An almost endless summer

I’ll try to be brief but will warn you if you don’t like the family slide show after vacation, you may want to skip this post! Our summer was full of hot days with weekly swimming lessons, camping at the lake and playing at the beach. I love to travel but I will brag to anyone that my home region is one of the most beautiful places in the world… in the summer.

We started off the summer with E’s 9th birthday: it was a girls extravaganza with tie-dying, scavenger hunt and…IMG_2665 IMG_2673

a big screen movie – at home! IMG_2684

We love the beach and spent many lovely afternoons exploring tide pools and building sandcastles.IMG_2792 IMG_2798 IMG_2857

With Dad’s work keeping him busy this summer we explored our area more in one day vacations. This was a fun day spent going up Grouse Mountain in a large gondola


and seeing the grizzlies!

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We also really enjoyed the lumberjack show which highlighted the skills and dangers in the job of felling trees. It was a lively program with lots of rivalry and humour. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend it!

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We went camping a couple of times this summer with family,

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and friends.

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We had the opportunity to attend a special event for our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative party that was happening in our area. E and I spent a lot of time discussing the 3 main political parties and what they are known for. We also talked about left-wing versus right-wing politics and fiscal policy such as discussed in the Prime Minister’s speech to his party members


It was a great learning experience and the kids were thrilled to shake his hand and meet such an important person to our country.


Some of the things we did this summer were insider gigs. The salmon run has been good this year so many people have been taking to the rivers to fish. We asked Papa the resident fishing expert and boat owner in our family to take us fishing. When we got to the river it was so crowded with fishermen that we gave up and found a quiet-ish back channel to have a picnic. The local sights were bald eagles soaring over the river, hazy mountains in the distance, fish surfacing in the river and dirt bikes and atvs ripping around everywhere. It wasn’t quite my picture of an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors but the kids rather enjoyed the entertainment 🙂


We extended our summer into September taking a week of family vacation to Vancouver Island. The weather was glorious, the island was peaceful and we spent some wonderful days with friends and family while also enjoying the natural beauty of the island. I haven’t uploaded the pics yet but will try to edit this and add them in soon.

Summer is my favourite time of year, but now that it is really and truly September this blog will be updated regularly again and life will take on some structure for the next 10 months. Ahhh… let the craziness begin!

One thought on “An almost endless summer

  1. Thanks for the update Cheryl. Could you give me some idea of when I can expect your SLPs? Hope everything is going well as you begin your school year 🙂

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