August Recap

And just like that, summer is done and school is back in session! We had a pretty decent August – the warm weather finally decided to show up and we were able to enjoy the heat!

At the beginning of the month Kyle, the girls, and I went with some friends to Atlantis Waterslides in Vernon and the kids had a blast! We spent practically the whole day there and were completely exhausted by the end of it, but it was definitely worth it.

We also were able to take full advantage of the pool at Kyle’s mom’s – the girls have both come a long way with their swimming skills over the summer! Lessons over the fall/winter should be a breeze for both of them with the amount of practice they had!

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Over the BC Day long weekend we went to the local marina/beach for a day and the girls had the best time ever! It was our first time going and I was pleasantly surprised! The beach was so wonderful and sandy, and while the water was busy with boats, the swimming area was great and well-marked so the boats didn’t cross over. There’s even a little restaurant/ice cream shop, so the girls were treated by grandpa to cones.

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Isla had the amazing opportunity to audition to perform onstage with the Moscow Ballet in November when they come to town with The Great Russian Nutcracker, but in order for her to audition she had to learn how to ride her bike without training wheels. (Call it a lesson in discipline, if you will.) It took a couple afternoons and evenings of trying, but eventually she figured it out and can now ride fairly confidently on two wheels!

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That being said, she earned Kyle and I’s approval to audition for the ballet and was successful in earning a spot on stage! We’re pretty proud of her and she’s super excited to be a part of a real ballet!

Mid-August the girls went for a sleepover at my mom’s and Kyle and I went out to the Little Shuswap Lake to visit with friends who were visiting from Calgary! It was a beautiful day and it was lovely to have a little kid-free getaway. ( I only felt slightly guilty that they missed out, but good times were coming their way anyway!)

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The girls and I headed over to Vernon to visit with my dad for a couple of nights and help celebrate his birthday with him! While it rained almost all day our first day there, there was a short break in the afternoon so we were able to head over to Davison Orchards to check out the animals and all the fun stuff they have there! The ducky races were probably the highlight of that excursion!

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During our second day there we headed over to Winfield to visit Kangaroo Creek Farm! It’s such an amazing little hidden gem and the girls always have the most amazing time while they’re there! This year they were able to hold parrots on their shoulders, which went way better than I had anticipated. (They are super laid back birds and very well socialized!)

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After the kangaroo farm we headed back into Vernon for lunch and then did a quick wardrobe change for the beach! The weather was perfect and the girls spent all afternoon playing in the water and sand. I’m certain they’d spend an entire day there if I let them.

Oh, and what started out as mermaid tales turned into me just completely burying both Isla and Norah in the sand! They thought it was hilarious and thank goodness my dad had brought this umbrella or their faces would’ve fried in the sun!

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That was about the end of our family adventures for August! The girls did go on a camping trip this past weekend and Kyle and I went out and bought 125lbs of tomatoes for canning, so you can guess what our future holds for us!

Isla had her first (partial) day at school today and her first full day will be today! Norah doesn’t start preschool until next week, but she’s extremely excited and can’t wait to go!

How was August for you?!

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Kangaroo Creek Farm

You guys. There is a place less than 2 hours away from me where you can go pet, feed, and hold kangaroos and this past Monday, I finally checked visiting Kangaroo Creek Farm off my bucket list!

It was a holiday in BC on Monday, which meant my mom had the day off (Kyle picked up an OT shift), so we loaded up the girls and headed out to Winfield to visit the farm. It was a beautiful day for a drive and the farm did not disappoint!

There were kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, capybaras, maras, goats, parrots … the list goes on!

Isla had so much fun checking out the animals and I’m sure we’ll be repeat visitors once Norah is old enough to explore on her own as well. Kangaroo Creek Farm is well worth the drive and is probably one of the coolest petting “zoos” out there. (I say “zoo” because it’s actually owned by regular people – they live on the premises and lease the land around them to raise their animals.)

But enough blabbering: Pictures!

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Full disclosure: I visited Kangaroo Creek Farm on my own dime and was not compensated whatsoever for my review.