Fun-a-riffic!

March 16, 2009

The first weekend of March Break, according to Sarah, has been “fun-a-riffic”!

Alex had an eye appointment at the IWK on Friday, so March Break started a little bit early for us.  Alex did go to school for the morning because his class was going swimming, but Evan took the day off to come with us.  We left Olivia with my parents and the three older kids & I set off.  Alex’s appointment was awesome and his vision hasn’t decreased at all.  He got his correction back for his good eye, so his eyes should start to stay straight now.  He’s on a four week schedule one last time, and as long as his vision doesn’t change, he’ll then go to eight weeks between check-ups, then four months, then six months, then a year, and then we’re finished with the IWK!!  At that time, he’ll start seeing a regular eye doctor instead of a specialist!

We had lunch at Subway (Evan has ‘graduated’ to a 6″ sub instead of a kids’ sandwich) and then a Costco run.  We arrived in town, picked up Olivia, and were home by about six.

Olivia outgrew her toddler bed a couple of months ago;  every time she rolls over now, she falls out.  As a result, she has either been sleeping in our bed, or on the futon in our bedroom.  We promised the kids we would change their beds over during March Break so they took that to mean Friday night!  

Our guests went out to supper shortly after seven, so we got to work as quickly as possible.  The boys’ beds were moved downstairs to the girls’ room and set up into bunk beds.  Sarah’s bed went upstairs for Evan & the bed frame for Alex came out of the attic.  The toddler bed got put away.  D’Arcy went to get the box-spring & mattress out of the basement, but it was musty, so Olivia’s toddler mattress is on her bed and Alex’s mattress is on the floor inside his bed frame.  We’ve promised to buy a new set this week for them…  They’re all happy with their new sleeping arrangements regardless!

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On Saturday, we had invited the MacNeills, the Faulkners & Auntie Kay & Uncle Hug (along with all the kids) over for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration.  Evan is trying to earn the Blue Star for Cubs which included helping to plan a party, so he was a huge help!  He made place cards and helped to set the table:

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Suzana came over on Thursday and helped me cook and every course had Guinness in it.  Janice brought home made appetizer-sized fish & chips & crab cakes.  I could have filled up on those!!  Then we sat down at the table and started with ‘Irish’ Onion Soup.  I mixed a couple of different recipes and it ended up being delicious!!  Our next course was a spinach salad with sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, green onion and Guinness Dressing.  Next was Beef & Guinness Pie.  Oh. My. Goodness.  The only way I changed the recipe was by adding mushrooms that had been sauteed in olive oil & garlic and then drowned in the remainder of the can of Guinness from the salad dressing until all the liquid was absorbed.  Auntie Kay made bread using just self-rising flour and a can of beer.  It was surprisingly light & fluffy!  Suzana made an absolutely delicious stout cake for dessert, served with vanilla ice cream, shots of Bailey’s and then topped off with Irish Coffee.

 

Auntie Kay with Luke & Sarah

Auntie Kay with Luke & Sarah

 

We set the kids up with DDR & HSM3 so we could eat in peace!

We set the kids up with DDR & HSM3 so we could eat in peace!

The gang & Fernando

The gang & Fernando

 

Sarah gave up while the night was still (fairly) young

Sarah gave up while the night was still (fairly) young

Janice enjoyed her seating arrangement between Fernando & Colin

Janice enjoyed her seating arrangement between Fernando & Colin

 

The girls having fun.  (Who's the biggest kid of all?)

The girls having fun. (Who's the biggest kid of all?)

Suzana & Blair

Suzana & Blair

 

The advert on the mirror.  (Ev & I had added the name of the B&B at the bottom and changed the date!)

The advert on the mirror. (Ev & I had added the name of the B&B at the bottom and changed the date!)

 Yesterday, we were moving pretty slowly and Evan actually slept until noon!  It was a gorgeous day, so after we got cleaned up, we went for a walk in the park.

 

The boys exploring the first falls

The boys exploring the first falls

Evan & the icicles

Evan & the icicles

 

Alex & the icicles

Alex & the icicles

Olivia & Daddy watching the water in the brook

Olivia & Daddy watching the water in the brook

Sarah, fascinated

Sarah, fascinated

Mommy & Sarah watching...

Mommy & Sarah watching...

...for the boys at the top of Jacob's Ladder (178 steps!)

...for the boys at the top of Jacob's Ladder (178 steps!)

When it got too icy to go any further, we took a family photo!

When it got too icy to go any further, we took a family photo!

Fun-a-riffic indeed!

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The B&B’s in this area get along really well and we try to get together socially at least a couple of times per year.  A few weeks ago, we received an email inviting us for dinner on the 28th (tonight).  I only checked our family calendar, which said we were free, and replied “YES!!” right away.  The next day, I was sitting at my desk and realized that I had booked a small dinner party here at the B&B for the 28th.

Since it was a group who had been here before and it was only six people, I called our caterer and asked if he would be okay if we left him in charge and we would pay him our portion of the evening’s proceeds.  No problem.  I then called my parents and asked if they would mind taking the kids to their house overnight so that a babysitter wouldn’t have to deal with keeping them quiet here while a dinner party was going on.  No problem.

A few days later, we ran into our first glitch – my parents were invited to a surprise 80th birthday party for one of their friends on (you guessed it!) the 28th!  My mother was trying to figure out how we could work it all in, because they really wanted to go.  I suggested that if they were okay with it, I would book a babysitter to look after the kids at their house.  That problem appeared to be solved.

One night last week, while making supper, D’Arcy mentioned that hewas going to have to find someone to fill in as coach for Alex’s basketball game today because of Cub Camp.  What?!  I lost it.  “What do you mean Cub Camp?  We’re going to the B&B dinner that night and I already RSVP’d ‘Yes’ two weeks ago!”

We started going through different scenarios.  If Uncle Hug was taking Aidan, then D’Arcy could leave at suppertime, come home for the night and go back out early in the morning…  D’Arcy could miss the dinner…  He and the boys could just go for the day and then all come home…  D’Arcy could come home for the dinner and then drive back to camp afterwards…  I finally told him that we’d have to wait and see what the weather was like to be able to make a decision.  

In the meantime, on Monday our dinner party reservation called to say that one of the women had had a heart attack, so they needed to cancel.  I told them by all means!  Then I called my mother to tell her that the kids were able to stay at home again and they were now totally off-the-hook to go and enjoy themselves at the party.

Yesterday, the weather forecast was calling for rain all day today, turning to freezing rain and then snow in the evening and up to 55 cm of snow between tonight and Wednesday.  After much calling back and forth, Camp was called off.  (As it turns out today, the storm is now not supposed to start until tomorrow afternoon, but it’s raining now and the kids would have been miserable, so I’m still glad they canceled…)

So, after all that worrying & juggling, D’Arcy and the boys are currently at their basketball games, I’m tidying up, Katie is expected at 5:30, and D’Arcy and I should be heading out for dinner together shortly before six.  

Everything always works out in the end!

Busy week

November 24, 2008

If I’m not around much this week, check out our schedule over on the sidebar and you’ll see why…  The Closing Ceremony for the boys’ school is Friday night, and as PTG President, I’m heavily involved.  We got the word on Friday that the new school will be ready on time and the builders intend to hand the keys over to the School Board on December 15th.  We’re also having 14 of our B&B friends over for dinner on Saturday night to celebrate the end of the season.  Throw in a birthday, an anniversary and a couple of “lasts” and there’s not much spare time left over.  Today is really my last day to get the housework and laundry caught up, so off I go!