Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Canada Day and Ductivities

I know I'm late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Last year we were in Medicine Hat watching the fireworks, and then followed that up with a trip the US for July 4th.  Both were fairly anticlimatical.  In the US, we searched for some celebration, any celebration, and found now even though we were in a state capital.  We were expecting something from the movies -- BBQs and fried chicken, picnics in the parks, followed by fireworks.  Maybe they celebrate privately with their families.  I must say that once the fireworks started it was pretty impressive though. 
This year, in our own city, we knew where to look for activities and had better luck.   We ended up in a nearby town and and took in their Street Performer's Festival and grand opening of a new park. 
We did see a few performances, but the highlight for us was the little tent of "Ductivities".  Crafts made of Duct Tape.  We would make something, wander off and return again to try something else. 
We made a wallet for plastic cards,

a cameral case for Laura,

a wallet with billfold and credit card slots,

and bracelets. 

Beth has a new iPod case too, with a hole for her earbuds to come out.  On the way home we then followed up with a trip to the store to search for a few rolls to play with at home.  I had no idea Duct Tape came in all sorts of patterns, and it really has a nice feel to it. 

Beth figured out how to insert a zipper for a change pocket on her wallet.

 And she made a book cover as well. 

I'm not sure how that celebrates Canada, but it was lots of fun. 

We finished the night with fireworks that were pretty amazing.  The kids haven't seen them often and so are easily impressed, but I think most people enjoy them.  The atmosphere was very "Yay, Canada!" and a nice way to end the day.

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