Thursday, 30 June 2011

Lake Sikome

On Wednesday, we met up with my friend D (not sure if she wants her name on da blog) and her two little girls C and K.  They are such sweet little girls and Finley adores them both.  Penelope will too once she is old enough to adore other kids.  It was stunning weather here in Calgary so we hit up Lake Sikome which is in Fish Creek Provincial Park.  It’s about a 12 minute drive from my house!
 After unloading our wagons, we sat down for a yummy lunch of sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, + crackers.  It was the first time Penelope had peanut butter and her own sandwich other than grilled cheese.  She LOVED it.  It’s not surprising since both her sister and I are peanut butter freaks.
 The girls played in the sand for a bit before we hit up the water.  It was cold at first but soon became very pleasant.  Penelope LOVED the water and the sand.  Finley also enjoyed the water but did not enjoy when her feet + hands got sand on them when she ran out of the water onto the sand.  She is so ocd about the sand that she made C wash her hands before she would hold them because she didn’t want sand on her.  Such a funny kid.
 Penelope refused to keep her hat on of course.  Finley impressively kept her hat on until she dropped it in the water and it was too wet but she had dropped it 3x before and since it wasn’t too too wet she wore it.  I was uber surprised with this!
I remember coming to Sikome Lake as a kid with my Aunty Patsy.  I remember very vividly coming to Fish Creek for a picnic and wanting to go swimming at the lake.  It had been closed that summer because of some bacteria or something in the water.  I had a temper tantrum and spent a lot of time pouting in the car.  I know that those who know me are really surprised by this (sarcasm people).  It seems smaller than I remember or maybe it’s just because I am bigger?  Not sure!
 I thought that the cold water might bother Penelope but not a tear was cried. She splashed, moved around, played with sand, ate some sand – got splashed by other kids and loved every minute of it.  So different from her big sister!  Finley and her pal C are 1 day apart.  Isn’t that crazy?  They get along super well + seem to communicate without problems as well. 
We all had a great time at the lake.  The weather was great – beautiful while in the water but man did it feel stifling hot while on the sand.  The sand was so hot that it burned your feet when you walked.  It was also Finley’s first experience without a swim diaper which was a major success.  We were close to the washrooms – which she used once and was good to go the rest of the day.
The kids decided they were done and walked back to our blankets and immediately started undressing and once they were all changed + dry Finley + C hoped in their prospective wagons waiting for us to leave!  Silly kids.  We all hoped that the sun would cause all kids to have afternoon naps since I know both D + I needed them but unfortunately only Penelope followed through.  Although, it is 9am Thursday morning and Finley is still sleeping!
Can’t wait to go back next week!

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