August Recap

Oops, I did it again? I totally didn’t mean to only post four stinkin’ times in August but what can you do? Life was either busy or I just didn’t have the oomph to sit down and write. But – here I am now updating you on what else we got up to during the second half of the month.

My dad turned 60 this month, so Isla, Norah and I headed out to Vernon for a couple nights to help him celebrate. My brother also flew in from Vancouver, so it was a fun, family affair! We spent our full day there visiting Davison Orchard in the morning and then after lunch/Norah’s nap we headed down to the lake for a couple of hours. Two of my aunts came into town to help celebrate as well, so it was good to catch up with them a bit!

We also made a quick jump over to Old Navy in Kelowna as well so I could do some back to school shopping for Isla.

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My brother hitched a ride back to Kamloops with me so he could visit with my mom for a couple of days before bussing it back to Vancouver. It was good to see him since we probably won’t see each other again until Christmas!

Last weekend we were invited by some longtime friends of ours to be tourists and ride the old steam train that’s in Kamloops. Named the Spirit of Kamloops, it takes you on a short journey across the river and back. While it wasn’t quite what I had expected, it was still pretty neat and the kids all had a blast, so that’s all that matters! Plus it was great to catchup with our friends; we’ve known each other since high school and have grown up so much since then!

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Finally, on Tuesday and Wednesday the RCMP Musical Ride was visiting Kamloops and the horses from the ride were being boarded inside the sports centre on the North Shore. The public was invited to come and “meet” the horses, so I thought it would be a good way to kill a couple of hours with the girls. While you weren’t actually able to meet all of the horses individually, there were a couple horses tethered near open Exit doors and you could pet them from the exterior of the building. Norah just adored them and even Isla got into petting the one. Even I thought the horses were stunning and pet them, and I’m slightly apprehensive around them. (Long story.)

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Now it’s the long weekend and we have no plans! Lets call it the “calm before the storm” as Isla starts kindergarten on Thursday. *sob face* I can’t believe how quickly the summer went by, but I’m impressed by how much we managed to do considering the forest fires.

How was your summer? Do anything special?

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July Recap

Oh, hey there! Did you miss me? I totally didn’t mean to take a month-long break from blogging but life got a little crazy. By the time I realized that I hadn’t blogged in three weeks I figured a recap of what I got up to last month would be better way to update you all than a bunch of little posts. Ready? Okay!

Of course, Canada kicks off July celebrating the birth of our nation! In the past my mom and I head down to Riverside Park to take in all of the festivities, but this year we decided to visit the Farmers’ Market instead. I loaded up on some fresh, local produce, (and bannock!) and the girls enjoyed some treats as well. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the sunshine!

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Isla spent five days camping with my mom and stepdad during the first week of the month and she had an amazing time. It was rather strange only having one kid at home for those few days, but I think both Norah and Isla appreciated the time apart from one another. Unfortunately, the camping trip was cut short by a day because the smoke from the wildfires that had suddenly popped up all over the interior, but my mom did take this amazing picture of Isla during the tail end of the trip:

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I’m pretty obsessed with this photo and how it captures every essence of childhood. <3

And yes – the wildfires. Kyle had two weeks of holidays this month and depending on how you look at it, they were timed either very well or very poorly. On his first day off his dad and his girlfriend were evacuated from their home in Cache Creek due to an out-of-control brushfire that was sweeping through the community. Of course, we offered our home to them they stayed with us for about 10 days before they were allowed to head back home. Great timing for Kyle to be off – he was hoping to spend some time with his dad anyway while on holidays, it’s just unfortunate that it was under these circumstances! Of course, Isla and Norah were just happy to have their grandparents visiting!

It was too bad that it was so smoky though – there were a couple days where you couldn’t even go outside for more than 30 minutes without your throat starting to itch. It really put a damper on some of our plans.

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These two photos were taken 24 hours apart from the same vantage point. You can see the smoke from one of the fires down in the valley of the top photo.

Eventually the smoke cleared up and the weather got hot enough to enjoy the last few days of Kyle’s time off!

We’ve been wanting to go to the waterslides for quite some time but have never been able to due to weather, pregnancy or what have you, haha. Since Kyle’s sister was in town because her and her family were also evacuated from their home in William’s Lake, we invited them and Kyle’s mom to come with us to the slides just outside of Vernon. The weather turned out to be amazing and the girls had an absolute blast! Isla was apprehensive about going down the slides by herself, but after we asked if she’d go down if she was wearing her lifejacket and she agreed? We couldn’t stop her! I practically had to pin her down to stop and hydrate and eat! And I was so nervous that Norah was going to hate them but she had just as much fun as Isla doubling with either Kyle or myself. They were both exhausted at the end of the day and slept SO GOOD that night, even with their naps on the way home. #parentingwin

Waterslides

Kyle also busied himself by making a bed for Norah! We had Isla’s made by someone in town, but Kyle thought it would be a fun challenge to try and make a similar “big girl” bed for Norah while he was off work. He did an awesome job, IMHO, and Norah loves it! I swear it’s even helped her sleep a bit better through the night.

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Kyle and I had always agreed that Isla could get her ears pierced if she asked for them herself. We kind of always figured she’s ask one day, it was just a matter of when. She had originally asked back in June, so I told her I’d talk to her dad about it and we’d go from there. We agreed that if she asked about it again, we’d make her an appointment and take her. She finally asked me a couple weeks ago if I had “talked to dad about her getting her ears pierced,” and then she asked him directly at dinner, so we figured she was honestly ready! I called and made the appointment, and Kyle got the honour of taking her to the studio to get them done! She handled it so well and is very proud of them! Me? I’m sobbing on the inside because she’s no longer my little baby :(

What else? We got in a few pool and waterpark days, the girls had their annual check-ups, (doctor, eyes, and immunizations for Isla, doctor for Norah), I had my wind-up slo-pitch tournament, Isla did dance camp, Kyle found a toad, we ALL overindulged in the best way possible, including hosting a “Christmas in July,” and just had a great time as a family! While there were a couple of low moments overall it was a great first month of the summer. I cannot believe how quickly July few by, and now August is here. I hope we can make this month just as memorable!

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How was your July? Any highlights you’d like to share?

{Petting} Zoo Afternoon

Earlier this week on Tuesday, a friend and I decided to cruise on down (or up, I guess) to the Westsyde Petting Zoo here in Kamloops. (Also known as the Little Farmers Petting Zoo!) Neither of us had ever been before, so in an effort to trump boredom with our husbands were away at work, we decided to give it a go!

The “zoo” is located at the Westsyde Centennial Park right by the entrance. Really, you can’t miss it! The animals are more or less unattended, so you can’t actually go in the pens and pet them, but there are a variety of $1 and $0.25 machines around their enclosures with pellets and seed that you can feed to them. (The zoo is run by volunteers, and the food machines are how it gains income.)

There’s a HUGE number of goats at the farm, and while we were there we were able to see a few cute little baby goats, as well as a couple of VERY pregnant momma goats! There are also a couple of emu’s (which reminded me of velociraptors) and tons of different exotic birds, including peacocks, “fancy” chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and geese. While it wasn’t out-of-this-world amazing, it was still fun to see all the cool birds. Will I go back? Most likely when Isla is older. I can always pack a picnic lunch and make a better day out of it for sure!

Now for some pictures: (If you’re using a reader, click through to my actual page for a better view)

If you’re looking to have a fun afternoon at a relatively low cost, definitely check out the Westsyde Petting Zoo!