Saturday, June 29, 2013

Aunt Pamela's Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Aunt Pamela and Uncle Craig arrived from Saskatoon for a visit to Ottawa. The Chelsea boys and parents came over to 9 Lambert to pick up Boots and to have a visit with the Saskatoonies.

Samuel showed pictures of a recent trip to the Toronto Zoo - the lions did not roar but they "faisaient dodo". He also showed photos of biking on Toronto Island. It seemed like the whole family enjoyed their visit, although Karine was on course most of the time.

The warm weather drew us outside. Karine checked out the telescope on the play structure. Sam was most interested in playing with cars and his little train. He and David checked out Papa's old plastic tractor. David examined Uncle Rick's beer bottle. He held on to his favourite red spatula.

Everyone went inside for dinner. Little David chewed on a big apple - pretty good with no teeth!

Back on the deck for Pamela's strawberry ice cream birthday cake. Yum! Sam delivered her birthday gifts. He was happy to see there was a Pamela and Samuel gift - a "stack the fish" jenga game with a cat on top - it entertained us all.

David wanted to try on Uncle Craig's glasses, so we distracted him with a plastic spoon. It worked!





Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Frog Day on the Jock River

June 18, 2013

Karine brought Sam and David to 9 Lambert then followed Grandpa and Grant out to Joy's Road just outside of Richmond.  On the way, they passed a very active Osprey nest.

After donning their bug jackets, Sam and Grandpa went down to the water and immediately found and  caught a Leopard Frog.  Success!  They let it go after admiring it and taking a few photos.  But there seemed to be no other action, so they decided it was time to launch the canoe.

Grant decided to stay with Karine and David, while Sam and Grandpa pushed off in search of more frogs.  The area was extremely froggy looking, and we heard the occasional Green Frog calling, but we could not see any.  They saw a Great Blue Heron and a painted Turtle, but no frogs!

They saw the others who had taken a path further along the shore.  After conferring, they decided to head downstream to the railroad bridge.  They paddled right underneath but did not see a train, since one had passed as they were launching.  An Eastern Phoebe posed obligingly.

They tried a bit of fishing with worms and Grandpa's new Father's Day lures, but nothing was biting.  So they moved over to the near shore and started back towards the landing.

Unexpectedly, Grandpa spotted a young Bullfrog, which he was able to catch with the net.  Then another and another!  Hey, where did they all come from?

A couple more jumped away, but they got two in the canoe.  Sam excitedly ran up to show the rest of the family the frogs in his nets.  Then  he went back to the water to let them go.

Then it was off to the bakery to get Sam a treat and some cookies for Kirk (minus a few they ate).  They drove to the park at the foot of Lennox Street.  Grandpa set up a table and chairs and brought out the lunch.  They heard another train, but it passed out of sight.

Finally, a surprise.  Grant spotted another frog at the shore - this time a Green Frog.  They had had a wonderful morning, but David was letting them know that he had had enough.  Time to head for home.


A Fishy Father's Day

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It was Father's Day. Kirk and Grandpa were celebrating.

Grandpa, Barbara and Grant arrived  at the Chelsea boys' but a note on the door said they were on a hike to P16. Grandpa and Barbara got some supper supplies out of their cooler and Grant headed out to find the K&K family. Soon they arrived coming up the road.

Sam and Grant had a good play outside, Karine and Grandpa chatted and David and his Dad shared big smiles.

Inside suppertime was a happy event. Grandpa really liked his new fishing supplies. Sam and Grant played a pirates memory game and David smiled :)