a visit to ottawa

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now that we're on the east coast "everything" (except california) seems a whole lot closer. ava and i celebrated our shrunken world view with a trip to ottawa to visit joan/arno/lucy/arthur and edith/craig/graham.

we only stayed for a weekend, but we managed to pack in a lot of fun! we started off with lucy's fourth birthday party - a cooking class very professionally scaled down to size, with a menu of pizza, fruit salad and cupcakes. clearly, canadians raise their kids with higher standards, as i've never seen a better behaved crew. nobody even spilled more then a little flour on the floor, for goodness sakes!

after the party we set out to a local pumpkin patch. thankfully, several members of our party had visited the same farm a few weeks before, so this time we only got mildly lost in the corn maze. after that we squished our way through the mud to the pumpkin patch, where ava and lucy dug for worms, and the rest of us enjoyed the sunshine. ava and lucy selected some crazy gourds to take home, which ava transformed into swans the next day.

sunday was lucy's real birthday, so we started with presents. lucy got a short taste of what it would be like to be the younger sibling while ava "helped" lucy open her presents. the clear hit of the day was lucy's new playmobil pool set (from mommy and daddy). lucy did an amazing job of sharing her newest prize posession, and she and ava splashed around for a good couple of hours.

after we drug them off the pool deck, we headed out to a nearby nature preserve, known for it's extraordinarily tame birds. lucy was a bit spooked when the little bird claws wrapped around her fingers (i don't blame her, it's a weird feeling!), but ava was totally enthralled.

finally, we wrapped up our visit with a good stomp in the leaves in lucy's front yard.

editor's note: some of these pictures were taken by joan, and some by me, and i don't remember whose are whose. throughout the weekend, we took a combined total of nearly 900 pictures, and probably said "LOOK AT THE CAMERA" about 5,00 times. lots and lots more pictures here, i had a very hard time pruning this batch!

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