Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Where we were at

Last week we took a little sojourn to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's a lovely city to the west of us. And apparently us Saskatonians are supposed to loathe those from Manitoba and vice versa. Bah is what I say to that, can't we all just appreciate the differences (and frankly there aren't many) between our fair provinces?

Anywho, if you were wondering why I was awol, that's were we be. Exciting stuff, I know. But it actually was, you see because we didn't just go for fun, we also went to visit. We started off by meeting one of my (many) aunts and two of my cousins that reside in the great city of Winnipeg. Cousins that are my mother's (ish) age and that despite the 35 years of opportunity, we had never met. My mother is the youngest of somewhere in the range of 18 kids (ish). I might be able to name them all...Should I try? How's the for exciting blog fodder?

Here goes....

Stan (both from Grandpa's first wife)

The remainder from my Grandma (*no longer with us):

A girl who died ~age 4, her name escapes me

and my mom, the baby of the family, Gloria

Whew, anyone else tired? And yes they were Catholic, why do you ask?

We also fit in some fun, well for the boys anyway. On Sat and Sun, I was marking exams for the organization that I work with. The hotel I was working in and where we stayed had this fantastic play structure. It was well used. Ahoy Mateys!

Oh yeah, we also got put into jail. Well not really, this was in the recreation of a late 1600's harbour town at the Manitoba Museum.

It was the science gallery that was a big hit with our crowd though. Um, yeah, even me, the biggest kid of them all. What am I doing you might be wondering... This is a NASA training module that is supposed to simulate the no gravity atmosphere inside the space shuttle. Folks, there is a reason I am an accountant not an astronaut.

My little man and his alien. Aren't they cute?

The pins, always a hit, as is my nuclear powered flash. Really someday I ought to cough up the dough for a decent one.

A real piece of meteor. Jack was pretty stoked about touching it, being Mr. Space and all.

And a tornado, although without the trailer park demolition, it just wasn't the same, you know?

We also hit Tinkertown with my good friend, Cheryl and her little man, Cole.

The boys had fun while us gals visited. Cheryl and I had also planned a day of shopping, coffee, dinner out and lots and lots of girl time but unfortunately she came down with a nasty virus. Oh and did I mention she is also 19 weeks (ish) away from delivering twins? So yeah, when the girl get sick, she needs to rest and not feel bad about cancelling on our girl time! I know where you live girl, I'll be back. By some feat (she's amazing) she made it to work Sat and Sun so I got to hang with her in between marking exams like madwomen. It's all good.

And can someone tell me what Spiderman has done with my son?


R Royal Family said...

Sounds like a great trip! Logan loved the pic of Kamden with his mask on. He misses his buddy. See you tomorrow

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

that science museum looks way too cool!

Loukia said...

Looks like you guys had a GREAT time! I so want to go there now with my kids! Missed you! I was wondering where you disappeared to! And um, that is a lot of children!

Cheryl said...

Look at Jack's huge smile!!! Love it!!!
It was the BEST seeing you....raincheck on shopping, we will make up for it next time!

Stacie's Madness said...

how wonderful for you to have met your family and a friend! woot!

Misty said...

Check that family list out. Is is bad I secretly want to be an old women in a shoe, with all those kids???

Elaine A. said...

You know what I'm going to comment about, right? I LOVE the Texas Longhorns Shirt!! Awesome! Where did he get it? Makes me homesick...

Looks like y'all had a great time and MAN your mother has a HUGE family! : )

Angella said...

Looks like a FANTASTIC time! Now I want to take my kids to Science World...

Debbie said...

Looks like you guys had a great time in Winnipeg! I like it there...half of St. Boniface is related to hubs. :)

And Spidey, oh, Spidey...sweet.

Alicia W. said...

How neat! We need a place like that around here. :)

Kristin said...

OK i'll start at the end, I think that Spiderman is secretly the pied-piper and lures children away, it starts out slowly with a hero worship thing, then suddenly you are getting hit by "webs" (pieces of ropes, string, paper) and your child is climbing the side of the sofa and jumping from the end table...

With all those aunts to visit, I'm surprised you had time to do anything else, but how much fun does that look? I don't think I've ever wanted to go to Winnepeg this much before...

Fun pictures!

Debo Hobo said...

WOW it looks like y'all had loads of fun. The simulator looks like fun but it would smoosh my afro so I probably would have to pass on it. Ridiculous I know.

Kami said...

Was wondering where you were! Looks like a great time! I would love that science museum, I can just tell!

Ashley said...

Looks like fun was had by all!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great time Kami! Too bad it involved some work, but it sounds like you got it done?? The boys look like they loved it!
We need to do another walk soon (but it will probably have to wait until the beginning of August now)!
Jackie :)

Ed said...

That looks like one of the most fun playland/childrens museum/science centers ever! My kids would absolutely freak there.

BeachMama said...

What a great trip to Winnipeg. I feel terrible that the two years I spent living there I did not go to one museum. I went to a few bars, Grand Beach and work. Oh yes, and Baked Expectations where I have yet to find cheesecake quite as good. It would be neat to go back now, so many years older, with kids to see what Winnipeg would be like now.

teeni said...

This place looks like so much FUN!!!!! I want to go there!