Thursday, February 19, 2015

What Else Is There?

I saw this cool Lego candy dispenser on a blog and knew that Lauchy would want to make it, too. This is his version and it works!

Pull the red handle at the side 
and candy will pop out the bottom.

The most coveted spot in our house these days...

...someone is always there!

Helpful, Tassie, very helpful!

A winter-time favourite!

Up Next...

Some more backyard fun and a bunch of posers!

I thought I felt someone staring at me...


A Christmas present - Ticket to Ride - we love it!

Sometimes on Tuesday we 
meet friends for free, indoor skating.

Ready... Set... GO!

There have been many cold, but beautiful, days!

Sometimes we spend Friday 
nights working. There is also wine. It's a must!

Life, In a Nutshell

The last time I wrote anything it was the beginning of January and it was about our outing to see the chickadees.

Since then, life has gotten so busy for us! The first week in January I was fortunate to get a few days of teaching. During the second week of January a principal contacted me to see if I would be interested in a short-term position at her school. I panicked a little, but after talking to the principal decided that this position would be the perfect way to ease myself back in. It is a 0.7 position (I work Days 1 through 4) and I work as a SERT (Special Education Resource Teacher), teach grade 5 Health, and cover planning time for a grade 1 class. It has been a fantastic experience and I feel fortunate! On day 5 I still work as a substitute teacher. This position only goes until March break so after that, I will be back on the substitute list full-time.

Since I didn't know that I would be working, I was also signed up to take another on-line Additional Qualification course. This time, I am taking Kindergarten 2, and learning even more about teaching Kindergarten. The course is going well, but I always forget just how much time these courses take. I spend most evenings and at least part of the weekend working on my homework and assignments. The course will be finished just after March break. I am looking forward to life slowing down a little after that.

Suddenly, our life has changed drastically. We went from me taking the kids to and from school every day, and taking care of most of the day-to-day household jobs, to Jeff suddenly on school-drop off and taking over some of the day-to-day jobs. Addie seems to be having the hardest time adjusting and she still wants me to take her to school every day. I tell her that it is hard for me, too. I have been the one doing these things for them since they started school. As much as I love what I am doing at my school, I hate being the one to leave the house first every day. I don't like having to kiss my kids goodbye and leave. Life is different.

In the mean time, we try to make the most of our weekends and currently for us, that means lots of outdoor activities. I am going to write up a bunch of posts with mostly photos. These are for my friends/family who are not on Instagram or Facebook. Mostly, they are for my dear poppa, who likes to know what we are up to and who checks this space regularly.

Since we missed out on snow when we were in England, I really wanted there to be snow this winter. I am not disappointed!

The backyard toboggan hill is 
not huge, but the kids still love it!

There are neighbourhood favourites! 

This gal spends her days wrapped 
in blankets in front of the heater. 

The local sled hill.

Ads was away this time.

Note: All these photos are from January.

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!