Sunday, August 4, 2013

Our Dutch visitor adventures

In the past few weeks, we were so fortunate to have relatives from the Netherlands down for 2 weeks. We had an absolute blast! Our visitors were my fathers cousins son and his girlfriend, or as we know them Mark and Kiki. The day they arrived I unfortunately had to work, so as soon as I was done I headed home ready to meet our guests. Dad and Steve went to pick them up in Toronto and the plane was delayed, so I was able to make it home before them and shower. So we had our dutch flag flying, house cleaned, and ready to have a great time.
2 days after they arrived, we had a majority of the Canadian relatives over for a family reunion to celebrate their arrival, and also our uncle and aunts 40th wedding anniversary. We knew it was going to be a great day when Mark and Brad headed out to fill up water balloons, and Kiki and I started making jello shooters. What a hoot! There were water balloon fights and kids running through the sprinkler, volleyball nets and swimming. It was an awesome day even though it was soooo stinkin' hot!
Mark and Kiki decided to head out for a few days to Algonquin park, I think they had a good time, they saw moose and other animals.
They headed back this way and we spent a day at st. Jacobs farmers market where we saw so many things, from fudge to cowboy boots, kitchen gadgets to apple fritters, so many different things to see and try there. We found some fresh strawberries for a dollar and just ate them as we walked around the market. We all bought the Q-ray bracelets... more for looks. We joked around that we didn't feel depressed anymore after putting them on.
Our next trip was heading off to Niagara falls! Some of my siblings and I all headed out together with Mark and Kiki. The falls were amazing to see this time of year. We got settled into our hotel and headed out to Kelseys for dinner. by the way... terrible service, terrible food and all around not good. After dinner we headed to the falls, it was still light and we walked along as it was turning dark, we were able to see all aspects. regular day light turning to dark and finally  seeing the lights turn on and shining onto the falls. We got soaked when we were close to the falls, it was so fun, and on our way back to the hotel we stopped in the rain forest café. we were talking about stopping, but their menus didn't have prices and we were all on a budget.... so we knew the café was out, but walking around it was incredible. The next day we were able to go to the Ripleys museum, that was so fun and so worth the adventure. once we were finished at the museum we still had about 3 hours to kill, we thought since we had time we would cross the bridge into the USA since they had never been there. We looked online and it said they shouldn't have a problem getting over the border... not true, we waited on the Rainbow bridge for half an hour and then were told by the border guard that we needed to go get a stamp, we thought okay, no problem we will go and get this stamp... in and out, no more than 5 minutes right? WRONG, we waited in this room for what must have been an hour and a half to two hours. So once we were done, we had half an hour, so we ate some lunch and headed back to Canada... totally not worth it, should have spent a night or something, but all worth the experience to be able to tell my readers about it, hopefully I can save you some trouble in the future. And then it was time to head home and say goodbye to our company. we had great times with you Mark and Kiki, and we hope to have you and a lot of our

 other family over to visit again!

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