Monday, July 31, 2017

Windsor in July

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Uncle Miro and Aunt Colleen’s house for some summer pool fun!

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The dragon in Tecumseh at the park on Lake St. Clair

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A fun climbing park that Miro and Coleen’s house backs onto

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James’ relay team this year – Brad and Julie Reiter

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The pier waiting for daddy’s race to start

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Lionel Sanders and James were both the swimmers for their relay teams – Lionel beat James in the water for the first time!  Caught the reaction perfectly in this pic!!

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After a morning of triathlon and swimming, we drove to Point Pelee for the first time with the girls. 

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Southern most tip of Canada!

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The bugs weren’t the best…

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We all got a good laugh at this pic…  A classic Annika pose when things aren’t necessarily going her way lol…. oh the bugs….

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From Point Pelee, we headed to Erieau – a favourite stop for us along the Erie coast.

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Patio dinner on Lake Erie at Bayside Brewery

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The older the girls get, the more I am able to appreciate how lucky we are to have these two beautiful humans in our lives.  Sometimes I look at them and for a moment I’m in complete awe that James and I brought these two soles into the world.  Being able to see these beautiful places and explore with them doesn’t compare to anything I’ve ever done.  If I didn’t have them by my side, I would have such a big void in my life.  It’s those random moments of complete gratitude that I realize how truly lucky and how full our lives are because of these two.  Euphoria would almost perfectly define these moments…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Fun

Lemonade stands, art with Rob and hikes to lookouts and waterfalls!

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Of course, nana papa, Dale and Rob were some of the first customers… but we were shocked at how many cars stopped to buy some of the girls’ lemonade!  A thoughtful gesture like that goes a long way in a child’s eye.  The girls will not soon forget those very kind people. 

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Art teacher, Rob, showed the girls and I a project he did at school.  It turned out beautifully!

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Look how big the peas are this year!  Selena and mommy’s favourite!

James and I like to take the girls to as many different hiking trails as we can each year.  This year we’re hitting as many of the waterfalls trails as we can (there are too many to count).  Living next to the Niagara escarpment makes it very easy for us to see very beautiful places, minutes from our doorstep.  The kids are not yet old enough to appreciate it fully, but I know they will in a few more years.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Florida with the Loarratts!

Finally finding some time to post about our wonderful family trip down South!

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It was thanks to these two very special people that we, along with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew got to fly down to sunny Florida, stay in a 5-bedroom beauty of a house, play at a fantastic club house with lazy river, and explore a little bit of Kississmee!

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Family picnic before our flight at Niagara Falls, NY

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Can’t fly without my wine and cheese xo

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One of the best restaurants!  (Kobe)

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Every morning, these two swam in the lazy river

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Special surprise for the girls from nana at American Girl!

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Levi and Selena were inseparable the entire week

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Mavie adapted pretty well despite his recent blindness.  Although he didn’t really know where he was, he just went with the flow and cuddled up with his buddy on the drive down and back home

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A bit of a delay on the way home, but these two kept each other company!