Thursday, July 30, 2009

Award-winner

This spring we planted about 30 zucchini and pumpkin seeds. After some late frost and errant gardening, we have only one plant left. One, giant, Little Shop of Horrors-esque plant! It has taken over the entire front flower bed and is now creeping across the driveway. And we swear not to have fed it any growth hormones!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Good Company

We were lucky enough to have three great friends/beach bums/baby helpers with us on our vacation. Thank-you to Gran, Grandad and Auntie Katherine for sharing the week with us. And we hope that we are all still friends after Estelle's early morning wake-ups, Alice's toy-explosion in the living room, Guy's constant 'helpfulness' teasing, and Lucy's uber-sun protection.






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A little rain... a few waves!

Weather can be somewhat unpredictable on the Eastern seabord. But there was nothing unpredictable about 4 straight days of rain! After 2 glorious days on the beach, we had to head for the shops, play in our itty bitty living room, and wade over to the ice-cream parlour. But we still managed to play in the sand every day.

On our lasy morning, we checked out the huge waves that only a few brave surfboarders were attacking.


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Ocean Park, Maine

We've been dreaming about and planning this vacation for months, and all our preparations paid off when we hit the road last Saturday night. After weighing our options (screaming baby vs. losing a few hours on the beach) we elected to leave at Estelle's bedtime and drive through the night. Despite the abundance of moose warning signs and an unnerving lack of other vehicles on the road, we made it to the rented house in just under 6 hours. Our housemates had arrived earlier in the day and made up our beds, so we simply carried the girls in and crashed.

The next two days were spent on the beach - playing in the sand, boogie-boarding and just taking in the salt air. We also enjoyed the famed sub sandwiches and raspberry-lime rickys from the Soda Fountain.

Then came the clouds and rain... and the hung around for a few days. So we enjoyed shopping at the mall, a day at the outlets and LL Bean in Freeport, and a couple of hours at Target. Gotta love the American deals.

Throughout our trip, we also enjoyed some superb sea (and land) food. Lobster rolls, crab cakes, clam burgers... all of the goodies offered up to us from the ocean. And of course the children's menu for Alice: burger and fries, hot-dog and fries, macaroni and cheese, pizza, spaghetti. It always sounds the same (though we did find one nice cracker/hummus plate for her, and a great child sized plated of haddock with fries) Estelle on the other hand, stuck with her purees, but also tried some toast, oatmeal and prunes for the first time.



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Estelle hits the surf...?



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Beaching with the best


"You can't keep hiding that brown stuff from me... I know it's under this blanket"


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Wanna come back next year?

Beachcombing with Grandad

A quiet moment with Daddy

All cozied up for the drive back home
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Where did all that sand come from? Alice?

Tromping across the bridge at LL Bean

Making her own little ocean world

Stripping down for the outdoor shower

Where are all the carnies?
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Alice's Beachy Adventures

Her first time ever on a fun fair ride. She was a little nervous, but not as emotional as mum and Grandad!



So many treats on holiday - chocolate milk for breakfast!
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Leaps and Bounds

Alice decided to have a session at the photo booth while waiting for our flight at the Winnipeg Airport. The seat adjusted just high enough for her to peek up into the camera.

For the most part, our girls seem to develop and grow ever so slowly right beneath our eyes, and the changes are so gradual that we barely notice when baby turns to infant and then to toddler. But somehow Alice has turned into a little girl overnight and even we are amazed at how different she is, almost every day. For the first time, I really feel as though she is growing up too quickly. Luckily we now have these 70s era pictures to commemorate her growing independance!


(Oh and let's not leave out Estelle, who can now wave hello!)
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Manitoba Visit

The whole family decided to go on a trip back to Manitoba to visit the family after Guy's Grandfather past away. There was alot of cheering up to do and a week with the girls is quite a morale boost. This was Estelle's first flight and she was a real trooper. Alice is a pro now and she was very patient throughout the whole trip.

GIRL-FEST
These girls are the closest thing that Alice and Estelle have to cousins. Cute-zilla is roaming the streets of Foamtown

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Can you guess which of the girls has a reputation of being a stunt-girl?

Prairie Paradise

Meme and Pepe's farm is quite a nice spot for running around and having adventures. Bug-Bites are included in the package free of charge...




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