Aug 1, 2014

This Moment: Princess Magpie

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule

Journey's End

After our ferry ride to Nova Scotia, the kids were all very tired.  While we waited for the bus that would take us on an 8 hour ride across the province to our new home in Halifax, they napped in the chairs.

The wait wasn't bad and the kids were pretty content. 

Again, I was really impressed with the Marine Atlantic workers, one of whom chatted with Princess Snifflefritz (and believe me that girl can chat!) and another of whom furnished her with coloring pages and crayons to entertain her while she waited.

It took mere moments aboard the bus before they kids were once again napping.

I kept fixing his head and he just kept putting in this painful looking position!  I would so have woken up with a headache!

And again, Princess Snifflefritz fell asleep halfway through a snack, and she insisted on sleeping in odd and awkward positions. 

Little Prince wasn't big on food the whole trip, but he did try a new junk food that he liked!  At this point his food selection is so limited, I am even happy with new junk foods!

Unpacking out truck was an adventure and the movers we hired were awful but thanks to Princess Tigger and her friends, we were able to get everything off the truck and get it returned early!  I am slowly unpacking and organizing our new home and will share pictures of it as soon as it feels presentable.

One of the benefits of being in Halifax is the public transportation system makes it easier to take the kids out even if we don't have a vehicle at the moment.  Our kids are thrilled.  This pic is of the girls waiting for Halifax Metro so that we can take our very first trip out as a family in the city. 

Our wonderful neighbors have been so generous and helpful  My next door neighbor is wonderful.  I wake up every day and have a coffee with her on her deck.  She is like a grandmother to all the local kids and she has a VERY kind heart.  I really do adore her.  She gave us this chair for our living room and the kids just love it. 

There isn't a lot of grass in our yard, but there is a really lovely park very close by.  In the meantime, I get to enjoy watching the kids making beautiful artwork.

Jul 31, 2014

Finally Afloat

After we left Grandma Great's house, we headed out to the ferry.  We traveled all night on the ferry, making our way to Nova Scotia.

I was really impressed with the service on Marine Atlantic!  When I got to the terminal, someone helped me get me, the kids and my stuff on the little shuttle bus to the boat.  Then someone helped me carry everything up to the seats and even helped me set up the playpen for Little Prince! I didn't ask for the help, but they were so quick to give it and so kind, I was really impressed.

Little Prince enjoyed the mirror next to his playpen.

Princess Snifflefritz set herself up next to the chairs, playing with some gift bags they gave the kids.

Princess Belle enjoyed the watching a movie and looking at magazines she brought.

Princess Magpie sat quietly in her chair, playing with the toys they were given.

Little Prince was quiet content in his playpen, looking at his book, playing with toys and rocking with his blanket.

It wasn't long before they all began to fall asleep!  Here is Princess Belle, sleeping in her chair.

Princess Snifflefritz moves a lot in her sleep and I kept finding her in the oddest positions.  

Princess Magpie was quiet content to curl up in her chair and sleep.

See what I mean about the odd positions I kept finding Princess Snifflefritz in?

The next morning, we were all tired, but happy to be docked in Nova Scotia and ready to head out on the final leg of our journey.

Jul 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Bonded


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At Grandma's house

So after our 8 hour ride on the bus, we spent the night at Grandma Great's house before heading off to the ferry to cross over to Nova Scotia.

Princess Snifflefritz declared that Nanny's house had a magical fairy garden and was immediately in love with it.

She woke up super-early in the morning, but I managed to get her to lie down long enough to fall asleep on the couch.  I didn't find a blanket for her, but she was so tiny, she cuddled up under a pillow sham that I found.

Both Princess Snifflefritz and Little Prince were fascinated with Grandma Great's dog. 

Little Prince slept in a playpen that was already there.  This whole trip was exhausting for him and he wasn't a fan of it. 

Princess snifflefritz loved all the flowers she found in Grandma Great's yard.  I had to remind her not to pick the flowers.

Little Prince really reacted to Grandma Great's dog.  Every time he saw him, he would squeal.

Even if he doesn't always look at her, you can see how much Little Prince loves his big sister, Princess Magpie.  I LOVE their bond.

Little Prince Sleeping in the playpen.

Playing in Grandma Great's magical fairy garden.

Their favorite play toy was a pile of sand in front of Grandpa Grumpy's shed.

They made sure to investigate every little vignette that Grandma Great has in her yard.

After spending so much time on the bus it was good for them to stretch their legs.

Jul 29, 2014

More . . .

So after we packed up the truck, we spent the night at my sister-in-law's place before getting out on the road the next morning. I was grateful to have a place to sleep and get some rest before the long journey ahead of us.  The first day on the road, we spent about 8 hours traveling across the province before stopping at Grandma Greats to spend the night, so that we could all be rested when we headed out to the ferry.

At her place, Little Prince slept in his playpen and he was quite content in there.

The next morning, Princess Magpie and Princess Snifflefritz were very excited to get our on the road.  Princess Magpie helped Princess Sniffefritz get dressed and Princess Snifflefritz was very proud to wear her how backpack and to put it on herself without getting tangled in the straps.

While waiting for the bus to arrive, the girls had fun playing in the play center.  For this part of the journey, I was on the bus with all the little ones and Princess Belle was on the moving truck with Prince Charming.

The girls looks so cute sitting in their seats on the bus.  It took a LONG time for Princess Magpie to be willing to take off her backpack and get comfortable.

On the other hand, it took five minutes for Princess Snifflefritz to take hers off and fall asleep on it.  She was asleep by the time the attendant came around about tickets.

Little Prince wasn't far behind her. 

At one stop on the bus ride, I took the kids in and let them pick out food to eat.  I made them pick out a healthy lunch and then let them pick out whatever snack they wanted, they picked apples. 

Grandma Great met us at the bus stop at her end of the trip.  In the back of her van, Princess Snifflefritz found a wig that she just had to put on!  (more pics from our journey to follow in my next post)