Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer Swimming Lessons

To say I’ve been thrilled and amazed by Hannah’s swimming improvements this summer would be a huge understatement!!  She’s gone from swimming close to the side and venturing out a couple of feet to jumping off the diving board in the deep end of Mom and Dad’s pool and swimming everywhere with confidence!  Because of this, when I took her to swimming lessons I chose not to bring last year’s report card with her as I’ve seen such great improvements that I was afraid that report might hold her back.  I’m so glad to have made that decision!   IMG_8227

This summer I signed Hannah up for 1 week of private lessons once again and it was a great choice for her!   Her teacher from last year (a family friend from church whom I’d taught Sunday School to when she was just 7yo) had married and moved away so Hannah had a new teacher this year, Annie.  IMG_8223

After Hannah’s first class was finished Annie stopped by to say that Hannah was doing great with her Level 3 skills!  3??  THREE??!!!  My little fish had skipped the last 2 ‘animal’ level of lessons as well as the first two numbered groups for an advancement of 5 levels!  WOW!!!

One of the skills Hannah started to working on is a sitting dive.  She did well – even when she forgot to use her arms! Winking smile

Hannah was introduced to the various parts of front crawl on Monday.  By Friday she was putting it all together and swimming an entire length of the pool! Doing a pretty good job of swimming the front crawl!  (Mommy was so excited that I forgot to get video of that one.)  As well as some awesome swimming on her back and learning to swim on her side, Hannah also began to tread water and more!  This little dolphin swim wearing flippers was one of her favourites!

In the end Hannah was thisclose to passing her Level 3 and I’m so proud of her!  Way to go Hannah!  Your lessons were a huge success once again this session thanks to your great listening and hard work!!IMG_8229

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Happy Canada Day…Only 2 Months Late! ;o)

As I was reviewing pictures tonight I realized that I’d missed posting these.  So, rather than miss capturing our July 1st Canada Day celebration I’m posting it a little late. 

Canada Day was shared with Hannah, my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, brother, SIL, niece and nephew and it was a great day from start to finish!  IMG_7842

The weather was a little iffy in the morning so we spent time inside the cottage mom and dad were renting.  Hannah and Makenna were sharing a colouring page and their choice of colouring poses made me giggle even though they were quite comfortable.IMG_7829


Kallen enjoyed playing with the gadgets in spite of numerous reminders not to.  Who can say ‘no’ to this adorable little face?IMG_7831

In spite of the weather we went to the park and the beach.  It was too chilly for swimming but we still had fun throwing rocks in the water and building sand castles.IMG_7836

At one point my SIL’s phone accidentally got dropped and fell through the cottage and the deck to the ground below.  The A Team were soon on it.IMG_7856

Success!  Way to go Dave and Dad!IMG_7858

We ended our day with sparklers by the water’s edge.  Kallen wasn’t too sure about itIMG_7846

but the girls really enjoyed them.  IMG_7849

We had a great Canada Day celebrations and hope you did too!IMG_7841

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Pool Parties

Hannah and I are blessed to have many wonderful friends whom we spend a lot of time with.  We get together with many of them on a regular basis but due to our small home it’s difficult for us to host gatherings.  In the summer all that changes as my parents kindly open their home to not 1 but 2 group gatherings which allows us to invite friends over.

In July it was a group of 4 families whom we get together with almost on a monthly basis.  Our kids have grown up together and often refer to one another as cousins.  (One other family is part of the group too but live a distance away so we included them via Face Time!)  The day started out sunny and everyone quickly jumped into the pool!IMG_8167

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This past weekend was beautiful as we hosted a Family Day Celebration for a group of families from our agency that travelled to China 10 months after us.  I got to know them when Hannah was just a baby and I was invited to join them for their travel meeting and answer questions about our time in China.  Little did I know that they would welcome Hannah and I with open arms and include us in many group celebrations since then.  So thankful for this group of friends too!

Dave, Debbie and CharlotteIMG_8212

Laura, Chia-Yi and SienaIMG_8213

Hannah and IIMG_8214

I saw something new on TV the other day and decided to give it a try and it got 2 thumbs up all ‘round.  Individual dessert pizzas made on the BBQ.  It was neat to see how unique each person made theirs!  Yummo!!! IMG_8218


We are so thankful for this special group of friends and look forward to many more wonderful celebrations together!IMG_8221

Thank you Mom and Dad for opening your home to us and the time you share with us when we’re at your place!  You’re the best!!IMG_8215

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Weekend Visit with Nana and Papa

This past weekend Hannah and I enjoyed time away visiting Nana and Papa at their trailer.  The weather started out cloudy Saturday afternoon but it was still warm so Hannah and I made our way to the beach. 


She practically had the beach and lake to herself when we first got there!IMG_8174


A short time later the sun came out and look what happened!!  Too funny!  So much for our private beach and lake! Winking smileIMG_4067

Hannah offered to teach mommy how to play shuffle board.  Although I’ve never officially played I’m pretty sure this isn’t how I imagined it to be!


She sure is cute though!!IMG_8186

Saturday night Papa took Hannah out on an ice cream date.IMG_8187

Cuddling with Nana on the way home from chapel on Sunday.IMG_8188

Nana gave Hannah one of the readers that her Daddy had given to her when she was a little girl.  It’s safe to say that Nana’s bedtime stories put at least one person to sleep.  Sweet dreams Papa. 


Thanks for inviting us for a visit Nana and Papa!  We loved spending this time with you!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our (Sunny In Our Hearts) Day at Canada’s Wonderland!

Today was my flex day off and I decided a few weeks back that I wanted to do something special with Hannah.  A trip to Canada’s Wonderland was quickly decided upon when Costco had tickets on sale last month.  IMG_4074

We were excited to meet up with Auntie Shell and Benjamin.  Here the kids are showing off their 48” wristbands which is a huge milestone for Hannah as she’s currently hoping to try riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next month!IMG_4077-1

The weather forecast was a little iffy calling for rain in the evening so we decided to go ahead and get in as much fun as we could before the rain started.  At this point it was a beautiful, sunny morning and we were ready for some fun!  We started our day with Ghoster Coaster which is a good sized kid’s roller coaster and the ride where I first found out 3 years ago how much my girlie loved rides!!  After that Hannah tried her first suspended roller coaster (kid sized but still a great ride) and she declared Silver Streak to be her favourite ride of the day!

While Ben chose to ride it a second time Hannah moved on to a different ride.  Love her giggle!!


We moved up to an adult suspended roller coaster which Hannah liked a bit but was a bit too much for her.  Add to that that the rain had started ummm….6 hours earlier than predicted and we were now soaked and she decided she’d stick with the kid’s rides at least for now. 

At this point we went our separate ways as there was no sign of the rain letting up and Ben’s family has season’s passes so there is no sense them hanging out on a very rainy day.  Thankfully Auntie Shell had brought a couple of rain ponchos that she gave us and really those made all the difference!  We tossed them on and set out to find out what rides were open in the rain.  It ended up there were quite a few and zero lines!  IMG_8197

Hannah’s first bumper car encounter which was a hit for sure!!




We finished our day with a Wonderland tradition – a funnel cake!  Mmm!!!IMG_8208

Even though it POURED rain for many hours Hannah and I decided we were together and having a great ‘Mommy and Hannah Day’ and we were not about to let a little rain stand in our way!IMG_8209

As we left (both very thankful to have dry clothes in the car) Hannah said, ‘I had the very best day with you Mommy!’  Yup!  A little rain didn’t ruin our day!  It’s all what you make of it and we chose to make it FUN!IMG_4084-2

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