It's Canada's 150 birthday year and Ottawa has been alive with events this summer! It's been so tempting to want to do everything but that just hasn't been practical/possible for all the obvious reasons. Last weekend La Machine was here and I have to admit, that one has been the hardest yet to miss.. but we just knew that navigating the crowds with two was too much for us this year unfortunately. Hopefully it won't be one of those "once in a lifetime" events and we manage to catch it in another city at some point!
*BUT* we did visit Mosaicanada last week and it was amazing!! I went with few to no expectations and was completely blown away by how spectacular the displays were - I had been calling them "flower sculptures" but clearly my choice of words is inadequate. They built all 40 of the horticultural exhibits around 150 years of history, values, culture and arts in Canada and they were all so good I had a hard time choosing my favourite one (which I always insist on doing after we're finished these sorts of events. I'm tirelessly annoying like that!). Obviously the centrepiece of the event was the Mother Earth sculpture - and after a friend pointed out to me that it looked like the "Moana mountain" I can't unsee it either (just trust me you'll see what I mean below!) - but I was also really taken by the Grand Piano... and the effect of the entry way through a real life replica train station complete with platform and replica train was pretty spectacular..... not to mention the dragons, the horses, and the Anne of Green Gables replica on the train platform... gah I still can't decide! I do have to say that after awhile, it's all so mindblowing that I took for granted what we were looking at!!
As has been the tradition, Flora slept through most of the tour - not quite yet a lover of Flowers. but to be honest it helps balance out our efforts (already just playing the part of a second born!) because June is so busy these days and we are constantly running after our speedy girl (who has selective hearing!!). I don't think all toddlers run this much do they? It's just ours right?! Anyway, we packed a lunch to take with us which is key because I've learned my lesson: snacks and a picnic are the perfect bribe for good behaviour . we LOVE our picnics in this family and June gets excited at the mere mention so as we are making our way through I'm going, "we're almost to our picnic!" which without fail reigns her in each time! whatever it takes right?!
Here are some pictures from our tour of the gardens! I've posted the details on the event below if you're local and think you might want to go!
my girl anne!!! ^^
^^^ these dragons were *so* cool!!^^^
the amount of people working on the flower beds was unreal. just the upkeep alone on this exhibit must be so massive since it runs for about four months straight!
We brought this handy little travel pack of all natural cotton Happy Camper baby wipes which were perfect for sticky hands. (Toddlers are permanently sticky, aren't they, regardless if you wipe them up every 15 minutes? ok just checking!) I really can't keep enough wipes in my purse/diaper bag/car and I STILL find myself lacking at times; the amount of times I've reached for the hem on my shirt to wipe a mouth or nose is pretty sad. The Happy Camper wipes are great because they're hypoallergenic, fragrance free and totally chlorine free and are not made with harmful chemicals, synthetics, or dyes so I don't mind using them on little faces or hands (but really, if we wouldn't use it on hands or face, *why* would we use it on the tush?) their philosophy is a win-win in my books.
this is the exhibit they call mother-earth. doesn't this look like the moana "mountain"??? ^^ it was so amazing to see up close in person!
family shot minus our flora (who was hanging out in the stroller with my mom when this picture was taken!)
i mean. this is incredible!! ^^^
I was just in love with the purple in these flowers!!
epically "canadian" ending with a wheat field and steam engine.
The Mosaicanada 150 exhibit runs from June - October 15, 2017 and is open from 10 am - 7 pm every day (including rain days!!) at Jacques cartier park in Gatineau, QC. It's free to enter so if you are close or can make the trip to Ottawa, you really should go!
And thank-you to happy camper for sponsoring this post! if you are interested in more of what they offer, you can check out their full line of baby goodies here!