Hello loyal readers, friends and family,
It’s been quite the summer in the McGuire household. Hard to believe tomorrow is the last day. It makes me a bit sad because the wonderful, carefree, warm days of summer will be gone soon. It also makes me smile because we made so many wonderful memories in the short span of time we had. Here in Canada it seems like we have three seasons: Freeze Your Butt Off, Cold and Warm. And sometimes (for a few days this summer and possibly for the month of September) we get a fourth season called Stinking Hot. I think Warm is my favourite but Stinking Hot is where I don’t complain because I remember Freeze Your Butt Off, also known as Winter. So basically, between our weirdly short Summer season and the fact that the kids are only out of school for two months, it’s a short time.
But man did we make the best of it! My daughter and I have been to the zoo four times so far (I think…might be more but it’s been a crazy summer and I haven’t kept track) and to bid the Summer of 2014 a fond farewell, we’re going back tomorrow.
We’ve been to the Splash Pad also known as KidsTown, not far from our house once. My daughter went to Summer School (which is like Math and Science Camp but way more fun because it’s still play based learning) for four weeks in July, half days. When I asked her if she’d just like to have the whole summer off next year or go back to Summer School she gave me an enthusiastic response in favour of Summer School. Go figure.
We went to a Toronto Blue Jays game to celebrate Father’s Day (late because everyone’s schedules were crazy) and got to watch pigeons take over the field.
Four nine days in July my daughter also got swimming lessons for the first time. She did so well and enjoyed it to much that we’re signing her up for the next level this Fall!
The last week of July was spent at a cottage with my parents, brother, sister and brother in-law, their three kids and my daughter. My husband came up for a day here and there when work allowed. In one week I went kayaking in my dad’s homemade kayaks three times, got fourteen chapters of Collateral Damage complete, taught my six year old daughter how to play Monopoly (punk would have beat me if she hadn’t been hit the housing tax – she bought property all along where I usually landed and I was one move away from complete bankruptcy in spite of the fact that I owned ALL the Utilities, half the railroads and the two most expensive properties on the board. I think I taught her a little TOO well) and went swimming in Lake Simcoe twice. What memories we all made.
Every day there were fresh Water Lily flowers on the table, every night we watched a movie or played board games and one night we even had a camp fire and made s’mores. I love the name s’mores. So appropriate because once you eat one gooey, melty, crunchy s’more, you really want some more. 😀
It rained once or twice during our week but it never dampened our spirits. Every other day I went out running with my sister and thirteen year old nephew and being in cottage country, got to see all the lovely homes as we ran.After the cottage, there were a few weeks of ‘back to normal’ where I spent every spare moment away from work with my daughter and watched her run through the sprinkler many times. Over this time she got three loose teeth and lost them all in the space of two weeks while we were down at The Boys JIM Club of America, a boys Christian leadership camp my husband volunteers at every summer.
The week at the cottage was my highlight of the summer though. The cousins all had so much fun, there was an awesome park they enjoyed, and there were hikes, swimming…well, take a look at the pictures and tell me it wasn’t a memorable week.
One week later my husband and daughter went down to New York State to the camp my husband volunteers at every summer. I had to work, so I stayed back and had a mini vacation, meaning that, when I wasn’t working, I was writing. And what a wonderful time of writing THAT was! I missed my family, and when I joined them a week later, I was thrilled to see them, but man…I really enjoyed my little writer’s retreat. JIM Club was great though and my daughter really enjoyed being an assistant cook. 😀
Not that it was ALL work. We had a day at an amusement park too.
And we had some free time when I wasn’t working in the kitchen, so we got a lot of playtime in as well as visiting with friends.
Then we had time to dress up too, because there were two special programs while I was there. And of course, my daughter decided it was time to be silly.
It was quite the summer and though I’m sad it’s over, I’m grateful for all the wonderful memories. Next time though, I’m saving my pennies and getting a new camera! ~L~ Summer of 2014, you’ll be missed. When it’s over thirty below (minus eighty-six for you my American readers) I’ll have these warm memories to get me through.
Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up!