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We try to spend as much time as a family as possible, but Sunday is the day we have officially renamed to “Family Day”. Sunday is the day, that no matter if we have spent every other waking moment in the week just the 4 of us (which isn’t very often, due to work and school and just life) we have set aside just for us. This isn’t saying that we will pass down awesome plans with friends, or other cool things that will maybe add a few more humans to our foursome. We do try to always make Sunday for us, and plan other outings and hangouts on the other 6 days in the week. It’s nice knowing all week, especially those busy weeks when Dad works too much – that Sunday will be us four, all day. And hopefully we can hold tight to FAMDAY (official new name for Sunday) for years to come, even when we are horribly embarrassing old parents and the kids are way too cool teens.

This Sunday we walked along the lakeshore (from Union to Exhibition Place, if you are from Toronto) for no reason other then to explore, it’s our favorite family activity. We happened upon boats, boardwalks, gardens, the Honda Indy (see above for our gold star seats, as we stand outside the fence), a little relaxing, some food, yummy treats and tons of games and laughs along the way. Do you and your family have a special Family Day set aside each week? Or maybe a special evening?

PS.

Harlow – HAT:77 kids (2011) – DRESS: c/o American Apparel – SANDALS: c/o DVF for The Gap

King – HAT:CrewCuts – TANK: c/o American Apparel – SHORTS:H&M – SHOES:Zara

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· July 15, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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Or more specifically for us it would be, pick weeds – but whatever, to them they are the most beautiful flowers! Also we live in the city, so this is about as wild as our wild flowers get – and possibly one of their most favorite things to do on the walk home from the park. Next on the summer to do list: Pick Flowers!

And in case you want to follow along with our simple, but fun summer to do’s:

  1. Picnic in the Park
  2. Chalk Up The City

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· July 11, 2013 · in Daily,SUMMER TO DO



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let go of your ego That little voice or natural reaction to be anxious, jealous, judgmental, self-conscious, controlling and pretty much all those other gross feelings we usually like to pretend we don’t have. Well the more I try to let go of those parts/feelings I have that I just don’t like, and I’m not talking about the parts my ego tells me to dislike (those are probably the parts I need to learn to love). I realize (after so many years) those “qualities” I truly dislike about myself; being anxious, judgmental (to myself and others, as much as I hate to admit it), jealous (as much as I hate to admit it, even to myself) – they are all derived and grown from my ego. That silly word that sounds so proud, something that we are told is “good to have to be successful” but “be careful too big of one is no bueno”- sure it can play an important role, sometimes protecting us but more often it just inhibits.  A lot has been opened and arisen from my yoga practice but also there are those aspects of me I am constantly trying to improve, and I am learning that the ego (my ego) drives/feeds most of those parts.

So how does one let go of their ego, because it truly is something that isn’t so useful – except in very small doses? Pretty sure that’s a rhetorical question, because I don’t know the answer. And I wasn’t intending to even remotely try to tell you, because I am far from an expert (and hopefully I don’t sound like I am trying to be one). But I am learning to know when my ego kicks in, and I am trying to work towards letting it have less control. I avoid the front row in yoga practice because being too close to the mirror kicks my ego into full gear. I know when I’m feeling judged I have a tendency to judge. Much less over thinking about every detail in every situation that is put in front of me. And of course many other areas, I’m not going to bore you or use this as a psych appointment. I think it’s just due time, that I finally made a conscious effort and took the steering wheel away from my ego and put her in the back (hopefully the trunk) – and just focused on each moment rather then how it makes me feel, her feel, how I look when I feel it or how people are probably gonna think I feel.

*Posting this was hard (I don’t know why), I had to fight with myself – which turns out was just another fight to let my ego, go.

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· July 10, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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One part special birthday, mixed with a Sunday and sorta crapola weather, made for a pretty unexpectedly awesome sweaty day. That tall drink of water I call husband/Chris, turned a whopping BLEEP BLEEP (I will save his age, after all this is my blog not his). We tried our best to celebrate him as best we could, under the rainy, humid overly tired circumstances. Also, my camera it totally died like 20 mins into the day – which really had little to do with our day, but I felt like telling you anyways. At the time  of the battery dying made me unusually annoyed, but then it was sorta nice. We love snapping photos, most don’t even end up on the blog (that’s how picture happy we are) – but it sure is nice to literally not be able to snap away.

It’s funny how it works, but I usually find the days where we have high expectations (or maybe it’s just me who has them) our day never really pans out. And sometimes (many times) we struggle to make it be what we THINK it should be. I swear it’s always on those days I want to be extra special. It’s probably mart of Murphy’s Law (that guy must have been a real jerk, hey?) but really I think we (my family) just functions better when we are spontaneous and just start the day with no expectations. When we leave the stress behind, even the small possibly stress growing things like “plans”. It took me most of the day to realize this, and then I looked back and saw what a truly great day we were having even though it wasn’t how I had envisioned – it was us celebrating and doting on Chris and it turned out perfectly (just like him, ting!).

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· July 8, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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The kids love to walk around and vandalize the city, with washable chalk. It takes us forever (I cannot emphasize foooooorever, enough) to get anywhere but they love to make marks along the way. So (in case it isn’t obvious) we don’t get lost. Heck you never know when you could lose your way, one day these little X’s might really come in handy. In the meantime, it’s just really a ton of fun for them! So next on the summer to do list: Chalk up Your City!

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· July 5, 2013 · in Daily,SUMMER TO DO



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Guess who has a severe case of the long weekend hangovers? This girl. Yesterday was Canada’s birthday, she is more beautiful and friendly as ever. Everyday I am proud to call Canada our home, but of course being Canadian I am quiet about it. We didn’t really do much to celebrate or nations birthday, some wandering, meandering, checking out a celebration, movie watching and dinner with friends. Actually it is a lot, but at the end of the day I wished we had a few more patriotic traditions when it comes to this great ladies birthday (she’s totally a woman, I don’t care what you say). But I guess that is up to me, to create some for next year and add them to our Canada Day mix.

It was a great day and a fantastic weekend – a great start to our (first official) summer vacation. Also please ignore the fact that none of use are wearing red, it’s pretty much all my fault. Pink is a close sister to red and if you squint a little it looks red. right?

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· July 2, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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Last week, King planned (all by himself I might add) for us to have a picnic in the park. It happened to be on a night that Chris had to work, so it was just a party for 3. King picked and packed the blanket, and we grabbed wraps from Freshii (that’s a spinach, kale and quinoa wrap, wrapped in collard greens – highly suggest you try it) and then went to play at the park until our stomachs yelled at us. Really nothing fancy. I wish I could say it was such a blissful and dreamy dinner hour, but lets be honest this is real life that and I forgot how around 5-7 pm the kids get a little coo-coo crazy (I know, how could I forget). There was surely some crazy (mostly me going a little crazy) but also a lot of smiles and just a great time. It was so lovely to just go with the flow and follow a plan that King had created (I’m not always the best at just going with the flow), I will definitely be following his creative lead more – and am a little excited/scared for what he will think of next time.

I’m going to start keeping track of our summer to do’s, after they are done (so summer to done’s?). The little outings or happenings, that at the end of the day felt perfect and amazing (even if a little stressful) no matter how small. When we do stuff, we usually try to keep spending to the lowest possible minimum – I’m hoping at the end of the summer I have a list of the perfect simple summer to-do’s that are tried and tested (and cheap). A list I can follow or build on for next year, and maybe one you can follow along with too.  First up on the summer to do list: go have a picnic in the park!

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· June 28, 2013 · in Daily,SUMMER TO DO



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I think it’s pretty safe to say summer is officially here, at least that’s what all this sweat on top of sweat/extreme heat and humidity, are telling us. Yesterday we headed to Toronto Island, the beach was the destination but we stopped at the farm, amusement park, splash pad and park along the way (you pretty much have to do it all). The best part about the day was watching in awe as these two kiddos had endless amount of fun. Even though they have been to the island tons of times the pure joy and laughter that beamed from them, was as if yesterday was the best day of their lives. We then dragged our tired, sun kissed butts home (and fought a little through the crowds, it was a crazy busy one) and basically zonked out at an epic speed (at least the two smallest family members did). How was your weekend?

The kids swim suits are from Sunuva, and that Goonies looking pirate ship was part of the Tall Ships Festival that was happening over the weekend.

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· June 24, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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