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Best Weekend Ever!

First off let me say i love my children, secondly let me say I can't remember Donna and I having an adult weekend away from them since they were born. Plus this was my first real vacation in 6 years and Donna's in 7.

We went with Dave and Tina down to Lake George NY, I had never been but Dave and Donna have some great childhood memories of summers spent there. We got pretty goofy on the drive down. It just wasn't Tina, I was pretty coco loco, but then I was the one with the camera so unfortunately there's no proof. Donna said she hadn't seen me like that in 3 years. On another note Ethan's 3rd birthday is in July.


Driving down the scenic I87, a bird flew across the road in front of us and we all screamed, sure that it was all over (at least I did, and here on my first vacation in 6 years). But we didn't hear or see anything so we laughed it off. That is until we got out of the car at the motel. Those bumpers are really made sturdy.

The first night there consisted of what most people do when they arrive on vacation. Check in to you rooms, drive around town and eat a restaurant that you have at home instead of some local place.

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So haven eaten at a restaurant that I would never eat at when home, we continued our tour of main strip. Then we found it, the holy land a Wal-Mart Supercenter. It was everything I had ever hoped it would be, that is if I had know they had existed before pulling in the parking lot.

Having been years since I have gone shopping drunk it was lot of fun running around Wal-Mart. I saw my first live Zune, Star Wars toys that I can only hope to on Ebay and beer. Beer at Wal-Mart!!! This was mind blowing, beer at Wal-Mart. We don't have this at home. I always thought Quebec the easiest places to find and get beer (say over Ontario. Damn Beer Store) but never would I have imaged buying beer at Wal-Mart. Oh and we bought some toys for the kids also. See just because we're having fun doesn't mean we're not thinking about them. Of course whether it was out of love or guilt that's to be determined later.

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Heading back to the motel and my buzz having turned into a headache I started playing around with my semi-new camera produced some nice 1980's album covers. After a final drive to the other end of town we headed back to the motel, had a beer and got ready for the day to come

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Our first and only full day in Lake George stated out with us visiting McDonalds for breakfast. It was a 1950's themed one, they had this McDonald's mascot that I've never seen and I love that old time graphic design. They even had wi-fi available, of course I don't have a laptop but even if I did have one, I doubt I would have been aloud to do any surfing.

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And so began our day at the Great Escape. One plus is that we have LaRonde season passes and LaRonde is a Six Flags park so I didn't cost us a thing and I always like free stuff. But I know it's not really free since we had to pay for the season passes to start with. But we have gone so many thing to LaRonde and now one to The Great Escape that it's totally paid for and we're saying money now.

We went on every ride we could, and I'm not a big ride kind of guy. I just don't like the feeling of certain parts of my body in free fall. Tina had been saying we would go on the Alpine Bobsled all week before we left and of course that ride was closed for the whole morning. When they did open it we found an hour wait, so forget that. Maybe next year.

We watched the diving show and that was fun, albeit a little dated. But I got to try some DDR in an arcade (first time every and boy did I suck). I would have liked to go the cable car ride but I didn't fell anyone else wanted to go on it. Then Dave and I used up our tokens in an arcade (which took a total of five minutes). Then we noticed the girls were gone so we spend the 30 minutes walking all over the park looking for them. Next time I'm so bringing my Walkie Talkies and we're making a "if we loose each other wait in front of that…" plan.

For dinner we went to Red Lobster (this the third restaurant that ate out at and have back home if you're keeping track). It was a great dinner and we were totally stuffed afterwards. 

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But we did manage to make room on the way home to stop by McDonald's and pick-up a sunday. Thank goodness Tina had a Tide to Go pen and saved my shirt from an errant dribble of chocolate sunday. And that night we had one beer and crashed in the motel, we were supper tired.

Next morning we hit Dunkin Donuts, walked around downtown checking out the sights and
among other things,

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hit a dollar store. For lunch we went to Taco Bell / Long John Silver's and then drove home.

Best weekend ever!

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Mother’s Day Weekend

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So the friday we had a great night out (10:30 or so, hey we've got kids) at Anne and Chris' and had the chance to see some old high school friends (not that they are old, but the length of time since high school in relation to the time since we've last seen them…. if that makes sense.) Anyway we had a great time and the kids feel right to sleep on the car ride home and we totally dodged the get everyone to bed ritual. So no need to ritually slaughter a goat like the good folks over at Playstation.

Saturday was your usual tree stump removal kind of day. And thankfully no one hit the gas line that runs through the back yard.

And some how Ethan managed to fall asleep during the whole thing. Kids… you've got this huge gas power tool outside spraying wood chips all over the backyard, all sorts of noise and the possible hilarity that ensures from a ruptured gas main and Ethan's asleep on the couch.

Of course the little man perked up with the mention a visit to the grandparents (for an early mother's day) with the guarantee that we would be stopping by McDonalds for dinner.

Since Donna and I were almost killed by McDonalds last week, we visited the Brossard location on the corner of scenic Rome Boulevard and Taschereau or as I like to call it ye o'134. Not really, but if I dressed in medieval or if fancy took me, perchance a Victorian garb that's what I would call it. Forsooth!

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Sunday we had one of Jim's bbq dinners (and greatly anticipated I might add, summer is here officially). I can always count on the in-laws for severing up a great serf and turf dinner. Of course I always get made fun of for not wanting to eat the lobster with the face attached. You wouldn't eat a hamburger with a cow head sticking out the side of the bun, would you? No, that's just stupid. But if it was red and wore it's skeleton on the outside then by all means stick that red skeleton covered hefer right in that bun between some pickles and onions.

And stop….

This therapeutic post was brought to you by Grant's pent up imagination and desire to be a Web 2.0 personality.

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