Friday, August 29, 2008

Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!

Hi Grandma, thanks for these new clothes. We really like them. I especially like how my new "Daddy's Girl" shirt is sooo sparkly! I got sparkles all over the house when I tried it on. That was fun! But then Mommy washed it when I was in bed so it wouldn't do that any more. And I like these capris, too - pink is the best! And they fit me just right.
Hi Grandma, thanks for my new clothes, too! I like Strawberry Shortcake, and I like these clothes! They even have built-in shorts under this skirt so I can still play hard! They fit me just right, too! We can't wait to see you soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Swing Low...

...or swing high! Daddy finally found the right equipment to get the swings up and running - I mean, swinging! Auntie Kendra bought them for the girls as a house warming present. Rachael is used to swinging by herself from playing at school, but Kaitlyn will catch on pretty soon. It's a little on the noisy side, what with metal rubbing against metal, but it's a small price to pay for hours of entertainment.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


We went to the PNE yesterday and we didn't even get rained on! A few little drops here and there, but nothing serious.
The Peking Acrobats were back again this year and still very amazing! If you're going to the PNE, make sure you check them out! The kids also have to see the Superdogs and the Toontastik parade when we go, and Rachael was very excited to pet three baby goats in the petting zoo. (Goats are her current favorite animal) But the thing they probably liked the best was getting the free skipping ropes! Near the lumberjacks, on the Playland side of the fair, there's this Go Active BC exhibit. And all they had to do was say three things they could do to be more healthy (eat fruits/veggies, run and swim is what they said) and then they each got a skipping rope. After that we went in the booth where they had to do five activities, stamp the "passport" they got, and then they got a free gift! Rachael chose a frizbee and Kaitlyn chose a lunch kit. (These were the only choices, since they already had the skipping rope.) Kaitlyn is super excited to take her lunch kit to school. And they've both been outside all morning skipping and playing frizbee.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cousins Day

It's that time of year again - time to get together with the cousins!
This year's Cousins Day was at Auntie Shannon's house, and it was a hot one! What better way to cool off on a hot summer's day than in the water!
SnoCones help cool things off, too, and there were lots of flavors to choose from.
After corn dogs for supper, the girls painted ceramic unicorns on the driveway.
The littlest cousin, Sammy, was having his own fun.
And, at the end of the day we got to bring home some more hand-me-downs from the Walls. Not clothes this time, but a swing set and slide! I think the girls can put that to good use in our newly-grassed back yard! Though, it kind of looks like a catapult sitting in the back of the truck, there!

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's A Zoo Out There!

The girls and I decided to go to the zoo today. Thanks to a season pass from Oma, we can go whenever we want this year! And seeing as today was forcast for sun, but not too hot, we decided it would be a perfect day to explore the animals. We saw something at the zoo we've never seen before - eggs! Ostrich eggs, by the looks of them. That and the fact that it was in the ostrich enclosure! We saw lots of new babies at the zoo today. We saw Shadow the grizzly bear playing in the water and eating/playing with some corn on the cob. We took the bus and saw a black bear and an albino black bear. We watch the lions being fed (it was too hot for the tigers to join them today) and we saw the Birds Of Prey show. There were lots of neat birds. There were hawks and falcons, and even a bald eagle! This is a great horned owl. But the best part of the show was Rachael got to be a volunteer! We've seen the show before, so she knew what was going to happen. She got to pull Legless the "rabbit" for the hawk(?) to try and catch. And of course that's right when my batteries decided to die. Of all the luck! But, at the end of the show she got to have her picture taken with a great horned owl! Pretty cool! We were at the zoo from 11:00 until 3:30 and didn't once hear any complaints about being too tired to walk! Pretty good, I thought!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

More Holiday Fun

After leaving Dutch Lake we decided to stop in Kelowna for a night. We stayed with friends Darrel and Debbie and their three girls. Rachael and Kayla hit it off like they'd known eachother for years! They both had a love for Webkins, which, I think, sealed the deal. On our last day of holidays we went to ride Go-Carts in Westbank. The girls had lots of fun "driving". It was nice we had the course to ourselves. We were going to go play at the beach or the spray park (the Winnie The Pooh spray guy is gone! Must have had some copyright issues?) but it wasn't quite warm enough. It was a bit overcast - still warm, but not enough to get wet. Kaitlyn was so tired from all the late nights and fun all day, that she didn't want to do much of anything, so after lunch we came home. Of course, once we were in the truck driving, she had all kinds of energy! But it was good to be back home in our own beds!

Home From Holidays

We're back from our holidays! We had a great time at Dutch Lake (which is just over an hour north of Kamloops) with my mom's side of the family. Rachael was so excited to see second-cousin Tim, and once together they were inseperable! Kaitlyn also had fun with Tim's sister Meghan. We stayed in a tiny cabin, but we were only really there for sleeping, so it didn't really matter how small it was. We were there for three nights and had great weather! The cabins even had air conditioning, so we could cool off at night. We played at the beach a lot. Here Tim, Rachael, Kaitlyn and a new friend are making a splash! We went for walks to see some waterfalls nearby, and we roasted marshmallows.
The lake was very calm. There were lily pads growing around the edge of the lake and the kids liked to pick some of their flowers. There were also pink lillies a bit further out that looked very pretty. We saw some wildlife - a deer, a huge frog - or maybe a toad? - some of us saw a bear, some fish jumping and some saw a painted turtle. These turtles have red and yellow bellies, though I think the tops of them are green/brown. There were pictures in the restaurant, but we didn't see one up close.
This is an attempt to get all the great-grandchildren that were there to pose in a picture. With preschool kids, some as little as 6 months, this is not an easy job, hence some parents in the picture. We did take a few pictures of the whole group, but I don't have one yet. I'll try and get one soon. We had fun and hope to do it again in a few years.