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Beginning of a Week Long Vacation

July 8-9

After so much fun and Nana and Baba returning in mere days I decided to call it and give the kids one whole week off! Well, once we planted our seeds of course. Two different kinds of green beans with cups and papertowels… we followed the basic instructions from Instructables HERE. The twins are jointly weekly recording and Trinity and Emanuel are putting their observations in the nature journals.101_3345

Out came the Play Doh…101_3336



And then with the now firmly installed slide, a rash of screaming, laughing and fast sliding!101_3343

No fear!

No fear!

We had the perfect weather to take out our alternative to the traditional water balloons. We used the instructions by the website How Does She? HERE. We did have to attempt regular sponge sponges when we couldn’t get to Dollar Tree before Aidan’s birthday party but I am  telling you now, not cool! The best is what they list on the site – plastic sponges from Dollar Tree. We bought 6 packages and I ended up with 29 due to sacrificing two for the paper making. They leave no plastic pieces on the lawn to collect, and all you need is a bucket with water. Echo didn’t even mind getting hit in moderation! Sponges were 1.00 for 10 and the elastics 1.00 or so as well and I have well over 3/4 of a bag of those left!!!

Add water...

Add water…

Our sponges

Our sponges

101_3352101_3360What is better after a good waterfight in the sunshine than big glasses of lemonade???101_3367

We gave the potty and some juice in front of the tv a try… still no real results sadly. BUT we talk about our potty usage constantly. My goal is to give it a real push in September when we are once again living solo.101_3369

Of course it is the perfect time to have a tea party.



AND tea party

AND tea party

And end the evening with a lovely LATE dinner with the newest season of Futurama and some lovely Chinese food… just the two of us!!

101_3377Not a bad end to our two weeks without Nana and Baba! 101_3365


And So We Say Good-Bye…


Plans are always fluid with our family, have you noticed? Our original plan was to leave for what we currently consider homebase on Friday but in fine tradition of my visits that last at least overnight… EXTENSION! Instead of packing up to go home I sorted through all our stuff and repacked and then made plans to see Holly and Jimmie AGAIN! 

Cousin time

We made sure to go over after Jimmie was done his Friday half day at school so that Trinity and he could spend more cousin time bonding. Oh and so Aunty could do Trinity’s hair. We didn’t get a chance to see my brother this time as he was working during the day. So we girls had to make do! 

So cute

We had to make a 7-11 run which is only a block or two from their home and then onward to the park. Talk about a fun time, even Echo got in on the fun once Kathy convinced her to step onto the rocks. Slides and swings and cousins… oh my!






Walking back to the townhouse required hand holding and careful watching for cars… well for the most part! 


Let’t not forget our final special treat out with Kathy!! Boston Pizza!!!

Gotta colour



And that brought us back to Kathy’s and a relaxing evening, laundry and finishing the planning for Saturday. Which was our second visit with Esther. She came and got us lock stock and barrel and took us back to her place for the day. The new plan… spend the day at Esther’s while Karyn returns from her trip to see the Orca… then head in Karyn’s car back to HER apartment for an overnighter… all VERY doable. 

Gotta get in some pj quiet time

We stayed until after supper (made by the amazing Echo) and then had to once again pack up another car. This time we were smart and bagged up a smaller bag of overnight stuff. That way we only had to bring up a smaller amount of necessities for our final overnight at Karyn’s. Thankfully I had left my playpen at her apartment so mom’s could stay in the car. 

So my last day in the city was full of relaxation…


With Aunty

Girly time and special moments. It was hard to head back to one step closer to reality. But then again, can’t stay away forever… and I did have a birthday to celebrate… Hello Sunday! Welcome to 33! 

Say good bye to two BLACK cats...

Only to say hello to one WHITE one