10 years of life!

We are so blessed to have this fabulous young boy in our family, we celebrated down by the pool…

APRIL and 4 weeks to go…

Hard to believe that 7 1/2 months ago we boxed up our acreage, rented it out, packed our clothes, computers into a 5X8 U-haul trailer and took off for South Carolina for a year of what was so unknown to all of us!  Well, we got here after a four day drive, found our townhouse and unpacked our few bins of personal items we had brought with us.  Next we spent the next few weeks picking up the basic household items needed to live (plates, cutlery, beds, table, chairs, etc)  We got ourselves settled in, Clay got into his University routine and we adapted to the homeschooling – all of us learning together.  We have been able to see and learn SO much!  Now it is time to start going through all that we have obtained and thin it out!  We have our trip home planned and mapped out and it is quite the trip!  Clay graduates from his Masters in Engineering program May 11 and we plan to leave Pendleton, SC May16 or 17.  From there we have four weeks of travelling up the East coast, into Canada and home to the prairies.

When we left Alberta we had no idea how the year would go but I can honestly say it has been the ABSOLUTELY best year ever!  We have spent so much time together, not running after our lives, but just living and enjoying each other and what we each can give to our relationships.  We are all a bit sad about leaving.  But on the other hand we are all excited to get home and see our pets, family, and friends….

A great way to celebrate our birthdays…

Clay and I love celebrating our birthdays together – March 18th!  We love country music and the whole atmosphere surrounding COUNTRY.  We loaded the kids up and headed to Nashville, Tennessee for a two day, fun filled experience.  We choose a few things that we knew the kids really wanted to see and a couple of things that Clay and I really wanted to experience.  All that together made one fabulous weekend we will not soon forget!!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA BOB!

Today is a good day, we talk about Grandpa Bob and the kids ask me tons of questions about him!  Grandpa Bob would have been 67 yrs old today!I love sharing my memories with my children.  Clay doesn’t remember him very much and my memories are few but the ones that I do have are very vivid.  I love to get together with family and hear stories about my Dad.  I have been trying for the past 10 years to keep a written collection of memories so I can share them with our children.  My journal has different memories about Grandpa (my Dad), but also Wendy & Zane, my Grandparents on both the Petersen and the Bertram side.  I have also been writing down memories about Clay’s family that are gone.  We have been fortunate to attend a few family reunions and learn about a few more memories that are good to hear!!  If you have any memories about any of our loved ones and would like to share them with us, we would be honored if you would share them!

 

Thinking of You Both – Always…

My beautiful little sister and her wonderful baby boy – ZANE!  19 years have passed since that unbelievable day! We miss you more each day but I am so proud to talk about you to everyone, but especially my children!  I wish we had had more time together and could have shares those special moments of being a Mommy!  I remember the glow and the sparkle in your eye when you became a Mom!  Wow, I couldn’t relate until I became a Mom, and now I understand that pride and excitement.  Thank you for being you and making the choices you made.  I know that I am a better person because you were a part of my life and there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not reminded of you.  My daughter has a lot of you in her and it puts a smile on my heart – even if it frustrates me!! (you would totally understand!)

~ until we meet again little sis and little nephew ~

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday…

Who doesn’t love a good Dr. Seuss book?  In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Friday, March 1 – we spent the day reading, drawing, painting, baking and enjoying Dr.Seuss!!  Take a look…

The Books that we read, discussed and created with:The fabulous artwork that was created while listening to the story “Happy Birthday to You!”.  They were instructed to draw whatever they saw in their imagination while the story was read… (click on each photo to see a description)

The following drawings are the Daisies that each of the kids would have growing out of their head – if it could really happen… (be sure to click on each photo to see the description)After we created some amazing pieces of artwork we read a few more Seuss books, laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed them just like they were meant to be!  The kids each chose a favorite character or object from the Dr.Seuss books and using either watercolors or pencil they created the following art… Be sure to click on each piece of art to see the description.

CB – Dr.Seuss Hat and other hats from his imaginationJR – The Lorax!WB – The Cat in the HatAfter a day full of fun and creativity we had to end it with a wonderfully fun dessert – created by CB!  He had so much fun putting these together without his brothers and sister seeing it!  It was a wonderful surprise…