Beach Themes

Catching up.

Man, there are so many things I want to share these days. So this is a real mixed bag, and lots of photos. I’ll explain as we go.

Back at the beginning of August, we went over to the Island to have a weekend at Mill Bay. Ross’ aunt was generous enough to let us stay with her – she lives in a private little cottage community right on the edge of the water. It was stormy most of the weekend. The reason we were there was to see a long time family friend – Kim – and it was a lovely and relaxing weekend. Kale had a running theme that weekend:

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And:

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Apparently my boy has a taste for dirt and dirt like products.

I tried very hard to get his little feet to make an impression in the sand, but no dice.

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Last week marked the start of Bonnie coming here for babysitting a few days a week. It’s going very well.

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Although they both appear to be incredibly suspicious of me and my camera, and the instant they turn on the cute together, and I whip out a camera, they both flee, and I get blurry pictures. The best pictures are outdoors. I think I need a new camera if my only good shots come from the outside.

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Note: isn’t that a sad, sad, sad little playground? One bouncy apparatus and two baby swings. There is also a climbing thing, but its for big kids.

We hit the Island again this past weekend, only this time it was north to Strathcona Park for a wedding. We stopped off at the Parksville Health Unit to say hi to some friends first, and although I’m sure its incredibly illegal of me to post this photo I took inside the building without VIHA’s permission, I’m a rebel and it’s cute. Kale was stunned when I raised up the boom of that little truck.

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Kale with his Nana (frequent commenter and my mom). I know she’ll hate this picture but I love it:

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Parksville has the Lions Adventure Playground, and I truly believe it’s the best playground in the entire province. Kale dug the swings:

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And the teeter totter that he checked out with Ross:

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But the weekend was really about the wedding. So Saturday morning we headed north to Strathcona Park Lodge and the sun came out and the wedding was able to proceed on the beach. Afterward, there was a beachside appie hour and Kale played peekaboo around the benches:

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The wedding was beautiful – simple and elegant and the reception was full of funny speeches and one very sleepy baby:

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One the way back, we hung out at the beach at Parksville again, checking out the puddles:

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And running with Gran (Ross’ mom):

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I feel like I am finally coming up for air. I feel like I am finally getting some headway and falling into the routines of my life. The market is winding down and while that means I might need to do some extra shifts at my former full time position, I feel the pull of autumn and winter coming. The air is crisper, and my feet get chilly, and I’ve pulled out the mint tea, the down vest, and Kale’s fleecy. It’s been such a great summer.

9 years ago

2 Comments

  1. It has been a great summer and many changes in your lives. Kale is growing and by Christmas (which will be here before you know it) will really come into full bloom. Man you are going to have some amazing pictures. It has been so wonderful to see you all so often this summer and I wish we were closer so we could spend more time together, but life is what it is and I love every chance we do get. Keep those stories and pictures coming I live vicariously through them.

  2. It was so great to see you, Ross and Kale and to catch up. It is always so hard to cram everything into one lunch. We will have to meet up again! Maybe we can get you all to NYC 😉

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