We took the boys on a long tour through Saskatchewan to visit friends and family.

To Waskesiu


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Next, we took a tour up to Northern Saskatchewan to spend some beach time. First, a stop at Lawson Mall
for groceries and lunch, and to have Henry sit in trains.


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The updated Nature Centre in Waskesiu is absolutely stunning and worth the visit. Here's Henry filling
a pelican's mouth with little fish from the basket.


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"Daddy, check out this bear cave! I wonder if the bear is home!"


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Henry trying on a bear outfit I think.


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Henry and I putting on a puppet show in the Nature Centre.


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The day we arrived to Waskesiu was a bit on the windy side, so we didn't hit the beach.


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This might be the first photo we have of Henry holding Walter and I love the fact that they are both
actually smiling.


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Now biting Henry's arm.


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Natalia really enjoyed the morning cinnamon buns at the general store in Waskesiu. Here's Henry sitting
on the 'tete-a-tete' chair outside the 'old lady clothing' store near the cinnamon buns.


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Henry was pretty excited to get a ring pop and sit on the Adirondack chair with the bike helmet on.


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And now, the beach looks amazing.


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Henry playing in the sand at one of the better playgrounds I've played at. Waskesiu just bought this
new playground and they should be proud of it since it's awesome.


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Henry wanted to check out the dock, so we wandered to the end and looked at algae on the rocks
along with looking for fish.


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Having some beach time with Walter in the frog tent.


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Happy Walter in the frog tent.


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After playing in the water (mostly just throwing rocks in the water), Henry wanted raisins for a snack.


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Henry and I went for a bike ride up to the point, which was actually quite pretty.


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If you look really closely you can see a cow elk under this tree. We walked on the far side of the
street after seeing her since she was quite large.


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I rented us an 'AA' cabin from the Armstrong Hillcrest folks, which turned out to be perfect for our
family. A nice clean cabin, a shower and tub for Henry washing up, a good BBQ, and a deck to chill out
on, which is what Walter is doing here.

Video of Henry eating pop rocks



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Walter seems to be fascinated with cans lately. I tried to really capture his fascination, but this
photo doesn't quite do it justice.


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Henry playing on the flying saucer at the playground.


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For Henry (and for Nati to be honest), any activity is all about the snacks we're going to have.
Here he got raisins AND a granola bar so he was pretty sated.


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"Daddy, look, I'm on top of the big bear!"


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Henry and I went for a drive while Walter and Natalia napped. Henry got to ride in the front seat
(yes, I know it's illegal, but we went max 30 km/hr). He also got to see a deer, which he was
pretty excited about.


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A nibs and Chips Ahoy stop allowed us to toodle down the Waskesiu River boardwalk.


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Henry thought the boardwalk was pretty cool.


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Happy Henry, since he got to eat mini Chips Ahoy rainbow cookies.


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The boardwalk across the river could use a little love. Especially considering it's a National Park.

Aunty Eileen and Uncle Bill's Farm


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Enroute home from Waskesiu, we stopped to see my aunty Eileen and uncle Bill. Here's Walter hanging
out with Aunty Eileen.


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Henry was absolutely over the moon about sitting on my uncle Bill's vintage tractors.


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More tractors he got to sit on.


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Bill and Eileen have outstanding soil and compete to have great gardens. These onions are actually
bigger than Walter's head.


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Proof of onions being larger than Walter's head.


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Henry also got to sit on their quad (with Blue Baby).


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And he got to dig up cucumbers.


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Sitting on the quad with Blue Baby.


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Eileen, smiling Walter, and my uncle Bill Walter


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Henry was horsing around on their couch.


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A nice portrait of smiling Henry.


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Natalia and Walter looking off into space.


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Can you tell he's teething?


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My Aunty Eileen let Henry play with her SLR camera, and he's actually not too bad.


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Back in Saskatoon, we did some more visiting with Sarah, and here she is with our family.


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Next, we visited with Natalia's godparents at the Forestry Farm. Being this close to grizzly bears made
my blood boil a bit, but Henry didn't seem to care too much.


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Natalia thought this guy sitting in a hole in the ground looked like he needed a beer and a sack of
chips and he would have been happy watching football.


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Rick and Henry consulting on the map and where we should go at the Forestry Farm.

Goats fighting at the Forestry Farm



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We read some stories at Rick and Janet's. Henry's a pretty intent listener.


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Henry eating cupcakes for dessert.

Moose Jaw Spa


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Enroute south, we stayed the night in Moose Jaw to take 'the waters'. Natalia thinks it's funny
to put the boys in their own bathrobes.


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Walter and I in the hot water.


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Me and the boys in the water.

In Ponteix


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Henry likes to sit in my driver's seat whenever he can. This is in Ponteix at the elementary school.


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We got to visit my grandma in Ponteix. Here is Great Grandma Perrault with Walter.


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Great Grandma Perrault making Walter giggle by tickling his fingers.


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Grandma and Walter.


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Henry once again had a blast with Grandma's walker, cruising up and down the halls.


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A happy little walker driver, taking this stuffie for a walk.


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Great Grandma P, Walter, Henry, and I


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Grandma and Walter.


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Next, we went to visit with Aunty Paulette and Uncle Dan. Henry needed to burn off some energy
so we went for a walk to the water tower, which Henry was fascinated with. "Daddy, where is the
ON button?" He walked all around the tower before concluding that it must be inside the tower.


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Aunty Paulette and Walter. Again, they treated us to a delicious dinner and a fun visit, except for
the fact that our boys were terrible.


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Uncle Dan and Walter hanging out in their kitchen.


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We had stopped in Moose Jaw for poppy seed loaves and also picked up homemade tarts, which we brought
for dessert. Henry was pretty jazzed about the cherry ones.


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We overnighted in Swift Current at the Home Inn, where Henry got to stay in the Broncos Suite. He
LOVED the puck pillows, the bunk bed (he slept on the top bunk), the Xbox (he loved the Pacman game),
and just having more space than in other hotels. A definitely easy hotel stay if you're traveling with
toddlers in Swift Current.


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Henry and Luc playing in the park behind their house.


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Henry and Luc checking out the Memorial in the park.


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Our last family visit was to Medicine Hat to see my aunty Colette and Uncle Rick. Here's Walter
with my uncle Rick.


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Rick, Colette, Kali, Natalia, and Henry chilling on the lawn while Henry laps the car with his bike.


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Disappointingly, I think this may be the only photo we took with my Mom and Walter. We need
to work on being better at taking photos. I would chalk it up to being so comfortable and relaxed
at my mom's house, but we need to do better.

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