camping!!

Ok another overdue blog post but whatever thats how it is these days, I am still hanging on to keep my little blog going!

We went camping back in July with our friends, they're pro campers and have been a lot this summer...us on the other hand this was our first time with our kids which I find pathetic. Camping was one of mine and Andrews favorite memories with our families as kids, I feel like we were always camping! Yet we weren't brave enough to do it with our kids, I was super nervous going into this day because we had got on the road late and my biggest worry was what if Ryder doesn't sleep because when camping in tents well the whole campground hears!! Luckily everyone slept amazing and went to bed so good but me LOL. Our air mattress had a whole in it and the entire night I was slowly deflating down to the hard ground while Andrew snored away, for some reason this is always the case, hes such a deep sleeper, lucky him. We went to Old mcdonalds farm which is really close to red deer, man what a fun place for the kids!! Our kids loved playing on the beach, then exploring the campground, going on the park and even a rickety old ride they have for 25 cents, which went surprisingly fast. We also had a yummy dinner and smores..I ate way too many and we put the kids to bed and the adults got to enjoy a game of cattan by latternss. what!? we played a board game uninteruppted, that also almost never happens! All in all it was mostly a success and I hope next year to book a few weekends camping! 

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 either matt is eating the sun..or is a dragon 

either matt is eating the sun..or is a dragon 

 this sunset!! amazing 

this sunset!! amazing 

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Family photos

I have now tried twice to get one nice photos of the kids all together this summer, I have gotten a few but not one that I am super pleased with, for some reason everyone hates getting their picture taken and Ryder kept running away, I am going to shoot for a good family photo this fall but if it doesn't work out well then one of these will do! 

 we had to take a photo of this, ryder grabbed the tripod and started pretending he was taking photos saying cheese hehe 

we had to take a photo of this, ryder grabbed the tripod and started pretending he was taking photos saying cheese hehe 

 poor ryder was such a hot mess this day, look at his red cheeks I think he was teething bad with his molars 

poor ryder was such a hot mess this day, look at his red cheeks I think he was teething bad with his molars 

 

 

Lincoln is 9!

I cannot believe my little 1.5pound baby is 9 years old!! It's so crazy how fast time has gone, its so sad to me. Linc is probably the silliest craziest 9 year old you'll ever meet, besides being very quirky he randomly talks in an accent, does crazy dance moves and tells very strange jokes lol. Sometimes I blame his quirkiness and lack of balance on being preemie and at least the balance can be blamed for that but everything else is just him, well and Andrew is pretty weird, I mean I am not in the slightest though. so who knows where he get that from ;) haha. Lincoln so far has had 3 birthday celebrations it is a little silly how it worked out but thats ok, we did his birthday party beginning of July because I was worried with summer holidays most of his friends will be gone...wrong, we ended up having the max amount of kids we could at the movie theatre for the minion movie, it was a hilarious movie and all the kids loved it! We also had a celebration at my moms for Linc and then today we went to the waterpark with a few of Lincolns friends and then off to his requested choice for dinner, Boston Pizza! We sure love that little guy and we are so proud he made us parents! I couldn't ask for a better son. 

 always dabbing....ugh insert eye roll from his mother here. Also he was too cool to ride with his sister on this ride so here he is alone 

always dabbing....ugh insert eye roll from his mother here. Also he was too cool to ride with his sister on this ride so here he is alone 

 I had to do one little throwback..I mean hes so freaking cute!!

I had to do one little throwback..I mean hes so freaking cute!!

 

 

Family Reunion/50th anniversary

Well we are half way through our summer break and July has been awesome! We started it off with Lincolns birthday party (I will blog that separately), plus we have had lots of dates to Heritage park, calaway park, we visited the zoo and the new granary road. In between those fun outings we have enjoyed the park, splash park and gardening! Besides all that fun we managed to squeeze a week into visiting waterton and staying in southern Alberta for a family reunion/50th anniversary celebration for Andrews parents, plus camping! It was so much fun! It was awesome for the kids to see their cousins they don't normally get to see and for Andrew and I to catch up with some of his brothers. A lot of Andrews siblings could not make it out to the reunion but we still had a nice time and the kids had a blast! we rented a big airbnb home that could fit us all and we played some games and did some activities while we were there! All of it was fun but our highlights were paddle boarding and horse back riding! Lincoln did both things all by him self and we were so proud, Autumn and Ryder loved getting rides from Uncle Jared and their big cousins on the paddle board as well! I even tried it...not because I wanted to, Andrew and Jared made, I was worried I would fall in but it actually was a lot of fun! It was fun being out of the city and staying in such a remote location, the kids definitely built lots of memories this summer. 

 the "backyard"

the "backyard"

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 the big tub we got in our room :) 

the big tub we got in our room :)