Friday, December 10, 2010

Let's take a walk through October

So much for the cool weather I had feared. October came with beautiful sunny days.
Jackets came off and the lid of the sand box did too.

We headed out as soon as we were up and took in October as if it were July!

Dave had taken the whole month off to work out at the lake house so that gave us a great excuse to get out of the city.
To the beach we went, of course!

And there wasn't a better place to do school! The beach was barren with people back to work and school, perfect for us!

Science experiments with sand and water and mud were carried out.

We figured out how to make cement.

And found out why castles collapse.

We watched the leaves fall and crunched them under our sandy feet.

It felt so wrong for October, but I wasn't going to complain!

And the weather kept lasting. More days in the yard, kids swinging, collecting bugs.

So back out to the beach we went. This time the leaves had all fallen but it was still so warm.

I loved how desolate  and calm it was, like the calm before a storm. I knew winter was around the corner. Despite it being so warm there was that hint of a winter breeze. It was going to come.

So we were determined to soak up every last summer ray.

The kids found sea foam to decorate their castles.

And waded in to the still warm water.

I snuggled with our newest bundle.
The beach is just the best place to be. It brings me an inner me a sense of balance. Everything is all good when I am at the beach. Maybe this is why I am excited to move out there.

Dave took a break and came down to join us for a picnic and to push the stroller up the hill for me.

We tried to stay out of his hair as much as possible but at the same time we were all excited to see how it was coming along at the house. Well, that is all of us except for Ethan. He doesn't want to sell the city house, this gives him some anxiety. Change is hard for him so we do a lot of talking.

Every few days we would go out and see how Dave was doing. We were so glad that the warm weather was lingering since our furnace installation wasn't booked until the later half of the month.

And wouldn't you know it, we ended up at the beach again. I was so happy.

This time the water was cooler so most of the time was spent playing in the sand and collecting cray fish claws. The winds were shifting and it was getting to be sweater time.

Back indoors we came as the days got windy. Still sunny but it was feeling like fall. Fall inspired schoolwork was brought out and a field trip planned.

We headed out on an eco ed trip to a local farm in the valley with a group of our homeschooling friends.

The kids hiked, collected leaves and made leaf rubbings for their lap books.

There was so much room to explore and run, I can only imagine living somewhere like that, it was so nice!

It was challenging too though. I had to take a stroller, there was no way around it and once there I wished I had taken the jogger rather than the tandem. However Sherry was there (she home schooled her oldest 18 years ago, back when I was home schooled and is still home schooling her younger ones) and she was a trooper and helped me out with the stroller.

Back at the education room (converted garage)  kids worked on their lap books.
Field trips are fun but so much work. Naps get screwed up and bums still need to be changed, but thats just the kicks of having a toddler and baby along for the ride.

Evenings in October were hard. Dave would come home late and be wiped. This was often the image of our evenings. A sacrifice of our time for one month to get our future put together. I missed Dave so much but it was also a time for me realize once again how much he means to me and how much he is missed when he isn't around. He really is a strong support to me.

And Ronin....of course with only being a month and a half old a the time he still slept a lot and that was good. We seemed to be a a pretty good groove with him too, he is just the groovy type.

And so loved. I really had thought that Kait would be the one to be smothering him with kisses all the time but it has turned out to be Hudson with Ethan right behind him.

Kait loves him but is still praying for a baby sister to come along next. Ahhh........sigh.

He is soooo munchable though!

Oh yes, and then it snowed. Just a few days after being at the beach we woke up to a thick blanket of snow. Beautiful. I was caught off guard even though I knew it must come. We had to dig out winter stuff and I was a little sad inside.

But the furnace had just been installed and the insulation was sprayed in. Just in time.

Dave was out plugging away now working on the was almost time for drywall!

Sean (Daves friend) came down for a weekend to put up all the board. I was surprised that he was only coming for the weekend, how would they ever get it all done in just a couple of days?!

I had to see it to believe it and headed out there after giving them just over an hours notice.
The ceiling was going up!

And voila, all in a weekends work!
I was blown away, thankful to Sean and Dave. That guy was earning brownie points now!

I love him....makes my heart warm.
Well most days, we have our moments, believe me. I wish we didn't have moments, but I guess that is a part of being human. We get annoyed and irritated and snippy. I wish we could be all lovey and dovey all the time but we are like a roller coaster. There are just too many things going on all at once.

As I munched baby toes the last of the drywall went up.

And then it was done!
I was back in the city trying to get the house ready to hit the market. Doing all the last minute cleaning and fixing of things. Caulking and painting things that had been put off, but finally that was all done.

The house was clean and ready for for viewings.

And then the snow started to melt, whoooot!
It all melted and the sun came out and it was t-shirt weather again.
Back to the beach!
 Just kidding.
We did go out to the lake, it wasn't quite swim suit weather though.

We hung out in the yard instead.

October was drawing to a close. It got cooler again and Dave had to wind up his work out there. He was to go back to work in November so everything that he could do had to get done.

We did workbooks in the evening in October.

It turned out to be an interesting time of the day for school. The goofy side of the kids would come out. Fun but not ideal. We are back to day time schooling now.

And then October came to a close.
We forgot all about Halloween in all the business and that was fine with me. I am not so sure about that day. I ended up taking the kids to Sunday school and then heading over to my mom and dads for supper.
My mom had bought a few bags of candy for the kids and any other kids that came by their place. As tradition is in my parents house Emily (my little sister) takes a brick of goat cheese to an elderly Norwegian neighbour in exchange for a few goodies. So the kids got dressed up and headed over to her place with the cheese. However they did not come back for quite some time and when they did they had loads of goodies....from most of the neighbours on the street.

And then it snowed again.


This time for good. And I think that winds up October, whew!


Ara said...

Wow, Anna, this is amazing, look at your house! So cool!! What a wonderful dream you are living out!! That must feel good. Congrats on everything you've accomplished!!

Mrs. Wilson said...

I love these multiple posts!! And I love all the photos. So awesome to catch up with your life. :)

I miss you!

Ann said...

Some wonderful photos, Anna. It looks like the beach house is really coming along nicely. I hope you have good luck selling your city house when you are ready.

mamatucci said...

these were wonderful catchups! Everyone is getting so big