Yesterday (ed. July 1) was Canada Day! For those reading this from other countries, Canada Day is not like the US Independence Day. It’s a day that celebrates the unifying of three parts into one. You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day
Canada Day is a national holiday filled with celebrations big and small. Some families just relax, have a bit of a bbq, drink a few beers. Others participate in larger celebrations put on by their town or city. Where I live there’s a fun fest held by the lake with food vendors, bouncy castles, and concerts.
For the last 4 years or so I’ve taken my kids. My son dropped out a little while back, being well past the fun fest stage. In fact, there is very little that can compete with his video games, and Skype-ing on the laptop. So off we went, my daughters and I. Being tweens, they are just on the edge of “I don’t mind being seen by my friends waiting to bounce, since they are also waiting in line to bounce”. We waited in line twice, about 15 minutes per line. They ran through the bouncy maze, and climbed the bouncy rocks in under 10 seconds. I’ve got a feeling this is the last year for bouncy anything.
When my husband and I chose to move out here to the ‘burbs 8 years ago, we didn’t take the lake into consideration. In fact, we didn’t realize how close it was until we’d settled in and went exploring. Lake Ontario is about 10 minutes drive from our house. In our town, by the lake, there are vast green fields to picnic, play and relax in. Playgrounds with splash parks. There is also a walking/biking trail along the lake that is being extended east and west, to connect with other towns and cities by the lake; the goal is to be able to go from parts east of us, all the way to the Harbourfront area in downtown Toronto. Awesome!
I was heading to the lake with my daughters, in my patriotic flip-flops!
Great flip flops! :) And the Americans will be at it tomorrow, wonder if we will see any related toemail. :)
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