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Archive for February, 2012

Where’s my truck?

Could be almost anywhere, really. Here are some of the places the vehicles have ended up lately.

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The annual Winterlude festival is on now in Ottawa, so last weekend we took the boys. Pre-kids, Dave and I typically celebrated by looking at a few ice sculptures and skating on the canal. But this year, we went first thing in the morning to the kickoff event at city hall – a pancake breakfast.

You see, Thomas adores Curious George. And in his big collection of George stories, there is one in which George attends a pancake breakfast. He gets into all sorts of trouble when he decides to help make the pancakes. He gets covered in syrup, then the napkins get stuck to him and he decides to wash himself off in the dunk tank. Of course, George is a big hero by the end of the story, because people love his pancakes and the fundraiser is the biggest success ever, thanks to him.

All this to say, Thomas was pretty excited to go eat pancakes, but we weren’t terribly excited to stand in line immediately upon our arrival. So we watched some figure skaters, had a look at the ice sculptures, and got Thomas a bit of maple syrup taffy first. And in the end, the pancake line moved mercifully fast, even without a monkey at the griddle. It helped that there was a clown making balloon animals for the kids, so Thomas got a purple poodle. And the mayor even stopped to say hello and give him an “Ottawa” pin. (He even said “Enjoy the pancakes!” like the mayor in the George story.)

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