Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

This year, summer did not disappoint! It was a hot hot hot summer and it was fantastic! As I write this post, I am a little sad that it's over. But when I look back at what we did, I am so grateful to have had another beautiful summer with my family. This post is my little ode to summertime fun.  So let's take a trip down memory lane and go back to the beginning of my summer!

First up was my school's fun fair.   Again, I was doing silent auction but this year, the stuff was at my place.  And boy was there a lot of stuff.  We raised some good coin for our school!

I couldn't resist sewing crayon rolls and at the last minute, popped in a gift card wallet.

Next up was our town's summer festival.  The street closes and we do fun things like the duck race for charity, watch a parade, and party on the street.  

On the last day of school, we whisked the boys away for our first camp of the year.  I can see this being a tradition!   They had all the comforts of home and we made sure there were lots of books to keep them happy.

My summer sewing was mainly for things that we absolutely needed - like a bike bag for me, a yoga mat carrier, and mini camp pillows.   The kids were so obsessed with baseball, there was no way they'd let me hang inside to sew.

We went to a wedding.  Then jetted off to Niagara Falls for the lavender festival. 

The kids were in soccer again but this year, I didn't go picture crazy.  Big kid was in camp so little guy and I went to CBC Kids Days and rode the train. 

Science Centre is a must and we got to see a monster truck up close. 

We watched the Olympics and wished they were in Toronto (like last year's Pan Am Games).  The kids cheered for Andre De Grasse every time he ran.  It's really cool for them to see a local kid from Markham win Olympic medals.  Especially after the year he had at Pan Am.  He was also nice enough to come back after the Olympics and be in the parade.

We saw many outdoor concerts but their fave was a Tswift cover artist.  I went to girls cottage weekend and had some nice r&r.  I also started kniting a blanket which I dragged all around town.  It's almost finished!   More on that to come...   We did some crafty things like make a sock cat.

And lots of puzzles

I finally had zinnias - this is what they looked like in July but by now they've totally exploded.

We had a great time at the CNE - kids loved seeing the parkour guys.

I loved the air show

Little man learned how to ride a two wheeler.   I'm happy-sad.  They are both growing up so fast!

They fished at their cousins.

I think overall, they had a great summer and were ready to go back to school.  Truthfully, this is the first year that I didn't cry a little bit after I dropped them off.

Looking forward to the adventures that fall will bring,

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIY Camp Pillows with Envelope Enclosure / Sandbanks Camping

Summer fun needs to include at least one camping trip.   To get a great site (or any site) at the most popular beaches in Ontario, you need to book early.   We were lucky to get a campsite at Sandbanks Provincial Park.  This place is our favourite because the beaches are amazing!

Camping with kids seems to mean the kids stuff takes up 80% of our trunk.  Hubby and I are left with next to nothing.  After last year's camping trip, I told everyone that bulky pillows were not allowed.  However, after a year passed, I softened my stance because I had an idea.  Why not cut up some old pillows and make mini pillows!

All you need to do is take an old pillow and cut it in half.  Pin the fabric together and sew (or serge) the ends.  That's it!  You can use an old pillowcase or make new ones.  I chose to make new ones and followed parts of a tutorial from Make it Love it.

The best part of the pillowcases were that they were enclosed so even if dropped, the pillow wasn't going to fall out.  The second best part was using stash fabric that was over 8 years old :o)

Here are the kids pillows:

Here are ours again

Right now because the kids are young, they are living a life of luxury (air mattress, their own tent, all the comforts of home...), while we are roughing it in sleeping bags and roll out mats.

Our site was great - except for the family of skunks living near our site.  Little guy had no idea that while he was wandering around the site, there was a family of skunks behind the tent.  Eek!

The water tap wasn't too far away.

We ate well every day.

We visited all 3 beaches - Dunes Beach, Outlet Beach, and Sandbanks Beach.  All were lovely but I have a thing for the dunes beach.  The sand is so soft and it's so much fun to run down the dunes.


The kids were never bored, although it helped to bring along some Scooby Doo comics.

We were sad to go.  It's always harder to take down a camp site vs putting one up.  But the weather was great and it was a breeze.   Goodbye site 71!

We went back to Sandbanks beach one more time before we did the 3 hour drive home.  So pretty...

I'm so glad the kids like camping.  There's something about being in nature which is very different from staying at a cottage.  However, I must say... roughing the outdoors is so much nicer when you have your own mini camp pillow!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

DIY Yoga Mat Sling

A few years ago, I used to take #1 to outdoor yoga at the bandstand.  He was smaller back then and although he was able to handle a one hour yoga class, he wasn't able to handle the walk.  Now that he's a whiz on his bike, we decided to go to Yoga again, but on our bikes.

I had a hard time imagining how I was going to carry two yoga mats, water, snacks, and a light t shirt.  Our bicycle handlebar bags solved the problem of where to put our water and snacks.  But we still needed to figure out how to transport our yoga mats. 

Lucky for me, I had seen some yoga mat slings at the store and googled some simple instructions.  I had about 20 min to spare and wasn't about to re-invent anything. 

I used some stash fabric that I had from when I used to sew stroller bags.  It matches my purple yoga mat!  My tube of fabric was about 80" long.

We hopped on our bikes and raced to the bandstand.  We weren't able to get a spot in front of the teacher, but I like it better on the shady bandstand vs in the hot sun.  (no... those aren't my toes)

Someone was very relaxed and sleepy.

This was such an easy sewing project, but well worth it!  It's so small and easier to commit to vs a yoga bag.

Here we are with my emergency bag and water bottle.

We stopped off at the community chalkboard to write a little "hope for the future".

On the way home, we ran into #2 and Dada.  My little photographer took a pic of me wearing the yoga mat sling.  It fits really well but was so heavy due to the two mats.

It is worth repeating again that it was very heavy carrying two yoga mats, but I survived!  Unfortunately, weekly outdoor yoga sessions became just one as I now have a bout of recurring tendonitis which could have been aggravated by any number of things (sewing, knitting, yoga, push ups, etc)

Time for a break, 
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