Archive for June, 2018

Strawberry Fields

June 15, 2018

Am about to get started on some packing, headed to Massachusetts for a week of cousin filled fun, but didn’t want to leave without sharing the visual imagery from our annual trip to the strawberry farm last week. Was also motivated by the fact that I’m so behind on photo sharing these days. My shooting, editing and posting workflow just can’t seem to keep up with all of our summer activities so far, and the photos just keep piling up. But on the flip side of that argument, I also genuinely can’t stand packing. Hate it. So sitting here jibbering on about strawberry’s, photos and more photos, gives me the excuse I need to keep playing the avoidance game. Avoid, avoid, believe deeply that everything we need for the next week will somehow magically walk itself into our suitcase. Bizarrely enough, that never seems to happen and as usual my procrastination will result in me staying up til midnight, packing.

But back to the strawberry’s. Warbington Farms is where we like to go for our strawberry pickin, cos there’s so much available for the kids to do, besides pick strawberries. Its a full day of country activity and this year Keane’s friend Ella was able to join us. The highlight of the visit this year were the baby goats. Usually the baby goats are all contained in fenced in fields, and the kids interact and feed them through those fences. This year however, they were loose and roaming all over the place, having the best time playing with all the kids, stealing food and trying to eat everyones shoelaces.

Food, the best way to befriend anyone.

One little fella was curious about the climbing wall and slide.

The bigger cheeker goats remained contained due to their confrontational type personalities. But we made sure to stop by and give them some attention and food too.

But the baby goats were too hard to resist. That and they were relentless in the their desire for attention.

It was only a matter of time before these baby’s were scooped up.

Baby goat hand off to Keane.

Ella keeping a close eye on Keane’s baby goat holding technique.

Cullen had his own way of holding that I’m not sure the baby goat loved, but tolerated.

Ella just can’t stop picking up baby goats.

It took a while, but eventually we left the baby goats to take flight on the bounce pillow.

A slide made of rollers. You can tell but the faces it was a bumpy ride down.

But it never seemed to bother Cullen.

Ella loving on the baby goats again.

This guy was resistant to Ella’s love, but she kept on loving him regardless.

Eventually we got to the strawberry picking.

Lots of strawberries for our efforts.

Another great trip to the farm.

Party Like A 6 Year Old

June 13, 2018

Another birthday, another waterslide. Thats what Keane wanted, so thats what he got. Am not sure at what age waterslides start to be considered not fun. Actually, evidence would suggest (the evidence being some of grown-ups participating in the waterside action), that they never stop being fun, no matter what your age. So a waterslide may in fact be showing up each year for Keane’s next 40 birthdays. Birthdays, Billy Madison style. Pokémon was also heavily present on party day. Pokémon is the current obsession. My knowledge of Pokémon (Keane’s obsession) along with my knowledge of sharks (Cullen’s obsession) has gone from absolute zero, to master level, possibly even professor level. And I’m not even kidding. Seriously, you’d be stupid not to have me as a member of your next pub quiz team. Especially if the questions have anything to do with trains, trucks, dinosaurs, reptiles, Pokémon and sharks. Basically anything my kids have been into the past 6 years, I’ve got the team covered. But enough of the small talk, lets get on with the party pics!

The boys, as usual very enthusiastic about helping set up the cake and dessert table.

Tiny Pokemon for each cupcake.

And of course, the very special birthday cake. As you can probably tell, esp if you’re a Pokémon fan, Pikachu lost an ear in transit from the bakery to the house. But no biggy, the boys just ate it.

The slide arrived a couple of hours before the party. So obviously the boys had to take it for a test drive.

Cullen only likes to play on the slide when its not congested and packed full of kids. So he made the most of the pre-party fun.

There goes Keane.

But look who’s waiting with some extra soakage at the bottom. Cullen & Mike.

Got him!

See, grown-ups love waterslides too.

Mike enjoyed that way too much.

Keane again.

The friends are here. Now the fun can really start.

Getting these landing shots wasn’t easy. These kids moved down that thing at lightening speed.

Bryson’s threatening finger point to the next kid down.

Its David.

With a thumbs up for waterslide fun.

Bryson & Keane rocking the same Pokémon swim shirt (both huge fans) and headed down for a dual slide.

Ella is taking no chances. Goggles for safety.

The squirters are out.

A little down time in the paddle pool.

A break in the action for pizza and of course, cake.

Full and energized they’re back for round 2.

Cullen takes a squirter to the head.

Mike declares war on the little kids.

The endless stamina of these children.

Cullen rescuing radom sharks from the landing pool.

Of course its only right to end with a shot of the birthday boy. Happy Birthday Keane!

Wrecked!

June 10, 2018

When you’re too wrecked from partying with a bunch of 4, 5 & 6 year olds to share more than 1 photo. The rest will have to wait, this momma needs a couple more of days.

Happy 6th Birthday!

June 6, 2018

Today, my first born, my eldest boy is turning 6! I know I say it every year and I will continue to say it with each birthday, that I can’t believe the speed at which he is growing. Keane has always been the low maintenance, go with the flow, genuine lover of people and life kid. And I’m happy to report, he still is. Over the past year he’s also developed a massive independence streak and a desire to have input on everything. No longer is he willing to go along with the decisions Momma & Daddy make. He wants to hear the reasons why so he can discredit them and let us know how he feels about everything. Its definitely been an adjustment for The Husband and I. He’s now a person with his own ideas, thoughts and opinions and of course all of that should be considered, especially when it comes to his clothes. Each morning I usually pull out his clothes for that day. Typically a t-shirt or tank with a cute dinosaur or character print and a not necessarily matching, but definitely complimentary pair of pants or shorts. Nowadays however, he sees what I’ve chosen laid out on the bed, completely ignores it, goes to his closet and chooses the clothes he wants to wear. Usually its sports wear. He wants to wear the active shorts, with matching active t-shirt, tank or muscle top. Some days he’ll still wear the character print clothes, but thats usually cos his preferred sports attire is in the wash. Trips to the barber for his standard no.4 all over? Gone. This past trip there was a conversation with the barber on how he wanted his hair tight on the sides but kept a little longer at the top so he could spike it like his cousins Paul and James. Yep, we even went and bought him the styling gel, so he could do it himself at home. He likes to hear the schedule for the day over breakfast. I tell him what he’s got going on and my plan as far as pick up times, snacks I’ll have, clothes he’ll need to bring or change into. He’ll then usually make small requests or adjustments to the plan. Friends, friends are now a major part of his life. He has a social calendar busier then my own. Its nuts. His current obsession is Pokemon. We eat, sleep and breath Pokemon. No idea how it all started or where he even came across it, but I’m blaming the friends. Cos suddenly out of nowhere, Pokemon its not just in our lives, its taking over our lives. He’s an amazing big brother to Cullen. He looks out for him, likes to remind him of the rules (which pisses Cullen right off) and is always ready to help him/demonstrate how much more he knows and can do. Physical altercations have also started to pop up between them. You know the usual, starts off as fun, then someone crosses the line and suddenly we’re hitting to hurt. #brothers.

Anyway, this post could be endless. We are endlessly proud, endlessly amazed at the boy Keane is growing up to be. Happy 6th Birthday Keaney Beany! You are one of the good ones. XOXOXOXO

The Birthday Boy! 6 today! Rocking his favorite type of attire, in his favorite colour of orange.

He did his hair himself for these photos and I must admit, I like it.

What Rules?

June 5, 2018

These days the rules are relaxed, we’re free (to some degree) of ridged schedules. We can sleep in (but alas, the kids never do. Oh hello 6.30am, again) and bedtime is whenever the heck we’re done playing, swimming or return home from a spontaneous evening adventure. Isn’t thats what summer’s all about? Last weekend we found ourselves enjoying our Saturday evening watching the women’s pole-vault competition at a local track meet. As in the boys watched for about 10 minutes before they were off, running around like wild men. It was a pretty low key meet, so as long as they stayed off the runway and out of the competitors way during the competition, they were good to do and play wherever, and they did.

Some of the ladies in pole vaulting action.

The boys showed up ready to roll, with their own poles.

Keane engaging in a little spectator toss and catch.

My kids are less about watching and more about participating, so we went to the opposite end of the track where they could practice and play on the high-jump mats.

Determination.

Definite potential.

Forget the pole, Cullen just wants to run at it head on.

Back to watch the last remaining competitors.

With the competition over, it was pole vault mat play time.

Gymnastics skills on full display.

When it comes to getting into the party mood, Cullen is not shy. He’s feeling the music thats been played.

Wahoo! Getting some major air.

Daddy arrives with some helpers and its time to disassemble the show.

But the kids have multiplied.

Done with their competition and here they are, the pole vaulters helping clear the mats and runway. Well done ladies.

Cullen getting the last few minutes of play before they take all the mats away.

Keane, always the helper.

This post competing athlete self clean up may become a things at future meets.