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This was officially Lincoln’s first time celebrating Canada Day! Dad had to work so Mom and Lincoln headed to Rock Creek to check out the parade and visit with his little friends Dilly and Hewitt from Kelowna.

Mom packed the stroller so Lincoln could ride in style – when he wasn’t running around of course.

While we were waiting for the parade to start, Lincoln met a new dog. I have never met a little boy who loves dogs as much as Lincoln.

Then Lincoln decided to chase Dilly across the lawn.

“Hey! Wait up!”

He clearly got tired of that game and decided to let her do all the work while he stood around and sucked his thumb.

Lincoln was very interested in baby Hewitt’s tent, and both Oliver and Lincoln were very interested in trying to console baby Hewitt.


The parade was very short. There were a bunch of kids on bikes, one float, some ladies carrying a quilting table, a couple of people on horseback, and one horse-drawn wagon – exactly what I expected. After it was over, we all headed to the free BBQ for balloons, hot dogs and birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Day, Canada! You’re number one in our books!

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This weekend was filled with birthday celebrations for our little Doozer who turns two tomorrow – yikes!

It all started on Saturday with a special Lincoln and Mom only trip to Grand Forks. We had to pick up party supplies and groceries but I made sure we had some fun along the way.

First stop, lunch at the Sun Beam Cafe. We shared fresh hummus, veggies & pita, some tasty spring rolls with a delicious peanut sauce and then, for dessert, an apple cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting.

Afterwards, we headed to the park to burn off some energy. Lincoln made friends with two little girls who were also at the park with their grandparents.

There were bridges to cross.

Rocks to sort.

And ladders to climb, repeatedly.

When we got home I decided to start decorating Lincoln’s birthday cake. Lincoln decided to eat the sprinkles.

Like Aunt, like nephew – right Auntie Christa? 🙂

This morning (Sunday) we started the day with special homemade coconut pancakes with blueberry-banana sauce, fresh blueberries, banana slices and real maple syrup. A special birthday breakfast for a special little boy.

After a quick clean-up, Lincoln and our friend Doug played with the balloons in the pool while Mom prepped the party food.


Then this happened.

Andrew and Doug decided that two big trucks were better than one when it came to removing a tree stump in our yard. I gave them until the first guests arrived for the party to “play”. For the record, the tree stump is still firmly in the ground.

On to the P-A-R-T-Y!

My very good friend and fabulous photographer Nicole lovingly agreed to be the official photographer of the day. She is just starting up her own photography business, True Blue Photography, and captured the day perfectly – thanks Nic!

We kept the party low-key this year and only invited Lincoln’s little friends. It was the perfect day for a pool party.

The birthday boy!

Hanging out by the pool.

Opening presents.



Time for cake.

Who needs a fork, or hands for that matter.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, butter cream off of Buzz’s foot.

Family shot.

Lincoln and Dad were all tuckered out after a day in the sun.

So was Glenn 🙂

Thank you to everyone who made Lincoln’s 2nd Birthday a special one! He finished the day off with a Skype session with Nanny and Poppy Hicks so he could open his present from them (interactive Buzz and Woody!). Even though we are so far away at least we have the internet to stay connected – love you lots! note: Eek! I mistkingly wrote the wrong grandparents names the first time this was posted! My sincerest apologies to Nanny & Poppy Hicks! We love you guys!

And remember the tree we planted last year in honour of Lincoln’s 1st Birthday? Here is what it looks like now.

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Life has been busy around here. I started a new PR course last week, which takes up much of my free time in the evenings, and we were gone Monday (council meeting), Tuesday (Andrew’s birthday dinner), and Wednesday (me for ladies hockey) night. Needless to say, I am back and ready to update on the Rock Creek Fall Fair.

We have only been to the fair one time before and that was when we first moved to Midway. It wasn’t of much interest to us but now that Lincoln is here it is something we will be attending annually.

Rain was in the air when we arrived but it held off until later so we managed to stay dry.

First stop were the barns. Lincoln was frightened by the sheep when it baa’d in his face, but after that all of his animal interactions were without incident.

Lincoln has met horses before and this one was just as nice as the others.

There were a lot of cows at the fair. This one belongs to friends of ours who we get beef from.

Lincoln got to see his first live pig – oink, oink.

Here piggy, piggy…

Lincoln is too little to go on any of rides, which is quite alright with me! Even the little roller coaster made my tummy turn. There are also a lot of animal related activities to watch including mutton busting, show horses and others. We didn’t check out any of the events this time around but Lincoln might be ready to participate in a few next year.

After lunch we headed to the kid’s play area to take some souvenir pictures. Everyone got in on the fun!

Sunflower kids

Cohen, Noah, Lincoln and Oli

Sunflower adults

Owen, Andrew, Jenny and Rutka

Sunflower Simmonds – I’ll have to Photoshop Glenn into the picture one day!

Dad, Lincoln and Mom

Lincoln LOVED peeking his face through the openings!

Lincoln had a lot of fun and fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car. Next year will be even better!

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Vancouver Aquarium

While we were in Vancouver over the September long weekend we decided to take Lincoln to the Vancouver aquarium. This decision was based on two factors:

1. The Vancouver Zoo was too far away for the long-weekend traffic.

2. Julia was able to get us in for free – score!

The aquarium is located in Stanley Park. This means finding a parking spot is a challenge; however, thanks to a good Samaritan (and family man) we found a spot close to the entrance. This guy saw us looking for a spot, asked if we wanted his because they were leaving and then proceeded to direct other vehicles away from the spot because it was taken. To top it all off he even gave us his parking pass that was valid for the rest of the day. It is these interactions that make the world a better place – thank you total stranger for your kindness!

On the way in, we gratefully by-passed the 20-minute line-up and made our way into the Aquarium.

The first stop was the touch tank. I think Andrew and Joel had more fun than Lincoln.

Lincoln couldn’t quite reach the sea creatures but he liked watching the water come rushing in every few minutes. This is how they filter out the germs and food particles that end up in the tank.

Lincoln did manage to scoop up some water and drink it. I could tell by the way he looked at me that he knew he shouldn’t be drinking the water, but he did anyway.

We then went to visit the beluga whales.

Look ma! Here he comes!

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea aquarium.

We bought Lincoln his own stuffed beluga on the way out (clever aquarium, they make everyone exit through the gift shop).

We went inside and Lincoln watched the fish swim around, and around, and around. I was telling Lincoln about the “little fish” when a smart little girl politely informed me that the “little fish” were in fact salmon at different stages of their life cycle. I see a job at the Aquarium in her future.

Perhaps the thing Lincoln enjoyed the most though was climbing the concrete stairs.

The Aquarium isn’t all marine life. They have a Tropical Zone which can only be described as a large sauna packed full of people. The camera started to fog up so I only captured one picture of Lincoln and a parrot. I didn’t last long in this zone and was happy to get back to the cool air.

Thanks again Auntie Julia (and total stranger in the SUV)!

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We took Lincoln on his first camping trip last weekend. We didn’t stray too far from home (only 20 or so minutes down the road) and met up with our good friends Ricardo and Azure-Dee at the Kettle River Provincial Park just outside of Rock Creek.

Andrew headed out during my lunch break on Friday to secure us a site. It is a busy spot and the only available sites were first-come, first-camps. It’s a good thing too because when he arrived there were only a handful of sites left. He quickly set up the tent to mark our territory and came home so I could go back to work. I love that I get to go home at lunch and see Lincoln right now. Once Andrew is back to work that will change but it’s fun to get in some playtime and snuggles with the boy.

Already dirty

We left Midway after work and arrived with enough light left to set-up the site and light a campfire. Interesting fact, Midway and surrounding area was the only place in BC not affected by the burning ban this summer. Lincoln explored well into the evening and I had no problem getting him to settle down in the tent. Of course he inch-wormed around a bit before actually falling asleep but it was super cute to open the tent later in the night to find him smooshed against the opening. It was like he was trying to make his escape but he couldn’t quite figure out how the zipper worked. Soon, Lincoln, soon.

First campfire and first smoke in the eyes.

Glenn had to sleep in the tent with us due to his ongoing separation anxiety but the extra warm body was a nice addition given the cool weather. Lincoln kept wanting to keep his head as close to the tent as possible. No matter how many times I slid him down he inched his way back up. He woke up in the morning with a wet head of hair but a smile on his face.

Glenn did not enjoy being tied up all weekend.

One of Lincoln’s favourite activities while camping was playing in the Smith’s Winnebago. Unfortunately he couldn’t climb up, or down, the stairs himself so one of us was usually on duty.

His other favourite activity was climbing into and out of the tent. He loves to throw himself into piles of blankets and pillows so the tent was a big hit.

Here he is reading his favourite book in the tent.

Auntie Az helped Lincoln enjoy his pesto Saturday night. Lucky for her he was even willing to share.

Sunday morning was CHILLY! We had to light a campfire to keep warm until the sun came up all the way. Lincoln stayed toasty in his fleece pjs and coat.

We all had a great weekend and it’s sad to see the summer end. But like they say, there’s always next year!

Lincoln was a tired boy after the weekend and slept the whole way home in the truck.

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Gardening with Dad

Now that Andrew is home more, Lincoln has been spending less time at daycare and more time with his Dad. The other day they decided it was time to pick some beets and carrots from the garden, and it’s a good thing because some of the beets were the size of softballs.

Look Dad! A giant carrot!


They used the hose to wash off the dirt. Lincoln loves to play with the hose even though he hasn’t quite figured out the trigger.

We’ve already harvested a bunch of cucumbers and it is soon going to be pickling time. We are hoping to do the canning in small batches so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. Considering the rate the cucumbers are growing I’m sure we will be kept busy. The garden is in full bloom and we are going to have a lot of tomatoes on our hands in the next month or so. This year they will get to ripen on the vine since we will be home. It’s hard to believe that this time last year Lincoln was only a couple of months old.

Here is a picture to remind you of that time…

Baby Lincoln

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Andrew, Lincoln and I met up with our friends Owen and Rutka (and their two little guys Cohen and Oliver) at Christina Lake over the long weekend. I had Monday off and it was nice to have a family day together.

The lake wasn’t too busy, which I accredit to the fact that we went on the last day of the long weekend, and we found a shady spot where we had a quick snack before heading to the water.

Lincoln loved the sand and didn’t mind being in the water with his Dad. Lincoln has actually started to really like the water and even does his own version of jumping into the pool. It is rather cute and he gets super excited.

Here he is checking out the water. This is his Monkey Doodlez swim diaper with a blow fish on the bum. I think they are so cute.

Lincoln decided he would play with some rocks on the shore before venturing into the water.

Compared to Oliver, Lincoln was a bit overdressed for the beach.

Building, and smashing, sand castles with Dad.

Lincoln loves to splash in the water!

He was a little upset afterwards but it didn’t last long.

Practicing his swimming skills.

Cohen had a great time at the lake.

Me and Lincoln with Christina Lake in the background.

We had such a great day and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Not too hot or smokey. Lincoln, Andrew and Auntie Christa returned to the lake on Wednesday to hang out with the Salz-Stewarts and the Hibbersons. Mom had to work – boo!

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