Photos from Canada Day, RVing, visiting Sask, and hanging out in Cochrane, July 2018.
Apologies as this is a bit of a long post.

Canada Day with Mommy


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Natalia took the boys to the Cochrane Canada Day festivities on the bus from Sunset. I think the boys were
as much excited about the bus ride as they were everything else.


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Some of the games at the event were well-suited for small children. Here's Henry with his flag/cape playing
minigolf.


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Henry and Walter minigolfing together.


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Henry crushing the bouncy castles.


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Henry thought the Sasquatch with a beer in his hand was pretty cool.


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Henry walking his brother around the party. I call this Captain Canada helping his brother.


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The boys playing with a play board.


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Any day Henry gets a popsicle is a good day.


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I think this photo of Walter with the hula hoop is hilarious.

Henry's friend Ty for a visit


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Henry's friend Ty stayed with us overnight while his parents had a new baby. Here are Ty and Henry getting
ready to go outside for a rocket launch. Yes, rocket launches are better with your PJs on.


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Getting ready for rocket launch - safety first!


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Ty, Henry, and Walter waving to the garbage truck - a big day!


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Henry and Ty having a cake pop together.


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Henry and Walter going down the slide together.


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Walter is really starting to enjoy slides.


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We had our friends Graham and Kayla and their son Fisher over for dinner and they brought a fondue!
Here's our family destroying the fondue (the boys went nuts over it).

RV camping at Gull Lake, AB


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Our neighbours invited us to join their glamping so we rented an RV and had it deposited on our site.
This is the inside of the insanely large RV we had for the weekend.


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A better look at it. Yowza! Imagine pulling that thing! Note the outdoor kitchen though, which I think
is pretty rad and has a bar in it!


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Emilia, Henry, and N at Gull Lake all trying to get into the stroller.


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All of them actually in the stroller.


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We went on a scavenger hunt and one of the items was a photo in front of the Canadian flag and Alberta flag. Found!


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Walter thought the RV was pretty neat and here he is going for the door.


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Emilia, Henry, and one of Emilia's friends having fun in the bunk beds.


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How happy is this boy to have discovered marshmallows IN an ice cream cone?

Henry riding his Stryder at Gull Lake


Natalia and Henry doing the floss, kind of



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Natalia and Nicole enjoying some wine by the campfire.


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Nicole in her 'Lick Butt' shirt.


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Henry and Emilia playing on the beach at Aspen Beach.


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Walter and I in the lake at Aspen Beach with Henry playing in the sand.


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Walter got to try out Henry's Paw Patrol chair for the first time on this trip.


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Walter and I in the lake.


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Henry and Walter playing in the RV.

Visiting Saskatchewan for the 50th


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We drove to Saskatchewan for my aunty Eileen and uncle Bill's 50th wedding anniversary party. We stopped
at Carl's place for a visit and the boys had popsicles!


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Henry LOVES playing with his cousins and he was pretty excited to get to play with Grace. Here he is with
some of Grandma G's leis in the basement.


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Both kids with leis.


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The kids were SO jacked to get cookies at Co-op and also have mini-carts.


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Racing mini carts at Co-op. This was the longest run to the store for butter I've ever had but the kids
LOVED it!


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Henry thinks that uncle Bill's tractors are first class. Here he is on one of them.


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And on another one.


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My aunt and uncle basically put on a second wedding. They had over 100 guests, rented a huge tent, and put
on a serious BBQ and party, complete with program. See the tent here.


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My mom and aunty Deb organized a scavenger hunt for the kids. Here they are getting instructions here.


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Aunty Deb offering instructions before the kids take off.


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My brother and cousin Dion BBQing burgers.


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The kids were excited to watch Kenny feed a baby calf by bottle.


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Henry and Landon on a tractor.


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The kids basically trying to destroy my aunty Eileen's swing. They had 10 of them on there at one point.


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Landon in his new glasses hanging with Henry.


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My cousin Leanne took the kids for a tour on the quad pulling a trailer. Henry thought it was pretty neat.


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Initially I gave my Mom a hard time for bringing gunny sack races, but the kids LOVED it!

Video of gunny sack races
Henry having a gunny sack race





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My mom was pretty excited that they had a midnight lunch with buns and cold cuts!


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The Polaroid we signed at Bill and Eileen's.

Waskesiu


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Since we had so much fun last year, we decided to go back to Waskesiu and stay at the Armstrong-Hillcrest cabins (AA).
Henry is showing me his ring pop that he discovered after actually lights up. Check out the size of the
whitecaps when we arrived.


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Natalia and Walter on a swing. I love the smile on this little guy.


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The family loving having ice cream from the Big Olaf.

Walter eating ice cream like a boss



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Walter thought the passive vacuum was super rad and got a kick out of it.


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So, this trip Henry really discovered fishing. He can't get enough of it, even without a hook on his line.


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We caught exactly nothing from the dock, but Henry enjoyed throwing his plastic fish in the water and practicing
casting.


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Henry and a random kid on the teeter-totter at Waskesiu Beach. This playground is actually world-class and the
kids LOVED it!


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The new mini-golf course was a hit with Henry. They have different colours of turf, some neat holes, and just
generally a fun time.


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Natalia dipping Walter in the lake.


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Walter playing with my water bottle.


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This was the first trip that Walter got to try the Frog Tent and he thought it was pretty fun.


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More frog tent fun.


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We totally stepped up our pork chop night by picking up (what I would describe as) the BEST SPRING ROLLS EVER
from Asian Station in Waskesiu.


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We took a quadracycle for a family ride around town.


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The whole family on the bike.


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We saw elk all over town.


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The boys and I on the quadracycle.


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Cleaning up the cabin.


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Cleaning party!


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Walter and I with the bears at the beach.


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Daddy and the boys on a saucer swing.


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Walter and I playing in the water at the lake.


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Henry playing in the sand.

Back at home in Cochrane


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Henry is enjoying fishing so much, he insists on going to Mitford Pond to 'practice'.

Henry practicing casting



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Henry on the floating dock at Mitford Pond.


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Walter likes to try to help garden with Natalia.

Walter making car sounds


Walter playing a trumpet



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Henry and Walter with their new haircuts.


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Henry and Kale and Walter on a ride at Calaway.


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Walter snuggling his stuffy with Mommy.


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Walter trying to be like his brother and play with the 'Water Wow'.


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Henry and Walter in the morning being cute and smiley.


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Walter enjoying a popsicle.


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Henry and his friend Gracie at Calaway Park.


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Gracie, Henry, and Gracie's twins and their mom having ice cream dots at Calaway Park.


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Henry and Gracie on the boat with their rain jackets on.


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Henry with Marble Slab on his face.


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Walter was SO excited that he actually got onto the chair on the red table by himself like a big boy!


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Henry and I went on a playground tour one day and found this beauty in Bow Ridge.


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At the French school.

Picking Saskatoon berries


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For some reason, Henry wanted to grab his cowboy hat on the way out the door, so he did. Here's
our little cowboy at Solstice Berry Farm.


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This operation is PERFECT for children - it's well-maintained, flat enough for a stroller, and the
bushes are dense enough that the toddlers can't get out of the rows!


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Henry loved picking berries, but he didn't understand the U-pick idea that you can eat what you want
while you're picking - "I'll eat them in the car Daddy!".


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A pretty happy cowboy!


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Even Walter got into picking berries.

Calaway with Rhys


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We met up with Rhys and his parents for an evening Calaway Park session. After 4pm, there are WAY fewer
people there, less meltdowns, and smaller line-ups. The boys know to do the safety check! This was
Rhys' first time on the mini roller coaster.


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I'd call this a win.


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Safety check on the trucks.


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Rhys' little brother Grayson JUST BARELY made the height limit for this ride (maybe with some help from
Stacey I'd say...).


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On the big train.


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Henry and Rhys on the big train.


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The boys having fun at Calaway Park.


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We all went in the Dizzy Dragon ride and even Grayson enjoyed it.


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Us on the Dizzy Dragon.


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Stacey and Rhys on a ride.


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After Calaway Park, Henry declared it a 'Daddy Henry special supper' and we had to go to Wendy's.
He ate his burger like a big boy and we had a picnic at the train park.

Henry on a bumper car



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Walter decided he needed more safety running around the house with a snack.

Saskatoon for Olson's wedding


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We had a play date at my friends Lane and Tasha's back yard. Henry and Walter got to drive around together
on the boys' quad.


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Walter thought their pink quad was pretty rad since he could almost reach the pedals. That's Calem showing
Walter the way.


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Cool dude driving the quad.


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Henry got to play with Grace on our trip to Saskatchewan. Here they are having a picnic.


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And making a pineapple upside-down cake with Grandma G.


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Mixing cake.

Video of the cake coming out


Video of a water fight



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Henry and Walter playing at the neighbours' on their cars.


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This was a big day - two trains passing at the same time!


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Double trains!!


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Henry and Grandma Banda out for a ride on her walker.


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Henry got scared of the old people waiting for supper and so Natalia had to stick Walter in the front of the
walker so Henry couldn't see them.


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Me, my godmother, Walter, and Henry.


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Natalia holding Logan, her godson, and her son Walter.


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On the long road trip home, we stopped for a visit in NB to see Robin and Tara. This is their backyard
with crazy kids running around.


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Now with Henry too.


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Henry and Walter with a trailer.


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Out for a trailer ride.


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Driving the bus!

More hanging out in Cochrane

Video of Walter and Henry being crazy


Video of Walter and Henry with colanders on their heads



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It turns out that Walter really likes roasted lentils. Thanks Three Farmers! This is a sample that Tasha
gave us to try out.


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Walter playing with a lawnmower just like Henry used to.


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Walter was SO excited to be doing art just like Henry at the big red table!

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