Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Catching Up!

We have plunged in head first into 2011.  We did not waste any time getting back to routine.
The Christmas tree came down January 3 and everything was dusted and packed away for it debut in a mere 11 months.
 So many wonderful memories were created throughout our Christmas holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with extended family totalling over 70 wonderful people in one beautiful home.  This has been a tradition for me since I was a little girl.  The girls will also be able to say this one day but they can add a soak in the hot tub to their Christmas eve story.
Christmas Day was spent at Mema and Grandpa's house and no matter how hard I try I can never achieve the same enchantment my mom creates at her Christmas table.  It dazzles with love.

Our Boxing Day was spent in our new mini-van with a fabulous DVD player, driving up to Gramma and Grandpa's house "up north".  We were welcomed with hugs and kisses and of course lots of gifts.
 Tobogganing, movie watching, alot of laughing and sweet memories were captured for all of us.
We even went for a game of bowling and I'd say it was one of the best times we've all had together.  It was a lot of fun watching the boys be boys!
Our trip isn't complete without a visit with Nan and Grandpa Doug.  I think though the girls always look forward to seeing Ben.  (Sorry)  Nan always makes us a bountiful meal with some vegetables from her own garden, Delicious! This time she outdid herself, she made for us a Pavlova.  It was positively magnificent.
I took a picture because it was so pretty, I am glad I did because it didn't take long for us to indulge ourselves and destroy all her hard work.
This pictures is for Nan from Ireland, it took her just over an hour to build the Ferris wheel all by herself.

School has been going well.  We are already in week 9 of our second quarter.  ( Just in case your confused we home school our girls and we measure our school year in weeks and quarters to track their progress)
 Kerrington (Gr 8) has been excelling in Algebra, something I struggled with so I am so glad she is understanding and is actually quite good at it.  Way to go Sweetie!
 Ireland (Gr 5) has six subjects to tackle and she is handling them with grace and diligence.  She is focused and determined and we are very proud of her.
 Jillianne (Gr 1) is coming  along very nicely in her reading and in her math.  She is enjoying subtraction, especially when she uses her number line to do the work.  She works really hard and is always done her work by lunch time.
As for Mark and I we are abundantly blessed with things to do. (aka very busy!!)
We did manage to squeeze in a date night last Saturday, and had a terrific time together.  I love spending time with that man.

Until next time,     Joceline