Sunday, July 3, 2011

It twas a Happy Canada Day

We had great fun on Canada Day.

It was a quiet day for the most part as Denis and I have had a really busy week. My sister Kathryn was home and my brother was celebrating the start of his summer holidays. It was nice to sit around and just spend time together.

I tried to watch the celebrations from Ottawa and the Royal couple, but Kathryn wasn't pleased to not be watching Lawrence Welk and left the living room in protest. When I finally convinced her to return we found Denis had taken over her couch with a totally innocent look on his face daring us to protest (good thing he is still small as I just hauled him off the couch and got her settled). Denis is still very jealous of his Aunt and it didn't help that he was exhausted after our week, so he had little time for her and let her know he wasn't pleased to have her around, poor Kathryn.

Here's what Denis and I had been up to this week.

Monday we attended two parties. It was my work end of year party where we saw a 9 day old baby (Denis LOVES babies) and I said an official goodbye as I won't be a consultant next year. Then we drove right across the city to Julia's 11th birthday party at a trampoline place, Denis was too young to jump, but the guy in charge took Denis out onto a trampoline and jumped with him in his arms 3 times.

Tuesday we joined Uncle John's grade 7's on a trip to the zoo. It was Denis' first trip to the zoo, but it won't be his last. He loved it. Good thing I bought a membership. School trips for my brother with 7th graders are so different than my experience with K to 3rd graders. The students go off on their own to meet up at the end of the afternoon. Denis and I spent the day with the other grade 7 teachers wandering around the zoo running into students at every corner and restaurant.

Wednesday we had to get up early to drive Uncle John to school. We then went to IKEA for breakfast, shopping and nap before we returned to school to pick up Uncle John. We then all went to his end of year party.

Finally on Thursday we visited my new school for next year (I'll be teaching grade 1 come Halloween, great day to return to school eh ?). I wanted to meet the teachers I'll be working with and get a look at my new classroom, Denis just wanted to roam around the school, drink from water fountains and climb stairs. When we finished at the school we met Diane, Ciera and Tienna at Canada's Wonderland for a few hours that ended up to be 5 hours.

After a week like that, having a quiet Friday was a treat. Denis and I did make shortcake to go with our fresh Ontario strawberries for our Canada day dinner dessert.

After dinner Denis and I went out to see the fireworks at the city center. The plan had been that all 4 of us go out for fireworks, but Kathryn said no, so she and my brother stayed home and watched Lawrence Welk. Isn't my brother the luckiest person around? Denis loved the fireworks and didn't seem at all bothered by the huge crowd. Now he has another new word in his vocabulary, fireworks!

Hope you had a great Canada Day my Canadian friends, and Happy 4th of July to my American friends.

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