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Mom in Montreal

This morning I had to take my mom to the airport so she could go back to Texas. I have to say I was really sad she had to leave! I begged for her to stay longer, but that didn’t happen….

Nevertheless we had a great week together here in Montreal. When your hubby is as busy/traveling as much as mine it is just nice to have company every now and then. And, moms are sometimes just what you need!


You can do as much or as little as you want while they are there, they just want to be with you! Oh, and if you have a mom as awesome as mine they will even clean and do your laundry! You see some moms come to visit their kids or family and cook homemade meals…not Shell Bell. She doesn’t cook! She does great take-out, but cooking…not her forte. Shell Bell cleans!!! She volunteers to wash the sheets on your bed, she checks the laundry hamper and washes any clothes that needs to be done (whereas I leave it ’til the bin is overflowing), she even washes the dishes by hand…. it’s the best!

And, what is better than a bed made by mom….fresh sheets put back on your bed by the best bed-maker there is. It’s guaranteed to be one of the best night’s sleeps. Am I right? I don’t care how many times I can make a bed….it is NEVER as good as when Mom does it.

Ahh…the little things!

Ok, but seriously she didn’t just clean the entire time she was here. We actually experienced a lot of what Montreal has got to offer!

She got to feel the excitement of the Bell Centre at her first Montreal Canadiens game! We actually decided she is Jeffrey’s little good luck charm because he ended up scoring goals in both games she got to see. (That was another one of my tactics to try and get her to stay longer….so Jeff would keep scoring goals!)


Tuesday we went for a freezing walk around Old Montreal. The architecture around this city is truly amazing. We then went to lunch at one of Jeff and my favorite spots: Olive and Gourmando. YUM!


Some shopping took place Tuesday and Wednesday!

Thursday we got to sneak a peak at the Canadiens pre-game skate. It’s pretty cool the practice facility is open to the public to come watch! Canadians love their hockey! 🙂


Friday we were tourists! We took the city by storm and saw some of the sights. First we drove to the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games took place in 1976 (the first time Canada actually hosted the Olympics). I have to say, that building was a sight to see. Just HUGE!


We then dropped the car off at home, laced up our sneaks, and took Nellie for a mega walk around the city. The weather was perfect (and when I say perfect, I mean perfect in my Canada-living mind set….the Texan in me wouldn’t have minded 20 more degrees added). But whatever, I’ll take it.


We headed up to Mount Royal and eventually made it to the top to enjoy the beautiful views of Montreal. I can see this city being AMAZING in the summer! Three hours later we made our way back down through the city and finally home after picking up dinner we would enjoy later that night. 20,000+ steps on our FitBits…we were pooped. We spent the night in our comfy’s watching Jeff’s game, and proceeding to stay up way too late watching all the mindless TV shows my mama likes to record.





The rest of the weekend was rather lazy. I am going to blame it on the SNOW. Yes, I said it. Snow in April. I still can’t wrap my head around it. We did venture out to Atwater Market. Such a cute farmer’s market! I will definitely be going back to get our produce and meat from there once Jeff is home.


Easter Sunday came. We enjoyed brunch in our PJs. Attempted to watch the church service from home online, but missed the live stream. Whoops! So, we just relaxed until it was time to get ready to go to the lovely baby shower the girls here threw for me and a couple other ladies on the team who are expecting. It was so nice my mom was able to come and enjoy my first baby shower with me!



And here we are, Monday. She’s on a plane back to Texas as we speak. 😦 We had the best week…the men in our life would be happy to hear there were minimal mother-daughter blow ups at each other! 😉  Success in my book! We did a a lot and then we did a whole lot of nothing. It was perfect if you ask me. Mom visits are the best!

Can’t wait for her to come back! Muchos besos, Mama!