Many of you know that last year we started what will be a tradition for our family – going to Montebello for Family Day weekend with Mary’s cousins.
This year, we had a bit of a hiccup since Jon wasn’t feeling well, but overall, the trip was again a complete success.
We did a few things differently than last year. My sister-in-law called ahead and was able to check in with the reservation desk about our rooms. We were pleasantly surprised to find out Saturday morning that they were ready to go. We all jumped in our cars to arrive a bit earlier than planned and unpack our things.
Once settled, we ventured off as a group to do some curling together. Something to know, Jon and his brother grew up curling and my nephew is taking curling lessons in Perth on Sundays, so the Ball ladies were up against some skills! I didn’t know what Mary would think of watching us curl, or if she’d get bored, but she happily wandered up and down the walkways alongside the ice and cheered us on from the sidelines.
After curling, we made a beeline back to the rooms to get our skates and take advantage of the wonderful weather. You might know that Mary felt a bit left out last year being the only one without any “skating shoes” so this year we came prepared with new skates and a shiny helmet. She made a valiant attempt at skating for the first time. I wish you could have seen her. Rather than letting us guide her around the rink, she attempted to “power walk” skate on her own.
After skating, we had fun on the outdoor play structure, with Mary taking a liking to the tire swing and the bumpity bump into the snow once she shot down the slide.
We then went back to our rooms, flung off our winter wear and jumped into our bathing suits to take advantage of their wonderful indoor pool area. Having my sister-in-law there and an older cousin meant that I could pass Mary into safe hands and even get into the hot tub briefly. Heaven!
When we arrived at the restaurant for our reservation, we were shown to a lovely little secluded circular room in the middle of the establishment. I never noticed it last year, but having the servers come in and out of our private room really made us feel comfortable, relaxed and well taken care of. Especially being the mom of a toddler, I felt much less “exposed” in the restaurant than I’ve felt elsewhere, and worried about whether Mary would make a scene. We were happily surprised by the fact that Mary was given a free buffet dinner due to her age and were doubly surprised when she promptly fell asleep at the table in Jon’s arms after eating her supper. It had been a busy day for our little sweetheart!
After our late dinner, we were all ready to get some sleep. My sister-in-law and I were planning on getting an early cross-country ski in.
Unfortunately, when we woke up the next morning, the temperatures were too dangerously low for us to have gone out for a ski. This was the only disappointment of our trip. We all ended up hanging out and eating some breakfast together before checkout, which was nice too.
Can’t wait until next year! Every year at Montebello so far has brought something new!