Tonight Lorelei began "Iguanas" Club Cubbies. I gave her the choice of a second activity (besides violin), and it was a close call between dance and this, but Iguanas (Awanas) won out!
I love Awanas Clubs, in part because I have so many great memories of being a Sparky when I was a little girl. I love that it's like scouts--full of games, crafts, and activities, and always opening with a song, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Awana's Pledge--but that badges and jewels are earned for memorizing Bible verses. To this day, I can name all the OT and NT books in order, thanks to Awanas, which is still a helpful skill. Lorelei loved her first Awanas Club!
Preschool starts back tomorrow, and I say BRING IT ON! Seriously, we need some structure that summer vacation just can't provide. But we did have fun saying sayanora to summer!
While Mommy went on a shopping spree with the Backpack Fairy (who visits tonight!), Daddy inflated the pool on the deck. The kids love this.
Sister loves her Buddy.
Then it was off to Grammy & BPop's for a back-to-school spaghetti dinner and roasting of s'mores.
Gryffy stuffed his face with marshmallows.
BPop's ready for the toasty marshmallows.
Finger lickin' good.
Lorelei doesn't want to get too close to the fire!
But those s'mores are so worth it! We always do a treat the night before preschool begins--this year, s'mores replaced our standard slice of cake & candle. Even better!
And before tucking in, the kids practiced flying in their MATCHING Batman pajamas. Mommy had been looking for a pair of Superman pj's, but when she couldn't find any, Grammy came over with Batman pj's for Gryffy. Of course, Lorelei wanted a pair too. So Mommy went out to get another pair, the last one in Lorelei's size!
Yes, with those capes, they really CAN fly.
Two silly monkeys jumping off the bed! They'd better sleep well... the Backpack Fairy's on her way!
Quebec City is charming, and almost tricked me into thinking I was back in France. Flowers spilled from every window, hand-carved signs swung in the St. Lawrence breeze, and cobbled streets tripped up rushing feet, as if to say, "Slow down. Savor the beauty of this place."
Painted facades brought back memories of my travels to Oberammergau, Germany. The movie "Catch Me if You Can" was filmed near this building.
Mark and I cruised on the St. Lawrence Waterway to Montmorency Falls. The winters are so cold here that the river freezes, and the ice must be broken for trade ships to sail through.
Le Chateau Frontenac overlooks Quebec City. It is today a hotel, owned by the Fairmont (too bad our Fairmont hotel is in Montreal--it's nice, but I'd prefer a hotel with turrets and spires, thanks).
Montmorency Falls are surprisingly higher than Niagara Falls.
Landlubber's view of Chateau Frontenac.
Inside the chateau's walls. This felt a bit like Loire Valley-meets-Neuschwanstein Castle, Canada style.
And finally, a collection of photos from the quaint Quebec walkways hugging the cliffs toward the water.