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Yesterday was Victoria Day, a holiday in remembrance of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria reigned from 1867 to 1901 in the United Kingdom. Her reign lasted 63 years and 7 months, making her the longest reigning British monarch, to date. She has been dubbed the “Queen of Confederation”.

Victoria Day (a.k.a. the long May weekend) is considered by many to be the first long weekend of summer (even though it’s only May). For some, it’s the weekend to open the cottage or trailer; for others it’s the weekend to dig in and garden. For me, it was a great excuse to “escape” the city with Little Guy, and visit my family.

In past years, my parents have hosted a BBQ with my aunt and 3 grandparents, followed by a mini fireworks display set off by my Dad in the backyard. We often take an afternoon to walk along the boardwalk by the river and look for spawning fish, or feed the ducks. We shop for flowers, and we just relax and enjoy the sunshine, if we have it! But this year was very quiet. My grandfather is still in the hospital. It’s been a month since we nearly lost him, but while he is slowly improving physically, he’s losing it mentally. I’ve mentioned before – you have to laugh or cry. The future is very uncertain.

We have all been busy between family and church commitments so while we wanted to engage in lots of activity, even just stamping, we were too tired! Little Guy, as always, had a great time any way. He even spent a long time in the sandbox, and we did have a picnic lunch on the deck, and more than one ice cream cone! We even shared pizza and ice cream with my aunt, as well as a mini fireworks display in the back yard…

…and sparklers!

While the trip down Friday night was nearly 4 hours (instead of the usual 2 1/2), it was only just under 4 hours coming home (that included going cross-country for awhile since the highway was stopped due to a car fire, 2 pit stops, and 1 stop to check the map). While it’s tempting to make the visit last as long as possible, the hours spent on the highway almost make it not worth it. I’m glad we left before lunch or it could have been an even longer trip. I’m also glad we had an ice-cream cone before we hit the road!

I’m back in full swing again with a long list of things to do today, but it was still great to have a reason to celebrate.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria