Friday, February 23, 2018

Family Dinner

Saturday, February 17

Aunt Wanda had planned a Bowman family pot luck dinner. We all got together at her house Saturday afternoon. Samuel and David had fun playing with Gavin, ending with rubbing their feet on the carpet and giving adults electric shocks. Lots of laughs!

Winterlude 2018: Snowflake Kingdom

Friday, February 16

Barbara picked up the boys today at Maman’s office – it was a PD Day for both of them. As we drove past the Tim Horton’s on Richmond Rd., they both exclaimed it was “Roll Up the Rim” time. So we stopped at the next Tim Horton’s on Greenbank Road and ordered three small hot chocolates. Sam was very happy to roll up the rim with the message that he had won a donut, so we quickly went to the cash and he selected a large strawberry/whipped cream donut. We took it to Barbara’s and Sam shared it with David.

Then it was time to visit Winterlude Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques Cartier Park.  It was a sunny warm day – great to be outdoors. The boys hopped into a bobsled.

Then they had fun tubing... first they tested out the double snow tubing (but the line up was long). Tubes were the 2-person model so they slid down with Grant and Barbara.

We then found the 1-person tubes with a much shorter lineup – the boys loved these rides, especially the ending in a pile of straw.

They also enjoyed visiting the playground, munching on chocolate beaver tails and checking out some carved animals…  Then it was time to say goodbye to Winterlude and go and meet Papa.

Val David Weekend Getaway

February 9-11, 2018

Friday, February 9

The Nepean Bowmans and the Chelsea Bowmans were getting together for an outdoor weekend at Val David. We were staying at the Village Suisse, Luzerne Chalet. It was large enough for all of us. The boys had bunk beds in their parents room. Friday evening we had snacks and a game. Sam made a cardboard harness for his husky “Husk”.  Karine had made a delicious lasgna (Sam’s favourite food) and we all enjoyed our supper together. Karine went for a walk to find the hot tub. She said it wasn’t far so the boys headed out – and they loved the outdoor tub.

Saturday, February 10

On Saturday morning the boys decided to try the Val David skating rinks early in the morning. Papa drove them there, about 1 km away.  After skating, Papa and David drove back for a hot breakfast and Maman, Sam and Boots walked back. They took a shortcut over the snow-covered lake behind our chalet. It was a beautiful sunny morning with fresh snow. We had local bakery bread delivered to our chalet mailbox this morning. Then it was time to make lunches for our cross-country ski trip. Karine helped the boys make some paper airplanes and then it was time to head out with our skis for fun in the snow. We stopped at the Village Suisse Registration office to get our free ski passes for the Val David-Val Morin ski trails.

We skied to a lodge for lunch. There was a lot of uphill, so David needed a pull part of the way. We all enjoyed a rest and lunch, then headed back to the trail start. Barbara, Grandpa and Grant took a longer route back.

Now we all had a lot of fun on the curvy sliding track.

Late afternoon we returned to our chalet – the boys went back to the hot tub and Barbara and Grandpa enjoyed a cozy fire.

The boys helped Barbara make a chocolate Valentine’s brownie cake. Then it was time for our cheese fondue dinner.

Sunday, February 11

Sunday the boys decided they wanted to do “black diamond” on the steep cross-country trails. The Swiss Chalet receptionist agreed to keep an eye on Boots for us. Barbara and Grandpa snowshoed up Mt. Condor. After snowshoeing, Grandpa skied to meet the boys returning from the big hills. Soon we were all together again.

The boys took a few sliding runs then asked to go skating. So off we went to the Val David rinks until it was time to head for home. Quite an action-packed weekend!