Tag Archive | beach

Much Anticipated Yearly Aunty Karyn Visit!

Seriously, VERY anticipated, we love having Karyn on her once a year pilgrimage to visit our family. This year she drove down which always makes her arrival more of a surprise.

This year she chose to come down in August. Her timing was pretty perfect. The right week to see Trinity and Emanuel test for belt levels in Karate, to see Echo’s dance recital (solo act version), see off Ken and the boys before their first 5K run AND celebrate an early birthday for Echo. Yup, we kept her busy!20180810_123550

We had all sorts of fun. Karyn is one of the very few who has now met our Momo in person. They got along swimmingly.IMG_20180804_214050_258

Then in a last minute plan we went out to meet the Schwartz family at a splash park. We sent the twins and dads out to play Pokemon. It was a little on the cool side, but fun was had.IMG_20180805_220306_162

Bedtime stories were read with Aunty of course.IMG_20180805_220228_325

And Karyn and I ducked off to check out a larger quilting and yarn shop and then on the way home stop at a series of outlets where we enjoyed Five Guys.IMG_20180807_215711_361

We took our favourite walk to the Catholic Church.IMG_20180807_215853_035

And took her to our favourite beach. That was just Karyn and my supervision on that one. We managed it!20180808_103243

20180808_114219

20180808_113509

Then over to the Schwartz family’s for dinner and Mystro time.IMG_20180808_231459_425

Karyn and I snuck off a second time for a marathon shop at Mall of America. Ken has still not accepted the flowered Dr. Martins I bought at an absolute steal. Never could afford a pair as a teenager.20180807_125043

Friday was our early birthday fun. A trip to the zoo no less. Birthday girls’ choice. Karyn is working on becoming an amazing photographer.20180810_102653

20180810_111243_HDR

20180810_123531

20180810_104922

20180810_104618

20180810_111243_HDR

20180810_113255

Then a nice long dinner adults only after the dance recital. And the week was over.20180810_163036

Hugs at dawn on Saturday and a tearful good bye and the visit was over in the blink of an eye! She came bearing snacks and gifts from her previous travels but the best part was just the time we got with her. Never enough, but so very precious and well loved. Can’t wait until next year!!!20180811_073005

20180811_073018

And here is the overflow of awesome!20180808_103234

20180810_101753

20180810_102615

20180810_104101

20180810_110234

20180810_113154_HDR

20180810_113309

IMG_20180810_223855_790

IMG-20180811-WA0018

 

Just a Jolly Look at June

Really, there almost isn’t a point in posting a stand alone June blog post after my run down of the days of crazy. June is always busy but with Ken in charge of a major project at work that kept us near home and cancelled most of our exciting and travel required plans… not so much on the spontaneous and crazy. You can read all about the crazy days HERE, and the new baby in the house HERE.20180606_145647

IMG_20180609_145616_277

In fact, June is VERY photo heavy what with the new pet in the house. So there is an additional MOMO post to follow this one HERE.20180616_001223

Of course Neko-chan still got love.IMG_20180622_091733_479

IMG_20180618_100634_179

We did get back on our walk to the YMCA for morning programming and swimming, etc routine. The twins are too old for club (in fact, Emanuel is on the verge of too old himself) but the other 3 are finding it entertaining. We added run club on Thursdays during the day for the oldest 2 (hopefully they will run a 5K or 2 by the end of summer) and dance Friday nights for Miss Echo.20180622_161133

Hanging with mom before they head off for active time

Hanging with mom before they head off for active time

Walking in the rain

Walking in the rain

We had multiple outings. Of course one was to the beach.20180613_182106

20180613_191322

20180613_183103

20180613_183601

20180613_183606

20180613_191251

We had a fun time on a cool and windy day at a park with the Schwartz boys.20180603_131638

20180603_120309

20180603_131418

20180603_124726

A picnic at another park by a lake with ANOTHER family of Schwartz origins.20180610_155348

Celebrated Father’s Day.20180617_105152

20180617_105142

Lots of time spent in the front yard in the sun.

20180615_143426

20180616_201517

IMG_20180614_154034_883

20180620_133032

Many many walks.20180622_083948

A tattoo – you can read all about that HERE. As well as our busy June celebrations HERE.

We crafted.IMG_20180609_212359_273

20180617_220437

IMG_20180622_102959_927

We schooled.IMG_20180615_120759_291

IMG_20180615_120759_289

IMG_20180601_105551_458

We gardened.IMG_20180609_130108_197

20180606_140259

We enjoyed life, June seems to have been a month of joy. It is nice to look back at it as the temperatures drop.20180613_121815

20180608_094145

20180626_102137

IMG_20180627_222006_758

IMG_20180629_215405_931

A Very August August

Whatever that means… Echo turned 7 in August. And summer continued to happen.

The twins did the Splash and Dash at the YMCA. This was the last year they could register and the first I had heard of it. It was just a fun thing and they did enjoy it. I think this year Ken will do a fun run with them. The other three with the rest of the clubY kids who were there were around to cheer them on.IMG_20170819_110223_762

IMG_20170819_110341_865We spent a lot of time at the YMCA in August. Lots of walking in the sunshine to do what we could do there. Zander chose to do schoolwork over club as he really does get bored. They are so quickly aging out of the program really.IMG_20170826_104211_498

20170831_100404

IMG_20170824_225837_601

It was quite the trick to get this daycare art with its paint home!

It was quite the trick to get this daycare art with its paint home!

Don’t forget karate!IMG_20170803_200105_644

We did try to see the total (well mostly here) solar eclipse. We went so far as to make viewing boxes… but weather conspired against us. So we went from an eclipse viewing to playing in the warm rain! Not a bad trade off!IMG_20170820_151832_817

With our viewing boxes early in the morning when we could see some clear sky.

With our viewing boxes early in the morning when we could see some clear sky.

So much for that!

So much for that!

How we had to watch it

How we had to watch it

20170821_123533

20170825_150127

Our revised rain party

Our revised rain party

Of course we worked on getting used to our newest member of the family. She is so fun to photograph (if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would be well aware of this already!).IMG_20170831_223650_062

IMG_20170830_221007_292

IMG_20170831_100435_428

20170827_194419

20170828_082756

20170815_104310

IMG_20170812_175347_352

20170811_215055Emanuel took a week off the family and went to a camp with his friend Aidan. It was so odd to only have 4 kids!FB_IMG_1502383358796

FB_IMG_1502383302986

FB_IMG_1502383249030

FB_IMG_1502383435268We made as many beach trips as we could on our sunny free days. Sometimes including friends like the Schwartz boys and their mom Renee.20170831_164222

20170831_160533

20170831_161202

20170831_170403

20170831_162838We went to a neighborhood community event hosted by friends we made at the YMCA who were also instrumental in getting me off my butt and into the R.I.P.P.E.D. classes!

Bike parade

Bike parade

IMG_20170801_211311_360

IMG_5417Had school in our classroom AND in the sunroom.20170830_120440

IMG_20170829_164314_740

20170830_083640We did our part and sent some of our useful items to the YMCA collection for the YMCA in Houston after the hurricanes. It was so amazing to be part of a very successful drive where the two YMCAs worked together to fulfill a requested need.20170829_115520

Miss Echo lost her first teeth!IMG_20170814_211141_146

And I sewed up a storm.IMG_20170830_214228_949

20170829_163424

20170829_194815

IMG_20170814_144359_460

A purse!

A purse!

We visited the Pixar exhibit at the science museum with out homeschool buds.

Echo and Nate

Echo and Nate

20170812_133616_HDR

20170812_134351

20170812_141502

IMG_20170812_145552_758

IMG_20170812_145759_531

IMG_20170812_145904_049Ken and I visited the local soda shop.IMG-20170825-WA0006

IMG-20170820-WA0000

And visited with Cousin Robbie. As well as baby Karissia when we were over at the Novaks. You will remember pictures of her baby shower HERE (her mom is Sophia).IMG-20170812-WA0002

IMG_20170826_212127_033

Snoopy!

Snoopy!

We had lovely fancy ice cream out at a place near the Novak’s as well.20170826_141647

20170826_140647

20170826_141636Snuck in some Canadian pride time at Canada Days in Little Canada. Though it was less exciting than we expected.IMG_20170806_122755_026

It was a great month in retrospect. I love that these moments flash back into my mind as I look at the pictures. I hope you enjoy them too! 20170831_162848

20170831_171911

20170831_173736

20170831_162821_HDR

20170823_155454

Squirrel

Squirrel

20170821_110635

IMG_20170812_145701_948

20170812_132444