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Vigid Flies

Vigid, more formally known as Vigid Milkman, is Gracen’s beloved butterfly kite she received in her Easter basket last month.  I have no idea where Vigid (pronounced vee-gid) came from, but Milkman is after Melky Cabrera, a Toronto Bluejays player Miss G and her Papa watch together.  Crazy name aside, Grae is absolutely smitten with Vigid Milkman.  She watches out our big front window, and the moment she sees the slightest rustle of the tree leaves across the street, she asks if there is enough wind for Vigid to fly.  Much to her happiness,  today was an oddly windy day (our yard is littered with trash to prove it) and the moment her Papa returned from home from work, he asked if she’d like to fly Vigid.  Did she ever!

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iPhoneography // An Impromtu Teepee

Backyard TeepeeGrowing up, my brother and I used to stay at my Baba’s (grandmother’s) house for a week or two or three each summer.  Being the phenomenal lady she is, she’d bring us into the forest, chop down what seemed like huge trees, and have us help her haul them out to create outdoor teepees worthy of side tables and mattresses. Our summer teepees are one of my very favourite childhood memories now as an adult, and definitely something that I’d like Gracen to experience.  While not nearly as grand, today we threw together a very quick little teepee after stumbling across some bamboo sticks.  Gracen was in awe of our new structure and immediately went in the house to retrieve her pillow and a couple of blankets.  It’s amazing how special a sheet and some sticks can be when put together isn’t it?  There’s no doubt that there will be many more of these in the weeks ahead (tutorial to come, for those who asked) and I can’t wait.

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Citrus Cup Bird Feeders

Citrus Cup Bird Feeders | Mama Papa BubbaI swear, I’m not a hoarder.  In fact, with something like 49 moves under my belt in my 31 years, it’s quite the opposite.  I’d much rather toss/recycle/give something away than have to lug it to a new location.  Buuuuuuut, the other day after juicing a bunch of citrus fruit, I couldn’t help but think that there might be something we could do will all of the empty rinds (please tell me some of you do this too).  Not knowing what it was at the moment, I tossed them all into a container in the fridge and decided I’d figure it out later.  Sure enough, a couple of days later as I was grabbing something from the fridge, I remembered the very unique bird feeders I’d seen on Happy Hooligans a few months back.  Gracen loves birds and we love to keep our backyard feather friends well fed, so I decided we’d make our own version of the project.

IMG 8651First, we gathered a few things from around the house… The rinds, some baker’s twine (Greenmunch is a great place to buy it, plus everything party, mason jar, and crafting related!), an large embroidery needle, and a pushpin.

IMG 8669After threading our needle and tying a knot at the end, we pushed our embroidery needle through one side of our citrus cup, straight through the other side.  I thought we may need the tack to start our holes, but we totally didn’t (though you might if you had a particularly tough rind).  I did the poking, and Miss G did the pulling through part.

IMG 8670With the twine pulled all the way through, we pulled up the centre to create a long loop for hanging.

IMG 8672Next, we did a quarter turn and fed the needle straight through the rind again, this time perpendicular to the first set of holes.

IMG 8673Then we pulled the second centre string up to meet the first and tied a knot on the outside of the citrus cup in order to secure everything.

IMG 8663While she helped me ‘sew’ the first couple of rinds, Gracen discovered that she could make some pretty interesting creations with the extra citrus cups and pushpins, so that’s what she did.

IMG 8664This little lemon went from having ‘pokey hair’ to being an octopus, to being a porcupine, and many other things along the way.

IMG 8675When our citrus rind cups were complete, we focused on the food portion of the process.  

IMG 8680All we did was take some bird seed (we used a wild bird variety), and mixed in a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter for every half cup of seed in order to give it some ‘stick’.

IMG 8693Then Grae carefully filled the cups with the sticky seed mixture one scoop at a time.

IMG 8694We used 1 1/2 cups of seed with 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and it filled 2 grapefruit cups and 2 lemon cups until heaping.

IMG 8697With that, it was off to hang the new feeders in the backyard.  

IMG 8707Gracen was very specific and knew she wanted one in our apple-pear tree, one in our fig tree, and one in our plum tree… And the other one got hung in our rose bush.  

Now let’s bring on the hungry birdies!

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Saturday Morning in Stanley Park

A perfect way to start the weekend… A Stanley Park play date with some girlfriends. ☺

IMG 8270Saucer sharing.

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IMG 8289“Hello Goose!  How you doing today?  You wanna see my flower???”

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A Beach Morning

This morning, on the final day of Grandma Charlotte’s visit, we headed down to Stanley Park to soak in the sunshine and crisp ocean air…  The photos say it themselves, but it was lovely. 

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The Barefoot Gardener

IMG 7979IMG 7977Pulling WeedsIMG 7986Though our little miss is normally a rockstar sleeper, Grandma Charlotte is staying with us right now and sleep is difficult when excitement levels are running this high.  After a tough time getting to sleep last night, today’s nap didn’t happen.  And a skipped nap in this house is not just an ‘oh well’… This little lady needs her naps.  Desperately.  Our coping mechanism to get through the afternoon as gracefully as possible?  Getting outside and soaking in some fresh air and sunshine.  It just so happens that today it was in the {yet to be planted} garden in pajamas. White ones.

A filthy toddler and dirt-stained jammies? Totally worth a happy afternoon.  Because in the words of Miss G, “It’s okay to dirty.”

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My Favourite Kind of Morning

IMG 7919IMG 7922IMG 7927IMG 7937This morning was my favourite kind.  Gracen woke up just past 7, we snuggled in bed until we were good and ready to start the day, and we made our way to the kitchen.  She sat on her toddler bench gobbling up wholewheat pancakes with peanut butter, and I threw a mix of green veggies and frozen fruit into the blender with a splash of cold water.  After breakfast, we gathered a blanket, a book, our smoothies and headed off for an adventure in the wagon. I snuck in some exercise by choosing the hilliest routes and made sure to pass by a park so Grae could have a good long play.  Afterwards we made our way to a local coffee shop where Grae slurped up a warm milk and I enjoyed my first iced coffee of the year.  Before heading home, I pulled the wagon {and my little love} through our local market and we filled it up with fresh fruits and veggies. She helped herself to bananas and clementines on the way home, and I enjoyed the sunshine, cool wind, and cherry blossoms overhead.  It was a good day.

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Saturday Snippets

While our morning consisting of a drizzly visit to Granville Island, our afternoon was all about enjoying a little bit of sunshine and soaking in the sights of spring scattered about our yard…

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Cook Street Playground

This morning Miss G and I walked over to Cook Street where we met up with my good friend Laura, her adorable little lady, Avey, and their teeny tiny dog, Cocoa.  Before walking along Dallas Road, we started off our visit at the newly updated Cook Street Playground, which is honestly one of the best playgrounds we’ve been to.  It was such a huge hit with Gracen that we stayed longer than planned the first time around, then went back after nap time and spent another couple of hours there.  

IMG 7016IMG 6958IMG 6956IMG 6977IMG 6972IMG 6954IMG 6982IMG 6979The park boasts several different play structures, a rope climbing apparatus, a couple of different swing sets, a giant slide, and an open-mouthed dinosaur-esque creature which is perfect for climbing on.

IMG 6963But the one thing all of the kiddos were after?  This green chair swing.  Grae seriously stood next to it for over 15 minutes patiently waiting for her first turn.  Luckily when we came back later, the park was less busy and Miss G got several turns in.

IMG 6997IMG 7000The other amazing thing about this playground is it’s huge zip line.  Grae was all for testing it out at first, became a little anxious when she got to the front of the line, and then loved it once she gave it a shot.  She enjoyed the ride several times, and Papa may have snuck in a turn too. ☺

IMG 7009IMG 6980Of course there are features to please the love-to-spin crowd too (barf – how do kids do it?) Plus there are bathrooms nearby, park benches to relax on, picnic tables to eat at, a water fountain, and an adult fitness circuit too. 

This playground is such a great find and a must-visit if you’re in Victoria with little ones… Not to mention that it’s conveniently tucked between the Cook Street Village (coffee!) and the beautiful seaside walking path along Dallas Road.  I’m just sad that it’s not in Vancouver!

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Beacon Hill Park Playground

We are so, so lucky to have such a great place to stay while here in Victoria.  Brad’s cousin, “Auntie ‘Cole”, generously offered to let us stay in her apartment while she was out of town (thanks Nicole!) and the location couldn’t be more perfect.  We’re directly across from Beacon Hill Park, which is amazing in itself, and we’re also an easy walk to downtown.  Since we arrived a couple of days ago, we’ve barely used our vehicle at all.

One of Grae’s favourites, and a spot we’ve visited multiple times already, is the playground in Beacon Hill Park. As I’ve mentioned before, Gracen and I love checking out new parks and playgrounds, and this one definitely gets the ‘Gracen seal of approval’.  

IMG 6904IMG 6934IMG 6896IMG 6932IMG 6935The slides, climbing structures, and bouncing bridge are all favourites, as is the red car/truck/fire engine and the usual swings.  

IMG 6904But what really makes this park a hit for Miss G is its two big, blue “microphones”.  Our little lady’s become quite the singer recently and can most often be found belting out Adele, Alicia Keys, Fun, and Taylor Swift songs into a makeshift microphone of some sort.  Make it GIANT and echoey, and it’s even better.

IMG 6931IMG 6924The other lovely thing about this playground is because it’s located within Beacon Hill Park, there’s tons of cool stuff around it too… flowers to smell, ducks to watch, and trees to climb all included.  ☺

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