29 July 2014

Free



There are so many classes, camps, workshops that come up during the summer.   Both kids were at a half-day camp for a week when we were in Canada.  Beyond two one-day camps that I have signed up for both Josh and Zoe, I haven’t signed them up for anything else.  I rather like the idea that we can just take off to check out a museum, visit with a friend, go for a swim, hang out at the library, etc. anytime we feel like it.  I like that we are not bound by a set schedule.

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25 July 2014

Chillin’



…in the summer heat. With A/C blasting almost 24/7.  Missing Canada and time spent with family there.  But, for today at least, Josh has a few Harry Potter DVDs to go through and I am going to finish the whole Season 5 of Downton Abbey…  Zoë will be busy looming, as she has a few orders on her list. (She has been making animal charms and everybody’s been asking for one!)

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23 July 2014

Home



Finally.  Feels good to be home.  I relish the familiar texture of our sheets, the gentle firmness of my pillow. I’ve missed our sofa and the way the cushions softly hug me as I sink down to read a book.  We miss the family, though.  The kids definitely wish that we could stay the entire summer and play more with their cousins.  We are slowly getting used to the hot and humid weather again.  Slowly slipping back into old routines, checking out our old haunts.  Hoping each night that we sleep through and not be wide-eyed at 3am. 

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We still have about a month to go before school starts.  A couple of camps to attend.  A few play dates planned and more to be arranged.  Maybe a visit or two to the beach.  Plenty to do.  Plenty to look forward to. 
How is your summer coming along?

 

16 July 2014

Berry Summer



We went blueberry picking last week.  The very first day when the farm opened up for U-pick.  The blueberries were plump and big.   So many of them.  Instead of just looking for ripe berries, the kids were on the hunt for the biggest, plumpest blueberry.  They would yell out when they think they have found one.  The others would come running over and compare it with the giant ones that they have found.  So cute. 

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Each one of them had along either a bucket or a basket and we got over 10 pounds of blueberries –just between the kids and my husband, not counting yet what the cousins and my in-laws got!  That’s a whole lot of blueberries, you’d think, but we’re down to just the bag of blueberries that my MIL has frozen.  All the fresh ones have been consumed!

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Of course, we just had to treat ourselves after all the hard work of picking berries!  They have these really yummy berry waffles at the farm and we just had to have some.

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09 July 2014

Alternatives to Electronics




Summer. With the cousins.  All crazy about Minecraft.  If we let them, they could be on the computer or the tablet or playing Wii the whole day.  But we don’t.  They get one hour.  There are groans and there are attempts to get us to extend their time.  But there’s the backyard, the ball, books, sidewalk chalk, games of pretend, annoying the girl cousins…  They find something to keep themselves occupied.

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02 July 2014

Ah, Summer!



The kids are out of school.
We are officially on our summer holiday.
For about three weeks.
Before we go back to ‘reality.’

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It’s always lovely to have time off with family. Taking it easy.  Chillin’.  Enjoying the outdoors, away from the muggy humidity back home.  I love breathing in the fresh air.  I love that the kids get to spend time with their cousins. It’s such a treat for Josh and Zoë having a 24/7 play date with cousins that they see only once a year.  We’re all looking forward to camping out, berry-picking, and all sorts of fun stuff over the next couple of weeks.  Happy, happy summer!





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