The weekend began with dropping big kid off at his first overnight camp. Run by the trusted councillors/mentors of his weekly outdoors group, and attended by many a friend, I knew he was in good hands, and would have a great first experience. He was certainly ready for this, the goodbye was definitely harder for me. But you know, it was nice to miss him. His absence was palpable in the energy at home, which made the homecoming that much sweeter. After the drop off, we picked up Mr. Awesome at the airport, home from an adventure of his own.
With two parents and only two kids, anything seemed possible! So we hoped back in the car on Saturday morning and headed west to a Mennonite market. I brought along a little cross stitch to get in the mood.
It was a beautiful day of music, animal gazing, food gathering, steam train spotting, quilt drooling, and antique hunting.
It is truly inspiring to see people living such a simple self-sustaining life. The quilts lovingly hand stitched, the buggies drawn by horses containing their wares for market, it all reminds me of how little we need, and how much we take. And take for granted.
Speaking of simpler lives, my phone ran out of power before the quilt shops and antique market, otherwise this page would be flooded with pictures of awesome treasures. I personally love the shelves of old watches, frayed worn quilts, and old books. I came across a rack full of old Enid Blyton books which I love and recommend for adventure/mystery loving 6-10yr olds. We’re especially fond of The Secret Seven around here. It’s a miracle they didn’t all come home with me; they weren’t in great shape, and the print was too tiny for bedtime reading.
After just one more night without Big Kid, We picked him up happy and muddy. Camp was ‘EPIC’.
And because we’re crazy like that, after a quick clean-up we packed the fam up again and went out to celebrate Father’s Day with my in-laws at a proper restaurant. Lucky for us, it was our friend’s place, and very early, so our crew was tolerated with humour. How do we get through a meal with these monkeys? Delicious wine my friends.
We wrapped it all up with trip to castle playground to run off the crazies before falling into bed happy and exhausted.
A great Father’s Day weekend had by all. Hoping yours was full and fun as well!