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July 20, 2019

We decided we needed to give Michael a haircut before the wedding. Originally we were thinking to cut the curls as well as the bangs but it quickly became apparently that Mr Wiggles was not going to cooperate. Elizabeth is pleased that he is going to stay curly as she doesn't wish him to grow up too fast.


July 7, 2019

We went camping!


We were 18 overnight Friday (our family, Dianne, David, Aidan, Caitlyn and Evelyn plus Caitlyn's friend Jasmine, Auntie Janice, Lorianne and her friend and roommate Emily Kate, Auntie Yukiko, Erika and Maria). Jasmine's mom Allison and sister Sienna joined us during the day on Saturday, as did Simon (Elizabeth's pre-kindergarten teacher), and Heidi and her twins. For those counting, that brought us up to 24. Grandma Margaret, Elizabeth's friend Ruici, Auntie Heather and André, and neighbours Lauren and Ronnie with their kids Elizabeth and Charlotte joined us for Saturday supper, for a total of 32 campers (22 of whom stayed overnight the second night). Then Portia and Ben and little Scarlet came for some beach time on Sunday (35!) So lots of coming and going and great fun. Sadly Amelia's friend (and our neighbour) Horatio was sick so their family couldn't make it last minute.


We ate well - there were s'mores, of course and chicken wraps (fri night), bacon and eggs and fruit and cereal (sat morning), hotdogs roasted over the fire with a marvellous corn-bean salad (sat lunch), chili with salad (sat evening), porridge and mini cereals and fruit and yogurt (sun morning) with leftovers and pasta (sun lunch).


Last year our site was quite far from the beach so we thought we'd try campsite 305. For some reason I was quite convinced it was 309, so all weekend people were turning up and asking to join 309 - which didn't exist. The park rangers thought I was quite amusing, especially when I told them that if it wasn't 309, it must be 307 (which also doesn't exist). Oh well. It was sweltering when we arrived and it rained a bit overnight one night but in the end the weather was actually pretty decent.


The bugs were not as bad as I was expecting, but we did make a start on our summer bucket list to "get a thousand mosquito bites". Matthew said he only got two!


There were epic nighttime card games and much roasting of things on fire. Auntie Heather and Andre brought a canoe and took people canoeing, which was very much appreciated by many. There was an epic seaweed fight - I witnessed the victory of many small (and getting less small all the time) children over sea monster Lorianne. Or where the children sea monsters? I didn't quite follow but they had great fun. Sandcastles galore. Water Bottle Rockets. Lots of fun!


July 1, 2019

We celebrated Canada Day and my birthday with brunch, sailing and fireworks.


I didn't want to cook on my birthday, so I acquired muffins and fruit and things to serve. I also made myself some rainbow jello as soon as I got home from Southern Ontario (priorities!), which I greatly enjoyed despite not having enough time to put anything more exciting than marshmallows in it.


I didn't think that watching Michael on the boat would be terribly fun so Uncle Chris very kindly looked after him while we sailed. The water has been so high after this year's spring floods that Canada Day was this year's sail past rather than a fun race. In fact, the season only just began as all boats were restricted from being on the water during the floods.


There are so many of us now that we didn't all fit on the boat; we'll have to bring Uncle Dave and Karen and family next time! I think there was a record dozen of us in the end. There were lots of laughs about our massive crew!


After sailing we came home for a quick supper before heading over to Grandma's to watch the fireworks off her neighbour's balcony. Michael thought the fireworks were very interesting - "woooo" he said, pointing.


June 27, 2019

Going to visit African Lion Safari is now tradition. We watched the elephant show for the first time, which was fun but not as fun as watching them have a bath and a lot hotter. Even the ice cream and the umbrella didn't really help.


I contemplated driving instead of taking the bus this year (skipping the destructive monkeys) but everyone agreed that we thought that the bus was fun and seeing monkeys is fun so we did the tour as usual. The animals all looked hot, especially the lions who were all lazing around in whatever shade was available looking like puddles of fur. The one rhino had taken over the shaded area that is usually full of goats. They didn't look happy. Actually the rhino looked a bit unhappy too, with lowered head and pawing the ground. I was glad we were not driving next to him even though it appeared it was the other animals he was crabby with and not really the cars.


Amelia's favourite animal this year was the monkeys. It was a really good day to spend at the splash pad and we were glad we allocated extra time here even if it meant that we didn't get a chance to ride on the train for once.


The elephant rides were closed due to a "serious incident" with a trainer a few days prior to our arrival, so we had no ethical dilemmas about whether to permit rides or not. We of course had to watch the elephants take their bath and it was extra fun to see the babies. Elizabeth got sprayed by the elephants and loved it, even though her siblings pointed out that she essentially got covered in elephant snot.


Meanwhile in Ottawa, there was a crazy lightning storm that went on for over two hours. Not a lot of rain, but enough of a show that Brendan hauled out the camera to play.


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