Yesterday was the "Family Day" holiday and this year we coincidentally had some family from out of town here for the occasion! We're really lucky to live close to Mike's family and whenever I'm out driving around the city, I'm reminded about how I married a true Ottawa boy (his family has been here a couple generations) because all the stories I've learned through him flash through my mind when I see the landmarks. It's not often that you move somewhere and you get to feel like you have roots - but I'm part of all these amazing stories that are being passed down through the generations of Ottawa Kellys. It's pretty cool. Despite this, a part of my heart is stuck in my hometown (I don't think that ever goes away) and I get giddy when my sisters come to visit.
This past weekend my sister Kelly and my brother-in-law and my niece Sophia made the trek from Toronto with my mom and it was so nice to have them here! Families come in all shapes and sizes and I was reminded how unique ours was this weekend. There's a lot of space between Kelly and I (13 years!) and she left home for University when I was only 6! (<<-- that still blows my mind to think about). They started their families a lot earlier, so my nieces are like sisters to me because we're so close in age; I was 12 when I first became an aunt and then again at 15 and 16! The age gap doesn't really matter so much once you hit 25 and your interests start to overlap, that's what I've found with my sisters anyway. I do feel kind of ancient though when I say "I have a niece who just started University" and "my other niece just started high school.. and the third is about to finish" ... so.... thanks for that sisters. Just remember.. I'll ALWAYS be the youngest ;)
It was SO cold here this weekend & also I was fighting off a sinus infection so I had a Rudolph nose/ zinc covered nose for most of it. I know I've been asking for winter weather (you're welcome everyone!) but I wasn't talking about the kind of weather that stalls cars (ours was stuck in the driveway all weekend because the battery wouldn't start) and burns your teeth. We ended up hibernating for most of it and playing games in our basement but we managed to venture out on Valentine's Day with face masks for a quick bite to eat and some shopping (there are some ridiculous sales going on a Nordstrom right now!) and I got a beautiful dress! Now I just need an occasion :) We took my sister and brother-in-law on a double date to Chez Lucien... our favourite old haunt! It was the first time we'd been back since before Juney was born & as good as I remembered it. All in all, an excellent Valentine's Day.
Today it's a massive SNOWSTORM in Ottawa though not as cold so we're going a bit Zooey from being stuck in the house. Days like these when I remember how grateful I am to not be commuting! I hope you had a good one with yours <3 and that your Valentine's Day was full of love and just the right amount of winter weather :D