Monday, August 5, 2013

Connecting with Friends and Family

     I confess. I have a hard time leaving Henry, even if it's just for a couple of hours. He is seven months old and I can count on one hand the number of times I have left the house without my little sidekick. I love being his mom. But I also love, once in a blue moon, to enjoy a girls night. This week, I put my hair in curlers, took off my yoga pants and slipped into a cute summer dress. It was nice to get out of the house and catch up with my friend, Robyn, on a downtown patio. Feeling connected is a great thing. We laughed, enjoyed good food and left red lipstick marks on a glass (or two) of sangria.

     My in-laws came to town for a visit this long weekend. It was sweet to watch Henry bond with his paternal grandparents.

     On Saturday, we took them to Lac Philippe for a swim and a picnic. Lac Philippe is a fifty-minute drive from Ottawa and it's definitely worth the trip. Breton beach is beautiful, the picnic area is family-friendly and the lake is clean. It was nice to spend quality time with our far away family.

     It's important to me to stay connected with my family around the world. We live in Ottawa, my parents and my sister are a short drive away, but my in-laws live in Toronto. My brother lives in the Caribbean and my great uncle lives in Hollywood, California. I have always made it a priority to stay in touch with my far away relatives. I keep up to date with my family and friends through letters, postcards, phone calls, Skype, Facebook and emails. We tell Henry about his far away family and keep their pictures on our fridge. Life can sometimes take us far away from our loved ones, but that doesn't mean we have to lose touch!

We wrapped up our visit with dinner at The Keg. Henry got dressed up for the occasion.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!!!

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