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August 5, 2011

Off to the cottage! Elizabeth took packing very seriously...


August 4, 2011

I've been planning an outing to the western boonies ever since Ottawa blogger Danigirl wrote about the marvellous sandy splash pad and playstructure at Andrew Haydon Park.


Nearly a full year later, I accomplished my goal!  Mind you, I had to schedule a staff meeting there in order to work it into my schedule.  It's the only meeting I've ever had where I was in danger of getting covered in muddy sand.  We were even relatively productive, although there were a few moments where I left the other two to chat while I redirected the toddler. Elizabeth isn't quite strong enough to operate the various push buttons on her own yet, which resulted in some frustration on her part. 


Outdoor meetings are awesome though.


Not leaving behind swimsuit, towel and change of clothing would have been a good idea, but otherwise the park really lived up to expectation.  We'll definitely have to go back sometime.


July 31, 2011

We often have several flavours of ice cream lurking in our freezer.  There's a rumour that we might have had eight tubs of different kinds back in January. Clearly I've taken to heart my Mom's notion that humans have a special ice cream stomach.


So here's my version of how to host an ice-cream potluck in four easy parts.


1) Provide cones, bowls and toppings.  We had waffle cones, waffle bowls, gluten free cones and "ordinary cones", bananas, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, maraschino cherries, marshmallow goo, skor bits, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, m&m's and whipping cream. When they saw all the bowls out, someone commented that it was the summer version of our annual gingerbread building party.


2) Ask your guests to bring their favourite ice cream flavour. Mango, black cherry, mayan chocolate, "chunky monkey" banana, Death by chocolate, Moose Tracks, mint, sugar maple, jamocan almond fudge, and really too many others to list out. We even had a selection of dairy and sugar free options.


3) Indulge.


4) Get your guests to take ice cream home with them! It's more fun if you specify that they don't have to take the ice cream that they arrived with.


Step four is pretty important. Quite a few of our earlier guests escaped without an ice cream doggy bag.  Not that we really mind the leftovers.


July 30, 2011

We came, we moved and then we showered.


Erika thought we'd literally be showering at Auntie Karen's baby shower.  I think she was disappointed to hear it was "just another party".


At the end of the day Dave and Karen were sucessfully moved into their new home / box maze!


July 29, 2011

Auntie Karen and Uncle Dave let us help with their last minute packing, so we were there to catch Uncle Dave's celebration when they got "the" phone call telling them to come and get their keys.  A few minutes later we were left alone to finish packing.  Dave was so excited he even forgot his coffee!


We did pack some odds and ends but there may have been some cardboard box house building, toddler packing and "moneys" counting too.



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