Wow, did we ever fill up this past weekend!
Friday: Patrick’s day off – we headed into the city for our monthly visit to our favourite chiropractor and to run some “city” errands. A quick stop into MEC to learn how to properly fasten/use the backpack carrier we bought the other day at Value Village was very enlightening. Our pie arrived just before dinner (you really need to read the post about the pie). Friends over for dinner – a perfect way to end the day.
Saturday: Started with the Pancake Breakfast put on the by the local fire department (they let us have 2 pancakes each!), where we bumped into Marta and Rob (haven’t seen her since she was our supervisor during last year’s Census and before she went off to Ghana). Then we met up with some friends to go to the Highland Games, especially to watch Wendy perform with her dance troupe – great job, girl! It was so much hotter than I had expected! A visit to the water park cooled us all down and we had fun watching Nathan show us how well he can walk now – about 6-7 steps at a time! We were pretty exhausted at the end of it all, so had a nice quiet “family” evening.
Sunday – Canada Day: I was too tired and sunned out from Saturday, so we cancelled our plans to go to the local Canada Day celebration. Instead, Nicholas and I crashed Mathias’ birthday party – he is lucky to have so much family nearby. I feel so isolated with my family spread out around the globe – we haven’t had big gatherings like that since I was a child. I wish there were a way we could manage a trip to England and try to plan a big family reunion. By the way, Mathias weighs in at only 1 oz less than Nicholas now, so Nicholas is no longer the “giant” of the group.
Monday: We had cancelled our Toddler Talk, assuming that everyone would be busy with other plans, but with a last-minute email to the group, we pulled together a BBQ at the water park. Gotta love those last-minute plans – they are so relaxing and fun! 4 families showed up, with another one stopping by later on. At one point, we took the kids over to the playground and let them sit on the teeter-totters and swings. I experienced Nicholas’ first attempt at a tantrum! I know he loves the swings and we usually spend a fair bit of time in them, but there were other kids waiting to get on, so I had to pull him out after about 15 minutes. He screamed! I was so shocked – he’s never reacted like that when something has been taken away from him. Oh dear, here it comes! I gave the waiting dad an apologetic look and he waved us back into the swing. After another 5 minutes, I decided that was enough and pulled him out … same reaction! Well, at least I know for sure that he enjoys the swings. I soothed him for a moment with a soft voice and a cuddle, and then showed him one of the other toys in the playground to distract him. Success! (Side note: I watched a friend soothe her 3-year-old tonight and I took notes! She was amazingly calm and logical – it worked like a charm – the fit lasted less than a minute!)
I managed to give myself a not-so-nice burn on my back … so concerned with making sure Nicholas was fully covered in lotion that I forgot about myself. Ouch! Here’s a couple of cute videos from Monday.