Road Trip!

Last week we took a road trip to Montreal, Quebec. It was Matt, Alex and I, as well as Matt’s parents and nephew Tyson.  It was March Break here in Ontario, and since Matts a teacher, it is one of the few times through the school year that we can actually travel anywhere.  We drove the 7+ hour drive to Montreal – and all things considering, Alex was fabulous. We ended up taking turns in the back seat with him to help provide entertainment, but we also used a lot of snacks.

This was our 4th trip to Montreal (first time was for our honeymoon, then 2 other times for games). Each time I swear I’m going to speak more French. I pose my questions or responses in French in my head, but the words that come out are always English. Gotta work on that.

We were staying at an Omni hotel, and if you have the chance I recommend it.  They have a Kids club where children get a goody bag and they have a turn down service for the kids as well as milk and cookies. I was jealous.  The hotel was right downtown, so as soon as we got settled, we went off for a walk to the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens. Did I mention the purpose of our trip was to see a game?

We walked through the “legends” of Montreal – a new tribute area to the Canadian Greats. Alex had to say hello to “Uncle Larry”.

After a little more exploring, we went to eat at Reuben’s, a famous smoked meat sandwich shop in Montreal. [cue the food porn]

The following day, we wandered around Old Montreal, saw Notre Dame, the ports, and many quant streets – looks just like France don’t you think!

That evening, we took Alex to his first NHL game. Do you think our boy was excited? Oh yeah! Funny story though. On the way into the arena, Alex’s boot fell off and a lady was handing it to us when some security rushed up.  They thought someone was throwing the boot to start a riot. There were supposed to be some protests that night in response to Gary Bettman and the head hits issue.

Alex was a real trooper during the game. He cheered. He danced. He doled out the high fives to the guys sitting by us. And considering the game went to 10pm, I think he was awesome.  The Habs lost, but I don’t think Alex noticed.

In a few years, we hope to go back for yet another game. This boy is hooked.

The next morning we left Montreal, but before we left, we had to go to my favourite breakfast joint – Eggspectations.  You are going to drool with this ladies… And yes, it was delicious.

34 months

Two days ago, Alex turned 34 months old.

34 MONTHS OLD!!!

That means in less than two short months he will be 3. That means in September, we will be participating in calling all 3 year olds for the local schools. Which means the following September Alex will be going to Junior Kindergarten. Which means in a blink of an eye he will be driving… going to University… getting married… having his own kids… sigh. 

Anyhow – here’s 34 random things about Alex. [don’t worry – don’t expect you to read this all – wait – yes I do – quiz at the end 😉 ]

  1. Alex is 36.25″ tall and weighs 31 lbs
  2. Alex has an awesome laugh.  He giggles and he has a real deep laugh – love it!
  3. Alex is still all hockey – still wearing his jersey for days on end at times
  4. He loves Caillou. We watch Caillou every morning and read Caillou stories every night.
  5. Alex LOVEs Barney (beabea). Sigh.
  6. For the most part, Alex is still a great eater. He is getting a tad more picky, but in general he loves food.
  7. Knock on wood, Alex loves his new bed. He goes down pretty peacefully each night and has yet to climb out.
  8. Alex really getting into jumping. He loves to jump off stairs, cushions, jumping on the bed, etc.
  9. He also enjoys a new game of swimming on the hardwood floor.
  10. Alex can walk up and down the stairs withoug any assistance of rails or the stairs themselves.
  11. Alex’s vocab is slowly getting larger. He has words he likes to use – but not always. Latest cute word – light bulb.
  12. When reading books, Alex likes to assign the names of family and friends to the characters in the book.
  13. He enjoys playing musical instruments such as the kazoo and the harmonica. Mason “LOVES” the harmonica.
  14. He enjoys singing the Biebs – Baby Baby  Baby Ohhh….
  15. He also enjoys singing What’s My Name by Rihanna – Oh Na Na…
  16. Alex is a great helper – for instance he insists on assisting in emptying the dishwasher. It actually makes the job much easier.
  17. Alex is obsessed with his little knife at dinner time – if we have a knife, he needs a knife. Don’t worry – his isn’t sharp.
  18. Alex is a pretty good skater. He’s been out only 4 times and loves it. He pushes his pylon around with no problems, rarely falling, and actually gets angry if you try to help.  Future Montreal Canadien in the making!
  19. Alex loves two specific friends – Blair and Henry. We see them at our Monday night Whale of a Tale library program.
  20. Alex is also obsessed with his cousin Zack – everything is Zack and hockey.
  21. Alex and Mason are starting to “get along.” Alex likes to play “chicken” with Mason which Mason loves.  It’s really nice to see.
  22. We play “Hide” alot around the  house. We hide, Alex finds us. Alex isn’t so good at hiding yet – he tends to come out of his hiding spot before he is found.
  23. He is also into sheet ghosts – not sure why – but he thinks it is great fun.
  24. Alex still is not sleeping through the night – but now that he has a big boy bed, it hasn’t been as tough on us since we alternate nightly duties.
  25. Alex is slowly learning his numbers.  He has one and three down. He just hasn’t been interested.
  26. Alex is also slowly learning his colours – right now everything is red or white.
  27. When you hug Alex, he gives a comforting pat on your back. Sigh…
  28. When you ask Alex for a kiss, he gives you his cheek. You have to specify that you want him to give you a kiss before he will do so.
  29. He loves to say grace before dinner.  We hold hands and do a little “buzz” at the end. We repeat this 3-4 times a meal.
  30. We are getting closer and closer to being potty trained. He likes to go pee on the toilet or the potty (he get’s a smartie when he is successful), but the other has yet to happen – except once by accident.  I’ve been waiting for the nice weather to start full blown training – it will be much easier to get clothes off in an emergency.
  31. Alex is pretty good at saying please (peas) and Thank You (tee tee).
  32. Alex loves to look through photo albums – we do that while watching Caillou and Curious George in the morning.  He thinks it is fun to name all the people.
  33. Alex is still quite attached to “puppy”, but he is also starting to like “More” aka – Puppy #2. He sleeps with both of them now, but “More” is really just a side kick to Puppy.
  34. Alex makes us smile and laugh every day – we cannot imagine a world without this amazing little boy!

being silly with a strawberry / banana ice cream sundae.