Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Learning with Hot Wheels




Happy Summer, everyone!


We are so enjoying this beautiful hot weather, and have been spending most of our time at the cottage! Our days have been spent playing at the beach, building a treehouse/zip line platform (yes, the boys and I did it ourselves...and it's actually standing!), chasing wild bunnies, picking blackberries, riding bikes and just having lots of good old fashioned fun :).


It's been such a lovely break from our usual routines of homeschool and activities, but when Hot Wheels got in touch with me to see if we would be interested in trying out their Hot Wheels Fundamentals learning program, I was all for it! (And so were the boys!). It's a program focused on making learning fun...and that's right up our alley! There are some fun summer activities for the kids to do when they need a break from the sun, and some downtime in the middle of the day.







We decided to try out the Cityscape activity, and it kept the boys busy as bees for quite a while. #win Yes....I actually got to sit back with a cup of tea and a book! Sweeeet! ;)







They coloured away, and folded and fiddled, and were so proud of their creations! 

The Cityscape activity can be downloaded for free here.









Thank you, Hot Wheels! We can't wait to check out even more learning activities when we start up our homeschooling again in September!


Monday, May 4, 2015

An Outlaw / Cowboy Barn Party



It was birthday time again in our house (and man, it seems to come around a lot quicker now that we have three kiddos!)..... 

Toby turned 8! 

I'll save you from hearing the same old.... "how is he possibly this old? where does the time go? blah blah blah" line, but I have to say that 8 feels big. This little man has grown up so much in the past year, and has amazed me, and surprised me, so many times! He's a sweet, sensitive soul who picks up on the emotions of everyone around him, and sometimes that can be hard on a little guy! He also happens to have an excellent sense of humour, and an easy, infectious giggle! We love him to bits, and are so lucky that he's part of our family!


When he suggested we have an outlaw party in our little barn, I was in!


It was the perfect idea!! 

We feel so, so lucky to have this little property in Point Roberts, WA, and are thoroughly enjoying every minute of downtime spent there as a family :). The little barn is perfect in every way, and I had so much fun decorating it for the party!



 I kept it pretty simple! A scavenger hunt, some zip-lining (we have a little zip line from Amazon, and it's a whole pile of fun!), roasting marshmallows and making s'mores around a campfire, and a 'dirt and worms' birthday cake (Toby's specific request).

No fuss, just a bunch of kids running around on a beautiful sunny day having fun!





Ok, so the one thing I did spend a few evenings on was these WANTED posters :) I found pics of each little outlaw, and used PicMonkey to edit them and make them look old/western. I had them printed at my local print shop, and they turned out so well!




The birthday Outlaw himself ;) Looking oh so seriously 'outlaw-ish'.














































My tiniest outlaw ;) (moments before he decided it would be a good idea to take a large bite of a foil-covered chocolate gold coin .... wrapper and all!) 

Let's just say it was a rough night!

























It was the perfect sunny day, and the little outlaws seemed to enjoy themselves! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our biggest little man!

xo




Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Puppy "Paw"ty (Rory turns 2)





I cannot believe my tiny baby is 2!

seriously.


How did that happen so quickly?  I get it now. I get it that the days are long and the years are short. 

Because they really are! And there were definitely some loooong days in there ;) But somehow they still fly by, and before you know it your tiny baby is no longer quite so tiny. His chubby little roly-poly legs have grown longer and he's lost his rolls.  *sob* 

I think it's just hitting me harder with this little man because this is the last time we're planning to go through this whole baby stage, and I just want to savour every little bit of his "baby-ness"! 


So, when the boy asked for a puppy party, a puppy party is what he got ;)


Anytime I asked him what he'd like to have at his puppy party, the answer would be..

"ummm....shmarties....aaaaand puppies....aaaand shmarties (smarties)"

I asked him if he would like a cake, or cupcakes... his answer.... "PUP cakes" :)


Perfect. Done. 

(well, sort of. He didn't seem to care that they looked like gremlins)


The only problem was that big brother Finny had to go under anaesthetic for dental work a couple of days before the party, so we decided to have a very small party to keep stress levels down for this mama (I was a nervous wreck in the days leading up to Finny's surgery, and it took me the good part of a week before I felt back to normal anxiety-wise).  

I wanted to prepare as much of the food, etc beforehand as I could, so I decided to serve it "picnic" style in little brown bags/baskets. The kids, I mean "Puppies", ate out of doggie dishes (new ones, of course!) around a low table, as doggies do ;). 



























My blue-eyed birthday boy! 

(serious business, this "Happy Birthday" thing ;)



























































When I ask him about his puppy party, he says "Eweebody shing...Hhappy Buhhhhfday dear Woweeee" and "Niiiiishe puppies....nishe pupcakes!!" 


I think he approved. ;)




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