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June 15, 2014

Buskerfest

The following weekend I celebrated Caitlin’s birthday with Bethany and Tiffany. Caitlin had the great idea of going to the Dundas Buskerfest on the Friday night. After a dinner of fries and chicken nuggets and watching How to Tame a Dragon (awesome movie!), we headed out to see what the festival had to offer. There were some great entertainers! The first show we saw was The Real McCoy: a comedic juggling and balancing act; the next show we saw was called Acrobuffos and was an all too humorous mime act that created a dramatic water balloon gladiator fight between two volunteers from the crowd. Next we saw a fire act and storytelling show called In Spiritus done by a group of young international circus and dance performers. The final act that we saw of the night was a group of improve rappers, The Flow Bros, who made up their raps on the spot based on audience suggestions. All in all it was a memorable evening! Credit goes to Tiffany Kleinsteuber for the wonderful photos!

Brent McCoy In Spiritus

 

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June 15, 2014

Achtentachtig

On the weekend of the 31st we had a wonderful family gathering to celebrate my Grandma and Grandpa’s birthdays. Grandpa turned eighty-eight (achtentachtig, the most phlegmy word in the dutch dictionary), and Grandma turned eighty-two (though she will tell you that she is twenty-eight). All of Grandpa and Grandma’s kids came, my Mom and her four siblings. There was also a good gathering of grandkids because my sisters and I came as did many of the kids of Dick and Marie-Ann with their kids. I counted five children, seven grandchildren (ten if you include the in-laws), and twelve great-grandchildren! And this isn’t even all of them!  We enjoyed a simple dinner together of burgers and hotdogs and a potluck of salads. The adults socialized in the community lounge while the toddlers were passed from lap to lap and the kids played outside. I joined Rianne and Jayna for a while to draw chalk and blow bubbles. It is crazy to think that my grandparents are over three times my age… for some reason I can’t imagine living my life two more times over. What’s hard to believe is that all of the technologies that we are familiar with today were invented in their lifetime. I consider myself blessed to be able to get to know my grandparents and hear even just a few of their stories.

Grandma and Emma Lee

 

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