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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 4

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We have been having a crappy summer … lots of rain and very cool with a few exceptions

A creative and indoor outing is to a ceramic art studio

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They are all over the place now … I think it is a new trend

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If you have kids that like painting or being creative this is a great afternoon outing especially on a rainy day 🙂

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~Lisa

5 days of Canadian field trips… day 3

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Next on our stop is the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

If  your child (or even yourself) have any interest in planes … this is the place for you!

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~Lisa

5 days of Canadian field trips… day 2

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One of our favourite museums is the Canadian Museum of Nature 

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~Lisa

 

5 days of Canadian field trips… day 1

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Let me kick start this 5 day series with the parliament of canada !

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This is a great field trip for kids studying the government … I would suggest maybe 8 years and up …depending on the child and their interest in architecture and /or government  as they not only learn about the government but the building itself is really beautiful to visit and learn about.

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oh and  by the way it is FREE just be careful as it fills up fast during tourist season and they have limited spaces for visits and close early in the afternoon.

~Lisa

our new bird friends

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We are beyond excited as we have house finch who decided to make their nest in our front yard tree 🙂  here is a shot of the little guy … his whistle is just so lovely to listen to 🙂

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Since we learn from what is around us; we are doing a unit study on them and have learned that apparently unlike other birds, Finches are vegetarians; So we think it is very ironic that they chose our tree since we are vegetarian / vegan  LOL  🙂

Oh and they love picking up our dogs fur to build their nest  (although apparently only the female actually builds the nest) … I bet they will have the softest nest ever!

~Lisa

ashes

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Sandy’s ashes were ready for me to go pick up .

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They had been ready for a while; I just could not get myself to go get them. I knew that going to get them would make it all so final.

This week my daughter spoke about Sandy and told me she misses her and asked me “when will Sandy come back home”, and said;  “daddy can bring her home now” (as she remembers seeing him take her away).

I had the most vivid dream the other night that I came down the stairs and there she was curled up in her favourite spot at the bottom of the stairs … and I was so happy for just a moment as I savoured that delightful thought and then the reality that it was a dream hit me and I woke up.

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I am doing better … her sister is finding comfort in us; and us in her. Strange how life is like this; here one day gone the next. No matter how many losses I have been through  it never gets easier.

I took my first walk finally this week; with just her sister Bianca. I used Sandy’s leash and collar on Bianca and let her smell it before I placed it on her; in a sense it was my way of bringing Sandy with us.  It was really hard for me … in 12 years I have never walked just one of them alone; and even Bianca found it rather odd as her sister used to take the lead.

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Last night my husband brought home her ashes… I am not sure what I will do with them, but for the moment I will just hold on to them.

~Lisa

winter solstice 2014

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happy winter solstice

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the days start to get longer and we welcome the sun back

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~may the winter be warm and short

Lisa

Summer Solstice

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Happy Summer Solstice ….

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absolutely one of my favourite days of the year 🙂

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Lisa

hello little bird

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A few days ago I spent a good part of a day hearing a bird singing and walking to my window, pulling aside the curtain only  to NOT see any bird there… then finally I left the curtains open and I discovered I have a new friend!

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he / she spends the day on my windowsill singing away … and peeking into the house

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My pictures are not the best , as my windows are a tad dirty ( with 2 dogs and three kids) , and if I move too much my little friend flies away.

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but I  am totally loving the company 🙂

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even in the pouring rain my little friend was there

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On another note, I have another little friend coming to visit me this week… I am meeting my niece for the first time!!! I am so excited … and I get to see my brother, my sister in law and my nephew… my kids have no idea they are coming and will absolutely freak out tonight when they see their cousins!

oh and my husband was on a cookie roll this past weekend! mummmmm

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I wish you all a fantastic week!

Lisa