a working vacation

I didn't know chickens yawned until meeting this guy. He won second prize

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


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  1. Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm by mel | Permalink

    ..sounds like such a full, lovely time! Isn’t the support of family such a help, mama’s need their mamas!
    That first shot of ‘forest boy’ is stunning.
    Poppy with feather in hair.. gorgeous! Her room look delightful too… love it all.
    needle and nest design

  2. Posted September 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm by Carla | Permalink

    Sounds nothing short of wonderful!

  3. Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:09 am by tameka | Permalink

    Sounds like a fun and busy staycation. I love the bed in the photo. Are you able to share the construction plans?

  4. Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:51 am by Amberlea | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, I had the same SS sheets, and I had completely forgotten about them until now. That’s so awesome! (And the muddy little feet make them a million times more awesome)

    Happy Birthday to Silas! That photo of him on the log has the most amazing depth to it; the little sunspot; the glowing forest — so lovely. (But I love all of your photos.)

    I’ve been trying to draft a comment to your previous post — I know exactly what you mean about taking our bodies for granted and “looking back” and wondering why we didn’t appreciate. Only took 32 years, but I think I’m starting to appreciate. Most days…

    xoxo, your (Ottawa) neighbour, or neighbour-in-spirit. xo

    • Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm by erin | Permalink

      I know! Awesome eh? I bought them at VV before we even had kids because I couldn’t stand leaving them 😉
      You’re the best.

    • Posted September 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm by Nicole | Permalink

      My husband and I adore the Highland Cinema, it is such a rare gem. I hope the ower finds a way of keeping it alive when the new digital movies take over.


      • Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:07 am by erin | Permalink

        I asked if this would be their last season and he said, rather gruffly, “not likely.”
        I think he got a grant to help with the upgrades.

  5. Posted September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm by Bonnie | Permalink

    I LOVE the Strawberry Shortcake sheets! So nostalgic!

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