Friday, July 29, 2011


Earlier in June Alice's daycare held a graduation ceremony for the little (ahem, big) ones about to begin kindergarten in September. The kids had practiced a song many weeks leading up to the event, and everybody sported a mortarboard. They came out clapping and took their places in front of a very proud audience after which each child was called up by name to accept their diploma and a photo. No speeches, but we're pretty sure Alice would have been named valedictorian of her class.

Alice's good pal, Gregory

Les filles: Justine, Emma, Eva, Chloe and Alice
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After leaving JF & Christine's house in Jonquiere last week, we drive along the north route of the fjord and landed at Tadoussac, famed whale-watching spot. The weather was (mostly) beautiful, and after getting our eyes adjusted to the grey, swirling waters, we were rewarded with several sightings of Minke Whales and fin whales. Alice was somewhat disappointed we didn't the the great blue whale, but our boat guide explained that they are quite shy.

We highly recommend our campsite, le Domaine des Dunes, for its location, privacy, cleanliness and beautiful forest. A real jewel of a private campground.

Alice showing off her Halloween costume plan for the family: Toy Story for everyone!

Uniform add-on coming soon to a Starbuck's near you - the Bodum Hat!

Make like baby belugas!

The tiny fin of the giant Fin Whale

Many warm layers for the boat ride

The famous Toupie lighthouse, which has withstood some incredible storms. One of these broke every single window on the structure, and left the lightkeeper stranded for 3 days.

Don't blow away Estelle

Guy looking discouragingly at the popcorn that wouldn't pop.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Visite au Saguenay

We finally made the big trek to visit our friends in the Saguenay. It was great to spend a few days with old(-ish) friends who seem to follow a bit of the same routine as we do. Their 4 and 2 year olds are pretty much on track with our own, only slightly more male and a little more prone to "batailles".

We camped at the municipal campground in St-Felix-d'Otis, and weathered an extreme night of western, local partying, and another of extreme lightning and thunder. Nothing could dampen our spirits though, and we've got happy memories and bug bite scabs to prove it!

Fast friends
(these two sat side by side in their strollers while their mums power walked when they were only wee things!)
La belle plage

Hold on!
Shaking in my boots...

Requisite smores preparation

Olivier, JF, Christine and Mathieu.
Bien confortable en attente pour les frites.

Guy keeping the kids out of the firepit

The girls had a great sleep and didn't hear a single thing during the 2 hour storm.
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