Well, the parental units have departed for parts south. It was super-fantastic having them visit, a very nice autumn surprise!
With only 11 days until my sister arrives for 1 1/2 weeks, it is difficult to not feel the tug of family. We sure miss having those we love closer-which leads me to the discussion that Tim and I have at least once every two weeks...If we move from here, where should we go? Those of you who know us also know that we have moved from Hay River twice before. We always seem to wind up back here somehow! We moved to Ontario for 3 weeks, the summer of 2004, after living her for only 10 months. We moved back and stayed until Peekaboo was almost 6 months old, moving to Comox BC in the spring of 2006. We stayed there until August, at which point we moved to Inuvik-I taught Grade 4 there for the year. July 1st saw us heading back to Hay River. With a second child now in the picture, one more reason to be closer to family. My Dad and Liz are the only family that have actually met Ezra-the Ontario crew hasn't had the pleasure yet. Our children have celebrated holidays and special occasions without their extended family. It makes me sad. Aunt Deni will be here for Peekaboo's birthday this year, and she is super-excited! It is the first birthday she will have had with anyone besides Tim and I. Peekaboo also is very creative, artistic and energetic. I think she would absolutely blossom in a dance or movement class of some kind. Again, not available in Hay River. She loves to spend time outside, as do I. Unfortunately, the two seasons here are 'bug season' and -40 season! Every time I see my family, it brings all of this up again. I am fairly certain that if we move again, we won't be moving back! We will see. In the mean time, Peekaboo is thoroughly enjoying Playschool. She finally got to take the bus, and didn't even look back as she barrelled down the driveway! She is preparing for her 3rd birthday party, complete with Strawberry Shortcake birthday cake, and Aunt Deni! Our weather has turned around, with sun and a warm feeling in the air-after a week of rain and tremendous winds. I am the Coordinator of the Hay River Playschool Halloween Carnival, and am enjoying having the excitement of having something a little different to do! All in all, it is shaping up to be a pretty nice autumn!
Today is the big day! Peekaboo and Charlotte will be heading off to Play School on the little white bus this morning. I don't know how Peekaboo feels about the whole thing, but I couldn't sleep last night!
Unbelievably, my 'baby' girl has started Playschool. Children who turn 3 before the 31st of December can go to Hay River Play School. Last year, I was babysitting a little girl who went to Playschool-every Tuesday and Thursday morning the little white bus would come and pick her up at our house, then drop her off just before lunch. Peekaboo would practically quiver with excitement just seeing it-Well, next Tuesday she gets to ride it!!
This Tuesday was the orientation. Ezra and I accompanied her to Play School, she met her classmates, they played and sang. Today, we took her at 9am (getting out of the house and to Playschool by 9am? Tough!! Thank goodness for the bus that starts next week!) I went in with her, took off my shoes and showed her that I wasn't leaving until she was ready. I ended up there for about 20 minutes. A couple of times she looked up in a panic and said, "Don't leave Mommy" Finally, I told her that Ezra and I were going to leave for a little while. She looked at me and said, "You will come back and get me, right Mommy?" Needless to say, within the safety of my van a tear or two escaped.
When I went back to pick her up (5 minutes early) she was all smiles and artwork!! She had a tour of, and a short ride on, the bus to prepare for next week. She, obviously, had a great time and didn't miss me at all!! I am glad, really I am.
How quickly the tiny, needy, helpless, bald little people become 'big kids'. I cherish the memories of her as a newborn, the first time she sat up by herself, her first steps and first words. And now, her first day at Play School-without Mommy or Daddy by her side. Our job, as parents, is to prepare our children to be out in the world. Teach them independence and confidence...but does it have to happen so soon? She is ready, I guess I better be too!
My Mom bought Peekaboo a little fleece dress covered with frogs. Peekaboo loves it and wears it all the time. It started to get a little short, so I looked at it and decided that it wouldn't be all that difficult to make-so I made her another one, a little bigger.
Since then I have made her 4 different fleece dresses, each with a cute pattern on it. The fleece that you can get down south is soooo cute! I picked up a couple of pieces when we were in Comox in May. Last week I went into Fields and bought a 'Fleece Throw' with a flower and swirly pattern on it, and it made a cute dress too! I couldn't buy a metre of fleece at Joey's (the craft store in town) for $7.50! I actually made a little one too, 6-12 month size...I promised Ezra that I wouldn't tell anyone that I tried it on him-for sizing! I didn't take any pictures!
Anyway, this weekend I decided that Ezra was missing out-the dresses just don't suit him, so I tried to make a pair of overalls for him. It took a little trial and error, but....
This weekend was the annual Trade Show and Hay River Fall Fair. Peekaboo and I decided that we would enter some things into the Fair for judging. I entered the gloves that I made for Tim, a hat that I crocheted for Ezra and a jar of my fabulous peach jam. Peekaboo made a fantastic mural for the Fair Theme "Through the Garden Gate". The drop off time was Friday after lunch. Peekaboo and I had discussed the fact that we might win a ribbon for our entries-very exciting! When we dropped off our entries, Peekaboo wanted to know where her ribbon was!
Well, she did get one-she won 1st prize for her mural! It is titled "A Family Walk Through the Garden" It has Ezra, Mommy, Daddy and Peekaboo footprints walking through a garden that Peekaboo painted-nice!
I also got 1st place ribbons for my gloves and hat. My jam didn't win-I am sure it is because there doesn't seem to be any peach jam up here, they didn't know how to judge it! I think it is delicious!
When we entered our things, there was a draw for a prize-one each for adults entries and kids. I got a phone call today, at the end of the fair, Peekaboo won! A scarecrow, 2 free movies, a free swim, a package of popcorn and a computer bug!
So, after 24 hours the jam was still liquid....Not so great for my first attempt. So I went to a few websites and they all said that it could be saved. I got another box of Certo, popped the tops and started again. I also learned why the fruit was floating, I needed to skim something...?!? My second try was a hit! I got a box of smaller jars, I skimmed the little bubbles off the surface while it cooked, I added extra pectin-lo and behold I MADE PEACH JAM!!! And it is darned good too!!! I was thinking of entering it in the Fall Fair next weekend, but that would mean that I would have to give up a jar...NO WAY!!
I am a certified Teacher, who has choosen to stay home with my 2 adorable children! I also look after other people's children, and make cakes, and sew, and crochet, and have a part-time job with eyeGO....life is never dull!