Sunday, April 30, 2017

Road Trip!

I don't want to ever forget this trip the girls and I took to Toronto. We visited my brother and his wife and their adorable baby girl, our first official cousin/niece. It was quality hangs: good food, nice weather, sleepovers, playing with the baby down on the floor, giggling, walks, tea. No major disasters, safe driving, no meltdowns. They are at an age I feel fully confident taking these bigger-scale trips on my own, and they are old enough to remember them, which makes it all the more worthwhile. I have much more to say and remember but, honestly, I am tired and have a bajillion things to do. Mom life.

Today, for instance, began at 7:30 (a sleep-in for a parent is 7:30). Then it was breakfast, hair times four, writing thank-yous for our trip, tidying up from the house, clearing out the minivan from the drive, putting away suitcases, running practice with the girls, new run shoes for Abby before her run, post-run shower, lunch, showing the girls how to do their chores (clean rooms and bathrooms), kids yoga video, movie for them while I send out emails, write this, transplant tomatoes into larger yogurt containers, clean up from that, afternoon tea, take freezer stuff out for the week, clean my own bathroom, laundry folding, put laundry away, pick up meat I am storing at inlaws, make dinner, do dinner dishes, bathe kids, put them to bed, make school lunches, do some yoga for me, bake some snacks for the week and THEN chill on the couch for a bit. 

The days are long, but the years are short.

Our trip to Toronto was mostly about spending time with family, but since it was the girls' first time in The Six, we took them downtown one afternoon. Two hours spent at the aquarium and CN Tower were enough to feel we had experienced downtown before retreating to my brother's place in Little Portugal. We visited the same awesome park three times in as many days and spent a lot of time cuddled up at home or going for neighbourhood walks. Just the way we like it.

My review of the attractions we saw: The aquarium amazed us all. I smiled reflexively at the manta ray's goofy happy faces and we gasped in the walkways through shark-infested waters. There was a lot to see and do, and the whole place was organized in a uni-directional loop, which was super helpful when trying to keep track of four little ladies. We went at a quieter time and I still felt I was at the max of my comfort level for bringing my girls out into a large-crowd attraction on my own. I would love to re-visit it on my own so I could take it all in slowly.

The CN Tower was quintessentially Canadian and a necessary to-do as part of a complete Canadian childhood but, I'll admit, it is such a money grab. We spent more than our admission to the aquarium to ascend the glass elevator (which was cool), walk outside in the windy enclosure, stand on the glass floor, take pictures while hoards of other people did the same, then come down after about five minutes. Taking pictures and telling the story of that time we went to the top of the CN Tower means they will remember it forever and we don't have to do it again!

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