Monday, May 19, 2014

Our Victoria Day Long Weekend Together & Two Barbecues!

A Beautiful Victoria Day Long Weekend For the Kids!
I wish that every weekend in the spring and summer months would be a long weekend!  That extra day really makes a difference in terms of planning family activities, enjoying the outdoors and nature, visiting with friends and relatives, and of course--getting a little ahead on housework.  I also feel that everyone's a lot better rested after the long weekend, and in a slightly sweeter mood.   

This Victoria Day long weekend the weather behaved for us--against all odds--and the rain was kept mostly at bay.  As a result, we enjoyed hours of outside time together as a family, including walking through nature trails, visiting playgrounds and parks, watching fireworks, and having a wonderful picnic by the creek.  The kids were also active trampolining, playing soccer, and riding bikes and scooters.  For fun and endurance, the kids and I practised running around the baseball diamond--and clocking our best times with a stopwatch.  I've recently taken up running, and the kids have also shown interest--and talent--in the activity!
Spring Flowers Spied in the Woods
We also enjoyed having two separate barbecues during the long weekend.  It's just lovely to sit outdoors as a family and have a meal together, after such a harsh winter!  Although spring has been late in coming in Toronto, our chives are abundant, the raspberry bushes have most of their leaves, the rhubarb is inching its way up in height, and all of the tulips are finally open.  As the kids play, I love measuring the progress of our little garden, listening to the jubilant chirps of the Robin Redbreasts, and feeling the slightly warmer weather against our skin.  It's so peaceful to have a barbecue out on the patio!
Can I Offer You a Swiss Burger?
For our BBQs, we had one night of fish and grilled veggies, and another night of hamburgers, grilled chicken and veggies for the kids. I made one Swiss Cheese burger, and soon all the kids wanted one! We tried the Dempster's Deluxe Hamburger buns with the burgers for the first time ever, and they went over well. The buns are quite generous, so half a bun were more than sufficient for the kids.
Look For Dempsters Deluxe Hamburger Buns
in the Bakery Section
As the weather continues to get warmer, I'm looking forward to more time outside together as a family. I can't wait until shorts, t-shirt or flip flop weather is everyday, and the carefree temperature overtakes us with fragrant flowers, warm nights, and the lake to cool us and relax us.
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What activities do you look forward to the most with the arrival of warmer weather (ie: swimming, BBQing, etc)?  Has the weather lived up to your expectations this year?

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a really fun weekend. And I will definitely take one of those Swiss burgers.

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  2. DOn't you wish every weekend was like this? Sounds like you all had a blast and I do hope you get to do it all over again soon!

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  3. I haven't seen Dempster's here in my area yet. I love swimming, I can't wait to open the pool!

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  4. First adorable kids and second sounds like a wonderful time. Them are the moments we should treasure always.

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  5. It looks like a lot of fun. I am glad the weather held out.

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  6. wow! Sounds like you guys had an amazing and wonderful long weekend. We ended our long weekend with a family BBQ and it was so nice. The weather behaved and the kids had so much fun outside.

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  7. Sounds like you had a great family weekend. I spent alot of time walking and visiting friends.

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  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful family weekend. It was very rainy in my neck of the woods but hopefully this weekend we'll get in some hiking and a barbecue. Have never tried the Dempsters buns but will look for them on my next trip to the store...the Swiss cheese burger looks yummy!

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  9. Looks like you guys had a great long weekend! Victoria Day long weekend is one of my favourite holidays. Spending time with friends and fam, going on hikes, BBQ season...what's not to love? That burger looks awfully tempting!!

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  10. We love heading to the cottage and this weekend was perfect weather for that! We enjoyed 2 BBqs as well.

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  11. Nothing like a long weekend spent with the fam ! We did a lot of burger eating , next time ill be sure to try those buns

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  12. The long weekend was lovely. Nothing like BBQ-ing, hiking and spending time outdoors. Oh and geocaching.

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  13. Spring Flowers / BBQ / Kids swinging this is my kins of weekend !

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  14. I most look forward to BBQs and drinks on the patio! Hamburgers are only eaten in the spring/summer months.

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  15. Those are such pretty little flowers, love the colour of them, and love a great burger, and spending time with family!!

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  16. I love to take the grandkids to our local park, they swing, they laugh, they have fun

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  17. Looks like lots of fun , the burgers looks delish ;) Treen Goodwin Rafflecopter name !

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