Monday, 1 September 2014

Back To Yesterday Before Today

Let me start out with Yesterday morning I was swarmed with children requesting a breakfast of cereal.  With that out of the way they were soon ready and out the door, regardless of the grey overcast skies, off to Sauble Beach, ending up with more fun at Sauble Falls (thanks to Liz for the photos of their excursion).

While the kids were having a blast at Sauble Falls, I am not sure if my son was having a snooze or laid out guarding Liz's purse?  I will have to ask.  Regardless they had a great day, and the Sun had eventually came out later in the day.


After everyone had returned back to the house, the girls and I headed downtown Wiarton to The Painted Turtle (&Balloon Headquarters) for some girl fun.  Thanks to Wenda's expertise help they girls had everything they needed to make themselves each a lovely necklace.  Liz even got to make herself a bracelet much to her delight.   Us Girls enjoyed our "girl" time, while the boys had been off picking out a DVD after Dinner.


I was tickled pink to have captured this Bee covered in Pollen in the Painted Turtle's gardens.  WE so need our Bees !


After a yummy Dinner BBQ'd by the Chief BBQ guy, Poppa Rob, the kids and I headed on down to the Bluewater Park for a walk.  We all had fun there too !


The beauty that surround us daily is amazing.  As I have said many times before, and will again, I never tire of these views.


Today?  the kids had breakfast, everyone packed up and they were on their way back home just after 9 am.  Rob & I?  I did one load of laundry and a wee bit of tidying up, but boy oh boy I am tired, but it is a "I had fun" tired.

Tomorrow?  I will be getting myself lots of rest, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Day Before Today

Last night I actually got to watch the second movie, or half of it, of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Two Towers.  I LOVE the Hobbit and the sequences after, reading all the books years ago, and now (a little behind) but watching the movies.  I will watch the 2nd half of the movie I couldn't stay past 11:30 pm to watch.

Now back to the photographs I took the day before today.

Aiden & Connor were surprised when their Dad, Liz, Chloe, Briar and Mercedes all arrived at noon yesterday, as they didn't think they were going to be leaving to come here until that time.   Poppa Rob took us all out for lunch at the Greet Door Cafe where everyone was so good & ate everything on their plates.  


Once lunch was over with we headed over to Owen Sound to do some back to school shopping.  My niece, Joanne, had told us about the Urban Kids store in the Mall so we headed over there first.

Liz was beyond impressed with the kids clothes and prices at Urban Kids.  We will be going back there again to shop next time they come up.  The kids were happy with the new clothes they got too.



Next stop was La Senza where everyone was bored expect for Liz and I.  I was getting Liz a little something for her upcoming Birthday, as it was much nicer to have her pick something out she would like for herself as a bit of a "treat" just for her.  Despite the boredom Connor & Briar had some fun doing some poses for me.


Finally out of the Mall we next headed on over to my Niece's boyfriend's house, as his neighbour raised Miniature Donkeys (which we used to have 3 of ourselves back in Waterloo when we had lived there).

We were all very excited about our visit with the Donkeys.  This little girl was only 6 weeks old.  What a Doll.  



I was absolutely so happy capturing this wonderful moment Chloe was having with this Donkey.  She was in her element.


After the Donkeys we headed over to Giant Tiger then to take the kids to Jones' Falls on our way back home.

Who doesn't love trails, Falls and a good cuppa tea.


This day had been a full day spent with my Blended Family, "heavy" on the full and a bit nutty too ...

... as you can tell by the Family Picture they posed for (have I ever mentioned what a "ham" our 7 year old Connor is? or can you tell yourself by this photo?)


Today was another fun packed day.  The kids had gone off to the Beach, the girls & I had some "just for girls" fun, and then an after dinner walk.

Now it is time for me to go watch the 2nd half of that movie, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Beyond Beyond !

As soon as my feet hit the floor I have not stopped since 5:45 am.   It has been totally CRAZY beyond beyond !

The rest of our gang as in Paul, Liz and the two girls, Chloe & Briar arrived at lunch time.  Rob took us out for lunch at the Green Door Cafe at 1:15.  All the kids were good, each splitting a meal between the two girls and two boys, cleaning up their plates.

After lunch, leaving Rob behind, we headed on over to Owen Sound for some Back to School shopping.  Shopping, stopping to see miniature donkeys, going to Jones Falls, arriving back home to make supper for everyone for 7 pm.

It took a bit to get the trailer set up for the kids, as in beds made, TV & DVD player running.

Photos?  I have photos but I am too darn, darn, triple darn worn out to upload and edit them.  The kids are all going to head off to the beach tomorrow, weather permitting, and I will try to get caught up with photos for tomorrow's post, among lots of other things that need catching up around here.

This is all she wrote, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Road Trip With Poppa

Everyone had a fitful sleep last night but for me.  I thought sleeping in the RV on the new memory foam mattress topper I had purchased I would have slept like a baby.  I regret to say that did not work out the way I had planned.  Maybe I need to be busier and more tired by the time evening rolls around at the end of my days?  I don't know but that will be something I have to get working on with getting back to daily walks after my gall bladder has been removed and hopefully somewhat of a routine can begin in my Life (I am almost scared to think that a routine will ever be possible in my life again ... bahhhhhh).

I was out the RV door by 6 am to get in to look after our Aussies.  I had Lexus out when I happened to notice the amazing sky this morning.  I finished up as quick as I could to head back out with my camera to capture ...

....  the sight that took my breathe away.  It is amazing is it not?  the beauty of it all keeps me in "awe".


The remained of my morning was spent trying to keep some order within our home, even though it wasn't going to be anything describe by far as "neat as a pin", and more like a "hurricane wreck", but truly worth every minute of having Aiden and Connor here.

Once Rob had returned home from his regular morning run, we loaded up the boys to head on out on a ...

... road trip with Poppa.  It had been a one way 2 hour trip, and I must say our boys were very very good, and Portia? she slept on the floor at my feet the whole trip.


What Poppa went to check out did not pan out to his liking so we did an about round trip to head 'r back home.  By the time this was happening it had been lunch time, so A&W was our choice of lunch places along the way.

Going out to get us a seat, while Rob waited for our food, I told Aiden I would sit on the far side as some people might not like the pup close to them.  The lady beside us had said they like dogs, then said she knew me.  I must have looked astonished at that statement but then she went on to explain she knew me from my blog.  Well Elaine it was lovely to meet you today, and I was so happy you had spoke to me.  Elaine & her husband are from Toronto, and were visiting her brother in Mount Forest.  Elaine had came by my blog from someone else who had it as a favourite.  What are the odds of something like this happening? actually pretty darn good don't you think?


Elaine recently had a hip replacement and was telling me since she has experienced NO Arthritis pain since having it done.  So anyone out there who is maybe thinking having a hip replacement, please have faith there is life after surgery in some respects.  Thanks for sharing this with me Elaine, as it is always good to get more knowledge out there to others should they not know themselves, and lots of luck on your continued healing.

We got home mid-afternoon, with the boys and I turning around and heading right back out the door.  It had almost been 3 pm.

Aiden, Connor and I had to stop up at the Wiarton Home Building Centre, where the boys wanted their photo taken with the carved fawn.  Over in the flooring department they had a little fun sliding and dancing on the ceramic flooring.  That was fun watching them do that, and still brings a *smile* to my face.


Dinner?  we had Corn on the Cob, a Hot Dog, and Cheese & Crackers.  Dessert? an Ice Cream Bar.

Baths are over with, Aussies are all looked after for the last time this evening, and we are going to head out to the RV where hopefully I get to have a good night's sleep like Poppa and the boys, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Busy With A Capital "B"

Yesterday our Grandsons had been busy in the morning helping Poppa do some work, which they were payed $5.00 each.  

Of course by afternoon Grandma was transporting them downtown to Rankin River Trading Co. to get some Hot Wheel Cars and a couple of suckers.  Happy boys !


Last night we camped out in the RV.  The boys and Rob were very excited about that, and we had also picked up some DVD rentals.  Before all of that the real excitement had been when Connor had wiggled his wiggly tooth so much it had wiggled right out !

Yes a total of six teeth gone with Connor becoming a "toothless" wonder.  The Tooth Fairy did come to Grandma and Poppa's house leaving 8 shiny quarters behind for the boy.


Patiently waiting for Poppa to get the Movie set up to play.  We watched the movie, Blended.  The boys and I loved it !  Poppa went to bed before it was over.


This morning the boys watched the other movie we had picked out, Spiderman 2, while I did 3 loads of laundry and tried to get a bit organized although it wasn't happening much for me in that department.

My sister and her husband, Jeanne and Cecil, were coming up to Wiarton to try the Salmon fishing today, so I took the boys down to Bluewater Park to play this afternoon and to meet up with them for a bit of a visit.

Not only do the boys like playing in the sand, Portia did too ... BUM UP !!!


I love capturing our boys when they are not aware I am taking their photo.




My sister, Jeanne, and Aiden helping Great Uncle Cecil un-hook his fishing line.


Between calls my dear Rob worked hard at getting our new Gazebo up.  A start anyhow as it is hard work, especially when one is working alone at such a big undertaking.  Thanks honey.


Rob was very busy late this afternoon.  He was unable to make it to Dinner with the boys and I.  I had been so pooped from being awake all of last night, I decided we were going to have Dinner out at Red Fish Blue Fish, downtown Wiarton.

I had 1 pc Halibut & Chips, Aiden had Shrimp & Connor had Chicken Fingers & Chips.  Aiden loves him those Shrimp, just like his Dad ... Salads & Shrimp.


Yes I have been very Busy with a capital "B", since the boys have been here.  Not that I wasn't busy before they arrived, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Movie Night !

Me, myself, and I, along with our Aiden and Connor, had ourselves a very busy day.  It is 8 pm, and we are still going strong and ready to have ourselves a "movie night".

I have lots of photos from today, however since we are having a "movie night" I do not have time to to upload our photos from today if we are to have time to watch at least one ....  it will be Spider Man 2 we watch first.

Tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow I will do another post with photos from today, as well as photos of the visit we had from one of our Extraordinary 8 2014 pups.

One really exciting thing that did happen today was that  Connor lost a tooth !  and tonight the Tooth Fairy will be coming to visit him, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

What A Day That Was !

Last night was an extremely restless evening for me.  I had been up at 2 taking Portia out, then at 4 am the phone started ringing, every 20 minutes with someone's fax machine dialing our number, right up until after 5:30 am.  I was peeved about that ... then it was time to really get up for the day by 6 am.

Aiden, Connor and I headed out the door just before 10 am.  The boys had no idea where we were going.  The day was very warm and the Sun in the sky, a perfect day for where I was taking them to ...

Story Book Park, over by Owen Sound.  They had been very excited.  We started out with taking the train first around the park so we could get our bearing a bit before heading out on foot to decide what we would do first.


They hit the rides first.  I could not believe these same rides were the same as my parents used to take me to when I was a little girl up at Sauble Beach !  I had wondered if they had been the very same ones?  Geesh that would be something wouldn't it?



The majority of the day was spend at the Waterpark, more so at the Water Slides then at the Splash Pads.  They had so much fun here !


I was one tired Grandma, but still they talked me into going on the Strawberry Ride that went around, around and around.  OMG I thought I was going to be sick ... the same feeling I had 31 years ago when I had taken my 37 year old on them when he was 6 years old !


More fun ....



The last ride before leaving the park after 4 hours of Fun !


After we had left the Park we stopped for Ice Cream, then went to the Giant Tiger Store in Owen Sound.  Aiden got new shoes and a hat, and Connor got a new shirt, both Birthday Gifts from Poppa and I.

We eventually did make it back home, much to my relief, where I got Dinner on the go then if the day hadn't been enough off for a walk we went.

Down we walked past the Wiarton Marina toward the Water Treatment Plant.  The boys had fun throwing rocks and wading, while Portia had fun grabbing and barking at the waves.


What a day that was !  and I am pretty much beyond ready for bed, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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