Ah. Hello Today. I still haven’t decided what to blog about, so hopefully it will type itself out. Hmm. Maybe I’ll blog a LeLu and Cootie story to get things rolling. I’m trying to blog the ones I have pictures for because pics are way better. Some of you have heard of the world’s best camping adventure, but if you haven’t or you’d like my take on it here you go! For the record, these are just the way I remember it. It might have happened a bit different or maybe not.
In the summer before grade 11(I think, maybe 12) LeLu’s parents took us camping. I don’t think they really knew what they were getting into when they decided to bring a friend along for LeLu. I’m not normally the worlds clutziest person (although I have my moments), but I spent the majority of that trip hurting myself or doing something rather dumb like spilling food ALL over me over and over. In light of that, I’m surprised that LeLu’s parents actually let me climb Perkins Peak, wade in a river, and use their canoe.
At the base of Perkins peak is a glacier lake that is as cold as Antarctica itself. After climbing a mountain, teenage girls can be a bit, well, stinky. So Other Mom says “Jump in and de-stink” or something like that. So we jump in and immediately get hypothermia and lose digits to frostbite. As fast as we were in, we were out. Apparently that was too fast because Other Mom says jump back in for a picture. So we jump back into lake frigid for another photo op.
I think the funniest thing I remember about our trip aside from casting and catching a Toyota 4Runner on a bridge, is a quick trip up a dirt road to look for grizzly bears. We saw several that week. They are HUGE! Anyways, at one point I was sticking my head out the window and looking back at a grizzly when I turned around to see an aspen sapling right close to the truck. It smacked me in the face and I pulled my head back into the top of the door and then accidentally grabbed the rose bush that was next on the road of “attack Cootie”. Other Dad had to pull the truck over so everyone could finish laughing at me. Including me. Oh and Leah and I may have used the facilities on top of a mountain. Hehe. Its awesome that LeLu can’t see this till after it’s posted.
*I miss that stupid hat*
So, for my portion of the blog I’ve decide to include a couple of my favourite summer activities for pre-schoolers. Easy ones, that are cheap or free.
1. Garley! You take 4 small containers or ziplocks of barley and put a few drops of different coloured food colouring in each. Shake them up until the food colouring is not leaving anything wet. Then mix them together. Put them in a pan on the floor or outside and you have yourself a Garley table. My daughter took a bit to say barley, but Garley has stuck. This is good for a rainy day for you coast peeps.
2. Painting the Deck. My DH thought of this one. He gave my daughter a margarine tub full of water and a paint brush. He sent her out on the deck and told her she could paint whatever she likes. I didn’t think it would last, but she keeps on painting. The best part is that by the time she gets to one side, the other has dried, so we do it all over again.
3. Making lemonade or ice tea or muffins or anything else. I put my apron on my DD and let her help with most of my baking or stirring or pouring. She loves it. It took me a while to get used to letting her help because it takes me way less time and she’s not always very food safe.
4. My DD’s very favourite thing is her pool. You don’t need the huge fancy pools with slides and sprinklers, cup holders or koolaid fountains. The smallest pool is $12.95 at Toys-r-us. That’s the best $12.95 I’ve spent in years. She just brings her bath toys out into the pool and we are good to go for the afternoon. Then I even bring the baby bath out onto the deck and we have 2 bathing beautiful tiny tots.