You know it was a hot weekend when you start thinking about wishing it would SNOW… but the truth is it is a heck of a lot easier to WARM UP than to COOL DOWN! With the temperature hitting the 30’s (celcius) it was hard enough to stay motivated let alone active.
Friday was a warm day to begin with. I had to limit the kids’ time outside and spent most of our day with them in the basement and us upstairs in front of the fan. Even then it was far from cool and comfortable.
Daddy and His Little Girl
Sharing a Giggle
We moved the pool to under the tree so at least the time the boys were allowed out was spennt in the shade. And of course a nice cool and LONG bath after for all 3. Trinity as has become somewhat of a routine ended up in her baby bath in the livingroom… something she has come to expect and REALLY enjoy! Though this time we had to dump out and refill after an “accident” in the bath…
Beating the Heat!
Chris and Chris stopped by with all the fixings for dinner the next day… including condiments (so smart since we are low on those) and DEER burgers! Homemade of course! Something I have never had before. So we also got in a little visit, adult company is ALWAYS nice. Especially with people who share Ken’s sense of humour (that can be FEW and FAR between!)
Saturday Ken slipped out of the house before Trinity and myself had awoken leaving the boys watching a cartoon. With the day projected to be blisteringly hot I sent the boys out straight after breakfast (and my bath) to play in the backyard taking Trinity with to pick raspberries and enjoy what little shade there was. After lunch when the heat REALLY hit we all went down to the basement (bliss) where we all pitched in – some to a greater degree (ie. ME) and cleaned the basement… well the toy room and bonus quiet room. It took over an hour and a nice lecture about how things will have to GO BACK to where they were EVERY TIME or toys may just start disappearing! We shall see how long it lasts… to date they have been beyond excellent with putting their toys back in order with minimum fuss. Trinity found some baby dolls to play with that for some reason wouldn’t do exactly what she thought they should so she spent most of HER time yelling at them! It was quite entertaining and she still seemed to be having fun so we left her to it.
BEFORE the Clean
AFTER the Clean (Gavin in blue)
All of that added to my earlier work on the livingroom and the kitchen (clean counter tops and stove and everything!) and I felt quite accomplished! On the other hand; Chris, Chris, Ken and Chris (female)’ daughter Amanda and her boyfriend Sheldon (who is Scottish) were hard at work moving. They actually had to stop mid afternoon just because it was so hot and leave the rest to go back to on Sunday.
So around 3pm everyone showed up here at the house with beer and tired people. After a bit of gaming on the Xbox 360 (thank goodness Chris and Chris had 2 extra controllers we only have one) Chris (male) set to work making the deer burgers… which apparently have to be mixed with regular hamburger as there is so little fat and alone they don’t stay together! We also had chips and dip and watched Hogfather the movie. Rested, drank beer and visited. Talk about fun!
Chris and Ken Dishing Up
So I have tried Deer! Add that to my trying of Sushi and I am feeling quite experimental! We have made plans with Nathan and Ada to go to the Heritage Festival next weekend where there will be food from all over the world as Ken has told me he will “make it happen.” We have been so tight with our budget I have basically not done ANYTHING that cost extra this month (besides parking at City Hall) so I feel this treat would be well worth it – 10.00 for the bus both ways and then 25.00 for 30 food tickets… of course bring snacks as some items are more than one ticket. But fun! And with a fun couple too! AND my first tine on a bus! ANYWAY…
Saturday night did NOT cool down so the boys asked to sleep in the basement and actually were VERY good about it! All 3 of them down in the quiet room on the futon though Gavin came up late in the night saying it was not soft enough (it IS a very thin mattress) and slept the rest of the night in his room. Emanuel thought it was the most AMAZING treat! And they only came up 4 times to say good night lol.
Sleeping in the Basement (Gavin in blue)
Ken, Trinity and I on the other hand were up way past our bed time. It was creeping up on midnight before Trinity went to sleep as we did not want her laying in the room screaming in the heat. Myself I PLANNED on going to bed before midnight but was up until near 2 am just waiting for it to cool down. Luckily Ada and Nathan were also online so there was someone to talk to. Though the lucky ducks had their balcony to go onto that eventually had cooled down a bit. Finally at about 4 am when Ken went to bed (figures) there was a rather major storm. I remember hearing wind and for some reason jumping almost a foot when Ken went to bed but missed the whole thing! And of course all the cool weather THAT brought in was gone by lunch time today!
Sunday dawned relatively cool. Ken didn’t have to head over until 9 as Chris found a flat on their truck last night (darn you Murphy!) and was the first one to their old place. It took them a little longer than expected to get the move done as the cable man showed up to hook up their internet and all but it all got finished. lucked out – I made the boys scrambled eggs with cheese and ham and then trucked everyone outside. I got a nice sized bowl of raspberries this morning and another this evening. Half are in the freezer. The boys got in some play time and then played in the basement before lunch (more deer burgers)… Nathan and Ada came by in the afternoon so I even had some adult company! And then when Chris, Chris and Ken got home everyone had burgers and more visiting. I think I have gotten more adult company this weekend than in the whole month and it has ROCKED!
The boys had time in the pool, freezies, and spent hours downstairs without major fighting. Although as soon as I called my mom to say happy birthday Emanuel bit Zander andGavin started arguing with them – figures – phone is like a magic switch for my kids to go BONKERS! Ken and I have decided we will take the family to a family gathering for my mom’s Morse side. They have yet to meet Trinity and the last time we were at a family get together was when my grandma died. Sadly this means going to my cousin’s wedding on my dad’s side may not be possible (though it was dicey to begin with – they are over 3 hrs away where as this is only an hour) BUT we DID see them at Christmas… I hate to miss a Reinsch gathering but what can you do? Gas is pricey and budget SUPER tight… I am hoping on a mini miracle on Monday which would allow us BOTH trips but am not getting too optimistic. If nothing else I am already working on a wedding sampler pattern… he suggested leather and skulls, the colours are teal and chocolate brown… I am thinking maybe go a little gothic style (not GOTH but gothic… period style) and sneak in a skull but do it in those two rich colours with a more feminine alphabet… I just need to source it all out! This is a rather special date for my mom as it is a memorial for her aunt who passed away last year AND a celebration of the family owning the same piece of farm land for 100 yrs!!! Amazing huh?
Right now all 3 boys are bunked down in the basement – this time with an air mattress on top for extra “soft” to keep Gavin happy. I figure as long as they are good and it is hot what a treat right?
Our plans for tomorrow aren’t too shabby either – we need to go back to the H & W… there is a sale on grapes, carrots, peaches, etc… drop off some library books sometime that day, pick raspberries, talk about farmers and play outside. And… if I can keep Ken motivated and the weather stays hot – back to the Leg this time EVERYONE in bathingsuits and Trinity in the floaty thing we bought way back when to SIT in the bigger fountain – BLISS! So stuff to look forward to to be sure!
Of course we are still hoping on forward movement with all of our stresses right now.. as well as some sort of response from our MP on our government problem (boo). So who knows Monday could be a really good day or…. more of the same? Lets shoot for really good and if my calls don’t come through I will MAKE it good!
After all who can be blue when there are so many yummy raspberries around? Oh… Best line of the weekend – Trinity was standing in front of the tv blocking the boys’ view… Zander stood up with a toy for her – a cup with a suction cupped ball stuck in it: “Trinity ball… stuck in a cuppy…” and the moment she took it “…now go away…” all in the same sing song tone lol!!!