Happy 4th of July!

We had a fun holiday weekend and are wrapping it up tonight with some grapefruit cake (courtesy of Joe) and some Sunday night T.V. shows!

First here are some photos from earlier in the week…


I asked this little guy to go pick out what shoes he wanted to wear and he totally surprised me by coming back with them already on! Such a big boy!


Some of our tower building with his cars and race track.


Wednesday we went out shopping and stopped by the farmers market after we failed to find an open strawberry farm to go picking.  We never did come home with strawberries but we climbed up and down these stairs by the market and got a tasty treat from a Middle Eastern woman who had a booth and ate it out by the road watching cars and trucks go by.





We’ve been outside a lot of course, and above is James jump rope game. Either we take turns leading each other around with it or we face each other and twirl it or wiggle it on the ground like a snake. Lots of play value from this ratty old jump rope we found in a barn! Below is James’ most recent colouring project.  We are going to glue stuff to the butterfly and do some more work on it later.  He loves to colour although he lost his blue marker over the weekend when he bit the end off of it.



Joe was in town Thursday night and I was trying to do dishes quick after supper. I knew James was in the pantry sitting in the box of toilet paper and looking at the kettle.  The next thing I know he was very, very quiet. I went to check on him and there he was with an empty box of Panko.  He had also gotten out the kosher salt and tried to break into the food colouring. I still had a few dishes to do and the damage was done so I left him to play while I finished so we could clean this mess up together and when I came back a couple minutes later he had gotten the shredded coconut out and was eating it with both his hands.  He was pretty proud of himself.


Yesterday morning we were colouring and I let him colour on himself and on my legs.  I’m sure it is a bad lesson but we had fun, no harm done!

Now on to the weekend!…

Joe was off work on Friday with us but we didn’t do too much until the evening.  Joe did his workout and James and I ran to town for some groceries. In the afternoon Joe had to run to town for a work meeting and then he came home to join James and I at the Dollar Bay 4th of July party that they do every year the night before.  There were supposed to be horse carriage rides around Dollar Bay but the guy canceled or didn’t show.  They also gave out children’s tickets for free food and candy but it was all incredibly junky and unhealthy and the kids already get loads of candy at the parade on the 4th so we skipped it.  And besides that there was a really, overly loud band and a ton of local people smoking…so we stayed for maybe 10 minutes and then walked to the school and spent like an hour or more playing! It was the first time Joe has come to that playground with us and there happened to be a similarly aged little girl playing there too so James had a sweet little playmate! So even though the party was a dud, it couldn’t have turned out better!

20150703_191014Saturday morning Joe got up early to get his swim in and then at noon we all headed down to Dollar Bay for the parade! We got a nice spot and James seemed to have fun… he gorged himself on candy and seemed to really like seeing the fire trucks and a pair of little horses that went by.  After the parade we had a nice family nap (we got to have a family nap on Friday too, those are the best!) and then once we were all up I went out for my run for a couple of hours while Joe did some food prep and James played.  After supper (Joe made us really good steaks and mashed potatoes) we took a random drive to Houghton to look at the waterfront and get a little bit of ice cream.

IMG_1218Today we finished off our weekend activities with a trip to the beach! It was very, very hot so Joe skipped his 3 hour bike ride and replaced the break lines on the old truck this morning (James and I were inside doing a full toy rotation and cleanup) and then around nap time we stuck James in the car so he could sleep and we headed North to a spot called Bete de Gris and spent 3 hours on the beach having lunch, playing in the sand, Joe went all the way into the water, we dug a big hole for James to play in and finally by the end we coaxed him into the water a little bit (and then he didn’t want to leave!).  We got home in time for Joe to make some Hawaiian pizza for supper and then James went off to bed!

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James really wanted to drink water like a puppy.




He was trying to dump his bucket in the hole we were digging for him but he accidentally went the wrong way 🙂


Once Joe went in and swam a few times James decided the water might actually be fun so he let me carry him a few feet into the water to look around and then when Joe came to short he went over to the edge of the waves to explore with him.  They were blowing bubbles and James was drinking like a doggie again.  Had to crop the photo for privacy because James ended up the day pretty naked!


Gardening, Nature Walks, and Park Time

Here are a handful of pictures from our week!

James has gotten to take a couple of walks with just me this week, instead of taking Cora too, so he got to get out of the stroller and explore.  One was in Dollar Bay and the other was on the trail.  This walk we met a bird and talked to it for a long time.

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James checking out the bird above and then doing to grading work with his truck below.


We also did a bit of gardening.  We planted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and tomato seeds in egg cartons inside (they are pretty late, not sure if we will actually get any pumpkins or tomatoes from them) and then today we planted pole beans, lima beans (James’ choice) and snap peas along with a bit of lettuce and some Columbine flower seeds.  Will probably plant a couple more things coming up once the garden is ready to go. We started weeding too it is pretty bad so it isn’t ready for plants yet.


We’ve been to the play ground several times this week and then yesterday we went to a fun birthday party and then stopped at a new park on the way home!


Memorial Weekend 2015

We are ending a nice holiday weekend this evening with James in bed, Joe doing homework and me catching up on stuff around the house and on my computer.

Saturday James and I did some shopping and played around the house and yard while Joe worked on school work and then did his long run for the week and mowed the lawn.  We had our third Blue Apron meal for supper (which I will post about tomorrow) and a quiet evening at home with a campfire out back after James was in bed.  Joe got out the telescope and we checked out Saturn and Jupiter and then looked at some stars.  I also just about fell asleep in my chair so we finally came inside.

Sunday we had a normal low-key morning, Joe did his long bike and then when he got home James insisted on taking a shower with him so they got ready together. Then around lunchtime James and I ran to Wal-Mart to get him a life jacket (for his first time in a boat) while Joe did some school work and then we came home, he got a quick nap and then we went up to visit a couple of friends’ at their cabin for the afternoon.  Their cabin isn’t actually a ‘cabin’, there are two houses owned by the family right next to each other and they are pretty big and really nice with power and running water etc. They are sort of unique too because you have to cross a little channel/canal to get to them (Or hike 45 minutes through the woods, there are no roads) and they are two of three homes there and then all surrounding them is nature preserve.  It is really pretty! The third home is a lighthouse, click the link to see its website, which some man/family restored and refinished but they don’t visit too often right now.  The crossing of the little channel was James’ first trip in a boat! He seemed kind of neutral about the whole thing on the way over and then on the way back he was getting tired and didn’t like his life jacket so he cried a bit.  But at least he has had his first boat ride now! We got to check out their neat houses and then spent a long time hanging out on the beach while James played and their dogs ran around and dug holes.  It was a pretty fun afternoon!

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I wish I would have gotten some more pictures but I wasn’t think of pictures on our boat ride, I was just making sure James didn’t fall off and then every time we do something fun I forget to get my camera out! At least I got a couple of James playing with Laura on the beach!  James had a blast! He loves sand, he loves dogs (and there were 4 of them), he loves splashing in the water, and exploring outside, and being ‘nosey’ and exploring other peoples’ houses.  Plus he got to eat graham crackers on the beach (they are one of his favourite foods), so it was pretty much an awesome trip for him.  James fell fast asleep on the way home so then he was awake until 10 but it was worth it. 🙂

Today has been super rainy and a bit cold outside.  James and I took Cora out a couple times so he could play in the rain and splash in the puddles. He doesn’t care if he is all wet and spent forever watching a worm crawl around.  He was also pretty mad when I made him come inside both times. Maybe we will have a warm, rainy day soon and then I would be more willing to stand outside in it with him.  Joe has been working on his homework ALL day today and James and I have been puttering around like it was a normal day for the most part although I did spend a long time this afternoon making him a superhero cape.  i think it turned out pretty good.  And Joe did take a break to help me with my chalkboard wall by drilling some holes in my brackets and cutting some trim for me… that post will be coming up soon too, the trim is drying and I can finish the wall tomorrow!

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I think it turned out pretty good for just using stuff I had on hand! The blue fabric is an old bed sheet I was hanging on to for some sort of craft, I was tempted to buy a brighter blue for it but decided just to go with this… it works! And then the grey, yellow and red felt were just some colours I had on hand from a failed activity. Originally I was going to make a felt face game but my face-making skills are pretty dismal so we skipped that.  Good thing too, since I ended up with felt to make his cape! I found a tutorial on Pinterest for the rough design and then I adjusted it for James since the original was about 30 inches long and James in total is only about 32-33 inches tall.  It ended up coming out a good size for him with some room to grow.  The neck closes with velcro.