Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Days

It's the last week of summer vacation for the boys.

And we're having so much fun. 

Sigh.

Yesterday, we spent a picture perfect day at the beach. 

It was hot and sunny - with a cool, light breeze.

Mr.O brought the small inflatable boat, and the boys paddled; relaxed and soaked up the sun.

And each time, J.P tried to get back on the boat, his wet, soggy swim trunks kept slipping off his bottom.

It was a hilarious sight to see!

All day, we swam, splashed, laughed and played in the water.

And Mr.O kept saying it was a such beautiful day for swim.

Indeed.

There's even talk of a long weekend trip.

I'm sure the boys won't mind another getaway; sadly, their summer days are numbered.
 
They would do just about anything - other than going back to school!

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Camping Trip

A week ago, we went camping in Huntsville, Ontario. It was a scenic two and half hour drive to Arrowhead Provincial Park. If you enjoy camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and cycling. Arrowhead is the park to visit!

Here are a few pictures that I captured on our trip:

We settled in South Lumby campground - a new tent nestled in the woods.


After setting up camp, we headed down to the beach. Luckily, it was only a few minutes away from our site.


The boys took an afternoon dip in Arrowhead Lake, and played in the sand for hours. J.P hollered, "Mommy, look at the turtle!"


It rained heavily the next day but when it stopped, we ventured outdoors again. What should we do? Let's take a hike to Stubb's Falls!


As we reached the end of our 2 kilometre hike, we crossed a bridge and wandered down to see this beautiful view. Isn't it lovely?


And despite three days of rain, the boys still wanted to stay longer! Somehow, nature has a magical way of extending a visit.


And no wonder, they wanted to stay.


Take a look, and you'll see why...what could be more inviting than summer's beauty and serenity?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Little Helpers

"I'm bored."

A monotonous refrain I hear every now and then.

It's tough being a kid, huh?

Playing for hours - all day long.

But believe me, it's not all about summer fun and games.

In fact, I've been keeping my boys busy - doing chores.

Every day, A.R has to practice guitar for an hour.

When I do laundry, they fold and put their clothes away.

J.P likes to set the table for meals; he's always happy to lend a helping hand.

A.R washes the dishes once in awhile; takes out the garbage and green bin.

And he even likes to make mango juice.

It's so easy to stir juice concentrate and three cups of water!

"Who wants pancakes for breakfast? Who wants to mix the batter?"

"Me!"

Oh, I just love little helpers in the kitchen!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Big Eaters

My boys eat well. So much so, that I go hungry for them. You can read about it here. I do my best to ensure they have a balanced meal every day. I can proudly say they don't drink soda pop, eat hard candy or chew gum. However, they like to have their desserts - chocolate and ice cream.

At the family picnic last month, my aunt approached me and gasped, "Your boys are so skinny!"

She looked at me in horror, and pointed at the two young boys playing frisbee. To me, they looked perfectly fine and healthy.

"Oh, they're big eaters."

She raised her eyebrows. Obviously, she didn't think so. I explained to her that when Mr. O was a child, he was the same way. Tall and skinny. And ate hearty meals.

What else can I say? My boys are physically active and have high metabolism. Wouldn't you love to have that? You can eat anything you want and never gain weight!

I'm not worried, one day they'll fill in.

Right now, our main concern is how long the food will last for our trip!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Sleepover

For the first time I had a peaceful sleep.

Oh, it was divine!

And how did I obtain such a heavenly slumber?

I had the boys sleepover their cousins' house.

But the sad part about it was the fact they no longer miss us.

Before we left, J.P confronted me and said, "You're still here?"

"What? You're kicking me out already!"

"When are you leaving?"

"Don't worry, soon." Sigh.

Did you hear my heart break in a million pieces?

There you have it, my little boy no longer needs his mama.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mother's Guilt

From hot, humid days to cool summer nights.  The weather here can change so quickly. And it's no surprise, I ended up catching a cold - in August!!!

I can't believe I woke up sneezing; with a runny nose and watery eyes. Luckily, I have no fever.

But the past few days, I've been feeling terrible. I just had to delay my packing - there's so much camping gear and essentials to bring. I took Mr. O's advice to rest, drink lots of fluids and have a Neo Citran before bedtime.

I'm doing everything I can to get better before we leave on our trip.

And as always, I feel badly for getting sick. The boys stayed home all week!

I hope to make it up to them in the days ahead.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Absolutely Nothing

It was a rainy day, and so, we stayed indoors.

Just relaxing.

Sounds nice and peaceful, huh?

No.

I had a pile of laundry to do, and I was getting organized for our camping trip.

I also wanted to write but writing seems so erratic these days, much like my sleep. I carried my notebook and pen from room to room; staring at a blank page.

Could I be having writer's block? Oh no!

For some reason, when I'm not writing, I don't feel very productive.

What am I to do?

The boys are playing games in their bedroom, and Mr. O is watching a movie downstairs. It's quite the uneventful day!

But I admit it's so easy to get side-tracked for a couple of hours. Oops!

And it's days like this I don't regret;  I'd rather spend time with my family even if we're doing absolutely nothing.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Camping

Can you believe it's August?

Where the heck did July go?

Another month come and gone - in a blink of an eye.

And soon, it will be back to school.

But no worries, there's so much to do in August. And if there's one thing the boys are looking forward to - it's camping.

In a few weeks, we'll be headed north to enjoy the great outdoors.

With all the planning, shopping and packing, it may seem like a lot of work. However, we know the boys love camping then it's all worth it.

For them, it's an adventure - setting up camp, seeing wildlife, and going on hikes. There's also cooking simple but delicious meals, building campfires,  roasting marshmallows and gazing up at the stars. And don't forget those lazy days on the beach.

It's what we do every summer with the boys. Rain or shine -  we can't wait to go!!!