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Warm Weekend

Sunday, April 02, 2006

No, we didn't decide to take a last minute deal vacation to the Dominican, as so many Canadians do this time of year...why be typical, especially when you can drive a mere 3 hours to your neighbouring province of New Brunswick and spend the weekend at an indoor hotel/amusement park. All the while, fooling yourself that the balmy indoor temperatures are mirrored outside, when it is actually still the tail-end of winter...

This was a special trip for my son, who is turning five and is the most amazing and special person. He loves going here, and so we gave him this trip as our birthday gift to him. We had a really wonderful and yes, even relaxing time. Good family fun.

The view from the window of our hotel room.

Crystal Palace.

Games that suck your wallet dry (but fun all the same).

Roller coasters....wheee!!

Mini-Golf (over and over again...)

Learning to swim.

And a movie to top it off: Skat :)

The babe's first merry-go-round ride.

On Sunday, we were on our way here, but drove on backroads (thank you, Mapquest), and ended up on the top of a mountain, driving on a slick dirt road in a snow squall. More on this at another time! In frustration, we turned back and didn't end up spending time outdoors or experiencing the supposed best view in Canada. We had a really lovely time, though. It is hard to be back and facing reality again.

Reality includes a call from my mother late last night to tell me that my brother is in the intensive care. He lives 5 hours away and has had a string of terrible epileptic seizures. After much debate about whether she would go and see him or not (given that she has a cat to care for and might need to tidy the house for a cat sitter and such...) I lost it and told her to shut up and go. I may also be going at some point, but will be waiting to hear more today.

I will drop by and comment as soon as I get the chance. I hope you've all been well.

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Wow you just had a wonderful trip. It looks like so much fun. Kids of all ages (ME) would love such a place. Very cute pictures. Great one of you and the kiddies.

    Sorry you got brought back to reality so quickly with the news of you brother being ill. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

    Hope your memories of your weekend will get your through the week.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thank You! Yes, thoughts of the weekend....I will be holding onto them. As much fun going away is, the slap of reality is so hard, expecially on a Monday morning!

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    that looks great, we have something similar called centre parcs that I walways wanted to go to but never quite made.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Crystal Palace!! Now that brings back memories. :) Hope you all had lots of fun and that you managed to spend a bit of quality time at Chapters.

    Very sorry to hear about your brother. I hope he feels better soon.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. I'm going to fool myself that it's balmy out because baseball starts today. Summer, here we come :)

    Glad you finally had a chance to relax after you'd been so busy. So sorry to hear about what you came home to though - my thoughts are with you.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I think a trip with the nieces is in order!

    UK/NB Stephanie;
    Yes; Chapters is the best part!!

    Boston Stephanie;
    It was a wonderful weekend, and you're right; we needed it after working so hard. Now I need another!
    My parents and sister are going to see how my brother is doing tomorrow. Hopefully they will be able to speak with a doctor. Fingers crossed for some good news.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    That is so cool, an indoor/outdoor setting. Good to hear you had a great time. :)

  1. Blogger christina said:

    That looks like so much fun and I'm sure your little guy will remember it for a long time. 10 points for it being relaxing too. Well, except for the dirt road.:-)

    I have an internet friend in NB who lives right on the Bay of Fundy and she makes it sound wonderful.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Wow that looks like a great place to get away while the winter is still around.

    I'll pray for your bother that GOd puts his pertective arms around him and helps him and your family get through this difficult time.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I will have to check out who that is; perhaps I can get some advice for the next time!

    Thank you :)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Welcome home Cathy..Looks like u had a wonderful time. When is your son's b.day?

    Sorry to hear about your brother..Hope he improves daily.

    What it is with this crazy weather..A snow squall is frightening to be in. Glad your all home safe.

  1. Blogger vani said:

    Very nice pics- glad you had a great time. Yeah, mapquest made me late to my own wedding- more of that another time too.

    I really hope your brother is ok. Reality bites sometimes. :(

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I'm glad you had fun, that must be a true paradise for a kid :) and Happy belated birthday to him!
    It's a shame about your brother - I hope he gets better soon.
    It definitely isn't the best way to return home...Hope things get back to normal (normal being good :)

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    the kids look like they are having tons of fun. They look beautiful and happy. I simply adore the photograph with the babe in the pool.
    The perfect place to take kids to.

    I'm sorry about your brother. I really hope he gets better soon and don't worry about your mother, she is probably shocked.

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Babe's first ride made me laugh I almost spat my drink out...he looks so worried!

    And then crash the news about your brother I hope all is alright there.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    It's on Saturday.
    Thanks {}

    I feel the need to hear that story!

    Devil Mood;
    It is a kid's paradise and I admit enjoying it myself :)

    My son cried when we were leaving because he was having so much fun he didn't want to go; this is how all trips should be! It was a very fun weekend for us all and now we are looking forward to the chance to go somewhere again (not for awhile).

    My brother is stable but we are not getting much information and this is why they are going tomorrow. They have a meeting with his doctor.

    The funny thing is I hadn't even noticed the look on his face until you pointed it out (or should I say spit it out! :)...too funny.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Wow, that looks like an amazing place. It must have been lovely to escape the winter temperatures, if only for a short while. The kids looked like they had a ball ... I guess you did too !!
    Hope your brother is doing better, and if you go to see him, that you drive safely.
    Cherish your weekend memories and photos, they are amazing.
    Take care, Meow xx

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Wow, what a great weekend and some fabulous pictures. Hey, I'm having birthday here in June....what do ya think, can you bring me there too? LOL!!

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - It's been awhile since I've been to New Brunswick. It's a nice spot though. The people there are very friendly.

    Sorry to hear about your brother. I'll say a prayer for him.

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger tim said:

    coconuts that look so real you want to may a pina colada! i hope you and your family are having a great vacation.
    all is great here. the ice is OFF the lake. not a cube size chunk to be had.... amen. spring.

    best thoughts to your brother.


  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    I hope that your brother comes through this quickly. That is so hard.

    As for your trip, the pictures were wonderful. That roller coaster pic was too cool. And, your boys are really too precious. :)

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Fantastic! What fun for everyone :o) I'd cry too if i had to leave a place such as that!
    Sometimes our mothers need a slap in the head. I hope your brother improves quickly :)

  1. Blogger missy said:

    Hi Cathy! Welcome back! The place you went to looks fun!

    What's your email addy? I want to email answers to your Qs on what I do hehe! At least on my site, I like a teeny bit of anonimity ;-)

    Also, if you want a postcard from Egypt let me know!

    Sorry to hear about your brother...

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    There is always that balance...it seems like it's never possible to have one fabulous thing in life without it being balanced out (not cancelled out, mind you) by something difficult. Darn balanced universe. Sometimes it annoys me.

    I'm glad you had such a fun time...it looks like a real tropical place! And with cames and rides, it sounds perfect!

    I hope your brother's condition improves...

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    really love the pictures -
    hope your brother is better

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    Your trip sounds wonderful.

    Sorry to hear that reality had to kick in as soon as your got back. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Take care of yourself.


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thank you for the nice comments and well wishes for my brother. I have heard that he is doind as well as expected. My parents are there with him now and the hope is that he will be out of the intensive care within days.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    What fun!!

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    That is good to hear. He has been in my prayers.

  1. Blogger Christopher said:

    Fun fun fun! I want to go!

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    If I could afford to take them i would but its very pricey

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Enjoyed a lot! »

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