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Happy 30th Robyn

This past long weekend was super busy and it kicked off on Saturday night with celebrating Robyn's 30th birthday.

It was in Montreal so we were already worried about being late. Surprisingly enough, actually knowing where the restaurant was located and not realizing it was what cost us 5 to 10 minutes. But in the end we got there before the birthday girl and pretty much everyone else.

Dinner was great (thanks Wayne) and after we went to a club that I had never heard of  but we stayed for only a drink as the group wanted to go dance.

That's when we decided to wish everyone a good night and head home.

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Elliott Family Get Together

Last night we visited my parents for dinner. My uncle Bob was visiting from Toronto and it was very nice to see him. Also my uncle Donald (who's a local) and my sister and her family came over for dinner.

The boys were on there best behavior and super cute.

I can see it getting a little hectic at my parents when they have five grandchildren (next summer) running around their backyard.

It was nice to see the Elliott brothers getting to visit. They get along much better than some other Elliott brothers I know. 😉

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Thursday Nights Are On

With the warm weather upon us the local Ice Cream parlor has reopened for the season and the classic cars are having their weekly gathering at the dinner next door, Thursday night is back on.

Since ET has been fully aware that the cars started showing up two weeks ago and the Ice Cream parlor was open back in March, when on the way back from daycare he let me know that there are "people inside". It was only a matter of time before we went.

Not only did the four of us go, but my sister and her family also came out to meet us.

I always love seeing the kids together. They were so cute eating all their ice cream… I mean the ice cream that didn't melt down their hands. Thanks to Donna for bringing some wipes they cleaned up pretty good.

The kids really got excited when the Impalla started hopping, you can hear them in the video.

Oh and if you're wondering I'm back on the Parfaits.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm really wanting to pay for that pro account over at Animoto. 30 seconds videos are not enough!

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kids, cars & ice cream

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Alvin and the Dollar Cinema

If anyone of you living in the Montreal area are looking for a retro and affordable movie experience then you should check out the Dollar Cinema.

We went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks and it only cost $20. Admission is only $2 and everything at the concession stand is a buck. You can't beat that. It's a two theater cinema so check their (newly revamped) site to see what's on this week. By today's standards it has a small lobby but it's cozy and reminds me of old theaters that have long been closed and demolished to make way for multiplexes.

Another upside is if after 45 minutes your two year old gets antsy and wants to walking around the mall you haven't lost $50 or more like you would have at some big multiplex.

ET really enjoyed the film and didn't move from his seat (well he is twice the age of his brother). This past week he has been talking about the film in the way only a three year old can. Explaining how Alvin gets in trouble and how the Chipmunks talk really high pitch.

We were really pleased with Dollar Cinema and we'll be visiting it more in the future. Also free in door parking.

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Caban au Sucre

This spring  we went to the Caban au Sucre (or sugar shack) for a menu drenched in maple syrup. We last went three years ago and I was starting to crave it again.

It's always fun to go with a big group of friends and family and hopefully not following a diet.

The kids always enjoy the animals, even the one eyed duck.

We went on a tractor ride through the woods and lucky none of the kids fell off.

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Best Laid Plans of Butterflies & Penguins

Originally we had planned to visit the Butterflies Go Free event at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, but after being told that we'd had to stand in line for 3 hours (with 3 children under four, two pregnant ladies and my mom) we thought better of it.

Not wanting to waste a Sunday morning and all the work it took to get everyone out of the house, in the van and to the east end, we drove around the block to the Montreal Biodome.

It was lots of fun seeing all the animals in their (artificial) natural habitats. And who doesn't like penguins.

Coincidently this outing impressed on me yet another reason why I have to start taking the boys to church. There was a class from a private girls school / convert (I'm guessing) being chaperoned by a few nuns. One of the nuns offered to take a family photo of us. After I thanked her and she walked away Ethan said that she was the Witch of the Waste from Howl's Moving Castle. From the mouths of babes.

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Cart’s 2nd Birthday

Thanks everyone for coming out and spending Saturday celebrating our little guys birthday. I was great to see all of you.

I can't believe it's been two years already… it seems so much longer. That's just a parenting joke. 😉

Maybe in a few years one of the kids will be able to crack open the piñata, but I'm not so sure when certain adults kill the piñata beating stick before releasing the candy.

Be sure to check out the music of Evan Tate.

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Christmas Starts Early

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This weekend we started the Christmas festivities early.

We spent the morning with my family for brunch. And dinner with Donna's. The boys love it because they get to open presents a few days early and get to see all their cousins.

I haven't seen something this crazy in a while. It was chaos when you have as almost a dozen kids opening gifts at the same time.

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On Christmas Eve day Jodie and JP came over and the boys got some more early gifts. Lucky them. Jodie has a great Christmas tie you should ask her if you can listen to it.

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