A few photos from the summer:
Don’t you love it when you catch your kids reading!?
We celebrated my dad’s and my mom’s 70th birthdays!
Our friends’ daughter’s wedding in Minneapolis.
Shea heads back to school in Halifax. (I finished the afghan in the car on the way to the airport!)
My dad took a few family pictures for us before Sam and Shea headed back to school.
Summer over. Time to return to school. Martha’s first day of high school!
We’ve been gradually adding to our vacation photos – the focal point of the biggest wall in our great room. As we added one or two photos at a time, the grouping took on a decidedly weird look. I ended up taking down all of the photos recently, in order to put up some little vintage dresses for a baby shower.
Once down, I thought it was a good opportunity to fill all of the holes, paint the wall and start over. I had considered painting the wall pink for a while – but it’s a big wall (about 13′ X 30′). What if it was too much? But it is only paint, right? I decided on Benjamin Moore’s “marshmallow bunny” (love those!). Here’s how it looks now.
This summer I scooped up a cute little mid-century modern cupboard at a garage sale for a few bucks. It was perfect as a place to drop keys when we came in the door. However, it was only a couple of days into its new life when Wallace chewed up an edge and an entire corner! (I think it was the 86th thing Wallace destroyed – something like that…!) So what to do? I picked up some wood filler and, with multiple layers, tried to fix the damage. It looked pretty good but would need a paint job. I had some leftover chalkboard paint, so that was that. It still works as a place to throw keys and the little sliding doors protect a few pairs of shoes – from Wallace!
This was my fourth trip to New York (lucky me!). This time I was there with Dean and Martha. Dean was busy much of the time at a conference but was able to join in on some of our fun. We tried to do some things we hadn’t done before. Martha and I have seen quite a few Broadway shows, but Dean hadn’t been to one yet. So we took him to our favourite: ”Wicked.” He “enjoyed it.” Hmmmmm….kind of like I would “enjoy” a baseball game, I guess. Martha and I also took in “Ghost,” which we really liked. And we took in our first Off-Broadway show: ”Potted Potter” – very fun!
We had been to the big museums on previous trips, so this time we went to the Photography Museum. And we went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. I hadn’t been to a wax museum since I was a kid, so it took me back.
We spent some time shopping, went to a farmers’ market (best one I’ve ever seen!), found a few treasures at flea markets, and spent a little time at Times Square.
One to do on Dean’s list was a bike ride around Central Park. The scary part was getting the rental bikes the 10 blocks to the park. It was an adventure. My bike basket fell off, spilling my purse onto 6th Avenue… Once at the park, it was a great 2 hour ride!
Another to do for us was going to the Highline Park, built on an old elevated rail.
And of course, we had to take at least one jumping picture. My dad is printing this in black and white, with the taxi in yellow, for our travel photo wall.
We are about a week away from taking a vacation. In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying being at home this summer, doing some projects around the house, taking walks, riding our bikes, reading, playing a few games, visiting with friends…all simple things -but maybe the best part of summer. Last week I picked Saskatoons with my mom and then made and froze Saskatoon/rhubarb pies for the winter.
I also enjoyed an afternoon with my girls, getting pedicures and eating frozen yogurt on Main Street.
And one of our favourite “staycation” activities is driving to Regina to Cinema Under the Stars on Wednesday nights. We saw “The Wizard of Oz” (the original) a couple of weeks ago. This past Wednesday was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” We just take our lawn chairs, snacks and some blankets, in case it gets chilly, and as soon as it’s dark, the movie plays in Victoria Park on a big blow up screen. So fun!