Thursday, March 12, 2009

School fun

Not sure if I blogged this before, but Princess B switched schools over the Christmas Break and now attends Sonrise Christian Academy.
The School Principal contacted Andrew a week before Christmas to discuss the possibility of the kids attending and we jumped at the chance.
We decided to switch her over Christmas since our Friends' son is attending JK this year and they are int he same class.

I had fun this past week helping with a school trip that was to the Sugar Bush at Westlake Willows.
Sophie and Scott have some Maple Trees on the property and have tapped the trees and made syrup for a couple of years anyways.

They, as always, were great hosts!
We had a tractor/wagon ride (or 2) to drive around the property to spy Maple trees.

They have hot-chocolate and coffee (not for the kids!),

S'more making stuff, a bonfire and a station where the kids could actually drill into a Maple tree and practice putting a spout in!

They also got to come home with their own bottle of syrup with their face on the label!

It was SO COLD that day that the sap was not running, but we got to see inside the boiler (actual name??) at some sap from the previous day(s).

It was a great day--the kids had so much fun, and so did I

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A weekend of, that is

I went to my sisters this past weekend to attend her Church's Ladies Retreat.
I drove down on Friday morning--(with a stop in Kingston to pick up some Corriedale wool from this lovely vendor).

We had a couple of hours before the event started--so we went shopping. We sprayed perfume on ourselves, I bought an awesome Green jacket that actually fits across the shoulders (glee!) and I fell in love with the Christmas Tree Store once again. (Hello: Spring Shrubs for $3.99??)

We had a great time Friday night at the retreat--and the pranking started right away.
(Our entire suite--2 rooms--were Saran Wrapped, all the towels and toilet paper taken)

We had a Bridal Shower for one of the girls the first night, complete with some fake gifts...and decorations.

and a special guest (one of the College guys dressed up as "Patricia")

I had some tricks of my own (courtesy of my girls from my Church)--however we may have crossed a line or 2 during the weekend.

We stayed up waayyyy too late but had a lot of fun.

There are more photos out there (mine are posted here because Facebook will not let me upload pictures for some reason)

Saturday afternoon I found my most sought item: A duvet cover for our bed. I have been searching for years for one that is not $200, or so thin that the dog would scratch through it.
It is a nice dark brown, sturdy and I paid $10 for it, not the $150 that was suggested.

We had a lovely dinner Saturday night with my sisters BIL who is leaving for Iraq soon and will be gone for 9months.
It's been a while since the family has seen him--and I haven't seen him since my sisters wedding 9 years ago.

We stayed up way too late again looking at old yearbook photos and trying to find old friends on Facebook.
After a great sub for lunch and some crazy pictures

with my nephew (we are pretending to slip on the wet floor--note the cool new Green Jacket!),

I had a much needed nap and drove home.
Hubby had taken the cord out of the car, so I couldn't attach my Mp3 player for podcast listening-so it was all radio all night.
I heard some great documentaries about Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

I didn't get nearly any knitting done this weekend but since that time have finished one sleeve on my February Lady Sweater. I only have about 25 pattern repeats for the second sleeve and then I'm done....