Yesterday was a day full of adventures. We left the house by 9:30 to get to the giant Asian grocery chain near us, T&T Supermarket in order to get a few things for the pad thai I was making for dinner last night. Unfortunately, T&T has a pathetic assortment of South Asian supplies, focussing more on Chinese and Korean products. I had to get tamarind or the pad thai wasn't going to happen so I made the decision that we'd have to head to Chinatown at some point yesterday.
But first, it was time to make our way to the Museum of Science and Technology for the Franklin reading by author Paulette Bourgeois. Pulling into the museum parking lot, it looked as though every other family in Ottawa had the same idea. Turns out that most of them were there to see the usual exhibits and we were near the front of the line for Franklin and only had to wait about five minutes before they opened the doors to the auditorium. We had second row seats, a perfect view of the stage. We were all excited!
|Hard to tell but I did brush her hair before leaving the house!|
|Old enough for his own seat now.|
|All ready for the big show.|
|Paulette's reading chair. Reminds me of The Friendly Giant. As you can tell, we were up close and personal.|
|Smartly, they projected the pages of the book on a big screen.|
|Paulette laughing with big, creepy Franklin. A girl behind us was in tears.|
I parked right near the newish (okay, not that new... but new in the last five years or so) Chinatown gate which I love and reminds me of the gate in Edmonton. Kowloon Market, our destination was very close as was the dim sum restaurant and an all-you-can-eat sushi place. Everything was at our fingertips it seemed.
|Posing with the lions who welcome you to Chinatown.|
|The big newish gate.|
|Chinatown is a great mix of old standbys, like the place pictured above, and newer restaurants (none of which, thankfully, are chichi).|
|Lots of this in the windows.|
|Henry trying out his chopsticks.|
|Hope found spearing the sushi was the best way to do it.|
It really was a great March Break. We did a lot but didn't break the bank and the kids were really happy to stay at home this year. Hope was not interested in reliving the barfing-in-the-car-travelling-to-Papa's experience this year. And neither was I.
I think you can call it a successful break if everyone is left wishing for more.