Family, Life, Parenting, Travel

Day and Night; Tremblant, Quebec has something for everyone

We just returned from our 2nd annual family ski trip to Mount Tremblant, Quebec.  Unlike last year, Kyle and I flew there while the rest of the gang made the seven+ hour drive from Toronto.  Kyle and I flew Porter (www.flyporter.com).  I can’t say enough good things about this airline.  The experience was amazing and so fast.  I only had to show up 30 minutes before take-off, even with a toddler!  We received tons of snacks and drinks at the lounge and Kyle loved watching the airplanes.  Before I knew it, we landed.  A shuttle bus took us right to the village where Kyle and I had a few hours to kill before everyone else arrived.

First stop, FOOD!  We went to an Italian restaurant (http://www.pizzateria.com/) and shared a salad and a pizza.  I unfortunately didn’t plan his clothes very well as he was wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs sweatshirt in the (Montreal) Canadians home turf.  Thankfully no one made a comment about it.*  After lunch, I took him to the indoor play pool located in the village – Aquaclub La Source (http://www.tremblant.ca/activities/winter/activities/aquaclub/index-e.htm).  There was a great wading pool for babies / toddlers with a water slide that I was able to take Kyle down.  There was even a jacuzzi the size of a small pool that wasn’t too hot and full of little kids.  It was also pretty neat to watch the skiers from the glass windows surrounding the pools.  Kyle and I ended our two-hour adventure in the jacuzzi.  We warmed up, changed and made our way to the chalet to meet the rest of the gang and daddy. I had to make a quick detour for a Beaver-Tail.  It was sooooooo yummy, I couldn’t resist!!!

The next day, John and I got to hit the slops while his family watched Kyle.  We made it to the gondola at 8:30 and we finished our first run by 9:00.  It was amazing to get back on the skis after a one-year hiatus.  The snow conditions were great but the weather was a little on the chilly side (-16 degrees on the top; but felt much colder due to the wind).  Since this would be my only day of skiing, I wanted to take advantage of it.  We skied about 5 runs, before we had to go inside for a quick break.  My toes were frostbitten and my fingers extremely cold.  After warming up by the fire and drinking some coffee, we hit the slops again.  We were able to ski right into our chalet for a quick-lunch break and continued until the last ski-lift at 3:45.  I don’t know if it was the time of year, the weather or the overall winter seasons that we’ve had, but the slops were empty.  It was amazing!  On some runs, it felt like John and I were the only ones there.  We had the whole trail to ourselves, and we loved it.  Of course, the best part about skiing is the ‘apres ski’.  We stopped at “Le Shack” in the village and ordered a few pitchers, some POUTINE (when in Rome) and shared a few laughs and stories before we headed back to the chalet for dinner.

Tuesday morning, after Kyle’s morning nap and before we had to leave for the airport, I took Kyle to the village.  The weather was warming up and we hung out at the bottom of the hill watching the skiers go by.  Kyle loved just “running” around in the snow and sliding down on this bum on a small hill.  He tiered himself out enough that he napped the entire ride to the airport.

If you’re looking for a fun, quick and great family get-away, look no further than Tremblant.  Whether you’re a skier / snowboarder or just there with friends or family, there is something for everyone.  If you happen to be there with the kiddies but no one to watch them, Tremblant does offer daycare (Kids Club) for children 1 to 6 years old.  http://www.tremblant.ca/activities/kidz/index-e.htm

Hope you have fun 🙂

* Its possible everyone was mesmerized by Kyle cuteness so they weren’t capable of speaking!

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Family, Life, Parenting

Mickey Mouse is Sleeping

When Kyle was turning one I started reading toddler books.  I knew that Toddler behaviour will probably be a challenge for us since a) John and I were both a hand-full when we were young and b) Kyle had that “wild”, rambunctious attitude about him as a baby.  One of my favourite books was called Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline by Michelle Smith with Rita Chandler.  I liked the advice (actual actionable steps), and the writing, but mostly, I liked that it was a VERY short book and a quick read.  Too many advice books, although helpful and full of information, are not great as reference books, for when you really need to look up advice based on the situation at hand. Continue reading “Mickey Mouse is Sleeping”

Family, Life, Parenting

We missed the (baby) boat

My husband and I apparently missed the baby boat.  Or in our case, we jumped ship too early.  As it turns out, we know 17 couples that are expecting their first child between now and August.  Apparently the Mayans had it all wrong.  2012 is the year of the baby!  I guess this shouldn’t surprise me since we attended 12 weddings in 2009 (including our own), 14 weddings in 2010 and 7 weddings this past year.  As well, we’re (hopefully) expecting to receive some additional baby news from more of our friends.  Let the baby showers begin 🙂

Kyle (12 weeks pregnant)

Granted, of the 17 couples we know, six are acquaintances, four live out of country and one lives out of province.

There are of course pros and cons to this.

Cons:

Kyle will be between a year and a half to almost two years older than most of these babies.  That means, after their birth, it’ll be another year and a half at least until Kyle will have more “play friends”.

Pros:

  1. We don’t need to look for new friends!
  2. Our friends will finally understand what my blog posts and baby ramblings mean.

    http://www.lunch.com

Of course I’m just kidding.  It will all be positive!  We’re so excited and happy for our family and friends to begin this new journey of their lives.  We love every second with Kyle and we wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.  If anything, this is making me think that we should start thinking about baby #2 soon!*

PS. As of posting date, three of our friends had their baby. Congrats to Sari and Scott on the birth of their son, Katie and Pete on the birth of their daughter and Carmi and Jeremy on the birth of their daughter.

*John just fell off his chair reading that!

Culture, Life, Religion

The church of the flying spaghetti monster?!?! Is this for real?

I was at a wedding a few weeks ago and a friend of mine mentioned, in passing (as if this isn’t a big deal), how her brother-in-law recently got married under the traditions of the church of flying spaghetti monster. She kept on talking to get to some other point of her story, but I had to stop her right then and there. I mean, was she joking? Did she make it up? Did she really say The Church of the Flying spaghetti monster?

Sure, I’ve heard of the church of scientology. I mean, Tom Cruise is the President or something which obviously made that famous. But I can’t say I’ve heard of the Church of the flying spaghetti monster (FSM)? I have since confirmed it exists! Apparently, the church is 10 million followers strong and is continuing to grow. Followers of this religion refer to themselves as Pastafarian; Continue reading “The church of the flying spaghetti monster?!?! Is this for real?”

Adventures / Thrills, Travel

ZORBing in New Zealand

When my husband and I went to New Zealand, one of the things on our “bucket” list was ZORBing (the sport of globe riding)*.  I’ve seen it on the Amazing Race (my favourite reality TV show) and I just had to try it out for myself.

Being an adrenalin junky, I couldn’t wait to get there.  I wasn’t sure what it was really all about, but I knew that I had to try it out.  We arrived at Rotorua and followed the signs that took us directly to ZORB Rotorua (http://www.zorb.com/zorb/rotorua/). Continue reading “ZORBing in New Zealand”

Family, Life, Parenting

My 16 month old son is a bully

It didn’t really hit me until last month. I’d seen this behaviour show it’s ugly little face before, but I never thought it was a persistent problem. It only hit me during our last playdate when we basically scared my friend and her son away*. I immediately messaged my husband at work and said “I think Kyle’s a bully”.

Don't let his sweet looks fool you!

Continue reading “My 16 month old son is a bully”