I just realized that I didn't post about our spring break adventures which are almost a month ago now. Vivian and I were both very sick with the flu for the first week and Adeline was just recovering, so that was a pretty quiet time with lots of visiting Nana's house for Adeline and lots of couch time for me and Viv. The second week the girls were feeling better, David was off work and I was able to at least fake being well for periods of time, so we went out and had some fun and visited some of our favourite old places and found some new ones.
Adeline discovered a deep love for mini-golf. She briefly abandoned her plans to be an ornithologist who helps save endangered birds in the Amazon and was looking into professional mini-golf careers...
We went down to the marina and fed the seals and otter. Our hands smelled like herring for days as did the inside of our car, but it was totally worth it to get up close to the wildlife. Well, mostly wild - no fear of humans but also likely pretty aggressive if you didn't toss the fish and QUICK. Adeline is so enamored of otters right now that she was glowing with excitement when this guy popped up from under the dock
Adeline kept trying to get closer and I kept trying to pull her back. At one point they almost got in nose-booping-range despite my best efforts, but luckily nothing happened. Adeline was thinking "SOOOOOOO CUTE!", the otter was thinking "I SMELL FISH. GIVE ME FISH" and I was thinking "VICIOUS SHARP TOOTHED BEAST ABOUT TO TEAR THE FACE OFF MY DAUGHTER". But it was all good and after the initial excitement Adeline did give the otter his space which stopped the heart attack I could feel coming on. Adeline still declares this the absolute best thing she did on spring break.
Vivian liked it too, although the raw and bloody fish was too much for her and she let Adeline do the feeding and she tired of watching the seals sooner than Adeline and went for a walk down the dock with her Nana.
We also went the aquarium where Vivian was fascinated by the jellyfish...
And to Butterfly Gardens to visit our favourite bird... The girls are desperate for him to walk on their arms but he only likes women and it seems he recognizes me now and if I offer my hand he walks right up my arm to my shoulder and gives me kisses. I never considered myself a bird-person, but there is something awfully nice about it.
We went on a "bunny hunt" at the gardens. It was crowded, but the girls loved it and Adeline has declared it our new Easter tradition. Even though we were busy hunting for the bunnies hidden all around the gardens we still had time to stop and enjoy the vibrant green beauty of early spring...
...and to ride the carousel. This was Adeline's first solo ride and you can see how happy and proud she is. For a long time she was too scared to do anything but be hugged on the bench as the carousel went around and then last year she finally got up the courage to be held tightly while riding an animal and now she's finally ready to enjoy the ride on her own. Adeline will loudly declare that she isn't scared of ANYTHING, but it's just not true at all.
The bunny hunt prize was a bag of jelly beans or chocolate which was the perfect end to the visit for my sugar bunnies. Our week together made me really look forward to the summer when I'll be home with both my girls. They get along so well (most of the time) and I love to see all the love and fun there is between them.
Our week also had lots of bike riding, visits to parks, and plenty of hanging out at home just enjoying each other. There was a post-haircut pho lunch and Adeline learned how to use chopsticks and to tie her shoes over spring break! Quite the memorable week!