Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Crew - 16/52

The Crew - a picture of each of our kids, once a week, every week in 2013.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

April's Ice Storm



We were thankful to make it through the storm with minimal damage. We lost a couple trees and lots of branches but all the houses and buildings on Wallaceview's farms were safe. The ever faithful JD and its' trusty generator kept things humming and, aside for a few very minor inconveniences, we were able to keep things running smoothly for the 3 days we were without hydro. Considering how many of our friends and neighbours were affected (having to leave their homes, losing freezers & fridges full of food, working through the night and day to keep up in the barns) we were very grateful to be relatively unscathed. For me, the biggest loss was one of the blue spruces from the trio in our back yard. The view from the window over the kitchen sink just doesn't look quite right any more. However, when all was said and done, we realized what a big list of things we have to be thankful for.

Celebrating Peter Jonathan

Thanks to Pete's dad, for knowing that a day away from the farm was just what this birthday boy needed, our family was able to have an unexpected treat - taking a little road trip and celebrating our favorite guy together. We invited ourselves up to my parents' place and they graciously took us in and, despite the unplanned visit, threw a party that couldn't have been more perfect!  After a quick stop at a newly discovered fishing store where Pete stocked up on some goodies, we arrived at my folks in time for a delicious lunch and a relaxing afternoon outside. It was just what we all needed and we're so thankful to both sets of our parents for such a wonderful gift. Happy birthday, Farmer Husband! We all love you so much and are so grateful for the way, year after year, you continue to grow in the Lord and lead our family. The love you have for each of us and the time you take to build into our lives is a constant gift. For the sacrifices you make, the way you lead by example - working hard and giving of yourself, the joy and FUN and love you bring into each of our days, is such a gift and we couldn't be more thankful to God for the gift you are to our family.

                        //celebrating in style

    //a most delicious birthday cake compliments of Aunt Jean


    //apparently, no house is immune to Katie's mess-making abilities :)

    //Opa, are you sure you put that helmet on right?

    // 1-2-3, go!!!

    //Oma&Opa met hun jongste kleinzoon ((heart))

    //sitting pretty

    // stoute jongens?

    //a little stroll down the lane

    //look out for the crazies!

    //oh, hello spring!

    //Katie discovers grass

   //sweet darlin'

   //What more could you want?

Peter, thank you for shepherding our little flock with the Father's heart. We love you, so much. xo

 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
(1 Peter 5:2-4)

Bits + Pieces

 //Gracie Jo's been studying watercolour in art - a special card for her favorite babysitter

 //What inevitably happens every time someone leaves the chalk pot on the floor

 //The BEST homemade black forest cake - made by a very thoughtful friend - xo

 //A little friend helping make Pete's birthday extra sweet and special

 //Nom nom nom!!!

 //Signs of spring

 //A great day for chopping straw keeps everyone busy

 //A very productive afternoon's work

//Remembering Opa

Friday, April 26, 2013

Let them eat CAKE!

 I realize this is a superfluous amount of 'baby-eating-cake' pictures but she's just so dog-gone cute!
And, for a girl who's never eaten anything remotely like cake or icing before, I was quite impressed with her ability to just shove it all in. Apparently, she takes after her mother...

A Sneaky Little Stinker

 When I walked into the empty washroom and found a lone sock and pair of onderbroeks floating in the toilet I shook my head and whispered "Are you kidding me?" under my breath. Now these boys of ours have been known to do some crazy things and I was certain somebody must have had some kind of logical (in their mind) explanation, but, really? I left the washroom to find the culprit only to be informed that, apparently, "Nobody" did it. Hmmm? These boys may be scoundrels but they're not liars, so I headed back to the washroom to try and figure out what happened...and to empty out the toilet before someone needed to use it (ew!). And, to my great surprise, this is what I found:

Yup. Apparently, it's fun to rifle through the laundry hampers, pick out only socks and broekies, and dump them in the toilet.  Seriously? What a little stinker!! So, if you come to visit in the next little bit, please *please!* remember to close the toilet lid (and the bathroom door for good measure!) because we just never know what treasures we'll find in there. And, boys, I'm sorry for blaming this one on you. Apparently you're little sister in moving full-force into scallywag territory. Look out, world, Katie Shalom is on the loose!! :)