S: Summer 2011 - Part 2
BC: The second part of this summer was marked largely by our new adventures at Lilac Resort. In a rather impulse move, we bought this great place at Lilac and tried to spend as much time there as possible. That place is like a wonderland hidden in some trees 25 minutes away from out doorstep! We even held Zach's birthday party out there for "Halloween in August." As we head into fall and winter we will be sad to close down our little escape. We have connected with lots of friends old and new there. There is always something going on, and always the opportunity to just relax as well. Our little paradise on the prairie. We got in some time at West Hawk again, and a trip to Fargo for some shopping and fireworks. This was one fun filled packed summer. I can not believe it's over already. There was hardly a raindrop all summer and hardly a mosquito to be found. The September weather has been much like July and August, and all of the trees are still bright green and leafy. Even mother nature doesn't want to say goodbye to summer. Brooke and Zach are looking forward to school starting even though they don't want summer to end. Max is so excited to start preschool. Here we go into our new autumn adventures!
FC: Part 2 | Part 2
1: Lilac Resort | Zach and Marrina | Max and Megan | Zach and Daria
2: Jaylene and Brooke
3: It's me! I actually did the speed slide! (Tim won the race) | We made it out to Lilac resort finally - and what a great place! Jen and Luc have a trailer there as do Melanie and Guy Woods. We spent the day together and had so much fun. I could very easily see spending our summers out there. We looked at the available properties and will seriously consider this as an option for us in the not too distant future. The facilities are so well thought out for family living and there is all kinds of entertainment for all ages - and all just 25 minutes from home! | Luc and Max | Melanie and Jen | Brayden and his loot from the claw
4: Max wanted to be with Jen all day - He misses her from daycare! We then went paddle boating. We set the big kids adrift on their own. They maneuvered that boat just fine!
5: Manitoba Children's Museum
6: Random moments | World's Biggest "Cootie-catcher"
7: This is the structure that Zach calls the "DNA stairs"
8: Our New Summer Getaway..... | Lilac Resort | Winnipeg | Steinbach | 312 Lilac Resort | 312 Lilac Resort
9: Having gone to Lilac one time on Monday, and falling in love with the whole atmosphere of the place and lot 312.....by Friday we called Ward, the owner of 312, and told him "that the place is ours!" The kids were so excited they screamed and jumped. We are looking forward to having such a nice place to call our summer home. It is such a fun friendly, famly oriented place, and we already have some friends out there to boot. Our lot is way at the back of the resort which gives us access to all of the fun with the ability to escape into the wilderness. We are so excited! | The little trailer - a getaway for the kids
10: Christmas in July at Lilac | Candy Bike | Lilac Bike | Puppy Bike | Sleeping bags for the trailer from Santa
14: The Butterfly Garden
15: We went to the "Birds of Prey" exhibition at the zoo. Brooke is so fascinated with all kinds of creatures right now. She watches "Kratt's Creatures" and the "Wild Kratts" every chance she gets. She was so excited for the chance to see these birds and have her picture taken with the bald eagle. What a great kid.
16: Tinker Town
18: We had "booked" time at the lake for August long weekend. We went out on the Wednesday before and Andrea and Luc joined us on the Thursday. The weather was absolutely perfect the whole time. We went Blueberry picking with Grampa, visited the playground at Falcon and at West Hawk, and got in lots of beach time. Grampa had lots of good playtime with the kids. Brent came out on Saturday too. The kids were so exhausted on the way home, Max fell asleep in the car at 5:00, and was out for the rest of the night!
22: At Falcon Lake | At Falcon Lake
24: Children at Play
28: Water Fun and Movie Night at Lilac
32: Back at the "Settle Inn" in Fargo | We had a little escape to the Settle Inn planned since February so we could catch the fireworks competition and do a little shopping. Andrea and Luc and Heather and Ben and Barb also joined us this time. As always, a great little escape.
34: PGI Fireworks Shows | Brooke too kin 3 shows with Tim. Just like last time, they were awe inspiring. We will go back in 5 years the next time they come to Fargo and make sure we hit the grand finale show.
36: We had a nice afternoon at the Frgo Zoo. That little zoo has lots of opportunities to interact with animals. Brooke and Max were even able to pet a porcupine!! Grampa really enjoyed seeing the animals close up too.
38: Luc's 2nd Birthday | We had a great celebration for Luc's birthday. Although he already had a drill, he was happy to get a second - Can't have too many power tools!
39: Weekend at Lilac
40: Craft Day at Lilac Making Halloween crafts to prepare for Zach's party and Halloween at Lilac
41: Lilac with the Penner girls
42: Jake | 38 | Today | One day out of the lab | Dr Harder | Jake Trach | 38 years old | pt#: 1111111 | Jake's Day Out
44: Zach's Birthday Invitaion | Front | Back
46: Zach's Halloween Birthday Party at Lilac | Zach had 8 friends for his party. It was the perfect day for Halloween. The kids could be comfortable in any costume. Zach was so excited all day he couldn't wait for his friends to arrive.
48: Crazy Halloween Fashion Show | Crazy Halloween Fashion Show
49: Pinata Time! | Pinata Time!
50: Ethan | McKenna | Marrina | Emma | Samia | Joseph | Maeryn | Katrina
52: Max and Hudson | Brooke and Jaylene
54: Zach and his Halloween Peeps! | Zach and his Halloween Peeps!
56: After trick or treating a few streets the kids were ready to head back to the trailer. We played a few games and of course dipped into some of the loot. | After trick or treating a few streets the kids were ready to head back to the trailer. We played a few games and of course dipped into some of the loot.
57: The Mummy Wrap Contest | The Mummy Wrap Contest
58: Fun and Games at the trailer | Fun and Games at the trailer
61: After the Trick or Treat extravaganza, Christopher Cool had a show at the main stage. At the beginning of the show he asked for an adult volunteer and he picked me to go on stage. After that he wanted a sibling pair and happened to choose Brooke and Zach. They had so much fun on stage. The magician tried to build a case building on the tendency for siblings to be at odds with each other, but try as he might he could not get Zach to say that his sister was a pain or that she picks on him. After they finished they were given the cups that were their props as souvenirs and they each got an autograph.
62: Critter Dipping
63: Zach got a new bike for his birthday and lots of games which is always his favourite thing to do. Tim also bought a lantern at Lilac to send into the air so he could make a special birthday wish.
64: Tailgate Party for the Labour Day Football Game
66: As summer draws to a close we realize how much we are going to miss our weekends at lilac. Max made a new friend named Chelsea. She follows him everywhere. It's so cute! And of course Brooke and Nathan have become very close. Of course Zach has Marrina too. Non stop fun!
68: Last Pool Day for the Season | Last Pool Day for the Season | Sydney, Jaylene and Brayden Woods
69: Some of the friendly faces of Lilac 2011 | Some of the friendly faces of Lilac 2011 | Marrina | Nathan | Megan | Luc and Jen | Ed and Joanna and Noah | Denise and Sean | Susan Koga (just in for the day!)