Saturday, March 28, 2015

Snowy Travels

Josh turned 26 this week. How does this happen? How do the years fly by so fast? Emily posted this picture of the 2 of them at a wedding last June at Catons Island. This summer Josh hopes to be at Family Camp at Beulah. I can't wait!!!

Last weekend Robin and I traveled to Fort Fairfield, Maine to present at the church there. I used the time in the car to get some writing done and some planning. We were able to have lunch with Kaylin on our way and then spent Saturday night with Dean & Carol Stephenson and really enjoyed our time together.

Sunday morning it was snowing a little, because that's what it does around here on Sunday. It snows. But let's just say New Brunswick has the coolest snowplows. We couldn't tell if the back end of the truck was being swept around by the wind. 

As we passed it we could see that it was angled to plow one complete lane of traffic and the shoulder all at the same time. 

Robin's mom grew up in Fort Fairfield and so before we headed home, we tried to find the home she grew up in. Robin is positive this is the house. 

We had a great time at the church there. It's a small congregation but they were friendly and hosted a soup social afterwards so we were able to talk with some of the people more. 

Our drive home was a bit of an adventure. Once we passed Moncton, the blowing snow became an issue. We would drive along and it would be perfectly clear, and then we would have to slow down to almost nothing as it became white out conditions. We could hear on the news that there were a couple of multi vehicle crashes that afternoon. And when we were at Stewiacke, a vehicle spun around and went off the road right in front of us. 

But we made it home and then wouldn't you know it, school was cancelled on Monday. The kids were staying with friends for the weekend so that worked out well for all of us. We are so thankful for their support and help. And so thankful for churches to invite us to come and share with them. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's March Madness

On Robin's last day of work, his co-worker took him out for ribs. Robin has huge respect for the people he works with and will miss the camaraderie, but so far is not missing the job at all.

Robin's cooking interest is coming out a bit. He got a craving for his mom's gingerbread cake. So he made some. Unfortunately, it was not quite like moms. I think he over beat it and it was too dense. He'll try again. 

March is birthday month around here. Kaylin got Peter a shirt that just made her laugh. Peter loves it. 

I tried a new cake for Kaylin's birthday and that's what Peter requested for his birthday cake. For the past few years I think we've had the lemon meringue cake. This year it is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. It is like a giant cookie. 

It is currently March Break for the kids. No school. Robin is off so on Tuesday, he took the kids bowling. He got a picture of GaĆ«lle in her eclectic dress style. She loves skirts with leggings under them. 

The big story of March is our snow. On Sunday we had a storm that shut a lot of things down. In fact a lot of churches, including ours, had services on Saturday night. Then Wednesday morning we woke up to another blizzard. We knew it was coming but we ended up with twice as much snow as we thought we would get. And it was windy. All day long. 

We haven't worried too much about the snow on the back deck, but during Wednesday's storm, Robin decided he should clear it off. So he climbed a ladder and went to work. 

After lunch we all went outside and had a go at it. 

This is the view from the road to our house. The black car is pretty much covered. 

I don't know if you can tell but Peter and Robin are standing on snow trying to dig down. 

Robin and Peter were outside for 3 solid hours. Whew. 

This was a good afternoon to be inside playing games. I haven't played the Bazaar game in a long time and had forgotten how great it is. It's from Discovery Toys and one of the games my mom got at a garage sale. I just have to say that I have loved all of the games and puzzles we have had from Discovery Toys. Good times.