COME SOAR OVER CHINA On now – February 18, 2018

Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time! During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada.

The complete experience will last between 20 and 25 minutes and includes:

• A celebratory Chinese New Year themed pre-show

• Flight of the Dragon, a unique 6-minute flight ride experience over China

• FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience coast-to-coast over Canada.

SCENE LIST

1 HuangShan Yellow Mountains

2 Feng Huang

3 Flowers of Jingzhou/Shashi

4 Shanshen Temple Peak

5 Zhangjiajie Peaks

6 YuLong Snow Mountain

7 Lake Dongting

8 Great Wall of China

9 Long Shen Rice Terraces

10 Mountains of Guilin

11 Lijiang River/Nine Horses

12 Rice Fields near Guilin

13 Shanghai River

14 Shanghai Bund at Night

15 Shanghai Pudong at Night

Introducing…

Meet Eleanor…she’s my “newish” bike.

Eleanor

At first, I didn’t like Eleanor. She wasn’t my ideal bike.

As a kid, I rode a mountain bike. An Allegro Ground Control. We were inseperable. Traversing the North Shore trails, blazing through massive mud puddles down by the train tracks and riding over Lions Gate Bridge to Second Beach Pool. This was all pre-helmet laws and before the safety barrier was installed between the roadway and the sidewalks.

Then it was stolen one night from the house that I was babysitting at.

I was devastated! Mum got me a replacement under our home insurance. A Diamondback Topango, but it wasn’t the same. The new bike and I never bonded so my sister inherited it.

Ten years ago, hubby bought me Eleanor as a gift. We live in a condo with no bike storage available, so she was sadly tucked away into our off-site storage locker.

Isn't she a beauty!

She’s, what I call, a “lollygag” bike. A lollygag bike is a bike that you take on leisurely rides, not a bike to take on the trails in the local hills, like I used to do. It’s got a “big bum” seat, goofy handlebars and a droopy “crotch bar”. All technical terms, clearly.

Hubby reminded me that we now have kids and “lollygagging” is what we do. Enjoy the moment, take in the scenery and don’t be in a rush. Plus, we also have a bike trailer (that has also been in storage for four years) that we can use for lazy tired kids, park toys or even picnic gear.

Today, the wee lad and I took Eleanor and the trailer for their inaugural ride.

The inaugural ride.

 

The set-up took a bit longer than necessary as I needed assemble my front tire, attach the trailer, adjust my seat height and inflate the tires to proper firmness. Once all systems were a go…away we went!

Wobbly at first (I hadn’t ridden an actual bicycle in over 30 years, only stationary exercise bikes), but I composed myself and the swerving along the path stopped. Little dude thought that this was hilarious, but cheered me on with, “You’re doing great Mum!”

Our ride lasted about an hour and we had a blast! I can’t wait to get out again…with or without the kids.

 

My Quest for Happiness…Days 4 & 5 #100DaysOfGratitude #YMCCommunity

We have finally been able to take a holiday this year…

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Hubby had been SOOOO busy with work this year, that it had been nearly impossible for us to get away as a family unit rather than the kids and I heading to Gramma’s for a nice visit while Daddy travels for work.

Doing things as a family is so important to us. The nice thing is, that we have made a huge effort to go offline more than we ever have. It’s so pretty refreshing feeling just focussing on your little unit instead of keeping tabs on the rest of the world.

So here’s what I’ve been grateful for for the past two days:

1) the portable DVD player

*we got through two movies along the first leg of our journey and the DVD player kept the kids occupied the entire way.

2) portable snacks

*kept the bellies of the weelets happy along the way in between food stops.

3) wine sold in grocery stores

*by the time we arrived at our first destination on our holiday, it was pretty close to beddy-bye time and we needed to get some milk for the kiddos to have before bed, so one quick stop at the convenience store and we were set with bedtime bevvies for the kids and Mommy and Daddy.

4) hotels that have a complimentary breakfast

*pre-made breakfast is always appreciated when travelling with kidlets and FREE makes it oh-so much nicer.

5) warm Autumn days

*it was such a nice day today, that even the kids enjoyed our 2 hour walk around town with no complaints. (Visiting two playgrounds probably helped too)

6) my husband holding my hand

*nothing makes a girl feel more loved, than when her chosen holds her hand in public AND even plants a big wet kiss on her while the kids are enjoying playing in the playground.

Aaaarrrr, me matey!  A random pirate ship fir the kiddos.

Aaaarrrr, me matey!
A random pirate ship for the kiddos.

When a moment feels like forever… #YMCCommunity

This past weekend we went on a much needed family vacation.

We chose to go camping in the interior, as the last time we went, our little miss was 2-1/2yo and the wee lad had never had the experience.

Photo credit : Gallagher Lake Resort

Photo credit : Gallagher Lake Resort

The campground was great!

There were options to bring your camper or RV, rent a small cabin or set up in tent village.

We tented…and it was fantastic 🙂

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The lake was quaint, but just big enough for all the guests of the park to enjoy. The beach sand was perfect and progressed at a nice grade so the kiddos could play in the shallows without concern. Out in the water there was a dock that you could swim to and jump off, which the girls enjoyed immensely…until the worst happened.

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It was a beautiful afternoon and the four weelets (ages 16 months to 4-3/4yo) hopped into our inflatable boats and floated out to the dock with the Daddies. They jumped off and swam about, climbed back on and jumped again, and again and again. A few more kids and their Dads swam out and joined in with the fun.

About a half an hour later, four teenage boys swam out to the dock.

They clambered up and their added weight to the existing group caused the dock to tilt and begin to sink. Eventually, the tilt was so great, that everyone started to lose their footing and slide into the water.

I would like to make note, that all four of our kidlets were wearing life preservers.

Once the dock righted itself, my sister-in-law did a head count…one of ours was missing!

Gurgles and screams were heard coming from under the dock!

Our daughter, the eldest, had been sucked under the dock when it tilted as she was climbing up the ladder on the opposite side. When it came down, it came down over top of her.

My husband and brother-in-law immediately swam underneath, located her (her bright yellow life vest was how they saw her in the dark water and limited light), grabbed her, pulled her down and pushed her out to safety.

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She sputtered out the water, but was fine after the ordeal.

I swam out at Mach 10 speed, but as you can imagine this seemed like an eternity.

The teenaged boys had swum away.

Daddy was overcome from the situation and suffered a mild scrape on his forehead, which caused great distress to our daughter. More so that her own predicament that she had just come out of.

She gets this from me. Caring more about others than herself.

After an hour or so, she was herself again, but said that she didn’t want to go back to the dock and that the boys were naughty for making it tip. We explained that it was an accident and that we learned from what had happened.

Lesson 1) The grown-ups should have been more aware and prevented the extra bodies from getting onto the dock. Although, my husband did yell for people to get off as it was tipping. Preventative is better than reactive.

Lesson 2) ALWAYS have your children wear life preservers. Get bright yellow or orange, as we discovered, being in darker water, blue or purple vests make it difficult to see the wearer.

Lesson 3) Comfort your children after an occurrence such as this. We didn’t want our children to become afraid of the water or the dock. It was an unfortunate experience, but the outcome could have been far worse.

The rest of the weekend went off without a hitch and the kids were even taken back out to the dock to see that everything was OK once again.

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Have you ever experienced a heart-stopping event where your children were involved?

Smelly Markers…a Thank You Letter. #YMCCommunity

Dear Smelly Markers,

Thank you for bringing me back to my childhood when I smell your familiar fragrance.

Thank you for making my artwork so bright and aromatic at the same time.

 

Thank you for still being around so that my kids can enjoy your awesomeness.

Smelly markers

Thank you for your delicious fragrance that no kid can help but inhale upon opening the lids.

Thank you for giving my children something to do when I’m not looking.

Thank you for the hilarity that ensued.

Thank you for your indelible ink that is not easily removed.

Thank you for creating more work for me.

Unsupervised children.Thank you for creating memories for us to look back at.

THANK YOU!

 

Spend some quality bonding time with the kiddos, “Bear-style”! {GIVEAWAY} WIN a family pass to the screening of Disney’s BEARS

When I was little, I LOVED watching nature shows!

They were always so interesting and I learned so much about how wildlife made it in this world.

And Disney movies were the cat’s pajamas! Every Sunday night, I’d plunk myself down in front of telly and go on a mental adventure through the stories brought to me by the magical kingdom.

Now, being all grown up and having a couple mites of my own, I want to share with them the stories that I enjoyed so much and even go on new adventures with them now.

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Disney’s Bears is an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.

I have teamed up with Three Chickens and a Boat to run an AWESOME giveaway for a Family Pass for 4 to the screening of Disney’s BEARS, on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 10am at SilverCity Metropolis. BEARS hits the theatres, April 18th, 2014 in celebration of Earth Day. This giveaway runs until April 7th, 2014 and (1) winner will be chosen. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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