Monday, February 24, 2014

Sledding and Soccer

So in the end, I did take Henry sledding last Monday.  I forgot to mention it.  Likely, it's because while he protested, he gamely got aboard the sled with me and went down the baby hill at Cassell's Park.  However, he did not enjoy it.  But well done for trying.  So instead we spent a good chunk of time freezing while playing in the "sand box."

Cassell's Park, a study of Winter

Bulldozer transforms into Snowplow

Then the week passed without much to report.  The weekend brought a birthday party where we discovered what was actually inside the big white dome at Monarch Park.  4 soccer pitches and a track!  It was awesome.

Birthday Party race in Monarch Park Stadium

Love this place!  

Henry loved running and kicking the soccer ball, strong foot he has!

Our street with city view.

For my friend's birthday, I treated her to I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler, which was co-produced by Young People's Theatre and Nightwood.  So inspiring to see young women being strengthened by exploring the challenges of being a strong woman and individual in a disconnected and patriarchal world.  

My beautiful friend.

This week my husband is going into collective agreement bargaining for the first time.  Power to the people!  And next week I'll be in NYC for a couple of days for training.  I've got my eye on spring, home repairs, cooking more and maybe book a holiday?  And the beat goes on...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Family Day Weekend

Friday was Valentine's Day.  My Betty Crocker heart-shaped chocolate cake was twice as large as I had wanted, but it being assembled at 11pm on Thursday, I just dotted it with some cinnamon hearts and let it be.  Nobody ate it, as there were enough treats in the house.  Saturday we met up with some friends and their children for brunch at The Wren on the Danforth.  It was more of an adult venue, but accommodating and family friendly nevertheless.  

Brunch at The Wren

The afternoon was spent being warm inside cooking, cleaning or playing games.  Sunday after church, we headed down to Family Day festivities in The Beach.  It lived up to the promises and hype and I thought very well organized.  The first thing we saw was Glisse On Ice.  Four classy ladies dancing on a flat-bed truck in ice skates.  It was awesome.

Glisse On Ice

Courtesy of a local dentist, there was a free trolley circling from Woodbine to Neville Park anyone could hop on and hop off.  It was warm, free and it was the star of the show for Henry.

Old-fashioned Trolley
Waiting for the trolley driver.  Henry being overwhelmed.
"This is not the TTC!"
What you're seeing from a distance in the below picture is Henry on S's shoulders walking towards a crowd of people near the bandstand in Kew Gardens.  The event was the Lumberjack Show!  Two lumberjacks competing to see who can saw through a tree the fastest, who can chop through a log with the fewest amount of hits by the axe and demonstrating their cross-cutting abilities.  Sound thrilling?  We saw it twice, Henry had us see it again after lunch.

Checking out the Lumberjack Show
Lumberjacks!  Don't try this at home kids!

We decided to walk down to Ivan Gardens to see the firetruck and an the way, we met the big blue bear.

High 5!  Mascots are creepy, no?


There were many ice sculptures to be seen along Queen East.
None melting.  It was cold.

Checking out the map, looking at all the places we'd seen.
And on a completely different note, I had to take a picture of this hymn that we sung in church.  Not only did I find the tune melancholy and beautiful, but the words cut right through.  

This coming week is a short week, which always feel longer for some reason.  Busy weekend coming up:  birthday party, mummy going out with a friend to see a play, church, vestry meeting.  'till next time...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Being Alive Low-Key

Thank you everyone for your comments and support of the blog!

It's been a pretty low-key week so far:  lost a scarf, found a scarf, said I would cook a dinner but made frozen burgers instead.  You know, the usual stuff.  S is very busy with his president role at the union, and things are likely to intensify.

Here are some photos from today's walk home through the ravine.  Henry really did not want to have his picture taken.  

The Ravine 

"What are you doing mummy?"

We are very excited for Valentine's Day. I've made a big chocolate heart cake and we'll hand out valentines to all of Henry's daycare buddies.  Also, it's a long weekend for Family Day on Monday.  My goal is to try to get Henry back on the sled.  We'll likely check out the events at the Beach (police car, firetruck, vintage trolley!)

And on a completely different tack, I wanted to share with you this song (linked to the video).  Not because I'm after praise for choppy piano playing and singing too close to the microphone, but because I wanted to share the words of the song and why I find comfort in them. 

Often if I have a few moments alone in the house, I will quickly sit down at the piano and let my subconscious pick a song to play.  The song inevitably sheds some light on either a problem I've been trying to work out, or is a confirmation of my feelings, or a release of buried emotions.  This particular song I think was chosen because it underscores that life never made a promise to be easy, or give to you everything you want, but instead requires you to push on and embrace the difficulties that come your way.  In that spirit, here is my rough version:

"Being Alive", from Company a musical by Stephen Sondheim. 

Somebody, hold me too close,
Somebody, hurt me too deep,
Somebody, sit in my chair
And ruin my sleep
And make me aware
Of being alive,
Being alive.

Somebody, need me too much,
Somebody, know me too well,
Somebody, pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive,
Make me alive.

Make me confused,
Mock me with praise,
Let me be used,
Vary my days.
But alone is alone, not alive.

Somebody, crowd me with love,
Somebody, force me to care,
Somebody, make me come through,
I'll always be there,
As frightened as you,
To help us survive
Being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive!

And on that note:  Happy Valentines Day!  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Giving It Another Go

This blog was closed because I could not find the time.  Now I'm finding that I miss writing the blog more than I'm lacking the time.

So!  Lets try again shall we?

One major thing has happened since my last post:  WINTER!

We have had snow on the ground since about a week before Christmas.  Compared to the last few years, when it barely snowed at all, this is mostly welcome by me.

So round-up in pictures: 

Henry's first trip to the dentist.  Still haven't flossed his teeth.
At Danforth GO Station on our way to office Christmas party...

...where Henry met Santa!  He was so overwhelmed, but
he looks like he's not enjoying himself.  He's just frozen with joy.
Almost every big snowfall, Henry puts on his rescue
 fireman gear and helps daddy shovel by using his "plow"
The Dr. Seuss Christmas tree.  
The Ice Storm hit the Sunday before Christmas.  
We kept power and were awed by the ice.
Ready for Santa!
Christmas flowers in remembrance of Lynne and Gay.
Bahamas for 3 days with work.
Poolside party.
Mr. Science?
Henry & I went to the Ontario Science Centre a week ago, and we both loved the experience!  It was easy to get to by bus, and it's huge and nestled on the side of a hill sloping into the Don Valley.  It's a spacious safe place for children to run, explore and touch everything!  

Henry's favourite part.

And this week, we got more snow!  Henry's first time being pulled home on a sled.  

Despite feeling overwhelmed and tired, despite feeling like it's never enough, blogging is such a good reminder (to me at least), that overall life is good and those good moments ought to be savoured.