Saturday, December 27, 2008


The weekend before Christmas we packed up the car and headed down to Saint John to do our Peterson Christmas exchange. We had a great time opening gifts from one another and enjoyed lots of yummy food. Eben also got to open a few presents from Nannie, Papa, aunts and uncles. One gift he got was a new hat. These hats are a family thing as each member of the family has their own with different designs. Eben got the sheep design just like me!!

Santa showed up at our house on Christmas eve with a truck full of presents. I don't know if you think I am serious when I say a truck full but please believe me. There was so much stuff that we couldn't find the living room floor. That evening before heading off to church for a candle light service we went over to our friends house for a Newfoundland Jiggs dinner.

Eben really enjoyed all the vegetables mashed up and smothered in apple sauce. It seems these days we can't get much down the hatchet without it being drenched in the stuff. After the meal Beverly read us the night before Christmas only it was a Newfoundland tale.

Before heading out to church we got a nice family picture. Of course it's hard to get Eben to smile on the spot! hehe...

We woke up Christmas morning around 6:50; which was about the time last year that Ebenezer made his appearance. Micah got up right away and started lighting candles throughout the house and turning on the Christmas lights. Once we were all up he and Eben put the last piece on our advent calendar (baby Jesus) and then we read the story of the birth of Jesus from the book of Matthew.
Once we took time to thank God for sending the GREATEST gift of all we began to tackle the pile!

A gift for Princess Burt....hehehe. He loves princess auto so he got a box filled with stuff from there including a nice new hat.

Eben received so much stuff. I guess that's what happens when you get Christmas and birthday presents together.

One new present that he loves his is new tractor from Grampy! It makes the tractor sound, has a horn and under the seat is a little farm with 4 animals that make their sound when placed in a special spot!

Micah got some cool gifts. One was a large tool belt with lots of tools that he needed. However I think that he will enjoy all Ebens new toys just as much, if not more, then Eben.

My highlight gift of a new sewing machine from mom and dad. I have lots of projects on the go so I can't wait to learn and get better at this art!

Mom got 2 pictures of Eben from our apple picking adventures this fall. I think she was happy with them!!

Since this was the our first Christmas in our house (actually second but last year we spent it in the hospital) we were making new traditions. One was that we would eat a smaller breakfast of cinnamon buns, juice and coffee and then enjoy our turkey supper at lunch time.

Another thing we did because we were the only ones attending our feast was to eat in our PJ's.

Now the tricky part....what to do with all the leftovers!!

After Christmas lunch we were all so stuffed that we decided to get dressed and head out for a Christmas walk. Can you believe that we made a pumpkin pie and didn't even have room to eat it!!
That evening we headed out to cousin Pamela's house to enjoy a lovely time out there with of course more food!! But what would Christmas be without bacon wrapped water chestnuts and scallops. Dad and Micah brought their guitars and Pamela played the piano while we sang Christmas carols.

I think that we will skip out of getting grocery's for the rest of the year and let all this food digest!!

Hope you had a Wonderful Christmas holiday celebrating the birth of JESUS!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Peterson Up date

Hey readers I am sorry that its been a while since we last blogged. The days keep on flying by and everyday I think I need to up date our blog. Be sure to know that we are going to be keeping this blog up as well and in the New Year we are going to try to start blogging again.

This fall we went out apple picking as a family and had a professional photographer ( ok and good friend) come with us to take some pictures. We then used those pictures to send out our Christmas greetings to everyone. If you didn't receive one here is your personal copy!

We just got a big snow storm this week like many other parts of the Maritimes. Eben and I had fun out in the snow today.

He loves to walk holding on to things so this little red sled came in handy as he used that to walk up and down the drive way before doing his favorite thing, yes ripping his mitts off with his teeth. So needless to say we can't keep him outside for too long!

This weekend we are doing our family Christmas exchange so we will take pictures and post about it. Also next week we are hosting our first annual Christmas sweater party...I am sure there will be some good pictures.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Attention Christian Men - Part 2

I have written another post on our Hungry For Truth blog. There are some serious tips on how to protect yourself on the Internet from temptation. It's a little long, but it's worth it! Click here to check it out.

Also, just to let everyone know, we do have other blogs that we post to and you can find links to them on the right of this webpage and also to the right there is blog roll that shows you which blogs have been updated most recently. Kate's Kitchen is quite popular and we have a technology blog, my random ideas and of course our Hungry For Truth blog where we post our Christian thoughts. Hope you enjoy, we love sharing our lives with you all! Blessings!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Friends From All Over

This past weekend was one of the best we have had in a long while. It started off on Friday afternoon with a visit from my bestest friend Deanna! She was just in town long enough for us to enjoy a delicious lunch at Cora's. I have only been there a couple of times but I didn't remember the portions being so large!!! The crepe Dee ate was Ginormous!

That evening we headed over to some friends house for supper and a games night. There were lots of us there so we had to split up and play different games. One of the my favorite games is pit. Which we got to play. Its so much fun!!

Later that night our wonderful friends Phil and Genieve showed up for the weekend. We got back home pretty late (good thing we have a pack and play and can put the babe to bed anywhere). The next morning we got up (not too early) and headed out for breakfast. One of my favorite breakfast places here is Jean's Restaurant. Its good old home cooking that's not too expensive. We ate so much; eggs, sausage, toast, home fries and pancakes. Next it was off to the market to say hi to The Dutch bakers and Harry! But before we went there Phil wanted to see the completion of the bridge; so we took the long about way and headed for the market by going through Riverview. Of course we only made it over the causeway before Phil spotted the new outdoor gym and like little kids him and Micah both wanted to go, so after driving on a trail that I am pretty sure was the TransCanada walking trail they were out of the car and trying out all the equipment. I must admit that it was pretty fun.

It was a short visit at the market because we had a lot of work to do around the house. When we got home the boys got busy cleaning up the yard for the winter, while Genieve and I started conquering 50lbs of squash. Thats right 50 lbs!!! Our hands were very sore and orange by the time were were done. It was a lot of squash but we sure had fun getting in lots of gal chat.

When the yard was tidy the boys came inside to install a baby gate.

I know that it doesn't sound like it would be a big project, but because of where it needed to go (no studs in the wall) there was a lot of work that needed to be done in order to install this thing properly.

Afterwards it was spagetti pizza and squash (of course : ) for supper, then a Bible sharing time complete with caramel popcorn! And of course it would not be a complete night without a little Dutch Blitz.

It was so much fun and we thank Phil and Genieve for helping us out so much! God Bless you guys!

"Ok Eben, it's safe, you can start walking!"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Apple Picking

Last week the babe and I had the privilege of going apple picking with our moms group. It was a chilly morning but the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful morning. The apple orchard was beautiful and the apples where ready for the picking.

I got the babe strapped on and was ready to pick. These baby carriers really come in handy. Lots of other moms had their babes in them to. It was good cause we got to do some serious picking!

There were lots of latter's all around the orchard so we could get at the nice juicy apples at the tops of the tree.

And they were useful for take some beautiful photos on

Once we let the babes out of the carriers there was no going back in. They did a great job of cleaning up the apples that were all over the ground.

I had a very successful day picking apples. To see and read about all the yummy treats I made check out Kates kitchen.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Adventures of deck building

The deck is still a work in progress. But it is coming along and looks beautiful. For many of you constant readers you know that my wonderful husband has taken on the project of building us a back deck. He has been working with my father getting the trees, milling it and now making it in to a master piece.

Here is our latest work on it.

First we had all the board brought to us from St. Stephen by my god parents.

Next my god father showed and helped hubby how to put the frame up

Well the frame was being constructed my father in law planed the decking boards. Which took a very long time to do.

Once the frame was up it was time to lay down the decking boards. I got to help do this part. I really liked using the power drill!!! Sorry there are no pictures of that which I know for my dad makes it hard to believe that I really was out there helping.

Here is the decking done on the bottom part of the deck

Once the decking was laid on the bottom half of the deck hubby and I did this chalk line thing and he used the skill saw to cut the boards.

Even though the deck is not quite finished yet it is still beautiful. I can't wait to spend time out there next summer. Hubby has done a wonderful job of learning how to do this kind of project. I am blessed to be married to such a handy man in the making!!!

We will be posting the finishing product later on;we are a couple boards short!!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Peterson Camping Trip!

Every Labor day weekend my husbands family packs up and heads out camping for the weekend. When we were engaged I joined the family and went with them, staying with his cousins. Let me tell you the first experience was not joyful at all. It was so cold!!! But I was determined not to give up. So I went again after the 1st year of being married. This time we decided to head to New River beach (instead of Fundy Park). This time I tried my hardest to be a trooper but did end up waking up in the middle of the night crying because I was so cold! However I still didn't let it stop me. This year I was determined to stay warm and have fun!! Yes we were only going for 3 nights and 3 days...but I needed to be warm!

Once I convinced hubby that me packing all these warm clothes would allow him to have a more enjoyable camping experience we were able to load the car and get on our way!

Yes...that's the babe in the back. He wasn't sure what to think of his surrounds but he did great on the drive.

The first night I wanted to make sure that the babe was warm when we was sleeping so we bundled him up. He is such a great little camper.

New River is such a great place to camp. The sites are large, its right on the ocean and there is a nice hiking trail close by. Also all around our camp sites where blueberry bushes. So each morning we sent the kids out to pick some blueberries for breakfast. I think they eat more then they brought back but it kept them busy well they waited for breakfast.

On Saturday we all packed up and headed off for the hiking trail. What beautiful scenery, we even had time to stop and play on the rocks.

For meal times we were always a crowd as many of our friends and other family members stopped by for visits.

And of course what would an annual camping trip be without Dutch Blitz at night!!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Our trip to Quebec

So we just got back from our two week Kings Kids trip to Quebec City!! a blast! If you want to check out all the awesome things that God did for us while we were there you can visit here.

We did want to share some photos with you from our trip. I would write a long detailed description of what happened but as we have been hearing from many of you who followed the Kings Kids blog you all only looked at the pictures anyways so I will save my precious mommy moments and just give you want you all want.

Micah, Eben and I on our first outing. We toured old Quebec City but before we got there we stop at Parliament; that is where this picture was taken.

These are our two new friends Simon and his wife Alex. Simon works at the cafe where we worked. On our day off they took us along with Marie-Helene and Jamie across the fairy to enjoy "World's Best Ice Cream". It is a soft serve cone (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, orange or maple) dipped in milk or dark Belgium buddy it was so yummy!!!

Here I am working at the Cafe. Each team member had their turn working in there either cutting up veggies, preparing desserts or doing the dishes!

Here is the whole gang. This photo was taken right before we did our presentation. It was in front of a very large and beautiful Catholic Church.

Here is our pirate family Arrr.....The love feast theme for our trip was pirates so we all enjoyed the evening every much...Eben didn't like his eye patch too much though.

On the way home we stopped in Perth-Andover at Carl's Dairy bar. Micah's mothers family is from there so he told the lady working his family history as we waited for our cheeseburgers and onion rings, which were the best onion rings and burger I have ever eaten!!!