June 12 – 24, 2018

I complained to Yen that monthly photos is just too much to handle, so here’s another batch already! Of course it’s still going to be full of photos of us hiking.

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Hm. I’m not as good at photography as Yen.

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We usually make it halfway around this particular loop before Linus starts lobbying to be carried. I can keep him at bay only so long.

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It’s a pretty good workout, as I’m scared out of my mind that I’ll stumble and drop him in the water.

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These crazy kids! I don’t even remember where this cardboard tube came from originally, but they’ve found a thousand uses for it.

Our big field trip for June was a weekend visiting Yen’s friend in Montreal. She’s got a hammock on the back deck, and the kids were smitten. I can’t believe they haven’t asked for one at home. Yet.

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Just how many Trans can you fit in one hammock?

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It was incredibly hot even though it’s so far north. That didn’t stop the kids from demanding a visit to the park down the street.

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These shorts just kill me.

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Mina is revealing herself as a true monkey a little more each day. One with no fear of heights. Look at that determination!

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I kept warning the kids not to bounce on the bed because it isn’t ours – they shouldn’t destroy other people’s furniture! Now with this video I can see why they were ignoring me: Yen was encouraging it!

We didn’t spend a lot of time playing tourists in Montreal, as everyone was having so much fun just visiting. We did make it to the botanical garden, though.

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Here we are! The lovely woman in the middle was Yen’s high school English teacher in Vietnam. They found each other on Facebook a couple of years ago, and we’re all so happy they did. The kids simply adore her and her husband. Linus told me, “When I’m a big man and don’t have to live with you anymore, I’m going to go to Can-ah-dah and live here.” They’ve forgotten all about the seven-hour drive home and keep asking to go back.

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Did you know botanical gardens have playgrounds? Of course they do!

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The botanical garden in Montreal has a pretty substantial bonsai collection.

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Azaleal bonsai! Who knew?! It’s incredibly lovely.

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This was my favorite: bonsai forest!

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Snacking next to a peace gardne.

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Did I mention it was brutally hot? I thought I was going to melt, but the kids were nice and cool despite long sleeves. Later (not pictured), though, they stripped down to play in a water fountain.

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Relaxing in the shade under an awning. This is right before the shirts came off.

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The very best way to cool down, though, is with ice cream! We randomly chose a place based on its location across the street from where we had an outstanding dinner (sort of an upscale seven-course beef!). It was a terrific choice! I’m not usually a fan of soft serve, but it tasted like frozen whipped cream! Linus obviously approved.

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We had almost no cash, so we got them a teeny cone. But of course their new “auntie” thought they needed more and bought them each a cone dipped in chocolate.

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I wonder how many people stopped for a cone of their own after watching this show the kids put on out front?

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We decided to walk up St Catherine St a little while. It wasn’t full of its usual evening population, but was instead hosting a music festival. We ended up in this mall, which has a giant fountain at the bottom.

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We pulled up seats for the kids and let them watch for a while.

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Back at home the next day, we relaxed. And were affectionate with each other.

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And immediately went hiking.

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What, haven’t you ever seen a cat eat dinner?

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The next weekend we headed out to Shrewsbury for a birthday party. Linus got a face tattoo painting.

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Here’s the birthday boy, watching as Linus demonstrates the gift we got him. It was a big hit!

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Mina decided she wanted her face painted too. “Flower yellow, please,” she said.

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And I figured, “What the heck?”

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Here I am, covered in kids!

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Back at home, Mina sang some songs.

And the next day, it was her turn for a haircut!

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