Yesterday, we randomly decided to do something very Canadian - we went to a nearby sugar bush. I haven't done this since I was a kid, but have wanted to for a long time. There's a small window of opportunity for this - when the night temperature is still below freezing, but the day temperature allows for a thaw and the maple tree sap to start flowing. Sap is collected in buckets, or more modernly in a series of tubes and barrels. The sap is then boiled, then filtered and voila! Maple syrup. YUM! Since I've given up cane sugar and artificial substitutes for Lent, I am all over maple syrup right now.
I won't even tell you how long I made the girls stand there while I took these shots.
I will pretend I am just that good and got them very quickly.
The best part of visiting the sugar bush is obviously eating pancakes. We ate a ton. Oh, so yummy. Kingsley was not interested, but did eat one whole baked bean. Progress.
After stuffing our faces, we wandered around outside to burn off some of the syrup. One thing always on my mind - how am I going to bring Kingsley here when he's older? I have no idea. He got in the pancake house fine, and onto the play area, but we have an awesome all-terrain sort of stroller. He couldn't go into the woods with the girls and I and the playground was so retro, there was nothing there for him now or in 5 years from now. Hm. I don't think winter is very accessible in general.
It was sunny, but so cold. We didn't stay too long outside. I really should've put the girls in snowpants or splashpants, but I had no idea what we were getting into! Next year I'll be prepared.
The other cool thing about our trip was that my OB was there with her family. I absolutely adore my OB and haven't seen her since my 6 week post-partum check up. She was a God-send when I was pregnant with Kingsley, so it was cool for her to be able to see him now, all gorgeous and healthy.