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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Monday, March 23, 2015

Our Winter in a Nutshell

It's been so long since I've written an update on our goings on! In our little corner, we've had quite the winter weather this year. Our east coast province, Nova Scotia, is being dubbed as Snova Scotia -  a little cheesy, but so true! No one remembers having this much snow or snow days home with the kids - between the frozen rain storms and snow storms, the school board considered cancelling spring break to make up for how much school kids are missing. With all this snow, we took advantage of local organizations offering free snow shoe rentals and learned how to snowshoe. In fact, that's how we spent the first weekend of spring - in snow shoes :)

Pea spend most of her time doing homework. I know I've grumbled about this before, this just might be the last time - or not :) It's not that she has so much homework (though she does have a fair bit) it's that she puts so much pressure on herself it takes her a very long time to get things completed to her satisfaction. I'm happy if I get her to do something different for a few hours on a weekend.

Elle is spending a lot of time drawing - she is taking her first serious art class in school and is thriving with it. She has two sketchbooks that are filling up quickly! She's also spending a lot of time playing with our new cat, Zurry.

We adopted a cat in February. I have to say, I am not a pet person. I really dote on other people's pets - its having to clean up after them in my home that I mind. I was actually very grumpy for a few days leading up to having the cat at home. To me cats can seem... like fur-shedding, litter-tracking, furniture-scratching, flea-carrying pests.  Within two days of her entering our home, however, I was besotted as much as the rest of the family. Now that she's gotten very comfortable and secure with us, I feel a bit the sucker - she isn't quite as cuddly and she howls very early in the morning. Ah well, it's too late, I've opened my heart to her, I even occasionally empty out the litter box (which is supposed to be the girl's chore). 

The biggest news is really by proxy: my sister and her husband, with their 5 year old boy, have adopted 4 siblings aged 2, 3, 4 & 7.  (!!!!) Though they'd applied in December, nothing was certain until late January and then everything became very rushed to get those lovely children into their new home. We did our best to help them completely rearrange their house (accommodating 4 new kids is no small feat!) and "raise" a bit of money to assist them. All seven of them have been adjusting to the many changes which can be challenging, but that's to be expected. I've always thought raising a large group of children, as some of you do, is an amazing feat of which I would never be up to! I babysat them for a day recently, and left feeling completely out of sorts (it didn't help that the 3 & 4 year olds were sleep deprived that day). I am so humbled at this incredible decision they've made and am looking forward to spending lots of time with the kids (though not so very often alone with all of them!)


  1. Congrats to your sister and her husband! That's a big deal and a lot of change all at once.

    1. Is it ever!! I still find it mind boggling.


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