'Tis the Season { Christmas 2017 }

Our Christmas tree was a little more subdued this year but Christmas was no less magic. It's such a beautiful time of year and the kids really make it. They are so excited for what's to come and they really bring that joy to the season.

Jade's Workshop { Christmas 2017 }

This year I volunteered to do the Ward Christmas party. I'd had an idea bouncing around in my head since my good friend Nicky did this amazing carnival activity in Salt Ash Branch years ago. I had wanted to do something similar but Christmas themed and here was my big chance.

{ Memories } Heaven on Earth

These pictures evoke the most beautiful memories. HAPPINESS. I don't think our hearts will ever truly leave the sleepy town of Port Stephens. It was chance really that we ended up there in the first place and discovered that life in the slow lane is really living. It totally changed us and impacts how we live our life now, even though we are so far away. 

The Elusive Icebergs of Newfoundland

Just before we moved to Canada a good friend of ours Jean gave us some DVD's she had found called trains across Canada. We were excited to watch them and get a bit more a feel for the place we would be spending the next few years of our life. They had an awesome segment on the Martimes and one of the most striking places was Newfoundland, which interestingly you can't actually get to by train ( ? ) but where you can kayak around icebergs. Immediately Levi and I both said 'we have to do that!' and onto the bucket list it went.

Princess Prim, Queen of the Trolls, Turns Two

Our sweet girl turned two this week and to celebrate we had a little party, Troll style - all tulle and rainbows. Primrose woke from her afternoon nap to find some of her favourite little buddies and her most admiring adults all in wait for the birthday girl. In true nature she was just thrilled to have them all there and keen to get into the fun. She had her dress on that I made for the occasion and eagerly put her troll headband on. She is such a happy girl. Seeing her face when her little cake come out was incredible, she was genuinely amazed by the whole process and loving every second of it. She loved the cake, a sugar tooth on this one for sure and then was straight into the presents. We gave her a doll and pram and one of those disappearing milk bottles which she loved but the immediate favourite was a light up wand from her pal Easton. She played the rest of the afternoon away, with breaks for snacks in between, and could be heard to say 'Happy Day', in lieu of 'Happy Birthday' all the day long. 

Two Cheeky Bunnies

We have had an absolutely wonderful Easter weekend. I love Easter, next to Christmas it is my favourite holiday with all it's joy and symbolism in tribute to our Saviour, Jesus Christ. With Spring finally beginning in Nova Scotia the concept of new life and hope feels all the more real. Our little family's traditions have formed over the years and have culminating into lots of delicious food and fun for the entire weekend. Carrot cake, hot cross buns, lamb and salads were made and shared with our new friends the Spears family and we had lots of time to enjoy leftovers all weekend between play time with the kids. 

Count to Five

Finley is five! And five means big things. It means school is fast approaching, that Finley is starting to read and write, that he gets to have his room rearranged and that he now has a big boys bike. Finley has taken turning five very seriously. Of his own accord he is attempting to stop sucking his fingers when he goes to bed, to say to his own prayers each night, to not complain and to do his best at listening. And he is doing great! 

Snow = Fun

We had a big snowfall this past week. Levi was away for most of it so the shoveling and hard work was left to me, missionaries and our friend Josh who came and saved the day. Along with the hard work they made this little snow cave for the kids which they loved and went through over and over and over again. Once Levi was back we turned the front snow mound into a little toboggan hill and all had great fun going down and falling off.