Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Family fun in July

Aunt Michelle, Uncle Bradley, Melissa and Aidan came to visit for the last week in July. It was a fun week with visits to the zoo and Niagara falls, as well as get-togethers with friends and family.

Here are the girl cousins on Jacqueline's birthday - Estella, Jacqueline and Melissa. I was unable to get all the boys together for a photo - Christian was not in the mood for posing that day.

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Cousin Mika:

Aidan at the butterfly conservatory

Jacqueline at the conservatory:

Always love a trip to the butterfly conservatory. My fave butterfly pic of the day:

A Blue Morpho (yes, I realize that this butterfly is not blue...the other surface of its wings are a vivid electric blue. One of my two or three fave butterflies, but incredibly hard to get a shot of these ones, as they rarely stay still for long) landed on Jacqueline's toy. this was snapped just seconds before J. made a grab for the butterfly - luckily, she was no match for the butterfly, who took off to safety!

Everyone except Jacqueline and I went for a ride on the Maid of the mist. I went for a walk while Jacqueline slept peacefully in the stroller.

Here's Christian with his ticket, just prior to going on the boat. He was a little excited :)

And here they are on the boat:

After Maid of the Mist, we headed off to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner. Once again, very difficult to get all 3 kids posing! I have renewed respect for school photographers!

I got Christian to pose here by telling him I'd take a picture so that it looks like the giant Hershey's Kiss is on his head!

Finally, just before we headed home, I managed to get Christian to pose in front of this fountain.
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Sprinkler fun

Summer finally seems to be here...finally! I promised Christian I would put on the sprinkler for him if it was nice today. I was very shocked at how much Jacqueline liked it! She crawled right over to it all by herself and got right into it, totally soaked. Didn't mind at all when she got sprayed in the face.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tutor for hire...

Saw this ad at our local Metro bulletin board...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jacqueline's first birthday

For various reasons, we decided to forego the BIG PARTY for Jacqueline's first birthday. Instead, we had a small family gathering since my sister & her family were in town. Just a barbecue and then the cake. Nice and not too crazy, good to spend the day with family.

Here we have all the cousins around the table, awaiting the birthday cake.

Jacqueline looking enthralled.

What is this??!! Jacqueline looks a little perplexed as to why she got the "healthy cake". She actually liked it though. I'm such a mean mom ;)

Loving the ribbons on the presents
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Unloading bags...this is fun!
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