Well, we welcomed summer in fine form this past weekend in K-town.
Rainer grew up just outside of Kenora, in Keewatin. Let me translate that for anyone not from there: Rainer grew up in Kenora. (Seriously, everyone who lives there is so adamant that there is a huge difference in the 2, yet NOT ONE OF THEM can tell me where exactly Keewatin ends and Kenora begins. It's ridiculous already.)
Anyway, since July 1 fell mid-week this year, Kenora decided to postpone their celebrations until the weekend (BOOOOOOOOOO! Super lame, Kenora!!!) but Keewatin stepped up and saved the day by putting on a great celebration complete with an artisan market, live musical entertainment in the park all day, a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses, soap box derby, and a fun parade where the Circus Kids rode their unicycles and walked on stilts up and down all those hills. Amazing!! Tally liked the playground, petting zoo, and following the ponies around. We all liked the parade and the chip truck chips. I did my patriotic duty and refrained from rolling my eyes when people compared the day to Kenora's usual festivities to the new "small town" celebration. (It's all the same place, people. Seriously.)
We also played in the water a lot, and watched fire works from Grandma and Grandpa's deck. We ended up staying 2 extra days (1 day for fun, 1 day to avoid being on the highway in the middle of the tornado warning) and had a great visit. And whether you call it Kenora or Keewatin, it's a beautiful place.
Now we're back to real life, which is also awesome. Talia and I played in the pool for 2 hours this morning while Declan napped. Ah, summer. Hello, my old friend. So kind of you to reappear just in time for Talia's birthday bash this Saturday.