This fall has been a whirlwind of doctor's appointments, evaluations, medical terms, and decision making. In some ways it reminds me of what we went through when our oldest was so sick as a baby and we hadn't yet figured out that gluten was the culprit. My husband and I are tired, stressed, and second guessing every decision we make. There is a bright spot ahead though, and that's our trip to Canada! The kids and I are heading to visit my family in Toronto on Thursday, and although my husband has to stay behind for work, I'm looking forward to getting away from everything here for a few weeks.
I haven't been to Canada since last Christmas, which is too long in my opinion. The kids are thrilled to be spending Halloween where they will be able to trick or treating with their cousin, and I can't wait to spend time catching up with family and friends. My youngest has been pointing out Canada on the map and talking about taking an airplane to see Grandma and Grandpa.
Speaking of airplanes, this will be my first time taking a flight alone with the kids as my husband isn't able to accompany us to Canada. I have to admit that I'm a bit concerned about an 8 hour flight with two kids, but I'm hoping all goes well. I have tried to prepare as best I can with a variety of small toys, games, videos, and snacks to keep them both occupied along the way. My 7 year old is usually able to occupy himself and enjoys watching movies on the ride, but it's my 4 year old I'm most concerned about entertaining.
His communication skills aren't the best and he isn't easy occupied for long periods of time, so I'm hoping the variety of activities I've prepared are enough to keep him busy and calm. I'm also crossing my fingers for a nap. One can hope. I've booked us in Premium Economy, which I prefer over regular Economy when on long-haul flights because it provides more space for the kids to spread out.
The important thing is that my kids will get to spend two weeks with my family, heading out to farms and amusement parks and all the other fun things there are to do in autumn in Toronto. I'm excited to get the chance to meet up with friends and family I haven't seen in too long. I also have a shopping list a mile long of all the things I either can't find in Paris or are too expensive to purchase here. I'm particularly looking forward to buying some clothes, gluten free items, and educational resources to help us learn more about how to help our youngest.
I'm also excited to experience the tail end of autumn in Canada. Paris is lovely in autumn, but there is nothing quite like the incredible fall colours of the leaves in Canada. Here most of the trees simply turn brown before losing their leaves, but in Canada the leaves turn every shade of red, orange, gold, and brown before blanketing the ground in a riot of colour. Pumpkins, Halloween decorations, and yes, maybe even a pumpkin spice latte or two sound about perfect right now.