Happy Birthday to
Today I rather deservedly stayed in bed until gone 10:00; it’s my birthday!
Abbie rushed out of bed and showered before me, which was unusual. I jumped in straight after her and didn’t take long but by the time I was out she’d disappeared. Once dressed I followed her downstairs, and was greeted by a bowl of cheerios and a cup of coffee, next to each other on the counter with a balloon either side. Even on a budget she never fails to put a smile on my face. I had birthday cards too, and loads of birthday messages from friends and family. Thank you all so much!
Marion had arranged a day at the lake for us without letting me know. Neil and the family have a caravan on site but it’s far from your typical holiday home back in the UK. On the lake there’s a mini pier, a diving board, a water slide, a few canoes, basketball hoops, play parks and a field area which was typically used for baseball. As soon as we arrived I had only two things on my mind – make the most of the water and try to combat the dreaded t-shirt tan. I think I was pretty successful in both of those things too.
As I am a whole twenty four years old now I thought I’d try a few new things. Firstly, I jumped off of the top of the slide into the water. The fact that I was accompanied by a seven year old Olivia who said to me beforehand “if I can do it you must be able to” is irrelevant. I’m brave now. Then I tried mustard on my hot dog and quite enjoyed it! I still don’t like ketchup though. Lastly, I tried and failed at playing baseball. When pitching I couldn’t throw the ball straight so frustrated the kids, and when batting I hit the ball once in ten and even then it didn’t go anywhere. I think from now on I’ll stick to my only talent when it comes to sport. Watching. Oh I tried diving off of the diving board too and failed, obviously.
The one thing that went pretty well was the canoeing. At first Abbie done this thing where she pretended that she’s rubbish, and made me do all of the work. Then she was super hilarious by rocking the boat and scaring me. Good one. After that she told me to stop doing anything and took us back to shore in expert fashion, whilst explaining that she done a lot of canoeing as a kid and was pretty good at it. Here’s a picture of me being my typical immature self and celebrating that we’re out on the water, and another of Abbie when she was letting me do the grafting:
We had hotdogs and burgers for lunch, then chicken and steak for supper. Abbie prepared birthday cake for me with the kids, and by prepared, I mean she stuck M&Ms on top in the shape of my name. How adorable.
All in all I had an absolutely amazing day! I still cant quite believe that I am on the other side of the world, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I feel like I am just on a long holiday. We’ve done really well by starting our trip in Canada because there’s no culture shock or language barrier. If anything, people out here are nicer than they are back home.
We are back at Marion’s now and everybody is absolutely shattered. I have no idea what we’re going to be doing tomorrow but I suspect that we wont be getting out of bed particularly early to say the least!
Final thought of the day goes out to you Miss Swift, so I hope you’re reading! My hair isn’t long enough to get the perfect mermaid photo for you yet, but I definitely haven’t forgotten about it. Oh, and for those of you who don’t know about the mermaid photo request, don’t worry. When it’s here, you’ll sure know about it!
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