Sierra’s 38th month

Sierra is quite excited for the baby to arrive.  She is also very inclusive of the family as she frequently says things like “We are taking a ride…Maman, Dad, Sierra and the baby in the belly of Maman!”

After Mom and Dad visited at the end of June I realized that Sierra can understand English perfectly but I haven’t really been forcing her to speak it.  It’s time to change that up seeing that it’s getting harder for English folk to understand what Sierra is babbling on about.  The past month has been home to me always saying “Now…how do you say that in English?”  She sits for a second and then says the entire sentence again in French other than the final word!”  It’s a start!

Vero brought Sierra to the dentist and they said that she can’t swallow the new toothpaste that they gave her.  So the past month has been introducing Sierra to the concept of spitting into the sink.  She finds taking a gulp of water and spitting into the sink to be a hilarious experience!  I’m still not sure if she isn’t swallowing the toothpaste but I haven’t seen a tummy ache yet.

July has been home to some killer weather here so we are happy we purchased air conditioning!  I believe Vero would have sweated herself away if it wasn’t for the air conditioning.  Sierra has woken up a few times in the past month because she is cold so I had to teach her to PULL THE SHEET AND BLANKET UP TO STAY WARM!  We just decided to set her room at 75 degrees which seems fine with her.  It’s not like she’s waking up in sweat.

Dad and Sierra watching Dora the Explorer.  Sierra LOVES this show…we can’t seem to ween her off of it!

Mom teaching Sierra how to wax on and wax off.  I have to say that this Karate Kid book is quite good.  Although I was cringing when I came to the part where Cobra Kai are about to kick Daniel’s ass…that’s a little scary.  I think Sierra said something like “Daniel bobo?”  “Yep…Daniel’s going to get some bobos soon kid!”

This is a neat snack idea that Mom and Dad picked up during their trip through the United States of America.  It’s a cob that you put in the microwave which produces popcorn!

Now that Mom is back in town, it’s time to fix up Sierra’s new bedroom!  Here we are figuring out how a decal works.

It went up pretty good with the help of a level and Mom.

It was surprisingly easy to find Dora stickers on Amazon.  I would have thought there isn’t anything left in that department since the show is so old.

Here’s Sierra seeing her stickers for the first time.  She was quite excited.

On June 29, 2019, Dad has a poutine for the first time.  I still have a hard time believing he didn’t have a bite before.  I don’t think he will have another one.  But the trip to St-Albert was fun.

The family inspecting how curds are made.

The patio is getting finished slowly but surely!  We didn’t care for the look of lattice where we could avoid it so we decided to put deck boards here.  This provides an advantage over the lattice….the upper deck seems to heave and we had that issue with the past deck and every time it would come back down in the spring the lattice wouldn’t be aligned.  This way we are hoping to avoid that issue.

Someone brought a bouncy castle to Mike’s birthday BBQ!  It was pretty cool.  I’m always amazed at how Sierra has no fear on these things.

Hanging out near the campfire

Checking out the swing!

Happy Canada Day!  Considering there was nothing going on in Vars this year we decided to head to Russell where they had a parade.  Sierra enjoyed seeing the horses.

“This snow cone is making my brain freeze Dad!”

Russell had a really great setup for the Canada Day celebration.  Bouncy castles, BBQ and live entertainment!  Here we were taking a break from the sun and listening to some tunes.

It takes awhile for Sierra to warm up to the bouncy castles but when she gets in she doesn’t want to leave!

Sure this photo has Sierra in it but really all I wanted was a photo of this glorious beard!

Alan and Joelle invited us over for a Canada Day BBQ.  It took a LOT of coaxing to get Sierra into the pool.  She didn’t remember how much of a great time she had the year prior.  Here’s a great action shot of her finally taking the plunge!

Mike was dog sitting for a few days.

I’m not even sure which playground this is from!  Vero must have went around town with Sierra.

Spider-Man makes a rare appearance with her handy drill!

Rumour has it that Sierra was not too impressed with the splash pad with Jenna and Jan.

I’m coming across a bunch of pictures that I haven’t seen before and I am now remembering that Vero stopped working at the beginning of July and decided to take Sierra out of daycare for that week.  Here she is having some fun next to the pool.

Sierra looks so tall next to this giant toothbrush!  Supposedly the first visit to the dentist went ok.  I don’t think she held her mouth open long.


Petrie Island was calling our name!  Vero had a great idea to head to the beach.  It was quite hot for the past few weeks.  Sierra was quite excited to play with her new sand bucket.    

This photo, along with some back pain after throwing Sierra up and down in the air a dozen times is what prompted me to start getting into some strength training shortly after this!  We’ll see how long that lasts!

It took awhile for Sierra to get used to the waves but she needed water for her sand castle so she asked me to come along for the walk.

The morning at Petrie Island was a success other than a sunburn in the middle of our backs where we missed the suntan lotion!  Also, I love how the apple shows up in this picture because Sierra passed it over to me afterwards wanting me to eat it but it was full of sand.  Not a fun experience but you can’t say no!

Water gun fun!

We haven’t gone out for a bike ride yet this month so we decided to go out on one of the hottest days! 

We are pretty impressed that Sierra somehow learned how to swing by herself.  There’s some eight year olds out there in the world that haven’t even learned this skill yet!

What better place to do artwork at daycare than outside in the sand area?


I feel this scene is out of a mobster movie.  “Let me show you my collection.”

We sent a bunch of photos to Nanny and Sierra personalized each one.  Here’s a sample.

We had the neighbours over for a bbq and the swing set was a hit for all ages!

A giant t-boomer of a storm rolled in and all our guests left around 8pm.  Sierra and I sat on the front porch watching it all come down.

Sierra finally got her new tricycle!  By new, I mean one that has been handed down the generations.  This was Vero’s tricycle back in Hearst!

We went to the Limoges water park one morning.  I have to admit that I had visions of it being as warm as it was the week before but it wasn’t really.  The water was really cold as well!  So…we played a game of avoiding the water.

I’m not sure if I made a posting about this already but if not, here it is!  Vero went out to see Backstreet Boys at Bluesfest.  I was quite surprised to find out that it was the largest crowd of the festival…I guess people really love the Backstreet Boys!

Mike and Melanie picked up this for Sierra’s birthday.  Yoda lives!

It was pretty neat to see an artist at work.

A few weeks later he is still at it!

So the ongoing joke at work is that I was receiving a certificate for 15 years of service and that I wanted the name Guy Terrifico to appear on it.  After months of waiting, I never saw it.  Not a big deal, it’s just a piece of paper.  But my bud Matt made me a certificate signed by the Prime Minister himself (that’s the PM passing me the certificate in the photo above!).

This is my view from my daily walk.  Beautiful!

Enjoying a smoked meat sandwich.  That’s a new choice from P’tit Epicerie!

What kid doesn’t love trying to go up a slide this way?

Sierra and I were lucky to be invited over to Max’s house for some pizza supper on a Friday night.  We even got strawberries and whipped cream!

Another visit to Petrie Island!  We found a spot under a tree so we could get some shade. 

While watching another t-boomer on the front porch, I taught Sierra how to take a selfie.  There are a hundred pictures like this.

Hey, she managed to frame her face pretty well in this shot!

I didn’t realize we had a vampire in the house!

Sierra showing Oncle Claude and Aunt Mary how to take a selfie.

Etienne’s 40th birthday party after work!  It was hooooottttttt out.

I went up to the ninth floor to take a shot of the Cirque du Soleil setting up shop across the road.

When it’s a sweltering day and you get home, what better way to cool down than with the sprinkler?!  

Seriously, we need to get her eating different coloured popsicles!  She looks like Gene Simmons!

Rob and Jan invited us out to their campsite at Cedar Shades.  We went swimming in a quarry and had a good lunch.  It was a really neat spot for kids!




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