Today was another sticky scorcher, though the clouds were moving in and out, warning of possible thunderstorms one second and revealing sunny skies the next.
We wanted to cross something off of our bucket list, but we didn't want to go far from home and get caught in a storm.
We decided to try to find our first waterfall (we have find 3 waterfalls on our list). One of the students in the Boy's class did his Triad Presentation on waterfalls and said that there was one quite near us. His directions were less than helpful though, and when I asked him for better ones he looked at me like I was stupid and repeated himself. Never try to get directions from an 8 year old! (To his credit though, his directions were to "go past King's Landing and it's just down the road a bit off Rte 2", and those were correct, they just weren't too precise.) I found a list of NB Waterfalls through my powers of Googlefu (and promptly pinned it so that we can find it again). It took some searching, but we found a listing that sounded promising, the one for Lower Joslin Falls, and we got ready for adventure.
To get to the falls, you literally (no, really) park on the side of a major highway. Yay us! Here we've parked and we're ready to explore. Except the Boy says "We don't have to go UP, do we?"
I snapped a quick before photo of each of the girls, since they were game:
Setting off across the rocks. We agreed that this probably wasn't a spot we could get any of the grandparents through. They'll have to just enjoy the photos.
We had to squeeze through a deer gate in the fence (I've secretly always wanted to do that!).
I spy a river! Creek?
Timidly tiptoeing our way across the creek
A trillium! I almost cried. I haven't seen trilliums yet in this province but they used to be everywhere when I'd go walking in Ontario. I've been missing them.
We hear the roar, we're on the correct side of the creek, and this is the "cliff". Could this be all there is?
No! After a tricky walk along the cliff edge we could see the "upper" falls. Time to pick our way along and down the cliffs to see the "lower" falls as well.
The full view of the falls. Worth the tricky footing!
We started out tentative about footing (and this mom was doing some worrying) but the kids gained confidence as they went. Crossing the river to get as close as possible to the falls for a good photo:
I found a new friend!
THE photo (thanks kids!)
The boy discovers that water on rocks SPLASHES. Hehehehe.
Hubby gets as close as possible to give everyone a context for the height of the falls. He is exactly 6 feet tall.
As it turns out, my kids have mountain goat DNA. They had a TON of fun hopping about on the wet rocks, while I tried not to turn into helicopter mom.
No one wanted to leave. The bugs were bad, but the cold water felt SOOOO good. It was really tempting to "fall" in, but we managed to resist. We eventually convinced everyone to head out. One last look at the falls from the bottom.
Peeking through the trees from the cliff:
If you look closely at the upper left (top of the waterfall) you'll see why I have so much grey hair:
I'm calling this one and a half waterfalls because on the way home we stopped by "our" falls. They're a little set of rapids just down the road from us and we've always called them a waterfall. Somehow after our experience with the rush and roar of Upper Joslin though, we just don't think we can call them that any more. Sorry little water spill. Maybe some day you can grow to be big.
We came home to puddles and wet roads, so apparently it rained while we were gone. We had a small thunderstorm move through once we were all settled, but the heat didn't break. It's not officially summer here yet; school isn't out until the end of June, but it sure FEELS like summer! We're having so much fun with our summer activities and we're excited to pick something else off our list. Thanks #happyfamilysummer!
Earlier this week we had a frost that killed my marigolds.
Yesterday it was 32C and the humidex was 37C.
Canada, you're so droll!
Given the sudden suffocating heat and the sticky humidity, I wasn't in a cooking mood. Perfect time to cross Ice Cream for Dinner off of our bucket list!
Here's our spread, ready for hot, greedy people.
I put the camera away after this, because ice cream, but it was delicious and cooling and oh, so sweet. And the best part? I didn't feel guilty for not making something nutritious (hey, there were fruit and nuts as topping options) because we were crossing off a bucket list item.
Here's something you should know about me: I'm a procrastinator. At times in my life I've alternately embraced then tried to overcome this negative personality trait (then usually settled back into embracing it). By being a procrastinator I've actually avoided a great deal of unnecessary work and quite a lot of disappointment when things get cancelled or plans change (relief!). I've also caused unnecessary panic attacks, missed deadlines, and general mayhem. Pros and cons to everything.
Being a procrastinator means having a procrastinator's mind (my crafting friends tell me that this is an artist's mind). This means that I can keep myself very, very busy doing things that don't need to be done in order to avoid doing the things that need to be done. In general everything gets accomplished, just not in any logical order (unless you're a fellow procrastinator; then it all makes perfect sense). So it is with To Do lists. I love a good to do list, but immediately after making one I find myself finding LOTS of things to do that aren't on the list. Do I amend the list? Do I recognize that this is my old pal avoidance coming to play and try to stay on task? Decisions, decisions.
Now when I signed up for the Summer Bucket List Challenge with The Happy Family Movement I really was just wanting to have some fun with my family. I liked the idea of having some clear cut summer fun goals, of sharing ideas with like-minded families, and of getting the whole family involved in planning an epically fun summer (and if I win a giveaway or two along the way, bonus!).
Since making our list, I can't stop thinking of fun things to do that we "forgot". I'm seeing great stuff on pinterest, I'm seeing great stuff when I check out fellow participants' lists, I'm having stuff come to me in dreams. I snuck a few things on the list when I typed it up, and I'm doing my wall display today and may sneak a couple more things on, but if I keep amending it my amendments will be longer than our list! Procrastinators brain is locked on full power, even when the list is FUN!
All of this is a really long way of saying: we had some fun last night. It wasn't on our list, but it was awesome and it SHOULD totally count. ;)
Yesterday was a big day with the Boy's class Enrichment Presentation and the Princess's Green and Gold (school talent show). We had piano and dinner and then we were off to town where the Faith in God (church youth group for the 8-11 year olds) group had arranged an evening at Science East, one of our favourite local destinations. We were going to head out as a family but the Boy said he'd had enough people already that day (introverted parents understand) and he and Hubby stayed home to play computer games while the girls went to get their Science on.
At Science East we were delighted when our new friend Amy gave us an explanation and hands on demos of static electricity! Yay! We learned about friction and conductors and insulators and how electricity always seeks the ground. We made aluminum tartlet plates fly and yarn float:
Then we got to do it with our own hair!
We did some other fun things and then learned about how electricity travels in a line...did you know the human body is a great conductor?
We then had lots of time to run around and try out all the cool stuff that Science East has to play/learn with, including their brand-new Hurricane Simulator!
When our time was up at Science East, we were heading for the grocery store, but first I had a little surprise. I noticed my friend Vicky "liked" a place on facebook and they had a cute little cartoon logo, so I hovered over it to see what it was. I saw that it was some kind of frozen yogurt bar and that a new one was coming to Fredericton, and we were conveniently in town on opening night. Who could resist?
It's called Menchies and apparently it's a big deal? At least all the Hollywood photos on the wall would suggest so. It was the first I'd heard of it but it won't be the last. It was fun! Here are the girls with their concoctions:
(in our raincoats, because it decided to start pouring again)
And here's my monstrosity:
I took the pina colada yogurt and 1 (one) piece of pineapple that was MASSIVE! I seriously put on a show trying to eat the thing. I could have used a knife and fork! Huge! Anyway, it was super fun, we still did our grocery run and eventually made it home, though I had a hard time waking anyone for Breakfast Program this morning.
So weigh in--does this "count" as a bucket list check, or did we have stolen procrastinator's fun? ;)
Last week my junky old car had a flat tire. It was due for its annual safety inspection, so I dutifully called up our mechanic and got an appointment to fix both at once (I was able to pump enough air in the tire to get there). He called me back pretty quickly with the not-surprising verdict "I don't think you should put any more money into this car". Apparently my '96 Neon has a body chalk full of huge holes and needs extensive body work. Add that to the tires, the funny noises the engine makes, the squeaking when I turn the wheel, the way the alternator belt slips in the rain...it was time to say goodbye.
We've spent a little time coming up with a plan for our family and the car, and today I walked from the school (where I was dropped off by Hubby in time for breakfast program) up the big hill to the mechanic's to bring the car home to be cleaned out and towed away.
You'd think that would be a depressing sort of walk, but here's the thing; the sun is out. That may not seem like much to you, but it's been raining for a couple of weeks here, and on the weekend we received over 100mm of rain. We're building arks in the back yard. The sun is like some strange apparition in the sky at this point. It is GLORIOUS. Added to that, the trees are budding and blooming, the gardens are thriving, and it's just a good time to be alive. I wasn't far from the school when I decided I needed to pull out my camera and capture some of that sunshine and happiness.
I started with lilacs...
And then there were apple blossoms....
I took a break from snapping photos to weed the "Guide Garden" in the park (I noticed as I walked past that it had been invaded by dandelions, and since I helped plant it I thought I should stop and weed it). I turned around to start on my way again and saw Jill raising the flag at the post office...
At the post office I stopped to talk to our piano teacher, had a nice visit, managed to reschedule tomorrow's lesson so the kids could go to their Faith in God activity, and turned down an offer of a ride. From there it was more trees....
...fields of yellow...
...and much, much more.
I like walking through the village and up the hill. The 911 numbers make me feel like a time traveller. Here was a good year:
I eventually made it to the mechanic's and put the camera away. I got it out again when I got home and went to see how my garden fared through last night's frost, but I'll put those photos in a separate post. I think this is enough for one walk!
Monday was Thanksgiving up here in sunny Canada. I had an early morning photo shoot before rushing home to get the turkey in the oven, and imagine my surprise when I drove past the elementary school to see this gal:
The title of this blog comes from my best friend's mom; who critiqued my high school English journal as "full of superfluous fluff". This is where I embrace all that fluff and share it with you in its pure, unedited, rambling glory.