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Summer Fun

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Time to end my accidental blog break!

I noticed by glancing at my last post that I was excited about the onset of spring. Well, that’s old news! Summer is definitely now in full swing. This year, I changed up my usual vacation schedule by taking a week off of work right after the Canada Day long weekend, which was great. The four of us were able to ring in summer as soon as it arrived!

I’ve made a list of Things To Do With the Kids this summer (not very easy to come up with lots of fun ideas when you’re on a tight budget), but so far, just 2 weeks in, we are on a roll:

First, we went to watch the fireworks on Canada Day:

Magical moment

Magical moment

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

The kids were initially complaining that we didn’t pay to get as close to the festivities as possible, but as soon as the fireworks started, they forgot all about it and had a blast (so to speak).

Next, we set up camp in “OurYard” Provincial Park. The sunsets and sunrises are beautiful, and there is lots of wildlife to be spotted. Our favourite mama and papa deer made a few appearances this week as well. Best of all, our glamping experience included a private bathroom and shower, and indoor accomodations for rainy/cold nights! (We’ll go legit camping in August). It was fun to give our new tent a trial run and have campfires almost every night.

Marshmallows

Marshmallows

Bedtime!

Bedtime!

Early morning view

Early morning view

We went fishing for the first time….

Ready for action!

Ready for action!

Kitten concentrating

Kitten concentrating

We didn’t have much success with the fish…we only caught one 2-inch long rainbow trout….but we did have lots of fun catching other critters with Kitten’s net.

frog

We’ve also gone on several hikes, exploring local trails we didn’t know existed until we downloaded a trail map!

Wild strawberries we found while hiking

Wild strawberries we found while hiking

My dreams of a large, lush garden were not met this year due to limited finances, limited time, and a puppy who loves to dig:

Naughty but oh-so-cute!

Naughty but oh-so-cute!

So I surrendered to reality, planted some pretty annuals in containers, and called it a day! Better luck next year, maybe!

Kitten turned 8, so we celebrated first at the local pool with some of her friends, and later with extended family….

Time flies!

Time flies!

And I made a long-awaited trip to visit a dear friend and her precious little one:

Delightful!

Delightful!

Other than that, it’s been lots of downtime in and around our home in the country.

A typical afternoon

A typical afternoon

It’s been a fabulous start to the summer, and I’m back to work tomorrow! I am pleasantly surprised by the fact that it feels like I’ve been gone for longer than a week; I’m totally mentally and physically refreshed, and after just 3 weeks back at work, I’ll be taking 2 more weeks of vacation! Woo-hoo!

We’ve still got a few things left on our list.

If anyone has any other great ideas for summer fun on a shoestring budget, please share!

 

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