If you live here in the Okanagan, or are a Twitter/Facebook friend of mine, you know that summer has ARRIVED. I may be busy with work, but every second that I can spare I am outside soaking up the sun. I have new freckles on my nose and shoulders and my skin is no longer translucent. Some may scold me for being so blase (How do I get the accent aigu on blase? Maybe I should Google it) about skin damage but seriously? I have spent the last EIGHT MONTHS freezing my arse off. I deserve a little sunshine.

I have an entire category dedicated to California, for the love of all things summer.

As for my kids, I slather them with SPF 60. Do as I say, not as I do…

On Saturday we hooked up the sprinkler. The kids could hardly wait for the fun to commence.


I asked Emily to model her (other) new bikini for me.

Miss E

Can I just state for the record that her curls SLAY ME?

The kids waited for the water to come forth.


Aaaaand…here we go!


For those who have never been to our place, our property goes to the end of that brick wall in the upper left of this photo. The brick wall surrounds our garden.


The grey circle in the foreground (to the left of Nathan’s head) is a fish pond. With goldfish in it. That the dog likes to bark at.



You might be thinking to yourself, “Hey, speaking of that dog, why isn’t he in any of these photos?”


Sometimes he gets tuckered out and he hides downstairs in his crate. It’s nice and cool down there too. Shortly after I put the camera away he reappeared and chased the kids through the sprinkler.

Bathing Beauty

This is the point in my post where I should say that I am sorry for the barrage of photo that I am posting. But, whatever. My Mom (Hi, Mom!) does not Flickr or Facebook, but by some crazy miracle (and a three-hour over-the-phone tutorial from my sister) she knows how to check my site. If she is the only one who cares to see these, that is perfectly fine by me.


That’s our deck, where you will often find me sitting with a book and some kind of cold beverage (when I’m not running through the sprinkler). The kids were at it for close to an hour.



More of the curls.

Bikini girl

And her outtie.


The dudes were having just as much fun.




This weather is making me start to think that there is no way that I can possibly survive another forty (or however many years I live) winters living here. In the meantime, I will continue to capture as much sunshine as I can in digital format to hold onto it as tight as I can.


Sarah posted this song yesterday and I have been playing it repeatedly. Go. Listen. Love.


We finally met the ever-lovely Jen Wilson today. Post to follow when all of our visiting is done (and Graham is finished with his love of Kaylie). Look over here for a photo she shot of my girl and I.


Janssen won my care package:


I love that she broke the odds with being comment #8 of 77. I’ll be emailing you for your address, fair lady.

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  1. metalia May 31, 2009 9:14 pm edit

    Okay, these pictures of the kids are all adorable, but I must ask–WHEN DID EMILY GET TO BE SEVEN FEET TALL? (And T turns three tomorrow…what the hell happened to our tiny babies?!)

    metalia’s last blog post..Because clearly, enough hasn’t been written on the subject.

  2. angella May 31, 2009 9:15 pm edit


    I don’t know her height right now, but back in October she was three feet tall. THREE FEET TALL.

    Last weekend we bought her a (Pink!) booster seat because she no longer fit in her car seat.


  3. bethany actually May 31, 2009 9:16 pm edit

    Heh. I just now finished writing a post, sort-of apologizing for how many photos of Annalie I post sometimes.

    I am so excited for you that you got to meet Jen! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her better over the past few months and know that someday I will meet her too. Which is the only reason I’m not jealous that you did. I’m glad the sun is coming out for you!

    bethany actually’s last blog post..just another day in the Actually house

  4. Elizabeth May 31, 2009 9:19 pm edit

    alt one, three, zero = é
    Love the sprinklin’ pictures!!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Early Morning Ballet Class

  5. Karen May 31, 2009 9:21 pm edit

    Oooh I love that first picture of the sky! And your kids are super cute!

  6. Janssen May 31, 2009 9:47 pm edit

    Well THAT is a good way to end the weekend! Thank you!

    Janssen’s last blog post..Week End

  7. hillary May 31, 2009 11:15 pm edit

    Emily’s outtie is adorable!

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  8. Hannah June 1, 2009 12:52 am edit

    Sigh. Now it is MY turn to be jealous of YOUR summer. But I am putting my envy aside to be EXTREMELY HAPPY FOR YOU! I am so glad you guys are enjoying the beautiful weather. Think of me, freezing my hiney off, while you frolick in the sunshine. ENJOY!!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Seven

  9. ali June 1, 2009 7:03 am edit

    please to send some sunshine my way.

  10. Domestic Extraordinaire June 1, 2009 9:27 am edit

    Love it! Still too chilly here to put out the sprinkler. It is raining and I am wearing fleece pants still freezing my arse off. I thought it was supposed to be colder up there.

    Domestic Extraordinaire’s last blog post..I go from crazy to shampoo in 6.5 seconds flat

  11. Sherry June 1, 2009 10:22 am edit

    That is the cutest belly button ever!

    I am jealous that the West coast is getting such nice weather. We had rain all last week and I swear to you this morning I had to turn on the heat for ten minutes because the living room was THAT COLD. I’m amazed none of my flowers out on the balcony have died yet. Bah. Come on Montreal! Catch up!

    (Then again I’ll be complaining about ridiculous humidity in about a month, so I’m just never happy I think.)

    Sherry’s last blog post..Stream of Consciousness

  12. Elaine June 1, 2009 12:17 pm edit

    So glad summer has come to your ‘hood. : ) The sprinkler is one of the most simple yet entertaining things I know AND it waters the grass at the same time! It’s a win, win! And you’re right, Em’s curls are awesome!

    Elaine’s last blog post..Blabbin’ ‘Bout the Boys

  13. Kami's Khlopchyk June 1, 2009 12:34 pm edit

    We were in the sprinklers this weekend too! It almost makes me think I can get through another winter. Almost.


    Glad you had a great time with Jen, I hope to meet her one day too, since we live in the same place and all ;)

    Kami’s Khlopchyk’s last blog post..We were on a BREAK!

  14. Mrs. WIlson June 1, 2009 12:57 pm edit


    I had to hold myself back from giving you a run hug yesterday. But when you got closer, it was like, okay, I can go hug her now.

    Mrs. WIlson’s last blog post..Alberta, I love you

  15. Nicole June 1, 2009 6:48 pm edit

    My in-laws are in Kelowna, and I’m always wildly jealous of the seasons there (i.e., not winter from September-April like where I live…)

    Nicole’s last blog post..Getting Jiggy With It

  16. witchypoo June 1, 2009 7:48 pm edit

    é Go to programs/accessories/system tools/character map.
    Don’t know how it works if you don’t have windows operating system.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Grace the Twelfth

  17. Jeremy June 1, 2009 11:06 pm edit

    Hasn’t it been just glorious? It feels like cosmic retribution for our arctic winter and pathetic April.

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