I had great plans to post everyday on all the fun things we've been doing while Beth has been here but, what with all the fun things going on, I didn't have time to post. So, I'm going to cram it all into one post. I'll apologize now for the rambling, eclectic post that isn't particularly coherent.
We've had a great week but the best thing we did was sans children. On Wednesday, Beth and I treated ourselves to Afternoon Tea at the Chateau Laurier. Chateau Laurier is an old CP hotel, now a Fairmont Hotel, so is a member of a special group of hotels in Canada: the Royal York, Hotel MacDonald, The Empress, Chateau Frontenac, Banff Springs to name a few. They are all gorgeous, castle-like (thus the "chateau") and are a real treat just to walk through. It's even more of a treat to sit down for afternoon tea.
We chose the Traditional Tea, which included finger sandwiches (crusts cut off of course), scones with jam and clotted cream, and some tarts, oh yeah, and some tea (chosen from a beautiful tea cart). We decided that ladies who lunch must have sherry. It was perfect. We also decided that this will now be our tradition when we're visiting each other. How lovely.
On Thursday, we all went to the library and then to the "coffee shop" (read: Tim's). My Dad and his wife were here, which was really nice, so they joined us before heading home. Emily loves to spend time with Papa.
That afternoon, Beth kept the kids while I used the gift certificate she got me for Christmas to get a pedicure. I drank a large glass of red while my feet were pampered. How lovely.
On Friday, being a Good Friday, we went to the Museum of Science and Technology. Isn't that what you're supposed to do on a holy day? From there, we went out for a traditional Easter lunch of Dim Sum. Beth can't get Dim Sum in Austin, so we usually do that when she's here. Yesterday afternoon we finally did something Eastery and made Paska (Mennonite, of course). It is, well, lovely.
Now, it is Saturday and I hate today because Beth has to go home. But, she doesn't leave until supper time so we have the whole day to do something fun. Not sure yet what that will be but it may involve skis or tobaggons since there is about 2 inches on the ground right now. Not lovely at all.