Happy Halloween in Ocean Falls

Halloween has been a little different for us this year.  With Wee Man being the only child in town not many people (us included) had planed on much for Halloween.  I had figured we would do a few activities that were Halloween oriented and then just hang out as a family.  As the holiday approached though our plans changed.  People wanted Wee Man to come around, and well I got a little into the spirit of things and wanted to have as close to a mainstream holiday for him as we could here.  That being said we started our own traditions here, and found that the fairies had left Wee Man a Halloween present at the Fairy Rock, and we didn’t just Trick-or-Treat, we took our friends and neighbors a Halloween Treat as well.

We started our Halloween activities earlier in the week with the Pumpkin Shaving.  We had done this activity last year at Strong Start and Wee Man really liked it so I thought I would give it a shot again this year.  As you can see it went over really well, and was super simple to put together.  I put the Pumpkin in his pool from the summer (which had deflated a bit and I forgot to blow up again!) to contain the mess, covered the it in shaving foam from the Dollar Store, and let him go!  As he was starting to loose interest with just using his hands I introduced a Popsicle stick to use as his ‘razor’.  This added a whole new element of fun and interest.  Today the fun started after his nap.  He got to have a Ghost Brownie for his snack, and then we made a ghost family.  He had so much fun with the googley eyes that the Daddy and Wee Man ghost got extra!  Then when Daddy got home from work we carved our alien pumpkin, and roasted the seeds.  We then did a bit of Trick-or-Treating, and went out to the Fairy Rock and found a special Halloween present left there for Wee Man.  It was a fun and busy day.  It was so much fun to watch as the day progressed and Wee Man started linking all of these new concepts together.  We even got a Trick-or-Treat out of him once!  I hope you all have had a wonderful Halloween full of frights and fun.

With Love,

<3Brea<3

Tea, Scones, and a little Ancient Mystery

I have been meaning to re cap our travel experiences here for some time now, but every time I sit down to write about them I get lost in the pictures and all of a sudden Wee Man is up and I don’t have anytime to write anything!

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As with all my international travel to date, this one started at the airport.  One major difference being this time instead of lounging at the gate cursing the ‘suggested’ three hours early for your flight, this time we were all running around the gate cursing those pesky three hours.  It turns out Wee Man loves watching planes move around just as much as he loves watching cars, so that kept him somewhat occupied.  Our flight was uneventful and smooth.  Wee Man was a super champ to the extremes, and had the Cabin Crew singing his praises as we deplaned in London.  This is where things got a little bumpy for a (in reflection) minute.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I am forced to sit in a metal tube with very little stretching room for 10 hours, and then make my way around an unfamiliar city I get a little freaked out and that leads to stress.  Daddy being the wise and practical man that he is quickly sorted out our transportation dilemma and got us on our way.  Mommy got the coffee!  Our first day in London was filled with getting to the Hotel, showering, taking a nap, and then heading to the original Hard Rock Cafe (I know I am a sucker for cheesy tourist stuff, so shoot me).  This was beyond a dream for me, because for as long as I can remember (and I don’t even remember what prompted the first souvenir)  I have been bringing Brody home Hard Rock memorabilia from around the world.  It sort of became a tradition I think without even knowing it, and now I was taking him for his first Hard Rock experience at the original restaurant to boot!

That’s right we are those tourists!  Feeling energized after our meal we wandered over to Buckingham Palace to see what all the fuss was about.

I think Wee Man was more impressed with the fountain out front than anything!

Day two was our epic Day Trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge!  This was by far one of the most amazing days of my life.  All I can say is, if you ever have the chance to see the area, see it!  Do Not Miss This One!

Going into today we knew that Stonehenge was going to be something more than words could describe, all three adults had read about this place, seen pictures, and dreamed about maybe one day seeing it, and this was going to be that day.  What we didn’t expect was the magnificence of Salisbury.  A place that is a blip on most people’s journey to Stonehenge we were all quit enthralled by what this little city had to offer.  The architecture, the history, the people we met, all of it so enthralling.

Day Three was spent sleeping in and then meandering around London seeing what sites we could see.  Daddy and Uncle Brody went to see the Olympic Park while Mommy and Wee Man went to Discover Children’s Story Center.  This was such a fun place for Wee Man and I would say a must for anyone travelling in the London area with a Toddler.  It gave Wee Man some ‘normal’ time and was full of wonderful fun new things for him to play with.

All in all our Three Days in London were a great way to jump start our trip and rest up for family time, but they were enough.  We were ready to head up into the Scottish country side for some wilder adventures!

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

Chores or Blessings?

As I work feverishly to get the house not only tidy but clean while the Wee Man naps I am getting frustrated.  Dang these beans stuck to my feet all day, why can’t he just leave them in the bucket?  Why am I always picking Craisins, Raisins, and Cheerios up off the floor?  When will he learn to put his toys away when he is done playing with them?  Why does my couch always seem like it is falling apart?  All these thoughts making me more and more frustrated as I work away at what seems to be the daily grind.  Honestly, I have no clue how on earth three people make THIS much laundry!

Then it hit me.  These are not things to be frustrated about.  These are some of life’s more simple blessings.  Those beans that have been dumped all over the floor for the umpteenth time, that is evidence of Wee Man learning and discovering.  He has a new form of fun every time we bring that sensory bin out and he finds new and exciting ways to play with the little surprises I have put in there for him.  All of those snacks on the floor, well I have provided my son with enough food so he doesn’t feel hungry anymore.  He has a full tummy and doesn’t feel the need to over eat because he doesn’t know when his next meal will come.  He knows his next meal will come when he asks for it.  All those toys all over the floor, well that is more discovering and learning in action.  The fact that I can’t keep the books on the shelf means that my boy loves to read and learn all about his world.  How can this be anything but a blessing?  The couch falling apart, well that is the result of our whole family gathering and playing on the couch.  Spending time together laughing, cuddling, and being a family.  Then that never ending pile of laundry, well that just means that we are too busy having fun to worry about how clean our clothes stay, and that we can afford to have extra clothes to keep us warm on the cold stormy days.

All in all these chores are my blessing in life.  They are a daily reminder of the wonderful life we are lucky to live together as a family.  Who could ask for anything more?  (Though don’t get me wrong some days it still frustrates the living daylights out of me when I can’t seem to get that dang pesky bean off my foot!)

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

Where did September Go?

It is October 12 and I find myself trying ever so hard to think of where in the world September went for us?  And then I remember a little too clearly how hectic and busy September was for us and where it went too!  We started the month half way around the world in our ‘Other Home’ visiting with family and friends, celebrating the marriage of two of the most wonderful and amazing people in our lives (Christine and Michael Taylor), and exploring.  It all went so fast that when we got back to Canada on September 7 the whole two weeks had yet to sink in.  Wee Man and I then promptly lost a day to jet lag.  I honestly could not tell you for the life of me what happened that day.  We had most of a week as a family to wind down from the international travel in Campbell River before Daddy had to go back to Ocean Falls for work, though our winding down was more like ‘let’s do as much ‘city life’ stuff as we can while we are here before we head back to the middle of nowhere’.  We were running ourselves dry going to Strong Start, swimming, playing at parks, and generally getting in all the fun that we could before coming back to Ocean Falls where we have to make our own fun.  Mommy and Wee Man kept this up on our own when Daddy went back to work, and added in visiting, shopping, and the general craziness that is buying three months worth of groceries at once.  Then Daddy was back with us in Campbell River and it was time to load the car up and head to Port Hardy for the dreaded (okay Mommy is only one who is truly full of dread for this part) ferry ride home.  We were smart this time and went a night early and stayed at Uncle Patrick’s house in Port Hardy which really helped break things up a bit, and we had a portable DVD player!  Then all of sudden we were home and it was already September 25!  Since then the winding down from the ferry trip, unpacking, settling back into our life here has commenced, and it is only just now that things seems to have gotten somewhat back to normal.

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