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Happy Canada Day!

Canada Flag #2
Canadian Flag

Hope all Canadians, and friends of Canadians everywhere got a chance to go out and celebrate Canada Day today as we did.

We went to Downsview Park for their “free” Canada Day celebrations. Yawn.

The web-site stated that things got rolling at 11am, when in fact they did at 10am, instead.  Oops.  Not that it made much of a difference, but when you are awaken by your child, from his cries of “OOO-EEEEEEEEE” – the name of our crazy little kitten who must have made an appearance in his room and started the commotion, you want to get moving ASAP.  So we would have been here at 10am if we knew.

So our family was really cute, I’ll be honest.  We were all dressed in our red t-shirts and beige shorts, and pretty soon our red cheeks matched.  I was not thrilled to have paid $5.00 for parking only to find out later that if we parked near the food building and not the midway, we could have parked for free.  And the extra 200 feet to walk would have been totally worth it and healthy too.

Sadly, Linus was too small for almost all the rides on the midway, and we were not paying $5.00 for a 2 minute spin on a train ride, so we headed over to the very little kids area and on the stage was a children’s group named Judy and David.  They were fun. Linus actually stood on the grass and danced to their music, sometimes making the motions they wanted the kids to make, but when there was no more music, my son went nuts banging his head up and down to the hard rock music playing at the bar behind the stage. I swear he likes that more. GOOD BOY!!! Looks like playing Rob Zombie for him in the womb is paying off.  (I didn’t actually do that).

We also made our way to where there was supposed to be a petting zoo, but it was not there “yet”, although no one really knew where is was, or where is was supposed to be. Disappointing. Also disappointing was the craft area where all the kids were playing with clay – happy boy, again too young. So as it got hotter, we headed back to the car, the air conditioning and back home for my wife’s yummy homemade strawberry yoghurt popsicles.  Then came a great nap for everyone not named The Urban Daddy, who blew up a pool for Linus after his nap).

All in all, it was good to get out. Getting a lot of work / cleaning done in the house right now for Monday as we are having an impromptu potluck BBQ for friends and their kiddies. Love long weekends!!!

What did you do?


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3 thoughts on “Happy Canada Day!

  1. Poor Shroom… I am assuming that a yellow jacket is a bug… a “Hotlanta” species?? Up here in Canada, we get bit all the time by beavers.


    Thank you, Veronica, for the very kind sentiment, however I know you actually don’t mean it.


  2. I’m really impressed, kudos for planning such a wonderful anniversary!

    Congrats to you and your wife! May you share infinite years of wedded bliss!


  3. Good thing you missed the petting zoo- those things are pure evil. Evil I tell you. One time at the petting zoo I got bit by a donkey! A donkey bit me! It was crazy, and painful! The next hour I was eating corn on the cob and a yellow jacket landed on my corn on the cob and I bit him so he bit me back- inside my mouth. My entire head swelled up to gigantic porportions! It was crazy. And that is why I hate the Petting Zoo. By Shroom Monkey


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