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Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday My birthday fun and Monday back to Camp Awesome

Where are we today ? 
Aurora and Plattsville Ontario
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          Warning a picture overload for 2 days! 

          This posting takes care of Sunday and Monday, just because we had a very fun busy day on Sunday with the Kids and Grands.
         Up early as usual got the coffee's and computing done and a nice walkabout down the country roads here in New Hamburg.
         Then about 9 am we hopped in the car and headed up to daughter # 1's in Aurora, Not much traffic and had a nice drive to Toronto and northbound. It is a long weekend but Monday is the holiday so we timed it right.
Heading into Aurora  a nice country drive after we got off the highway
    We arrived about noon and got to see their new Kitchen, not completely done but functional. WOW.  They opened up walls and doorways and gives such an open concept and much more useable space. Love It !
doorway into the dining room now
from the dining room into the Kitchen
          When we arrived she was preparing my favourite Cake!! Since I was maybe 5 years old. Ma used to make for this for me on my birthday. Angel food cake with "Sticky Icing" (actually called a boiled  icing) but it is so sticky ! My once a year indulgence that I love.
whipping the icing
now I always do my part lick the beaters clean.
heck it's my birthday right?
oh yeah she is a great cook too
I am ready but have to wait hmmm... at least I got to lick the beaters.
          She go this done and nobody else there quite yet so I whipped over to my favourite grocery store here Centra Market. An Asian / Chinese grocery store with so many interesting different foods. Wish we had one closer because I could have a ball with new interesting foods and cooking.
Pick up some of these Seaweed crackers, the Grands love, tasted them 
and amazing will get more next time.
       Back to her place and everyone was there, all 3 kids their spouses and all 8 grands, This is awesome.  And they even brought me gifts! Not need but appreciated all we need is to get together with the family whenever it works out.
      What I haul a I got 2 stainless travel mugs from Ontario parks, A very interesting book my son got it reminded him of me when he read it,  beautiful card, some lottery tickets AND a gift certificate for the LCBO (liquor store).
Thanks so much guys for all these wonderful gifts.
     I had to buy this t-shirt for daughter number one just Because! Can't believe that she will be 50 years old in a couple of weeks . How did that happen when I am still 29 (ok 40 years experience, I have. lol)
yes she does look awesome ,
still my baby.
      Everyone here brought food so we had snacks, nibbles, fun celebrations and great social times with everyone, and all the grands had ball visiting their cousins.
tasty snacks, yup
love their new kitchen
2 cousins just meeting and having fun
basketball and hockey outside
think I am hungry Grandad
my son giving our Grandson pointers
thats me and my son
a t -shirt daughter # 2 gave me
trampoline fun
the grands eating outside
SIL Brian cooking the burgers on their Weber
of course it is a Weber
we had prime rib burgers, chicken burgers,
chorizo burgers, and veggie burgers
I enjoyed a Chorizo burger with fried mushrooms and onions,
caesar and broccoli and apple salad
These Chorizo burgers from M&M Meats here in Ontario!!
I have a new source 
Gluten free muffins and ,
my Angel food cake
with "sticky icing"
more trampoline time
love this shot
      Now we want to take some family pictures and she has to good camera a tripod getting to set up.
setting up the camera
 LR daughter #2, son, ME, daughter # 1
me with all the Grands
here we all are Suzie and I in the back
and the whole crew
love her eyes, what a happy baby
now 6 months old
Their big puppy Fergie came in to see Suzie
and play with the baby too !
         Now it was time for my Angel food cake with "Sticky Icing"   Oh my, have been waiting all day for this and now to blow out the candles. This is easy, one for each decade!
grand daughter #1 wants to help
But I did it all by myself
Oh yeah Heaven! 
      Ok now because it is my birthday our SIL Brian allowed me to sample a few of his Single Malt Scotches that he has and he has, an amazing collection. Each one is amazing. Thanks Brian for this wonderful treat !
what a collection of Single Malt Scotches and he
can tell me about each and every one
     Then at about 10:30 pm the last of the family headed back home and we headed to bed. They have a nice guest bed here and really was welcome tonight.

Monday May 21st

         We had a good sleep and up early, got the coffee going so when everyone was up it would be ready. Checked e-mails, sorted though some photos of yesterday (a couple hundred) . Took a nice walkabout town for a while to get my self mobile. Chatted with the kids and grands. Then we headed out shortly after 9 am back to New Hamburg.
they had a very nice home here in old town Aurora 
       Back roads to the HWY 400 south to the 401 west , a nice drive not a lot of traffic easy going. Stopped at the Cambridge rest area for a stretch and spotted this very cool custom truck on a trailer. Don't think it would be much good other than a show truck.
looks cool anyway
        Back to pick up the coach and Sandy was there with 3 grandsons playing in the yard. They always have fun here.
is this not too much fun?
      Secure our coach and moved to "Camp Awesome " in Plattsville where we will hang out for a while but now matter, we have a wonderful place. First thing I did was hop on the Mower and cut the grass for our parking spot. Got set up had a light lunch then back on the mower until 3 pm. Gott  a couple of acres cut. Will do some tomorrow depending in the weather 5 acres in total to cut here I enjoy.
I have fun mowing the lawn with this
We camped back there
       Called it quits at 3pm . back home set up our Weber Q and satellite dish then relax in the shade enjoying the view reading and computing .
I mowed back the the Big tree in the centre about 1/3 of the yard
         Now for supper tonight we gonna grill a prime rib steak I bought the other day on sale. 2 In a pack but need to cook one today and freeze the other. We will share  this for sure
Only $5.99 a lb is a very good deal
not often do we eat steak, and only prime rib
4 baked potatoes, 2 for home fires some day. and a package
 of fresh mushrooms and onions
     The rest of our app;e broccoli salad baked tater with yogurt and the steak and mushrooms.
this sure took care of s teal craving
and melt in your mouth tender
just the way it is spouses to be
      That was our fun 2 days we had, Birthday at my daughters with her bother and sister and all the grands. How much better does that get ?
      Now we can settle here for a few days enjoying "Camp Awesome" until the urge strikes again.(friday). We do have to take care of a few things while here.
      Thanks for taking the time to drop in on some fun times we had with family to celebrate some birthdays with the family.
      Hope Y'all had a great Canadian long weekend and I know our American friends will be enjoy one this coming weekend as well.
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  1. That's a good collection of Scotch your son in law has!

  2. What a wonderful long weekend together to celbrate your birthday and be with family....priceless!

    1. It was an awesome long weekend, and priceless for sure. So much fun to see the family all together again

  3. Such a beautiful family you have. And looks like you all enjoyed your birthday.

  4. George your truly blessed . What a great looking family and happy birthday late . Vern , Boise Id.

    1. Yes we are blessed, nice to see everyone all together have a great time.

  5. Look forward to seeing you on that unique mower each spring.

    1. Its is a unique mowers and so much fun to ride.

  6. Oh George what a wonderful time and great family! Love Daughter #1's home from the outside to the inside, I love the island and the brickwork inside. The outside eating area is awesome! All the kids are adorable! Your shirt is too funny (but true) and Dau #1's shirt is cute too. She's gonna rock 50! I remember my mom made the sticky icing and it was ohhh so good! Dinner there looked awesome! Ending the evening with some samples of single malt scotches, what a way to go! Then on to Camp Awesome and a great afternoon along with the tasty dinner!! YUM! You are blessed my friend!!

    1. Thanks guys iy sure was a great time. They do have a beautiful older home and the new kitchen is amazing, love it !
      Sure was a wonderful was to enjoy this long weekend and my birthday !
      The single malts a real bonus too !

  7. Now THAT was a GREAT birthday celebration. How fun!!! Surprisingly, my mom used to make the exact same cake, from scratch, folding in the flour with really long strokes so as to fill the batter with air. Even the same frosting, only we call it seven minute frosting since it takes seven minutes to boil on the stove. That's one heck of a mower too ... I bet it's fun to cut the grass!

    1. It sure was a great birthday celebration. And the cake and icing made my day as well. It does take seven minutes to boil and get it just right but so worth it.
      It is a great mower is fun and does a wonderful job.

  8. I guess after eating that cake you became stuck up? :cD

  9. The best of times! Happy birthday! What a blessed life.

    1. Thanks Peter it sure was. a blessed life for sure.


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