My little brother Eric is visiting from BC!
I saw him about a month ago when I was in BC, but it was only for one night so I have been looking forward to a more lengthy reunion with him. He’s still only here for 9 days though, so we have been squeezing in all the fun activities.
I picked him up from the airport last Tuesday, and coincidentally his flight from Kelowna came in at the same time mon bestie Lisa was dropped off at the airport for her flight back to Calgary. We were able to sneak in a little airport rendezvous.
I know Eric was disappointed he wasn’t going to be in Ontario the same time as Lisa, so even seeing her for 10 minutes was a good start to his trip.
The first activity on the agenda was visiting our amazing Nana. We met my dad and my Aunt Nancy at her home on Wednesday and Nana was so, so excited to see Eric. It’s been a while and he’s grown a lot since the the last time. I’m surprised she recognized him.
Touchin’ his face!
Touchin’ my face! She likes to alternate the face touches so we don’t feel left out. Still can’t get over how good she looks. And I don’t even mean how good she looks for her age (101!), I mean how good she looks in general.
Eric stayed with my dad for “boys’ time” the next couple of days while Evan and I were working, and I picked him up on Friday evening for party time. First we hit up Taste of the Danforth with Evan and my friend Hannah, but that is going to be a separate post about eating the world (Greece!). From the Danforth we caught the subway over to Nathan Philip’s Square (Toronto City Hall) for Panamania!
The Toronto sign was added as part of the Pan Am Games hype and I’ve heard some people complaining that it’s tacky, but I am really liking it. I hope it stays after the games are over.
I mentioned that Toronto Harbourfront had free concerts every night while the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are on, and Nathan Philips Square is doing the same but on a bit of a bigger scale. Friday night was Chromeo!
I love them. I used to listen to them back in 2011 when I first started running, so some of their earlier stuff made me feel like breaking into a jog and running around the crowd. Alas, I wasn’t wearing a sports bra, and we all know I can’t just break into a run without the proper gear.
It was super packed, but they had a really great set up with several screens, and the audio was good also, even though we were closer to the back.
I usually like to get as close as I can, but it was pretty rammed so we were fine staying back a bit. Both Eric and I could not stop dancing and Hannah was like “You realize you two are the same, right?” Oh yeah. We realize.
It was a goooood time.
And you know they played Jealous!
If you don’t know Chromeo, you may know that song because it’s all the rage right now. I don’t think they played their other favourite song of mine, Don’t Turn The Lights On (unless it was their first song, we were a few minutes late and may have missed it), but they played Needy Girl, Hot Mess and Fancy Footwork, so I was happy. They were really great.
The show ended with fireworks off City Hall.
We were standing basically right underneath them, so that was really cool. I am loving that Toronto has all of these free events going on! I enjoy fun on the cheap. Saturday was the Roots! I heard they were awesome. And tonight is Jann Arden, so if anyone happens to hit that up let me know how it is! We’re going to a Jay’s game or I’d be all over that.
On Saturday Eric, Evan and I drove up to Lisa’s parents lake house to spend the day with Lisa’s parents.
You know you’re a grown up when you go to someone’s house to hang with their parents. Lisa had already gone back to Calgary, and Heather and Brent (who live in Edmonton) were actually around but at a wedding on Saturday, so sadly we missed them (but I saw them at the beach last week, so that was good). Evan was disappointed to miss out hanging with Lisa’s ‘rents a couple weekends ago, and I knew Eric wanted to see them, and I like to think of them as my second parents, so off we went. They made us a fantastic lunch as soon as we arrived.
The weather wasn’t the greatest for most of the day, but little Roxy really wanted to go for a boat ride, and who can say no to that face?
That Roxy has it good and she knows it.
The boys really enjoyed the boat ride also…
Just living the dream.
Eric said he hasn’t been on a boat in years so I know he really liked it.
That is all one property, I would just like to point out. The house to the left is the guest house. Tough life.
Lisa’s dad Phil made us quite the pork loin for dinner. He even staged it all nice with sliced apples so I could get a good picture of it for the blog.
He was very excited about it and it warmed my heart.
That pork tasted just as good as it looked!
It was an excellent dinner. Don’t be surprised if I move in here.
Sunday we had another parent party. We went to my dad and Mona’s for more barbecue (you can never have too many), and don’t be surprised if I move in here either…
Freakin’ delicious. I never want the summer eating to end (but my pants say yes, it needs to). That was followed by possibly my favourite dessert of all time. Lemon meringue pie. Mona knows where it’s at.
Ughhhh, I love it. Well it might be tied with homemade cherry cheesecake (my mom’s) but it is up there for sure.
We spent the afternoon in the backyard with this cheerful kitty, Tweety, who suffers from resting bitchface.
He is pretty cute though.
Like Winnie, he cannot let plants go uneaten.
But I don’t think he throws up the plants everywhere like Winnie.
My dad (aka Bobby) played his keyboards for us…
That’s an old pic, but same thing only my dad’s hair is longer and he has four more keyboards and several amps and quite the sweet setup in his mancave. Remember when he sent one of his songs in to some electronica contest and the first prize was to attend a rave in Montreal? I’m still sad he didn’t win that. He is quite an excellent keyboard player. Evan said his playing took Bobby to the next level for him and he is looking at him in a whole new light now.
Followed by a hot tub party.
Thanks for the photo Mona!
It was a lovely afternoon and it finished off a lovely weekend and now you are all caught up.