Monday, July 29, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again....

...the time of year when the main source of food for my blog goes off on their annual summer adventure Way Up North with their grandparents and aunties and uncle.

This year our plan is to tear up the carpet in the office and replace it with some laminate flooring.  The carpet in that room is particularly disgusting given it is a high-traffic room and a favourite place for Lucy to go potty when she can't make it to the door in time.

I am also settling into a new job so I am not traveling far from home.  I got a little part-time gig selling clothes at childrens' clothing store in the mall.  It is fun, I get stuff for the kids, and my boss tells me I am one of her top sellers, which is baffling to me given my employment background trends to health care (and then fast food and cashier if you go back far enough).

In fun news, I did this while we were in the city dropping off the kids at Grandma and Grandpa's:
What are you up to this summer?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Meanwhile on Jen's other blog....

Check out my food blog to see what I've been up to in the kitchen lately! (It isn't pretty.)
 

Or, watch Emmett's most recent Lego animation video:

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Today's story is about a pirate who washed up on shore, boat destroyed, and he was knocked out.  He woke up and started searching for his chest.  Then, the captain washed up on shore and tried to help him.

Emmett took around 800 pictures to make this video!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Fun

We are a week into Summer Break here.  My plan for the summer is to try to keep the kids off of the TV and video games before noon and work in a bit of remedial homeschooling (using The Summer Smart curriculum by the Popular Book Company) all while trying to keep the kids from killing each other.

There are also some boring grown up plans:  trying to eke a few vegetables out of my garden patch, replacing some flooring in the office, and oh, I am starting a new job at the mall today.  Eeek. 

The kids are looking forward to a  week of Mini-U  as well as their annual trip Way Up North.  In between they will spend time at the splash parks around the city and the lake by my Mom's house.

Homeschooling is not something that any of us enjoy, but given the look of the report cards, it will be a necessary part of our day as everyone has subjects they need to brush up on. (Including me!  Who knew grade 4 math was so hard???)

Emmett has recently discovered he can create stop-motion animation videos with his 3DS.  I can see this being a fun diversion for him during the day.  Here are a couple of his most recent creations:

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 This video is called Lego Mario.  Mario enters a castle to conquer Bowser, but his plans are thwarted when he meets a Koopa.
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 This video is called The Hammer.  It is about two guys who want to fight the seemingly unbeatable Hammer. The men get blocked by three Thugs and an epic battle ensues. 

What are you doing this summer?