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What the Family Day long weekend means to my family.


 

The Family Day long weekend means rest and relaxation to me and my family. It means a one day break from the daily grind of work, school and programs, and it means time to get some stuff done around the house, like cleaning and organizing and sadly, an extra day of being annoyed at my kids. :)

On this long weekend we sorted, cleaned, ate, slept and played a lot of Cityville.

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I realized how exhausted I’ve been since I changed jobs – I’ve been sick with an infection for 5 weeks now – and my energy level is at an all time low. My waist is growing to an all-time high. In the past 5-6 weeks I have managed a few dubious achievements, heights not reached since my early 20′s, as I drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of McDonald’s and through all those chemicals, caffeine, sugar and fat, still found myself without any energy.

I have visited that wonderful treadmill we bought a month ago just twice.  It misses me.  I know it does.

I played my first ball-hockey game in 5 weeks on the family day Monday and thank goodness for a 2 hour afternoon nap, because I was beat by the end of the warm-ups.  I somehow managed to step it up and had my best game in at least 10 years.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the 21st was my birthday and I think the extra day off from life helped me get some rest and spend non-programmed time with my kids and we all really enjoyed that.

I’m thinking there should be a family day every month, don’t you?

 

Art Gallery of Ontario at dusk. Toronto, Ontar...

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On the actual Family day Monday we took the kids to the Art Gallery of Ontario (we got married there 10 years ago) as there is now a kids area where the kids can draw, colour, dress up, read, play, paint, play table tennis and so much more.  The kids created art on Monday which was placed in the gallery under the kids section.  They thought it was fun, the parents thought it was cool. 

After a couple crowded hours there we headed into Toronto’s Chinatown for some dim sum.  It was, as usual, great and because it was so close to my birthday I got an order of the grilled octopus tenticles and shared some with Berry.  I was so proud of that stomach, to try something new.

Then home and more rest.

I miss you family day.

 

What did your family do?

GCC Friendly things to do in Toronto with kids


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.

Headed home.

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.

Came home.

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!!!

 

Sunday:

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.

Happy 5th Anniversary


Whew.

This July 1st represents 5 years of being married to the most awesome woman I have ever met in my life, and I’m not just saying that because she will probably read this. I am very much blessed. We have a wonderful child together and another one on the way. I owe her credit for everything good that has happened in my life. She’s truly one of a kind, and if you ever get a chance to meet her, you’ll understand what I mean.

With that, I want to wish a very happy 5th anniversary to my wife, and state for the record, that this year will be focussed on getting you what you want and need as a mother, a wife, a friend, and in life.

I love you,

Urban Daddy

Now for the gift portion of this post…

5 years of marriage are represented by wood and silverware. The gemstone is turquoise and the flower… Daisies. I’ve got them all covered. Also covered and a few other essentials, to make things work this July 1st.  Chocolate (works every time) and the memories of our wedding day, so long ago it seems, at the incredible Art Gallery of Ontario.