The first long weekend of 2014!

If you’re Canadian, odds are good that you enjoyed the Victoria Day long weekend that just passed! We were so lucky to have fantastic weather in Ottawa, especially since earlier in the week they had been calling for rain the whole time.

Ashlyn was given a Rainbow Loom for her birthday a couple of weeks ago, so we spent some time working on bracelets together (translated: she picked the elastic colours and tried with success to hook a few of them together, but mostly she complained about how slow I was in actualizing her creations). My husband spent a good part of the weekend assembling a new wooden playhouse for the backyard, which the girls are thoroughly enjoying, when they aren’t exploring on the new climbing dome (note: we’ll be putting down mulch soon, hopefully this weekend if possible). My brother and his girlfriend came for a visit so the girls put on their matching dresses for maximum cuteness before we went out for lunch.

Since Monday was a holiday, we decided to pack a picnic and have lunch on the lawn of Parliament after checking out some of the tulips downtown. The girls had a blast looking at the flowers, running around outside, seeing some of the monuments and walking across the bridges at the locks.

This is my favourite picture of the day. Yes, the background is crisp but the girls are blurry. Yes, my angle and framing could probably have been better. But look at how much joy is on their faces! I can tell that this summer is going to be so much fun now that we have two little girls who are so much fun to take out and about!


What did you do last weekend?

33 Comments on The first long weekend of 2014!

  1. Suzie M
    May 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM (3 years ago)

    love the pic of your girls with the flowers
    Grandkids were over & we spent as much time outside as possible

  2. Anne Taylor
    May 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM (3 years ago)

    Great pics! We had excellent weather here in Victoria too! It has rained on the parade so many times over the past few years and this year it was beautiful!

  3. Suzanne G
    May 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM (3 years ago)

    What great pictures and the tulips are beautiful. In Saskatchewan it was cold and rainy so we were indoors.

  4. caryn s
    May 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM (3 years ago)

    Looks like you had an awesome long weekend! I love the picnic on the parliament lawn and playhouse too!

  5. amy pugmire
    May 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Those flowers are gorgeous! I can’t wait for some good weather in utah. Usually good gets nice!

  6. Veronica S.
    May 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM (3 years ago)

    We had a lovely time just enjoying playing and working outside in the garden. We also went to the Arboretum for a family member’s picnic birthday party. It was a great weekend!

  7. AmyStack
    May 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM (3 years ago)

    We had friends over a traditional Nova Scotia lobster boil. Lots of fun and yummy food!

  8. kristen visser
    May 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM (3 years ago)

    awe these pics are too cute!! i love the one with the two girls in the flowers. just beautiful. looks like you guys had an amazing time :) we went to our in laws for the weekend. it was nice because we got some mommy daddy time in there and went out for food :)

  9. Anna Johnson
    May 26, 2014 at 11:43 PM (3 years ago)

    Wonderful way to spend it :)

  10. Lynda Cook
    May 27, 2014 at 5:12 AM (3 years ago)

    didn’t do to much, but it looks like you had lots of fun

  11. angela m
    May 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM (3 years ago)

    Looks like you had a great long weekend, and what gorgeous weather

  12. Tammi L
    May 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM (3 years ago)

    Great pictures, I love how your daughter is concentrating over the loom. My daughter loved hers the first few days, went nuts and then has only made one bracelet since.

  13. Jenny
    May 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM (3 years ago)

    We did backyard maintenance and playtime.

  14. Miranda Welle
    May 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM (3 years ago)

    I love the dome climber! We love spending time outdoors. Last weekend we did a ton of yard work and window washing!

  15. Virginia R
    May 28, 2014 at 1:53 AM (3 years ago)

    Sounds like a fun and busy weekend!

  16. Jessica C
    May 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM (3 years ago)

    I love the pictures they are beautiful !

  17. Andrea
    May 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM (3 years ago)

    Looks like fun! Love the yellow flower pic!

  18. April
    June 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM (3 years ago)

    We visited family in the hospital:(. Love the playhouse!

  19. laurel k
    June 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM (3 years ago)

    what a great way to spend time with your family, really love the pictures thanks

  20. Lorraine
    June 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM (3 years ago)

    Spent some time on the lake fishing.

    June 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM (3 years ago)


  22. Catherine R.
    June 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Love your pictures, your girls are beautiful and they look extremely happy!

  23. nancy chartrand
    June 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM (3 years ago)

    We were busy doing spring cleaning and renovations, it doesn’t sound like much fun, I know..

  24. Gord
    June 3, 2014 at 2:13 AM (3 years ago)

    Looks like a good time was had by all.

  25. Nena Sinclair
    June 3, 2014 at 2:18 AM (3 years ago)

    Great pics! I would love to visit Ottawa!

  26. Amy Heffernan
    June 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM (3 years ago)

    Looks like you all had a great time! :) Love time with my little boys. Making memories is the best!

  27. paul v
    June 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM (3 years ago)

    I love pictures with kids and flowers what a great combo

  28. Penni
    June 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM (3 years ago)

    Your girls are adorable! Love the beautiful flowers, too!

  29. D Charte
    June 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM (3 years ago)

    It is good to spend time with family. The girls will grow up and remember every moment like that. I remember all the years of camping with my family. Good memories!

  30. Yuen C
    June 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM (3 years ago)

    Nice pictures! I wish to visit Ottawa on Canada Day!


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