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A Year In Review

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S: Spring Break 2011- Ottawa, Upstate New York, Niagara Falls & Montreal

FC: Our 2011 Spring Break

1: Our Trip to Ottawa We left on Thursday, April 21, 2011 to start our 10 day Spring Break adventure. The fun started with the pilot sharing over the flight system a special welcome to the Mathieson family and a Happy Birthday to Emily. The first day ended by celebrating Emily's birthday with the Wildes. Day 2 was a trip to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. We had a lot of fun in the Children's Museum. After we were finished Craig and the kids walked the length of the Alexandra or Interprovincial bridge joining Quebec and Ontario. Day 2 ended with a sunset walk by the Ottawa River. Day 3 was a rainy visit to the Bytown Museum, the Market and Parliament. The kids were quite fascinated by the groups of protesters who were given an alloted time to express their concerns on the steps of Parliament. Mom and Dad were very moved by the National War Memorial. Day 3 ended with a Stars on Ice performance. Day 4 was Easter which we celebrated by going to church, painting and rolling Easter eggs then an Easter egg hunt in the evening. Day 5 was a trip to Fulton's. We loved the breakfast and exploring the grounds and gift shop. It was a great sugar bush to visit with lots of things for the kids to do. We enjoyed discovering on the drive to Fulton's that there is a Mississippi River in Ontario. On Day 6 we set off for Upstate New York. We enjoyed seeing the Thousand Islands area and would love to go back sometime on some tours. Also on the drive it was fun to see some of the little towns in New York along the way like Mexico, and Paris. Since it was forecast to rain we decided to | start out in the Sacred Grove. It sprinkled a bit as we were going in but then not one drop the whole time we were in the Grove. We were the only people in the Grove so it was wonderful to have it all to ourselves for an hour. We encouraged each family member to say a little prayer there. As soon as we walked out of the Grove it started to pour. It was a tender mercy of the Lord that the rain held off. On Day 6 we also toured the Smith farm, the Grandin Print shop and made a trip to visit the Palmyra temple grounds followed by some evening shopping in Quincy. Day 7 was a trip to Niagara Falls which also included a visit to the Wax Museum and an arcade where Emily won hundreds of tickets in a game. We had wanted to ride the Maid of the Mist but it was not yet open for the season. Day 8 consisted of a very windy visit to the Hill Cumorah. The kids had fun running up then rolling down the hill. They also enjoyed letting the wind blow them and their articles of clothing. After, we visited the Martin Harris farm, the Erie Canal locks, the Peter Whitmer farm and then shopping at the Waterloo Outlet mall. Carrie fell in love with the Upstate New York area including all of the beautiful old brick homes. We also made lots of great memories at Mark's Pizzeria. Day 9 was a trip with Jackie to Montreal where we visited St. Joseph's Oratory and Old Montreal. There we enjoyed a horse drawn carriage ride and crepes. Carrie enjoyed reminiscing about her trip to Montreal when she was in Grade 10. Our last day was a visit to the Canadian Mint and then Rideau Hall where we just missed seeing the Governor General, David Johnston. The best part of the trip was all the time spent with family! Thank you Wildes!

2: P l a n e R i d e | As a surprise our friend Russ, an air traffic controller, had arranged for the pilot to welcome over the flight system, some "special guests" ... the Mathieson family. He also wished Emily a happy birthday.


5: We flew into Ottawa on Emily's 10th birthday. We had a little birthday party to celebrate, including a beautiful pink cake that Aunt Jackie had made.

6: MAKING MEMORIES | Playing at the Children's Museum in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec

8: ... more fun at the Children's Museum

10: In the museum there is a life-size re-creation of the mainstreet of an early Canadian town.

11: Exploring the rest of the Canadian Museum of Civilization | This is one of the beautiful ceilings. | The kids were sitting here without moving to see if we would walk by and not even notice that they were part of the museum display.

12: The Museum of Civilization is right across the river from Parliament.

14: { | Cousins... Becca really took | a liking to Scott....

15: Enjoying a walk by the Ottawa River.

16: The Heart of Ottawa

17: We were fascinated by all of the bridges.

18: The Grounds of Parliament

20: BYTOWN MUSEUM | The Rideau Canal

21: In 1855, Bytown became a city and changed its name to Ottawa. | We were all amazed by these canals. We would love to have been able to see the locks in operation.

22: House of Commons, Senate and Parliamentary Library

23: Our Tour of Parliament

24: so many | THINGS TO SEE

25: THESE PICS | These pictures were all taken from the top of the Peace Tower...East block of Parliament buildings, Giant Spider guarding entrance to National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa River, and protesters.

26: SPRING | signs of | Spring Time After a long, cold winter spring was delayed in coming so we were happy to see some signs of spring ! Unfortunately, all of the tulips were late so we missed seeing them !

28: It wouldn't be a trip to Parliament Hill without beaver tails and the freedom of expression.

29: GRATITUDE... | for those who have sacrificed so much.

30: happy | EASTER

31: To celebrate Easter we went to church, then after we painted Easter eggs, and went to roll them. After we had a great Thai supper that Dave made followed by an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. What a perfect day !

32: Stars on Ice... Joannie Rochette, Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysacek, Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier

34: We had a great trip into a sugar bush when we visited Fulton's.We had an amazing day.

36: Visiting the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York was a highlight of our whole trip. We went there first as we thought it might rain. We were the only ones in the Grove the whole time. As we walked out it started to rain. It was a tender mercy that it did not rain at all while we were in the Grove.

37: After a break for lunch we were touring the Smith farm beside the Sacred Grove and it just started pouring. We had to hide out in the barn for about 10 minutes until it stopped.

38: Downtown Palmyra Grandin Print Shop, 4 Corner Churches, and Mark's Pizzeria | Are you Mark?

39: The Beautiful Palmyra Temple

40: Niagara Falls | Canadian Falls | A beautiful family

41: American Falls | A View of Both

42: The Hill Cumorah

43: The day we visited the Hill Cumorah it was so windy. The kids had fun with the wind. They were also repainting the mural behind the Christus. It is going to look fabulous.

44: Visiting the Peter Whitmer Farm where on April 6, 1830 the church was organized. | Scott is pretending to read the scriptures as Joseph Smith would have been.

45: This statue is entitled "The Moment After" and depicts what it might have been like after Joseph had been ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood. Below is a Palmyra lock on the Erie Canal. | Taking a break from outlet shopping in Waterloo, New York. Below is a frog trapped in one of the Erie Canal locks.

46: Habitat 67 complex built for Expo 67 | Old Montreal

47: St. Joseph's Oratory- built by Brother Andre | College Notre-Dame is across the street.

48: Visiting the Royal Canadian Mint

49: Prime Minister's Residence | Enjoying beaver tails at the market | The day we visited Rideau Hall we had just missed the Governor General arriving back home from the Royal Wedding by about 3 minutes. His car pulled up the driveway as we were having lunch on the lawn. When the Governor General is not home they fly the Canadian flag and when he is in the residence the Governor General flag is flown. It was changed within an hour of him arriving home.

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