Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cousins Camping Weekend

You can't choose your family, but you can choose how much time you spend with them.  And we sure spend a lot of time with ours.

What started as just a camping weekend that we invited a few extra people to, turned into a full out cousins camping weekend.  6 out of 10 of us were there with our families.  And it was awesome.  And it might have to become an annual thing.  

We stayed at the Rockwood Conservation area, which is close to home.  There is so much to do there that keeps everyone entertained, or you can just hang out on your site too.  Plus, camping with family is awesome because I get free babysitting for my kids.

We were only told once to cut it out with the loud and inappropriate campfire talk...oops! 


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Fathers Day Weekend

What a weekend that was.  There was good, there was bad.... Luckily there was good. I can't even really explain this weekend, so I'm just going to show a few pictures of Cooper swimming and Father's Day pictures.  Sorry, but I'm still tired from the weekend and can't handle any more.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Family Reunions and Naked Showers

We had a family reunion at Inverhuron Provincial Park a couple weekends ago.  We had a group site that was right on the water, and it was so much fun.  I love camping with family because there's always something to do, people to talk to, people to entertain and hold my kids and yet you have your own space.

The kids loved it too.  Parker loves to play with his cousins and had a great time at the beach.  Then he needed an outdoor naked shower to get all the sand off him.

Cooper just loves everything, so the kid is easy to please.

Monday, 12 June 2017

From One to Two

I think every mom, while pregnant with her second, has been nervous and sad about the impact that it will have on their first.  I decided I wanted to have children close together because I didn't see why Parker deserved all of this individual time, but no future children did.  And as much as I believed that, as I approached the end of my pregnancy, I was still a little bit sad for him.

I was sad that he wouldn't get quite as much attention, that he wouldn't get to be that only child and only grandchild anymore.  I was worried about how it would affect him and if he would act out. 

When I was pregnant I saw a picture of a pregnant lady sitting on a hospital bed saying goodbye to her first born.  And the hormones were out of control and it made me cry.  When I went into labour, Parker was at my parents as they had been watching him for our anniversary and then kept watching him since I was sick all day long.  So because I didn't know I was going to go into labour at that point, I didn't have to say goodbye to him one last time as an only child.  And for hormones sake, that was probably a good thing.

But now I look at these two boys of mine and think that there was absolutely nothing to be sad about.  When Parker became a big brother he didn't lose anything.  He gained a best friend, someone he will be able to talk to and connect with.  The person who will understand what he's going through if he ever has to deal with death or sickness in the family.  The person he can talk to about how crazy mom and dad are and how they just don't understand what it's like to be young.  Someone he can play with, get in trouble with.

These boys love each other so much, and I'm so glad that I was able to give them each other.  The love honestly does multiply.  And not only is there more love from me and Ryan but there is just an incredible amount of love between them, which is amazing to watch from two people who are so little that they don't really understand what love is yet.

My hope for them is that they are always good to each other, that they always love each other and although I know that siblings can be so different and aren't always friends, I hope that they are.  I know that there will be times growing up that they will hate each other, but I've always been one to look at my family long term, and I hope that as adults they can be friends, they want to be around each other, and they want to be around us.