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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

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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How come I don’t remember kindergarten costing anything?  I suppose it wasn’t my job to keep track of money at the tender age of five.  Actually, I don’t remember a whole lot from kindergarten whatsoever.

We’re only a month into school, but already we’ve paid for:

-school supplies  –  $20.00

-professional tennis player to teach my child tennis  –  $10

-field trip to a pumpkin patch on the 18th  –  $14.25

I won’t include book orders because they’re 100% optional.  The amount spent on books is proportionate to my self-control. 😉

So, in the first month of kindergarten, school has cost $44.25.

Picture Day
Bee on Picture Day

Today was picture day.  I suppose that’s another 100% optional cost too, but I think there’ll be some family members expecting a photo. 🙂  It only took three outfit changes to settle on this dress.  I love dark blue on my girls because it really brings out their big blue eyes!

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