Sunday, January 4, 2015

That Chickadee Feeling!

I really wanted to get out for one last family outing before the holidays ended. My friend invited us to join her family when they went to feed some chickadees. We weren't able to join them a few days ago, so decided to go today instead.

After a few text messages and a phone call to my friend, we finally found the right spot! We brought some black sunflower seeds to feed them with. As we walked along the boardwalk to the location, I could see dozens of chickadees flying around.

All we had to do was put some seeds 
in our hand, hold out our hand, and wait.

Lauchy was delighted when they landed on him!

I wanted to take our first family photo of the year, but one family member refused. Oh well. We took the photo anyways!

This is a great activity to do with kids, but the kids have to remain still and quiet if they want birds to land on them!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

These Days

It is hard to believe that the holiday is almost over. It has been a good one, but we wish there had been some snow to play in. I know that everyone here is likely grateful that there is no snow, given that last year was a terrible winter. However, we haven't been able to get out for sledding, or fort-making. Thankfully, it finally got cold enough to go skating, and we went skating uptown twice last week. The kids were fortunate to be invited to our neighbour's skating rink today. It was a good thing they got out in the morning when it was cold, because by the afternoon, the rink was starting to look like a pond!

While the kids were skating, Jeff hung up these beauties. When we visited Vancouver in 2011, we stopped in to see a friend from my hometown. His name is Jeff, and he is an incredibly talented filmmaker and photographer. He casually snapped some photos of the kids, incredible photos, which we enlarged several years ago. However, it took me forever to get around to buying the frames. I finally bought frames in December and gave them to Jeff for Christmas. I think the photos are beautiful and I love how they look in our living room!

The photos will look even better with a new couch! 

Jeff and I saw Interstellar last night and then we came home to...

... a cosy sleepover under Addie's loft bed.

Stop-Motion Movies

We have a new passion in our house. The kids have been making their own "stop-motion movies". I don't love that the kids always want to do things on electronics, however, the stop-motion movies are really creative.

It all started when we took the kids to the Science Centre before Christmas. While Lauchy was busy creating something from cardboard, the girls spent about 40 minutes making stop-motion movies. We had seen this quite a lot in Bristol, because the Wallace and Gromit films are stop-motion, and they are also made in Bristol. The science centre in Bristol also has a stop-motion movie display where people can make their own movies.

Jeff installed a stop-motion movie app on all of the devices that the kids use when they play Minecraft (sigh) and they have loved using it ever since! Here is a movie that Lauchy made:

I love the blood (I never thought I would say that!) and I love the blood getting wiped up at the end! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Year

We had such a great time on New Year's Eve!

In the past, we have celebrated the new year with the friends that we go camping with in the summer. This year, however, our regular babysitter was not available and so we could not be with those friends. We decided that we would have fun with the kids, instead. Before we knew it, we had 3 invitations to various family-friendly parties. We were so thrilled to be invited out that we wanted to make an effort to get to all 3 houses.

This is the first time that the kids have stayed up until midnight and so we weren't sure how well they would cope. We managed to get to two of the parties (all within walking distance of our house), but when I tried to get everyone to go to the last party, there were tears. I didn't want to push anyone and so I ended up at the third party on my own. I had such a nice time there and know that the kids would have loved it, too. I visited with friends for about an hour-and-a-half, and then went back to party number 2 to ring in the new year with my family.

Addie and Lauch were looking pretty tired just before midnight...

Watching Ryan Seacrest and waiting for the ball to drop in NYC!



Happy New Year!

I spent New Year's day baking and putting it all in the freezer for school lunches. I made 2 chocolate zucchini loaves, 2 pumpkin loaves, and a tray of chocolate chip cookies. It was a lot of work, but now there should be enough baking to last us for awhile (I hope)!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Family Photos, 2014

New Year's Day, Bristol - January 1

Christ Church College, Oxford - January 2

Cabot Tower, Bristol - January 5

Stonehenge, Wiltshire - January 11

Pewsey White Horse, Pewsey - January 19

Burrow Mump, Burrowbridge - February 2

The Victoria Park Pub - February 9

Our kitchen, Bristol - February 15

Chew Valley Lake, Somerset - February 16

St. Michael's Cave, Gibraltar - February 19

The Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar - February 19

The Rock, Gibraltar - February 19

Malaga, Spain - February 20

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales - March 8

Castell Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales - March 8

Lacock, Wiltshire - March 16

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol - March 22

Start of our road trip, Bristol - April 6

Ambleside Hostel, Cumbria, North West England - April 6

Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton, Scotland - April 9

Ferry to The Isle of Mull, Scotland - April 10

Duart Castle (McLean Castle), The Isle of Mull, Scotland - April 10

Pub dinner, Belfast, Northern Ireland - April 11

Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - April 12

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - April 12

The Burren, Ireland - April 14

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland - April 14

Pub, Dublin, Ireland - April 16

The Underground, London - May 28

In front of Tower Bridge, London - May 29

On Tower Bridge, London - May 29

Buckingham Palace, London - May 29

Easter Island statue, British Museum, London - May 30

Watching Britain's Got Talent finale, Bristol - June 7

A park, Bristol - June 21

Last day in our house, Bristol - June 23

Notre Dame, Paris - June 25

The top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris - June 26

The bottom of the Eiffel Tower, Paris - June 26

Disneyland, Paris - June 27

Bristol harbour, Bristol - June 30

Ivy House Farm, Congresbury - July 1

Home, Waterloo - July 2

Pinery Provincial Park, Lake Huron - July 5

Angi's wedding, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory - July 25

Pinery Provincial Park, Lake Huron - August 29

Orchard Home Farm, St. George - September 28

Georgian Bay National Park - October 12

Georgian Bay National Park - October 13

Nature hike, Bayfield - October 26

"Dress Fancy For Dinner" night, Waterloo - November 7

MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin - November 16

Christmas Eve, Waterloo - December 24

Christmas Eve, Waterloo - December 24

Waterloo Park, Waterloo - December 26

New Year's Eve, pre-parties - December 31

New Year's Eve party - December 31 (just after midnight)

What an incredible year! Happy 2015!