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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.