What a Long Weekend…


I forgot to post this article, so I am posting it today (I scheduled it for 2011 by accident). It originally was meant to be posted May 26, 2010.

This post is a recap of a fun-filled long weekend in Toronto.

I’m kind of glad it’s over, but really unhappy that it had to come to an end already. If you are a parent, you know exactly what I mean when I say that. We were having a lot of fun as a family, but when it’s go, go, go after a long week at work, you sometimes need to go back to work to relax after a hectic weekend.

Unlike most (long) weekends where we “play it by ear” (read: stay at home and clean, my awesome wife actually made plans with our friends and their kids, so as a result, we spent the three days running around the city, seeing Toronto and hanging out as a family.

It all began Friday right after work, with a Tot Shabbat at my son’s school.  It was pretty last minute, so we did not go for the dinner, but we did go for the children’s event afterwards, which was bongo drumming. After the kids drummed until they could drum no longer, everyone picked themselves up and went over to the services.

After a fun song filled service we left the chapel and went to the next room so the kids could run around and have a cookie and cup of apple juice.  There was more coffee for the parents there… Thank goodness.

On Saturday we got up nice and early (6am for my kids) and made our way to mid-town TO to go to the museum with friends of our and their two children.  We saw dinosaurs, the bat cave, monkey bones (Stewie REALLY wanted to see them… Don’t ask) and a bunch of other cool things.

We managed to stay there into early afternoon after which we packed up our belongings (read: kids) and headed over to the new outdoor shopping mall at Don Mills and Lawrence, to pick up some clothes for my poor wife who only seems to buy clothes in bunches every four years.  I stayed in the car while all three kids slept so she could shop in peace and quiet.

When she returned and the kids awoke, we turned our attention to food and drove over to the grocery store, went shopping and then took all the healthy food home for dinner, then a bath and bed.

Whew.

Sunday morning saw another early start, this time we went East for a trip to the Metro Toronto Zoo. It’s a great place to get some fresh air, plus we have a membership there, so the price is right. 🙂

At the zoo we walked a LOT, saw some great aminals – like monkeys (this is what Stewie wanted to see yesterday but upon hearing we were going to the museum thought monkey bones would be more reasonable because everyting at the museum was dead, right?!?).

After a picnic lunch we walked some more then headed home for a few hours rest, before meeting my mother and sister for dinner at the “round” restaurant, aka the Mandarin.

Holiday Monday saw another early morning and this time a trip downtown to the Toronto Islands where we met up with some great friends of ours and their three kiddos.  Once on Centre Island, we trekked over to Centreville, where the four walking kids got go on a ton of rides, eat a picnic lunch, toss around a football, eat ice cream and get good and tired for the end of the day.  The non-walkers giggled and slept in strollers and carriers.

The only unfortunate part of Monday was that the baby got too much sun and threw up her avocado all over herself.  She did not sleep well Monday night!

So Tuesday morning the kids got up a little later than normal, between 6:30-7am and both my wife and I were exhausted all day, but boy did we have fun on the weekend.

Hope you did too.

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