Monday, October 26, 2009

October Octet of Occasions (Part Deux)

5. Twins birthday continued...
..with a party on Sunday between services. We did a craft, opened gifts and had spaghetti for lunch! Since Allison wanted pizza casserole for her birthday supper and Amanda wanted spaghetti, this was a compromise - we had pizza casserole with Mike and Kathryn on their birthday, and spaghetti for lunch at the party.

Blowing out candles on the birthday cupcakes
They all ended up playing Barbies on the girls bed.

Natalie painting her rock. I picked up this cute kit at Dollarama, came with paint, googly eyes, felt,rocks etc to make "critters". Except there wasn't really enough time for the paint to dry properly.
6. Thanksgiving Day
As always, we celebrated this holiday with the Pieterman side of the family. This year we had it at CCS. This went very well, there was lots of room, and everyone had a good time.
Coffee klatching before dinner.
The girls put on lots of "shows" for us on the stage.
They found some cool props too!
The staff room was turned into the "games room".
Nana brought a pinata since we also celebrated 8 birthdays!
7. My Birthday
The kids wouldn't let me pass this one by. And yes, it was the Big One this year. Oh well. I don't feel any different, and my family still loves me. They must, they sure spoiled me this year...
Art surprised me with the Family ring I've always wanted. He made me cry!
The kids also got me a nice dress watch.

At our Book Club meeting (on my birthday), I was given an assortment of "40" collections, including marbles (since I've lost mine) tea bags, cheerios, sugar cubes (so I stay sweet after 40) and nuts. Thanks ladies!
8. Pioneer Day in Grade 3/4!
After much anticipation, this day has finally arrived! I've been hearing about it since our trip to the Pioneer Village at the beginning of October! Last week the flu hit our school pretty hard, especially in the Grade 3/4 classroom, so this event was postponed to today. I think everyone was back at school again and feeling healthy, so I hope they have a great day! They had to bring a pioneer lunch (my girls have homemade bread with butter and jam, a hard-boiled egg, homemade cookies and an apple.) and they will play pioneer games and have pioneer lessons!
Last week while the twins were home with the flu, I made them each a pioneer skirt, apron and bonnet. They picked out the fabrics. Don't they look cute?

There were lots of straw hats and bonnets in their classroom today - fun!
Their teacher had warned them that she would be very strict today, and she wouldn't smile at all! I think she was having a very hard time with this....

And thus ends my October Octet of Occasions! I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did! Stay tuned for November Notables!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October Octet of Occasions (Part 1)

1. Visit to the Fanshawe Pioneer Village with Grade 3/4
...on the coldest, windiest, wettest day of the year. We did the guided tour, where we got to...
make a roof shingle

visit the Free Press and print a page to take home

try to churn some butter

and visit the schoolroom.

Then we had lunch in the (warm!) cafe, took a quick look at the animals, and headed back to school for hot chocolate! BRRRR!! The students would have stayed all afternoon, I think, but us chaperones were too cold.
2. Surprise 40th birthday party for a friend...

The cake

The surprise (she wouldn't come in!)

The cake and the birthday girl.
3. Allison and Amanda turn 8!
Goodbye booster seats - yay!
Who still thinks they look identical? In this picture, I really don't see it.

Waiting to open gifts...whoohoo!

New pj's from Grandma and Grandpa!
4. Uncle Mike and Aunt Kathryn and baby Kylie come for a visit....
Somehow I have lots of pictures of this little cutie, but not so many of Mike and Kathryn. Hmm... be continued....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Tim!

And a milestone birthday it is at that! We are now officially parents of a teenager.... wow.
He was a bit disappointed when he woke up yesterday morning and .... didn't feel any different. No wiser, no more distinguished. Just Tim. I remember feeling the same disappointment on my 13th birthday. Somehow it seemed there should be some way to instantly tell... hey, that kid is 13 now.
He had a good day anyway. It's been a very busy week around here, so I didn't even get a chance to do birthday shopping til the afternoon of his actual birthday. I knew what I was getting him, just didn't get to the stores. I did supply teach in Tim's class on his birthday, so at least I got to spend lots of time with him. And we brought cupcakes.
Here he is with his favourite gift. Now if he could only play it....
He also got a pocketknife and a new Monopoly game. It's pretty neat.
Supply teaching for 2 days = no time to bake = Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Good thing we don't buy those every day! Very yummy, but not cheap!
Wow, those candles throw off a lot of light! Quick, blow them out before the ice cream melts!!