Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015

We had really beautiful weather again for Easter.  

I am always so thrilled when the family can gather together and spend some time outside to play and enjoy the prettiest time in our yard.

I learned that folding Bunny napkins an hour before everyone arrives is a bit of a crazy lady thing to do... 

and I only had to refold three after the littles were finished petting them before lunch.

Hunting for Easter Eggs is not yet a boring event here.

Some of the eggs are real...
most are plastic with nothing in them....
but each egg is treated like a treasure.

One day I'll look back on all the Easter Egg hunts and they will become my measuring stick of wee tots turning into little people. 

You know you are a blogger when you say to the Moms...

"Can they just go out and look for a few eggs in their Easter finery before they change into play clothes for the proper hunt?

I've noticed that they like playing outside a lot more if Grandpa plays outside too.

If the Dad's join in with their own bit of hilarity it only gets better.

I remember years ago when my beloved was giving me the reasons why we should invest in pavement for our yard.  

One of them was...

when the grands get old enough to ride bikes....
they'll love it here.

I somehow wouldn't have believed him if he would have told me that they would have fun times playing follow the leader train while rollerblading.

A game of croquet was established and enjoyed by the little ones first.

They don't know yet about being mean and smacking your opponents balls to kingdom come.

While the littles went to go look for their Easter eggs at the back of the property...
the big boys went to town on their own version of croquet.

Stories were told later as they were still laughing on where their opponents balls ended up being sent.

H couldn't find his bag.  He enlisted the help of his older  (by nearly exactly a year) cousin.

His relief in finding it was clear to one and all.

The old egg in the knot hole trick...
works every year.

There is a saying about putting all your eggs in one basket. 

I'm not sure if there would be a saying about tossing them all into the heavens. 

They all sorted their loot.

Our fruit trees budded so early.

I was looking at our Italian Plum tree today and  noticed that many of those buds died with no hope of bearing fruit.

The weather continued to be pleasant.

A play date was arranged while the older siblings were in school. 

Chuck It ...

a game that gets better and better.

Wash the Dog.

A game that is mostly enjoyed by all. 

Warm water is brought through the hose for all the dog lovers out there. 

On yet another glorious day...
we took a date day to the ocean which is only 25 minutes from home.  

White Rock with the tide in.

We decided to Beer Can a turkey in our kamado style barbecue cooker.

It was quite good.  I won't be blogging it but would say that it was moist and the drippings made a delicious gravy. 

The pink dogwood and the white lilac are fully in bloom. 

Is it just me...
or do I get a lot of play dates?

I can honestly say that we go on more dates now than when we dated.
I didn't complain then and I'm sure not complaining now.

On this date we took a few nights at Harrison Hot Springs. 

The weather was great for walking and when it rained...
we sat in the hot pools and let our stresses soak away. 

Our Provincial flower ...
the dogwood and my Mom's favourite. 

OH.. and then there was the day we showed up for a date with the littles.

The boys enjoyed the shock value with their new spring cut.  

BMX spring season has begun.

This girl who leads the boys in her 5 year old class still cares about the important details in a girls life.

She took off her sock and shoe to show me her pedicure.  

It began with sunny weather.

I suppose if I were to race up and down those hills...
I'd be looking for an instant gratification cooling technique as well.  

I do my part.

I supply food for energy.

I also cheer.

"pedal pedal pedal.......
good job!!!!......"

They hear me and it makes them smile. 

Picnics are a sign of spring at the track. 

A bucket of chicken along with some buns from home and a pasta salad.

This guy ....

is new to the track this year.

He has been busy practicing for several years on his strider already and has no worries in the 4 year old class. 

This one loves to balance.  

I hope he always sticks to fences and doesn't start thinking about high wires.

This one loves her Mama.  

To end the month....

I went with the farmer girls on our annual Ritchie Smith Feed Ladies getaway. 

The girls in the office at the feed company do an excellent job of planning one night away for 50 ladies to connect and leave the chores behind for two days. 

My sister in law Mary, Judy and Marg and I fully enjoy this quick little get away.  

Mary and I bunk together.

Judy and Marg bunk together. 

We finished the outing at Horseshoe Bay at the Boathouse.

And that wraps up April.
Today I'm getting my hair cut.  I had never in my life grown out my bangs.
  I've done it ... and now will cut my hair today and that will be the end of that saga.  

all for now... 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 2015

March was filled with beauty all around me in the beginning of newness of yet another season opening up outside. 

I always love to imagine God's joy in giving us beauty every spring and never tiring of making it spectacular.  

March began with our annual Pastors appreciation dinner that is always hosted by our friends Richard and Dorothy at Sweet Dreams. 

Linda, Anneliese and I all baked the exact same cake for dessert and ...
they were pretty delicious. 

My little daffodil bulbs that that I leave in the soil all year long and come up faithfully for the last 15 years or so were blooming beautifully to welcome March.

We went into Vancouver for our annual egg producers meetings and enjoyed a walk through the market at Granville Island.  I love looking at beautiful food.  

We had exceptionally sunny and warm weather and felt very blessed for that gift.

We walked a lot every day and stopped often to take selfies ...
especially on our anniversary. 

Every morning we got dressed and walked to English Bay with our breakfast that we had found on the way. 

The porridge did not come on our little holiday with us.  

We got all dressed up for the annual banquet which is always fun to do.

Two of our kids came part of the time and enjoyed a few days in the city too.  

In the evenings we looked at the beautiful Vancouver lights out our window.  

The magnolias  were blooming everywhere. 

I wanted to just camp underneath the trees and enjoy that fragrance.

Vancouver is always fun to visit and I recommend you come when it is sunny which is a bit of a stretch to plan since the beauty of the foliage is due to the rains which occur fairly regularly in spring.  

Anneliese and her H invited all of the mennonite girls in the valley over for an appy and dessert night.  It was so much fun to catch up with those that could come. 

The early magnolia trees were blooming mid March and have nearly now lost all their petals. 

My nose has been a bit runny and my eyes have done a lot of tearing.  
On the news one day, they said the tree that is most likely the culprit for early allergies is this one.  I walked past it on the yard and sniffed and wiped. 

We put in a new hedge around the east side of our property. 
I thought I would document it so that when we wonder what year we planted it...
like we do with the hedge on the west side...
we'll know. 

The mennonite girls planned an outing to La Conner to go see the daffodils in their glory. 

The fields of daffodils and tulips are something to behold.  

We all put on our rain boots prepared to walk in the mucky fields and even Julie was willing to put on disposable bags to get those pictures up close. 

This is how they put the tulips to take to market.  

Pretty girls! I love them. 

It's a lot of fun meeting together with girlfriends that want to be together and appreciate each other.

The flowers were amazing.  

In the meantime, I was growing wheatgrass in egg cups for the TV segment I did at the end of March.

Egg Farmers of Canada asked me to show an easy way to poach eggs for a crowd and so I practiced the recipe they gave me and enjoyed the challenge of putting together an interesting and beautiful display. 

I found that natural dyes really are beautiful!  Turmeric powder, green cabbage and beets make for pretty eggs.  

I bought a fine tipped white felt pen and hard boiled some eggs for my hubs to decorate. 

I think my favorite eggs were these simple blue ones that were the result of red cabbage.

I am now anticipating the upcoming weekend and the time spent with family at Easter.

I have so much to be thankful for this Easter.

These days  I am reflecting on Christ's work on the cross for my sins and joyfully realizing anew that his grace has given me hope for eternity with him.

I  thank God for the cross and the empty tomb and his saving grace.

Wishing you and your family a joy filled Easter.  

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