Florida

May26

This Spring Break we went on a much anticipated dream vacation. I found an awesome deal on a Hilton in Orlando with a great pool, slide, and lazy river. Our friend, Kari, came along to help out a bit.

Disney World

Universal Studios with Harry Potter World

We visited friends and family in Toronto and Quebec.

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The Atlantic Coast

August7

Simon’s first time on THIS SIDE of the Atlantic Ocean.

We ate all of the lobster and seafood that we could in our two short days. A giant lobster each for dinner, bacon-wrapped fresh scallops at the wedding, and lobster eggs Benedict as our parting meal.

Maritime Wedding

August6

Simon and I travelled to Nova Scotia for the wedding of our friends, Jason and Lea. Even though the day started foggy and raining in Halifax, the weather was beautiful for the happy couple.


It was our first time away from the kids for more than a day or so, we had a great time. Thanks for inviting us Lea and Jason!

Getting closer to home…

March25

We said good-bye to family and friends in Toronto and headed west.
Moose

We were eagerly awaited by loving family in Vancouver. We had a get-together the next day and it was another wonderful Hunt-Kerfoot celebration. The guys are gettin’ their man on with this great looking hunk o’ beef.
Beef

We had a great meal, topped off with these cute cakes:
Cakes

All this celebrating can be pretty tiring for a jet-lagged three year old…
Pooped

But it’s always fun hanging out with other kids, espcially their friend Imogen.
3 girls

Détente aux Laurentides – Relaxing in the Laurentians

March21

We made a visit to our dear adoptive family, Jacques et Nadine. They have a wonderful chalet in the woods on Lac Doré north of Ottawa. It is very quiet and relaxing there. This year there is still almost a metre of snow there so we had some fun sledding.
Em slides
Maddie slides
The girls love to feed the local deer, who come to the house twice daily for corn and alfalfa pellets.
Feeding deer
On this visit, a neighbour left her dog, Fluffy, with us for a few days. She was well loved.
Fluffy
Nous sommes tristes de dites au revoir aux Jacques et Nadine…à la prochaine!!

Canada!

March15

Although it is always hard to come to an end to one’s travels, we were very excited to come back to Canada. I can’t say why exactly we were so excited, perhaps it’s the familiarity of being surrounded by English-speaking people, or perhaps the knowledge that we are in a relatively safe environment, but definitely coming home to mom’s cooking is always a treat!
Our travels have not ended yet, we spent a week in Toronto visiting friends and relatives. We visited the McMichael Gallery, which has a large number of paintings by the Group of Seven. Lawren Harris is one of my favourite painters. This modern interpretation of a totem pole was quite interesting.
Modern totem
Simon had a jam night with our friend Carl, while our kids played with theirs. We never would have imagined this scenario way back when Carl and I were in college together!
Jamming
The girls had a chance to play with more children of our friends, which is always a bonus for all of us.
Girls
Also not previously imaginable is Simon’s past fire crew-mate, Dean, reading bedtime stories to all of our girls. Life is so full of irony!
Bedtime stories

Montreal

April13

Just a quick trip to Montreal; to visit Simon’s dear friend Julie and her family. It was a multi-lingual day as Julie and her partner Isra speak French, English and Spanish. Isra’s parent’s from Mexico just arrived this day, and Julie’s father from France joined us; we all had a lovely tri-lingual dinner celebration together. The girls enjoyed a day with 3 year old Gael and baby Mattias.

The next day we went for lunch to have some world-famous Montreal smoked meat on rye. And boy, was it good! Back on the train to Toronto…au revoir Quebec!

R & R Quebecois style

April10

We have made it a a little piece of paradise.

We are now situated on remote Lac Simon (yes, really) where our friends, Jacques et Nadine, live. This cabin-turned house is really homey now that Jacques has fully fixed it up. It has been pretty cool and blustery while we’re here, so we content ourselves to relax in the cabin, do a little yard work and hike up the ‘mountains’ in this area.

We are actually in the foothills or the very edge of the Laurentians, whichever way you look at it. Jacques took us on a ride on his six-wheeler, which the girls thought was pretty fun. I thought the maze of maple sap collecting lines attached to the trees around here were quite interesting.


We are sad to go, as we enjoy the quiet surroundings and company of Jacques and Nadine so much. A la prochaine!

The Nation’s Capital

April6

We took the VIA train to Ottawa, that is the way to go. Very comfy and great for little kids who don’t really want to sit still for long. We were met at the station by Simon’s buddy, Dean and his daughter, Shae. She is the same age as Emily and they became fast friends instantly. So much to do at their house, so many new toys! The girls were in heaven!

Simon brought his new film, The Burning Question, to show to the National office for Parks Canada. The event was well attended and we believe the film was enjoyed by all. After that we went to the Museum of Canadian Civilization in Gatineau, where there is an awesome kids area. Check it out here… It is set up like small scenarios from different countries; from a bedouin tent to a outdoor fruit market, from a tea or dressmaker’s shop to a sushi bistro where the kids pretend to serve you. Really cool for kids of many ages.

On to Toronto

April1

After a quick 24 hours stop-over in Vancouver, giving us enough time to switch from summer wear to unknown-weather spring clothes, we flew to my parent’s place in Toronto.

We celebrated Emily’s 5th birthday at her grandparents’ house with the requisite chocolate cake. Just a few days later was Easter, and the bunny managed to find the girls even when they were across the country. We visited the Metro Toronto Zoo, which is really quiet this time of year. The extra sections are not open though, like the camel rides, water park and petting zoo. Regardless, we enjoyed having the place almost all to ourselves.

The girls especially like the cheetah, tigers, elephants and gorillas. My fave has always been the polar bears, they were laying low and just chillin’ while we were there.

Another fun thing we did in Toronto was to visit the CN Tower. At 500+ metres, it’s a long way down! It was definitely a highlight of our trip. We had the world’s highest beer and the girls enjoyed the world’s highest fries. Ok, at least OUR world’s highest.

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