Thursday, August 10, 2017

Unusual Summer Part 2

Those two weeks of "normal" summer?
Got pretty filled up too
No real lazy days of summery nothing much to do
And yet, somehow, just right

Grace sang again at the Glebe Centre
Much appreciated, especially since Aiden joined in

Mom tried out AquaFit class
And discovered that a morning run and a lunch time AquaFit is a bit too much
A great recipe for a solid afternoon nap

A few park days fit in
A splash pad evening
An over lunch time meeting with homeschool friends
An on the way home stop for some extended monkey bar practice

We made it to some friends' hobby farm for an afternoon
No one wanted to leave!
Watching a baby chick begin to hatch
Exploring the woods
Whirl pooling the backyard pool

Normal life extras:
Friends over for supper
Daddy to a Redblacks game
Skype calls with far away friends
Lots and lots of backyard raspberry recipes
Muffins galore and even a pie

And a once in a lifetime Canada150 opportunity
La Machines in downtown Ottawa
We took the bus (our first time, and we almost missed it!)
Braved the crushing crowds
Got close to Kumo the spider to watch it wake up
Surprisingly was passed closely by Long Ma the dragon horse
Discovered Jasmin's violin teacher in the mobile orchestra

And in-between we tackled a 3 page long to do list
Preparing our house for our Airbnb guests while we're away this month
Fixing all those little things to be fixed "sometime when I have time"
And at the same time planning and preparing ourselves
For the long drive to Halifax
A month at Imma's house
As many meetings with dear ones as we can fit in
And school for when we return

We made it!
Everything got done
Nothing left behind (nothing important at least)
Only took us an extra hour than we budgeted
And here we are enjoying ourselves

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Unusual Summer Part 1

We stopped school June 16
Stopped, not really finished
And our schedule went haywire

The first week mom and dad had a week long training seminar to attend
Last minute changes meant
A week of juggling childcare transport arrangements

Those last minute changes?
YeaYea having open heart surgery in Kingston
Wow, what a week!

The next week we had cousins to play
All day every day
Living in our house

Lots of fun and new experiences
Singing for seniors
Touring the animal shelter

July began with a wet muddy Canada Day
Saw no fireworks
But made many memories

We had a few days peace - well, not really, as we had to
Catch up with all we'd been missing
Plan and prepare for our week in Toronto

Concerned it'd be too much for us
Worried there'd be melt downs
Too many changes, not enough rest

But God was gracious
2 days camping just our family
2 friends homes giving us plenty of room for rest

Think we came home more rested than we left!
Thank you God, thank you friends
You gave us just what we needed

And then 2 weeks of "normal" summer
An oasis in the busyness
Wait - we have to plan and prepare for being away in August....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I know there's a whole month and a half missing...

...hopefully I'll get around to sharing some things of that busy summer start later, but here is a surprising contrast of time at the river from last year. It was our first time there this summer yesterday (it's been an uncommon summer so far) and it was so different!

This year:

Aiden "fishing"

Intrepid (and wet) explorers making it to the rock that was just a first step last year
 And last year:

I think we've had both years' worth of rain this year...

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

A few events of the last of May

Aiden's co-op camping class learned how to put up tents... and now nearly every day he asks to go camping!

We finally got back to one of our favourite walks by the river after the flooding.

The climbing trees are still the highlight!

Imma came for Mommy's birthday and brought Beatrice with her too. A very special present to have them for the weekend.