Today was the swearing in of Edmonton's new city council! Here is Edmonton's new crew, posed for official and un-official photos.
I didn't want Dexter to miss the action, but the proceedings were scheduled right in the middle of the day during his nap. My solution? Brought his travel play pen and set it up in Don's office. Got there early so Dexter could have an opportunity to play for a while. When it was time for me to head out for lunch, I left little man in the care of his auntie.
Dexter loves his auntie Sable. And Nielsen is always ready to represent too.
We could have just walked over to lunch, but there was a bus arranged to take everybody so... we went on the bus. I sat on my favourite seats at the front.
Lunch was lovely, capped off by sherbet.
Dexter had a nice nap in the office while we were out for lunch, and was all fresh for the ceremony. Here he is sitting beside a pretty girl.
I was sitting beside Rachel, the mayor's daughter. She went to school with my brother (he bit her in play school and got in lots of trouble) and I was in school with her younger brother, Adam, for many years. What a coincidence that their dad and my husband now work together. It is a very small world indeed!
Then there was pipes and a procession.
Waiting to be sworn in.
The moment! Don swears and affirms.
There was a little council meeting to seal the deal, then it was party time!
The pianist was working hard.
I ate treats.
Dexter enjoyed the fruit platter and an activity book somebody gave him from the front desk.
Dexter and his daddy!
Then Don got busy with an interview.
And the crew started getting ready to head home. Don has recently come home and upon looking at today's photos, has informed me that tons of people thought Sable was his wife. Get your eyes checked, people!
Dexter stayed at the hall for more partying and came home via train with his grandparents. Sable, Chris, and I caught the train back earlier because we had work to attend to. People always talk about how flexible life is with a car. But if you live, work, and play near LRT stations? It's actually quite convenient for everybody to come and go on their own time.
Today required an elevated level of organization, with the baby and firm timelines with some of the proceedings. Travel via train suited my needs perfectly.
Oh yes, and now my husband is officially employed for another three years. Huzzah!