Monday, September 5, 2011

Stripe Study Shawl

Introducing my Stripe Study Shawl. A fabulous pattern by Veera Valimaki. I used Cascade Yarn in Heritage Solids, one skein in a gray and one in a plum colour, with size 4mm needles. I wasn't sure if I was a shawl wearing type of person...but this I know I will definitely wear! (I even bought a shawl pin!)
School starts tomorrow for us. Two in high school, (grade 10 and grade 8), and one in grade 4. I'll be working at the same school as my youngest, and we are both looking forward to that.
Hope your summer was enjoyable and that the beginning of the new school year gets off to a great start!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What We Did This Summer

Since the start of school is just around the corner, I thought I had better write up a post about our quick, fun filled family trip that we did this summer. We are originally from Ontario and i usually head back ever summer to spend a long weekend with my parents. It's been 4 years since the kids were there so it was time for a family trip back east.
Usually we land in Toronto and catch a connecting flight to our home town, but this time we landed in Ottawa first. Ottawa is a neat city, such that it's big but doesn't have that big city feeling. We toured around museums, visited the Parliament buildings, and took in this great light show called Mosaica. The back drop was the Parliament buildings and a historical sound and light show was presented on it. A simple, quick and entertaining show told you all about Canada's history!
We spent some time in our home town, and the mister then headed back to Vancouver. The kids and I ventured on to Toronto and took in all that we could in 2 days. First on the list was the CN Tower.
Then the Hockey Hall of Fame, and on to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
On the next day we drove to Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and then on to visit a university friend. All of our Toronto sightseeing could not have been possible without my fantastic friend Allison and her wonderful husband Mark. Thanks so much you guys.
Family trips are always an adventure for both parents and kids. As the kids get older there are issues that arise that would not have been issues a few years back, and then there are instances that happen that make us extremely proud of how our kids can handle any situation that is presented to them. Lots of great memories were made on this trip with family and friends and I'm looking forward to the next family adventure whatever it may be!