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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!  Hopefully your day is a good one and your kids treated you well.

I was woken up with the boys bringing me up some Mother’s Day gifts.  Oliver had made me a card and a gift at school.  The gift was a picture of him holding a sign that said, “Happy Mother’s Day” on it.  It was a great job by him and his teacher.

The boys got me a pink pair of Pentax 8×21 U-Series UP Binoculars.

Pentax 8x21 U-Series UP Binoculars

They are compact but of high quality and will be great to take hiking with us this summer.  They also come with a lifetime warranty.  I’m pretty excited by them.  Oh yeah, they are super cute and pink!

They also gave me some double sided Wendy Cooper business cards. 

Wendy Cooper Business Cards

There were some packages of Fujifilm Instax film and a Fuji Instax album.  It wasn’t just any film but Air Mail and cartoon themed film.  All of it was cool.

Fuji Instax albumFuji Instax album

I am always intimidated to print out my photos.  Jordon gave me a Itoya 11×14 portfolio which will force me to not only take some great photos but edit them and print them.  Luckily I know of just the place.

Itoya  Art Profolio Advantage, Bound Portfolio with Crystal Clear PolyGlass Pages for 11x14 from Don's Photo

For brunch, the kids took me to Smiley’s Buffet for brunch at 10:00 a.m.  It was quiet when we got there and insane as we were leaving.  Luckily we went early and got a spot (they don’t reservations for groups under 8).

I was kind of difficult when coming up with some Mother’s Day ideas to do and so Jordon just said fine, “I’ll plan something.”  He had the kids pack their bags and place them in the car.  After brunch were done, we got in the Ford Focus and hit the road.  He drove us to Prince Albert National Park where we wandered into the Parks Canada office and bought a Discovery Pass that is good for all National Parks and National Historic Sites from now until May 2018.  Jordon was giddy with it as he has wanted a Parks pass since he was a kid.  They never had the money for it growing up and we got too busy when were adults but he was so happy purchasing it.  He also got me a nice Parks Canada t-shirt. 

We also took some time to try out the Parks Canada Red Chairs…

Trying out the Red Chairs in Prince Albert National Park

The first couple of many I hope to enjoy this summer.   We also went for a walk around Waskesiu.   Despite being  before the long weekend, quite a few places were open.


Oliver Cooper at Waskesiu

All in all, it was a pretty great Mother’s Day.  Thanks everyone for making it special.

Thanksgiving Weekend

It was a quiet weekend around here.

I brought home some smokies and buns on Friday evening where Jordon, Mark, and Oliver already had a fire going in the firepit.  Mark had mowed the raked and mowed the leaves and lawn and broke apart some branches for the fire. By the time I was home, the fire was roaring which gave me some time to get changed and get some supper prepped while the fire burned down into some hot coals.

We roasted the smokies on the fire while relaxing outside. After the smokies and hot dogs were eaten, we all went inside and packed up our go-bags for a trip to Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park on Saturday morning.

The goal was to get some wildlife shots but since we brought Marley, we hiked the Trail Beard Trail which is 17 km up the the Narrows Road (which always confused me because the Narrows Trail is on the other side of Waskesiu Lake).  The trail is nice but is different than all of the other trails up there.  First of all, the trees are old and massive (in part because of the boggy soil).  There is cleared deadfall everywhere that is there to rot back into the soil over decades.  The trail is considered “moderate” because of the climbing but I found it an easy walk.  We took some landscape photos and then kept going further north and checked out the Narrows MarinaJordon decided to head back down the Narrows Road where we stopped on at Paignton Beach, made a fire, cooked some food, and had a picnic lunch. Since it was in bear country, we actually had a picinic lunch while Oliver watched out for Yogi and Boo Boo.  If you are up in Prince Albert National Park and want to get away from the crowds on the main beach, it is a gorgeous place to chill out and relax.

Since it was so nice, we all waded into the lake.  So let me get this straight.  The weather was gorgeous, the lake was freezing.

We used Mark’s backcountry stove to cook up some Knorr Side Kicks.  The stove worked well but like most back country cookware, the pots were really thin and were prone to burning the food.  I also brought along some polish sausages which were cooked on the fire pit so we had some burnt pasta as a side.  Since it is me, I forgot the bags of chips but that was a minor thing.

From there, we drove back into Waskesiu and saw the Hawood Inn was packed with people up for the Thanksgiving weekend.  With Waskesiu and the entire park so quiet, I understand why people would go up there.  If the weather holds, we may camp up there next Thanksgiving.

Jordon cleaned the kitchen and house so we could relax on Sunday morning before I descended into the kitchen to make the Thanksgiving meal. To keep the kids busy, I bought Oliver The Lego Movie which he showed to Jordon (who had never seen it).  Oliver is a living spoiler.  He managed to tell Jordon what was going to happen just before it happened through the whole movie.

Thanksgiving Dinner was pretty uneventful and basic.

I made up a roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamed turnips (lots of turnips), green bean casserole, seven layer salad, and a vegetable dip. Of course we had pumpkin pie for dessert.

After dinner, we had some tea and chilled out.

Hope your weekend was a great one as well.  I’m back at work tomorrow where it will be insane with people doing last minute shopping and getting angry when we are out of stuff.  You know, because it is my fault we are out of stuff.

Mark is 15

Mark turns 15 today.  For his birthday Jordon got him a stove and fuel canister.  Since he is a teen and therefore occasionally clumsy, we also gave him a Jet Boil stand for his canister and stove.  It makes the base wider and less likely to hurt himself.

Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition 3.9oz

and a one person mess kit.  If he is going to have a stove, he will want to cook up something.  We tossed in a pot scrubber so he can do his own dishes.  Mark instantly realized what that mean for him and was more than a little sad.

One Person Mess Kit

Those (along with a lighter) were his early gifts as we went to Prince Albert National Park on Sunday for a day of hiking (we hiked the Narrows and Waskesiu River trails before Oliver ran out of gas) and photography.

This morning we got up early and Jordon and I got him an Altec Lansing Soundblade Bluetooth Speaker

Altec Lansing Soundblade Bluetooth SpeakerOliver gave him a set of frisbee golf discs.    They are the same that the boys gave me for Mother’s Day.

Frisbee Disc Golf Set

Since Oliver didn’t have any discs, Jordon bought three Frisbees for a $1 each for him.  This way he can join us when we play.

We also gave him a hacky sack.  Every teen needs a hacky sack to kick around, even if they aren’t really good at it.

Happy Birthday Mark!