Joining in again this week with Amy's (Love Made My Home) "Five on Friday" linky party.
Once again, here are 5 photos from my phone that illustrate the week we had here in our neck of the woods.
Number One: Chocolate Fudge Cake
I've been baking a "cake a week" since the beginning of April. I have not missed a single week and every single cake has been delicious, if I do say so myself! This week I made a Chocolate Fudge Cake by request of my oldest son. I topped it with a butterscotch nut glaze and our family of five ate it in one sitting!
Number Two: Re-connecting Over "Connect Four"
Have you played this game? We love it around here and it is played often be every member of the family. This week, while the older two kids were at a playdate, I had the opportunity to re-connect with our youngest son over one of our favourite games. He's a different boy when he doesn't have to compete for anyone's attention. We talk happily about the day's events and make plans for the next. He fills me in about Star Wars and his current Lego construction project. It really is quite lovely spending this quiet time with him.
Number Three: Summer Vacation
Summer officially began here on Monday morning. All five of us are home for the next 10 weeks (hubby and I are both teachers!) and we try to do something a little bit fun everyday. This picture is from Day 1 when we loaded up the car and headed for the library, poised to pick some excellent new summer reading material.
Number Four: My Baking Assistant
Our oldest son, Bryn, is tech-driven kind of kid. He would play on his ipad, laptop or NintendoDS non-stop if we let him. During the summer we limit his tech-time so that he can explore a variety of other pursuits during his free-time. Sometimes he has real difficulty finding something else to do when he has been forced to unplug. So, at least once a week, he is going to meet me in the kitchen and follow a recipe start to finish to create something yummy for the family. It will be good practise reading, following instructions, measuring and completing a challenging task. As you can see from the picture below, he didn't mind helping at all this week. Chocolate-covered spoons make an excellent snack!
Number Five: Canada Day Corn Toss
July 1st is Canada Day. It is a holiday here and every year we attend a huge BBQ with several families in the small town in which I grew up. Each year a large part of the day is the annual "Corn Toss" tournament. If you don't know the game, it's pretty easy - two teams of 2 players take turns tossing corn-filled bags into the hole of a slanted gameboard. Below you can see our daughter, Afton, giving it her best go. Look at the effort in her face! Kevin and I took home the "runners-up" award for the tournament - two bags of Werther's candies. Not a bad prize if you ask me!
Not many plans on the cards over the next few days. In fact, Kevin and I suggested to the kids that we do as little as possible for at least the next 72 hours!
We leave for Italy one week from today so I guess I should start thinking about organizing and packing for that at some point, too!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!