A Summer Picnic


Today was the last day of nursery school for Soren, and the end of school always signifies summer vacation, at least to me. The next two months will be filled with a couple summer camps, staggered holidays by Tyler and I, and a family vacation at the end of August. Soren told his friends at the bus stop this morning that he is going on THREE trips this summer - one to 'Party Island', one camping, and one on a plane all by himself. There are stories behind all of these... and no, we are not putting our five year-old on a plane all by himself:)

Anyways - as summer unfolds I will undoubtedly share our adventures on this little blog. The last few weeks have been busy - in addition to the end of June craziness that is baseball wind-ups, field trips, and school carnivals, I've also travelled quite a bit for work. Luckily, most of our events are behind us, and we can concentrate on the important things like bike rides and picnics.

These photos were taken a few weeks back on the most beautiful summer night. We grabbed some picnic essentials (cherries, peanut butter sandwiches, and wine of course) and selected a picturesque spot along the river for our picnic. The kids ran around, squealed with delight over every boat that passed by, and fed their sandwich crusts to the ducks. Pop wore white, obviously, because toddlers and cherries and white outfits go together oh-so-well.

We hope to spend many more evenings like this - soaking up the sun and cherishing our time together. These babes are growing up too fast, I think. This nursery graduation has been tough on me! Poor Soren worries that kindergarten is going to be 'WAY HARDER. The teacher ONLY speaks french, and we have to do a lot more work.' I know that he can handle whatever comes his way, but I do hope we still have a lot of playing in our family futures. I'm not ready for 'more work'.

Weekends in the City


I hope you had a good weekend - these photos were actually taken last week-end, when we explored a little in Winnipeg's Exchange District. The kids danced, I shopped, and we all ate donuts. The perfect saturday combo, right?

Getting Ready for Summer Camp


This summer, we are excited to have both kiddos going to the same daycamp. It's located just down the street from us, at a community centre we visit often. I'm sure the kids are going to love it - swimming, playing outside all day, and field trips. One thing that always stresses me out about camps - or new schools - is having to pack and label SO MUCH STUFF every single day. Seriously... kids need a lot of baggage! I feel for the teachers and camp counsellors who must sort through all this 'stuff' daily, and try to ensure it finds its way to the right home.

We were excited to hear about MyLabelFactory.com, a Canadian company that makes high quality, safe labels for clothing and kids stuff. They have a huge range of designs to choose from, with licensed partners like Disney. The labels can be applied to clothes, lunch kits, sports equipment, and pretty much anything else that you'd like to add a label to.

I let Soren and Poppy choose their own designs, which was pretty much their favourite thing ever. Poppy wasted no time in selecting Minnie Mouse, after briefly considering Frozen. Soren took his time. We had to look at every single Star Wars option, and then every single Marvel character. We sat together for a good 45 minutes before he finally decided on Captain Phasma from StarWars. He made me promise that we can order more, some time soon:)

When the mail arrived a few days later, the kids were excited to see their new "stickers". They eagerly grabbed their water bottles and I helped them apply a label (or five). If you've ever tried labeling water bottles with markers, you'll know it's no fun. These labels go on perfectly, and several weeks later they are still looking just as good as they are waterproof. I've since added labels to most of their lunch kit containers, the lunch kits themselves, all water bottles, and backpacks. I've also added them to sunscreen, bug spray, hats, and shoes.

I must say, I feel like a proper mom looking into their neatly labeled lunch kits:) We will definitely be ordering more, especially in the fall when I'll need a solution to the endless array of mitts, boots, hats, etc. MyLabelFactory.com is offering a special discount of 20% off until the end of July. Simply enter the code LINDENLIFE20 at the checkout.