T’was a busy staycation of 2012. Mike’s mom arrived from Newfoundland 11 days ago, and we took full advantage of the extra set of loving hands. We toyed with the idea of making the trip to Newfoundland because the sea and family are calling to us, but money and logistics didn’t work in our favour this year. Who would take care of the chickens? The dog? The rabbit? The cats? There are so many other things around the home begging for our time and money. This time next year, I hope to be posting pictures and tales of the majestic island.
So yes, we had a staycation (though it was more like a working vacation). We shopped sans kids, stopped for silly photo booth photos, made a cake, went to the fair, moved wood, organized sheds, made a bed for Poppy (not to mention a room of her very own), had corn and manure for the garden delivered with love from Ellenberger Organic Farm, the rotten fence post was finally removed and replaced with the ingenuity of my dad and the grunt force of my husband, Mike went fishing, we spent a day looking for shoes, we had the first meet up with some seriously great homeschooling families, we made plans to have Poppy try ballet, I organized and re-organized furniture and clothing, we finally made it to the Highland Cinema in Kinmount for a date night where we ate licorice and natchos (yes, with a T) and it is my new favourite place to watch movies. Oh, and we began the construction of a major entertainment unit (ours will be either white washed or white) which will cover our lovely wall of wires. It is only half done after nearly three days of work, but I will post pictures when it is complete. We even managed to stick to our early morning workouts for the most part.
It was nice to feel productive and get a little more organized, but it also made me realize we need to start making time for the fun stuff as well as the busy stuff.
We also celebrated a certain sweet boy’s second birthday last week. We had planned on having a little gathering with the grandparents, cousins, etc, but when that all fell through we decided a trip to the Kinmount Fair was in fact ideal. What little boy wouldn’t want to spend their day at the Kinmount Fair eating cotton candy, looking at chickens, cows, horses, ducks, and rabbits, snakes and riding “Dumbo”? I mean seriously. We started the day with apple pancakes, and ended it with a “Honey A Pooh” chocolate cake. They also enjoyed the early Halloween costumes we picked up and spent the evening dressed as Peter Pan and Merida (of Brave) costumes complete with sword and bow and arrow.
The week before our vacation was also busy with company, birthday celebrations, and a trip to the Toronto Zoo. I will be posting pictures over the week to come to catch up.
Today the house was quiet as Mike and his mom left early for the long drive to the airport. The daycare kids were to come today, but cancelled last minute so the kids and I had a simple day of snuggling, folding laundry, making bean soup, picking tomatoes, reading, watching the Magic School Bus, dress up, a daring sword fight and even a nap (for Silas and me). The evenings are cool and I crave the heat of a fire, but we’re holding out for that perfect moment to welcome the fire back into the hearth.
go gently + be wonderful