While I originally envisioned this as a joining-Greg-at-work trip, it has turned out to be a mini-vacation, which is nice! He has had three full days off from work. We saw no Cirque du Soleil, but had some nice times exploring Montreal and just hanging out as a family.
On Easter Sunday, the kids were delighted that the Easter Bunny found them in Montreal and left goodie bags, as well as hiding jellybeans all over the living room. (Where Baz sleeps, incidentally). Here they are, doing the delicate "I'll trade you one chocolate bunny ear for two orange jelly beans" negotiations.
Later that morning we climbed to the top of a great local hill / park... Mont-Royal. There are hundreds of steps built into the side of this mini-mountain, which is then surrounded by beautiful walking and biking trails. The kids were good troopers all the way up, and enjoyed exploring the woods a bit at the top, and seeing the views of the city. I think this is a place I will come back to often!
And to finish the day, we had the promised family birthday celebration, for Daddy, Baz, and Isa, since Greg couldn't be home for any of those dates in March. A small cake and a few presents, and everyone was happy.
As I've been living here in a hotel suite for a few days, I've been keeping a list of all of the things I need to bring back from Philadelphia next time we come. Some examples: Tupperware. Plastic dishes. Bath toys. Scotch tape. Condiments. First aid supplies. Crayons. There are so many, many little things that are just a hassle to live without, but not worth the expense of going out and buying new. On the one hand, I appreciate a little inventiveness - Greg molded and cut up an aluminum baking tray for me today to make a vegetable steamer - on the other hand, some things just end up being expensive and wasteful. Like having to buy laundry detergent in little $2 packages at the front desk.
It's going to be a learning experience, that's for sure.