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What a LONG week!  We have been grumpy, sensitive, tired and now sick (which makes the before mentioned things make sense!).   Two boys are out with low fevers, sniffles and coughs while the rest of us are just tired.  Thank goodness for the weekend and NEWSIES!

We started out this week so great- Dada finished our dining room shelves and they are incredible.  Everything that I pictured and more.  He did such a great job- everyone in the house loves them.  I find myself just staring at them- I love them so.  Thanks Honey!

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By Thursday we were all pretty low and needed a pick me up.  Bennett has been asking for cinnamon rolls for weeks (I really don’t know where the request came from, I have never made them at home) so Thursday was the day.  The boys were very patient while we waited for the dough to rise and the oven to preheat and the buns to bake.  Boy were they good- thanks Bennett.


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We had a great visit with our grandparents and uncle- a trip to the beach, visited our newly reconstructed park near our house, had a pizza party and got to play, play, play!

The end of the week brought us back into our school routine- only a few weeks left until summer (and baby…eeeekkk!)!

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spring break- part II

After Victoria the boys and I left Chris to his own devices and headed to the Washington coast for a couple of days with friends.  The boys did great on the drive over and had a fantastic time with friends.  We were just across the street from the beach, had great weather and got to fill our cuffs and pockets with sand to take home.   Thank you ladies for a wonderful time!  Everyone is on board for next spring break!

Once we got home, Mama continued the spring break week with a girls weekend in California.  I took no pictures, but it was a great weekend of relaxing, drinking tea, chatting and hanging out.  What a treat!  Chris managed the boys just fine without me- they ate pasta and burgers, worked outside and played lots of games.  We are not slowly getting back into the swing of things this week- spring break, we miss you!

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spring break- part I

The first weekend of April we headed up north to Victoria for a  few days.  We have wanted to visit the Royal BC Museum with the kids after hearing so many good things about it.  Chris loved spending the weekend joking, “What do homeschoolers do on vacation?  Go to the museum of course.”

We may be nerds, but we had a great time.  The museum was great, we had afternoon tea, strolled the streets of Victoria, played at Beacon Hill Park, shopped at the local bookstore and attempted to see the first lighthouse in Canada (we saw it from a distance, but the park was closing and we didn’t get to go inside).

The boys did great with all the walking and eating out.  Rory was not as restless as I thought it would be in certain outings, but we may have made the world record for fastest afternoon tea- we lasted about 45 minutes, but the scones were delicious.  Henry also informed me while in the middle of tea that it was more enjoyable than he thought it would be.  I mean, they give you a three tiered tray of goodies- there is nothing wrong with that!  There is so much to explore in Victoria that we will have to go back- we didn’t get to all the places we wanted (I blame the pregnant lady and the toddler…) but will be back to visit for sure.  It was a great way to start our spring break!

On the ferry and exploring the park:

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The handsome fellas that accompanied us to tea:

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Victoria Harbor, the Parliament building and a brief beach stop after a failed attempt at an army/lighthouse adventure:

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Boy, are we ready for spring break!  We successfully celebrated Easter with dying of eggs, hunting of eggs and being spoiled by multiple bunnies.

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We got through our week- finished a couple books and did our first book report (Henry did a book cover and did a great job).  The boys finished up their animal reports (Henry chose a bobcat while Bennett chose to do a cheetah).  I think both will be very happy to have a break from math and our normal daily routine.  We have a few different destinations this coming week and we are excited, although Mama is a little exhausted just thinking about all the traveling.  We will have fun, I am sure of it, once we get where we are going!

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In baby news, we are closing out the second trimester and slipping right into the third.  Wow- that was fast!   Baby and I passed our glucose test- so we will just be having another big baby for no reason besides I grow big babies!  We are getting excited, June really is going to be here before we know it.

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Yard work & school work can sum up this week in our household.  We did a lot of landscape work over the weekend, started some garden goodness (plus got to use it as a learning opportunity, I love it when that happens) and had some very cooperative boys in the schooling department (which does not always happen, so I relish it when it does).  It was a good week.

A fall outside was quickly forgotten about while having a sink bath, with pizza, because, why not?

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Waiting, which is what this guy and I do a lot, while the brothers had piano lessons:

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And I don’t think I will ever get over walking into a room and finding him like this (a bad photo, but I had to do it before he realized what I was doing).  He can read!  And enjoys it!  And wants to do it all the time!  So, so cool!

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