birthday busy-ness


Today was a wonderful day and I must say, looking back, that there wasn’t a sour moment.

L was a ball of energy and smiles galore from the moment he awoke. We had breakfast then hurried off to his MITE theatre class.

Afterwards, with none of us prepared for the chill that a mere 5 degrees can bring, we quickly retired from the community centre playground to our place with the boys’ friends in tow. It was a bit like an impromptu party for L with new toys and friends and yummy muffins. Oh, and coffee and tea for the adults, of course!

After lunch the four of us went glow in the dark mini-putting where X beat us all as far as getting the most hole-in-ones. 4! Craziness! It was weird because, being part of a bowling alley, the mini-put room reeked like greasy food which somehow reminded me of sushi pizza. Odd, I know!

Off to Chapters for a snack and some fun in the Kidzone. And as time flies when you are having fun suddenly it was time to come home for dinner. Xman helped me make the dough for the pizza perogies and even rolled some out all on his own. We may have a future chef on our hands!

After our yummy dinner we sang to L and had some cake. Now Sonic and Knuckles are upstairs in their own little makeshift beds next to the boys as they sleep.

A good day had by all. And a happy birthday, too!

Here are some pics of our evening dinner making and L’s cake.




Adding Tofurkey slices and cheese or pizza sauce, cheese, fried tofu cubes and veg pepperoni. Either way it’s so yummy!



Into the oven…


Out of the oven…


Mmm…hot and so tasty! Pizza perogies!


The Sonic cake with some Dino friends from cake toppings of previous years. Why not, right?


front deck: day 2

Okay! Now we’re talkin’.

So, the workers showed up today a little after 9:00 AM and started dismantling the ol’ front deck. It’s safe to say that we are not going to miss it. 🙂

(…thus the reasons for the deck’s replacement)

The boys didn’t mind though. For them it was like their own little dinner and a movie. Only it was breakfast… and construction… with a pretty predictable plot.

And this next images is pretty much how things looked at the end of the day…

Soon after this picture was taken they dug the holes for the new deck footings and brought over the cement truck to distract the boys for another good chunk of time.

Needless to say, the day provided oodles of entertainment for the boys and their friends. The rain had started to kick in around this point so there wasn’t a whole lot more they could do on the actual deck. And given the 50+ mm of rain we’re supposed to be getting over the next 24 hours, that might be all that gets done until Thursday.

Doesn’t matter. It’s so nice to finally see some actual progress on our home.

More to come. We’ll keep ya posted. 🙂



Snapped another picture on the way home today. Give a good view of the progress so far. 🙂


front deck: day 1

Well, I left for work this morning with the front of our house looking like this:


When I got home, this is what I was greeted with:


Pretty snazzy, eh? They did a great job brightening up that sky. 🙂

Okay… so, clearly the renos did not start as scheduled. Still, I’m hopeful that things will start today. Although, we are supposed to get dumped on by generous amounts of rain today so, perhaps I should just be hopeful that things get started at all this week.

Regardless, we will update on the progress when we can.



introducing “the shards”

Well, here we are finally, our family journal is up and running.

The original plan was to have everything set up before for the beginning of the school year so we could take you all through our latest adventures in homeschooling and/or general shenanigans. Unfortunately, technical hiccups with domain name transfers and whatnot, delayed things a few weeks.

But fear not! Now that the shards are finally online, we’re ready to rock the interwebs.

So, since we completely missed the start of the school year, we’ve decided that the first few updates will chronicle the long-overdue dismantling and reconstruction of our front deck, set to start first thing in the morning. 🙂