15 Jun 2016

June so far

June has been a busy month, especially for Parker. In addition to his umpire job, he got a part time job as a dishwasher at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster (he was a caddie there last summer). He works some very long shifts, sometimes finishing just before 1 am... which means one of us has to stay up to drive him home. 

If that wasn't busy enough, Parker also is a player on a Dundas Minor baseball team. They play in several locations around Hamilton, so sometimes there is a little driving involved. Maddy seems to like to go to the games and really enjoys all the new smells at the ball park.

Adam hasn't been idle either.  He has some news to share...

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Yes, he bought all the gear to go with the motorcycle he purchased. Here he is showing off the gear.

He picked up the bike (a used Suzuki) this week and will be taking a motorcycle course this coming weekend. He has his M1 licence (motorcycle learner...) and the course he will take includes the road test that satisfies the government requirements. 

Wendy and I have kept busy as well.  We went with her mom to a family wedding (Wendy's cousin) in Zurich (Ontario). Here we are just after the outdoor service.

It was blistering hot, so we found shade wherever we could.

Wendy and I have been doing Tai Chi since last year, and we have finally learned all 108 moves. Here is Wendy doing some of the moves... I took pictures because I had to sit out at the end due to some joint issues.

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Getting back into summer mode

After the variable weather that characterized our spring season, it finally looked like it was going to really become spring-like.  Our flowers continued to bloom and the crabapple tree on our lawn seemed to put on a good show this year.

Unfortunately, after many days of >30C weather, we got this...
May 15th should be nice, right?
We had cancelled our hike with friends along the Bruce Trail last week because the weather was uncomfortably hot... this week we cancelled because it was uncomfortably cold and snowing.

Things soon turned the corner and jumped into summer after that last gasp of winter. On the May long weekend, Wendy's mom took us to Stratford for our annual trip to a musical. This year was "A Chorus Line". I think Parker mostly appreciated the traditional Tim Horton's stop on the way there and the Dairy Queen stop on the way back!

Parker began his umpiring job for the Dundas Little League by jumping straight in and working his first time ever as plate umpire.  He did well, but was nervous about making mistakes. He looked huge in comparison to all the players, although that might partly be due to his equipment.

He also umpired a T-ball game and it was a lot less stressful for him.

Our garden really took off with the warm weather and we were able to harvest a good amount of rhubarb. The kids won't touch the stuff, so Wendy and I will have the eat the rhubarb crisp that I made.

Maddy certainly is enjoying the nice weather. Here she is in a hammock at Mel and Murray's place. She was mostly dry after a few dunks in the pool, and just wanted to rest after all that exercise.