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Same old Sunday

I love Sundays – the only day of the week where nobody has to work! It’s been such a great summer with cottages and road trip visits that I’ve been out of town or had plans the last 4 Sundays in a row. Crazy! I have a lot of photos floating around on my computer waiting for recaps to be written.

But for today – back to normal. Baby J woke me up around 7:30am and we got ourselves ready to go to my mom’s for breakfast as per our normal routine. She’d made bacon and eggs, crispy sweet potatos, and jazzed up leftover mini croissants with blueberry chia seed jam. We spent the morning eating, colouring and playing, checking out the gravel piles and road rollers sitting outside her place. Her parking lot has been closed for construction, but on a Sunday morning it was a lovely wide open space to play some hockey with a stick and pinecone!

piano playing

Around noon we made our way home and spent some time watering the nice new garden my sister-in-law planted. We had our back fences fixed a couple of months ago and I moved some stones around to replace a rotted wooden vegetable box, creating a little space for plants. I don’t know much about planting this time of year (or any time, to be honest) but I sent a couple of pictures to my handy sister-in-law (who works at a Garden Centre) and she stopped by yesterday afternoon armed with plants, flowers, soil, and mulch. She weeded and laid out and planted in about an hour flat. It looks amazing!

summer garden

I was a bit worried that Baby J would stomp and tromp the new plants, but we showed him how to water them, and he did that very carefully. He also watered his feet for quite awhile before agreeing to come in and lay down for some quiet time. This turned into a late nap and some time for us to clean – Tyler’s tackling the garage and groceries, and I’m trying to take care of my brain a bit, doing some writing and thought organizing, then food prep.

Last night we went to the West End Food truck rally – 10 food trucks selling food and collecting a can for the local food cupboard, in a church parking lot within walking distance from our house. We decided on the Asian tacos, pork and chicken, and to be totally honest, I wasn’t a big fan. Should have gone with the fancy grilled cheese, but the line was long and patience was not looking likely. But we had fun walking around and checking stuff out, and there was dessert!

food trucks bells corners

The ice cream truck was sold out (much to Baby J’s disappointment) but we tried the churros and those were decent in their crunchy Beavertail-like chewiness (he loved the idea, but only had a bite or two before deciding he’d rather play at the park).

merry dairy


Recently we picked up an umbrella stroller for Julian, and he loves to push it himself – wheeling it as fast as he can and laughing all the way down the sidewalk. Last night a couple of older ladies were approaching and I asked J to stop. He did, eyeing our company, and then Tyler asking him to go around. Promptly, he started guiding the stroller around and around in circles while we all chuckled.

Tonight I’m hoping to make scallops and asparagus, some light summer fare to go with the scorching weather, and then we’ll take a trip to the indoor pool, which we also used to do every Sunday night. I’m glad and grateful that we’re able to take little trips and enjoy the summer weekends, but I like our little routines and things that make being at home the best place to be.

Toronto weekend

A few months back, we decided we should book of one weekend. Just one weekend where no one would be working, and we could hang out the whole time as a little family. After looking at the calendar, we decided on the July 25th weekend. We’d take a road trip to Toronto for my brother in law’s birthday!

So we did.

I had these grand ideas of taking the entire day and making lots of stops, checking out all the funny sounding places you see on the road signs along the way, but I ran out of time to research. So we just stopped at one, for lunch – a little place quite far off the beaten track called Hell Hole Nature trail. Intriguing, right?

401 wildflowers

hell holes nature trail

When we got there, we found out it was just a quiet picnic area with a playground, mini-golf, and a view. You could pay $7 each to walk down the trails, but it sounded too difficult and dangerous for a 2 year old. So we had lunch and a good long play at the park and around the golf holes.

hell holes mini golf

hell holes

hell holes park

Then we headed back towards the 401. It’s funny, before the trip one of the things I was looking forward to most was time in the car to actually talk and relax, but as the cars turned into a crawl, we realized something was wrong and it took us hours to find out what it was. We finally got off in Port Hope to find that the highway was closed, and we all had a good long stretch and some water. We got back on a ways down, and the normally 4 hour drive took us closer to 8 hours, maybe 9. Brutal!

But we made it, and it was great to see Ali and Justin and their new puppy Rupert! Baby J loves their cuddly cat, Fenton, and was obsessed with petting him all weekend.

Saturday was a day for playing at the park, for eating freshly baked cheese and chocolate croissants, for shopping on Yonge street, and walking and napping. We also took Baby J on the subway for the first time (he hated it and asked to get off at each stop) and then a barbecue. We made some new friends and celebrated the birthdays with cupcakes and a kiddie pool full of drinks. There was another 2 year old there to play with, a dinosaur hiding in the garden, dancing to do, and hot dogs to eat.


barbecue bday


pin the sticker

Sunday morning we decided to head over the Sherwood park and enjoy the weather. It’s got a great off-leash are for dogs who love to climb (steps and boardwalks) as well as a massive playground area, picnic tables, and water park with shower-like spray. Of course, all my little guy wanted to do was climb up and down these bars outside the washroom while softly singing “Spiderman” to himself. He did get on the teeter totter for awhile too, and check out the water briefly.

Sherwood rock

sherwood climbing

We had a quick lunch from Burger Priest before packing up to say goodbye. Toronto isn’t so far but it feels far when the time there flies by in an instant, when the tickles and barks and funny moments get tucked away again until the next time we can see each other in person.

The drive home was much more textbook, 4 hours of napping and talking, of watching a movie and thinking about the days and weeks ahead while also just feeling the warm breeze rush in through the windows on the open road.

Wiped out

Nothing like a full on family stomach flu to knock you off your feet and blow your routine. Phew!

We were lucky to have a lovely 2 cottage weekend recently. First was Friday – Saturday with cousins, lovely big-little girls who are wonderful at playing with a silly toddler, patiently spotting as he climbed the bunk bed ladder over and over. We swam, ate watermelon, relaxed a little, and enjoyed the weather.


boat play

Sunday we dropped Tyler off at a friends cottage for the week. He’d been hoping to get some alone time and do some songwriting, and it was the perfect chance. We hung out for the day, splashing on the little beach, bouncing on the trampoline and then eating burgers, before parting ways and heading home while he stayed to watch the sun set.

Little did we know that by Monday afternoon, one after another, all 4 adults and 1 small child would be rushing to the bathroom for hours on end. Baby J had been at Tyler’s aunts for the day, and I asked my inlaws to keep him overnight while I recovered.

As the evening wore on though, and my friends were reporting symptoms too, I called and found my little fella had been sick for an hour too. Even though I felt awful, I had wanted my mommy (she thoughtfully brought over crackers and gingerale for me) so I had a feeling he would too. We spent the next couple of days huddled together, hoarding crackers and watching all the movies in between bouts of flu.

Poor Tyler had it up at the cottage as well, and soon enough our helping hands (my mom, his dad, and my friends’ mom) all got it too. It was awful – maybe the worst flu I’ve ever had. And seeing my kid so miserable makes me thank my lucky stars that in general (this past week aside), we’re healthy.

Quite a week! Looking forward to more regularly scheduled summer programming.