Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fun in the Sun

I love the busyness of summer and all the fun activities we can do together.  We've had a lovely time of visiting some favourite spots and trying out new spots.   I also just love doing things outside, like putting the laundry out on the line, or just letting the kids play in their little pool for the afternoon, or doing errands on foot together and I LOVE having my own little garden!  We've already been enjoying lettuce and beans and spinach.  Can't wait to try out our tomatoes and zucchini and cucumbers and sun chokes.   I also planted some carrots but I don't have high hopes for them.  They are puny and few and far between.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Every Sunday afternoon we like to go for a walk on a trail.  Sometimes its an easy Confederation trail and other times we find the more adventurous ones.  This past Sunday we went on an adventurous one at Roma.  It was a great day for it and the kids especially love these ones, with all the twists and turns.  They don't seem to mind the hiking when there is just so much to look at.  I love hiking and it brings back so many fun memories of camping and hiking with my own family when we lived in Ontario.

Tomorrow will be a new adventure for us as we go to Georgetown to tour the naval ships docked there.  And then this weekend we're looking forward to visiting not only with my folks but the Kimmetts as well!! Can't wait!

 Daddy taking down the bear in front of Roma.

 Just love these trails.
 Kind of wild to see that some of the ferns were taller than Nate!

 We walked the blue trail and part of the left side of the white trail.  We've also done the entire yellow trail on a previous visit.

 My little French farmer.
 Loving the bonnet on this girl!

 Nothing like a good pair of wooden shoes.

During the week we pulled out the pool and made our own bubble concoction.  Nothing like blowing bubbles and splashing in the pool!


Now time for the real fun to begin: SPLASH!!!

And then while the kiddos were mucking about this morning I pulled out these old lenses we have and noticed the neat reflection in them and thought it made for an interesting shot.

And so relaxing to look out at the Montague River...

Or in Nate's case, nothing like splashing in it!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Such an Amazing Weekend!

 We enjoyed  such a wonderful weekend at my folks place I want to do it all over again and soon!  We landed on their doorstep just before lunch.  The kids got right to playing and we got right to relaxing and chatting.  We decided that it would be best to get our tents up before the afternoon got away from us, so before lunch we headed to the backyard to put up mom and dad's old tent and our new tent that we'd never put up before.  Amazingly Marko and I had our new tent up and ready to go before mom and dad did.  Such a great tent, can't wait to take it on some real camping trips!  Just have to give a shout out to my Uncle Frank and Aunt Holly who got us this tent, it is delightfully spacious while being easy to put up and pack away into a neat little package.  Thank you so much!

 We had a break for lunch and then Uncle Frank and Aunt Holly bounded over in their buggy.  The kids were excited to see Frank and Holly and loved having a chance to go for a ride in their buggy.  Nate opted out, just not his style...yet anyways.  Marko and I even got a chance to ride in the buggy, what a hoot!  I mentioned to Marko that this part of our visit felt a bit like being in the Amazing Race.  The Detour was putting up the tent and then to get our next clue we had to go on a crazy fast ride on this buggy! So much fun!

That afternoon I got to enjoy a mini high school reunion.  My great friends Crystal and Ozzy came over for supper.  I haven't seen Crystal in 12 years and I haven't seen Ozzy since high school and that was 18 years ago!!  So very great to see them and visit with them.  Loved meeting Ozzy's kiddos but not as much as my kids did, they had a blast playing with them.  I drove Crystal home which was great to have that one on one time to catch up.  Once I got home it was lightly misting out but we quickly got into our tents (the kids got to have the old one to themselves) and went to sleep after a very exciting day.

It rained all night and I am happy to report that both tents did remarkably well.  The kids got a bit of water in the tent mostly because they were pressed up against the walls.  The grey clouds quickly dissipated in the morning and we were left with yet another gorgeous day to enjoy.  Grampa Hope was going to church and invited us to come along, the kids were excited to go see where Grampa Hope got to sing every Sunday.  They all did very well and enjoyed playing red light green light with the minister during the children's time.

After lunch we took down the tents and got most of our stuff packed.  The kids had been running like crazy all weekend so we let them (and us) have a break and let them watch a little tv while we set up our chairs in the shade and relaxed while watching the clouds float by. It was so lovely.  Then Auntie Karina pumped up the inflatable dingy and I took each of the kids out on a ride around the pond.

After that jaunt and finishing up our packing we threw some supper in our faces and raced to catch the boat--we were the second to last car on.  Phew!

The ride home was a bit more exciting than we had bargained for.  Poor Sean was just run out and quite possibly a bit dehydrated and lost his lunch in the car.  We quickly pulled over and dealt with it and got home and the kiddos into bed.

This week has already proven to be a busy one, Sean and Emma-Lyn are involved in Vacation Bible School in Upton for the week  which they are thoroughly enjoying! All three kiddos had their first dental appointment today which went very well.  Tomorrow all the kiddos will be away in the morning so I'm hoping to do a little shopping by myself for a change.  On Thursday there is more VBS and I have an appointment in town and then a homeschoolers BBQ in the evening. Friday is the VBS wrap up and maybe some quiet time by the kiddy pool in the afternoon. :)

 Emma-Lyn heading out for her ride in the buggy.  She loved it and was super keen to go!

 Sean riding along in the front field, he thought it was really cool!

 Daddy heading out for his ride...
 And there he goes--look at all the dust getting kicked up!

 And then it was my turn and we went for fast paced panoramic adventure!  So loved it.  As Uncle Frank was pulling out the driveway he asked me if I liked the roller coaster rides at the fair and I admitted that I loved them and he put the pedal to the medal and I screamed like a crazy person!! It was Amazing!!!

 At one point we sat around blowing bubbles.  I love this shot because it looks like the bubble is attacking Emma-Lyn

 And a blast from the past!  Don't know what I would have done without these two through high school.

 Yep, we're cool!

 Crystal's, "I'm so glad it is you who has three children and I only have two penguin children!" ;)

 Grampa Hope had a great time with all the children and took them on lion hunt, they were so enthusiastic!

 All tuckered out!

 Our homes away from home.  The tent with blue tarp was the kids tent, they had a room for their toys and a room for sleeping in, they thought this was very cool.  Marko and I enjoyed our new tent and were very pleased with how well it stood the rain over night.

 And now just some pretty pictures from Gramma Hope's garden.

 And here is Grampa Hope's church.  St. Paul United in Westville.

 The inside.  Brings back so many happy memories.

 Loved watching the clouds drift by in the afternoon.

And what better way to end than with a jaunt around the pond. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Here, There and Everywhere

 Over the summer Sean and I are reading the Narnia series which we both have really been enjoying.  This past week saw us putting together crowns and swords and shields and scepters and watching The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.a  The kids loved decorating their outfits and playing in them.  Unfortunately we were only able to watch part of the movie as it was badly scratched and wouldn't play.  Hopefully we'll finish it another day this week, but the weather has just been so nice that it's hard to stay inside and watch any amount of tv.

Got a bit of a shocker the following morning when I opened my email and was informed in a note from our local library that I owed them over 20 dollars for a supposed lost book.  I honestly do not remember even reading it let alone taking the book out, but I had and thankfully found it quickly, much to my relief.  That morning we went to the Library to clear the matter up and they deleted all the charges!  YIPEE  Then they invited the kiddos to stay for book club.  So we stayed and they had a great time listening to stories and making crafts.  I enjoyed meeting some of the other parents and chatting with them.  We're hoping to make it book club for the next 6 weeks and invite some friends along too!

That afternoon we spent a lovely afternoon with friends picking our first batch of strawberries! The kids near ate themselves silly in the strawberry patch.  The kids were even more thrilled when they found out their friends were coming back to our place for a playdate and I was super pleased to have more adult talk time with a dear friend.  In the evening after supper we piled the whole fam in the car and headed for an evening at the beach.  It was wonderful.  The kiddos splashed and played and even mommy and daddy chased the kiddos around before stopping for a strawberry break on the beach blanket.  I love summer!

We've continued walking on trails and going on jaunts around the county.  We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at Georgetown Gardens. What a beautiful spot.  The kiddos enjoyed playing hide and seek and playing with the huge captain's wheel. It was especially nice to find an ice cream shop nearby as well. On our latest trail walk Sean found an old railway spike.  He was ever so pleased and wants desperately to take it to the museum.

In another spurt of creativity, the kiddos and I had our first ever Artist Studio.  We had visited the Artisans on Main and were inspired to make our own artistic masterpieces.  We chose to work with paint and rocks and pine cones.  What a fun time.  We all sat on the kitchen floor and worked away all the while chatting and sharing what we were doing. Can't wait to bring out the studio again. :)

Emma-Lyn went on a sleep over to Grammie's last night so while she was away, Marko and I took the boys down to the waterfront for ice cream.  We had fun wandering along the shore and doing what the boys love best: throwing rocks in the water before making our way home.  And just as we were leaving a kind gentleman gave Marko and I a Tim Hortons 2 dollar gift card from his church.  Nice way to end the day.

Today I was going to take the boys to Cardigan for a jaunt but instead we decided to catch up with old friends and headed to Tea Hill for some beach fun and a picnic lunch.  We were having such a lovely time that we decided to stay in town and go to a park together and get some treats from Tims.  I think I may have gotten a bit of sun today, but it was such a delightful day anways!!  Did I mention that I LOVE summer?!!

 Emma-Lyn with her crown and scepter...I realize that the crowns look a lot more like bishop miters, but the kids loved them just the same.

 Sean all set for battle!

 And little Nate with his dagger.

 Emma-Lyn diligently working on her rock masterpiece.

 My little artists.

 Doesn't he look so ridiculously proud?!!

 A very happy lad!

 Oh and another thing I love about summer: my garden!  Enjoying a bumper lettuce crop!

 And now the tomatoes are beginning to grow!!  So excited!

 And there are even wee little beans growing! Can't wait to taste them!

 I love this view at Panmure Beach!

 So inviting!

 I can almost smell the salty air!

 This is the huge captain's wheel I was telling you about.  I pretended I was on the Price is Right and spun that thing for all I was worth while yelling, "Dollar, Dollar!!"

 Such a fun fountain!
 Just one of the many beautiful blossoms at Georgetown Gardens.

 My sweet little girl with her flowers.

 Dud was totally having a full body ice cream experience.

Sean with his train spike.