Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

We had our second annual neighbourhood Easter egg hunt this morning. The kids were so excited. Seven kids running around the front yard looking for hundreds of hidden eggs; what could be more fun than that? Afterwards, there was an Easter breakfast. Yum!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Matias Turns 6

This year was the first time that we celebrated Matias' birthday at a venue, rather than at home. It went really well and considering that it was POURING rain that day, I was very happy to have booked a gymnastics party where the kids got to run around for 1.5 hours (especially since there were 14 of them)!
But, what I'm most happy about is the gift idea that I got from another mom. Instead of gifts for Matias, we had a "toonie party". This meant that each guest brought two toonies; no plastic toys from the dollar store, no wasted wrapping paper and no headache for the parents. Instead, they could bring two toonies. Matias would then take half the toonies ($2.00 coin in Canada) and use them to buy something he really wants for himself. The other half of the toonies, he will give to a charity or organization of his choosing. I love this idea! We have had some great conversations with Matias about who needs help and how we could help them. He hasn't decided for sure what he wants to do with the money, but I love the fact that he is thinking about it. I strongly believe that kids need to learn from an early age that they are able to contribute and "change the world".

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pena's Guilt

Today's beautiful irises are courtesy of Pentti's guilt. He is leaving for Finland again tomorrow. He'll be gone a week during which time Matias will have his birthday party (for kids). Oh well, at least I get some flowers out of it...

Friday, April 8, 2011


Today's inspiration comes from this wreath that I hung on our door. It was a beautiful spring day; the cherry trees are blooming and the sun was shining all day. I'm not sure about keeping the bow on the wreath, but I love the coloured eggs and all the other "stuff".