Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Picnic

We went with Lavonne & Josh, her Mom, her Auntie Dorthy and Alec and the Martin's up the lake for a picnic on Mother's Day. It was a gorgeous day although a bit cold and blustery. The water in the lake is lower than we've ever seen it and it makes the shore line a beautiful road.
The boys in the trailer behind our ATV got a little spattered with wet sand. They thought it was great.
We brought lots of food, roasted hotdogs and huddled around the fire.

Paul and Deborah with Claudine's new puppy.

Sometimes Paul is like a little kid taking a bath, he doesn't want to get in and then he doesn't want to get out. He wasn't too excited about the picnic because it was cold and windy and the ATV had just started leaking gas the day before, so he had to fix it before we could go. But, after we got there, Paul started having fun. He had always heard about people tree-topping, where you bend a tree down to where you can hang on and then swing over to the other side of the tree. He'd heard that it works well with birch trees and he'd always wanted to try it. He didn't have any problem getting the kids excited about trying it with him.

Paul quickly found out that he weighed too much for the tree to lift him. So he became the guy that climbed the tree and bent it down so the kids could hang on and try to soar.
He started with the older kids, and thankfully for the Mom (that would be me), they didn't soar too well either.
As the kids got smaller they bounced around a little (especially with the help of the older kids) and had a lot of fun.


Benjamin probably could have soared the best, but he didn't appreciate the opportunity and didn't want back on after one half turn.

I caught Benjamin off by himself practising a little later.

Even Sarah wanted to try...

After trying every tree that looked at all promising Paul and the older kids gave up and turned their attention to spear making. By this time, Alec had caught three beautiful lake trout and the rest of us were cleaning up and about ready to go. Paul, on the other hand, was just warming up. The boys had seen some spruce hens, so all the kids from Caleb on up took thier spears and went with Paul to see if they could hunt up some supper. They didn't spear any spruce hens, but they had a wonderful time spearing other things...

And then, we loaded up and headed home.

We would have driven home into the sunset, but already the sun doesn't set until close to eleven o'clock at night.

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