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We recently visited Kingston and there isn’t much to do up there but I found the Miller Museum at Queens University. We had hoped to go to Ottawa to visit the Museum of Nature but it happened to be close at the time of our trip.

You know you’re a homeschooler when you base your trip on where museums are located.

We were planning to head out to the east coast when our car broke down, well my mother’s, and spent an entire day trying to get back home. I bet you didn’t know you could get CAA to tow your car 3 times. Thank goodness we had some helpful family members pick us up while VS stayed with the vehicle. We have the worst car luck ever.
The kids had fun in Kingston since there was a cat at the house. M1 thinks that was the whole trip, as long as they had fun I guess, that’s fine with me.


Yes I know, I’m late in my halloween update. For the past 2 years we have gone to harvest fest, which is held at a local church here. They put on a play and you sign up your child, they get a bingo card with all the games on them. The kids go and play games and get tons of candy. When you’re finished you give them your card and you’re entered in for a prize. They also had door prizes. We never win so I don’t even pay attention anymore. This year about half way through as they were announcing the winner for 2 tickets to see Robin Hood at a local theatre, guess who they call?

Yes we won!!! woohoo!!!

So benefits of harvest fest are:

  • stayed warm inside and got a bag full of candy
  • kids had fun playing games and tired themselves out for bedtime (They also had a bouncy castle)
  • Parents sit and watch while eating home baked goodies
  • won 2 tickets to a show

That made my night. Now we have to read Robin Hood before we go see it.

By the way, M1 was dressed as frankenstein (same as last year, I don’t know why he likes that mask so much) and I dressed M2 up in his army clothes and put 2 lines under his eyes in black makeup (he was an army soldier), didn’t think it would have been appropriate to give him a gun to carry so he brought his car, lol. He has yet to lose one, which is pretty good for a little guy. These boys sure don’t forget about their favorite toys. I’m not into halloween much, hence the boring costumes, but they still enjoyed it and M2 could care less about what he was wearing.



This weekend was quite busy here. M1’s birthday was this weekend, my little 8 year old boy, you know that’s only 2 years until 10. So big, where does the time go?
We had a party for him with our local friends here. They had fun, VS decided to test out his clown routine and figured out this is not the career choice for him…thank god. He entertained them while I fed them. Great team work. We had to have the party on Friday since VS was working on the weekend, that left out his out of town friends who were greatly missed.
I told VS to ensure that all the kids had a chance to win at his games, since you know how kids are, the world comes to an end if they don’t win something. Also, since M1 is a sore loser I didn’t want him to cry at his own party. Yes, he cries if he loses at any kind of game. He won’t even let his brother win as they race up the stairs. He must win all the time.

We’ve finished our dinosaur lapbook and now onto Ancient Egypt. Math is going really well. I’ve learned to go against all my urges and stop pressuring him. We’ve just been taking it slow and steady.

The in-laws invited themselves up and then they requested that I make a turkey. Thanks to to a combination of google and youtube, the turkey turned out really moist and delicious. It was the second one I’ve ever made. The secret? it was cooked breast side down and then flipped over the last hour to crisp the skin. Awesome!
I’m tired.


My end of the week rants.
I spent the entire week working on a poster for a conference and on the last day my supervisor spent the whole day changing everything. What was the point of me working on it then?

My proposal defence got pushed back to the 26th, I just want to get it over with at this point.

Before the end of last week when M1 was to receive his allowance, he had already requested a raise. When he asked what he could buy with $1.75, I responded with 1 item from the dollar store. I guess he was not pleased with that and requested more money. After our second week, he was happy to hear that he would be able to purchase 3 items.

Well maybe 2 since the dollar store is no longer $1 but a $1/$1.50/$2 store.

On trying to plan what we will be doing for M1’s bday, VS suggested hiring a clown, and then suggested that he be the clown who could do “cheesy” magic tricks. I think it could work…if he were performing for toddlers. M2 finds him hilariously funny, however, he also laughs at M1 hitting his bum so not happening.
The dilemma is that VS is working weekends and won’t be around for it plus it’s thanksgiving long weekend.

Oh boy…

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I have now implemented a formal allowance with M1.
I was never given that opportunity, and I is why my money management skills are poor. I was constantly, having to repeat every little order. Clean your room, pick up your toys, brush your teeth, every command was answered with “why?” because I said so was my reply. But after the 10th time, you just get tired.
M1 list of chores include:
-wash your own dishes
-keep your room and living room clean of your toys
-make your bed
-feed and brush the dog
-help your brother
-help mommy with laundry and cooking
and here’s the most important one
LISTEN to mommy and daddy
So each day he gets a sticker on his calendar that we’ve made,which will amount to a quarter a day. We are working on money skills right now so I needed an even amount. So at the end of the week he will receive $1.75 if all is well which is good for an item at the dollar store. I had to stop by the dollar store the other day and he asked for a dino but I told him since he didn’t have any money, he couldn’t purchase anything. So he told me to use the money from his piggy bank, lol. Nope, I said that money is your savings, so here we begin our life lesson into money…savings are important. He’s actually been very helpful this past week since he is looking forward to getting a dino (as usual). Although today, he did not receive a sticker for purposely pushing his brother after he destroyed something he had made. Willfull acts of violence are not tolerated at any level.


So we went to the ROM last week or the week before and I wanted to post the pics up, however, due to my laziness that didn’t happen. So some pics will be up some time soon.

So I’m taking the next wk off and VS wants to go camping, which is fine with me, however, he says we won’t plan anything. ok? He says we’re just going to grab our stuff, buy food and go up to Algonquin park and find a site on that day. Do you see any problems here because I do. I need plans and structure this idea gives me a headache. What if we run out of food/diapers and god knows what else. anyways still in the “planning” phase, we’ll see how it goes. If I don’t return please send a search party out to somewhere in the wood. headline reads: Family of 4-without enough supplies, lost in the wilderness…poor planning.

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VS opened the door to go outside as VS was about to take the kids out with the dog, only to find to my horror, M1 was urinating on our patio. Did I also mention that our backyard is not fenced in and faces a parking lot. Anyways, this completely shocked us. When asked why he did this, he said that he had to go. Well why didn’t you come inside I said. Well, I thought going outside was ok. I guess I have to back up and tell you about our visit to the park. We were on our way back to the car when M1 really had to go, so with no public washrooms in site, we encouraged him to go behind some trees. From this then, he took it to mean that its ok to go anywhere outside? So I had to let him know that if there is a washroom close by, it is preferable to use that, lol. especially if it’s your own house. ugh, M2 can’t play in our backyard until it rains.
oh boys, their logic astounds me.