I’m taking a break from talking about Toronto politics – temporarily – so I can post about my kids. Ahhh… Kids. Here are some recent things they said which were worth posting (so I thought).
My 4-year-old looked up in the sky at the clouds and said; “clouds are like mountains in the sky what are (made of) like cotton”.
When describing the park that he wanted to go play in, instead of describing the park to us, he recalled the photo shoot we had there together instead when he said; “I want to go to the park where that girl took pictures of us so you will remember what we look like when we are older”.
My 6-year-old has been super-helpful recently and in doing so he wanted to tell a bedtime story to his brother and baby sister but he needed help getting going, so I helped him along by saying; “Once upon a time…” figuring he would tell them a story about a prince or a princess, or make something up, however, in typical Jewish day school training, he picked up my intro and continued with; “… Jewish people were slaves in Egypt to a bad, bad Pharoah who was very mean…” Yup. What every 20 month old needs to know.
Things my 20-month-old Berry are afraid of;
- Bath / Shower
All of these raise her blood pressure instantly and make her cry.
While eating dinner at Safari on Avenue Road, 4-year-old Stewie was told by the waiter that he was a good eater and a good guest to which my son replied; One day I will own this store!”. The waiter stopped and said, “Pardon Me???” to which Stewie replied – now slightly turning his head back so the waiter could hear him – “One day I’m going to own this store!”… Oh yes he did!
I’m not sure where they get this stuff from since we’ve never mentioned to him that we are going to buy restaurants, stores, or anything like that.
This morning Stewie and I walked to get bagels at about 6:30am, and when we came to an intersection, Stewie squeezed my hand and made me stop for an extra few seconds. His rationale;
“Daddy, do you know why we had to wait a few extra seconds before we crossed the street here?”
Me: “No, I don’t know why… why?”
Stewie: “Because we are wearing sandals so we have to make sure no cars are coming for if they run over our toes it will hurt SO much. “
Me: “Errr, okay. Thanks bud!”.
And finally, my wife bought a couple stuffed giant microbes (science teachers tend to love this stuff), one was E. Coli and the other was penicillin. Well my 6-year-old and I are allergic to penicillin so when she showed it to him he thought it was real and suddenly he started to feel sick and refused to go to his day camp today. It wasn’t for a good 30 minutes before he fessed up that he thought it was real and that was what made him sick. Funny that he wasn’t worried about his little sister hugging the E. Coli…
Weekends always pose to be a dilemma for my family. We are all so busy during the week, my wife and I working, and the kids at camp during the summer, that come the weekend we’re tired and feel we all need a break. Then again… The weekend is the perfect time to do things as a family, run errands and spend quality time together.
Also in the mix is the fact that this was a sucky week for me in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) and I pledged to make that right on the weekend.
So when my wife and I sat down Saturday morning trying to plan the day we thought about getting the family outside and adding some steps along the way.
So we ate breakfast, loaded up on water and some snacks and off we went. Here was Saturday;
Walk to the subway.
Walked to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where we got married just over 10 years ago).
Looked for the Village on the Grange (it’s not there).
Walked over to Chinatown to this crazy cool old school dim sum joint on the top floor of a strip mall.
Walked down to Queen Street.
Had free freezies courtesy Virgin Mobile.
Peeked into Much Music – they were filming something for Degrassi.
Saw the homeless guy with his homeless girlfriend / hooker and their homeless dog. He has a sign that says “Need Money for Weed” . I wanted to hand him a new sign that read, “Stay in School Kids – living examples”.
Hit up the Second Cup for a Chocolate Chiller for my wife and Strawberry Yogurt drink for my kids.
Walked back to the subway.
Once at home, Berry napped while my wife and I dosed and the boys watched TV, half conscious, until 4:30pm when we ran out to
get our new glasses, pick up bagels from the Montreal bagel place on Avenue Road (Chatted with Haley-O’s husband Josh-O of Cheaty Monkey fame).
Went to Toy Town.
Picked up dinner at the amazing Indus Tavern on Eglinton (yum x 1000) then some tidying and we were both out cold by 11pm.
Net GCC result: 35,212 steps!!!
Up a little later – 7am.
Out of the house by 9am to Whittamore farm for some raspberry picking then over to pick some green pees, yellow beans, beets, green beans, sugar snap peas and new potatoes…
By 11:30am it was pretty hot and we were all pretty sapped of energy – But let me tell you how cute it is seeing the kids pick the berries. Berry, picked some great berries and put them in her basket. It wasn’t until she tried one when she realized some liked them. It was all downhill from there. The field became her buffet.
From there we went to T&T Grocery store in Markham, then over to a Tim Horton’s drive through for my first coffee in 14 days… YUM!!!
Then after some shopping / sampling we all hopped back into the car and flew over to Woodbine and the 407 for lunch at the new King’s buffet restaurant.
From there home for a nap for Berry while the boys try to kill each other.
I put everything away and at 3pm I checked in at 21,000 steps. I am totally not going to get to 30,000 steps but this has been a great weekend with the family and a great walking weekend for the GCC.
We got the kids bathed, garden and lawn watered and cleaned up quite a bit of the house. Up and down the stairs over and over again sure helped my walking total as once Berry went to sleep, at 8:30pm, I was at 30,000 steps for the day. More cleaning, more up and down the stairs, some laundry, and a trip to the store later and it’s midnight and I take off my pedometer and it reads this;
Final total, and a personal best, 36, 019!!!
So there were some fun things to do with kids on a hot weekend in Toronto.
I heard this afternoon that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Londan, England apartment at the very young age of 27 years old and I have to say that while I was really disappointed, I was not at all surprised.
It was probably a year or 2 ago when I did a blog post about the up and coming female role models who were getting all the press and publicity. Lindsay Lohan – thief, druggie, alcoholic and party in a package was one OD away from death or being in jail for life. Nicknamed “fire crotch” for being caught without her panties on one too many times, even Lohan gave Brittney Spears a run for her money. Spears – mother of 2 young kids, also loved being caught without her panties on. Spears was one talented singer who melted down in front of the world after shaving her head in a very public way. Unstable?!? You could say that. And then there was Amy Winehouse. Deep, beautiful voice, but with those crazy tattoos and unable to stay clean from anything. She looked emaciated, stoned and bombed all the time until forced into rehab way too many times. The last time we heard from her, she was booed off stage during a comeback tour when she was unable to remember her lines. Even her band and back-up singers were trying to help her along, to no avail.
So when Winehouse walked off the stage, many people knew it was probably for the last time ever. She was clearly unable to get over this addiction and it ended up over-taking her and costing her her life. Ironic that her hit song was called “Rehab” and it that song she sings that she is not going to rehab, “no no no” and it was that philosophy that see’s her dead way before her time.
So can we finally move on to better role models for our young daughters please? That Taylor Swift looks pretty wholesome… Or Selena Gomez…
Public Service Announcement: Kiddies… It make be cool to your friends to drink and do drugs, but once you start, sometimes you can’t stop. Just stay away!
So who do you think is going to star in the movie based on her life, and which of the “starlets” do you think is next to fall?
This Thursday’s list comes to us from Elliott Hurst, the CEO of Supernova, and Elliott put together for your enjoyment, the top 13 movies about music (in no particular order). These are the best 13 movies ABOUT music (not just have good soundtracks; but making music is essential to these films).
What else would you expect from a music aficionado like Eliott?!?
So let’s go!
2. This is Spinal Tap
3. Blues Brothers
4. Almost Famous
5. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
6. High Fidelity
7. Gimme Shelter
8. Beastie Boys; Awesome I Fuckin’ Shot That!
10. 8 Mile
11. Walk the Line
12. The Commitments
13. Eddie and the Cruisers
So what makes your list?