tye-dye, sea monkeys and berry picking

as usual, i’m late in posting this – but even so, our canadian long weekend was special for me. i, therefore, still wish to document what we did that hot and humid weekend of june 30th to july 2nd, 2012.

doug did have to work on both Friday and Sunday so there was some minor disruption during our family weekend. but we made the best of it.

saturday’s highlight was visiting with cathy and her family. the three kids had a blast,  making tye-dye shirts and playing together exceptionally well. cathy’s daughter, M, is  around the same age as chaeli – they are both very gentle girls and are a good match in both age and temperament. though, that was not always the case. i still remember when they were toddlers, chaeli loved M very much. maybe a little too much?

tye-dye

this is actually M’s tye-dye tank top – we took the wrong one!

i still remember photos of chaeli ‘hugging’ M. though, it looked more like head locks!

as adults enjoyed some yummy cheese and pate – wine for us ladies, beer for the men. then a feast was laid out before us. yummy!

sunday morning, chaeli and i went for her haircut. she got about 8 inches chopped off – just in time for art camp. afterwards, we did a little shopping – i promised her at some point i would buy her a sea monkey kit and was lucky to find one $5 less than the previous place. at the end of our shopping, we had lunch before leaving the mall.

a very mother-and-daughter day out (well, aside from the dog park we went to with hobbes later in the afternoon)! i have to say that age 8 bring a whole new world for our relationship. shopping, lunch dates, manicures, trying on shoes… fun!

hiking

hiking through the rouge

monday was our day as a family, after doug came home (and we had a energy-filling brunch), we went for an hour hike with hobbes. it was a beautiful hike! while the weather was hot and humid, we were able to spend most of our time in the woods, therefore, sheltered from the sun.

interesting tree trunk

if i had this tree in my backyard i would so have a pot of cascading flowers spill from it

after an hour or so rest at home (plus a light snack), we went to whittamore farm. it was their last day of strawberry picking so i’m thankful we weren’t too late. there weren’t an abundant amount of strawberries to pick but what we did get was sweet and juicy! we also picked some raspberries which just opened for picking that weekend. before leaving, we stopped at the farmer’s market to pick up some fresh potatoes and carrots for dinner (to accompany the very thick AAA grilling rib steaks i picked up the day before at costco’s). plus, we brought home one of each pies – blueberry and strawberry. they did not disappoint at all!

picking strawberries

bye-bye strawberries – see you again next year!

picking raspberries

these little berries go great in gin & tonics. just saying…

it was such a great weekend – and i’m starting to see a trend in our canadian long weekends together as a family. they make such awesome memories to look back on!

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