And we are off…

We are off to the cottage for 2 whole weeks!  Our fingers are crossed for good weather and few bugs.  This little boy is excited for sure!! This is Mason from last summer’s trip.  

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Splash!

Yesterday my friend Cathy and I took our boys to a small splash pad in St. Marys, a small town just south of Stratford.  A class showed up and took over  just as we arrived so we went to a small park to waste some time until they would be gone.  The park was meant for small kids – but the slides were all metal and it was HOT out – so the slides were lethal!  30 minutes later we went back to the splash pad and it was clear for the little guys to run around and have fun.  Alex LOVED it, Blair wasn’t too sure…  After we had a little picnic under the trees.  It was a really nice morning.

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First Day of Summer

Every year Matt’s extended family throws a father’s day bbq and golf game for the guys and this year it was held in Bayfield – a little village on Lake Huron.  Matt’s Grandma has a cottage just off the bluff and you can see the lake – it is just lovely there.  When we left home the sun was out, the day was hot – but as we got closer to the lake it was cooler and overcast – and we really didn’t dress for that!  It was a very nice get together – we had sausage on a bun, salads, and just socialized until the guys went golfing.  I took Alex for a nice long stroller ride hoping he would nap – but nope – he only slept for about 45 minutes on the drive to the cottage.  By the time we left at 7pm, he was walking in his sleep!  I did go down to the beach with Alex and Matt’s brother Andrew and his family.  It was Alex’s first time on the beach – quite fitting for the first day of summer I think.  There are ALOT of stairs going down to the water from the beach access, so luckily I have been hitting the gym and trying to jog a couple of times a week because carrying a 24lb little guy up and down is a real workout!

Matt's Mom giving Alex a sip of water

Matt's Mom giving Alex a sip of water

Kylie helping Alex play in the sand

Kylie helping Alex play in the sand

Ohhh... Water!

Ohhh... Water!

Alex and I

Alex and I

Happy Summer!!

Berry Day

Today Alex and I joined a few of my girlfriends and their little ones at a small Strawberry Festival at Megans Berry Farm just outside of Stratford.  At first it wasn’t looking very promising – LOTS and LOTS of rain this morning, but we went out anyhow and it was great fun.  There were some local food vendors, a country band, ice cream, pork burgers, and of course strawberries!   We kinda took the space over for a while – because of the rain the morning, attendance was pretty poor – but that just more room for our little ones to run around and dance.  I bought some of the local produce – strawberry jam, asparagus, and…. strawberries!  Yummm!

Girls & kiddies

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Notice the stawberry smoothie on Alex's upper lip!

Notice the stawberry smoothie on Alex's upper lip!

Alex and Harrison checking out the goats

Alex and Harrison checking out the goats

Summer!

I can’t believe summer is almost here.  5 more days of Matt working, and then we are off for our summer vacation.  We will be spending 2 weeks straight up at Matt’s family cottage in Burk’s Falls.  While we are there we are planning on:

  • RELAXING!! The first few days will be spent just vegging out and letting Alex explore. 
  • Introducing Alex to the water and the boat – should be lots of fun!
  • Going to Burk’s for Canada Day celebrations – now that should be interesting.  Burks is… shall I say… a little on the red neck side of things.
  • Going up to North Bay to ride the beautiful carousels and miniature railway at North Bay’s Waterfront and explore the town.  Matt went to University up there so we are going to check out Nipissing and the trails behind the school.  If you are in the area please let me know!
  • READ! 

For the rest of July we will be:

  • attending the annual Brickman’s Picnic on July 11!  This is a picnic for those who have adopted from South Korea in Ontario
  • checking out the local water parks
  • going to Storybook Gardens in London
  • going to Wings of Paradise in Cambridge
  • enjoying lots of family time – Matt and I will be home the whole month of July with Alex!

In August…

  • I’m going back to work, only 6 weeks left at home which makes me very sad
  • Matt and Alex will have the month together
  • we hope to go to Matt’s grandmother’s cottage in Bayfield for a few days

What are your plans this summer?

On my nightstand…

A few days ago I finished Twilight – and LOVED it!!  I am now addicted as some of  you predicted – New Moon is one of the items on my nightstand.

Other books on the go:

Babyville by Jane Green (for my book club)
For the longest time I didn’t want to read “baby” focused chick lit because I was dealing with the issues of infertility and found it too difficult to read about the joys (agony) of pregnancy, childbirth, etc.  I thought this book was going to be like that from the title – but so far Julia, the main character is dealing with the exact same emotions and reactions to difficulty conceiving that I was dealing with – and it is kinda nice for a change!  I am a big Jane Green fan and can’t wait to read more of it.

Informers by Bret Easton Ellis
I enjoy a twisted book once and a while and hope this one does the trick.

Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah
I heard from a fellow reader that this books is supposed to be VERY GOOD so I’ve added it to my collection for the next little while.  I have not read this author yet, but I know from working in the library that her books are super popular.

The Dead Room by Heather Graham
I need a little mystery to help round out my reading collection so this one should be good – I like my mysteries to include a little romance….

Starlight

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to go to a concert at the Starlight in Waterloo to see Danny Michel perform.  My supervisor and friend Wendy invited 20 of her closest friends and fellow Danny fans to go to the concert to help celebrate her birthday – and I was lucky enough to be one of the selected few. 

My favourite part of the show was the impromptu performance of White Lightening  followed by the Batman theme song 🙂  I did try to take a picture with my cell, but it was so dark it didn’t come through very well…

If you haven’t heard of him give him a try – he is so much fun! Very groovy guitar and really fun lyrics. 

Thank You Wendy!!   Loved the show!

the video link above was from a different show – not the one last night…

Sunday Fun

Today was beautiful outside – sun and warm – but not too warm.  This morning we all hung out in the backyard – playing with Alex’s ride on toys, weeding the gardens, and just having fun.  A great surprise was that Alex is now comfortable walking on the grass!  No more fussing (unless he falls on a sloped area and can’t get up on his own) – I’m so happy that he has gotten over the fear of grass – our yard is where I love to hang out in the summer so now we can much more often. 
walking in the grass

walking in the grass

We also set up the sprinkler for Alex since he was quite warm and we don’t have a baby pool yet – he absolutely loved it – not that you can tell from the below picture (please disregard my red neck appearance – especially the bra hanging out – who let me out of the house looking like that??).

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The cutest thing was that I would run through the sprinkler – then Alex would follow me.  Then he would push me to go again – and he would once again follow – giggling all the way.  Such a sweetie!

I hope you all enjoyed your Sunday too!  Off now to watch The Wrestler…  I hope it is as good as the reviews were!