I got an invite to spend a long weekend visiting with Natalia's family up at their cottage
at Candle Lake, Sask. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but the weather was nice, the food
was superb, and the visiting was fun.


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The first stop back in Saskatchewan was to visit my Grandma Banda, who is also my godmother. Natalia
and I got to tour through Grandma's garden and here Natalia holds up a champion cucumber.


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Here, Judy has found a cucumber in the shape of a "J" for "Judy".


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Grandma and I in her garden. Stopping in to visit my grandma and getting to eat fresh carrots right out of the
ground are two of my favourite things to do in the summer in Saskatoon.


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Natalia, Grandma, and I sitting in Grandma's new swinging chair.


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Possibly one of the funniest pictures of Natalia that I've ever taken. We're now in Candle Lake at
Natalia's family cabin on the nice side of Candle Lake. Natalia is making her epic mushroom dill sauce
to go on perogies and the swim goggles are being employed for their excellent onion juice blocking abilities.


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A beautiful cake for Maria's birthday.


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The east side of Candle Lake is nicer than the south side and also has the luxury of Lou's. Here
Karl is rocking out while Natalia's little sister is playing a little bit of Ms Pacman.

Karaoke Night at Candle Lake


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Apparently, Natalia's brother Eric (pictured here singing 'My Boyfriend's Back') really wanted to put
together a karaoke night when the whole family was down. So, the whole posse made the trek over to Lou's
and we convinced Lou to set up karaoke for the crew. Yes, we were the only ones doing karaoke.


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Karl's debut performance.


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Natalia's parents rocking the house out.

A short video (most of these videos are a little dark) of most of the karaoke-ers VIDEO


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Natalia's dad - Carl - having a great time.

A short video of Susanna (Suzie) doing some singing and dancing VIDEO


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Bohdanna (Donni) giving it her all.

A video of Donni doing the Donni dance DONNI DANCE

A video of the party, showing even Lou dancing DANCE PARTY

Video of Nati and her dad singing "Friends in Low Places". Apparently there are midgets in the video VIDEO


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Natalia and her youngest sister - Elizaveta (Lulu) doing some duet action.


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Four of the Lynn girls - Suzie, Maria, Donni, and Nati givin' 'er to the Summer of '69. Also, see a little
video showing the fun - VIDEO .


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And yes, I didn't just watch the karaoke action, I got in on it too.


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They tell me I was even singing a little.


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Elizaveta Lynn - August 25, 2006.


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More of Elizaveta, this time with a bottle of Boone's!


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Natalia surprised her family with these custom M & M's. We got the idea from my friends' Jason
and Avie's wedding - pictures HERE .


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We got to go out tubing and water-skiing in this sweet boat (nice new decal too!).


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All of the Lynn family - minus Sarah-Lynn. Both Karl and I were quite honoured to be invited back to the family
weekend this year and we just had a great time.


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Eric and I playing frisbee on the beach.


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Natalia managed to pick this sweet toy out of the Deschutes river during our Rafting trip
I brought it down as checked luggage and it was SWEET!


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Natalia and I enojying a nice sunny day on Candle Lake, SK.


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Carl Lynn teaching me how to cook meat on an open grill.


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Here I am grilling bacon, which (if I don't mind saying so myself) turned out great!


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Natalia showed me some of the highlights of the provincial park, including these sand dunes.


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A little blurry picture of the whole crew, after we had played a game of Mini-golf (Natalia's mom Mary's first game ever!).

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