As summer is starting to round the corner (though to look at the sky you would never know it), I try to make a point of finding fun things for Abby and I to do when we have the chance. Now that I’m working at home, the summer poses a challenge for me to keep her entertained while still putting in the hours that need to be finished towards my career. Finding the balance between home and work is a hard undertaking, but it’s definitely worthwhile for everyone when I do. On the days where I’m overworked we can all feel the pressure, so I want to ensure that we get in some breaks and holidays this summer, as well as some fun day trips now and again.
Last weekend was the kind of weekend you kind of have to snatch up into your hands. It wasn’t sunny by any stretch of the imagination, but it was definitely not raining either. I knew that I wanted to take some time to take some photographs if I could. Together, Abby, Nathan and I went out in search of a computer component for Nathan’s old laptop, but after finding nothing we found ourselves heading for a little playtime at LaFarge Park in Coquitlam
I’ve got to be honest, as you know I often am, LaFarge Park isn’t my favourite place to go for photography. There’s just not a lot there that I find worth shooting. Still, the day was getting late and I was resigned to the fact that some family time was more important than hobby time was. With glee, Abby played with our new aerobie with Nathan. We found some baby ducklings that I took pictures of. Abby ran around on the playground with the other kids. Then we kind of realized that it was a bit more busy than a normal day at the park, and especially one that was only marginally nice out. That’s when we noticed the set up for the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
Most of the festivities were to occur the following Sunday, but we were in luck as we stumbled upon the site forty five minutes before Charlotte Diamond was to begin playing. Abby loves Charlotte Diamond’s classic children’s songs, and I remember her from my own childhood myself. I exchanged a look with Nathan and we planted ourselves in the second row for the concert. We even bought some mini donuts to enjoy while we watched the sound check.
Nathan and I only lasted so long listening to kid’s songs, but Abby was great about heading home in time for dinner. It was like all the things lined up just right for the three of us to experience a great day out at the park for the weekend.