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Flashback Friday!

July 11, 2014

2nd week of summer wraps up, and I can't get enough of these hot days and cruising around on the Pashley. I am happy to report that my little sister (from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) and I have managed our first two outings via bike. She has no trouble keeping up, and is game to pedal anywhere. 

Can you imagine how happy this makes me? 

Sometimes it's hard to explain how exciting and fun riding a bike is. To most people, I think it's just a thing they rode around before they were able to drive. For me? It's freedom, relaxation, fun, and exercise all in one. Riding is truly joyous for me, and I am thrilled that my little sister doesn't skip a beat when it comes to pedalling and coasting around town. We'll see if we can make it three for three next week. 

In other news, everybody was posting their photos of peonies last week. The ones I have in the alley have FINALLY bloomed and I was excited to share too. They're so beautiful and are my favourite flower. 

Mid week, the kids had their first picnic. Not just the first picnic of the season, their first picnic EVER! Cory brought over a gorgeous blanket and since my house is under intense exterior renovations (wood bits, nails, and construction stuff everywhere), we sat on our little grassy boulevard and gobbled up delicious snacks.

Dexter LOVED making sandwiches out of crackers, salami, and cheese. Alice kept meandering off and studied rocks. I enjoyed my gorgeous little fruit salad, compliments of my friend Debbie - Thank you!

Then it was time to make the rainy walk down to the LRT in order to catch the train to city hall and meet Don.



We were off to see Odysseo by Cavalia. It was spectacular! Even Don, who isn't generally into stuff like this, was completely impressed. The choreography was beautiful, the horses are just amazing, and everything was impeccable. We even bought some tickets for my parents to check it out next week - What a show! If you have the chance to see it, I would highly recommend it. I'm not even a horse person and I am totally in love.

And then it was time to say hello to the weekend by donning my limited edition Poppy Barley flats. I'm a mom on the move, you know? Flats are where its at. 

Also, the gold and python leather completely reminds me of this massive belt my mom had in the 80s. She is a stylish woman. 

In short, I love these shoes. 

Finally, my brother's family and I decided that we need to get the cousins accustomed to sleepovers. This isn't generally possible (my hosting such a thing) during my teaching season, but summertime is much more flexible. Cousin Keira came over with her sleeping bag and pillow, and the kids played all day long. Made a big mess. Ate mac n'cheese. Had a bath. Watched Frozen and ate popcorn. Finally, they zonked out really late. 

I am quite close to a few of my many cousins, and we didn't' even live in the same city! I strongly believe that these moments where family can play, hang out, and make memories - Are important. Plus, it's always great for your kids to learn how to play with other kids. And, it's also good for kids to learn the rules of different houses and to see different styles of parenting. 

Speaking of family times, I'm looking forward to taking the kids to the market and then the lake this weekend! Sunny days and dozing in the trailer, here we come.  


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