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

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Growing Appreciation for our Home

It has been awhile yet again since I’ve sat down to record our adventures, but that my friends has come from the one adventure right after another life we have been living over the last few weeks.  If you’ve seen the countdown calendar on my homepage you will know that we are currently on our big family vacation to London and Scotland!  While that may be adventure enough for some I like to go big or stay home!  So Wee Man and I have (Daddy had to work) left Ocean Falls on August 13 to start our vacation early.  We first had the 10 hour ferry ride to Port Hardy that went so well.  Then a quick stop over for one night at Uncle Patrick’s house in Port Hardy before continuing on to Campbell River where we were meeting Grammie and Grand-paaa at Loveland Bay for Wee Man’s first camping trip.  We had so much fun playing in the lake and running around in the trees.  Mommy also took her first two nights away from Wee Man, which provided some much needed time to prepare for our big trip and quiet.  While Wee Man was camping with Grammie and Grand-paaa he got to experience so many firsts, kayaking, smores, campfires, so much fun was had by all.  After camping we had a few down days in Campbell River while we waited for Daddy to finish work.  Then it was time to start the biggest adventure our family has gone on so far.  We headed off to Vancouver for a night pre-flight (biggest thanks to my Grammie and Papa for that wonderful gift it made our day flying so much easier and shorter), and then we were off to London for three days of touristy fun.  We had so much fun exploring London and all loved our day in Salisbury and Stonehenge.  While we are happy we had that opportunity we were all so happy when we arrived here in Scotland yesterday.  It is so wonderful to be amongst family again.

Development in Action

Sitting here doing my morning look over and watching Wee Man putter around, when low and behold our blocks have become something more than a throw toy!  We are now connecting them together and starting to build with them 😀  Such a proud and happy Mommy right now ❤

Behind the ‘Pen’

Hi all!  I have written a few posts thus far, and have my page somewhat set up, but found Blogging University and thought why not take this little written history of my family to the next level?  Maybe something I have to share can help a fellow Mommy, can give a little light to someones day, can maybe be something more than a way to communicate with my family all at once?  Why not dream about being the next big thing in the blogging world?  And why not get all the help I can?  So here is my first B.U. assignment, a little something about me, and what you can find here at With Love From Ocean Falls.

I turned 30 in May and my Husband and I decided to move our little family up to the middle of nowhere so we could be a full time family.  Talk about a lot of emotion at once!  All this change is what started this little venture.  I wanted a way to share our story with family and friends without having to say the same things over and over again.  I also thought it would be fun to have a written record of this time in our lives, especially seeings how I haven’t been the best with Wee Man’s baby book or keeping track of all our family photos.  So I guess that is the core of what I am writing about here, our life and all the shenanigans we get into.

Now why is my turning 30 important, I don’t know but I am proud to have made it this far in life and still be standing upright on two feet!  I love to feed people, knit, take pictures (I like to think I am sort of good at that), play with Wee Man, and wander.  So these will be topics you find coming up frequently here.  Wee Man is my driving force in life these days so anything and everything having to do with him is also up for exploration, books we are reading multiple times a day, potty training, cloth diapers, feeding him, movies we watch, all the fun things we do everyday.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and my family.

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

Dear Grammie

I accomplished something a week ago that I had only ever dreamed of.  I baked bread for my family.  Right from start to finish all on my own.  The sense of accomplishment went so much deeper than I ever could have imagined.  Here i was turning these otherwise simple ingredients into something that would sustain my family, working the dough from start to finish with my own hands.  I have been baking bread with you for years, for as long as I can remember.  Helping to measure out the flour, mixing it together, kneading the dough, but always just helping.  Now, here I am 30 and making bread on my own, for my own family.

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The silky dough ready for it’s first rise of the day

I know now why you did it for all those years.  The satisfaction of feeling everything come together with the simplest tools (a wooden spoon, a bowl, and your hands).  The sweet smell of the yeast floating through the air all day long.  The ever so wonderful sound as you first cut into the first loaf.  All of these things I got to experience.  All of these things I have experienced with you for years, but this time was different.  This time there was something deeper, something more.  Wee Man was running around my feet and tugging at my pant leg all day wanting to know what Mommy was doing.  Seeing the light in his eyes as I showed him the dough, let him feel it, taste it.  I couldn’t help but think of you, doing the same thing for years with three little ones running around wanting your attention, wanting their share.  I felt the bonds of Motherhood over time in the stretchy fibers of the dough.  I felt more connected to you than I ever have, even though such a distance separates us.  It was that day, as I was kneading dough and separating it into loaves,  that I realized just how lucky I am to have a woman like you in my life, loving me, supporting me, teaching me.  Grammie you have taught me so much over the years in the most tender and patient way (I am sure I tried your patience on many occasions!), and always been there to answer any questions I may have.  It was through that wonderful dough that I knew for sure that you would always be.  No matter what, I hold all you have given me dear and know that through that knowledge you have not only helped to shape the woman I am today, but you will always be with me no matter what distance separates us at the time.  I am so proud to be your Granddaughter, and hope that I can continue to soak up your wisdom for many years to come.  I love you Grammie.

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Finished product, fresh out of the oven.

With Love,

❤ Brea ❤

 

 

 

 

Confessions from a Stay at Home Mom

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