During my absence from blogging, a lot has gone on around here. I returned to work after having a year off at home. We celebrated Odin’s second Christmas, my 27th birthday, Ryan’s 30th birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Being the sports loving family that we are, we also celebrated the World Juniors, the Superbowl, the Olympics, the Stanley Cup Finals and most recently, the start of the World Cup. If our family had a theme song, it would probably be this:
In early April, we ventured down to sunny San Francisco after enduring an unusually long Ottawa winter. We went to SF because I was attending a conference. We made the most of our trip and took Odin to the aquarium, the SF Zoo, the wharf, AT&T Park and a long list of other SF favourites. My Starbucks city mug collection grew a little more on this trip too. This trip served as Odin’s first place ride – which went surprisingly well. As for me, one of the most amazing parts of the trip was the opportunity to be in the same room, three rows away, from Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was giving the keynote address at the conference I attended and it was the first time where she hinted at considering a presidential run in the upcoming US federal election.
At the end of May we took Odin on his second camping trip to celebrate Ryan’s 30th birthday. Odin loved every second of it. From helping set up the tent to splashing in the cold water of Lake Ontario, Odin fully embraced the camping experience. Surprisingly (and thankfully) Odin does quite well in the great outdoors. I was worried that the noises in the night would keep him awake and that he wouldn’t be able to get settled in his temporary surroundings. I really had nothing to worry about – he was a pro!
We spend a lot of time in Picton and at the Sandbanks, so hopefully we will find some time to make it back up there before summer ends. You know, on one of those spare summer weekends. We really need more of those…