Halifax

The morning started out leisurely, with Sesame Street and Caillou in French on TV while we relaxed in the hotel.

We spent the day walking all over Halifax, Nova Scotia.  One of the shops we visited was Inkwell, a super-cute shop of hand-crafted printed goods: eye-catching prints, tea towels, cards, and gifts.  After Butterscotch told the owner, Andrea, that he was hoping to find a sailboat today (he is obsessed) she *made* our kids these adorable red and white polka-dotted paper sailboats and handed them to the kids!  (You can see Bittykins with hers in the photo where she's talking to her shadow.)  I bought a makeup bag I LOVE with a bicycle on it by Danica Studios. We spent the late afternoon at Fisherman's Cove, a 200-year-old fishing village about 20 minutes outside downtown.  Butterscotch had been asking for a sailboat ALL WEEK, so when we finally found one in a gift shop (even though it was really just a decorative one) and gave it to him, he was BEYOND thrilled.  The boat actually floated pretty well, but was kinda tippy.  When we got home, Geoff drilled holes in the bottom and added fishing weights so it would float better, then sanded and painted it.  That's just the kind of little thing he does all the time for our children.  He builds and fixes toys, and I love watching him work so hard on it.  Just when I think I can't fall any harder for this guy, he finds new ways to show tenderness and generosity, and I melt all over again.

That evening, we walked over to a wonderful French restaurant, Bistro Le Coq, which had *excellent* food.  (This is where the photo of Butterscotch looking peeved about eating escargot again was taken...haha)  But I assure you, the escargot was divine (Butterscotch agreed - he ate half the plate!), and the rest of the meal was amazing and perfectly balanced.  We also enjoyed a bottle of wine from their impressive list.  We were able to practice our French there as well as many other places around town, which was one of the main purposes of this whole Canadian adventure in the first place - preparing to live in France for the summer!  French Canada is the perfect training ground - you can start with French, and if you must fall back on English in an emergency, you can!  People were very patient with us practicing, and, it seemed, happy we were trying so hard.  When you're learning a new language - in the real world, not just in a class - you have to be willing to feel embarrassed at first.  I've watched our children try so many new things and try and fail and try and fail and grow and succeed.  They inspire me, and I hope I can return the favor some day when they want to give up.

My EverydayEmily Mitchell