Hours of fun for $ 10 !

Last fall when Walmart was trying to clear out the last few things from summer I grabbed a small waterslide/pool combo for $10.  I never hold much faith that we will a) get the thing blown up and b) that the kids will actually play with it but I I figured for $10 bucks it was worth a shot.

I spent most of last night blowing the thing up and I was gone all day but Faruq said it was a huge hit when the kids seen it.  The temps reached almost to 30 C yesterday so it was just perfect to cool them off.

Tomorrow is suppose to be another scorcher so they will probably be in it again !  If we can enjoy it for the next few weeks until we leave for our official vacation I would say it was money well spent.

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Summertime fun !

Summer has finally arrived in Calgary and we have been trying to enjoy as much time outside as possible.  The temps reached the high 20's yesterday and today so the kids have been making use of our little pool and sprinklers.  I also love that we get to visit and chat with our neighbors that we might not see for months during the winter.

Honestly, I don't know how this kid got in the pool.  The water was so cold I couldn't even put my feet in.  She is one tough cookie !!

Then they had the first of many runs through the sprinkler.

It amazes that something so simple can keeps kids attention for so long.

 So what do you see wrong with the next picture ?

After two hours of running she finally took a wee break ..

Of course only to have ice cream !!

My lovely Laila !!

If this weekend is any indication of what the rest of our summer is going to be like we are going to have an amazing 2 months !!

I hope you all had some fun with your families this weekend !!

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Celebrating with cake and presents !

We had a small celebration for Hayden last Tuesday.  It was tough as Faruq had to work that day so we had to wait until the evening to have the party.

Originally Hayden requested a Titanic cake but because we had been away the previous weekend I just didn't have enough time to put it all together.  So he chose this cake instead and I thank him for that.  It was one of the easiest cakes to make and it was also one of the loveliest.  I will definitely be making it again.

I don't think we will ever get a great picture of all three kiddo's but this was pretty good.

We started a little tradition where the kids each get $10 to spend at the local Dollarama store on the sibling who is having the birthday.  It has been really interesting to see what they buy each other and the thought that goes into.

Hayden gift this year is a new set of golf clubs but he also wanted some new LEGO.

And of course, it would not be a birthday without Sophie trying to taste test the cake before it was served..

"What....I'm not doing a thing !" is totally what she is thinking.

We finally got to enjoy some cake ! 

For the first time in a long time all the cake was eaten within a few days so I would say that was a successful birthday.

 Happy "9th" birthday my big eyed boy. 
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Happy Birthday Hayden !

Nine years ago today I gave birth to the most incredible kid.  Hayden Alexander came screaming into the world at 13:53 on July 3rd, 2003.  He was just over two weeks late and had to be delivered via an emergency c-section.  He was definitely not in any hurry to make his appearance and to this day is still my most laid back and calm child.

Like most first time parents I had no idea what I was actually doing but he made it pretty easy.  He was quiet and patience when it came to feedings.  He would sleep like a pro and was just an all around happy baby.

As the years have progressed he is still that kid that doesn't cause trouble, is polite and has a really tender heart.  He works hard at school and does very well.  He has lots of friends and I'm starting to hear more about specific "girl" friends.

He looks after his sisters and protects them like a good big brother should do.  Even when he and Laila fight I know deep down he loves her.  :}

So nine years later we continue to grow and teacher each other a lot.  I have enjoyed the journey so far and can't wait to see what the next 9 years hold for you.

Happy Birthday Hayden !

I love you,

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