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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Recap

Once again an entire month has gone by without a real newsy post from me! Shocking!! Well, pour another cup of coffee (or tea) and get comfy 'cus this is going to be long one!!

August started in Osoyoos. We went to visit my Aunty Moira for the August long weekend - the first real Road Trip with all 3 girls. After about 30 minutes Paige was asking when we'd be there!! But eventually they settled back and enjoyed the ride. We even saw a little forest fire in the moutains on the other side of Manning Park! This picture is them going down hill "no hands" (for those of you who have driven this route through Manning to the Okanagan you'll know which hills I mean.)


Once In Osoyoos we went down to the lake and let the girls burn off some energy on the playground and by throwing some rocks into the lake. Greg was trying to teach them how to skip stones. I think Marley can do it every now and then, but Paige is still all about how big a splash she can make. And LC? Well, she just likes to get wet!!
We took the girls to the Model Railroad (AWESOME!!! a must do if you're ever in Osoyoos!) and to the Nk'Mip Desert Centre where we learned all about snakes and got to touch some (even Paige!!!) Then on our last day we met up with some friends of Gregs' in Naramata. There was a little (and boy do I mean little!) parade leading to a fair. The fair was a lot bigger than I expected (especially given the size of the parade) but the biggest draw was the lake. Marley claimed she needed Greg to catch her at the bottom of the slide so he hiked up his shorts (check out those sexy legs!) to help her out. I think he "caught" her once before she realized the water was shallow enough that she could do it safely on her own!

I just reread my July Recap post and I was apparantly going to do a seperate blog post about the Osoyoos trip and talk about the fabulous face painter we found there. Oops! She'd painted the girls' faces once before and did another amazing job. I included pictures on my Project 12 July post. Here is a close up of Paige.
Seeing Marley lounging on the beach chatting with the daughter of one of Gregs' friends I got a glimpse into my future. Can't you just picture a teenage Marley sunbathing and talking boys, clothes and makeup? Yikes!! They are growing up so fast!!

August 5th - We went out to Mill Lake in Abbotsford to visit with Ammee and Poppa, Aunty Ileana and cousins Caleb, Jenna and Luke. There was a pretty impressive water park and playground which all the kids enjoyed - especially LC.
She can do the slides all by herself now. Sigh, where did my little baby go?!
There was also alot of good pathways for the girls to ride their bikes on. Ammee helped Paige get comfortable on her bike - something she hasn't had a lot of opportunity to ride. Negligent parents!!!
Marley went for a long bike ride with Ileana, Caleb, Jenna and Luke. The elbow and knee pads came with the helmet we bought for Paige!
The kids tried to do some "fishing" from a little pier. They had found a stick with a string and a  bent paperclip on it and someone there gave them a worm. Surprisingly, they didn't catch anything!! LOL!
August 7th - I got a bee in my bonnet about the state of our house and banished Greg and the girls so I could have some peace and quiet to clean. They quite happily went off to spend the day with Aunty Christine and crew! One of my tasks was to tackle the girls toys. We have a rule; whatever doesn't get picked up by the end of a reasonable amount of clean up time gets taken away until such time as Mommy and Daddy decide they can have it back. Well, so many of the girls toys had been taken away that we pretty much had the entire contents of the playroom on our bedroom closet. I figured it was time to do something about it. Don't know why I bothered because it's now 3 weeks later and our closet is filling up again.  Sigh!

August 13th - With the demise of LC's water mat we were reduced to playing in the sprinkler only. All well and good but when I saw a slip and slide on sale at London Drugs for $6.40 I snapped it up!

August 15th - We went to the beach with the Campbell cousins. Andy and Jo had never been to Centennial Beach - I think they liked it so much this may become a more regular affair!

The "campsite".

After wading in the water for a bit, the kids decided to build sand castles. Well, MUD castles would be more apt! They had a blast and all won first prize in their category (Aunty Jonina was the judge)! And they all went directly into the tub when we got home!!
Paige and Sophie's creation.
Marley's.
Matthew's Volcano.
August 23rd - Greg and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary!

August 24th - PNE!!! The annual trip to the PNE was slightly different this year as Greg was working. Greg's parents and I took the girls and we had a blast. Paige was a bit more adventurous this year too. I think she may even have made the ride pass pay off!! She wasn't so adventurous as to allow us to take a picture of her with the PNE Bear though ... one battle at a time!
Paige and Marley on the boats.
Marley and Grandma on the Super Slide.
LC "fishing" with Grandpa's help.
The girls and their prizes (LC did NOT want her picture taken thank you very much!)
After lunch we went to the barns to check out the animals. New this year was the Safeway Kids Activity Farm. LC was too young to "officially" participate but enjoyed it anyway. Here she is trying to get an egg. 
Marley and Paige in the apple orchard.
Marley rode the Mini Hellevator by herself! She'd been earlier in the day with Grandpa but this time she wanted to go all by herself. Wow! Next year she'll be tall enough to go on ALL the rides!! Yikes! (This year she was right on the cusp - 48" tall - but since Greg wasn't with us I was happy to keep her on the little rides another year.)
Hey! A picture or ME at the PNE!! LC loved the Carousel and even Paige got on this time.

August 28th/29th - Seattle!! After our fun trip to Seattle last year during which we took in a Mariners game, Greg decided he wanted to try to take the whole family this year. He found a matinee game and we arranged to go with two other families. The kids lasted about 4 innings before getting too restless to sit still. Not too bad - I was bored after ... oh, heck, who am I kidding? I didn't really watch the game at all! I just don't like baseball!!
During our exploration break Marley had her picture taken with the Mariners Moose. Funny aside ... Marley keeps calling the team the Seattle Marinators!! LOL!
That evening we went to the CrabPot and worked out some angst by smashing some crabs!! So much fun! The food was pretty good too.
They bring bowls full of seafood, corn and potatoes and dump it on the table. Yup! Adults get to be kids again!!
A rare family picture!
Next day we went to the Seattle Zoo. I won't bore you with pictures of animals in cages - these are the animals you're most interested in anyway, right?

Phew!!
We made it through August!

Thanks for sticking with me - I know this was a long post. Insanely long really! I've really got to try and post more regularly!!
September will bring Grade 1 for Marley, another year of Preschool for Paige and lots and lots of activities for all the girls. Oh, and my birthday ... can't forget about that!! Well, see you later.

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