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Elizabeth, Lindsay and Mila have been making plans to have a BBQ party. Actually, Elizabeth announced that Lindsay was coming over for supper on Tuesday and we should make hamburgers. Strangely since none of the adults had actually been involved in the planning Tuesday's plan fell through (also we had gallons of rain). But we managed to find a time that worked for all three households today.

 

The kids play very nicely together; pity that Lindsay is not staying long.

 

After the BBQ we hauled our kids away from the neighbours and headed over to Joey and Mary's for Olivia's third birthday party. (Joey and Brendan grew up together on our street) The kids claimed they ate sandwiches, fruit and salad but I believe their supper actually consisted of chips, candy, juice boxes and cupcakes. A fine time was had by all!



   



Margaret and I took the kids to see the special Canada 150 horticultural exhibit over in Jacques Cartier Park. Elizabeth and Matthew were not super excited about going to see giant chia pets in lieu of playing with their friends on the street but I dragged them along anyway.

 

I was a little surprised by the line to get in (caused by strict bag checks). We weren't sure what they were checking for but at least the line moved quickly! I expected we'd have to pay $20 for parking but someone was leaving as we arrived and offered us their ticket for $5 which was pretty sweet.

 

Elizabeth spent most of her time grumbling that she didn't like any of the exhibits because there were NO ELEPHANTS. I pointed out that Canadian history isn't exactly full of elephants. Apparently it should be.

 

The kids were pretty interested by how the exhibits were created. I could have spent quite a long time just sitting and enjoying the greenery - it was extremely beautiful! I don't think my pictures do it justice.



   



My friend Evelyn hosts a series of get-togethers in the park near her house every year and since thunderstorms delayed it until after we got back from the cottage we made it out to the final luau!

 

I had thought it too cold to go swimming but the kids insisted on bringing bathing suits - they were right! It was such a nice day.



   



A very rainy day was just perfectly timed to run errands such as acquiring new backpacks needed for school next week.

 

Elizabeth and I ran a very special errand at the ultrasound clinic where it was (eventually) confirmed that baby is a BOY! Although I did notice the tech was careful to check whether I had other children and find out if they were all the same gender or not before telling me; not sure whether that was just curiosity or related to the previous nonsense. The actual ultrasound took much longer than normal because baby was lying on his stomach and wiggled every time the tech tried to capture a photo of his heart.

 

In any case, Matthew is relieved "cuz there are too many girls around here". Elizabeth is happy because she thinks it will be "a good balance" and she has "a lot more boy names". But she did tell Daddy he could pick the middle name LOL.



   



It was eclipse day and the Aviation and Space museum sent an invitation to come and look at the sun with telescopes and protective glasses so we hopped in the car and headed out.

 

I gather they expected somewhere between 500-2000 visitors; the final tally was closer to 8000!  I have never seen the road to the Aviation museum backed up past Montreal road. I dropped Brendan and the kids off at the museum as I had to go to an appointment near by. By the time I got back the traffic was even worse, but quite a few cars gave up (maybe 1 in 5?) so it didn't take as long as I had feared. I was concerned about parking - there were cars parked all over the various parkways lined in both directions and cars driving along the bike path in order to get ahead of various lines, but I guess some people arrived and then decided they wouldn't be able to find glasses that they just gave up and left. So I found a spot and it wasn't even far.

 

Mila, Simon and their mom met us at the museum. Although the museum ran out of glasses pretty early on we found that people were very generous and willing to share. Janice lent us a pair as well, and helped make a pin-hole viewer so we were well equipped.

 

The kids all oohed and ahh-ed over the "bite out of the sun" - in our area it was only 61% but I was quite impressed at my view through the glasses.

 

The kids spent some time in the museum proper but the real attraction was hanging out the back and watching the airplanes and helicopter take off and land. I had given up hope of getting a glimpse through the telescope but on our way out I observed that the line had actually fallen to a mere five people so Elizabeth and I stopped to admire the last sliver of moon and check out the sun spots. Probably that cost us quite a few minutes in traffic but it was worth it. Looking forward to 2024 when the totality will be much closer to our area!



   

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