In the middle of May, my Mom, Grandma and I whisked off to Cambridge, Ontario for some great celebrations. After many years of hard work, my cousin graduated from medical school. Then, a week after her grad, she got married! Two major life milestones within two weeks. We knew we couldn’t miss such great celebrations.
I was amazed that there were 171 young doctors in her graduating class, who were all setting out to make a difference in the world. It’s amazing the hard work that these people put in to get their MD. We were so proud of my cousin when she walked across the stage!!
My aunt and uncle (whose house we were staying at) threw a party for their daughter to celebrate her achievement. So many people turned up to show their support. After the party, I headed to my cousin and her fiancee’s house in London to have some good old cousin time for a couple days. We went to the church they were getting married at the following week, they treated me to lunch, we adventured over to MEC to find things for their honeymoon trip and they showed me around London. As all 3 of us had some energy and wanted to get outside to enjoy the weather, so we decided to go for a trail hike. It was very nice. I had never gone trail hiking before and although it wasn’t like climbing a mountain, it was awesome to get away for an hour. We made grilled veggie and chicken Caesar salads for supper which were so delicious that I have already made them since getting back into town. Cousin time couldn’t be complete without a movie so we curled up on the couch and watched Avatar. Normally cousin time includes a couple bottles of wine to share, but of course, I couldn’t partake this time due to pregnancy. We still had a great time without alcohol anyway!
They drove me back to Cambridge and that is where I met up with my brother in-law and his girlfriend for lunch. They drove out from Toronto so that we could spend a bit of time together. It was really nice to see them. It was too bad that Peter hadn’t flown out a bit earlier so he could have seen his brother.
By this time in the trip, I was noticing the start of a cold coming on. My Grandma had a cold and with all of us in the same house, it seemed inevitable that the sickness would go around. I caught it and so did my uncle. It made for a very dull week. We were coughing and blowing and napping and that was about it. I still tried to get out as much as I could but I got tired really fast. I watched a lot of Grey’s Anatomy on my iPad while resting in bed that week. I was slowest to recover because I couldn’t take any drugs to help recovery because of the pregnancy. I was a bit envious. However by the time the wedding came along, all that was left was a cough and a runny nose.
Peter and my brother flew in for the weekend of the wedding. It was Peter’s first time out east to Ontario so I am glad that he made the trip out. Surprisingly, neither my brother or Peter caught our colds, which was great for them.
The wedding ceremony took place in a church and it was a traditional catholic ceremony. Much different than our wedding for sure. Peter and I handed out programs at the beginning and then watched as my cousins said their I DOs. They did a group shot of everyone on the stairs and then there was a bit of a break before supper. We went back to our hotel (which was actually a college dorm with 4 bedrooms in one unit and was perfect and cheap for us) to watch tv for a bit. The reception took place at a country club and contained enormous amounts of food. My cousin married an Italian fellow and so we knew that we wouldn’t have left hungry. There were some great speeches and then the dancing started. We stayed for one dance and then headed back to the hotel. It was a long exhausting day for all of us. There was a midnight table (which included a poutine station and a roasted pig) but we just couldn’t get motivated to go back for it.
After the wedding, I surprised Peter with a road trip to Niagara Falls, just the two of us. I had booked a hotel through groupon and we went off on our way. We stopped to do a little shopping at the outlet malls and I was able to get a couple things at my favourite US store, Hot Topic. Then we settled in our hotel room and set out down to the falls. We walked through the touristy part of town and I was so amazed at how many things there were to do for kids and families. We reached the US falls first and took a couple pictures before we headed toward the Canadian falls. It was crowded and hot, but the spray coming off the falls was cooling. We took a couple pictures, bought a beautiful photo of the falls (which included the US falls as well) and headed back for supper. With the hotel’s groupon, we received a $50 credit for Outback Steakhouse, so that is where we went. It was our first time trying it and was very good. We made it back to our hotel and then decided we were just too tired to walk aback to the falls to see the fireworks at night. Luckily, we saw them from the comfort of our hotel room! It was a quick little trip, but I am not sure we will go again. Everything was very expensive, to be honest. There was a “destination fee” on top of every single purchase (gifts, food, hotel, etc.) and it just left a sour taste in our mouths. At least we’ve seen that wonder of the world!
We all headed back home to Alberta after a great trip. No, it wasn’t Disney World, but we had a great time, despite being sick. Unfortunately, the plane ride did a number on my sinuses and I am still trying to battle a sinus infection over a week later. I consulted my midwife and have been taking some decongestant and tylenol. Hopefully it starts to dissipate so that I don’t need any antibiotics. I hate the idea of taking drugs like that while pregnant. Keep your fingers cross that it goes away soon!!
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