Monday, May 29, 2017

Abigail is THREE!



Last month, Miss Abigail celebrated her THIRD birthday!  It seems hard to believe that this little woman has been part of our family for *only* three years.  Abigail has a huge personality and certainly brings a lot of life and joy to our family.  This year, Abigail requested a puppy-themed birthday, and being the kind Daddy that he is, my husband promised that Abigail should have a Paw Patrol birthday cake.   


Abigail & Daddy




James Is Getting So Big!



Daddy Thought The Chocolate "Dog Food"
Went Nicely With His Morning Coffee



Abigail Received Two Outfits For Her 18" Doll "Mary-Kate"
One Was From Us, The Other From Her Siblings



The little girls play "doggies and owners" and "vets" a LOT, so they both have enjoyed the dog kennel gift (pictured above).  The kennel is all wood, and came with two stuffed Schnauzers, a wooden comb, bone and bowl. 



A Kids Pair of Binoculars For Spotting Birds
These *Were* Great Quality,
But They were dropped Multiple Times In The Weeks Since
And One Lens Smashed. :(



Nanny & Grandad Came Over...







We Enjoyed HotDOGS For Lunch!



Big Brother Bringing The Cake...




Happy 3rd Birthday To Our Fun-Loving, Adventurous,
Sweet and Cuddly, Abigail Joy!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top 15 Favourite Audiobooks & Narrators

 
KJV Bible ~ Dramtized (YouTube)

Treasure Island ~ Adrian Praetzellis (Librivox)

The Scarlet Pimpernel ~ Karen Savage (Librivox)

The Call of the Wild ~ Mark Smith (Librivox)

Kidnapped ~ Mark Smith (Librivox)

The Lord of the Rings ~ Rob Englis (YouTube)

Little House Series ~ Cherry Jones (CD)

Pride & Prejudice ~ Karen Savage (Librivox)

Tom Sawyer ~ John Greenman (Librivox)

What Katy Did ~ Lauren Lefkoe (CD)

Wind in the Willows ~ Adrian Praetzellis (Librivox)

A Little Princess ~ Karen Savage (Librivox)

Robin Hood *J Walker McSpadden* ~ Barry Eads (Librivox)

Sherlock Holmes ~ Mark Smith (Librivox)

The Secret Garden ~ Dramatized (Librivox)

Here is the first of my promised book lists!  Not quite within the time frame I had expected, neither is it an actual paper book list, but hey-ho, let's just be glad that I managed to post it at all!  As a family, we listen to audio books a lot!  We have bought some audio CDs in the past, but for the most part, we listen to audio books for FREE via Librivox!  

Amy has been able to copy some of our favourites onto discs for us, which is more convenient and preferable for us, than having the laptop out and loaded to the open internet.  If we do need to leave to internet open, I usually "purify" the video, so as not to have yucky ads and/or suggested videos pop up!

They are pleasant to listen to as you do chores that don't require much concentration or thinking.  I can remember which audio I listened to, as I re-painted/decorated each particular room in our home.  I remember specifically listening to Treasure Island for the first time, as I decorated for Dylan's 6th birthday.  The middle kids just recently listened to a good portion of Lord of the Rings, as they played with playdough, one cold afternoon.

I hope this list is helpful to you, and that you and your family enjoy some of our favourite audio books!


Monday, February 27, 2017

We LOVE To Read!



Sometimes Grandparents Are Accosted For
Story-time, The Second They Walk In!

We love to read! 

We love to read silently, out loud, individually and as a family!  Paper-bound, hardbacks, old books, new ones.  Books on Kindle and audio books!

Recently, we have gone through some "chopping and changing" in our approach to our home-schooling and have been reading even more than usual.  Aside from daily Bible reading, we also read some other story/stories, each day, as a family too.  Story-times are one of our most favourite times of the day! 


We Love Old Books!




Stories Sometimes Put Little People To Sleep!

Over the years, we have been blessed to have been able to buy, or have been given, many GREAT books.  At this stage, we actually do not have *any* bookcases, so most of the kids have a cardboard grocery box/boxes underneath their beds, where many poor books are kept.  More books are kept in unruly piles all.over.the.house! 


Everyone LOVED Reading "Heidi"



Our local library is awesome!  It is not large, but is adequate for most of our needs, and we have the option of ordering in any specific books that we need, or would like.  We go about once per month, and the kids really look forward to going.  They also are usually allowed to have a hot chocolate there.  Several years ago, after a suggestion from an old friend, I was able to get an "educators" lending card from our library, which means that I can take out up to 30 books on my own individual card and the lending period is THREE MONTHS!




Beautifully Illustrated Books Are So Special!

Over the next month, we will be sharing several book 
lists that we hope will be helpful to those
 looking out for good recommendations.  I hope to also include several of our favourite audio books and readers. We have
 been very blessed by people sharing their favourites
 with us, and so, we hope to do the same for you. :)


Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, Meg!



On the very last day of December 2016, we celebrated Meg's 6th birthday!  She had been looking forward to her "six years old birthday" for a looooooooooooooooooong time and would talk of it often!

Meg is such a sweetie, she really is!  She loves to love people, draw pictures and make gifts to give others (even complete strangers!).  She adores painting, drawing, singing, birds, flowers, imagination games and cute things.  She says the sweetest things to her Daddy and I and loves to give hugs and kisses.  Meg literally makes friends wherever she goes!  When she was younger, she was probably our most challenging child; being very strong-willed and unyielding, but as she came into her fourth year, she just blossomed into a loving, giving, and eager to please lovey-dovey. ♥ 

This year, for her birthday, we went with a woodland/garden theme...


Meg Loved Her Birthday Cupcakes-
Hedgehogs and Toadstools



Happy Girl







Abigail Wanted It To Be Her Birthday Too


Happy Little Chap



A Gift From Amy



A Magnetic, Horse Dress-Up Game



Meg Has Never Had A Brand New Bike Before!


Daddy Picked One That Had A Bell



Nanny & Grandad Came To Visit









Meg Requested Character Pasta For Lunch :)


All Things Girly...Even Pink Lemonade


Cards From Sweet Friends And Family


A Kind Aunt Gave Meg These Framed Photographs


Meg Got Creative With Her Dinner




"Happy Birthday To You..."



Happy 6th Birthday Meg!