Halloween 2013

 Spent the morning with Big Brothers Kindergarten Class.
Parade, games and snacks.  Perfect.
 Our afternoon was a scary(not really) piano lesson and Kumon.
 Then onto the trick or treating!
We went with our Halloween-ing Friends.
It was great.  My Brave Knight was not feeling well so after we collected enough candies for a year we headed home. 
Wow. No snow! It rained a bit but I don't remember the last year we did not get snowed on! Wow!
Brave Knight turned down Smarties and opted for a warm bath, Big Brother ate chips and a sucker.
Happy Halloween!

Thanksgiving Sweaters

 It was cool and crisp, perfect sweater season.
 The lake was calm and we woke each morning to the squirrels throwing down pine cones onto the tin roof.  At five am. Nice.
 It was perfect.

 The dock has more loose boards than sturdy ones. I will cry when they pull it out for the new metal one next summer. This is our first dock.  I love this dock.  (How can I give it a new life....I am thinking coffee table....)
 This is our first canoe.  Hopefully our last too, those things cost a small fortune!
Big Brother is pulling up the canoe onto shore.  He is so happy to help Daddy.  It is much colder at the lake now, snow is in the bush.  I like the fact that the bears will probably be sleeping the next time we head up :)


I love bannock. 
Working various summer camps during my summers bannock was a treat.
We made our first batch of campfire bannock this past weekend.
It was a hit.
 Flour, a pinch of salt and water.


 Wrap on a  stick.


We like our bannock with a little peanut butter too.
The air was crisp and there was snow in the bush but warm bannock was perfect.
For those of you who know me, you know I do not have a cat.
Yes that is my son, my cabin, my antique childrens desk from kijiji that I love but that is not my cat.  I had a very hard time explaining this to the cat.
The cat met us on a walk.
The cat followed us.
The cat stood at the window and meowed.
The cat came in.
The cat checked out each room.
The cat lay on the floor while I made supper.
The cat watched my son draw for twenty minutes.
My husband put he cat out.
Five minutes later the cat was back in.
The cat stayed for supper then my husband went to check on the cat.
Cat was curled up on my husbands pillow.
The cat was escorted home.
I love cats. This friendly feline let me carry her around and sat with me while I watched the boys play.  The cat also loved to watch the squirrel eat peanuts and try to carry away the bannock cooking stick up the tree with us.  Sadly I think the cat wanted to eat the squirrel. 
A very exciting animal filled weekend at the lake.

rascal 2.4

This little rascal loves the dock at the lake.
(I am never far behind, trust me.  I rarely take my camera on the dock and when I do I give myself the talk before had that if anybody small falls in the water the camera will probably go in too because I don't want to be the Mom with a great camera and no kids, I'd much rather be the Mom with no camera and great kids!)

 But when he does this, my heart drops...and stops.....
I think this dock is like 100 years old at least.
 ..and then he turns around and does this.  "What now Mom?"
"I'm not doing anything wrong...."
And then this smile with a hug so cuddly it cannot be put into words.
His face?  He had a run in with our new deck.  It was dark, I guess he didn't see it right at nose level....
Part of being two my poor little guy.  We are joining a gym club in winter to help with coordination :).
It actually looks worse in real life.
Little rascal, you've grown so fast. 
You are two and four months.
You love your Mommy and Bubble Guppies like crazy.
You won't drink milk. (thank goodness for IOGOO)
You love oatmeal.
You now proudly announce when you have to use the potty and made your first trip home from the lake dry!
Your favorite food is chips, fries.  When ever we pass a McDonald's you announce your hungry.
You drink tons of water and juice is big treat.
Costco pizza is a favorite meal to share with your Pa.
You won't go near your bike.  You prefer to be pushed in red car.
You fill your pockets with stones unless you are dropping them in any body of water close by including lakes, ponds and puddles.
You are a pro at doing canon balls into the pool.
You could eat rice everyday.
You make the kissy sounds but don't actually touch your lips to the person, very European.
You watch your big brother draw and are close to drawing a circle. 
You like it best when I trace your hand with brown marker and we draw leaves on it to make it a tree.
Phrases we hear a lot are:
 "Bubble Guppies please...pleeease....pleeeeeaaase!"
"Go potty now!"
"Water please"
"Goodnight Daddy, luv you"
"Paaa, nah!"
"Freddies!" (Shreddies)
"More muffin please"
You are sweet and have your own mind. You like puzzles and stacking wood shapes.  You love being read to and love reading your own books.  You sing some words in ABC"s, Twinkle Twinkle, and Mary Had a Little Lamb.
You are cuddly and love hugs and kisses from Mommy the best.
We love you!

pumpkin party!

 The day was warm and sunny.
 The hugs plentiful!
 Lots to talk about.
 Lots to discover.

It was a great day at our local pumpkin patch.  Big Brother and I had a super great time in the field but Little Brother was quite upset there were no cats AND no Uncle Derele!
Great fun and two big pumpkins that came home with us!

farm fun

Seeds in the wind..... 

 Fuzzy caterpillars....
 Examine-ing straw....

 Favorite hay bale that terrified Mommy...

 You could sit up there all day....

Sunflower that was picture perfect.  The branch had broken and I picked it off. Big Brother later told me I'm not supposed to pick other peoples flowers. I'd love to bring some home for us to paint. 

see for miles and miles

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.

My two boys. You are like night and day. 
You show your love for each other so discreetly it is often only in photos I can find it.  Today Little One decided he wanted to hold Big Brothers hand.  Melt. My. Heart.
Your big brother let you lead him through the field and you loved it.

Today my heart is extra full.
I may not always see it but I feel your love with my heart.