Thursday, 28 March 2013

Christmas in March LOL.....

As stated in my earlier post, things are not going well for our youngest son Marty and his wife. As the pretence of their relationship has finally come to an end, we were able to visit him and have Christmas in March with our two youngest grandkids. And what fun we had!

Keelan could hardly wait to see the presents carried into the house and immediately wanted to know which ones were his, and if he could help baby sister Aislin open hers....hehehe!

As it was close to Easter, grandma also made a cake for daddy and the kids....and it didn't take daddy long to get into it LOL! Keelan and I had a great time playing and chasing....I should clarify that, grandma was doing the chasing....hehehe! I guess I don't have to tell everyone how well I slept that night LOL!
Grandpa had a conference in Toronto the next morning, so we weren't able to stay with them that night, but we told them we'd be back in a couple weeks and spend a couple nights.  We asked Keelan what his favorite restaurant was and that's where we went for supper....and we couldn't forget going to the Mall to pick up a couple more games for the Leap Pad II that we bought him for Christmas. Isn't it amazing how quickly children these days pick up technology! It's like they're born with the knowledge LOL!
Daddy, Keelan and grandma went shopping for a crock pot for daddy so he could prepare good meals without taking up hours in the kitchen, so grandpa and Aislin went mall walking....and the only stores she wanted to go into were the jewellry stores LOL! At 14 months of age, she sure knows which stores she wants to hang out in...hehehe!

All too soon it was time for grandpa and grandma to leave for the hour drive back to Toronto.  Seeing as we were there for 3 days, we had hoped that daddy and the kids would come to the condo hotel grandpa and I were staying in to enjoy the pool on Friday afternoon...and they did! Poor grandpa didn't make it back in time from his meetings to swim or visit with everyone, but grandma did and I enjoyed it completely :) There was no one else in the pool so it was like having our own private pool and hot tub! What fun!!
When we got back to our room and took the kid's swim suits off them, both kids went running across the living room to the ceiling to floor windows to check out the machines....bare naked LOL!  Aislin was doing just fine, the sat on the floor and a couple minutes later she started to cry.  I went over just as she was getting up and walking towards me when I noticed shiny, wet little footprints following her....hehehe! She had peed while she was sitting on the floor, with her cute little bare bottom LOL! I have a feeling that will be remembered and recalled to her in a few years :)
Keelan enjoyed looking out our 28th floor window at the building across the street that was getting taken down. He LOVES construction machines and the big crane they had set up to remove large pieces of concrete was a big hit with him :)  Such a big hit in fact that while we were at the Food Court having lunch, he said he didn't want to go home but wanted to go up to our room again....hehehe! We're sure there will be many more visits and lots of time to spend together from now on Keelan, so don't worry!
Until our next visit.....
Grandma loves you

Catching up.....

Oh goodness, grandma has been waaaaaay behind the times. It's been such a busy few weeks that I haven't taken time to sit and put my thoughts down.

Grandpa and grandma have been busy with going to Toronto for conferences, visiting our middle son with the whole gang and back to Toronto again LOL!

Sadly our youngest son and his wife have decided to finally call it quits....long story, but good news for us as we have him back in our family circle once again. It's been a very long 10 years, but we now have two young grandchildren to get to know and that we can enjoy with the rest of the family.

Soooooo it was indeed a very special occasion when we went to our middle son's home...everyone was there (well, except for his wife who was away for the week), but perhaps next time we will all be together. The perfect time for a long over due family picture!
Snow tubing, playing games, getting to know cousins, great food, hot tubs, LOTS of laughs...a grandma and grandpa couldn't ask for more, and we look forward to our next get together.

I must say, both grandpa and I had seriously thought we would take at least one ride down the snow tubing hills....but after pulling into the parking lot at the ski hill and watching how FAST people were flying down that tubing hill, we both changed our minds. I am not a fan of rides to begin with, and fast rides are beyond the bottom of my bucket list of things to do LOL!
Everyone else just loved it though, and had a blast.  Poor Hannah went down once and wasn't feeling well....bad cough/ she hung around with our youngest granddaughter Aislin, grandpa and I and the two of them enjoyed being pulled around in the tube by grandpa, and enjoyed the chalet because that's where the food was LOL!
The day after snow tubing was fun too as we drove our oldest son and DIL to Toronto as they were flying out to Cuba early the next morning.  So Uncle Warren drove all of us to their hotel where we enjoyed a couple hours in the pool and a delicious buffet dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant :) How many 4 year olds do you know that will eat a plate full of broccoli at a buffet? LOL!

We weren't quite sure how Cade was going to react to leaving mom and dad at the hotel, but we had him in stitches all the way back to Uncle Warren's place and had no problems with him.  We enjoyed the hot tub that night, and the girls actually had goggles on and were swimming in the hot tub LOL!  Cade even surprised us by going under the water! Something he has never wanted to do, but for some reason felt the hot tub was the place to do it....hehehe!  Led on by all our cheers and clapping hands, he kept going further and further under, and without holding his nose!  What a great time we had! He was so proud of himself and so were we :)
It didn't take long for all of us to fall asleep that night, and we knew the next day would be even busier!  Uncle Warren drove us by the school where he teaches, then we went to the fire hall where he is a volunteer firefighter. The kids enjoyed a very personalized tour and surprisingly, were very interested in things and asking questions. What surprised grandma the most was just how heavy all that firefighters equipment is! really need to be in shape to fight fires with all that stuff on!
For some reason Hailee was nervous and was positive the big fire trucks were going to tip over :)  It took some convincing to get her inside with all of us together, and when she had enough, she wanted out LOL!

Then an experience for Uncle Warren that he hadn't had before.....Glow in the Dark mini golf....hehehe!  As much fun as it was for the kids, I doubt Uncle Warren will be going back any time soon LOL!  Eighteen holes of chasing balls, telling the kids to not swing until everyone is out of club distance, suggesting they don't swing 'so' hard as the ball would hit the edges of the greens and take off to unknown distances in the dark LOL! Definitely a fun experience, right Uncle Warren?? :) :)
As we were driving to Mini Golf we passed a huge tropical fish store and said we'd stop after we were done Golfing, and that's what we did!  Wow, talk about interesting fish and they even had sharks in a huge aquarium!  Beautiful creatures when you see them up close and personal.

Cade was taken with the big turtles they had in a pond, and I must admit, so was I.  I had a turtle for 13 years quite a few years ago, and would love to have another but we're just too busy and away too often to have a big aquarium to look after.

It took a while for us to decide where we would go to eat, and it was finally decided that we would go back to our favorite Chinese buffet. Hailee loves that place....well maybe I should say Hailee loves looking at the dessert table at the Chinese buffet LOL!

Before we knew it our few days away with the kids was over and it was time to head home.  Lots of great memories to take with us though :) Until our next trip!

Grandma loves you