Friday, July 21, 2017

Week 3 Summer Bucket List Update

Our third week has come to an end. Mr. K was in a half day camp this week at our church.  In addition to that, we went swimming, the kids had a nerf war with another boy on the street;  Mr. K had a couple of tutoring sessions; Mr. J had soccer, went skateboarding and he and I played 2 rounds of mini golf.  Trips to Macs for frosters, backyard play, board games and regular household duties.

Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Fun At The Pool

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We enjoyed our pool membership so much last year, that we got one again for this summer. I like to spend as much time as possible outside when the weather is nice. Sometimes it feels too hot to be doing activities though, and relaxing poolside is perfect on those occasions.  You can dip into the pool to cool off.

One of the things I like about swimming with the kids, is that they have no idea that they are being active. To them, it's just a fun activity. To me, it gets them outside in the fresh air and it keeps them physically active (an evening swim seems to help them sleep well also).

They can swim, float, jump, splash and have a ton of outdoor fun.  This particular pool isn't overly busy (it's a hotel fitness center, and membership allows access to both an indoor and outdoor pool). The kids know when it's appropriate to jump in and splash around, and when it's not.

There are lots of lounge chairs around the pool deck, offering a great place to relax when not in the water.  I always throw down a towel to avoid sitting directly on the plastic chair (they get hot and skin sticks to them). It gets annoying when those towels fall down though.

My cousin had some pretty cool Olaf towel clips she purchased in the U.S. I didn't see anything in stores here, but I did manage to find lots online.  I went with Canadian themed ones from a store, but Amazon has a pretty huge selection of towel clips. There are Disney characters, animals and some plain ones.  Regular clothespins would work well, but they aren't as fun :)

We have already spent a lot of time at the pool, and with 6 weeks of summer left, I see many more visits in our future.

What's your favourite way to cool off in summer?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Save The Date: #BloggersFete 2017

In August 2015 I co-founded the #BloggersFete event with The Koala Mom, Maple Mouse Mama and a few other bloggers. We will be back this year for the 3rd annual #BloggersFete - and we want you to join us!

Please join the 3 of us, as well as British Columbia Mom and Shannon's View From Here as we celebrate our blogs and our readers. We hope that you will follow along with #BloggersFete 2017. There will be blog giveaways running from August 1-10th, and we will wrap up with a twitter party on the 10th.

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Hole In ONE!

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Mr K is in a half day camp this week. Today, his grandmother was picking him up and taking him to her place to spend some time with him. This gave me the opportunity to have some one-on-one time with Mr. J.  

We didn't know what we were going to do, he wanted to see a movie but then changed his mind. We decided to go mini-putting.  There are a few options close to us, but we chose the one that has two courses - and you can play both sides for the price of one.

We headed to the first hole and I ended up with a hole in one!  As we played the rest of the first course, I ended up maxing out on a few of the holes - and Mr. J had a much better score than I.

When we moved to the 2nd course, Mr. J ended up with a hole in one on the first hole! Lucky him.  I did a little better this time around, but he ended up beating me. He was 3 over par on the 2nd course....I won't tell you what my scores were though.

Hard to believe that we both scored hole in ones.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monopoly Gamer: Combining Board Game Fun With Nintendo Characters

Hasbro has a new board game soon to be released: Monopoly Gamer!  It's a spin on the traditional Monopoly game to include a few of your favourite Nintendo characters and objects. Princess Peach, Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong are the characters to choose from. Special power ups are available to be used depending on what comes up on the rolled dice.

Mr. K and I spent some time playing it on the weekend and it was a fun change.  You move around the board and are able to buy properties; you collect coins (as you pass go and also dropped coins from other players) and another twist is that as you pass go, you battle some of the legendary bosses from the Mario world.

Instead of the traditional paper money you are accustomed to, Monopoly Gamer features coins valued at 1 and 5. You can earn coins by landing on spaces with the coin box, from the dice or passing over coins that other players have dropped.
"The standard MONOPOLY GAMER Edition game will be available this August at mass market retailers for a suggested retail price of $39.99, and is for ages 8 and up. Fans can take their MONOPOLY GAMER experience to the next level with the purchase of MONOPOLY GAMER POWER PACKS (each sold separately), which include one of several Super Mario character tokens like Luigi, Boo, Rosalina, Wario, Diddy Kong and more. The POWER PACKS will be available this August for a suggested retail price of $4.99 each."
Keep your eyes out for this new game - the perfect addition for any Mario fan in your life!

July 17th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sleep Away Camp Was A Success!

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waiting to load the bus
A few months ago, my sister in law and I got up insanely early one Saturday morning and registered our kids for sleep away camp. Mr. J and my nephew were registered together, and my niece and a friend registered together.

This particular camp has boys in July, and girls in August.  This last week, Mr. J and my nephew got on a bus Monday morning and headed off for their first ever sleep away camp.  They were so excited and full of smiles all morning while we waited to load the bus.  For a few weeks prior, Mr. J kept telling me how excited he was.  

I was super excited for him, but I was also a little nervous. I never attended an away camp - my parents always wanted me to, but I was too much of a home body and didn't want to be away from my parents.  I didn't really even sleep at friends houses when I was young - I would normally call home around the time we were going to bed because I felt sick. Lucky for me, my dad always came and picked me up.

Mr. J has spent the night at a friends house once (for a birthday party), and also with my nephew once. I was really hoping he would be ok.  I figured that as long as they were both having fun, there was nothing to worry about. If one of them called home, then it was likely they would both need to be picked up.

When Tuesday evening came and I hadn't heard anything, I knew that things were fine.  I was so excited to see him on Friday afternoon.  When they got off the bus, the first words out of his mouth were that he couldn't wait for next summer so he could go back!

Nightly camp fire, swimming in a lake, canoeing, a huge mud pit, soccer, ultimate frisbee, fire building and more! Wake up at 8am and bed at 930pm with the majority of the day spent outside being active.

He came home a little dirty, a little smelly, and full of memories that can't be found at home.

Now I have Mr. K who is super sad; you need to be 8 to go to this camp, and his birthday is at the end of August so he won't be able to go next summer.

Do your kids go to sleep away camp?