Sunday, December 20, 2009
At first, it is like a blank canvas. People pick different parts to work on, bigger ones help littler ones to squeeze the icing out of the bags.
Sometimes people get silly working on a gingerbread house.
The condo is definitely shaping up!
Everyone is pleased with the finished product!
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
David mixes up a double batch of chocolate fudge to act as a foundation, and sets one of the boxes into it:
Of course, this must be checked with the level:
Then the remaining two boxes are placed on the top, with "floors" between each level.
A roof is put on the top, and... ta dah! The gingerbread condo!!
Stay tuned for decorating....
Friday, December 18, 2009
After baking, it is "trued up" by David. He recuts the baked edges (which spread a little in the oven), and checks with his set square.
Then the assembly! David is sticking walls together with icing:
Of course, it needs to be checked with the level:
The result of the first night's work: three boxes
Thursday, December 3, 2009
We have the blessing of having Great-Grandma in our lives. She is the children's Grandpa's mother, and she just turned 90! We had a little birthday celebration for her at Grandma and Grandpa's house with some of the extended family.
Great-Grandma is a war veteran, she served during the Second World War in England. Sometimes if she is in the mood, she will tell us a bit about what that was like.
I made the cake, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was a 3 layer chocolate cake, with a whipped cream icing, and chocolate glaze. Very yummy. This is my favourite picture of the cake because of the background!
Friday, November 20, 2009
We met up with Granddad in Hamilton last week. Granddad did not ride his bicycle there - he brought it on a GO bus, and then used it within the city. We met up at the Convention Centre to see the Brott Concert for this year - Daniel Cook Explores the Orchestra.
One of our homeschool mothers had organized the Niagara Homeschoolers to attend as a school group. So it was a pleasure to run into some of our homeschooling friends there!
We came to this concert series last year, but this was Pip's first time to see a full orchestra. He started out sitting beside Granddad, but ended up on my lap.
The concert explained the different sections of the orchestra, and had a small feature on each instrument. Here's what they looked like from way up in the balcony:
After the concert, we went to lunch at an Indian Buffet - also educational! We said goodbye to Granddad, who was to ride back to the GO bus station, and headed home. We were able to tell Daddy about all the sections, and together I think we named all the instruments we'd seen. A good outing!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Quite a coincidence, the Wiggles and the Marshwiggles came to Toronto on the same weekend! In all seriousness, we knew ahead of time, and planned a family outing to see the Wiggles, as we have some Wiggles fans in our midst. Emmi still enjoys them, and Pip is old enough to behave well in a concert, and also to remember the experience. It seemed like a good time to go.
We started off with a supper at the Old Spaghetti Factory, and then walked over to the Rogers Centre, and found our seats.
Pretty soon, the Wiggles took the stage, along with a troupe of tumblers (acrobats). The concert was a lot of fun, and was enjoyed by all of us. The drive home was quiet, but since then I have been hearing snatches of "Fruit Salad.. yummy, yummy" and other well-known Wiggles tunes (the Big Red Car song is also popular) around the house!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Here is the group preparing to go in. We had Granny and Granddad with us, plus all six of us (David is taking the picture).
There is so much to see and do, that I am tempted to make two posts to show all the pictures we took! However, here are some highlights!
One of our first stops was an equestrian "detective" hunt where the children had to hunt for, and decipher, clues in a display. When they finished, and cracked the code, they were rewarded with very nice little backpacks. The backpacks had safety information inside, and were very useful to hold all the other cool things you get at the RWF, a good place to start! Here Tim is pondering a clue:
Another fun stop was a craft area where the children were able to paint a small figure of a horse.
We enjoyed the egg display, which (among other useful information) showed us how many eggs one chicken lays in a year. There were also 5 day-old chicks (cute!!) and real chickens, laying real eggs, to see.
There were many interactive displays which told us about farming, how plants grow, how to be healthy (etc. etc.). One neat game had us trying to raise a good crop (on a computer) by manipulating objects that represented water and different nutrients. Very engrossing!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
He was one fun guy.
In our science program, we studied fungi recently. Did you know, that fungi are not plants? They don't produce their own food - but feed off other things. They are not animals either, they get their own kingdom. It seemed in order to get outside and find some of these amazing beings!
It is neat to see "in the wild" something you have studied in a book. We also enjoyed just being together!!
The variety and beauty of fungi is amazing. What an amazing God who chooses to beautify even the method He uses in the forest to dispose of dead material.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Three of the Marshwiggles were entered in a cross-country race that took place this past weekend. There were over 200 homeschoolers who ran in the race! Tim and Ben were in the boys group ages 5-8 and had to run 800 m. Emmi was in the girls group, ages 9-12, and she had to run 1500 m. The day was cool, but not rainy, so good weather for running.
Here is Emmi with some of the friends we went with, doing a walk-through of her race.
Here is where the run was held, on a lovely, large farm.
Monday, October 26, 2009
And here is David trying to get into the Bank of Montreal. Did they shrink my husband, or just build really big doors?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here is David at a typical Bixi station.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Welcome to our home!
The happy occupants of the home:
Our centrepiece for the meal, we're still able to get some flowers from the garden!
The decoration as you come in, I got this idea from a magazine and thought it worked out pretty well!