***I just realized that I originally published this post as a NEW PAGE, oops!! That’s the problem with the new wordpress platform, grrr, anyway, this should have been published on July 10, 2015.***
Since Cake first started school, the first week of summer has typically been about and preparing for Canada Day. That’s why, for me, the week after that is usually the first week of real summer for me. We sleep in(ish), we eat not at predetermined times, but when we’re hungry to eat, some days we wear bathing suits and pj’s for longer than we wear any actual clothes, it’s awesome! This week was all about what I wanted summer to be about: pool, lunches outside, fun outings, friends. Of course, we’re still playing soccer and playing piano too, but those are mere afterthoughts.
On Monday, we had to visit Nay’s school to water some newly planted trees. We’ll be watering the trees a few more times throughout the summer, hopefully they’ll live long enough to grow and provide some shade for Nay before he leaves that school in grade 8!
After watering the trees, we hit the splash pad which was the first thing to be crossed off our summer list! We went to the Central Park splash pad, I’d never been there before but it’s relatively close to our house. Not enough to walk, but not a long drive for sure. The kids, as usual, were a bit intimidated at a new place, but once they surveyed the possibilities for fun they ran in. We stayed there for quite some time until I felt like the sunscreen on my back was no longer a sufficient barrier against the super high UV that day. I was right too, I have now a small triangle on my back where I couldn’t reach with sunscreen. Every day since then I’ve remembered to ask Cake to get my back so I don’t forget!! We’re almost just about done reading The Magician’s Nephew, which the kids are totally into. Cake even wanted to read aloud a chapter on Monday night, she is getting much better at reading aloud and remembering to use the pitch in her voice and pauses for exaggeration.
First of many visits to splash parks this summer!
Ring of water!
Breaking for lunch at the Splash Park!
Cake reading a chapter from The Magician’s Nephew
Tuesday was all about swimming, and library, and building. We were out to get groceries and decided to stop and have lunch at a restaurant! So fun, to go out with our books and order eggs and read over lunch. I swear we had almost an entirely silent lunch, but it was perfect.
Swimming with doliphins
Making of a materpiece.
Lunch time reading may become standard form around here.
Building with our structures plank set.
Wednesday was Shawn’s birthday, so we had a bit of prep work to do that day. We picked a few cups of red currants to bake Shawn’s traditional birthday pie, a red currant pie with a lemon crust and a merengue top. I’ve posted the recipe about 5 times so I won’t again, but it’s totally the best pie ever. We gave Shawn a whole bunch of fancy shampoo and bath stuff for his birthday, which originally was going to be his father’s day gift but he suspected that I had bought him an apple watch for his birthday and was dropping some not so subtle hints that he really, really, really wanted the watch early. So, that’s what he got! We went out and got him some yummy thai and chinese food for lunch and made sure to deliver him coffee through out his work day. Our evening was kabobs and corn on the bbq and swimming until the mosquitoes drove us inside. Day three of awesomeness! And a few more items crossed off out summer list: library, bake Daddy a red currant pie.
Daddy and Cake…and pie.
Happy 36th Birthday!
Thursday, we had Cake’s friend, Sammy with us for the day. We had to water the trees at school again, so she met up with us there. Originally the plan was to go back to the splash pad, but it was a bit too cloudy and cool for that so we opted for mini golf instead! Now…I am a rule follower when it comes to this kind of thing. You hold the putter correctly, you aim, you attempt to get your ball in the hole. I was golfing with three kids who did not care much to follow the rules about about the 8th (out of 26) hole. They started bowling the balls down the green, Nay was pretty much playing hockey with his ball, a few times they tried to hit their balls quite hard, until Cake hit hers into a stream and then that put an end to that idea. I was fighting it at first but realized I was loosing the battle and decided to put up with the stares of the elderly ladies who were playing ahead of us instead. I told Shawn when we got home that I needed to go mini golfing without the kids to make up for it. Had it just been my two, I would have been much stricter but since we had a plus one, I had to loosen the reigns…at least somewhat! We finished the afternoon off with swimming in the backyard, where they stayed so long I had to bribe them out of the pool with peanut butter cookies. It worked, and the kids had enough of a chill out time for me to make some dinner and get reset for soccer that night.
Mini golf fun.
My soccer team seems okay this session. I have one girl who is constantly asking if the other team is cheating, which is…weird. Every time they huddle she runs up to ask me if they’re talking about how to best cheat. What do you say to that?!? Uhhh NO! I have gotten a lot of weird questions from kids over the years, but this is by far the weirdest one and she obviously didn’t believe me because she brought it up more than once! I’m going to have to figure out ways to quell this by next week, since I’m sure I’ll hear about it again.
Today, Sammy came back to spend the day with us. Both Cake and Nay are delighted about this, Nay always adores Cake’s friends and is much happier for her to have a friend over than to invite someone himself. This morning we packed a picnic lunch, and drove out to the aviation and space museum. In my mind, I always feel like that museum is so. far. away. But it’s not, it’s like 20 minutes or something ridiculous. Anyway, that museum is not a favourite for sure, but we hadn’t been there since the kids were quite small. The aviation part was just okay, they had a scavenger hunt type thing, which *could* have been quite good, if they were to do it slightly different. The kids were given a passport and were to find planes based on clues in the passport. The only thing is that we had to follow a staff member around and then he gave the kids a stamp. I thought it would have been better if there was a mailbox with a stamper in it, and the kids could do the hunt individually.
The space section of the museum was a bit more up to date, and had lots on Chris Hadfield, whom the kids all recognized. We surprisingly spent over two hours there, and then went outside for lunch and to play at the park. The kids are now home, and playing in the pool, Nay wants to play a board game, Castle Panic, and then Clue so we’ll see if I can pull them out in enough time to do that before Sammy goes home.
I love summer, seriously, I never, ever want the kids to go back to school. Ever.
Checking out their reflections.
Aviation museum is probably not that much fun if you can’t read.
Watching the space video all together. When the Northern Lights they all ooooo’d and ahhhhh’d.
Not so impressed with this feature of the museum.
That’s our first week, next week the kids are in camp, something I totally regret signing them up for. I know that they’ll have fun with their friends, and I’ll get time to get the house tidyed up and maybe put away all my sparks stuff, but I’ll miss them big time…and also I have to drop them off before 9am, that part sucks.
Best summer ever!