Oct. 26, 2012

Friday fill ins :)

And...here we go!

1. Oh, that was easy. 
2. It's a sure sign of Summer being over when the pond freezes - lol!! 
3. Are we having Timmys for lunch again??!. 
4. My heart has an extra beat. 
5. Do you believe in ghosts? I do! 
6. I'm a little bit happy to see snow :)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to to meeting up with Gary, tomorrow my plans include doing something with Susannah and Cassie and Sunday, I want to sleep in and then sort the house!

My friends are FABULOUS :)

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to read about our recent Scavenger hunt at Elk Island Park, and see pictures of me with my wonderful, crazy friends :)  

Beautiful pictures by Lorraine Marie Fotography :)  

That was such a lovely day and YES we should do it again very soon....and a turkey supper lol - time for NUMBER THREE  :)  

snapshots from the last few days.....

Banana after horse riding while we were having lunch on Wednesday.  It was so funny as the old lady in Timmy's was talking to Abigail like she was stupid....she made Abigail count the cups as she put them on the tray and was telling her what a 'big girl' she was being helping Mommy!!  Hahaha  Abby just looked at me and I was laughing...and Abby was telling me how crazy the old was!!  Actually she WAS - even the other staff were rolling their eyes at her and she was saying all kinds of strange things! She yells at customers and puts her hand up to stop you...and you ask for something and she says 'I'm not going to give you that, but instead I will give you this...' and she is too scary to argue with hahahaha!

Then when we were eating she came over and picked up the trays and complained that there were enough trays to feed a country...there were TWO!!!  hahahaha!!  And she had given them to us!!!  omg!  soooo funny!

New art work I am working on:

My friends had some new arrivals this week - 5 baby pot bellied pigs!!  Soooo cute!!

Homeschoolers Halloween Party

Last night we went to our evening homeschool group for the Halloween party.  Wow it was so great!  Kelly and Dave put so much effort in!!!  My two had a fabulous time.  There were different activity centres around the room and the children were put into pairs and took turns to do all the activities.  There was pumpkin bowling, ball toss, bobbing for donuts and competing to eat their donut the fastest without using hands :)  There was a 'feely box' where they had to put their hands in and guess what was in the box (spaghetti, and various gummy body parts lol) , treat bag decorating and pin the tail on the cat :)  

They played a game of good old fashioned Musical Chairs :)

Then at the end they all got to line up and have their treat bags filled with treats :)  They ended the night playing 'Whats the Time Mr Wolf' :)

It was a great night - even the parents were dressed up :)

Farmers Market...

It snowed a bit last night...we still headed out to the farmers market to get a few things though...and yes my children are coatless despite the cold.  Drives me nuts when they don't wear them!!!  

All the children tried samples at the Greek dip stall....last week they chose Tzatziki and this week they picked a spicy hummus style dip.

Field trip to City Hall :)

Yesterday we met our homeschooling friends in Downtown Edmonton for a tour of City Hall.  We met our tour guide, Bruce, and headed into the River Valley room where we learned about the history of the building and what it is used for.  We also learned about the artwork displayed in the building.

City Hall was built in 1992 and cost $50 million dollars.  1% of the cost of the building is spent on artwork.

The Friendship Tower cost $1 million dollars and was paid for by donations.  It's bells at the top play over 99 melodies.

The stone on the walls inside City Hall is Tyndell Stone and comes from Manitoba - in places you can even see fossils within the stone!  This stone is used on many important buildings in Canada.

Our Poet Laureate has a display in the main foyer right now and asks you to write a short poem or a few words about your thoughts on Edmonton.  These are going to be put in a book and published!

We saw other designs for city hall that were refused:

We enjoyed seeing all the mixed media art forms throughout the building:

We learned all about this painting which is called 'There is a River'.  The artist doesn't sign her paintings - instead she ALWAYS places a little girl and boy holding hands SOMEWHERE in the painting.  They were NOT easy to spot :)  

Council Chamber - where big issues are debated.  Seats up to 200.  The ceiling opens and closes to keep the room warm and to darken the room for slideshows and presentations.  

Up in the Mayors office we were shown the chair that was given to the City by Edmonton, Middlesex, England.  Our city was named after the English town.

We learned all about the glass pyramid roof and how it was designed and how it is cared for:

Bruce took a couple of group pictures of us at the end of the tour:

After the city hall tour, we all walked over to the Reuse Centre - a few people had never been, and so we all had a look round and got a few things :)  

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