Both Chaughan and I have travelling in our blood. Before meeting, we both spent a good chunk of time abroad, discovering all that the world had to offer. We managed to keep up that pace with Maïan, but with the arrival of the little girls, I have to admit that the pace has slowed somewhat. As eager as we are to travel, drifting too far from home with our little ones can be at times… hum…. BRUTAL!
And as much as I’d love to say that our Summer 2013 family vacation was A-MAAAA-ZING, I would be lying. This was a difficult trip, chock full of sleepless nights, feverish babies, public toddler tantrums, and plenty of tween eye-rolling.
That said, there were really cool moments too. And even though this was a tough trip for Chaughan and I, in our girls’ eyes, this was a perfect vacation. So we’ll go with that!
So where did we go? We packed up our trusty Honda Odyssey and headed west, spending a couple of days in Toronto in order to visit my good friend Chantal who runs a doggie hotel on the outskirts of the metropolis. (If you’re looking for an amazing place to send your pooch for a while in the Toronto area, check out Harry and Rupert’s Hotel for Dogs).
After our visit (and an amazing meal – that girl can cook!!!), we continued on through to Niagara Falls where we spent four days and nights at the Great Wolf Lodge. Now staying at the lodge was a brilliant idea… if you’ve never heard of it, look it up! It’s basically a large hotel, connected to a huge indoor water park, water slides and wave pool and all. So fun! And incredibly handy if you have little ones that nap at different times. As the water park is connected to the hotel, one parent can easily take the sleepy babe back to the room while the others continue splashing around.
Of course, we took a day off from the water park to go see the falls. Wow, so impressive! And a visit to Niagara Falls is not complete without going on the Maid of The Mist… this boat cruise did not disappoint. It leaves dock just across from the American falls, and heads over to ginormous Canadian Horseshoe falls. The boat comes so close to the falls that all passengers end up soaked from head to toe.
Here’s our one and only family picture. Notice that wad of blue plastic in my arms? That’s Alix… I wasn’t even aware that she had covered her head with her plastic poncho. Sigh. And poor Gaëlle had unfortunately missed her nap and was grouchy the entire boat ride. But still worth it I say!
And a few more random shots of our trip…
Does anyone else struggle with taking pictures of their three year old? This is the view that I manage to capture most of the time. But love those beautiful toddler curls, no?
So, it might not have been the trip of a life time, and I’ll admit to wanting to turn around and head home on many many occasions during the week, but all and all, Chaughan and I survived and we can still call it a success as the girls have fond memories of all the wonderful things they experienced during our summer vacation to Toronto and Niagara Falls. And that makes it all worth it!
*Quote idea totally stolen from my friend Sarah! XXX