My Big “50” Birthday Bash in Niagara Falls

IMG_9500IMG_9419Decided to go to Niagara Falls for my 50th birthday and really had a great time with hubby and the kids.  We started out at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.  I went water tubing down the slides too.  My back is still good, really, despite the radiation treatments. Ha ha ha!

IMG_9246IMG_9252My cousin Boo from Australia knew I was staying at this hotel and on arrival surprised us with a huge tray of chocolate strawberries and other chocolate delights to gorge on.  It was so yummy and just hit the spot after over 2 hours on the road.  I was a little disappointed at the hotel room we got.  It was suppose to be with a “Fallsview” and all we really got was a good view of the U.S. Canada Border Crossing!   It was a bit of a stretch to the left to see Niagara Falls.

IMG_9261 IMG_9262Had a fabulous meal in the Rainbow Room at the Crowne Plaza hotel.  I remember seeing the chef, Massimo Capra on T.V. making all these delicious looking dishes and now I can say I actually tried some.  Really good food.  Lobster bruschetta, the best calamari ever and yukon gold/sweet potatoe cannelloni with lots of different veggies.  Delicious.  Had a glass of wine with my dinner so I couldn’t take any pain meds for a while…but that was okay ’cause I felt fine.

We went out for a bit of night life and this is what we did….


High five with the Hersheys Kisses Guy!


Met a Dinosaur and rode the Giant Ferris Wheel (climate controlled).




Spent some time mini-golfing at “Wizard Golf”.  That was so cool.  The artwork in that place was gorgeous!  I love “Black Light” glow in the dark “magic”.

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IMG_9373Sat for a minute and chatted with the Obama’s and Forest Gump.

A birthday well-spent.


On Sunday I decided to treat myself to a facial and massage.  My skin has been really terribly dry and I’ve been drinking water like there is no tomorrow.  I have never experienced such thirst before in my life.  I was downing about a litre of water every hour.  So I told Bobo and the kids to go to the water park while I went to the Christianne Spa at the Sheraton next door.  My appointment was for 10:00, but when I got there I found out that there really was no room for me.  You don’t know how disappointed I was.  I finally was able to do something for myself without thinking about the children and what they wanted to do and now when I thought I was going to get some peace and quiet and time for me.  Wham.  No can do.

“Sorry we tried to phone you at your room after you called.  We only have a spot available at 1:00 if you’d like”.  “That’s it”, I thought.  They are getting the “Cancer Card”.   What?  This is my 50th birthday.  My kids are at the water park this morning so I could have this time to myself.  “I’ll let you speak to the manager.”  This is going to be good, I thought.  She got an earful…including how my face is all dried out from my radiation treatments etc. etc. “I’m really sorry, there is nothing we can do for you until 1:00”, I heard.  Can’t you phone someone and make them switch because my husband is stuck with my kids even longer if my treatment doesn’t finish until 2:30.  And my room is only available until 1:00 (for them to shower/change).  She promised I would get a really good room at the spa if I waited until 1:00.

Went to tell Bobo the news.  He was good about it and told me to keep the new appointments and he would entertain the crew.  I didn’t feel like going to the water park so I went to our room and went through my emails.  Terri-Lynn told me to go to the casino and bet on #5.  So I thought, “This is my chance.”  Go to the casino and find yourself a roulette wheel.  Off I went.

I bet $5 on #5 and #19 (my friend Liz’s birthday number) and $10 on red.  Lost on 5 and 19 but won on red.  Tried those numbers again and lost.  Decided to call it quits and check out the slots.  Cased out both floors and came to a machine where I got that “happy go lucky” feeling.  I don’t get that often, but when I do, I act.  Sat down and 3 spins later…Cha Ching….ding ding ding.

IMG_9427Holy shit!  Lucky 7’s.  I wonder how much I won!  Well, it turned out to be around $100 bucks.  Just enough for the cost of my facial (and my benefits would pay the cost of my massage!)

Run while you have money in your pockets”, I thought.  And that is exactly what I did!

When I went to the spa at 1:00, they apologized for the inconvenience and I said, “Oh no, that earlier appointment…it was not meant to be.  I’m glad you sent me away because I went over to the casino and won $100 bucks!” They all laughed and said that was great.

I had a wonderful gooey facial with lots of essential oils, but I swear my face still dried out by the time I got home. I’m seriously not kidding when I say there is no water in me and I’m drinking constantly.  Frack got mad at me because we had to stop a couple of times on the way home to buy more water and for me to get to a washroom.  I told Bobo I needed those adult diapers “Depends” because this has been happening to me all week. What can you do?

By the way, the manager at the spa gave me a complimentary body cream as a gift for my birthday.  And I also got a free keychain.  But that’s another story.  I’ll write about it now, but if you don’t have time to read this much, I understand.

This story has to do with my cheeky husband who doesn’t say much, but when he does, it’s a hum-dinger.  I saw this neat booth that sold crystal blocks with your photos engraved on them.  I thought that it would be a nice momento of our trip to Niagara Falls.  So me and the kids got a 3D photo made (minus the husband who made me swear that after our Wedding photos, he was never, ever, going to have to pose for pictures again (because your spirit is taken from you… blah, blah, blah).  I’ve upheld my end of the bargain…well…most of the time…occasionally I get a picture of his hand when I try.  Anyway, while I was contemplating what to write on this block of crystal (ie:  Happy 50th Birthday or something like that), that ding dong husband of mine pipes in with something like, why don’t you write “Remember Me” since you are going to croak tomorrow anyway.  He had that cheshire cat look on his face like he just got a mouse. The man at the shop looked horrified and thus I felt obligated to explain…yeah I have cancer blah, blah, blah.  Now tell me what I should write on this thing without being morbid.

The funny thing is that not only did this guy want to know what kind of cancer I had, but he really believed what my husband said about dying tomorrow.  He even pretty much said, ” Please don’t die here right now”.  I’m looking at him thinking, “Are you kidding me?  You actually believe my stupid husband?”  I’m telling you, there is a whole lot of weird in-breeding going on in Niagara Falls.  I honestly wanted tell him not to worry about me because I wasn’t going to go anywhere right now, but I was going to kill my husband very soon and that was going to be the body he’d have to worry about.


We came up with “Love You Forever” and the date.  When we went to pick up the item, he gave us a free LED crystal keychain with our photo too.  Now we have one key chain each….minus the husband.  He was not included.

“Wasn’t that nice of the man to give us a free key chain” I told my husband.  “Yeah”, he said, “What did you expect?” and he grinned with that cheshire look in his eyes once again.