Monday, July 14, 2008

summer-go-fun

We've spent a lot of time this summer going round and round. On the merry-go-round, that is. It just so happens that this is K's fave ride. Ever since that first ride on Mother's day she's been hooked. Now every time she sees one she gets all excited, pointing and oooohhhing. There's nothing we can do except get on (or else she explodes into a fit of crying and screaming - not a pretty sight!)

Here's evidence that we've been on almost every carousel in the city:






I've been amazed to find that there's so many of them throughout the city. Seems like everywhere we go, there's one. Watch out animals! Here we come!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

time flying


If you can imagine 16 adults and 9 kids under the age of 3 all under one roof, you can image what our Canada Day BBQ was like. Spent the morning cleaning then spent the evening cleaning. Despite that, it was a fun day but one that I can only do once (or twice) per year - for very obvious reasons, you'll have to agree.

So, here's some things I've learned from the experience:

  1. Plan a party on a Saturday or Sunday of a long weekend. Getting up the next morning to go to work is brutal after an evening of cleaning house.


  2. Buy multiple hand-held bubble making devices - it helps to keep tears and "not ready to share" scenarios to a minimum.


  3. Ensure all available "drawing" instruments are of the washable variety.


  4. Tie down or bolt down collapsible playhouses so curious toddlers don't discover the joys of tent toppling.


  5. The threat of toddler jail works magic for little ones under 3.


  6. Corn on the cob are instant hits for kids of all ages!


  7. Always eat ice-cream and Popsicles outdoors.

Nevertheless, it was a great weekend spent with friends, which I'm sure there will be many more "events" and much more learnings in our lifetime. It amazes me that just 3 years ago, summer weekends were spent so much differently. Boy, has time flown by so quickly!

Here's some photos of the event by our gracious photographer Daddy D.