I’m not sure when we last had a Victoria Day weekend (or May 2-4 weekend as many of us like to say, partly because it always falls close to May 24th and partly because it usually involves a 2-4 of beer) that was as beautiful as this one. Calendar be-damned, this is typically considered to be the first long weekend of summer, and yet it is usually cold and/or rainy… perhaps as Mother Nature’s reminder to us that it is not yet, in fact, summer.
Well, you would not have known it wasn’t summer this past weekend. From Friday straight through Monday, it was blue skies, plenty of sunshine, and nice warm temperatures. I know we were not the only family enjoying every possible minute of it outdoors!
On Saturday morning, I ran out for groceries and then came home and cleaned up the house (with Neal’s help) before my in-laws arrived in the early afternoon. It wasn’t too long after their arrival that our neighbours invited us to their place for a BBQ. We had already taken out our meat to defrost, so we just carried it all over and cooked it at their place. Claire played with the kids (including my father-in-law, hee!), and after I put her to bed after supper, Brad started up a fire outside so that we could continue to enjoy the awesome evening and we topped it all off by roasting some marshmallows over the flames to make s’mores.
As Sunday was as beautiful as Saturday had been, we decided to go for a nice long walk. We headed out around 10:30 and I think it was after 1pm when we got home. We took one of the nearby paths that took us down past Settle Lake, then headed over to the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm. The last time we were there, Claire was only six months old, so it’s doubtful that she even realized that those large things in front of her were animals. She is much more observant now, which made the visit even more fun. She was actually quite mesmerized by the chickens, and we spent quite a long time there!
The sheep, however, were quite boring.
But, do you know what animals are NOT boring? Baby goats
Honest-to-god, I really had to restrain myself from opening the door to that pen because all I wanted to do was go in and play with them. They were so adorable, jumping all around! If only I had had a jacket with me, I might have sneaked one out – at least I would never have to mow the grass again!
On Monday, we headed over to Walmart and Chapters for a couple of things, and then we hurried back home so I could make pizza for lunch before my in-laws had to pack up and go home. They left around 2pm, and then Claire and I took Neal in a little after 4. It was mighty quiet and lonely in here afterwards, especially once Claire went to bed!
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. The only thing that would have made it better is if it had been a wee bit longer!
And not having anything to do with this entry, but being much too momentous not to mention…
Claire. Is. Walking.
It hasn’t been much, but a few times tonight I would look away only to turn back and see her waddling across the room for a few steps, or I would realize that she had crossed a distance without crawling where there was nothing to hold onto. We had been setting her up in a standing position and then encouraging her to walk towards us, but this was the first time when she chose to do it on her own! I knew it was coming soon – she just needed to build up her confidence!