Well, even though it’s been awhile since we’ve been updating, we have been busy! Adam & Myrica came for a short visit in April right before Easter, and we have a great time with them. However, I apparently forgot to use our camera during their stay, so we have no photo diary of that visit. We did have cake though, as it was Adam’s birthday. And Adam actually tried and ate Thai Coconut Lime Chicken. Just the chicken, mind, not the sauce, but he still ate it. This is a huge turn of events coming from hot dog and mac-n-cheese boy. Congrats Adam!
Two weeks later Andy and I flew to Los Angeles, California, for a family reunion at Disneyland in Buena Park. We had a fabulous time, and I’m still in the process of uploading those pictures to our site. If you’re on facebook or geni, they’re all up there. We had a lot of adventures, but the two funniest stories revolve around windows and a carousel. I was sitting on the balcony of my aunt & uncle’s room with the glass door open. One of my cousins, Ben, looked like he was going to head out onto the balcony as well. Suddenly he stopped just short of the threshold, and nervously pawed at the air in front of him. He looked rather funny as he was swatting invisible beings, so I laughed and asked him what on earth he was doing. He said, ‘No, you don’t understand. I ran into the glass earlier.” Later we found our that another one of our cousins had ran into the glass door on their balcony the same day. We kept waiting for more stories to appear regaring the well-washed glass, but I assume everyone learned from their mistakes . And secondly, one of the evenings we all headed to the carousel in Disneyland, which was all lit up. Everyone grabbed a horse where they could. I was a little ways forward from the group. As the carousel started, a warning was issued, “There is no need to hit the horses, they have feelings too.” I learned once we were off the carousel that the warning announced was due, in fact, to my brother whipping the horse.
It was great to be together with everyone on my mom’s side; we had a blast. The only thing missing this time were the margaritas and the crib playing.
When we came back we went on an adventure to the Tulip festival, a 3 week affair, with many locations and much entertainment. We walked through the International Booth, which has a series of booths featuring different countries, and where nearly every booth also sells authentic food from the country. Unfortunately, we didn’t know this before we left, or we would have brough some money to taste some of that really really good smelling food. We then headed to Dow’s Lake/Confederation Park to view some of the tulips. I have pictures in our gallery for that, and I’ll feature a few of them at the end of the post. It was a really nice day out, and we enjoyed it a lot. We were there on the last weekend of the festival, and we’re hoping that next year we can get out for the first weekend, as there were many tulips that were past their prime (as you’ll see with the Quebec picture).
And last Saturday we did our first bike ride of the season! Yay! I was so excited about it. OC Transpo (the Ottawa bus system) has a deal with a few museums that if you have a valid pass, admission is 2 for 1. So we went to the Museum of Science and Technology, which isn’t terribly far from our place. The bus I take to work follows the same direction for part way, so I was familiar with part of the route. What I didn’t realise was how many hills there were. Not terrible hills, in retrospect, but they sure took a lot of effort on the way there. It was a really nice ride that took about 30-40 minutes. We had a great time at the museum. They have a big steam engine exhibit, which we found very interesting: those trains are massive! We enjoyed the whole thing, very well done. The museum also has an observatory; a few times a year they have nights open to the public. We’re hoping to make it to one of them this year.
Well, that’s the extent of our adventures so far. We have guests this weekend from Winnipeg, so hopefully have some pictures of that up in our next post. Until then, hope the few from the Tulip Festival & the Museum satiate your interest!
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