Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And now vacation starts....

As of December 27 I felt like myself again mostly. The other adults in the house were much better too. So, the last day of Omi's visit was more energetic.

In the midst of some nasty rain, we drove around Parliament to look at the Christmas lights. The following day we went for a long walk beside the canal and out for lunch to one of our favourite burger places, The Works.

On Monday morning, Omi left Ottawa quite early. Knowing the girls would be in a funk for the day because of that, I took the lot of us (minus John) to the Nature Museum. Last year we spent a lot of our mornings at museums or swimming pools or preschool or the library. Since Emily started school we haven't done much of that. A 12:00 start time means there isn't time in the morning for big outings. Even a trip to the library makes it difficult for her to get to the bus on time.

It was so nice to spend the morning seeing a museum again. We had a great time. This was the first time Hope has been able to walk around the entire museum without being held or pushed in the stroller (clearly it's been a while since we've been there). We lingered in the cafeteria and checked out all the bugs and creatures that had been watching us snack. We watched the movie about the asteroid that led to the demise of the dinosaurs. The girls made a jelly-fish craft. They spent time playing in the wild bird rescue centre. All in all, it was a blast.

And as much as they missed having Omi around, they were happy as could be.

Yesterday morning we had a play date with friends. It meant that I got to drink lots of coffee with my friend Dawn while our girls played.

Today I think we'll head to the swimming pool after a stop at the fabric shop for me.

I do love having no afternoon obligations! And Emily hasn't mentioned missing school in days.


Shan said...

Glad you're all feeling better. It's nice to be able to get out and do the things you enjoy to do that are difficult with Emily in school. Happy New Year my friend!!

Lynn said...

We love the Nature Museum, too. It's nice and quiet and just the right size, I find -- enough to see in an hour or two and then head home.

Pam said...

Sounds like you had a terrific day! Enjoy the next few days of no obligations.