Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RU Fun

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful bunch of people who gathered to have a fun weekend together on Salt Spring Island in BC (and even luckier that our friends Gillian, Craig, Fergus and Effie organized and masterminded it all and included us in the festivities). Most of the families are more local, so the only lament about it at all that we had was that we made even more friends from the Pacific Northwest and Canada who we will hardly have an opportunity to see. But we soaked up all the time with them that we could and had such a lovely long weekend.

Ferry to Salt Spring Island.



At the lake.


Paddle boat.


Dock wave.


Game boys.


Jam session.


Hanging out with some of my favorite people.




The game maker, ring leader, master of ceremonies, mastermind.


We gathered on the beach one afternoon, just as the sun broke out.


Some people took the polar plunge. Some people stood on the shore and cheered them on.



Warming up in the hot tub, post plunge.


Trick or treating.

 Final night fire, complete with s'mores, sparklers and Jiffy Pop.



Some of our crew, just before final goodbyes.


Back on the ferry, heading home (or at least to Fergus and Effie's).


Max's Birthday Weekend (Belated Post)

My parents and my brother and his twin boys Noah and Owen came to visit for Max's birthday weekend. Noah and Owen have only been to Chicago once before (it was Max's birthday 4 years ago, which had a similar guest list), but they mostly only saw our apartment and the neighborhood. We made sure to take them out a bit more this time.

Shortly after their arrival, we hustled out the door to catch the water taxi to Chinatown.




Still like rolling down hills.


Noah and David.


Monkeys.

Snake.


Kids in a candy shop.


David and boys with candy and old Chinatown.



Grandparents and boys.


Max made his own birthday breakfast of French Toast and enlisted the rest of the boys for assistance.



Grandma shows off the finished platter.


Birthday breakfast.

The dogs seem unimpressed.


Their friend Ruben joined us for the afternoon/evening. We built marshmallow shooters.




To the park for battle.



Home for presents.



Up to the bedroom where Max's new banjo was stashed under the bed...


An immediate concert was given.


Hmmm...not pictured: cake. Must check to see if Martin has any photos of that, because apparently somehow I was too busy making or eating it to take a photo.

We went to Slurping Turtle for dinner. They have been voted one of the country's best ramen noodle restaurants and have been on the boys' list for visiting since they first started their food reviews.

The brussels sprouts appetizer was AMAZING.


So was the duck fat fried chicken.


Selection of bao.


Couldn't say no to Otto's Constant Dream.


Mom and miso.

 More miso.


Special birthday dessert.


The next day was kind of rainy, but we headed downtown. We had not realized there was a parade going on (for Columbus Day). We stopped at Do-Rite Donuts to warm up and revitalize before we headed out in the rain again.






Made it to the Bean.


And the faces fountain.


And the Lego store.



The twins had to head back on Tuesday, but the boys went to their cooking class. Grandma and Grandpa got to peek in and watch the boys at work (and got to eat some of the finished product).




It was kind of a rainy night, but we stayed in and played Rummy.


I have lots of fond memories of playing cards with my family growing up. It's fun to continue it with my kids. We don't generally play card games, or at least not standard deck card games, so it's cool to be reminded how much you can do with just a standard deck. 

I think Max had a very good birthday. Still can't believe we've got a teen in the house.

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