Thursday, December 15, 2011

Festival of Trees

Today I was a Kindergarten field trip. We went to a local Hotel that hosts the "Festival of Tree's"
There was lots of great ideas.
The one below had ornaments made from nuts and there is some squash in there too. 

 I had to get in one macro shot... cause, well.. im me lol

I really likes this simple reindeer design. A very easy craft to do with young children.

We havent actually decorated our tree yet. Its in the house, in the stand... waiting. So today was very inspiring.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Etsy Exploring

Organic waldorf babies...  I love these, so cute and cuddly.
 These Acorns were in so many wonderful colours and the real acorn "hat" just adds so much to them. It would be incredibly hard to pick my fav of these!

These were found at SewnNatural, Link to their Home page on Etsy.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Handmade Wooden Toys

I am a sucker for handmade.. there is something about things that have been touched and worked on that truly makes them special. These wooden toys caught my eye while I was wandering around online. I really love the idea for crayon storage, they are cool enough kids might actually USE them!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


The girls and I headed to the marina to feed the seals. Instead of seals we found, Otters! These two adorable ones were climbing over a covered boat when we got there. One is a baby. When I saw them I crouched down to take some pictures and they headed over .. which kind of made me a bit nervous. Baby was not nearly as worried about us as Mom was.. She intervened and wouldn't let the baby eat the fish we brought and herded it into the water. These are actually river otters, which are in more abundance than sea otters. They also have a longer tail and are a lot more adept on land than sea otters. All however, are so entertaining to watch! Look at the in water picture, the size of its front paws is amazing..and with that webbing you can see why they are such great swimmers.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fun in the harbour

Recently a friend and I headed down to the inner harbour and checked out the buskers. This guy was juggling fire, while balanced on a metal pipe. There was some amazing artists selling their wares. I love looking at what people have created. It was fun to step away for a couple hours from it all... 

Monday, August 29, 2011

School is coming.... yes it is!

This year the return to school is a biggie for me. My twins will be heading to kindergarten. Full day kindergarten! I havet had full days to myself since before kids. My twins arrived just as my oldest was heading into kindergarten.... so while I am dreading not seeing the little gaffers all day, I am looking forward to getting life back to some kind of "normalcy".
Having my Mother inlaw, who has alzhiemers, to help requires quite a bit of time too. So I will hardly be rolling in the free hours. But I am SO looking forward to organizing my house.
We live in a small house... a very small house. I could say its cozy.. but most of the time its too cozy for comfort. Five of us in a two bedroom home.. plus a dog.... yeah you get the picture! While I clean one area, the rest of the house is being "uncleaned" quickly.
I am also hoping to get some challenges for myself going... I was reading a blog today on organization.. decluttering, and I saw a discussion on taking on a challenge a month of stopping something. Quite a few were trying to not swear for a month.. I need to give it some thought but I like the idea. Challenging yourself feels good. Here is the link to the blog, incase you want to read it for yourself.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Award Ceremony

Today was my oldest's school award ceremony. I am so incredibly proud of her. Last year she missed a lot of school, she got sick a lot.. including a bout when she was very sick with swine flu. So this year she did a year long review of last years math, along with completing this years. She will never be a mathematicians, but she is doing well and holding her own. It wasn't easy to come home every day and do math homework either! Her report card was wonderful. Now for a summer full of fun.... AND no math homework! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Can't pick your family

When I met my husbands family for the first time.. and got to know them. I never thought I would end up being one of the primary caretakers of my Mother Inlaw.
My Father inlaw passed away and I started noticing things about my Mother Inlaws behaviour that bothered me, worried me. I mentioned it to other family members who said she was "fine". Well she wasnt, isn't. She now lives in an assisted living condo. I do her shopping for her and am her rock. She calls me when she is worried, mad, confused and bored. I do my best to be all that she needs. I certainly dont begrudge her this at all. She is a wonderful woman and I love her. But I do get angry that her own family are so quick to pass it to me. She deserves to have them WANT to be there for her.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Its Spring.. almost Summer

Wow we have had the most crazy weather here on the west coast.. everything is behind. But slowly its starting to feel like mother nature is catching up..

The bird house in our backyard is a hive of activity and the bugs are starting to show up.. even the dreaded wasps that my 4 yr old is terrified of because of her first sting last year.