Unplanned Visit to the Niagara Falls

The family had an unplanned visit to the Niagara Falls last Sunday. I had a full 8-hour shift at work that day and hubby and I had already planned what to have for dinner (by the time I get home). I even bought a bag of organic bok choy to go for that plan, but when I took my lunch, I received an SMS from hubby saying that Tita Bambi and Kevin wants us all to go to Niagara Falls to watch the fireworks. So okay, I thought, but then I realized that I would be very tired by then, but what the heck. It is Niagara Falls, one of the world’s famous places to visit.

So after I got out from work at around 6:30, I went home straight (completely forgetting that I bought bok choy) so that we can leave immediately. When I got home, the boys were not yet ready, I had to dress them up and hubby had to dress up too. Good thing the weather was fine that day and so we had no trouble in dressing up. We then cramped ourselves in Kevin’s car and headed to Niagara to see the majestic waterfalls and the fireworks. The travel was about an hour and a half and it was a smooth ride, there were no throwing up from Bogs (thanks to the anti-motion sickness medicine he took before the ride) and Job fell asleep after about 25 minutes. We managed through the traffic in the highway and hubby and I were in awe as we passed by lush greens and grape farms and of course the beautiful scenery. Since it is summer and the sun was still shining even at almost 9 in the evening, we were still able to see Niagara (at dusk) when we arrived.

Hubby and I immediately took the little boys by the viewing area and took some photos of the nice and beautiful waterfalls. It was truly worth the visit. We then headed back to the park where we were seated and had some pizza for our dinner and by 10 pm, the fireworks started. It was a bit short but it was nice and when it was done, everyone cheered and clapped their hands.

These are my boys just before the sunset at the Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls

After the fireworks, we packed up and got home 30 minutes past 12 and the little boys were all so sleepy and tired and was hubby and I. It was a very good experience, thanks to Tita Bambi and Kevin but we will be coming back to Niagara by the end of August for our first ever family camp here so hopefully, we can take more photos of this wonderful creation.

Bus Accident

We had a “bus accident” the day before Canada Day. From Walmart, we missed our bus and decided to take another bus to take us to the station. It was a bit of a long ride since the bus route took us to the suburban area and the bus was just “swirling” through the roads. Just a few minutes before we left Walmart, Job called me and I saw him touch his tummy, to which I knew that something is not right. So I took a plastic bag and had it ready in case something might happen.

As the bus traveled through the roads, Job suddenly coughed and then the accident happened… he just threw up everything he ate right on his chest!!! I was too late with my plastic bag to “catch” what was being thrown out!! I had Job’s white cloth to cover his chest but that was not even enough! So I tried to place the plastic bag on his now wet shirt and chest and was still able to “catch” the last and remaining “whatsit” and then wiped the poor boy with my hanky. After just about a couple of minutes, Kuya Bogs followed! This time, hubby caught everything with another plastic bag. Good thing I had it prepared because I knew it was coming.

The “bus accident” was somehow embarrassing but they’re kids. They’re not used to traveling all the time and the bus ride was like being in a boat floating in big waves! Kuya Bogs has motion sickness while Job just unfortunately wasn’t able to take all the “swirling,” hence the throw ups! So lesson learned from our bus accident: always be ready with extra shirts and some comfort bags. They’re kids who knows what will happen next. ­čÖé

Our First Canada Day Experience (2013)

Today, July 1st is Canada Day and it is our family’s first ever Canada Day. It’s a holiday here and we have been waiting for this day to come. We have been told of the fireworks display that will be held in many places around the country. So last week, we planned of what we will be doing on Canada Day.

So today, the family went to Rockwood, Ontario to visit hubby’s cousin who is a parish priest there. The drive was about an hour and we were all crammed in Kevin’s car including Madison, their dog. There, we had barbecue, Kevin was our chef, there were pasta, lots of chips, drinks, and sweet treats that Tita Bambi made. After shared conversations with Fr. Pablito, we headed back to the city to drop Madison at the apartment and change outfits, because we are going to watch the fireworks display at the Bronte Harbour Village.

Once we got home, we changed into our Canada Day tops to show that we are celebrating with the whole country. Here are my boys in their Canada shirts:

Canada Day 2013

When we arrived at the park, there were so many people, the band was already playing in the stage and families have laid out their picnic blankets and lawn chairs in the grass, all waiting for 10 pm for the fireworks.

There were booths, bouncy castles, food stalls, vendors and ice cream trucks in the vast park and it was just a very happy sight. We laid out picnic mats as well after finding a good spot, then settled down and went around the park to check the booths. We also bought ice cream cups and ate our snacks on our picnic mats. We waited for about three hours for the fireworks, the wide park had gotten full with families, teenagers, children and bubbles flew everywhere.

At exactly 10, the Canada National Anthem was then sung and the countdown began. It was very windy but the show must go on. The fireworks then started and everywhere, there were oooohhhss, aaaahhhhsss, wows and yeys when the fireworks lit up the dark sky. The fireworks lasted about 12 minutes I guess, I did not time it and when it was done, we all packed up and headed home.

Canada day 2013

We all went home with happy smiles even though it began to get cold. It was a memorable Canada day for all us. It was fun to see so many people of different background and races, indeed, today, will never be forgotten!

Happy Birthday Canada!