Living, Laughing & Experiencing Life in Canada's Capital Region

I Kissed A Baby T Rex

Yesterday, my family, our friends and I made our way to the Canadian Tire Centre to meet a dinosaur. I had no what to expect or what my three little event critics would think.

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There were many familiar faces in the crowd yesterday. It feels like homecoming weekend when I see the members of the Ottawa blogger community, hugs all around and chatting about what each one of us are up to this summer.

 

I have a very loud nervous laugh. When I saw Baby T Rex, I wasn’t sure what Beckett & Andie would think, it was truly very life like and I may have been a little scared myself.

 

Beckett snuggled up to me as close as he could and, of course, Andie-Pandie decided to pet that T Rex, while it snapped, growled and generally made the entire crowd feel like we had a real dinosaur in our midst.

This shot was taken one second after Baby T Rex grabbed my phone with his giant teeth! Yes, we were that close and that baby dino had a little attitude.

Then I kissed that Baby T Rex, I mean really a girl only lives once right?

This show promised to be exciting and eventful, if the media show was any indication, even my tween Katie is looking forward to the show.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular will perform eight shows over the course of five days from Wednesday, Aug. 20, to Sunday, Aug. 24, as follows:
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23 – 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24 – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets start at $19.50 and can be purchased by visiting www.CapitalTickets.ca or www.evenko.ca, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at each of the 10 participating Canadian Tire stores in Ottawa as well as the store in Perth, The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.

 

We will see you at the show!

Sherrie-Mae

 

Canada’s Wonderland – One Day Sale – August 7th, 2014

One Day Sale!

One Day Sale!

 

TOMORROW ONLY!
One Day Blowout Sale $29.99 – Available August 7th ONLY
Tickets valid August 10th – 28th, 2014

Summer is here and CANADA’S WONDERLAND is the place to be! Enjoy over 200 rides and attractions including our 20-acre waterpark for one INCREDIBLE price!

Tickets are valid any one day from August 10th – 28th, available exclusively online on August 9th. Get your Single Day Admission tickets tomorrow and tell all of your friends before this deal expires at midnight.

Here’s the fine print:

Tickets are valid any one day from August 10th – 28th, 2014
Tickets must be purchased on Thursday, August 7th from 12:00 AM through 11:59 PM
This incredible offer is only available online

Click Here to purchase tickets. PLEASE NOTE: This link will not work until 12:00 AM tonight, an error code will pop up until that time.

We will see you at the park!

Sherrie-Mae

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For This Girl

The kids and I were on an adventure last summer. We were headed to Manitoulin Island to see my friend Christine.  After a long drive from Clifford we finally pulled into the holding area for the cars waiting to get on the Ferry.

The kids immediately jumped out of the car and ran towards the wharf to feed the ducks and watch the boats. Just as I closed my car door, the car behind me bumped into the back of my car. Thankfully, that car was going 10 km s or less, when it hit my car. I was even more thankful, that my children were not standing behind my car as the driver of the car, who was checking his text messages, would not have seen my children standing behind my vehicle. We checked out the minimal damage, just a scratch really and everyone seemed fine as we walked over to the grocery store to pick up snacks for the boat.

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Anything for this girl

 

Later on as we enjoyed the quiet sailing across Georgian Bay, we entered the on board gift shop. KT, who had earned money helping me clean out the pool, bought some trinkets for herself as the other two picked out their favourite items.

 

Later on that evening as we settled in for the night, after the two littlest Guthrie’s had fallen asleep, KT said she had questions.

“Mommy you know today, when that car bumped our car?”

Yes, honey…but no one was hurt, everyone is OK.

“I know Mommy, but I wanted to give you this because you drive all the time and I always want you to come home.”

Don’t worry KT, I’ll always come home.

“Mommy, you don’t text and drive ….right?”

No honey, no I don’t. 

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From my KT

 

Even though it was a very small bump, it had effected my oldest as she knew what could have happened. I promised myself that I would keep my phone in the middle council of the car when I was driving because it is too much of a distraction for me. I made a promise to my daughter I would come home each night and I intend to keep it.

A simple message

A simple message

 

The folks at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and other traffic safety partners have come together to launch a six week long education and awareness campaign (July 29 – Sept 12 ). They are urging all drivers to make a promise. It’s simple, go online to caasco.com/focus and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road.

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A couple of simple facts made my Promise to Focus on the Road an easy one to make:

1. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions and easily one of the most avoidable.

2. Distractions can come from almost anything that makes you look away from the road. A split second is all it takes to dramatically change the rest of your life.

3. Driving requires your full attention. Losing your focus on the road can lead to weaving in an out of your lane, missing a traffic sign and putting yourself, passengers and others at risk.

 

Are you ready to make the promise to end distracted driving?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will August Bring?

As painful as it is to type, summer is officially half over. On September 2nd, 2014 we will all officially be heading back to school. We have spent much of this month at my parents home in my home town of Clifford, Ontario. I have spent time with public school, high school and friends made through athletics and via summer jobs.

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The truly shocking part has been how wonderfully our children get along. It is a very surreal experience to see how the next generation interacts, so very similar to how I did in my youth, with he offspring of those I shared my hopes, dreams and shed tears with so very long ago.

 

Talk about eating my words, this past week I tweeted that I was avoiding seeing the movie Planes. Just days later here I am at the Hanover Drive-In, watching it on the large screen old-school style while my son sits in his Planes tent, cuddled in his Planes sleeping bag and holding onto his Planes lantern. Nothing says summer in Southern, Ontario like a drive in on a Friday night and me being wrong.

 

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July has also brought many road trips and mini breaks along with way.  Trying to keep my children occupied has been challenging. DD 10 has taken up photography , this is one of her favourites so far.

 

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Yes, I know. This is my best side.

I am sending everyone good thoughts as we embark on the last half of the summer. Thank you for following along with our #GuthrieFamilyAdventure.

Are you looking for something fun & easy to participate in for the month of August consider adding your pictures to our Awesome August #AfLKids Instagram Photo Challenge. Follow @ActiveForLifeca on Instagram, check out the daily action word for inspiration and post with the #AfLkids hashtag and you are entered to win Active for Life Swag.

 

Active for Life – Awesome August #AfLKids Instagram Challenge!

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Check out our amazing August #AfLkids Instagram Challenge!

After the thrilling success of our Twitter and Facebook parties we are very excited about having some more social media fun with our Active for Life community, but this time on Instagram. We hope you and your friends will join us for an activity-filled August, please help us spread the word.

Every day this month, simply check out that day’s activity keyword e.g. “jump” & snap a photo of your kids doing that movement e.g. jumping in puddles, jumping off rocks, jumping in the water, on the ground, whatever you and they want to do!

Summer can either be a wonderful time spent moving and exploring outdoors or it can be challenging to get kids off the couch and away from their electronics. Add a little physical activity to your daily routine, become a role model for others looking for inspiration to get their own children moving, and connect with a fun community who values raising active kids.

How you can join:

 

Follow @activeforlifeca on Instagram. We’ll be posting a daily reminder photo of each movement on our Instagram 

Each day, snap a photo of your child doing the movement then, follow and 

tag @activeforlifeca and add the hashtag #AfLKids in your caption.

Search for the #AfLkids hashtag to find others joining and following along with the fun! 

There will be random draws and fun surprises all month long. 

Not only will you get your family more active, make friends, and have fun, but your name could be drawn to win Active for Life swag and other surprises along the way. 

 

Have fun and we will see you on Instagram! 

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ARe you ready 

Are you ready? 

Kid Friendly Fun at Destiny USA

PRMomOttawa.com:

Are you looking for a last minute get away to Destiny USA?

Originally posted on PR Mom Ottawa :

Living in the Ottawa region has many advantages. One of those advantages is living close enough to New York State, that a trip to the US can be an afternoon day trip or an overnight adventure.

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Destiny USA is less than a two hour drive from Ottawa, in Upper New York state. This family destination has hundreds of shops, various restaurants and many activities for families to enjoy.

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The Destiny USA Summer Fun Day Pass gives families the opportunity to experience four great attractions for one low price. There are nine amazing entertainment venues at Destiny USA that are working together to give your family a summer of fun and great new experiences at the same time helping you save money on your adventures. The Destiny USA Summer Fun Pass give you access to four entertainment venues of your choosing.

You can choose from:

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The Guthrie children have decided that…

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Kid Friendly Fun at Destiny USA

Living in the Ottawa region has many advantages. One of those advantages is living close enough to New York State, that a trip to the US can be an afternoon day trip or an overnight adventure.

DestinyLogo

Destiny USA is less than a two hour drive from Ottawa, in Upper New York state. This family destination has hundreds of shops, various restaurants and many activities for families to enjoy.

daypass_banner

 

The Destiny USA Summer Fun Day Pass gives families the opportunity to experience four great attractions for one low price. There are nine amazing entertainment venues at Destiny USA that are working together to give your family a summer of fun and great new experiences at the same time helping you save money on your adventures. The Destiny USA Summer Fun Pass give you access to four entertainment venues of your choosing.

You can choose from:

 

 

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The Guthrie children have decided that the Canyon Climb adventure is our first stop, followed closely by Pole Position. Since we are making a day of it, we will be staying at one of Destiny USA’s hotel partners. We are fans of the Marriott family of hotels and the Marriott Courtyard is perfect for our family. Check out the Destiny USA site for directions, packages and more accommodation choices.

 

Having children ranging in ages from 5 – 10, it is difficult to find activities that are appropriate for everyone. Destiny USA offers free Tykes Tuesday program. Every Tuesday through August 26th, in the Canyon Area at Destiny USA, from noon to 2 p.m., there will be exciting free entertainment including a magician and hands on gymnastics demonstrations.

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In conjunction with the Tyke Tuesday and Regal Summer Movie Express, at 10 a.m.,  families can enjoy PG-raged movies for only $1. This is a perfect solution to the “I don’t want to shop anymore” complaint from my five-year old son.

I am giving away 2 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day vouchers. Each voucher is good for 2  passes. One winner will walk away with 4 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day passes. I will contact the winner via email on August 11th, 2014. The passes expire on August 31st, 2014. 

To enter please tell me which of the 9 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day adventures your children would enjoy the most? You can enter once a day.

Happy Adventuring!

Sherrie-Mae :)


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