We had such a great time when our friends were visiting. They were very tolerant of a slightly crazed stay-at-home mother and two children tagging along with them most places they went. I got to enjoy the ‘mothering’ of our twelve year old twin God-daughters who had a boy each when it came time to put them into or take them out of their car seats. I also don’t think I pushed the stroller the whole week they were here! Even their 10 year old boy – and his mother was very surprised by this – was very tolerant of Iain following him everywhere and watching over his shoulder as he played on his DS.
One of the nice things about having company is having the opportunity to play tourist in your own town. One of the places we re-visited during their trip was the Geo Centre. It is a great any day place to visit for a variety of ages and, as before, we also ended up in the Kidzone (the younger children's play space) for awhile.
This particular day was Family Fun Day. We were late getting there so there were very few other families in line for the festivities. There was bean bag tossing, goo making (which Iain did under the supervision of a staff member) and face painting. Unfortunately, the staff face painter was a little slow. When the boys and I lined up, one of the mothers had volunteered to paint some faces to help with the line up. However, she had already decided to finish by the time we arrived. This was the first time that the boys had ever had the opportunity to have their faces painted and, though I have never face painted before, I decided that was not going to stop me from trying my hand at making my three year old into a tiger.
And my one year old into a rather possessed looking clown.
Here’s a gentler clown picture.
This particular photograph is very moving for me as it characterizes Iain’s personality so much. Another family with small children arrived to the Kidzone (we had previously had the space to ourselves) and Iain was studying them carefully.
He always thinks before he acts unlike Aidan as you can probably tell from his picture above. Aidan jumps first and lives with the repercussions later.
Despite my reservations about his skin reacting to long term wear of face paint, Iain loved being a tiger so much that I let him wear his painted face to bed. Luckily, the only thing harmed was his pillow…:)!
Monday, August 02, 2010
When I was juggling cooking supper and keeping the children happy/fed/entertained (and failing) one afternoon last week, I glanced out across the bay and saw the drift of a whale spout drifting in the wind. That is a first for me in this house.
This is supposed to be a very good year for observing whales (mainly minkes so far). When the boys and I went to Cape Spear the week before last with our company (and Iain and I stayed in the van and I knit while he slept), our friends came back thrilled with the fact that they were watching minkes from the Cape. During a hike along the trail in front of our place (a hike which is quickly becoming a favourite for all of us especially Iain who can be heard crying ‘Let’s go for a hike!’ on a regular basis) the following weekend, we saw many, MANY pods of whales spouting and dancing in the waves. The food fishery started last weekend so there were also a lot more boats out compared to usual too. Both were a fine sight.
July 18th has come and gone and still, I knit on. Progress is being made though. It took me all of last week to get over a very bad case of second sleeve syndrome but I have managed to break through that barrier.
The only thing that would have made this spot any more perfect for knitting than it already was would have been a rocking chair!
I am certain that a lot of knitting happened at this very same site when the lighthouse keeper and his family were in residence (heck, at least one of the lighthouse keepers and his wife had eleven children so I can rest assured that there were, at the very least, a lot of socks knit on this very same spot!). However, I am almost equally certain that I was one of the few adding to the location's knitting heritage this day.
Have you knit anywhere interesting yet this summer?