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Oh Canada!

On June 8th Mina and I few home home for a week long visit. Gary had to work so wasn’t able to come.

June 8th: Gary dropped us off at SFO to catch our 8 am flight to Toronto. It was my first time flying by myself with Mina and was a little nervous about trying to navigate the airport with her and our stuff on my own. I needn’t have worried as all the staff we friendly and helpful. Some one at security helped us through and the flight attendants helped me track down the stroller when it was accidentally put in baggage. One of them even offered to help me get to baggage since I was carrying Mina, diaper bag and carry on. I declined. Mina must be getting used to flying as she didn’t fuss much on the flight (no tears).

Grandma picked us up and we headed into Kitchener.

First stop was grandma’s where we dropped off the suitcases and said hello to great-grandma. Next we met Simon and Christine for dinner. Although a little unsure at first (hands behind the ears) it didn’t take long for Mina to be content sitting between grandma and Christine eating Christine’s keys.

June 9th: Woke up surprisingly early which was good since it let us catch an earlier bus into Toronto. Mina slept the whole way in and we arrived around noon. First stop was Price Roman to say hi and then downstairs to Second Cup for coffee and met Mandy and Thomas. After we hit up China town for paper umbrellas (very handy here in the sun) and Queen West for fabric. (My closest fashion district is apparently LA, 6 hrs away.) That evening we had dinner with Julie and Thanh at Everest. The staff were great as well as the food. At the end of the evening Thanh kindly walked us to Mandy and Eric’s for the night.

June 10th: After letting Mina and Thomas play Mandy and I took the babies out for breakfast at Sunrise Grill and Crepe. After a trip to the toy store we headed to the park where the kids played on the riding toys. A few more errands and we headed home for a bit before I needed to go back to Queen West to see Tess, Derek and Nicole (and even Marta) at Price Roman before catching the bus home. Mina was pretty tired but held up remarkably well. She slept most of the way home and was very happy to get back to grandma’s.

June 11th: What a busy day! The morning started off with chiropractor appointments then Mom-to-Mom and lunch with Misha at the Working Centre. After lunch we visited grandma at work till Auntie Chrissy picked us up and took us to Dreampower for some cute overload. That evening we joined Grandma, Great Grandma, Myron, Simon and Christine for dinner. After dinner we put Mina to bed and I took the opportunity to go out! Nick picked me up for and evening of bar hopping. We visited Jane Bond, The Huether and Ethel’s. We chatted over drinks and overall had a really nice night. Bed time was welcome when it came!

June 12th: A thankfully quite morning. After lunch we visited Jess and Jay at the house. The neat thing was that Mina was a little fussy on the way over but as soon as we walked in the front door she was all smiles and wanted down to play on the floor. It was like she knew she was home. Mina had her best nap of the trip there. All to soon grandma arrived to take us to the Gingerich gathering. Not everyone could make it but it was really good to see those that could.

June 13th: After West had a mishap with hot chocolate we were able to meet Nana, Auntie Robyn and cousin West for breakfast at Cora’s. After breakfast we went to the Highland Hills Mall to pick up some things from Joe Fresh, then poke around Toys R Us and Fairview Park Mall before having to say good bye. That evening Simon and Christine played host to the Burkards. Almost everyone made it!

June 14th: After such a busy week this was the only day we didn’t have any plans for. Happily nothing urgent came up so we were able to have a nice relaxing day in. Mom and I took the time to pleat some fabric for smocking that I could take back with me and otherwise we packed and prepared for the flight home the next day.

June 15th: Grandma drove us to the Pearson to catch our fight back to California. I must say, people are nice. If it wasn’t airport staff giving me a hand (like at SFO) it was other travellers (mostly at Pearson). This was a wonderful trend over all for the trip, people being kind and giving me  hand when I needed it. The Air Canada flight attendants on the way home where especially nice and gave Mina a blanket and pillow even though we weren’t in first class. Gary was met at the airport with big smiles from his little girl who was more then happy to be done traveling.

Over all the trip went wonderfully! Mina was a real trooper, and handled all the new faces and places with more grace then I could have hoped for. It did help she gave us warning signs, hands up behind her ears meant she wasn’t sure about something. Best to give her some space to avoid tears.

If you want to see pictures and video check my MobileMe Gallery. Grandma has the photos from the Gingerichs and Burkards.