Thursday, July 24, 2014

Double Digits!

My girl is 10! We had a sleep-under party with friends and another family celebration with cousins who have a birthday a few days later.

The day of the birthday party:

The day of the actual birthday:

Happy birthday sweetie!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waterloo Region Museum

Our friend had a free family pass to the Waterloo Region Museum so we joined her there. I've been to the Doon Heritage Village before but hadn't been back since the new museum was added. We had such a great time and think we will consider getting a family membership for a year. It is very reasonably priced at $60 for the family for a year.

We explored the museum first and then 
spent a lot of time in the heritage village.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Exploring New Places

We went to a new place last week. After traveling and exploring so much of England this past year it made us realize that we hardly explore our own region when we are home. We met some friends at Snyder's Flats today, a place I have heard lots about but have never taken the time to explore before.

After a short drive we met 3 other families in the parking lot. As usual, the kids grumbled at first - why do we have to go? /what is there? /what will we do ? - but they loved it at Snyder's Flats.

There are several trails and small ponds. Within minutes of getting to the pond every single kid was in it.

Since we spent the entire time by the water I am hoping to explore some of the trails next time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Camping

We arrived home on July 1st and on July 3rd we headed off to The Pinery to join our friends for "Family Camping".

We have been doing this camping trip with this group of people since 2008. There are usually 7 families - 13 adults and 17 children. We go camping for 9 days and it is one of our favourite trips of the year. Our kids were so keen to go but we told them repeatedly that we would play it by ear. We had to get our van up and running and then get it to the mechanic. We also had to get the insurance and the sticker. We also thought that once we were home the kids would just rather stay home rather than go camping. However, they were still dying to go so after only being home for 2 nights we headed off to Lake Huron.

We told our friends that we wouldn't be there until Friday, but showed up on Thursday instead. It was fun to surprise them and it was great to finally see everyone! Our kids fit back in like they had never left.

The kids traditionally sit at the benches for their dinner.
Addie is using her brand new and bigger camping chair.

They loved being at the beach, as usual.

Lauchy spent the whole time playing with his best bud.

Addie did, too.

Heather pondering life.

New this year was a talent show (Lauchy is intently watching it). All of the kids loved it and signed up for a variety of acts. We all plan on participating in the talent show next year. 

I still can't believe we went camping after only being home for 2 nights, but I am so happy that we did. This camping trip is such an amazing time for all of us and we look forward to it every year.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Journey Home

Day 336 (July 1):

Jeff and I woke up at 4:45 a.m. to shower before getting the kids up. We were all outside just before 6:00 waiting for our taxi.

The taxi company assured us that they could 
fit all of our luggage and us and they were right!

The two-hour ride to Heathrow was uneventful, but as we got closer to the airport the traffic went to a standstill. Thankfully, we still made it to the airport with plenty of time. The check-in was very quick. We were fortunate that the Air Canada employee didn't charge us for all of our overweight baggage, which was almost every single bag. Yikes! We weighed every suitcase but I guess the scales that we used were not entirely accurate.

Waiting at Pearson airport in Toronto for our luggage.

Next up, Tim Hortons! Wahoo!

Since it was Canada Day there was no traffic from the airport to our house, but the hour-long drive still seemed to take forever!

At long last, we are reunited with Tassie!

As usual, she seemed slightly annoyed. Some things never change.

There was a Welcome Back sign on 
the driveway from neighbourhood friends.

We received 3 different Welcome Home / Care Packages from friends and neighbours. I can't tell you how loved we felt when we received everything!

Our tenants left us some champagne, too.

It is SOO good to be home again!