Blizzard of 2013…

This weekend we had a blizzard.

The difference between a blizzard and a plain ole snow storm is the wind.

For a snowstorm to qualify as a blizzard it must have…

 – sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35/mph or more

– blowing or drifting snow which reduces visibility to a quarter mile or less

– and must last for at least around 3 hours

That’s what we had here and even though the amount of snow doesn’t really qualify it as a blizzard, we did get a lot.

I think the hardest part was telling the kids they had to wait before they were allowed outside to play in it.  With the high winds we didn’t want them to get hurt.

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We did end up losing part of our fence.  We will definitely have to replace it this year.  If you look in the background you’ll see another section down from a couple months ago when we had a hurricane.  It’s not doing well.

The Milk Monkey spent a lot of time at the window Friday afternoon exclaiming “Wow!” and “Side!” (outside) as he watched the snow whipping around outside.  Even though it kept snowing the next morning we could no longer see it since the windows had been covered from snow drifting on to the sill.

The kids were itching to get out in it, so late Saturday morning we spent the hour getting everyone into their snow gear and made our way out into the cold.  Usually, I watch from the window but I decided to venture out with the kids so they could play and I could keep my eye on them while Daddy attempted to try and dig out the vehicles.  One of our kind neighbours (we are blessed with good ones) came over and lent him their snow blower. That was a big help since it would have taken him all day to clear even half of what he managed.

The kids had been hoping for a lot of snow this year and boy did they get it!  All at once!

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The snow was up to the Monkey’s shoulders.  We joked that we should put a little flag on his head.

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The Princess, my little snow eater, was in her glory!

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The Professor enjoyed pulling his little brother along for a ride and he only managed to tip him a couple times, dragging his little head through the snow.

After hours of playing outside we were all a little wet and chilly and in desperate need of some hot cocoa.  Once we were all in and settled, I climbed back into my spot and continued with my favourite 2013 Blizzard activities…

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The Wiggles…

 

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When I started homeschooling the Little Professor I was concerned with all the wiggling and fidgeting that went along with it.  I would be explaining something to him and he just couldn’t sit still.  Even after reminding him repeatedly some little part of him had to be moving.

To me it made more sense to put that energy into his reading and writing.  I assumed that if he stayed still he’d be able to concentrate easier and when he couldn’t do it I began to wonder if he might have attention issues but the fact that he absorbed information like a sponge kept me from pursuing the issue.  He was doing so well in with his schooling that I figured it probably wasn’t a big issue.

Now that the Princess is starting to read and write and do addition she can’t seem to sit still either.  However, she can sit for long periods of time playing her DS without blinking an eye.

What I’ve come to realize is that the wiggling and fidgeting and moving around is how the little ones concentrate.  They’re like little engines that need to rev in order to really get going.  For me all the moving around is distracting but for the Princess it’s actually helping her focus.  I try not to stifle her little process too much but I do try to remind her to keep her bum on the seat, so the chair doesn’t tip and that is challenge enough.

The other thing I’ve realized is they grow out of it on their own.  Three years later, the Little Professor sits at his desk quietly and concentrates without all the moving and wiggling, as he does his school work.

I can’t help but wonder what it’s like for a teacher with a whole classroom of cute, little, wiggly children!

New Baby, or a Puppy…

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Do you remember this picture?

It’s from this post, the one where the Princess was devastated that she wasn’t getting a sister.

For a while we had come to an understanding.  She was going to be our one and only Princess and she really seemed to be on board with that plan.  She began to see the benefits to being our only daughter.  Girl’s time was always going to be just her and I.  She wouldn’t have to share any of us with a sister.  However, with a little time she started thinking again about how nice it would be to have a sister. So this morning she broached the subject with me again.

“Can I have a sister?”

As it turns out, she had decided it’s not fair that there are 3 males in the house and only 2 females.  We are out numbered and because of that we have a serious problem.  Once again I had to explain to her that it just wasn’t going to happen no matter how hard she pleaded with me.

After going through it over and over again, I decided to approach it at a new angle.

What if sometime in the not too distant but not quite yet future we get a girl puppy?  Would that work?

Not only did I get a yes, but my Princess leaped off the bed into my arms.

I was so happy to have moved on, that I had no idea the can of worms I had just opened.

Now the Princess would like to pinpoint the exact date we will be getting a puppy!

Homeschooling After Hours…

On a good day, the kids are done with their home school work load around 11 am.  They start around 7 am.  Not all days are good days, some are a struggle and there’s a lot of day dreaming.  Lately there are fewer of them.  So the question I know you’re asking is, what do the kids do with the rest of their day?

I’m glad you asked….here’s a little look!

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They paint…

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and do other crafts.

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The learn about electricity with Snap Circuits…

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and paleontology by digging up their own dinosaur bones.

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They love to build with Lego’s!

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There’s a lot of dressing up…

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and napping, when their bodies tell them they need it

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and even some napping while dressed up.

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There’s a lot of traveling and camping…

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and field trips.

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They enjoy weekly outings with Nana…

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and home spa times with Mummy.

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It doesn’t matter if it’s baking, writing stories, crafts or just plain silliness, my children get a lot of time for creative learning and playing.  They are enjoying their childhood and that makes me a happy Mummy!

Time for the Toddler Bed…

I can barely wrap my mind around the fact that my little baby is now in a big boy bed.  This weekend Daddy turned the Little Monkey’s crib into a toddler bed.  I was curious how it was going to look since we had bought one of those 3 in 1 crib, toddler bed and bed frame.  So far I’m not that impressed since the big transformation is just taking one side of the crib down, so who knows what the bed frame will look like.  I’m not sure how the monkey will feel sleeping in his crib when he’s sixteen!

Eventually I want to decorate the little guys room but for now it has more of an eclectic feel with all the hand me downs from his brother and sister.  The Monkey doesn’t seem to mind.  Whether it’s the pink and purple kitchen or the well used spider man chair, he’s thrilled with his new room.  His little tour of his room was filled with lots of giddy ooohs and aaahs!

It went something like this (translation by mummy):

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This is my new bed!

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This is my new chair!

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This is my new play kitchen!  

I haven’t been brain washed yet by what society deems as gender specific colours, so I don’t mind that it’s pink! (ok, maybe I took a little creative liberty translating this one)

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These are my new wooden food toys!

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This is me jumping really high on my well padded area rug! I’m really excited!

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This is me sleeping in my big boy bed.

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This is me being woken up by Mummy’s excessive picture taking!  I’m not impressed.

Good night!

Freezing Cold, Forts and Picnics…

Today was cold!  Super cold!

We did a couple things to try and keep warm.

The kids stayed in their thick warm pajamas and we cranked the heat.

We  also ordered a cord of wood to get the fireplace going but unfortunately it won’t be delivered until tomorrow morning.

Even with all our attempts to get warm there was still a chill in the house, so after the school work was finished, the kids and I built a fort and filled it with all sorts of blankets.

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The kids spent the rest of the day in their fort.  They read books, played a little DS and the Princess even took a little nap.  I packed a little lunch for the two of them so they could have a fun picnic inside the fort.

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They had so much fun they decided to sleep in it tonight.

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My two sweet ones are snuggled in their little hideout, sound asleep, warm and cozy.  It’s a fun way to stay warm on a cold winter’s night!

RV Show 2013

This is our 5th year going to the RV show and we love it!  Even the Professor and the Princess get excited as the day gets closer and this year the little Monkey joined in the fun.  He loved going through the RV’s trying out different seats and claiming beds as his own.

Even though we were not in the market for a new trailer this year, we still enjoyed checking out all the different RV’s.  It’s interesting to see the different types, the layouts and the new features.  There truly is an RV for every person.

For those who like luxury, there were plenty of options to choose from…

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Big kitchens.

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Modern sophistication.

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Big screen TV’s and fireplaces.

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Skylights.

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Comfortable beds.

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Washer – Dryer hook ups.

For those who might like or need something a little smaller…

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Small but has everything necessary.

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A hard top pop up.  Reminds me of a ski chalet.

And for those who want the most minimal camper experience!

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I personally thought this one was the coolest camper ever and I’m not the only one.

They even have it written on the camper itself.

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The show was as great as ever.  If you’ve never been, I recommend checking it out.  Especially if you’re looking to buy an RV.

Kitchen Construction 2012

We have started our kitchen construction again.  I’m calling it 2012 because it’s not the first time we’ve had to live through tearing our kitchen apart.  The first time we did it, we had just moved into our home and realized that the kitchen cabinets were useless.  They were rotted out, not to mention super-duper ugly, and we spent the first couple of months storing our supplies under a fold away table.  Not the most convenient way to live or cook!  There wasn’t much we could do about it since we had spent every cent we had just getting the house.

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Thankfully, friends of friends of ours were getting a new kitchen and were replacing perfectly good cabinets.  Since we couldn’t afford new cabinets of our own we installed the gently used cabinets and they have worked fabulously for us.  The price was great, plus it was nice knowing the perfectly good cabinets were not going to sit in a land fill somewhere.

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I was just so thankful to have a fully functioning kitchen that we stopped working on it and took a break.  Well, there was that and the shingles we lost in a hurricane which caused the roof to leak right through the Little Professor’s ceiling.  Then the boiler needed to be replaced and the little monkey’s room needed attending.

The time has come to finish the kitchen!

Before we do anything else we need to put up a new ceiling and while we are doing that…some recessed lighting.   Unfortunately in order to install a new ceiling we need to pull the present one down.

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And of course, true to the house, we found an even uglier ceiling under it!

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So we spent the weekend tearing down ceiling.  Well, by “we” I mean Daddy.  I did a lot supervising and gave plenty of suggestions.

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By the end of the weekend a third of the ceiling was torn down!  At this rate it’s going to take a month just to get the ceiling down.  It’s bittersweet.  I’m excited to get on with the kitchen, but the stress of living in a construction zone is still very fresh in my mind.

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I know in the end it’ll be worth it, but the process is not nearly as fun as the completed project!