Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Living in the Fast Lane!

Thanks to Tante Sonya for these awesome t-shirts that match the theme of our blog so nicely!! (and by chance, they match the kid's 3 orange bikes too:)

I'm so happy for the warm spring weather! It's been a nice change from hearing them beg to play video games to hearing them beg to go for a bike ride every day! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party on the first day of SPRING!!

It's the first day of Spring and we are having a historic warm spell here in Ontario! It has been exciting to see our garden in blossom in MARCH! Here are our first spring flowers, crocuses.

We thought that a fun way to welcome in Spring would be to have an Anne of Green Gables tea party. I just read the book to Evie and her cousin Cassidy over the last month and a half. The girls loved it and were the perfect ages to read the book too. The giggled their way through the whole thing.

We started preparations a few weeks ago. Cassidy and Evie did some baking together and we froze it for the day of the party. We wanted to have a four course tea party as suggested in the Anne treasury book that we have.

The Anne of Green Gables cook book also had a recipe for Raspberry Cordial so we made that too! If you remember from the book, the cordial is what Anne was supposed to serve to her bosom friend, Diana. However, she accidentally served her red currant wine and the tea party was cut short because Diana became drunk!

I found this vintage Anne pop up book at a thrift store yesterday:)

Evie baked the biscuits all by herself this morning. She wasn't sure how she'd like biscuits as she's never tried them before but she quickly became a fan:)

My mom made the fruit cake this morning. Did you know that in the past, fruit cake was made in the fall and was placed in the pantry and served all winter because it kept well? That way there was always something to serve to unexpected company. The fruit cake my mom made was great, it tasted much better than the typical fruit cakes one might have at Christmas (yuck!).

We made the Maritime Gingersnaps from the Anne cook book. They didn't have sugar and were quite potent! No one liked them:)

Caylee, Reese, Cassidy, Evie, Zoe and Eden!

My baby nephew, Maddox made a very cute Gilbert!

Elijah made a very cute Gilbert, too!

Aren't they all "divinely beautiful" ??!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Little Astronomers!

We've been studying astronomy for past year and a half though the amazing Jeannie Fulbright book, Exploring Creation with Astronomy.
I can't say enough good things about this book. It explains astronomy in a simple way. It brings it to their level and is not a typical boring text book. The kids have learned so much!

Anyhow, we finally downloaded the Google Sky App for Android...

And for the first time this evening, we were able to find some of the planets that we've studied in the night sky. The sky wasn't very clear tonight so we are looking forward to exploring more with this new tool!

Stay tuned for our upcoming Science Fair project. You might be able to guess what our topic will be this year ;)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Big sister meets her new baby brother!

Over Christmas, my cousin and his wife asked me if I'd be interested in photographing their upcoming birth. Interested I was! As the due date came and went, it ended up that a c-section was the necessary route to bring their little guy into the world. Even though it wasn't quite the birth (or birth photography) we all had hoped for, I was thrilled to be able to capture some images of their daughter meeting her sweet baby brother for the first time.

Here, grandma gets the phone call that he has arrived... and that he's a BIG boy!

Daddy gives big sister a sneak peak of little bro!

And the amazingly strong and beautiful mommy must stay under care APART from her baby for hours...

And a big girl gets to meet a little boy who will change her life forever!

Congratulations to my wonderful cousins... it was such an honour for me to be a part of your amazing day!