Cup Cake Camp Montreal, a.k.a. Sugar Rush Sunday

It shouldn’t be Cup Cake Camp, they should call it Sugar Rush Sunday!

We decided to make an event of it, we took the train and walked up to the Queen Elizabeth hotel for around 12:45pm.  Plenty of time I figured since the doors opened at 1pm.  

When we got there the doorman (apparently an honest one not sitting in jail for extorting money from cabbies) informed the “line has already formed.”  The “line” I wondered, there’s a line-up for cup cakes?!  What have I gotten myself into!?

Apparently Cup Cake Camp Montreal is a premier fund raising event, the number of people attending was insanity!!!  For cup cakes!!! Well, okay for Kids Help Phone and Tablée des Chefs but we were all there to eat cup cakes!
My kids had a blast, a sugar rush blast.  Every cup cake was their favourite, but in the end managed to choose only a couple a bring home and one to eat there.  I couldn’t get over the elaborate decorations and designs the chefs were able to create with icing sugar; and the amount of effort that must have gone into making all the cup cakes they donated to this event.
Many thanks to the organizers, the volunteers, and all the sponsors for great, unique, event.

Cross-posted on 2FatDads at Cup Cake Camp Montreal, a.k.a. Sugar Rush Sunday

Finnish Pancakes

We got the recipe for Finnish Pancakes from our friend and so Saturday morning we put on our aprons to make breakfast.

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Serves at least two

  1. In the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit bake for 5 minutes:
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 cups sliced apples, peeled & cored
  2. Mix in a bowl
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  3. Pour on top of apples and bake for 15 to 20 minutes

One big pancake!

The breakfast was delicious! Topped with maple syrop and cinnamon we’re definitely going to be making this one again.

Soak in the rays

Soak in the rays, originally uploaded by schultzter.

Thomas had a really rough day at daycare the beginning of the month, so I had to leave work early and pick him up. Once we got home he perked up and we had a little snack together and spend some daddy/son time. It was a beautiful late winter afternoon and the sun streamed in through our living room window. It was easy to understand why he wanted to get out of the day care and kick-back at home.

First snow

It was the first snow of the season that stuck to the ground, so the kids got all decked out in their snow gear for the walk to day care.

First Snow

And presumably there will be much playing in the snow today!

It wasn’t the first time it has snowed this fall (check my Twitter stream, I tweeted it) but this is the first time the snow has stuck to the ground.

It’s also the first time for Thomas to see snow, we’ll have to see what he thinks when he gets back home this afternoon!

Last Swimming Lesson of Summer 2009

We had a great summer at Valois Pool this summer, no matter the weather (it wasn’t as bad as the forecasters made it sound) and especially because of the lifeguards. Our daughter had a lot of fun and really progressed in her swimming (she practices every night in bathtub).

Our daughter’s instructors, Sean and Ryan, need to be commended for putting up with all of her terrible two behaviours! By the end of the summer she was jumping off the side and even trying to swim with her face in the water!

From Last Swimming Lesson of Summer 2009

The whole family looks forward to next summer, see you all then!

Niagara Falls Vacation

We’d been talking about taking the train for some time – our daughter seems really interested into them – and we’d also wanted to get back to Niagara Falls and Marineland. We decided to combine the two ideas into one this summer and packed the family’s bags for a trip to the centre of Canada!

From Niagara Falls Vacation

The train was great, we got a quad seat (two benches facing each other so the four us were together) after the conductor clarified to a lone individual they couldn’t occupy four seats if they only paid for one!

The ride to Toronto is quite nice, although there’s a lot of trees initially once you get going there’s quite a bit to see, and more and more as you get closer to the destination.

Once in Toronto the only issue was time it took to get out of the station and over the car rental agency. By the time we got there they were closed and we had to go all the way out to airport, with our kids and luggage and stroller, to get a car. The car was a GMC Acadia, a huge beast that I would never be comfortable driving but really convenient for getting all our stuff into.

We headed back east initially to visit some relatives just outside of Peterborough. They had a great dinner waiting for us – unfortunately they had to wait until 9pm because the rental car issues – and we ended having a really good evening. They have a beautiful house on the lake; it was amazing to fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore and then to wake-up in the morning and look out the window across the lake.

Our next stop was back in Toronto to say hi to the latest addition to the Cameron family. A cute little bundle named Elsapeth.

And now it was off to the Hampton Inn in Niagara Falls. Our room was all set when we arrived – even the crib was setup – so the kids were off to bed while we un-packed.

Next day the fun began! We started with ourselves by visiting a few vineyards in the Niagara region. The best is by far the Hillebrand vineyard where the tour really explains the wine making and tasting process and they even had grape juice for our daughter so she could participate in the tastings! We probably bought more wine than we should have considering we had to carry it all back home but there was so much space in the SUV we rented and the wine all tasted so good!

The afternoon was a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory. Our daughter talked big on the way there about the butterflies were going to land on her and she was touch them and carry them around. But butterflies with wings as big as my hands were dive-bombing here it was a different story! The conservatory really is amazing though and seeing all those butterflies was quite beautiful.

And then was the big day: Marineland! Our plan was to arrive early so we got good parking (9:30am is not early enough I’m afraid) and figured we’d be leaving around lunch time. It was 6pm when we finally dragged ourselves out of there! It’s really cool with the animal shows and interactivity and underwater viewing windows. Our daughter still talks about being splashed by the killer whales and watching the “girls in red” swim with the dolphins. She also loved the rides, especially the lady bug roller coaster.

Of course you can’t go to Niagara Falls without being overwhelmed by the tourist kitch! All the neon lights, the wax museums, the haunted houses, and all that stuff. With a young family there’s not much you can really do but visited the Hershey store, ate at the Rainforest Cafe, and took our pictures with the dinosaurs.

The trip home was quite smooth, except again the car rental (we returned it to the location we were originally supposed to rent from but they told us to take it back to the train station since that’s where we were going anyways).

When we finally go home Oma & Opa were waiting for us with our car to take us on the last little bit and finally back into our beds

Gone Fishing with Grampa

Lindsay loves fishies, and we had a lot fun last time Grampa took us fishing so we wanted to do it again. Finally we got ourselves together (more or less) and made it out to Rigaud in time for dinner and then some evening fishing.

Fishing with Grampa

We only caught two fish and we had to throw the bass back because it was out of season, but Lindsay seemed to have a lot of fun so I’d call the outing a success!

Thanks Grampa!

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Another trip to Valois Park in the Snow

It was another beautiful day with the temperature just around zero and the sun shining bright. As soon as story time was over we threw (ok, struggled) on the snow suit and headed for the park. Lindsay’s friend Madeleine brought her dad and two brothers along too.

From Valois Park in the Snow

Of course the swings were a big hit, but enough snow had melted by now that sand was starting to show. That meant it was time to get dirty and they spent most of the outing underneath the play structure building sand piles!

Valois Park in the Snow

The weather was so nice and Lindsay loves the park so much we couldn’t resist a walk to the park and playing on the equipment. Along the way we ran into her friends Chloe and Madeleine out for a walk with their grand parents and new baby brothers.

From Valois Park in the Snow

Of course the swings were a big hit but we did the tour of all the slides and structures several times. Lots of other families were out enjoying the blue skies and warm sun, a first taste of spring and a beautiful summer to come.