Last week, we introduced avocados to Rowen's menu... it might have replaced carrots as her new favourite! We also travelled to Stratford for a daytrip and had a mini Momma & Baby weekend.
Stratford, Ontario is my most favourite town. Nothing has really changed there since I started going with my Mom in the summertime as a little kid. We used to go and stay at a little Bed & Breakfast called The Deacon House, see a show at the Festival... usually the musical depending on which Shakespeare play was running and wander about town. Wandering about town usually took, oh, an hour or so. Stratford, Ontario is named after Stratford Upon Avon, the town where William Shakespeare was born. So naturally, there is an Avon River in Stratford Ontario...
Which is one of the places The Heavyweights played as part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival. They played on the river!
Rowen and I tagged along on the first day. Rowen met some ducks, we watched the Heavyweights' Noon show and then headed to Fellini's for lunch.
I LOVE FELLINI'S! It is possibly one of my favourite restaurants and they haven't changed in the over 15 years that I've been going there. The Chicken Parmigiana is my most favourite menu item. And they have delicious "real" iced teas! I almost couldn't get my chicken parm on this visit because it was technically still lunch menu time...but they made it for me anyway! Thanks Fellini's!
Last Summer when Annie and I roadtripped to Stratford, I managed to finish this bad boy on my own. Annie patiently sat there while I chomped my way through this massive breaded chunk of chicken and mountain of yummy pasta. Must have been one of those crazy hungry periods in between my constant pregnancy nausea... this year, I was only able to finish half!
Remember those pianos all over the city? They have them all over Stratford too!
Lowell stayed over in Stratford the rest of the weekend. So it was just us girls for the weekend.
We had lunch with Ange at Easy... another one of my most favourite places. I think I've been going to the Parkdale location for maybe 7 or 8 years... the food never disappoints. Oh, and the Banana Latte smoothie is ridiculously yummy and probably one of my favourite things ever.
West Coast Toast, mmmm. Essentially salmon eggs benny topped with caviar and dill. And no wimpy sides here or having to choose between potatoes or a salad.... sooooo goood!
Rowen tried out a restaurant high chair for the first time! She was amused by it but I did wind up holding her to avoid a restaurant meltdown as she was having one of her rare fussy, clingy days and it was close to naptime. And hey, we survived public transit and a civilized restaurant lunch! Score! Thanks Baby!
Playing with Eileen.
"He said WHAT?!"
We went to the CNE on Monday!
Read more about Rowen's first CNE HERE!
And I know I've shared this photo already... but it's just such a crowd pleaser. Lowell and I both changed our phone screens to this photo. Our Baby is just too daaarrrrn cute!
I felt a bit like I was cheating on Baxter the first time I bumped him as phone screen saver. The Bax has been screensaver forever! I felt bad choosing a Baby Pic over his, but I think he understands. Or rather, he doesn't really understand well, anything. So it's all good!