Thursday, July 2, 2015

A great day for a party - despite the rain!


We’ve just finished celebrating Canada Day here in the village with a family gathering!  There was a lot of fun including red and white nonsense from the Dollar Store.  This year’s big hit was a red and white fright wig. 

 The incredibly weird glasses were a close second.  Are those pinwheels? The combo might give us all nightmares!

 It was a simple hamburger and hot dog barbecue, early in the day because little ones conk out early and others have parties to go to.

 Of course, we always have to have deviled eggs because we DO NOT feel the need to be hip and stylish!  And as usual there was too much food.  We also had Canada Day Cupcakes that MJ bought with her own two hands (such talent)

We ended it with  BOOK CLUB CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE (homemade) because daughter Virginia said, if she was going off her diet for the event, it had to be for something really good. 

It was a great day for us despite weather. For most of the time it was bucketing rain. Every now and then it would lighten up enough for lads to have a go at the grill, but in the end serious rain gear was needed and the Canada Day fright wigs were no longer enough. 

  It takes more than that, weather gods!!!   We had a our simple barbecue with the kids and five (small) dogs adding fun to the afternoon.  Some dressed for the occasion, but the leis didn't stay on long.

There was almost no barking. We’re not sure why.  Not surprisingly, there was no sign of the cat next door who sometimes likes to drop in and stir things up.

Despite the rain, some children made every effort to escape to the back yard.

There goes Ella!

What do you mean NO?

At the end, we were feeling happy and relaxed (not always our natural state) after a bash.

Some of us headed off to events in the village or in Ottawa afterwards, others will take in the fireworks.  Here’s a shot from last year taken by Victoria.  

All in all, a great day and a day to feel lucky.  Although next year, we WILL hope for sunshine.

 So to our Canadian friends and compatriots, we hope you had a terrific holiday and lots to be happy about and to our American friends gearing up for the Fourth of July: have a great time, however you celebrate – with kids, cats, dogs, food, family, flags fireworks, or even reading in a lawn chair. 

To everyone everywhere this summer, celebrating a national holiday or a special time with family, friend or beloved pets - ENJOY!

And why not tell us how or why you celebrate?  We love to learn more about you!


Jeanetta said...

Happy Canada Day! It looks you everyone had a great time. BOOK CLUB CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE looks so yummy!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...
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Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Happy Canada Day, MJ!! I would definitely go off my diet for chocolate mousse cake! It looks like you had a great time.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Jen. I hope you are gearing up for a lovely 4th of July! Book Club Chocolate Mousse Cake is our new fave.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

We had a lot of fun, Mary! It took a while to clean up and recover, but well worth it.


Anonymous said...

We checked out the Air and Space Museum (all museums are free Canada Day). There were lots of special activities for kids / families; seeing Snowbirds pilots was a highlight. Along the nearby Parkway there were many bike-riders, in spite of rain. Came home to traditional hamburgers and community fireworks and phone calls to family and friends across the country. A simple, but fulfilling day!

Anonymous said...

What fun! Loved the pics!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That sounds just wonderful! I miss the flyover and the fireworks which we had such easy access to downtown. Glad you had such a great day.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Patricia! We do love silly. Hugs!

Annette N said...

A late Happy Canada Day to You ----and a lovely time was had by all.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We appreciate that, Annette! Hope you have a great day on the 4th!