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A Trip "Down East"

One thing Joash had on his summer bucket list was to climb to the top of a lighthouse (inspired by Wilbert and I going to a lighthouse on our anniversary). So we took the day yesterday and headed to the Wood Island Lighthouse. It was a great lighthouse with great museum about lighthouses on PEI, the Northumberland Ferry, fishing among other things. It was geared toward families and even had a scavenger hunt that Joash was able to do. If you are looking for a good lighthouse to take kids too, this is a great one!




And of course the location is just lovely. We had taken a lunch along and enjoyed a picnic by the ocean and also found a geocache hidden in the area.


Another item on the kids summer bucket list was a visit to King's Castle Park and since we were rather close, we decided to spend a bit of time there as well.


It was another great day with the family exploring and enjoying our island.

Eckhart the Mouse Hunt in Charlottetown

One thing I am trying to do with my kids to explore the place we actually live. It is so easy to never go to the places that are right around us. And also, it is a good way for me to have things to recommend for visitors to do, since we have done them ourselves. 
So, yesterday afternoon, the kids and I did the Eckhart in the City Mousehunt in Charlottetown. And it was such a fun little activity to do with the kids and walk around Charlottetown. Joash was able to read the clues to find each one and with a little direction and help from mom, they spotted all 9 Eckhart statues around town. We took pictures with every Eckhart and some turned out better than others.







We also did a stop at the library since we were right by it, and the kids enjoyed picking out a few books to borrow. It was a fun afternoon in downtown Charlottetown.

June and July Reads

I never got around to sharing my June books because the start of July was rather busy. And then July went crazy with the whole gall bladder thing. So, now it is time for the June and July book recap. And there are a lot because it is two months worth of books and I spent 5 days in the hospital.

The Hypnotist's Love Story; The Last Anniversary; and Truly, Madly, Deeply by Liane Moriarty - Again, I really enjoy Moriarty's work. Her books often have short chapters and jump between characters which is a writing style that really works for me. It makes it hard to stop reading because you always want to know what happens in the next chapter and since they are short, you continually tell yourself "just one more." They are all so different that it is hard for me to pick a favorite of the the three as I like all of them for different reasons.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - A companion story to Life After Life as it follows the same family, but focused on a brother in the fa…

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

What if reality is only the edge of possibility?

There isn't much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her--now--is about to shake his world. Knowing little more than her name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job. But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty--if the two of them survive the test.

Reese Clawson relishes her work at the Combine and all the perks and power that come with it--including the ability to manipulate perceptions. But the Combine never anticipated this mind-shifting technology. If Gabriella's experiments succeed, the Combine would be destroyed. And Reese will never allow that to happen.

I have read the first book in this series, Trial Run, but missed this second one. However, that made no difference in the enjoyment of this book. T…

Camping Out (at home)

Some how, the kids got the idea in their head that it would really fun to sleep in the tent in our yard one night. We agreed, as long as it was a night where we didn't have any big plans for the next day (just in case everyone was really grumpy). So a few nights ago was the night!

While in their bath, I was talking to the kids about noises they  might hear and what to do if they got scared. This prep talk scared Mataya, so she decided just to sleep in her bed. Joash was very excited and went to bed just fine. And that night it rained, for the first time in a long time (it is very dry here). When Wilbert put up the tent, he figured the rain fly would just make the tent hot, so he didn't put it on. So, Joash got a bit wet, but still spent most of the night in the tent.

Mataya felt brave the next morning, and with a little coaching and reassurance from Joash, decided to spend that night in the tent. We dried everything up and put the rain fly on and both kids went to sleep in th…

35th Birthday

It was my 35th birthday earlier this week. When my family asked what I wanted to do, I said I wanted to go to Shining Water Family Fun Park with my family. (Well most of the family. We decided it would be more fun for everyone if Gideon spent the day with Oma and Opa.) It is something I had been wanting to do with the kids all summer and weather was looking great on my birthday, so that was the day. And it was so fun!

  Shining Waters is a mix of amusement parks rides and water slides. I think our kids were the perfect ages to introduce them to the world of amusement parks. They were both tall enough to do almost everything. Joash was super brave and excited and tired just about everything once (except for the water slides. Everyone had to go down individually and neither of the kids were ready for that). Joash even dared to do the larger of the two roller coasters they have and he loved it so much, he did it three times!
 Mataya was not as brave, but still had fun. It is well though…

Geocaching with the Family

We have caught the geocache bug again and are so please that there is a whole series down our road. So, last week, we took a walk from our house after coffee time and found three of the closest geocaches. 
Joash found the first one all on his own!  This one was a bit more tricky. Can you spot Denise in the background? I had to fight with a hawthorn for this one.
 We let Joash be in charge of this one and with a little help from Wilbert, Joash and Mataya both spotted it.
We hope to finish up the series on the road this summer, but the next ones require the van and a bit more planning. We also hope to find a few more geocaches in a few other places we visit this summer. It is a great family activity.

Baby Teeth

The kids were all on the late side of getting teeth when they were a babies. So, it makes sense they are the later end of losing their baby teeth. Joash just lost his first tooth this weekend and he was pretty excited about it.  He did it all on his own and said that didn't hurt one bit. I think he was rather surprised by how easily it came out in the end.

Joash is also really into putting fresh fruit on his cereal. He is pretty proud of his creations.

While I Was Away

While I was in the hospital and then recovering from my surgery at home, Wilbert and the in-laws kept the kids quite busy.
The kids went to parks with Oma and Tante Reina. And then once I was home, Wilbert took the kids to parks few afternoons as well. 
Joash has a fascination with Chinese Lanterns and so he and Wilbert have been doing lots of experimenting with different shapes, fuels and other things.  Wilbert and Joash also constructed this nice seat for the back of skelter so Gideon and Mataya can for a ride. So far Joash has been really willing to drive them around.
They also made a different hitch for a small wagon so it will hook up to the skelter as well. It has been to see some of ideas of kids come to life. And I think Wilbert enjoys doing it too.

Gideon - 15 Months

M(om): Gideon, who are you today?

G(ideon): Can I go outside, Mom? I want to go outside?

M: I know Gideon. Now that you have figured out how to say "outside," you ask to go outside a lot. What do you like to do outside?

G: Everything. Crawl in the sandbox, ride in the tractor, crawl in the grass, sit on the little yellow car, go for rides in the seat on the back of the skelter. Outside is the best.

M: You do enjoy it. What else do you like to do?
 G: I like to look out the window at the cows and "moo" at them. I also like to look at books and I like to eat. A lot.

M: We are certainly amazed at the amount of food you are able to eat and you seem to like everything. You also really like to feed yourself, which makes for some interesting and somewhat messy meal times. But I am so pleased that so far you are willing to try anything.
G: It is all so good. Mom.

M: Any thoughts on walking?

G: It sounds like a good idea, but I am very happy to crawl where I need to go, an…

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafĂ© . . . or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.

When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

High as the Heavens is the second of Kate Breslin's books that I have read and I found this one just enjoyable as her first. It is an interesting time in history with interesting characters and an exciting plot that keeps the pages turning. A WWI novel without most of the gore of war, but still a clear and riveting pictures of what life …

Summer Vacation 2017

This was supposed to be the first of probably a few post about our wonderful family vacation in Michigan with my parents and sisters.

Instead it is a post about our vacation, on PEI. The kids at home with Oma, Opa, Tante Reina and Wilbert. Wilbert home with the kids or visiting me...at the hospital.

At 4 am on the morning of July 15th, instead of going to the airport to fly to Michigan with the kids, Wilbert and I drove to the hospital where I was soon admitted and fast tracked to have my gall bladder removed.

A little bit of background. I have been struggling for a while with random bouts of pain in my abdomen and back. Back in October of 2016, I did go the ER with this pain. At that time, the doctor determined I was having esophageal spasms, a surprisingly common thing for a woman who had a baby 5 or 6 month ago. After my time in the ER, I did not have any further issues until April of this year.

In April, I had 10 of these episodes in 20 days. Most often they would last for 30 minu…

11 Years

Our 11th anniversary was last week and Wilbert and I were able to spend a good chunk of the day together away from the farm and it was wonderful.

We decided to head to Point Prim to have lunch at the Point Prim Chowder House. But, our meandering back road trip we over shot the point, but ended up at Roma at Three Rivers instead, which was just as nice. It is a nice historical site with a lovely view on the water front and a nice little cafe with soup and bread. So we had lunch there instead and had the tour of the historic site.
 After our lunch and tour of Roma at Three Rivers, we did head to Point Prim and climb to the top of the lighthouse.

A great view and a nice climb. We also stopped at Hannah's Bottle Village on the Point Prim Road. We decided we will come back another time for a meal at the Chowder House.
Then we headed to Charlottetown. We found three geocaches in town, which is always fun. We had supper a little Italian restaurant that we had never been to before. After …

What are Uncles for?

We were so pleased and surprised to have Jander come for a visit. And he spent time almost every day of his visit working with Joash on riding his bike without training wheels. Today, on Jander's last day, Joash was able to start and everything by himself and went very fast on the driveway. Thanks Oom Jander for helping Joash be able to ride a two-wheeler!

Emil, Karisa and Ezekiel Visit

We are enjoying our summer so much, especially since summer means visitors. We were so happy to have Emil, Karisa and Ezekiel visit last week. 
They flew into Charlottetown and captures some great photos of our farm from the plane.
 We got to meet Zeke for the first time. The cousins were not quite sure what to make of each other. Zeke and Gideon are about 7 months apart and pretty much the same size.




 We really wanted to get some nice pictures of all the kids together. Unfortunately the kids were not in a very cooperative mood at all. So this is what we got.



 We also had lots of fun on the beach together on Canada and took in the fireworks in town as well.
 Thanks for coming to visit Emil, Karisa and Zeke. We look forward to seeing you again soon!