Monday, May 2, 2016

April 2016

April was beautiful and fun in my world.  
How blessed I am!

Sometimes, my beloved makes decisions to begin big projects and by noon we are at the task. 

It was high time to paint the bungalow and so we began by testing a few colors. 

Far left, was the first choice that was voted down by our eldest and the far right was the color that we painted back in 2007.  

The middle color seemed like a huge risk but we ended up going with the dark grey (once we were encouraged). 

The preparation to paint meant a lot of paper and taping. 

The bungalow with its eyes all closed and more paint samples on each side of the door. 

The job went quite quick once the windows and soffiting  were all carefully protected. 

Once the front was finished for curb appeal, we moved to the back of the house. 

We worked until the sun went down the first day. 

The color looks so much lighter in the sunshine!

Two days later....

including the fence. 

Meanwhile, the fruit trees blossomed.

The lilac and magnolias bloomed. 

We decided that it was time to invest in a grand getter.

Five littles = five seats in the back. 

On one Friday afternoon we picked up the lot from school and took them bowling. 

At 4 PM the lights were switched to "glow bowl". 

If you stand in exactly the right spot, those red lights that dance around make for fun selfies. 

Fun was had by all!

After bowling we went to Red Robin. 

They all enjoyed unlimited Strawberry lemonade and sugar intake was our problem since they were all coming home with us for the weekend. 

They all love drawing and crafting.

Years ago we used to entertain our boys with slide show nights. We hadn't done that for years since our slide projector quit working many years ago.

We went thrift shop shopping and found a projector for $18.  

My beloved rigged it so that we could use slip in one slide at a time since we didn't have the reels that our new to us machine needed. 

The kids were absolutely amazed at this fancy way of looking at pictures against a sheet hung from the ceiling. 

At times, they left their seats to see up close and personal. 

They laughed real hard to see and recognize their Dad's when they were little. 

They saw themselves a little bit which was fun!

They had no idea who these people were.  ;)

They saw the trucks that we still have for playing in our back forty.  

This black and white resulted in much laughter when they realized it was Grampa. 

I just felt completely blessed to know that these little boys who were once so rambunctious,  have little children who are a lot like they once were. 

On Saturday this little pizzeria maker went outside with her order pad to take orders for lunch.  

I'm just going to document that there were lots of vegetables offered during the weekend too!

The girls got out the playdough and spent hours making different kinds of fake fun food. 

On Sunday, I made our usual Sunday Brunch but just for the littles.  You might be surprised to know that they all love Eggs Benedict.  

By late afternoon they were all home again and we quickly cleaned up the toys and just relaxed and debriefed, laughed and sighed in happy relief that they all went home in one piece.   (I didn't take pictures of everything they did =0 ). 

The next week, was the annual Ritchie Smith Ladies Get Away which I very much look forward to.

Judy, Mary and I bunked together this year since Marg was busy with her new grandbaby down south. 

This year the bus tour took us across the pond to Victoria. 

We had a wonderful time, chatting, walking, eating and laughing.

This picture is oh so blurry but you can imagine how beautiful our provincial parlaiment buildings are when the lights come on in the evening. 

Victoria harbour is always beautiful. 

The next day we took in Butchart Gardens.

The last time I had been there was before I was married.

In some ways, it was exactly the same but going in spring was new and very beautiful. 

We kept trying to do selfies.  Are selfies still called selfies if there are three people in the photo? 

Many thanks to Vivienne and Diane from the office of Ritchie Smith for another very well planned outing for the farm wives. 

This guy is coming to hang out now on Thursdays.  
It's a no-school day for him while his Mom goes to teach. 

He's a monkey and we love his developing winsome ways. 

His steering skills are quite admirable. 

We play hockey, we race (him on his bike and me on the scooter)... 

and we spent some time this last week welcoming these little girls  as they arrived at the farm gate. 

That was a look at April!  

I hope you have a wonderful May!

Love to you all...