Monday, July 21, 2014

geo-catching and so on

I've got some wacky kids, and I've got proof:

Proof enough.
Some of my favourite bits of summer so far have been sitting in the swingy benchy thing in our backyard - my mom's, in the shade of a very big tree, reading.  It is lovely.  One of Lucy's favourite bits… playing around while I read.  

Acquiring the largest leaf, taking my order at her restaurant and making my food.  She is an excellent cook, by the way.  I don't remember exactly what this is - I think a mint mojito (sans alcohol, of course), and some tri tip salad of some sort.  Something like that.

You can see my lovely little garden in the background.  Beefsteak, roma and heirloom cherry tomatoes, peppers and a pumpkin!

Lucy also made some "bare-foot sandals" out of those popular rainbow loom rubber bandy things.  Kinda cute.
I've been pitting, cutting and freezing a lot of cherries for making all sorts of deliciousness.  It is tedious work, to say the least, and oh boy oh boy, it makes a mess of your hands.  The colour is really nice initially but it stains your hands a nasty brownish black.  Not so attractive.  It lasted several days and I felt like I needed to hide my hands on several occasions!

We've been wanting to do some geocaching.  I've been wanting to do it for several years but just never actually did anything about it.  Surprise, surprise.  Pretty typical of me.  Anywho, we finally took it on…. just some easy ones close to home.  
We went to hunt for one around a local drive-in type restaurant…. pretty smart way to get people to your business.  During our hunt, we found the signatures of our family on the car that they have there.  Its the thing to do - sign the car.
Mia found the cache.  She signed us in and our first search was complete.
Of course we had to do what they wanted us to do by putting the cache there in the first place…. we bought some ice cream (over-priced, not even that tasty ice cream).

We decided to try some more since we are such naturals at this whole thing. We had time to kill anyway - our landlords were showing the house we are living in.  So away we went.  We didn't have a whole lot of success after that.  Turns out the next cache is in the building or behind a locked gate.  Something like that.
We tried another one too without success.  Finally we figured that what we really needed to do was to use the gps instead so that we could get some more accurate readings.  So one of these days, we'll head out again and do some serious hunting.
We have a lot of things to do this summer.  We are slowly working our way through our summer "bucket list".  Not sure that we'll get them all done, but we are well on our way.

british soccer camp

Last week Lucy took soccer camp - not just any soccer camp - BRITISH soccer camp.  Complete with British soccer instructors.  Coach Stu and Coach Tom.  Complete with British accents.
Let me clarify something.  This is not English soccer camp… not necessarily coaches from England.  It is an important distinction, you know.
Anywho, Lucy loved soccer camp.  Loved it.  And she got nice and sweaty.  I consider that a good thing.  Although it didn't really seem to wear her out.  I consider that a bad thing.  Oh well, it was good anyway.  She is in the red shirt and white shorts.

Their last day they had a game with the kids against the two coaches (plus three kids).  Of course, since the losers got soaked with water, the coaches team lost…. the kids had been instructed to bring as much water with them as possible, just in case.

Before this game, Lucy's age group had their "world cup" game.  Lucy was on the US team, and they won against Brazil.  To represent their team, they were supposed to bring some sort of flag - we did a cake.
They got a lovely trophy made of a ball, cones and a pinnie.  Since Lucy was the only girl on the team, she pretty much refused to go in on the trophy acceptance with all those stinky, sweaty boys.

And then, at the end… the water dousing, followed by an all out and out water fight.

I put the camera away before the water really got going.  I'm no fool.  Or maybe not much of a fool.
Thankfully they had great weather all week and Lucy got to do camp with a good friend.  She already has plans to go next year and I'm all for it.

bird's hill

On Thursday my lovely sister-in-law had the brainiack idea of going to Bird's Hill park for the day.  She's no stupid dummy.  Nuh-uh.  Unfortunately Kim was busy working (someone has to), but we got to drag along her kids.  We had a splendid time.

Glenda had to leave early to pick up Cole from soccer camp, so she took a load home with her around 3:30.  I stayed with four young beach babes for another hour and a half or so.  Not because of the others leaving, but that was my favourite part….. because the beach was significantly more empty by then and it wasn't quite as intensely hot (although still plenty warm, let me tell you!).  I tried to read on the beach (unsuccessfully - I needed a novel and I had a "inspirational" instead - just not a beach read for me).  So instead I enjoying watching the yahoos build a castle in the sand.  

And because we are super special and stayed later, we also go to get ice cream.  'Cause we're cool like that.
We had such a great time, we might just do it again this week.