On Saturday I hosted a bachelorette party for my sister, who is getting married in October. She is the awesomest little sister and we are good friends with each other, so I had a pretty good idea for how to go about planning a day in her honour.
First up, brunch!
Image via Cora
We all met at Cora which is a great spot that specializes in delicious breakfast fare. Open from 6am-3pm you won’t find Plain Jane meals on the menu. Everything is pretty unique and since the restaurant opened in Montreal, there is a French-Canadian twist. Delicious!
Next up, glo-bowling!
Image via Academy Lanes
I reserved a lane for the 5 of us at Academy Lanes, one of the most well known bowling alleys in the city. The building itself is pretty interesting, it’s a converted theatre! We bowled for a few hours and then drove to the closest Marble Slab Creamery for a cold treat.
From there we went to check into our hotel room and fixed ourselves up for supper!
We ate at the Pony Corral on Pembina Highway, which was absolutely great. The restaurant is situated right by the river and there is a giant deck with tiki huts and patio sets with little gas rings in the middle of the table so you can enjoy a fire while you eat your meal! Unfortunately the weather was uncooperative so we had to eat inside, but it was no skin off our nose since the restaurant boasts a giant disco ball and a guitarist to enhance your dining experience! Our waitress was amazing and the food was delicious as well as very filling. I always love going there!
Then it was time to go back to the hotel where we dressed ourselves up for a night of dancing! We rode in a limo to King’s Head where we stopped for a few drinks and visited around a big, round table.
That’s me on the left!
From there we walked to Whiskey Dix to dance!
All in all I think we all had a good time, so that makes it a successful party!
I’m typing this from my camper as I feed Little C. We are here in Austin, Manitoba for the Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede! Hundreds of volunteers are working their butts off to make history come alive, and as usual they’re succeeding! I can hear the bangs and whistles, motors and flywheels. People are shouting and chatting and laughing. It’s a great place to casually walk, stroll, and hike while you learn about Manitoba’s agricultural history! The reunion lasts from July 24-July 27! There’s entertaining demonstrations on the grounds during the day, a fantastic rodeo at the grandstand in the evening and a ‘kick off your heels’ kind of dance at the Corn and Barley Corral at night!
On Sunday I packed up the car and took the baby for a 40 minute drive to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum to meet with my mom and sister, who were starting to organize themselves for this year’s fashion show. They, and others who help them, put on a vintage fashion show as an extension of a group we belong to, Reunion Ladies Activities. This group demonstrates different things that prairie pioneer women did ‘back in the day’.
This museum is close to my heart, as it is where my parents met, got married, and practically raised us. This is, in fact, their 40th wedding anniversary! My sister and I know the hard work it takes to put on a show and make history come alive for spectators. She has grown up helping our mom with the Ladies Activities and I have split my time between this and helping our dad to run a steam engine. Last year was the first year in a long time that I was not on an engine. I could not get time off work to help during the week, and I was pregnant and didn’t want to be jumping on and off, or falling off the engine or breathing in the wood/coal smoke. It is a hard and dirty job but I was so sad, as I love my time on the steam engine.
This year, with a new baby, I will not be on the engine again. I am having trouble finding my niche, as I always had a routine during the show, and now it is being disrupted. I have no antique crafting skills like looming or quilting, and am mediocre at embroidery. I found my grandma’s recipe for sourdough pancakes, which she used to make there, and I’m going to try to make this at home to see if I am any good at it. Who knows what’s in store…
The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is located just off the trans-canada highway, on highway #34, North of Austin, Manitoba. It is really a wonderful place to visit and learn about Manitoba heritage!
One our engagement pics, done by the lovely Jodi of Memories by Me at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum!
Despite all the rain and it’s horrid consequences, I am determined to celebrate today! Our country is 147 years old today! For some reason I can’t download a picture on this site (I have a few cute ones I wanted to share) but oh well. My family is coming over later today for an impromptu supper. With one day’s notice it was hard to put together an impressive meal, but that’s not the point of having family over, is it!
I’ve been lucky enough to have the past few hours all to myself, but I hear Little C squawking on the monitor, so it’s time to put my ‘Mom’ hat on now.
We are so, so, so lucky to live in such a vast, beautiful, bountiful, peaceful Country. Happy Canada Day!
Whew, Southern Manitoba is taking a beating at the moment. We are being deluged with wind and rain that is too much for the flat lands to take all at once.
Brandon, MB is declaring a state of emergency (cbc.ca)
Cottonwood Campground at Treherne, MB (Facebook)
Southern Saskatchewan is taking a beating as well (Facebook)
Farmers have lost crops in this deluge and both cities and rural areas alike are experiencing home floods, power outages and damage from fallen trees.
Most of the damage was done yesterday, on Sunday. Today the wind and rain have died down, so hopefully the worst is over.
Luckily, the village where Big C and I live is located more in the hills than valley or flat plain, so we escape unscathed. We spent the weekend holed up in our house, watching TV, reading and playing with Little C. Oh, and juicing.
I fixed up 2 different cocktails from the orange juice for us to enjoy. We’re not really ‘orange’ fans around here, but it’s a great way to get that much needed vitamin C!
The sun is just starting to peek out from the heavy clouds. Hopefully it decides to stay. I’m off to plan a small Canada Day party!
This past Sunday was a slow start out of the gate for our ‘C’ family, which means it was a nice and relaxing morning. Once we were all dressed, we hopped in the car (as fast as 2 people with a new baby can) and drove to Elm Creek for lunch. An acquaintance of ours owns the local Drive Inn and every year he hosts a fundraiser, where 100% of the weekend’s profits are given to a great Canadian charity, Children’s Wish.
We had a lovely afternoon visiting with Big C’s dad (we’ll call him Grandpa C) and his girlfriend, as well as other people who arrived for lunch with their families. The great thing about small towns is that you’re bound to meet someone from a neighboring community that you know and can chat with. Ma’s Drive Inn has a host of summer foods available, including your basic burgers and fries and some great add-ons. I had the Mozza Burger with Onion rings, and a Coffee Crisp Blizzard for dessert. I’d recommend that burger to anyone looking for a basic burger with a little twist.
Drive Inns are a must during Manitoba summers. It’s a great respite from the heat to sip on a milkshake or lick some ice cream. And there’s nothing quite like a drive inn burger! Although I’m a big fan of eating healthy, whole foods, once in a while a drive inn treat is a sweet break, especially when it’s connected to such a great cause. Friendly Manitoba, indeed!
As well as the food, children could enjoy a small playground beside the drive inn and a petting zoo! We’ll definitely try to make it back next year, as Little C will be able to ‘hang out’ that much more with others.
Little C enjoying some time with Grandpa C at the Drive Inn
My baby (Little C) and I are lucky to have this summer together, as I am on Maternity Leave. In Manitoba we get up to 6 months for maternity leave and 6 months for parental leave. Usually the mom applies for both and gets a year off to take care of the new baby. Daycare is hard to come by, so we put our name on the waiting lists for 2 local centers and hopefully Little C will get a spot before I go back to work in February!
There are SO many things to do in Manitoba this summer, it’s hard to group it all into sections and explore all our options. We won’t be doing any major traveling this year, as my husband (let’s call him Big C) and I went to Europe (Great Britain, France and Northern Ireland) for our honeymoon last year and we want to ‘lay low’ for a while. I have ideas for ‘big’ trips (I think I was an explorer or a sailor in a past life, I love to travel!) for our family, but we need to save the funds and figure out the practicalities of traveling with an infant.
Luckily for us, Manitoba is brimming with activities! Whether it’s berry picking or attending one of the many festivals or heading to the beach, there is no shortage of things to do! I’ll be documenting all the local things we have to offer under this big prairie sky in an effort to commemorate my time with Little (and Big!) C.