Saturday, August 27, 2011

End to Summer

Well, Jaxon's birthday celebrations continued into the next week with having a bunch of friends up to the cottage for the start of our holidays.
Saturday we took the kids over to Owen Sound to Story Book Park to enjoy a morning of fun. Thank goodness we got over there nice and early for when it opened because a lunch time a big storm hit, and that was the end of our adventure there.If you have young kids, I would totally recommend you take them to this place. I am sure that it will be a place that we will frequent for a few more summers until they outgrow it. They had everything...rides, mini golf, petting zoo, big train ride through the whole park, a water park. It was great!!! Even the big kids enjoyed it.
After the rain took us back to the cottage, we had a cottage full of people, but some more celebrating to do. It was the day of Uncle Justin's birthday so we had a nice dinner with everyone and celebrated his special day.
Sunday brought not so nice weather again, and we had a early supper and sent everyone on their way home so we could start our week of relaxation at the cottage. It was full of laying on the couch, watching movies, playing mini golf in town, and going down to the beach (a few short times). The weather was not the greatest for the week, but it was nice to just be away!!!

Our last week of holidays for the summer was a success!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Jaxon

Last night I had to work late, and Jaxon was waiting for me when I got home because his dad had told him that he could open his birthday gift when I got there.
A couple of weeks ago I had asked Curt what he wanted to get Jaxon for his birthday, and he thought that we could get him some new golf clubs. Jaxon loves to golf, but only has the plastic ones. He was given a really nice golf bag as a baby present from a friend of ours that works at the golf course, so we ordered the clubs through him as well. Well, just what every 3 year old needs, 3 top of the line golf clubs. For the amount of money they were...he better be the next Tiger Woods!!!It was well worth the money when I seen the look on his face. Curt has taken the day off to spend his birthday with him today, and they have planned an outing to the golf course for a quick round to break them in.Wednesday night my mom had us over for our annual Jaxon/Justin birthday party. Jaxon got his Car's theme just as he wanted, and Justin had to suck it up and enjoy it too!!!As every year past, Jaxon was spoiled by his auntie/uncle and gammie/poppy. He got some money for his RESP and a new air hockey game!!!This game will be getting lots of use around our house, I am sure!!!Happy Birthday Buddy....3 already. Where has my baby gone???

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome Baby Jesa

Well, baby Jesa Marie Fischer decided to finally come into the world and join our McLaughlin clan on August 12. The first little girl to our mix. Hopefully we will be able to giver her another girl to play with in January!!!Jaxon and I went up to the hospital after his party on Saturday to meet her and to get some snuggle time in.
Then on Monday night we took dinner out to the Fischer farm so that uncle Curtis could meet his new niece.
Welcome baby Jesa!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

3rd Birthday Party

Saturday was my little man's birthday party....his first 'friends' party.

We started planning and talking about it after we got back from our family holiday in July. I had decided a couple of months ago that we were going to do The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and he was allowed to invited any friends that he wanted to. He was pretty sure of his choices so we got the invitations printed and ready to hand out.

He took the ones to Daycare that needed to be handed to a couple of his friends from there and that is when he decided that he needed more invitations to hand to more friends. He thought that everyone at school should come to his party. Well, I explained to him that he had made his choices, and that was all the invitations that we had. He would have to wait until next year to invite others if he wished to do so then. He took it very well, and did not put up a fight.So, it was set. Jazlin, Hadleigh, Reed, Tate and Jonah would be coming to the party...his Birfday Party. Last weekend Curt was away for the weekend, so I had to take Jaxon out with me when I need to go and get stuff for the party. He was all excited to help me pick stuff up. The only problem being that once we got to the store he decided that he wanted to have a Car's theme at the party, and then he thought that he needed to get doubles of everything we picked for him, and one for uncle Justin, because his birthday is the day after Jaxon's. He then thought that after we left the store that we were going to go home and have the party. The poor little was a very long week of him waiting for his friends to come to his party.So, finally...Saturday was the day. We spend a good party of the week getting ready for the party. We got our flower beds finally done for the summer. It is sad to say that it took us until August to actually get them done, and I am sure that 6 2 and 3 year old really appreciated how nice they looked! What is even more sad is that we have done absolutely no entertaining at all at our house this summer. We used to have people over every weekend for a BBQ or something, but this was actually the 1st weekend that we were all at home, and not one of us had to pack a suitcase to go away.At the begging of the party it was raining sporadically, and Jaxon thought that every time it started to sprinkle everyone had to go in side. The down side to this is that after all was said and done not only did I have a tail of toys to clean up outside, but I had a mess inside as well. We had got the pool filled for them, and put some nice warm water in it. We had told them to bring their bathing suits in case it was nice, and they could have some fun in the water. After we ate lunch the sun decided to come out and it actually got nice and hot. We got all the kids changed into their suits, lathered up in sun screen and let them go.After some play time it was time for cupcakes and presents. Basically all the kids just licked the icing off the cupcakes and ate their ice cream and then help Jaxon open his gifts. They were too cute to watch waiting to see Jaxon open the gift that they brought.The party started at 11, and by 2:30 everyone was gone. It was just the right amount of time to have a good play, have some lunch, dessert and presents. All that was left was the clean up. Thank goodness for my friend Nicole that stuck around to help me out. Curt was in a golf tournament, so he was not around for the party. He was there for the set up, but the clean up was all up to me. Nicole was a great help and we got everything put away and organized.

I have to say though, it is a lot easier to plan and play out a party for a bunch of kids then it has been in years past when we did it more of our friends!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Photo Shoot

So I come home from work one night and was organizing my pictures on my camera and found some of these. Jensen and Jaxon must have been having a photo shoot one day that she was babysitting!!!! Too cute.

Long Weekend

Well, the second last long weekend of the summer has come and gone, leaving us only a few more weeks of summer.

This year Justin and Cara joined us at the cottage for the weekend. Saturday we headed over to Wiarton to do some tubing and celebrating at my aunts cottage there. My uncle had brought his boat over from Kincardine so we had an afternoon out on the water all taking turns on the raft. For dinner we had a nice bbq chicken dinner with cake in celebration of my aunt and uncle's 30th wedding anniversary. Sunday was another wonderful day for some beach fun, so we spent the afternoon down on our beach at Sauble in the water and soaking up the sun.After a day of realization, we took Jaxon into the amusements in Sauble. He had been there a couple of weeks ago on the Monday after the ball tournament, and wanted to go back in again. Him and his dad have a great time on the rides. 2 big and one small having a blast. Auntie Cara even joined in on the fun when we had two tickets left over for the last ride.

Only a few more weeks and we will be back into our regular routine, free weekends, and back to school.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pool Party

This year our Strachan Family Pool party went off great. Great weather! Great Food! Great Family! Great time!!!!

Sauble Ball weekend

This years Sauble Ball weekend was in the middle of our extreme heat waive here in Ontario. The guys ended up playing on Friday night, which was not too bad heat wise, Saturday morning which was kind of a scorcher and then Saturday afternoon at 4:30 which was unbearable to even watch, let alone play. That game they were put out, and non of them were too disappointed.

Sunday was then spent bumming around the cottage, and hanging out at the beach. A bunch of people come out to the cottage, and we were able to relieve some of the heat by relaxing by the water.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fair Time

This was the first year that I was able to take Jaxon to the Fair that we have in Listowel. Last year we were planning on going, but it ended up raining, and we are always away on this weekend in Sauble for the ball tournament. We are only able to go on the Thursday night, and this year it worked out that I had all our packing done for the weekend, and the weather co-operated for us to be able to go.It always kicks off with the parade, so Jaxon watched it with his friends Hadleigh and Tate. After the hour long parade we headed up to the fair grounds so that Jaxon could go on some of the rides. It just so happened that Jaxon's best friend Jonah was at the fair too, so he was able to go on some of the rides with him. He had a blast!!!!