Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Montreal/ Part 3

I didn't get tons of pictures of Montreal (my camera battery died), but it was such a great city. It had a very European feel, the main language is french, and the streets were full of quaint shops. We visited a Science Museum, it happened to be it's 50th anniversary, so we got in free...not too shabby.

Mike, Max, and Clint sitting on nails. Can you tell which one you could feel the most? Mike and Flavie, were gracious enough to let us stay with them while we were there. Yes, all six of us! (Flavie wasn't able to go to the Museum)

Pretty cool that the bubbles actually worked.

The End!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 2/Ottowa

The next day was Ottowa. It was such a beautiful city. Clint and I couldn't believe how clean it was. As you can see, our little pea was so worn out. Just a side note, these pictures have been placed at random.

We went to an Agriculture Museum. They had so much for the kids to do. It kind of reminded me of a small scale, This is the Place Monument. It was quaint, fun, and smelly at times...of course amongst the animals. Above is Madison working on her leather bracelet.

Chase grinding some corn. Along with the corn grinding, they had a corn bread making demo.

Max helping make apple cider.

I love that Aubrey acts like she's a big girl in these pictures. She climbed right up, grabbed a crayon, and took her coloring very serious.

How great are these pictures!!! Clint and I were rolling, it still makes me laugh to see them. I seriously am thinking of blowing them up and hanging them on my wall. All of their faces crack me up.

All of my sweet bugs together.

One of the amazing views overlooking Ottowa. It really was so breathtaking. On a side note: I will forever think of Seinfeld when I hear the word, "breathtaking" know which episode I'm talking about? Here's a hint...shrinkage!

Ottowa's equivalent of the White House.

The whole drive was so amazing! We picked a great weekend to travel. All of the leaves were changing, the sun was out with blue skies, the air was crisp, and take a look at the sunset we drove through. It was as if we were going to be swallowed up in the fiery clouds.

I'm sure you can't wait until the last post of our be continued...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Our family took a trip a couple of weeks ago to the Thousand Islands, Ottowa, and Montreal. I'm going to do each day of the trip a different post. Our first day was to the Thousand Islands just before the Canadian border. Yes, there are really over a thousand islands, pretty cool huh! It was crazy to see that people actually have their own island with their own house on it. We took a boat tour which dropped us off at a castle. It's a pretty romantic, yet tragic story. The man below in the picture loved his wife so much that he wanted to build a castle for her. It took four years and around 300 men to build it. Just before the fourth year when it would be done, his beloved wife passed away. How sad is that!?
This is her master bedroom. I absolutely love it! I think it's so charming and whimsical.

The grand staircase. Not the best shot of the family. Not a great shot, period. It kind of makes me dizzy looking at it...just a little lopsided and blurry.

The ceiling of the main foyer.
The castle, on it's own island.
Part of the castle, I can't remember what it was used for.
This is a bridge that crosses between the Canadian and American line.

This was Chase during most of the trip, throwing a tantrum. He's such a turd! He would grunt, put his hat over his eyes, and press his head against something.
Two of my loves....with no bums! It's amazing their pants stay on.

It was pretty windy on the boat. I have to laugh at this picture of me, I told Clint that I look plasticky, like a face lift gone bad.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Max!

I love this picture!!! This is just a little bit of the craziness that happened during Max's 7th birthday party. My wonderful husband offered to throw the party this year, and I was more than happy to put the task into his hands. Little did I know he would invite 14 kids, make scary, bloody trick-or-treat bags, and tell scary stories to keep the kids entertained...and the result...the kids had a ball!

My Max is a funny, little guy and sometimes goes against tradition. He wanted cookies this year. I took snicker doodles to his class and he wanted a chocolate chip cookie pie for his party. Who doesn't like cookies?! Oh, and we didn't realize that we were out of candles. Luckily we found that little one tucked away in the cupboard.

The boys had a ball playing 500, while the girls played on the swing set.

I can't believe my little guy is already 7. Our Max is such a hoot. A couple of months ago this is what our conversation was:

Max: Hey mom, can I change my name?
Me: Yeah if you want to, but you have to be older. (Me thinking, where did this come from?)
Max: How old?
Clint: You have to be 18.
Me: What would you change your name to?
Max: (After a little pause) I think I'll change it to George.
Clint and I looked at him with a smirk on our face trying not to laugh.
Max: (Proceeded to say with all seriousness) I think I'll be George Akenemy Dooble!
By this time Clint and I busted up, wondering where in the world that came from.

He is so inquisitive and smart, and loves to read. He says the funniest things and keeps us on our toes. He loves to play any sport, loves to spend time with our family, and still gives me great hugs. Plus and added bonus is I get to share my birthday with him. Yes, I also turned 31 on Oct 5. (Here's an interesting fact: More babies are born around the first of Oct, because 9 months before is New Years...What a way to bring in the New Year, if you know what I mean...)

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I love the fall, especially in NY. Once again we had our playgroup at Grisamore Farms for apple picking.
Yes, those are over-sized moon boots on Aubrey. It was extra cute to see her scrawny bum & legs with those big, awkward boots.

Oliver and Chase with their matching froggy boots.

We ended up with bags full of apples, wet boots, wind blown hair, and a smile on our face.
(I know, cheesy!)