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June Bugs

Last week Grandma was visiting and we had a full, busy week with a class field trip to the Children’s Festival on Granville Island, a day off, a couple of shopping expeditions, a ton of baking, sewing a dress, and a parade followed by a picnic at Confederation park.


Farfalle- Italian for "butterflies"; also the name of the show she watched.

The Children’s Festival was fun for the kids, but not a place I’d willingly choose to go to on my own. Paying five dollars each when not all of us participated in the activities seems like a rip off and there are lines everywhere. The girls’ favourite station was face painting, which Bee talked about before the field trip and afterwards. Thankfully it only rained for an hour or so while Bee enjoyed a show about butterflies. Mom, TT, May-May and I holed up at the Kids’ Market since we weren’t prepared for rain (read t-shirts and sweaters with no umbrellas). We enjoyed window shopping at a toddler’s pace, particularly at the shop with puppets.

The day's theme was "butterflies".

On Bee’s day off, we took it easy for the morning since the girls were tired from their field trip the previous day. In the afternoon, we took the girls swimming, one of their favourite activities. We were enjoying ourselves until the power went out due to a bit of a thunderstorm.  The lights took 20 minutes to come back on, so we had to wait at the side of the swimming pool in our bathing suits (my theory is that bathing suits belong in the water and mad dashes are required when out of the water! 😉 ).

After wolfing down a bit of lunch, the girls ran off to play... until dessert came out!Burnaby’s Hat’s Off Day parade went well.  If you want a critique of the parade, my only complaint is that there were some awfully large gaps between groups (over a block long in one case), causing the parade to take longer than it needed to last.  The girls’ booty bag was filled with reusable water bottles, candy, balloons, helium balloons, and tons of pamphlets.  They added to their bag after walking up Hastings Street.  We picked up a Vancity reusable bag, wasted 10 minutes in a line-up to see if our “key” (received during the parade) opened the door to prizes, and the girls got RCMP kids’ packages (three tattoos, two big stickers and a colouring book in a little bag).  We then headed to Confederation Park for a picnic of egg sandwiches, 6-layer dip, veggies and cupcakes for dessert.  The girls enjoyed the waterpark (a bit cold, they told me) and then the playground before heading home.

May-may didn't mind the cold as much as the other two did.Love this picture of May-may!Love this picture of May-may!Love this picture of May-may!

Lately, with the un-rainy weather (I say that because I’m not a huge fan of hot weather), we’ve enjoyed time outside in the “front yard”.  The girls play with sidewalk chalk, pick stuff for salads (fallen flowers, sticks, leaves, pinecones, etc.), play with balls, “bikes”, or skipping ropes.  Bee and I enjoy playing “soccer” with each other; she’s turning out to be pretty good at it when she’s not goofing off.  The funny thing is, there’s a boy from Bee’s class who lives above and beside us, and a lot of the time he’ll come to his window or patio and talk (loudly!) to us.  “What are you doing?  I’m washing my toy house.  Want to see my cat?”  He’s a cute little guy. 

Love this picture of May-may!

Bee wanted in on the “matching sisters” photos. 🙂

Matching outfits, one purchased used. Taking a picture break.

Bee’s quite the little “teacher”/”mother” or some such thing.  She’s always helping the other kids with work or to find something or to keep organized.  Today she helped a classmate’s older brother find his mom.  Can you tell that she has a mother who needs a lot of help? 🙂  I’m only slightly scatter-brained when I’m sleep deprived. 

The rest of June is filling up quickly as well.  Bee’s class has plans for sports day and a school picnic that they want parents to be involved in, and we have two little June Bugs with birthdays eleven calendar days apart. I’d like to make their birthdays special, but June is already going by so quickly that I’m afraid those days will come before I’m ready for them. 

P.s.  I just realized that I never took a picture of TT’s dress, so you’ll just have to wait, Steph.


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En Route to Salt Spring Island.

Our first camping trip of the season is now a distant memory, but it definitely whet our appetite for more . . . perhaps without any rain.  Or if the rain must come, it would be nice to have a tarp or two.  We’ve planned our summer camping trip tentatively for Quadra Island with our canoe, so we have something to look foward to enjoying as soon as John’s manager approves the request for time off.

We started our trip with the buffet aboard the Spirit of Vancouver Island en route to Swartz Bay, where we just managed to catch the ferry to Salt Spring.  The sun was beating down on us, and I would have pulled out the sunscreen if the ferry ride was longer.  Upon disembarking, we headed to Ruckle Park amidst the “Are we almost there?” and “How much further?”s.  (Did I really do that as a child?  How annoying!)  I could understand the excitement, however, and tried to be patient with my impatient children. 

Site Number One.

Site number one, all set up and ready for use.

After a few minutes of contemplation, we chose spot number one, tucked away in the forest for privacy’s sake.  Site number 1 boasted a raised wooden platform to set our tent up on.  Unfortunately, TT managed to fall and scrape her thigh on said raised wooden platform.  The scrapes must have hurt because she had a good cry, and it looked quite painful; however, in typical childish manner, she forgot all about it 5 minutes later.

We spent most of the day relaxing and walking along the coast, made up of bluffs and

TT, deer scarer, insect killer.

slabs of rock with pockets of tidal pools.  There were tons of sea anenome and starfish.  We also saw some deer along the trails, who didn’t seem to mind humans too much until TT started singing “I’m the king of the castle, you’re the silly rascals!”  For some reason, that scared them away rather quickly.  We ended the day with a post-supper, pre-bedtime walk to enjoy the sunshine. 

It took awhile for the girls to settle down because they were excited, but once they were asleep, they slept through the night except for a

potty break for TT (We totally forgot to grab her little potty that we meant to bring).  The disturbance woke up May-May of course (Little Monkey’s latest nickname, and her name for herself), who crawled up between our mattresses and fell asleep again. 

It's not bedtime yet!

Notice I said the girls slept through the night?  Around 4am, the rain started and didn’t really stop.  We ate our breakfast in the tent before taking it down because, as I eluded to earlier, we had no tarps and we almost didn’t put the fly over the tent.

Before heading to my folks’ house, we enjoyed an hour or so at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.  We walked along the beach, to the top of the hill and across to the other side of the lagoon.  The girls were good little hikers and May-May was the only one who needed a lift back to the car.

Breakfast in the tent.

p.s.  Let me know if you’re visiting the park and I’ll give you an overview of the

outhouses since TT had potty issues and I’m quite sure we saw the inside of the outhouses 25 times during the course of less than 24 hours.  Bee can tell you an exciting story that she remembers best about camping.  We definitely need to go on another trip! 😉

Girls at Piper's Lagoon

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