We spent time with Natalia's family at Elkwater Lake on the AB side of Cypress Hills.
It's always a nice time there with nice beaches, good trails for biking, and lots of ice cream
and candy for the kids.


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One of Henry's favourite stops at Elkwater is the mini golf course that the community runs. This was
one of the first places we had to check out when we arrived.


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Walter and his cousin N at Elkwater enjoying a playground.


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Henry and his cousins at the lake.


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Walter and his cousin I wandering near the lake.


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Grandma Wendy made cupcakes for a few birthdays which Walter and Henry are clearly all in for.


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Cousin I with a ladybug.


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Birthdays for John, Grandpa Carl, Maria, and I.

Video singing Happy birthday



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All the birthday folks.


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The whole family enjoying a campfire in front of our cabins, after the monsters went to bed.


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This trip was the maiden voyage for Natalia's new beach wagon. Walter was pretty excited to help push it
with his brother.


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It doesn't matter whether it's Hawaii, Elkwater Lake, or Waskesiu, the kids just love playing in the sand.


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Walter filling buckets on his truck at the beach.


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Walter and Henry having a water gun fight with Aunty Maria.


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Cousin I playing in the sand with a big smile.


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Henry and his Aunty Lulu making sand castles.


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Natalia and her sister Susi enjoying the sun at the beach.


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Henry and Walter having some chill time after playing in the lake.


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B and I at the beach.


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Natalia's brother Eric brought the boat and floaties, which the kids LOVED. Here's Walter and Mommy
on the sea biscuit.


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Family portrait with Eric, Adrienne, Sig, and baby-to-be.


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I packed the sun shelter down to the beach every day so we could have some shade from the 30+ degree
days - perfect beach weather, but too hot for me.


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Walter and his cousin N on the sea biscuit playing around.


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K, Natalia's dad, and I enjoying the shade under the shelter at the beach.


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Henry and I at the beach playing in the sand.


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I was very pleased with our cabin supper on this night!


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One of the things I love about Elkwater is the ability to sneak out in the morning for a bike ride on the
excellent trails maintained by the 670 Collective. Thanks gents!


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A nicely signed spot that we decided to explore. This trail is called 'Flatten the Curve' and was clearly
worked on during the pandemic.


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Grandma Wendy, Grandpa Carl, and the littles.


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Henry, Walter, and their cousins.


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More cousin fun with their matchy matchy shirts.


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Grandpa Carl, Grandma Wendy, and their grandparents.


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With the Nanaimo kids.


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and with Henry and Walter.


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Full Nanaimo family.


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Full Cochrane family.


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Aunty D with Henry and N on the sea biscuits.


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Henry and Walter digging in the sand.


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Henry was excited to get a treat.


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All the kids having special treats from Aunty Sus.


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Eric and Adrienne also brought SUP boards and Walter thought they were cool. Here's Aunty Maria taking him
for a zip around.


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Henry got pulled around behind the SUP.


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Natalia was excited to have a freezie courtesy of Adrienee.


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Grandpa Carl and Grandma Wendy enjoying the water fun.


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Uncle K and H playing in the sand.


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Aunty D and H having a break from the sun.


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More treats on the beach.


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More mini golf fun.


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Grandpa Carl and Walter playing in the pool. The weather turned quickly at the beach so we retired to
the indoor pool for the afternoon.


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Henry and his aunty Sus in the pool.


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Cousin I also enjoyed playing at the mini golf too.

Walter popping bubbles in the park



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Natalia and all of her siblings in a funny 'arm on shoulder' pose picture.


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It's been awhile since all 7 of them got together.


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and with Grandpa Carl too.


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All the cousins found the hammock fun. Not sure what to say about Henry's T-rex arms here.

Playing in the hammock



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Natalia brought a bunch of maternity clothes for Adrienne, who we're SOOOO excited for!


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A funny photo of the entire extended family at Elkwater Lake.


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A happy photo of the entire extended family.


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Photo 2.


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Aunty Adrienne with her bun in the oven.


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H and Walter popping bubbles with Raphael.


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Happy bubble times.


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Aunty Maria out for a bike ride at the ski hill at Elkwater - Hidden Valley.


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Deer chilling on the ski hill.


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You can tell the resort has been here for awhile.


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Aunty Maria coming down their uphill track.


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Owning it!


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Uncle K, Aunty Maria, and I at Hidden Valley.


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I think this might be a brown-eyed Susan.


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Henry on his bike chilling out.


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Aunty Lulu, Chandler, Uncle Eric, and Aunty Adrienne enjoying the campfire.


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Aunty Maria, John, and Aunty D at the fire.


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Walter and Aunty Lulu at the beach.


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Family shade time at the beach.


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Ice cream is always on the forecast at the beach.


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Grandma Wendy and H playing at the beach.


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Taking the flotilla out to the boat.


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More family beach time.


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Playing at the mini golf spot.


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More mini golf fun.


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On the boat with the siblings.


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Natalia and Aunty Adrienne on the boat.


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Aunty Lulu and Chandler on the boat.


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Aunty Sus and John.


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Walter hugging Henry in our cabin.


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Cousin H playing with a drill in our basement.


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All the kids having supper at our house.


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I really liked playing with the bubbler at our house.


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Henry and Walter in the hot tub.


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All the kids got to have a turn in the tub.


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Walter and I at the tire park.


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Uncle K and I at the top of Ranger Summit, one of my favourite bike rides. On the far side of Ridgeback
3 I busted my derailleur cable, making for a hike and bike to get home.

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