School.

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For some reason summer is flying by. And I am not okay with it! I honestly have no desire to go back to school. I’m excited about the learning and maybe creating some sort of a social life, but I am quite content with summer. Being home is just so much more fulfilling than being alone in a strange city. As for the education part of school, I have officially declared my major, which is exciting, but picking classes is not. I really want to just to group all of my classes into first semester so I can have a half a year break… But that is not really an option. It sucks. But I would probably die.

Middle School Monkey

My not so little, little sister is officially heading to middle school come September. Needless to say, I am not ready for this. She is my little Monkey and her growing up was not really in my plans. She is supposed to stay cute and little forever. But much to my dismay she is growing up.

It sucks. But in a way it is pretty neat. She is so smart, and clever, but at the same time still naive. A few weeks ago we were talking about what she had just learned in health class (In grade 5 they learn about the anatomy of both males and females.). Since we are the older sisters, it is our job to make sure she is comfortable and that she understand that it is okay to talk about all this stuff. Somehow we got to talking about male anatomy and she was curious about ‘tentacles’… I probably laughed for 10 minutes because she had no clue that she had the wrong word. It’s moments like these that I don’t want to correct her, but at the same time it is important for her to know that they are testicles and not ‘tentacles’. haha.

Goodness I love her. Anyway back to the point of this post, here are some pictures of her little graduation!

Dairy Queen Who? Dairy Cream is Where it’s at!

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There is this little ice cream shop just outside of Toronto that has the best soft serve ice cream ever. They also sell funnel cake, which basically means it gets my vote for the best place on earth. I was there a few weeks ago with my sisters and we were able to enjoy this piece of art. Let’s just say, between the four of us it did not last very long. In order to even snap this picture I had to shoo hands coming from every direction.

Stingrays, Sunburns, and St. Petersburg

The last day of vacation we spent at the beach, which was super lovely, but also probably the worst idea ever when most of your family burns…and when I say burn, I mean 3rd degree burns if we aren’t very careful…and it was also the day before we had to get in the car for 24 hours to drive home… Like I said, WORST IDEA EVER! 

Even though the day ended in 4 terrible sunburns (thankfully I was not one of them!) It was still a great day, to end an amazing family trip. St. Petersburg was so beautiful, and it was such a neat experience to stand on the pier and see stingrays swimming below. Here are some photos from the last day of our adventure in Florida.

 

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^All day we had been spraying her with sunscreen, and she kept emphasizing how tanned she was…Turned out that she wasn’t tanned at all, and when we finally convinced her to change in to her pyjama’s she walks in from the bathroom sobbing. She was so burnt. Poor girl. Thank goodness for advil and aloe!

How to Prevent a Late Night Meltdown at Magic Kingdom

By 9 o’clock at night after a long day at Disney World Rachel was getting tired. We had decided to see the earlier of the two parades, but were completely unaware that you have to show up super early if you actually want to be able to see the parade.  So these pictures show a sequence that could have quite easily ended in a complete meltdown by my no-so-little tiny human…

 

Picture 1: Rachel happily watching the parade while standing on a bench.Image

Picture 2: Rachel trying her best to be mature and not cry after being told she can no longer stand on the bench.Image

Picture 3: But after a long day at Disney she was tired, and holding back the tears just wasn’t going to work. (I probably should not have taken a picture of her crying face, but I think it is so darn cute!)Image

Picture 4: I really, really hate to see my Monk cry and before the tears began to fall I offered her a shoulder ride. (****So I look horrible in this picture****)

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Picture 5: Then she happily watched the rest of the parade from my shoulders…It was a really long parade…Image

Sharks, Sandals, and St. Augustine

Recently I took a road trip to St. Augustine with my family and I have to say it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The beach, the history, and the little shops were amazing. After a long car ride it was the perfect way to spend our day. 

Our first stop after we got off the highway was the beach. We all changed out of our sweats and went for a stroll. It was very humid, but very nice after the winter..err..spring we have had. None of us were in our swimsuits, so originally we were only going to go into the water until it hit our ankles…but we were quickly in to our knees. While jumping the waves we spotted a pointy fin under the pier. Naturally I went running out of the ocean as fast as I can… I honestly thought it was only something that happened in movies, but apparently not. According to the ‘shark patrol’ it was just a baby and would not hurt us… Sorry, but that was not very reassuring to this girl and I only got my feet wet after that.Image

Speaking of feet, these shoes are super cute right?! Well, I think so and I decided that it would be fun if my little sister had a pair as well …Unfortunately, that little tiny human decided to jump waves in her’s and lost one in the ocean. Yep, the brand new shoes that I just bought her were now gone… Still taking deep breaths… But how can you stay mad at this tiny human? …even in her flip-flops.Image

 

Below are some of the other cool images I captured while exploring the city.

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^^^This poster was on the front of a little gift shop. Rachel wanted to go in there so badly without us so she could get a free puppy…

 

 

 

 

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^^^I love everything about the city. 

 

Image                                                   ^^^`The home of the ‘baby shark’. I kept my distance…

 

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^^^^I am not sure why, but I love taking photos of signs.