So we're kinda weird but I made my family "celebrate" Canada Day a bit early this year. We live in Ottawa and I couldn't *not* take the girls downtown to be "in Ottawa" for the 150 birthday celebrations... but I also just couldn't picture me pushing around a toddler who bolts and maneuvering the craziest crowd ever with a newborn. I know they're only very little but I vaguely remember when the Olympic torch came through my hometown when I was barely 4 (if that!).... or maybe I don't remember it at all but I have the candle that everyone in the crowd got to hold as part of the celebration? Either way I can say "I was there when" which, when it comes to stuff like Olympic parades and celebrating the birth of our amazing country, I wanna make sure our kids are part of it! (As an aside, I find those hazy memories that you aren't sure if they're stories you've heard before or if you actually remember them, to be just fascinating!)
Originally I thought we'd wait until the middle of the week to head downtown, but when I looked at the weather app on my phone on Monday the entire week was under a storm cloud so we decided to make the trip after mike was done work for the day. We've had a bad track record in the past year of making spontaneous plans and then a rain cloud just happens to open up from a bright blue sky, but happy to report this did not happen on Monday! It was epically beautiful and basically the perfect day - there were dark rain clouds far off in the distance that didn't break until much later in the evening and it made for this dramatic backdrop over the entire downtown area. We parked in the Byward Market and made our way through the Inspiration Village, walked around the Chateau Laurier (to which June kept shrieking "BIIIIIIIGGG CASTLE, BIIIIIIGGGG CASTLE") and all the way up to Parliament Hill. I always forget and take for granted how magic our Parliament Buildings are. They seriously look like something out of Harry Potter and it's pretty cool that they're a mere 20 minutes from our place. They were setting up all the stages on the Hill for Saturday's event (I guess U2 is playing there? Or a couple members of the band? Man if I did not have a brand new family or if this was 10 years ago I would have been camping out on that grass waiting for a spot for the show!) After we let June run herself silly across the green we went back to the Market and dinner at Corazon de Mais (maybe the best mexican food in Ottawa?) and then gelato for dessert. Not a bad way to spend a Monday!!
Here are some pictures from our time downtown!
this boogie board has saved our life ^^ June isn't really a stroller sort of gal but to be able to have the ride-on option makes a HUGE difference in how far we're able to go. Also that's the stroller cover I was talking about above ^^ awesome for a little bit of protection!
fun fact: Mike and I started dating 8 years ago this Canada Day!! We got caught in a torrential rainstorm under that tower there to the right above ^^^ Kinda cool when you have landmarks around the city that remind you of each other. It's neat too because it makes me feel like we've left little parts of ourselves behind us.
we had wayyyy too much fun with this sign. You should see the outtakes. probably still gonna have to print them all because I can never decide.
now my life ^^ always with the kids all over me ^^^ not complaining one bit.
amazing being able to eat outside. Taking advantage of our summer months to the *fullest* possible extent!
her little pony is part of my heart disconnected from me. ^^^
I'm looking forward to actually celebrating the 150 this weekend like a normal person but it was pretty special to feel the pulse of our city coming to life! I think June liked it too - dare I even say that this country mama might have a bit of a city mouse on her hands? She was giddy excited to be walking around down there and it made me pretty happy to be out and about as a family. Looking forward to lots more adventures like this one!!