This past Canada Day was a pretty special one for us. Not only was it Sunday and we went to church, but Marko was also the preacher!! He worked so hard on his message and he did a splendid job of sharing what God laid on his heart. He has lead the church Bible studies quite a few times which I'm sure helped settle the butterflies in his stomach. He has such a sweet and caring manner about him and I was just so proud of him! Am I gushing too much?!
After the service we came home and quickly changed and gathered our things for our picnic at the waterfront with Grammie and Auntie Linda. The weather was so gorgeous. The sun was shining and a delightful breeze came up from the river. The children enjoyed scampering about and climbing trees. After our picnic we came home for naps and to pack the car again for our get together with friends in Stratford. The kids had a great time playing with their friends while the adults all got to chat and hangout on the deck at Brian and Bonnie's house. A little before 10 we headed down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks. While I agree that the fireworks were grand and wonderfully done, I was disappointed that they started early (which they never do) so we missed some on the way down and since we were a bit scattered we weren't able to watch them as a family or even as the whole group of friends. Thankfully it sounds like they will be moving the launch site for next year so next time we won't even have to leave Brian and Bonnie's place to see them!
The kids didn't get to bed until after 11:30 which meant they didn't get up until 9:30 the next morning! I can't remember a time that we've been able to sleep in that late! It was grand but at the same time it totally messed up my internal schedule, so not used to eating breakfast at 10:30! :) That evening we were off to another get together with friends for a birthday party. The kids totally enjoyed themselves, there were 18 kids there and plenty of kittens and doggies to play with. It was the sweetest thing to see Sean holding onto a little kitty while sitting quietly on a log. They enjoyed the bonfire and smores as well. Such a fun time.
The kids have finished their session of swimming lessons and all have passed. I'm not sure what I think about that, since we had such a poor experience with the staff at the pool this time around. At any rate they all enjoyed being in the water and being with their friends while learning some basic swimming instructions. Hopefully we can work out a better system with the pool for the Fall session.
And now I'm just waiting for Nate to come home from his sleep over at Grammie's house. We all went over yesterday afternoon so all the kiddos could play on their slip and slide. Nate was thrilled to be the one getting to stay over with Grammie and Auntie Linda. Can't wait to have him home and hear his stories. This morning I took Sean and Emma-Lyn to the Garden of the Gulf Museum. It was a lovely way to spend the morning.
One morning we walked to the waterfront and bumped into Grammie so she joined us and came up for some quality time with her grand kids. For some reason the kiddos thought they should put their cushions on their heads and pretend to be Egyptian Pharaohs.