Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sir Sandford Flemming Park

While in Halifax we also took the opportunity to visit Sir Sandford Flemming Park. It was wonderful to spend some time walking in nature (in town) and the kids got to see several different animals as well. It was quite enjoyable.




Downtown Halifax

Last weekend we took the opportunity to travel to Halifax to visit the capital of Nova Scotia. We enjoyed walking along Barrington Street and going into a couple little shops along the way. I then decided that no trip to Halifax would be complete without a trip to the Halifax Citadel. Over the next few months it is my goal to get Liam at least acquainted with the history of this wonderful province so we will be making several visit to National Hisoric Sites in the coming months. To the left you can see the Old Town Clock situated at the base of the Citadel. It has been an important landmark in Halifax for over two hundred years now. I've also included some pictures of Halifax Habour from the summit. Beautiful, isn't it?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Homeschool Crew


I am excited to announce that I was chosen to be one of 100 bloggers to review homeschooling products and curriculum for The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew for the 2009-2010 "school" year. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to share some really great products with my fellow homeschoolers (and yes, I bet that there will even be things that will be interesting for my non homeschooling friends as well). I have a couple of friends who were blessed with the opportunity last year and I am proud to be following in their footsteps. To check out the wonderful products that were reviewed by the Homeschool Crew last year please visit their website here. What's more, you can get in on the fun by joining the TOS Homeschool Crew Facebook fan page here. There will be freebies and contest starting next week and you'll also get to opportunity to learn more about the Homeschool Crew Members.

Hop aboard it is going to be an exciting year! I'm looking forward to sharing this adventure with you on this little blog of mine!

Monday, May 25, 2009

I Took the One Less Traveled By

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Most people think of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" as inspirational, a call to question things, to not always take the easy path through life.  This weekend though it was our ispiration to do something a little different. We literally took the path less travel and drove from Halifax to Guysbourough on local roads that often looked something like this....


We laughed 'til we almost cried and we wouldn't have had it any other way!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What We've Been Up To

Sorry for the little delay in posting.....

This is what we've been doing in the last week or so...

1. Digging in the gardens (many, many gardens.....we've gone all out), and then, digging in the gardens some more.

2. Celebrating a 6th birthday (please stay tuned for a little post on my wonderful little boy, who is growing up so quickly).

3. Saying good-bye to our darling, New Cat.

I'll be back with a couple posts and some pictures very soon but it's been a long few days in this house.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I'm Loving - Homemade Bread

I loving...

homemade bread and all the possibities it brings,


the process and having 3 bowls of risen dough ready to be transformed,


the end results, ready to share with my family.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I hope that your day was as special as mine.





I'm Loving - Quiet Friday Afternoons

I'm loving quiet Friday afternoon when Morgaine has fallen asleep on the couch,


and Liam is absorbed in making up new levels for his adventure game,


leaving me time to make a batch of homemade granola bars,


which turned out quite wonderfully.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

You know, my Grandmother

Morgaine has an imaginary grandmother, not to be confused with her real Grandma McMahon. Every day we are entertained with stories about how Morgaine's grandmother lives in Africa, or how she knows all about animals because she lives in the zoo, or how she lost her legs but that's okay.

So anyways, yesterday, Morgaine and I were enjoying a walk down a street we've never been on before and were admiring all the different houses. Morgaine looked at me and said, "You know, my grandmother visited all these houses but none of them were her house, so she decided to go live under the bridge because she had no house."

The dangers of homeschooling (we recently finished The Family Under the Bridge) and not knowing what your daughter is going to come up with next.

Monday, May 4, 2009

I'm loving

1. Saturday afternoon strolls along the beach.

2. The first buds of spring.


3. And signs of spring popping up in unexpected places.


4. The first picnics of the season.

5. My three year old's first attemps at writing.

6. Crafting with the kids.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

For my Dad

We've been doing a fair amount of yard word in the last couple weeks and I told Dad that I would get some pictures up so that he could see what we've been up to. Welcome to my blog (website), Dad!


We've added cedar mulch along the driveway and walkway.


and around the trees in front of the house.


These were the branches we had cut down when I took the picture. We have almost double now because we decided to take down a bush that was lining the side of our yard. It did not look like it was going to grow and we will likely put up a fence in its place.


This is where the garden is going to go (the place that I had told you about isn't so good...the more I dig there the more buried treasure I find....old frying pans, china, rusty bolts and stuff). I'll start digging it out this week but I don't hold much hope for the vegetables that we have started.

I guess that is about it for now. Please come back again, Dad. Add this site to your favorites. I try to post at least a couple times a week.