Blizzard joined us for an eventful December this year. Some of the highlights included a rivalry between Blizzard and a Storm Trooper, Blizzard getting his flu shot the same night the kids got there flu shot, gift wrapping the toilet, getting Santa’s autograph and Blizzard drawing moustaches on the kids faces while they slept.
He arrived by bringing them each a lego advent calendar….
& left by leaving behind pictures from his month of mischief!!
On December 3rd this year, the kids, Melissa and I along with Shawn, Megan and Violet had our second annual Christmas dinner with Uncle Keith and Auntie Linda. This year though we added something new. When we scheduled the dinner at the Old Stone, we did not realize that it was also at the same time as Peterborough’s Santa Claus Parade. So, what we did was we went to the restaurant a little early and Melissa, the kids and I watched the parade from the street while Shawn, Megan and Violet, Uncle Keith and Auntie Linda watched from inside the restaurant.
After the dinner, we went back to Shawn and Megan’s for some coffee and dessert before Uncle Keith and Auntie Linda headed home.
As we do for most Thanksgivings, we went to Douro & Lakefield to visit both grandparents.
We spent the day in Lakefield visiting with Mom & Dad Miller. We all went for a walk to Ridpath PS and played in the park. While there the kids met some kids from the neighbourhood and played We then went to Mom & Dad Miller’s and had dinner.
Today we went out to the Allison’s to visit for the afternoon and had a family dinner. The kids played together outside in the afternoon and then we had a relaxing evening.
On Thanksgiving Monday, the kids got up and played some board games with Mama & Papa. We then popped into to see Ted & Sandra and then over to see Grandma one more time before we headed back home to Mississauga.
This was the first Father’s Day Weekend in the past few years where Melissa was not working. It was also the same weekend as Stephanie’s wedding shower. So, what Melissa did was to book us in at the Holiday Inn in North Bay for the Friday & Saturday Night so that we could have a little family getaway.
We left Mississauga right after work & headed straight for North Bay (dogs were boarded for the weekend). We did not hit nearly as much traffic & we arrived a little before 9pm. We checked into the hotel room, read the newspaper, jumped on the bed, had a pillow fight & then went to bed.
On Saturday, we celebrated Father’s Day (since the shower was going to be on Sunday). We started our day with a free breakfast (pancake maker is always a hit), followed by a swim in the pool at the hotel. The swim didn’t last long since the heater in the pool was off and the water was a brisk 67 degrees. After our cold swim, we returned to our room, where Melissa made a the bathtub into a hot tub with bubbles & had the kids leave their suits on so that they could soak in the tub together while watching a movie. They absolutely loved the fact that they were watching TV while having a bath.
After that, we headed out for lunch & found a great restaurant in downtown North Bay that served many Vegan dishes.
After lunch, we proceeded to the lakefront and went for a ride on the mini-train and the old-fashioned Merry-Go-Round
Following that, we carried on over to the beach, where we went for a swim in Lake Nipissing, which was a first for Aiden.
We then proceeded to Aaron & Chantale’s for a BBQ dinner in honour of Father’s Day. Before the BBQ though, Aaron took Melissa out for a ride on his Motorcycle. She absolutely loved it!!!
Our day wrapped up with us, renting Star Wars: The Force Awakens in our hotel room and watching with popcorn, candy & chips in bed. This was the first time any of us had ever rented a movie in a hotel.
We started our Sunday with me opening my Father’s day presents from the kids. Abby made me a World’s Best Dad Certificate and paper plate ribbon. Aiden made me a scroll with a poem and pictures that he cut out of magazines to go with the poem. Both came with their own hand-made cards. We then, had went down for a free breakfast and a swim. This time the swim was quite comfortable as the heat was back on in the pool. We then all got ready and packed up to check out.
After check-out, I dropped Melissa off at Chantale’s house for the wedding shower and the kids & I were headed for Callander Bay Beach.
On the way there I missed the exit ramp and I took the next one. While pulled over on the side of the road, I heard my phone ding. It was Aaron asking if we wanted to come out to Marten River to go tubing with his new boat. We said yes & headed straight out there. Unfortunately when we got there, the boat had had a mechanical problem and did not run for the afternoon.
We did not let the breakdown dampen our mood or slow us down. The kids & I decided to go swimming, paddle boating and canoeing. While swimming, Abby was joined by Andy, which was Jill’s dog (As a side note, we met Steven’s new girlfriend Jill for the first time). When the kids went paddle boating, it became cleat that even though their was only a slight wind, it was too much for the kids to handle so we grabbed them and brought them back in.
Afte paddle boating, I decided to take the kids for a quick ride in the canoe. After being out on the river for about 2 min, I quickly realized that it was too windy for me to safely steer the canoe (I was paddling the boat so that it would turn left, but the wind kept pushing us right). After several unsuccessful attempts to get back to Joyce’s I had resigned myself to the fact that we would have to steer to Rockpine & get picked up by someone. However, Steven and Jill got into the second canoe and came out onto the River and tied a rope to our canoe and toed us all back to Joyce’s. And that my friend’s is why you always wear life jackets when canoeing. It was those life jacket’s that helped to keep both kids calm as we floated further away from Joyce’s house.
After the rescue, we went & picked up Melissa from the shower, visited for little while and then went to Greco’s for supper. We then hit the road at 8:30, arriving back in Mississauga a little before midnight.
It was probably the best Father’s Day we have ever had so far!!!!!
Thursday Snow Day
We started Easter weekend with a surprise in the way a of Snow/Ice Day on Thursday. However, Melissa and I decided to have a little fun with the kids. I got dressed in my work clothes and at about 8:30, Melissa and I came running down the stairs yelling that we had all slept in and that the kids were about to miss their bus. What followed was 3 min of pandemonium with Abby running to get dressed, Aiden running to get his bag and get dressed, all while Mel and I were pretending to be frustrated that we were running late. We got everyone ready and out the door before we told them as captured in the video below.
On Saturday morning we headed to Peterborough to visit. Melissa had to stay because she was working. After arriving, we visited with Rob & Holly and Julie, Macklan and Eva. During the visit, Rob told us that Holly and him are moving in together. Later in the afternoon, the kids and I went to visit Grandpa at the home with Grandma. The highlight of the visit was the 4 baby ducks that were there visiting for the week. The kids and the residents watched their bath and feeding.
Easter Egg Hunt
On Sunday morning, the kids woke up early and went on their Easter Egg hunt. There were Easter Eggs full of gummy worms and bears all over the yard.
We then went to mass. After mass, we went up to Lakefield and delivered an Easter hugs. Then we went to Craig and Jane’s for Easter Brunch with Mark, Betty, Susan, Mama, Papa, Peter, Julie, Macklan and Eva. After brunch, we quickly stopped and Peter and Julie’s and had a nice visit while the kids played. We then came home and spent Monday back at home.
Visited the Allison’s: Saturday
On Saturday we went to visit the Allison’s and brought Marley to meet Macklan for the first time. Marley was very well behaved, but quite excited and wanted to lick Macklan any chance she could. Then the kids and Macklan played for the afternoon and evening while we visited with Julie & Peter.
The video below shows Macklan and Aiden having a snack at the table.
We returned to Shawn and Megan’s which is where we stayed all weekend so that Marley could be off leash for most of the weekend. Aiden and Megan then had a heated game of chess, which Aiden won with a little help from his old man 🙂
On Easter morning the kids got up and found gifts from the Easter Bunny on the table in their living room. The kids went to quick work opening the presents from the Easter Bunny
After they opened their presents, they went out to hunt for the Easter Eggs in the yard. As you will see in the video a little snow fell overnight and it was cold, so for the first time in history, the kids did not finish the Hunt!!! They filled their bags and then finished in the afternoon when it was a little warmer
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Present Scavenger Hunt
A little after the Easter Egg Hunt we took the dog for a walk to park while a scavenger hunt was set up for the kids. While we were at the park going down the slide with Marley, we received a video text from the Easter Bunny stating that there was a missing gift that needed to be found and that we had to get home to find the gift. So we rushed home to find the gift, but not before one more quick time down the slide with Marley.
After the Easter gift scavenger hunt, Shawn set up a background in the front porch and we took some family and group photos.
On Easter Monday we went out to see Mama & Papa and visit. While there, Aiden, Marley and I helped Papa with the wood. Right after I finished the wood, I found Dad’s glasses, which had been missing for over a month. I found them in the basement right where we throw in the wood. They probably fell out of Dad’s pocket while he was putting on a fire one morning and didn’t see or hear them fall.
After a busy weekend, Melissa and Marley had a quick nap before we hit the road.
For New Year’s this year, the kids and I went to Steven and Karen’s for their annual party. It was a crowded party this year and the kids had a blast. It was harder for Abby and Aiden to squeeze into the chair in Steven and Karen’s kitchen, but they managed for a couple quick pics. As always the kids spent most of the party upstairs watching movies picked out by Oren.
At the end of the party, Aiden literally fell asleep on the couch standing up and then we put him and Abby into the pull out couch.
Melissa unfortunately had to spend New Year’s with her work family.
New Year’s Day 2015
On New Year’s morning we got up and left to come home at around noon when I had the idea of checking to see if the ROM was open. It just seemed to make sense instead of coming home and then trying to keep two kids quiet while Melissa slept for her shift. Fortunately it was open so we went and spent the afternoon there. While there the kids got to watch an Earth Rangers show as well as play dress up. They also got to touch a snake as a part of a special exhibit in the ROM that day. We then came home in the evening and had a restful sleep.