Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 14 & 15

Week 14: March 30 - April 5

This week was a busy one. After I returned from my overnight getaway, it was all hands on deck, preparing for Nathan's birthday party. This is one of my flattest spreads. I embellished with printables and die cuts to keep things simple.

You won't find a lot of adults in my Project Life, somehow the kids have taken over my albums but we managed to snap a group selfie over breakfast before we left the coast so that had to be included.  I also love the photo of Caleb and his teacher. That was probably his very last session in the infant-toddler program and his teacher has been so supportive with his learning and development so I'm glad I could capture that.

The rock-climbing party was a huge success. Everyone had a great time and even a few of the dads got some climbs in. And there's Caleb cutting all my scrap papers into bits. It was the only thing that would keep him occupied while I ran around gathering everything in the morning before party.

Week 15: April 6 - April 12

This was the first week of our Easter holidays and I kept the boys occupied with swimming lessons in the morning and activities at home, interspersed with play dates in the afternoons.

I had to add two extra inserts for this week. One contains two drawings Nathan did for me, and the other holds the boys' swimming certificates for graduating to the next level.

For journaling, I used a combination of the typewriter and my own handwriting. I love that so many ordinary, everyday stories were documented this week.

And I finally got to put some of those 3x4 cards that I've been collecting from my kit subscriptions to use.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Caleb's First Day of School

Caleb's big day has finally arrived. Ever since we visited his classroom last Monday, he has been asking me every single day whether it was time for him to go to school. Everyday, I had to tell him not yet, but today was the day.

We all got ready and had breakfast. Caleb won't have the option of dropping Nathan off at school and coming back for breakfast anymore! We managed to sneak in a couple first day of school photos as we were leaving the house.

Then, the boys walked to school while I went back inside to enjoy a cup of tea in silence. Just kidding. The boys really wanted to walk to school but unfortunately, we don't live close enough to the school for us to walk in the mornings. It would probably take us about an hour to get there.

We arrived almost half an hour early because Nathan starts school earlier. Caleb was so pumped but we had to wait for all the other students to settle in first.

When one of his teachers finally came to invite him in, Caleb was so excited, he walked through the gate and straight past her. She reminded him they needed to shake hands first, and then they were on their way. I could hear Caleb chatting with her the entire way up. He went straight in and didn't look back.

When I picked him up, he was all smiles and still bursting with energy. His teacher commented that he did lots of work and was "thirsty for knowledge" and invited him back for a longer visit tomorrow.  My little guy is officially going to school.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wild Canary

It was a cold and wet day when Caleb and I met a group of our friends at the Wild Canary for morning tea. This little cafe is in the back of a garden centre so the landscaping is lush and beautiful with some very unique mixtures of plants.

If it wasn't so rainy, we would have spent more time looking around. We did manage to take a peek at the succulent section and they had all these gorgeous giant bowls filled with all sorts of succulents. I could spend a long time admiring all the different varieties they have.

On the way to the cafe, I also spotted some raised garden beds. I suspect they were filled with vegetables. It was raining pretty hard by then, so we dashed straight to the cafe and I didn't get a proper look. I think I'll have to make a trip back on a sunnier day to check out what they have planted.

The cafe itself was nice. The menu wasn't long, but it had lots of good options. I started off with my usual chai latte. A perfect drink on a damp morning.

Caleb's breakfast of choice: chocolate pancakes with caramelized banana, strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream. I'll let you guess how much of it he ate.

I had a delicious rice pudding with a side of bacon. I've learned that this sweet-salty combo is a pretty Canadian (North American) thing. I guess it's a little weird, but I love it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Straddie Day 4: Blue Lake, Brown Lake, Dunwich, Amity

The last piece of the night sky was fading away as we walked out along Main Beach in search of another sunrise. The night before, we had come to the exact same spot to see the stars. It was cold and damp from the rain earlier in the day, but save for a dimly glowing light behind us, there was nothing to hinder our view of the entire Milky Way spread across the sky over us. It was magnificent. I wish I knew how to work my camera well enough to photograph it but for now, it'll just be a memory in my mind.

We walked out to the edge of the rock we stood on but just past the South Gorge, the other giant rock stood between us and the sun, blocking our view.

As the sun rose higher in the sky, it lit Main Beach up beautifully. I had to stop and take a picture before we raced off to another spot for a better view.

This time, we brought our big camera but that didn't matter because both the boys wanted a turn using it. I think this trip was Caleb's first time seeing and really understanding that it was a camera because for the first little while, he was calling it "that thing". 

After, we packed up all our gear, said by to our cozy cabin and headed away from Point Lookout towards the lakes. We started off with a brisk 6km hike to see Blue Lake. The boys did really well and on the way back to our car, Andrew found walking sticks for them to make the long walk more enjoyable. The lake was peaceful and secluded but we didn't get to see any wildlife. 

Our next stop was Brown Lake. This time, we only had to walk across the parking lot before we reached the sandy shores of the lake. We didn't stay for too long because it was lunch time, we were hungry from our morning hike and we didn't pack a lunch. 

We had lunch in Dunwich. The boys had their third day of ice cream treats. Nathan always orders his in a cup, and Caleb always orders his with a cone.

Our last few hours on the island were spent drawing in the sand and swinging in a playground. It was nice to just hang out and have fun with the boys without worrying about what I had to do later. I loved the feeling of not having to go back to a to-do list.

We returned to Amity one last time to see if the dolphins would come back for a visit. We stayed until the sun went down and then gave up because it was getting cold and we had to drive back to Dunwich to catch our ferry back to Cleveland. I'm glad we could make the most of this short trip away. It didn't matter that our days were cold and sometimes rainy because we were all together.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Straddie Day 3: Home Beach, Kangaroos and the Heritage Trail

It rained all through the night our second night, but by the morning, most of the clouds had cleared and the weather was perfect for us to watch the sunrise from Point Lookout.

We slept in a little, but we made it there in time to find a good spot to watch the sun peek out over the horizon. Such a beautiful and peaceful way to start off the day. 

In our rush out the door, we managed to grab some cheese and crackers for the boys to munch on while we waited for the sun to come up so that kept them happy.

We walked along the trail to the North Gorge for a different view of the sunrise. I love how the sunrise coming in at an angle completely changes the look of things. The rocks were glowing in the golden light.

As we were admiring the sunrise and looking for dolphins, Caleb spotted a hole in the rocks and wanted to climb through it. Andrew went down to check it out and after he climbed up through the hole, he brought the boys down so they could try as well. 

It's hard to tell from this photo but the boys were at least 8 feet down. Andrew lifted Caleb up through the hole to me but Nathan put his rock climbing skills to use and scaled the rocks without very much help from Andrew. 

Then, we went back to the few shops in town and did a bit of window shopping. We also picked up some postcards to send home and a new hat for Andrew.

We stopped for another gelato treat with Indiana Jones. Then, we realized it was lunch time so we picked up some fish and chips takeaway from the shop next door.

Lunch with a view. Yum ;)

We spent part of the afternoon on Home Beach. It's the beach directly across from where we stayed but it's also the designated beach for dogs to run off-leash. I walked half the beach, but I felt a little creeped out by the shadowy trees, and the ones half sticking out of the sand. It reminded me a little bit of a barren wasteland and I was almost worried about animals running out of the trees to eat me. And honestly, by this point I was tired of walking the beaches so I went back to my blanket and my book.

The boys loved this half-buried tree that stuck out beside where I was sitting. Caleb decided to swing on a branch and Nathan came to hang out for a bit before it started to rain and we had to run back to the car. 

There's not a whole lot to do when it rains on Straddie. We probably should have done a bit more research before we left home. We sat in the car writing postcards as we waited for the rain to pass.

Eventually, we decided to drive along the Heritage Trail to see bits of Straddie history from the comfort of our car. As we went, we found a family of kangaroos that had come out to graze on somebody's front lawn. We circled back for a closer look, closer than I would have liked considering this dude was on my side of the car and it was my window rolled all the way down. I didn't think this kangaroo would attack, but if he did, I'd be pulverized for sure!

We ended off our day watching the sunset from the jetty in Amity before making our way back home.


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