Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Our Week In A Nutshell

This past week we enjoyed the short time left before school resumes. Luckily, we had some nice hot weather for it. 

In a nutshell:

  • Paige got her haircut
  • Elle turned 11
  • We (finally) visited Sherbrooke Village
  • My amazing mother graduated with a certificate in social work & counseling

We visited Sherbrooke Village, a restored village set in 1860's that was built on an economy of ship building and gold mining. With costumed interpreters that live, from 8-5, the way one would live 100 years ago, this village creates iron and tin products, wood products (chairs, rolling pins), prints and pottery the way it was once done. 

Pea loves historical villages, and I've been wanting to visit this one for years. Located 3 hours away, and with overnight stays rarely in the budget, it kept being put off. Worried that with Pea getting older will deter her sooner than later from joining us on family outings :) we decided to make the trip, and accept the six hours of driving. And so glad we did, as we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Highlights included the apothecary with a jar of live leeches, Elle helping make an iron hook, and dressing up and getting an authentic ambrotype photograph taken. 

Most importantly, my amazing mother graduated this week from a grueling course in counseling and social work.

We are so proud of Grandma! She is an incredibly inspiring, motivated woman. After 29 years in military service, (in the midst of which she got a university degree in commerce) as a high ranking officer, she retired, sold all her worldly belongings to travel North America in a mobile home. She then volunteered in Guatemala for six months, and volunteered for the UN in Togo for a year. She then settled down near her daughters these past two years to complete a degree in counseling. She has found another way to change the world, and we know she will, because there is nothing she cannot do once she sets her mind to it. 


  1. Wow! What an inspirational mum! Tell her congratulations.
    I just love that old photo of you all, that would have been perfect for us for our little house studies as a memory photo at the end!

    1. I kept thinking of your little house project that whole day - all the interpreters with their floral prairie dresses, the old washboards (in that setting, even my girls would have had fun washing with one)the soap making.
      That old photo was such a treat - they could only fit three per photo, so hubby gallantly let us do it, but it would have been great to see him in there with a top hat and waistcoat!

  2. I've sent you an email, but thank you, thank you, thank you! Oh and did I mention Thank you?!


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