It’s been a busy few weeks, as we’ve been away more than we’ve been home lately. After our trip to Vancouver we had a week at home to catch up on things, get the lawn cut and plant some plants. The gardens look fine after our trips, the roses and peonies are blooming and all the stuff we bought just before we left surprisingly survived being ignored for 5 days, and are ready to be put into pots starting soon.
We’ve been travelling to Calgary in late May almost every one of the last 9 years to see our family and celebrate Ayden’s birthday. Of those visits we’ve seen quite a bit of un-spring like conditions and several weather related events that made us glad we lived elsewhere. This year was quite the change as it was warm all during our visit and very sunny most of the time.
We brought along a badminton set for the family to enjoy and set it up our first morning there to see how the kids took to it. Payton took to it pretty quick, but Sylvia has probably permanently ruined her Pickleball game as this racquet is substantially longer and the birdie never seemed to end up in the same place as the end of her racquet.
We spent Saturday morning trying to drown the kids at the pool and water slides that were at our hotel. It wasn’t very busy so the kids got lots of chances to run up the stairs and down the slides, and that can never be a bad thing for a couple of young boys. It turned out to be quite the popular spot for the kids and we’ll have to see if we can do that again on future visits.
Sunday broke warm and sunny again, although a bit windy. It was the day set aside to celebrate Ayden’s 9th birthday and Jocelyn and Bryan had invited 10 friends to help him celebrate. We arrived early in the morning and brought along a bunch of presents for both Ayden and Payton. As Payton’s birthday is in early December we have never actually been in Calgary for his special day (what sane person travels to Calgary in December?), so we try and celebrate both birthdays together.
Then it was time to get together all the preparations for the party before the guests arrived. Jocelyn had made some special cupcakes for the kids to enjoy.
Sylvia got some time in practicing while the kids were at other games. I wonder if she won a prize.
Eventually it was time to open the cards and presents and once the cupcakes arrived everyone settled down to enjoy themselves.
Once the party wound down Ayden went out on the street to try out one of his presents. I think the Skateboard is going to be a big hit with him.
On Monday the kids were back in School and so we had a nice chance to have a visit with Bryan and Jocelyn. We hung around until the kids were finished with their classes. Unfortunately Ayden tripped in the alley on his way home and put a big gash in his knee. He eventually needed 4 stitches to close the V shaped gash and wasn’t that happy with how he ended up celebrating his actual Birthday. We had to leave them as soon as he got back from the clinic, but he was a real trooper and according to Jocelyn he was good to go the next morning.
Tuesday morning we drove back to West Kelowna after a terrific time visiting with our family. We came back to a lawn that seemed to grow an inch a day, lots of new roses and peonies and even some big Clematis flowers.
We’ll spend some time catching up on our yard work and deciding whether or not we want to continue further with our gravel renovation projects this year. First though we’ll have some fun and games for a bit while we try and resurrect Sylvia’s Pickleball game from the bad habits she picked up playing Badminton.
The weather since we got home has been very warm. We’ve even had to turn on the air conditioning a couple of times, and that’s something we’ve never had to do in May before. We’ll see if that means we’re heading for a warmer than normal summer.