Life Lately

Somehow it is already the first of February, and today it is 5 degrees and sunny outside. I would just like to go on the record as saying that this is the most splendid winter we’ve yet enjoyed here in Hamilton! James and June are both outside as I’m typing here, cavorting around under a merry blue sky in the snow-free backyard.

We did have some snow the past couple weeks, though, enough for James to make a snowman and take out his snow racer for a few laps around the yard:

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June happily frolicked out of doors with James:

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James loved the snow so much he spent a long while using his little truck to transport snow from one locationย to another:

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June hoping to catch a snowflake. This is one of my favourite photos of her!

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Now the backyard is rather muddy – perfect for our budding artist who decided to ‘paint’ the side of our shed, haha! Can we call that shabby chic? Probably just shabby!
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With Jeremy back in school for his final semester, things have gotten back into a regular morning routine: Jeremy leaves for school, the kids and I finish breakfast, Alice has a nap, we do Tea Time and James’s lesson for the day, the kids play for a while and then we have lunch and Jeremy’s home again. I’m really enjoying the rhythm of our days lately!

Alice turned six months old two weeks ago! Here are photos of all three of our kids around this age, followed by some more of our smiley little Alice:

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Alice loves it when Jeremy plays the piano or guitar for her, and she’s just as grabby and intrigued as the other children were at this age. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The kids got the game Bird Bingo from Opa and Oma for Christmas, and we’ve been playing many rounds of it with James lately. I highly recommend it! It’s a beautifully made game and James is learning the names of many birds. ๐Ÿ™‚

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June quite enjoys a round or two of Connect Four. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Other little moments during the day:

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June’s been preparing many tasty dishes for us in her play kitchen lately:

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And both James and June loveย tidying upย Alice’s pack’n’play! They regularly beg me if they may have the privilege of cleaning it with a wet wipe or two. And I’m usually happy to oblige. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jeremy reading “The Hobbit” to James:

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And one of Alice and me:

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That’s all for today! Have a lovely week. ๐Ÿ™‚

xo,

A

Surprise, an update!

It’s been about two months since my last post, so we’ve got a lot to catch up on. At this point in December, Jeremy has two more exams to go and then he’ll officially be on Christmas holidays. (It’s hard to believe his second last semester of seminary is nearly over!) We are really looking forward to those two weeks off this year. We do every year, of course, but this year in particular we’re looking forward to some quiet hours at home together as a family, lots of hours spent reading, and also celebrating Christmas together.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in November and December!

My parents came out for a week-long visit in the beginning of November and we thoroughly enjoyed their stay with us. The funniest thing happened the day before they arrived: I was browsing around Kijiji Free (a la Renaeti) and happened upon a free play set that had already been viewed 120 times. Without any hope, I emailed the owner but in a providential twist, we were the first to have contacted him! My dear father spent many hours carefully taking it apart and reassembling it in our backyard – with a few improvements to boot.

James and June loved helping him with all the work and already many happy hours have been spent swinging and sliding and climbing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mom catching up with Alice whilst the construction workers do their thing.

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We celebrated June’s second birthday in mid-November. She is such a sweet and fun little girl and we’re so thankful God’s placed her in our family!

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June’s birthday was on a Sunday and Jeremy had to preach two services out in Brampton (a fifty-minute drive away). June was very sick with a double ear infection and a nasty cough, so Alice and I stayed home with her while Jeremy and James spent the day at church and visiting.

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A lady in our home congregation (The Cookie Lady) bakes these enormous chocolate chip cookies for all the kids’ birthdays. So the next time we were in church, we found this beauty tucked away in our mailbox. June quiiiiiite enjoyed that treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Opening her gifts.

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Swinging. Taking the purse along was a must.

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June and Puppy, the gargantuan stuffy from Opa and Oma. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Quietly reading together on a sunny afternoon. I must say that this photo is like a little dream of mine fulfilled!

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In these photos from November, Alice looks so tiny!

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Fun moments in the exersaucer!

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Alice starting rolling over a few weeks ago in the most surreptitious manner. We’d be busy with something else and she’d silently roll over and we’d notice a few minutes later. Yesterday she finally showed us her moves; we were a very appreciative audience. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What tempting toes you have, dear Junie!

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Our three little sweeties.

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We’re making steady progress in homeschooling. For a while there I was teaching James during June’s nap, but for the last month or so we’ve been ‘doing school’ right after breakfast. That’s working really well: the kids are both well fed, and we still get some quiet time in the afternoon.

James has learned how to write about half of the uppercase cursive letters and is working on phonograms like ‘ER’, ‘IGH’ and ‘CH’ at the moment. He’s enjoying reading a few readers that are included with Logic of English. We have a recording of some spelling rule songs (which James loves!) and even June has been known to sing little ditties like “Base words do not end in I.” Heehee!

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June’s getting used to the routine of school, too. She usually spends some time in her high chair colouring or playing Connect Four and then meanders to the playroom to cook up some tasty meals in her play kitchen.

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We have had the most beautiful weather these past two months. Instead of snow and blistering cold, it’s been mild and enjoyable outdoors. So James has been coming up with all sorts of entertainment. Jeremy and I were watching with great amusement the other day when James started playing with this long piece of wood. He carefully propped it up against the smoker, using the basketball net as a support beam and then inched up and down the ‘slide.’

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Telling stories.

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The police man and his prisoner.

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There were many other enjoyable moments over the last two months that we didn’t capture on camera. We went to the Christmas Market in Toronto, visited Fergus again, put up the Christmas tree, and have spent quite a few evenings watching murder mysteries on Netflix (so enjoyable!). But these pictures capture something of what our days have looked like.

To wrap things up today, here’s a little video of June singing to her sister. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The other day we ventured out to Canterbury Hills while Alice was napping at home with Jeremy. James and June loved rambling around and exploring the forest!

I was rather more interested in the civil war (I think) drama being filmed on location. I huffed and puffed as I pushed seventy pounds of children past uniformed men camped in tents with cannons a hop and a skip away. A film crew member halted our progress at one point, bid us to be reverently silent and eventually received permission via his official looking headphones to “release the civilians.” Ha!

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Getting more and more adventurous, that James. And June would be up there in a heartbeat if she could.

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And a few of our darling baby girl to end this post. Adieu!

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