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Brennan family strawberry picking

Oh what fun we had this week on vacation in Canada!

Here’s what happened this past week:

Since my last family update, our week could basically split into life before vacation and life on vacation. Life is much better ON vacation! Haha!

So before we left last Thursday morning, my time was mostly spent with my boys, doing laundry, packing and ordering more stuff from Amazon. Ha! Story of my life. Once Gordon and I put the boys to bed on Wednesday night, we were working like crazy with the last few things to do like dishes, sweeping, finding the passports and the last of the laundry. We got to bed by 1:30, were up at 6:30 and on the road by 9. Since we don’t own a car, we got a rental car for the drive which was lovely. It’s always so nice to feel like we are part of suburbia, even if just for a hot minute.

We got in to my parents place around 4:30p and it was basically a party from sun up to sun down the entire time we were there! Outlet shopping, strawberry picking, hiking, lake swimming, family dinners, game nights, cousin movie nights, soccer baseball, trampoline dodge ball, tie dying shirts, stranger things (for everyone but me), all dressed chips (๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜) and many late nights.

I took several more photos than what is pictured here, but didn’t want to post them ALLLLLL because it was a lot. These are some of my favorites.

A few things to note:

I’ve never seen or tasted better strawberries than the ones we picked this year in Ontario. Huge, juicy and sweet sweet sweet. So glad we didn’t miss the season. This is the pie we make with fresh strawberries and it is THE BEST. (If pie isn’t your thing, try this strawberries and cream cake. HEAVEN.)

My brother in law created a new card game that we got to play and ‘test’ while we were there and it was so so fun once we got the hang of it. Can’t wait to give you more details when it becomes available.

I ate so many All Dressed chips. I used to love bringing ketchup chips back to the states, but now that those are easier to find here, All Dressed are the bomb! We should have brought more than 2 bags home.

There was a Lindt outlet store 10 minutes from my parents house and holy.moly. there are some amazing flavors that exist that I never knew existed. Namely the pistachio, the salted caramel, the mint and the almond. Hubba hubba. I need to find those here immediately.

Also went to the Gap outlet and picked up a few newborn outfits on clearance for our sweet little boy! Baby clothes are the best.

We went for a lovely hike around Pink Lake in Gatineau Park and I only made it a third of the way before feeling faint and dizzy. So I turned around and walked back to the car for more water and snacks while everyone else finished. I should have eaten lunch before the hike, but I thought I could power through. Turns out being in your third trimester can be a buzz kill sometimes. All is well though, and we were all able to cool off swimming in a nearby lake. Gatineau Park is BEAUTIFUL incase you are in the neighborhood or traveling through Ottawa.

Eddie and Blake LOVED spending time with their older cousins and strangely enough when they were all sitting together on the couch playing Nintendo, they looked like brothers. It was so fun to see. We don’t get to see my sister from Arizona (with 5 kids) very frequently, but when we do, all our kids get along so well! I’m rethinking ALL vacations because going to Arizona just sounds much more fun.

Brooke was inseparable from her cousin Olivia, also 10, the entire trip. They did swimming lessons (and basically everything else) together and rocked it all.

My parents have both lost 25+ pounds and looked incredible and were full of energy. They hadn’t mentioned anything about it, but it was obvious when they were literally running around with the kids and tackling kids in the lake. I’ve never seen them so happy or energetic. They looked great! Gives me hope for my fifties and sixties!!

Overall, living far away from my family is fine and we are happy to Facetime them all, but seeing them all in person makes me realize just how much I really like them. Guess we’ll just have to visit a lot more often.

A person and a little girl posing for a picture
Brooke and Olivia, picking strawberries.

Blake with a basket of strawberries

Lauren holding strawberries in hands

Close up of Brookes strawberry basket filled with strawberries and flowers
Brooke styled this basket of strawberries for me to photograph. Girl after my own heart.
Two girls holding papers
Passed swimming! Wish we could have stayed for another 2 weeks to finish another level.
A body of water surrounded by trees
Pink Lake.

Eddie on a bridge

A group of people standing on a bridge over a body of water

A group of people standing next to a body of water
Telling grandma all about the four fish he saw.
A group of people swimming in a body of water
Ontario is beautiful!
Brooke eating ice cream
SO happy to get this girl back after 2 1/2 weeks away, getting spoiled by grandma and grandpa.
Brennan family car selfie
And back to the city we go. Brooke was giving a fake smile because DO NOT BE FOOLED she was not happy about coming back with us. She’ll be feeling better in a few days.

Here’s what is coming up this next week:

Our nanny has next week off for a trip she is taking, so she is working three days this week and gets to meet Brooke!

I have a doctors appointment tomorrow for the little nugget. Everything seems to be going smoothly ๐Ÿ™‚ Two more months and I’ll have a baby in my arms! Eek!

I’m going to be hopefully getting the baby furniture for the nursery. Still have to figure out whether or not to get a mini crib, a bassinet or a full size crib. I don’t want a full size crib because the room for the baby is so itty bitty, but feel like that might be the best option?! UGH. Finding small yet practical baby furniture is hard.

I’m hopefully going to get to the gym at least twice this week. Seems doable as I type it out buuuuuttttt we’ll see how things go. Ha!

Have a great week, friends!

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9 Responses
  1. JulesGC

    Those strawberries! Everything, and everyone, looks amazing! So glad you all had a great time.

    How did your parents lose the weight?

  2. Shelli Bender

    I love most of your recipes, but I have found myself looking forward to your family stories more so! *laughs* Precious family and I have enjoyed that you share this adventure with us. Thank you. Best of luck finding baby things!

  3. Patty

    The strawberries looked yummy. It certainly looks like your family had a wonderful visit and enjoyed every moment. Very excited about seeing your new baby boy soon.

  4. Lena Boyd

    Everyone looks so happy, vacations with families are super great. Those strawberries were beautiful,, Brook did a great job arranging them for the picture. She may have a talent there for sure.
    Safe travels home.

  5. Lucy Burdick

    Glad you had a good time on your vacation. I could almost taste the strawberries looking at the pictures of them.

  6. Courtney

    Glad you guys had a great trip, Those strawberries do look amazing. I don’t remember them being this good when I was a kid. I would not be able to hand living 10 minutes from Lindt outlet, the closest one to me is like 45 minutes away. Don’t you love the forced smile they give at that age? I think it’s just their inner teenager trying to get out. ๐Ÿ™‚ So did you get Blake to stick his face in the water while you were at the lake?

  7. Judy Mantha Fairley

    You’re right Lauren! The strawberries are sweeter in Ontario! I love travelling to St. Jacob’s Farmers Market. If you’re ever in our neck of Ontario, it’s worth checking out. All the berries are plentiful this year as well as other fresh fruits and vegetables.

  8. Susan Crawford

    Those Stawberries made my mouth water! Sounds like you had such a great time with your family…it is nice for the kids to get to be with their cousin, it’s so important. Hope you have a great week! Take care of your self and your little peanut.