Summer Bucket List

  • -- Go hiking at Beaver Creek
  • -- Find a new splash park
  • -- Make a salad from our garden
  • -- Go strawberry picking
  • -- Go to the Berry Barn for berry picking and waffles
  • -- Go to the zoo
  • -- Make watermelon juice
  • -- Run in the sprinklers
  • -- Bike to River Landing after supper
  • -- Make our own ice cream
  • -- Go to Pike Lake
  • -- Go camping
  • -- Go to the Children's Festival
  • -- Go to Ribfest
  • -- To to Taste of Saskatchewan
  • -- Make lemonade
  • -- Get ice cream at the bus

Monday, August 03, 2015

On the fringe.

Joel ain't home again this evening, but the Fringe Festival wraps up at the end of the week and by the time Joel is available to us again, we're going to want to go to the Ex and we aren't going to have time to walk down as a family and sit in the middle of the street to watch, like, Ukrainian dancers or whatever.

Plus, if I take the girls down by myself, we can share a perogie poutine and I don't have to cook.

Geneva is like, Don't you dare feed me give me that fork I am super good at this, watch.

We spent most of our time pseudo-stalking down these two characters. Eleanor could not let them pass without accosting them.

They were the most gracious neon fox and wolf we have ever met, because they stopped every time so that Eleanor could make small talk at them.

We got mini donuts, and I gave Geneva one after I'd shaken most of the sugar off, but NOT ALL OF IT because the whole way home she was like, Pfbbbfbfbfbfbfbfbfbfbfbf.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The dad returns.

Joel came home! The girls were deranged with happiness. We dragged him to the farmer's market with us so we could get ice cream, and buy 20 lbs of peaches.

And then we went to Ribfest. There was bouncy castles!

Geneva was like, Oh yes, I am familiar with trampolines, I know just what to do here.

There was a bouncy obstacle course!

Look at that tiny cheerleader in the back. She needs a little flag to wave.

There was a petting zoo! Geneva did not trust the goat.

Eleanor scammed three separate dollars off of me to buy feed cones, to feed the animals. HERE GO YOU, DONKEY.




Also, the pony rides were free. Free. Eleanor rode ponies THREE TIMES.

Geneva rode a pony, too, because come on. She is like ok this is a thing that is happening ok. 

And then obviously there were ribs.


That is her 'waiting for ribs' face.

That is Geneva's.

Those are the ribs. PUT THE BEANS INTO MY MOUTH.

Can't talk, ribsing.

Talking despite ribsing.

Buncha bitches, buncha ribs.

And then this morning we went to the lake.

Lakers be laking. Now Joel is working basically constantly until Wednesday evening, but we don't even mind. LOOK AT THE WEEKEND WE HAD. So we'll kill the hours playing a game Eleanor invented, where we take turns being the one who is going to a wedding with a picnic, who shares it with the other one, who forgot her picnic.

Geneva cameos as the tiny drunk who barely napped today. 

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The cousins continue to be in town and we talk them into seeing us a bunch more times!

AND THEN. Saturday we met up with the cousins at the farmer's market. Eleanor insisted on standing on the bench and halloooing for them until we got a text saying they were across the market.

We paid UGH CASH DOLLARS for the olds to get their faces painted because it was a Special Occasion.

Eleanor you are the most perfect little dragonface.

And then we got ice cream because duh.

Look at my little person all wore out.

Anyway. The cousins were with their other cousins for dinner, so we took ourselves to the splash park. Not the usual one. The other one.

And then Sunday we did not see the cousins but we saw a bunch of dogs, and then Monday we joined them over on Broadway for some snax, and then TUESDAY we woke up to just, like, so much rain. Like, the power went out, is how much rain. And we were meeting the cousins at the library for storytime, but we couldn't WALK there for the rain (that's how much rain) but also I haven't figured out how to open the garage door when there's no power (you pull the red emergency cord and then I guess you just like shove up the door with your own strong arms? And then does it just stay there while you drive out? And do you have to be tall so you can pull it back down? So many things I do not know). But then the power came back on PHEW and we went to the library.



And I let Eleanor skip her nap because the cousins were leaving after supper, and she only actually sleeps like two out of three afternoons anyway, so she and Hazel did some painting.

And some dress-upping.

And some reading.

And some bouncing.

And some fake-napping.

This is the part of the afternoon where Mike and Leah went to pack up their things and pick up some roadtripsnax and then Frankie woke up and we all went downstairs to play 'pirates.' EVERYBODY OVERBOARD.

And then Geneva woke up and I sent out a few frantic 'mayday' texts because four under four is so, so many.

And then we had supper and threw all the babies in the bath together, and then they packed and left and Eleanor wept on my shoulder because she is old enough now to know what leaving means, and Geneva peered out the window LONG after they were gone.

Splendid visit, altogether.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The cousins come to town.

HANG ONTO YOUR BUTTS, this is gonna be a doozy. Probably a two-sie. This is like that time we went to Prague and made a list of all the things we wanted to do, and then did those things. Only with way less day-drinking.

Mike and Leah and their progeny pulled into town two Saturday nights ago, and I let Eleanor stay up for the occasion because it's not every day your cousin shows up.

The littles were like, Nice to meet you, charmed, I'm sure, etc.

Sunday morning, we just went to Kinsmen for a low-key morning to let the out-of-towners adjust, and to blow bubbles.

And to build sandcastles.

Sunday evening was the last day of the food festival, so we stopped by the weir to check out the pelicans

and then headed off to eat a bunch of noodles

deep-fried Mars bar

you know the drill.

Monday morning we went to the Berry Barn.

The saskatoons were peaking, and grew in massive clusters. You could pull them off by the HANDful.

We ate, just, so many.

And then we played on the playground because obviously.

And then we took pictures in the giant chair

and on the giant bear

because obviously.

And then we got waffles.

Because obviously.

Monday after naps we went to paddle in our little pool while it drained.

The girls got their hands on a boogie board and that's all they did for like half an hour.

Tuesday morning we went to Pike Lake.

You know. Did lake stuff.

Ate sandwiches out of doors.

Ate a lot of things out of doors, actually. Tuesday after naps everyone was still pretty wiped from the lake, so we hung around the back yard and the girls played on the neighbors trampoline until they had heat exhaustion, basically.

And then they played restaurant

and read books

until the food showed up

and then we gave those two sweaty, sandy monsters a cooling bath.

Wednesday! Wednesday we walked down to the splash park, stopping at the ice cream bus.

That's Eleanor's 'waiting for ice cream' face.

That's her 'eating ice cream' face.

Geneva got an empty cone that she was THRILLED about.

Frankie figured out where the goods were coming from, and that she was being shafted. Hello? I would also like one of the melty things?

Anyway. Splash parkers be splash parkin'.

Babies be babyin'.

Was it only Wednesday evening that we were back at the little pool again?

It must have been.

Because Thursday morning we went to the zoo.

And fed the deers.

And had a picnic.

And then Thursday evening we were at the little pool until it drained.

And thence to the park because summer evenings are LONG and the light lasts FOREVER.

Friday morning, our guests transitioned to the other family they have in town, and Eleanor moped all day ('I'll go to the pool, and I'll play with Jen [one of the lifeguards], but I won't have any fun.'). But we saw them again soon.