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GoKarting – HUGE check off the bucket list…

IMG_2671boomersHunter is the kid that sat on Santa’s lap at Disneyworld when he was 7 years old and asked for a drivers license (which totally threw Santa for a loop). His favourite ride at Legoland is the Driving School experience, which he would do for hours on end if he could… For five years he has been asking to drive a GoKart but has never been old enough or tall enough.

Well – GUESS WHAT!!!

We spent a day at Boomers Fun Park, just down the road from our campground in Oceanside. Thanks to an all day pass I think Hunter drove the GoKarts at least 10 times. You could not get the grin off his face – especially when he and Tim started discussing which corners you could float around vs had to run tight and the intricacies of passing on the inside vs the outside. Nirvana.

Things got even more competitive when his cousin arrived on the scene and it was now Hunter vs Tim and Taeya, who talks a good game, even as the passenger…

In between GoKart sessions we had fun experiencing the rest of the park – the water boats were a great way to cool off from the heat of the day. Poor Tim got ganged up on more often than not by the pool full of kids!

Mini golf was OK but definitely not as action packed as the other activities. Hunter and Taeya were off for a speed round while Bodhi was fascinated with where the golf balls went through the various displays.

IMG_2678boomersA mid-day break at the old fashioned diner was called for after all this activity – no surprise on the milkshake team!

One of the best parts of the day was the batting cage – it was just so much fun! Tim hadn’t done it since his teens and neither Hunter nor I ever had… It took a few minutes to get the hang of it and then we were all off to the races with that satisfying “whack” of the bat connecting with the ball. We opted for the slowest version – with baseballs coming at us at 40 mph. The fastest one was 75 mph and that was noticeably faster!

It was a funtastic day, which ended with some very tired kids!

Celebrating 100 Years


Over fifty extended family members gathered in Edmonton over the Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate the  life of my Grandmother, Addie Manning, who turned 100 last October and passed away on February 1st, 2015. It was quite fitting that our events were based out of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, which was also celebrating it’s 100th year.

The best part of the weekend was the chaos of immersion with family. It was the first time that Hunter, Robin and Justin (a new addition to the family) got to hang out together and they were quickly dubbed the 3 amigo’s as they were always together – basically a 48 hour sleepover. We had an intimate ceremony at the gravesite and a joyful lunch with 50+ family and a few close friends, most of whom had travelled to be there for the weekend. It was a wonderful reminder of the reach and impact that we can all have in our lives.

No trip to Edmonton is complete without a stop at West Edmonton Mall. We ended up doing 2 visits – one with the greater gang to catch an afternoon at GalaxyLand and a second one to experience the rest of the mall and do a little shopping.

Hunter definitely enjoyed the mall – it was a toss up between all the neat things to do and the fact that he was wearing his Heely’s and had so much smooth surface to glide on. It was a fairly hectic whirlwind of a weekend and not our usual style yet still fun to catch up with everyone and make plans for this summer.

Weekend in Houston with friends

laser tagWe recuperated from our week in Mexico by spending the weekend with friends Kelly and Phil that live in Houston, Texas. Based on our internet research the Houston area has a plethora of things for families to do, both indoors and out. I’ll declare up front that we did almost none of them! After spending a week on the road, and most specifically the last 24 hours in motion, we were pooped!

After much discussion, and the turning down of an invitation to check out a tall ship in Galveston, we opted for a do nothing day on our first day. Somehow this lead to Hunter and Phil bonding over all things remote controlled… Hunter became the new owner of a drone and much time was spent pulling it out of trees while perfecting the flying of it. A pellet shooting tank ended up also sneaking into our duffle bag but we drew the line at the creepy crawly robot!

We finally mustered enough energy by the afternoon to head out on a neighbourhood bike ride. They live in a funky neighbourhood that is just outside the downtown loop and has a broad mix of residents, including their own flock of peacocks that roam aimlessly! Hunter was beyond thrilled to get to ride Phil’s electric bike – even though he could barely reach the pedals or stop safely.

Sunday Phil took us out to the Texas Renaissance Festival, which was quite a cultural experience! It was people watching at it’s best, with many different interpretations of the Renaissance time period. It’s neat to see people so passionate about something that they travel the country as part of these various festivals.

We enjoyed the jousting however found it frustrating that the matches were only 20 minutes long and that the competition was spread through out the day, with the intention of keeping you there longer and getting you to keep coming back to the stadium. Our favourite “show” was Oskar’s Sword Instruction – the audience selects 2 different weapons (out of about 10 that he has) and then Oskar demonstrates how to use them in battle. It was quite instructional as well as humorous. Every strategy ends with his “grab them by the crotch and throw them out the window” tactic, which Hunter found hilarious.

The Renaissance Festival runs for 8 weekends through October and November. We were all quite impressed with the permanent facilities and structure that they have in place and the sheer volume of people that they run through over the 8 weeks. We were there on the very last day and it was still jam packed!

We awoke Monday and it was pouring rain, with a forecast to continue with that theme all day. After  a flurry of internet research, we all opted to spend a lazy day around the house and then head out to the Main Event for Monday Night Madness – all in pricing for laser tag, bowling, mini golf and billiards… What more could you want in a day! It’s not a surprise that this decision was driven by the 11 year old vote but we all ended up having an evening full of giggles and fun.

We look forward to venturing back to the Houston area another time to check out the Houston Children’s Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science,  NASA, and the Gulf Coast. A big thanks to Kelly and Phil for the wonderful hospitality (even allowing the short term corruption of chips, pop AND hotdogs in the house) and we are certainly looking forward to playing again soon!

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