As always we bring in July with Canada Day celebrations in Steveston - the boys headed off to spend the day with their friends and Neil and I went to the Salmon Festival for lunch and then down to the Tall Ships Festival.
We had a short weekend visit with my sisters and the boys' cousins (just missing Emma this year) up in Kelowna. Dock dives, playing cards, boating, paddle boarding, swimming, hot tubbing and just hanging out with each other.
Along with working at London Drugs this summer, Adam worked up the Pemberton Music Festival with a group of his friends. They originally signed up to volunteer but got bumped up to paid employment. A great way to get a pass, a site and your food paid for along with a paycheque! He had a great time and is already talking about doing it again next year.
Colin took almost three weeks of Pre-Calculus 12 in summer school before he withdrew. He has also been juggling his two jobs at Takeya and Ichiro and has settled into a calmer summer routine now without all the homework and studying - swimming, biking, hanging out with friends and reading. I often come downstairs in the morning to find creations from his practicing his knife skills such as this mango cube.
Neil took his dad down to Reno for a short trip as per summer tradition and then at the end of the month did a four day bike trip to and from Seattle. Yes, everyone asks - he likes doing this by himself.
And yes, we have all downloaded Pokemon Go. Our boys used to have DSes when they were younger and the hockey crowd got them into Pokemon so for them, it's bringing back lots of childhood memories. The technology is amazing to me and I just have it on when I go out for walks and I happen across Pokemon and then I catch them. I like how local landmarks are all included on the map and you can click on them for more info. That's all, it's fun, no battles for me. I like how it is getting so many families and young people outside and in their community. From what I have seen, it is actually very social and in my mind, better than staying at home on the couch and playing video games or watching Netflix. And way better than many of the other things young people might be doing in their evenings.
One of the highlights of July for me was heading to the Orpheum to watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, accompanied by the VSO. We all loved it and are looking forward to the next one. And then the release of the new Harry Potter book was a great way to end the month!
While everyone else has been off summering, I have been sticking pretty close to home, reading, writing, lots of time in front of the computer - studenting, yes, again. The story that never ends.
I am thankful for Neil and the boys and their tireless support. I am thankful for where we live and the walks I can take to escape or think. I am thankful for a backyard respite and for time. And diet coke.