Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer Winds Down

Floating down the Saugeen River
Photo by Chris

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer!  We certainly did.  Trips to the park, splash pads, zoo, farm markets, cottage, and water park were enjoyed by all.

At the Peterborough Zoo

Oliver played on a T-ball team for the first time this summer.  It was... interesting.  He was very nervous about it all, especially in the beginning.  With a ton of encouragement and some bribery, he made great improvements.  Despite being quite impressed by the medal that he received at the end of the season, he does not want to play again next summer.  When Grandma Robin was visiting at our house and helping out with the laundry, he told her to just throw the T-ball shirt that she was folding in the garbage.  He no longer needed it since he wasn't going to play ever again!  We'll see if things change with a year of school under his belt.

The reward for running from 3rd Base to Home without Mom!

Speaking of school, Oliver starts Kindergarten on Monday!  This week we've been getting his backpack ready, practising with his lunch box, and today we had a meeting with his teacher.  Tomorrow, Oliver will go to an hour long "mini-day", which is like a little taste of what school will be like.  His teachers seem to be out-of-this-world amazing and are very up to date with all of the current technology (and beyond).  I am so excited for him to embark on his educational journey and at the same time it makes me a bit sad to see him go.  I try not to think about that though.  I'm focusing on the one on one time that I'll get with Amelia... who still naps!  Woo-hoo!

Riding the train at the Peterborough Zoo

Also during this last week, we've been enjoying several family picnics and hiking outings, making the most of the carefree time we have left.  We even found a spot to have a picnic in the rain!  Great times were had walking, running and exploring some of the nature trails in our area.  We are very lucky to live so close to such beauty and I can't wait to get out there and explore some more!  After our last hike, we asked Oliver if he had fun and he immediately replied with a "Yes!" (He usually says "No" even when we know he did).

Roxy loves hiking too!

We've been enjoying some tasty things from our backyard garden despite all of the neglect it's been through!  After the initial planting, I've pretty much let nature do its own thing and that has seemed to work well this year.  Our tomatoes are just starting to hit their stride now and are absolutely delicious!  Nothing else can compare to truly fresh veggies!

Eating a green pepper straight from the garden

As Fall quickly approaches, I can feel the excitement of all the new adventures on the horizon.  We have so much to look forward to.  At the same time, I look back fondly upon all of the memories that were created as this summer winds down.

At the cottage

Thanks for stopping by.


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