok, be prepared for picture overload! Seriously, I have WAY too many pictures on this post. I'll let the pictures talk for themselves.
This was Katie within minutes of arriving. She was FILTHY! I was actually amazing how much cleaner she stayed when we started put socks and shoes on her instead of sandles.
 The first day we went to MBC to see the rest of Ben's family who were all up there. We couldn't be the ONLY ones not there! We had a lovely, relaxing day with them and we were sad to leave them all.
 Can you just imagine these girls when they're 15, 16?? 

Making pie irons. Yum!
 This was hilarious! Katie sitting on her butt(she sat down in the lake and then in the dirt: lovely!) and Charity would just come and give her a drink of water.
 Back at our campsite. Katie stayed much cleaner when we put an old canvas tarp on the ground for her to sit/play on.
 Collecting acorns. Is it just me, or are there not a lot of Oak trees in SW Ontario?

 Love this one!

We went for a walk around "The Beaver Pond" Not a beaver or dam in sight, but it was a nice walk.

Oh Hi Emma... hi... hi..... is dis your hat? Ya? ya?  Anyone who knows Katie can just imagine her one-sided conversation :-)
The best we could get with a self timer.
The mosquitoes were TERRIBLE! This girl looked like she has chicken pox! We had bug spray on, those coil smoker things and still they bit!

  Ben did almost all the cooking and most of it over the fire.
Mmmmmm.. Bacon!
 Katie woke up two nights. The first night she woke up from acorns falling on the trailer and she wouldn't go back to sleep. We finally got up at 6am. We didn't know what to do, so we figured we'd just go to the beach. The beach was a 10ish minute drive, plus a half hour+ walk to a decent beach. The lake wasn't the greatest to swim in. The first four feet was nice, but then it got stoney and not pleasant to walk on. Suffice to say we didn't go to the beach after that, and so I have no beach pictures. Anyways, we were at the beach for probably 45 minutes and then went home. We were back at our campsite at 10:30 wondering what to do and feeling like going home.
The second time Katie woke up, she kept crying, so first Ben crawled in beside her for a while then gave up and I did. It was NOT very comfortable as she was lying sideways on the bed so the length of the bed was about 4 feet. I managed to curl myself around her, but still.... Eventually she did settle and I could go back to my own bed. We were up pretty early each morning: that's camping with kids!   I wouldn't say it was a terrible camping trip, but it wasn't the relaxing week we were hoping for. Ah well, we need some stories to tell our kids when they're older!
 We brought a large tent (an extra from the cemetery) and it was perfect for putting all our extra stuff under. It didn't rain at all, but it would have saved our butts if it had!

 We toured around Discovery Harbour for an afternoon. The girls were pretty cranky by the end, but it was fun.


This was in the barracks. I can't imagine sleeping in a hammock every night with less than a foot an half beside me and maybe two feet above and below!
 In the Master Carpenter's shop, there were lots of tools to try out. Ben couldn't resist the challenge.
 Katie was slightly tired/grouchy while we were packing up.....
 I was worried about how Emma would "behave" while we were camping, but I was pretty surprised. She was actually better than Katie sometimes! Katie didn't love camping. She asked almost every day to go home. I think it was just the change in routine, not a normal nap schedule, waking up in the middle of the night....
 Before we went home.
The tradition lives on!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I'm sure these girls will be best friends and worse enemies.

Ready for bed
 They're finally starting to interact more together. Emma just adores Katie, but Katie usually just treats her with indifference.
Emma had a sink bath and Katie was feeling left out!