Posts Tagged ‘summer’

If you know me then you know I am a planner. It is kind of rare for me to go with the flow and let things happens without having at least a week to plan ahead. So when Andrew asked me Thursday night if I wanted to go camping Friday after work my first instinct was to say no because there wasn’t any time to plan.

I’m so happy I went against my instinct.

We had a great time at Thone Lake in the Christian Valley just an hour from our house.

It was already getting dark by the time we arrived at the campsite so exploring had to wait until morning.

The first order of business? Throw the spiderman ball into the lake and watch it float away.

A nice man in a boat brought it back to us the first time but Lincoln threw it in again and it hasn’t been seen since.

Lincoln didn’t seem to mind and was content following his Dad on the path to the fishing rock.

We didn’t have real fishing rods so Andrew made a couple for him and Lincoln to “fish” with. It was a great way to keep Lincoln occupied by the campsite.

Even though the homemade fishing rods didn’t work, we still enjoyed a couple of fresh rainbow trout that night thanks to a husband and wife team out fishing on the lake.

We also enjoyed corn-on-the-cob for dinner.

Lincoln really likes corn.


Glenn enjoyed the fish heads, which Andrew lovingly fried for him. No, I did not take a picture of two frying fish heads, but we did take some pictures of Glenn.

And to answer the question on everyone’s mind, yes, the mullet is gone.

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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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You can tell already that these two have trouble written all over their faces…

Lincoln and Oli discuss the ways they can sneak into the pool without anyone noticing.

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Sam came to visit

The other day Sam stopped by the house for a surprise visit. She had just finished a fire related course in Bridesville and since she was already off the mountain decided to head to Rock Creek and Midway. Both Lincoln and Glenn (and mom and dad too of course) were happy to see her. I think Glenn was the most excited though!

Sam brought Andrew a book on how to make heirloom toys for Lincoln. There are some really cool cars and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.

We took advantage of the rain-free moment and Lincoln showed Sam his wagon. This is also his sleigh in the winter and it’s great that we can convert it for all-season use.

Next to eating, standing is Lincoln's most favourite activity.

Glenn wanted to let Sam know that he is a good big brother. Lincoln loves to “throw” the ball for his dog but sometimes Glenn gets impatient and tries to grab it from his hands.


Glenn has to be quick because Lincoln will steal the ball out from under his nose.

The brothers are both obsessed with orange things.

Lincoln also shows Sam his pool. Here he is trying to closer to the water. Mom and dad have made a rule that he has to have his life jacket on before stepping on the concrete. Lincoln is already trying to break that rule.

Testing his boundaries.

Lincoln showed off some of his dance moves before Sam left to go back to Baldy.

Lincoln loves music!

Thanks for the visit Sam! Hope to see you again soon!

Lincoln and Sam.

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Summer, summer, summertime

The pool is open, the deck chairs are out, and the sun is shining. Summer is here! It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were eagerly awaiting Lincoln’s arrival and now he is busy enjoying his afternoon snack by the pool.

Chilling with dad and Glenn.

Crackers and water – poolside!

Diaper-free time on the deck. He is wearing his swim shirt that Uncle Greg, Aunt Christina and cousins Ainsley & Maren gave him for Christmas – he should get a few uses out of it this summer.

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Daddy caught Lincoln his very first frog on Sunday! It was hiding in the winter pool cover that was drying on the lawn so dad put it in a container with some water and a rock until Lincoln woke-up from his nap. Lincoln was very interested and mom is afraid of all the reptiles and bugs she will soon have to catch for her little man.

Lincoln's first encounter with a frog.

The frog made no attempt to hop away and Lincoln was eager to touch it.

The frog had a quick little rest on Lincoln's leg.

I'm going to get you!

Nice froggy!

Overall Lincoln was very nice to the frog and only used his pincer grip once. No harm was done to the frog – our neighbour has a koi fish pond so we gave him a new home.

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