Last weekend was really busy but really lovely. Saturday morning Z and I drove to Orangeville to meet up with Melissa and her son Richard for a brunch. It was lovely to get together and Z was quite enamored with “Baby Richard” We headed home for nap time (which was an epic fail) and then got ready for a special girl’s 2nd birthday. The party was a success…all the kids got along and really enjoyed the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes
We tried very hard to stage a pic of our girls, but this was the best we could come up with….could barely get them to sit still for a second. Too many toys to play with and stairs to climb!
We headed out from the party to hit up the Santa Claus parade not really paying attention to time. Everyone was SO excited but we clearly need to be more punctual next year as we showed up for three floats then Santa. The girls LOVED it anyway but it would have been nice to see more. Kevin came down to join us, lost our crew in the crowd, and when Garret went to look for him that was when Santa came by.
Thankfully Uncle Regan had free hands so he lifted Zo up to see Santa and his reindeer. She was completely enthralled and hasn’t stopped talking about Santa since. She does a hearty “Ho ho Ho” when asked what the big man says. Too cute. Last year we only made the first 10 minute of the parade as it was freezing so we headed home, this year we caught the tail end. I have high hopes for us to see the middle in 2016
As we were walking back to the house, the girls spotted a Christmas display on the neighbour’s lawn.
We have since gone back every night to say good night to the snowman. Much to Z’s delight, on Monday they added two penguins to their line up…(according to her a mummy one and a wheezy one) So we get bundled up each night, she puts on her backpack (not sure why) then makes me carry her down the street to stare at these lights. This is really encouraging me to get my life together and get our house decorated this weekend. Someone remind me in the New Year to look for a sale on those light up outdoor ornaments for next year!
Halloween was on a Saturday this year which was fun. It coincided with Daylight Savings and Garret and I had a good laugh attempting to recall the days where an extra hour at the bar would have been so appealing to us. Needless to say, this Saturday Halloween was much tamer than years ago.
Garret worked on the house during the day, and I took Z to the nursing home to visit her GG and practice some trick or treating. She was very popular at the nursing home and everyone loved her costume. I couldn’t get her to keep her hood up though…the best part of the whole outfit.
I brought in some candies for Nanny to give to Zo…it worked well, and they shared some goldfish and smarties together after the mini Trick or Treat.
After the visit we went home, picked up G and headed to the Elyea’s for dinner. Had some phenomenal chili, and then just as we went to head outside it started to rain. Definitely thankful I picked a costume based on how warm it looked. I thought that we would only make it to a few homes, but once she realized that people were giving her candy…she was all over it. This is the first year that I am finding traditions like this to be so much fun with a little one. Two year olds finally start to get it..and it is such a delight to watch. She went up to the first few houses and said “Happy Birthday” then “oooh you’re welcome” once prompted to say thank you for the candy. She caught on to the right phrase and then milked it for all it was worth.
We rallied against the rain and stayed out until about 830, home to put our sugar buzzed ladybug into bed. We robbed her loot bag for our fave chocolates then crashed shortly after…such party animals we have become. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween.
Two years ago you came into the world upside down, and turned our lives the same way. Never could I have known what joy you would bring to our lives. This past year you have become a wonder to behold….you love making us laugh, you shout I LOVE YOU and are fast to hand out the most lovely hugs and kisses. Your fashion sense is unparalleled, and you are definitely cooler than your Mama. I can’t even put into words what you mean to me little girl. If I could go back and make you from scratch, I wouldn’t change a thing. Like Mary Poppins, you are practically perfect in every way.
Love always my girl,
Mama (who just has a little something in her eye right now)
The story of this Friday morning was waking up mad early as per usual (thanks kid) Packed up, wished Ashley a happy birthday and headed home…stopping at Timmies because come on people look at my face below. Coffee need is obvious.
We dropped Z off at daycare and did our daily selfie. Drop off was so hard. I can see why it is the least favourite part of Garret’s day. The girls at the daycare are so great and at least I know they take good care of my little ham.
Hustled back to the house, got prepared for our trip south of the border. This included turning the back of our mini van into a camper. What to do when you are trying to travel on a budget? Sleep in your vehicle like a hippie! One of the things I am thankful for in my marriage is that we always can laugh as we try to problem solve. Below I am modelling all our couch cushions covered in quilts. Sweet overnight accommodations.
We head to the border. Garret is driving, he always drives. Coffee stop, and we are off, traffic is smooth until we get to Lewiston crossing where we wait in line and people watch for a good 35 mins. Arrival at Darien Lake. The trek down took us a bit longer than we thought as we had to make a few stops on the way….finding US cash, hitting a bathroom, and lunch. We were surprised to find that the park was smaller than Wonderland (we expected epic theme park scale) We went to the water park and had an absolute blast. The story of today is to remember that we need to take time just the two of us. It was really nice to relax and giggle and be together. Hand holding on waterslides for the win
Got back to the van to change out of bathing suits and had a brief power down then ventured back into the park to grab a bite to eat before the concert.
Home run for this hunk in the batting cages We stopped for a beer and then really enjoyed the scenery walking over to the concert venue.
We were both surprised by the size of “tall boys” in the States. Everything IS bigger down here. Also noticed all the smokers….things you don’t see in Ontario as much these days since you can’t smoke anywhere. We sang, danced, jived and had an all around amazing time. Very good call on a birthday present Garret! Darius Rucker put on a phenomenal show, Garret drank a few of those tall boys so I drove us off site to find somewhere to sleep.
Checking out the scenery while G pumps gas. We found an EconoLodge on the way out of town so we pulled into the parking lot, parked towards the back and crawled into the back. Taking a selfie under the covers. We really are cool aren’t we?