There's nothing that makes me feel the special kind of happiness like when Barry and I spend time with the girls as a family. We love new experiences and in keeping with our ‘doing things instead of having things lifestyle’, we celebrated Meg's 20th birthday yesterday. We met at the hotel and headed to a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant for dinner, complete with Tiramisu as a birthday cake with a candle. Once we had sufficiently embarrassed Meg by singing Happy Birthday, we headed out to visit the new Aquarium in Toronto. What an amazing evening we had there.
Knowing it would be an impossible feat for me without a wheelchair I agreed to it, and we chose Sunday evening to attend, as there would be less kids to navigate that thing around. I have Jerri to thank for pushing me up those rolling inclines and keeping me in the chair doing the fast declines. Her legs hurt a little today from all that pushing uphill. I guess I'm a good work out. Nice to be able to use "me" and "work out" in the same sentence again!
What we were all so surprised with was the unbelievable amount of knowledge our budding Marine Biologist has. Meg was able to explain everything to us, even the staff commented on how knowledgeable she was. So that's what she's learning, so cool.
It was a fantastic experience having sharks swim above your head and right beside you. I knew I would enjoy it, but it was far better than I even expected.
Having been out on the town, it was time to head back to the hotel. We watched the last of the hockey game and headed down to the hot tub, to soak these weary muscles and bones.
In true Clout fashion, the night was not complete without a rousing game of something. We went back to the room where Jerri’s boyfriend joined us for a game of Fishbowl. It's a combination of charades, and several other games. It was great fun. We learned that these sisters have some weird telepathy and they can't lose. Lots of laughs and a wonderful family day.
Even though I was exhausted after all of that, it was still a rough night of sleeping. Lots of pain, but once again I wouldn't trade that day for anything.
That was some pretty good lemonade yesterday, now I have to go and deal with those lemons.