Sorry to have missed you Eric but I am positive we will find a way to get together soon to catch up. (Eric lived 3 houses down from where I grew up in Torbrook Mines and other then good old facebook we haven't seen eachother since grade 6!)
Off we continued to Wasaga Beach to visit my dad. Dad has been in Ontario for many years but in December he moved from Peterborough to Wasaga Beach.
|My Dad and step mom Bev|
|Dad and Aayla wading in|
|Chloe, Aayla, MaKayla and Sierra having fun at the beach|
|Sierra, Chloe and MaKayla surfing while Ian and Rob keep a look out...|
either on the kids or at girls going by ;) who knows
|Aayla wanting to try out her surf board like the big girls|
|MaKayla and Aayla...they were instantly the best of friends|
We spent a couple of days here catching up and spending time at the beach. We will use Wasaga Beach as our homebase and will come and go from here to visit other family, friends and look for land near the Muskoka's while we are in Ontario.
This past week we have traveled to Barrie to visit Ian's brother Mark for the night.
|Sierra trying to rollerskate with a little help from Daddy and Uncle Mark|
Mark and Corey have some vacation time this week (and also they are kidless this week) so the next day they came to visit us at Wasaga Beach along with Ed and Heather (Ed was the master of ceremonies at our wedding and Ian is good friends with Heather from highschool) and we had a great day together at the beach.
|Aayla making a sandcastle in Auntie Corey's hand :)|
|Aayla's the queen of her castle|
|Sierra having a blast on the turtle with daddy while Uncle Mark chases her|
|I am so impressed with how well Aayla is now doing in the water|
|Daddy and Sierra relaxing and watching Aayla swim|
|Whoooooaaaaaa! Surfing Aayla|
|Sierra and Ed hanging out on Mr Turtle|
|Ed taking Mattea and Sierra for a ride on Mr Turtle|
|Heather and Nella|
|We are still trying to figure out who had more fun out there...the girls or Ed|
|Aayla is worn out from a long day at the beach|
|Uncle Mark is burying Sierra|
|Mark made up for it...he pulled Sierra around the beach spelling her name |
and then of course Aayla needed a turn too!
|Look mom we spelled my name|
We also spent time this week looking at some acerage. There was one I liked with a river but we walked the wrong way because we came to an abandoned house that wasn't on the property listing so the realator will look into it further and we will so see it again.
We saw a couple other ones we liked as well. One with a seasonal pond and rock outcrops, but not really any area to make into a pasture or hay field easily.
|This grassy area is a big pond in the spring |
but gradually dries up over the summer
|Sierra the explorer trecking through the ferns|
|Aayla rock climbing|
|Indian Smoke Pipes|
|A tiny little tree frog|
When we got back to dad's after seeing the properties I quickly put Aayla to work stacking wood...she might as well get used to it :)
Tomorrow we head to Orangeville for a few days to see Ed and Heather and then we are off to London to go camping with them for the long weekend. Hopefully we will get to see Jay and Liz tomorrow too. Next week after camping we will be back in Wasaga Beach for another little visit.
Ian and I have basically decided that we probably won't buy land here right now even if we see the perfect lot as it would be a shame to buy it then have to leave and not come back for a year. Instead we are getting a feel for areas we like and will go back and look at land in BC again aswell while we pack up and sell off the house this winter before making any final decsions as to where we want to build our earthship.
We probably won't have internet while camping so I might not be back for a week...until then safe travels, happy journeys to you all.
Warm welcome wishes to Ira and Vicky. Thank you for joining us on our journey. If you have a link back to a blog of your own, let me know as I'd love to go check yours out too.