Quote of the Day

"When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else." ~ Joseph Campbell
"The trouble with talk about 'learning experiences' is that it implies that all experiences can be divided into two kinds, those from which we learn something, and those from which we learn nothing. But there are no experiences from which we learn nothing. We learn from everything we do, and everything that happens to us or is done to us." John Holt, Instead of Education

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Summer 2007

It would be impossible to recap everything about the wonderful summer we had but here are some of the highlights:

*soccer, baseball and t-ball

* Friday nights or carload Tuesdays at the Kingston drive-in - a great family night for all and a date for mom and dad after kids fell asleep before the second feature!!

* Friday night ladies summer soccer for mummy!!!

*YuGiOh club extended through the summer by popular demand

*long, lazy days at our favourite beaches: Charleston Lake, Kendrick's Park, Grass Creek Park and Dunes Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park

*two weeks of swimming each day at Landon Bay campground outdoor pool with free swim after, meeting new friends and neighbours that live close by!

* the 143rd Lansdowne Fair - we all entered something and won a lot of ribbons: crafts, photography, woodworking, flowers, decorated bike and rider in parade (Bailey) and toddler with the biggest dimples in Lansdowne!!

- other highlights at the fair were the ride-all-day bracelets on Saturday, demolition derby, lawnmower races, kids' pig wrestling, midway games, Ray's Reptiles and Birds of Prey

* kayaking on the river - see pic to follow of the family flotilla in action

* Homeschooling campout 2007 at Charleston Lake - medieval knight treasure hunt, tye-dyeing t-shirts, campfire games and songs, midnight Password games for the 'big kids', gourmet dining by the Paquettes, sharing the field with our new friends Lynn, Reid, Sam and Isaac, beach afternoon, blazing hot soccer game, clapping games with Kathy, parachute games with Kathy.

* a visit from our new friends from Quebec City: Julie, Patrick, Benjamin and Leo - they also joined us at the campout!

* sing and swim days at the Bibic 'resort'

* Jaxon's robotics workshop

*Werry picnic revival (displayed photos from Cornwall Trip in Aug 2006)

* ice cream and corn on the cob....many and often!!!

* Wettlaufer family reunion at Aunt Debbie's - great pool party and bbq - great day with cousins Joe, Megan and Alyssa and dog soccer with Cassie and Flintstone

* Thousand Islands playhouse theatre with Uncle Scott: "Anne and Gilbert"!!

* Festival of the Islands in Gan with Uncle Scott - too many concerts to count!

* narrowly missing the entire Rickard picnic reunion due to fun on the 401!

* two week holiday to Nova Scotia: Not Back to School Camping Trip 2007 at Kejimikujik National Park and camping at Shubie in Dartmouth, visiting old friends and checking on our house......especially Ian's 50 km bike climb and yoga/swim for moms by the water in the am!

* dahlias finally blooming but alas, not being organized enough to dig them out in time :-(
Ah, yes,....summer in the Thousand Islands beside the Blue Heron marina!!! The Blue Herons would visit us multiple times in a day and we caught them fishing close up - expert zen-like stillness...amazing!

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