Sunday, 12 August 2012

Great day!

Today, we went to a picnic at the local conservation area.  I admit, the last time I went to a picnic at a conservation area, it was for the COFFA club and I was probably 12 years old.  Don't even ask me what COFFA stands for.  All I remember is that there were races and prizes at their picnics and that they were TONS of fun.

Today's picnic was run by Cattolica Eraclea Social Club.  We had SO much fun!  Middleman's friend from soccer invited us a couple of weeks ago.  I will admit that this morning, I was regretting our RSVP while I sorted through a load of laundry that was almost taller than me.  I contemplated cancelling.  But I didn't.  Instead, I headed over to St. Phillip's Bakery and got some still warm buns, some cooked turkey breast and some prosciutto.  I also got a bag of tarralli (non-Italian friends, google it!).  I then went to Shopper's Drug Mart and got three bags of chips and a 12 pack of water bottles.  I drove home to pick up the clan and we headed to Boyd Park for about 12:15.

The weather was iffy and I was concerned that we would end up soaked and miserable, but thank goodness, we only got a couple of spurts of misting.  The kids played soccer and some oldtimer games like wrapping each other in toilet paper and trying to pop a balloon with an egg inside without cracking the egg.  Every child walked away with a bag full of goodies.  There were pinatas and a clown/magician who made AWESOME balloon creatures as well as a facepainter and a tattoo artist (OK..they were stick-on).  There may or may not have been about an hour where I didn't see or hear Threepeat.  He was so busy playing that I didn't even know he was there!!!  Boy Oneder and Middleman played soccer with the other older kids and had a blast themselves!  We brought Rosie with us and she was a GEM.  Lots of kids petting her and she was so patient and good.  SO glad to have her.

Boy Oneder decided to walk home with Hubster and Rosie.  The park is about 6 kilometres from our house, and the first kilometre is ALL uphill.  Yeah...have fun with THAT boys.  We'll stay here and have fun and then DRIVE home.  Thank you very much.

We all brought our own lunches, but at 5:00, they served up some wicked sausages on buns and hot dogs for the kids.  There was a raffle, which I didn't win, but was glad to "donate" to.  

At 6:00, I took a good look at Threepeat and decided it was time to go home.  He was COVERED, from head to toe in mud.  He was in DESPERATE need of a shower!  So, after many "five minute warnings", we finally headed home.  .

I had SUCH a nice time.  I met some new people and spent time with a few people from our soccer team.  I am so blessed to have such good friends in the absence of family.  We are very sparse in the family department.  Since Joanne died and Mark remarried, we rarely see them...they live so darned far away, so it's hard with nine kids between us to get together with all the extracurricular activities and the vast distance between us.  All we really have is my Mom and Husbter's Mom.  That's why days like today are such blessings.  Friends who take the place of missing family.  It felt like home there today.

Thankful, tired and blessed...that's me. Pin It

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