Photos of the Week: Skyscrapers

Since we don't have skyscrapers or even hi-rise buildings in Charleston, they fascinate the boys when we visit big cities like Toronto...



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Monday Quiz About Me - What's your favorite junk food?

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together.  A special shout out this week to Judy from Retired-not-Tired for getting Heather off her butt and getting the questions up!

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. Today, Monday, is National Junk Food Day - do you eat junk food?  Favorites?

2. Some people call this time the "Dog Days of Summer" - is that accurate for you?  Why or Why Not?

3. This week also celebrates National Cousins Day - Do you have many cousins? Are you close with your cousins?  


4. Are you taking vacation this summer?  What are some of your favorite places to go?

Our Responses:

1. Today, Monday, is National Junk Food Day - do you eat junk food?  Favorites?

W - I try to avoid junk food, especially since I've been working hard to lose weight - but I am a sucker for Dare Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cookies and red velvet cake.

H - I am a sucker for red licorice and chai tea lattes...

2. Some people call this time the "Dog Days of Summer" - is that accurate for you?  Why or Why Not?

W - Nope - I have no idea what dog days are, but summer is going by quickly.  It's more than half over for us.

H - We came to Toronto to escape the heat and humidity that we were living with in Charleston and it has been wonderful!  Although we are going to have really hot days a few days this week, so far it's been fabulous.

3. This week also celebrates National Cousins Day - Do you have many cousins? Are you close with your cousins?  


W - I have several cousins, but we aren't as close as we used to be, but whenever I make it to Toronto, I try hard to see as many as possible.  I also try to keep up with facebook.  I keep inviting them to visit Charleston, but no one has taken us up on our offer.

H - I used to babysit almost all of my cousins, but living so far away it's been hard to keep up.  Like Wayne, facebook helps - and this visit I got to drop in on my cousin K and got to see my second cousin, not-so-baby B take his first steps and eat his first timbits!

4. Are you taking vacation this summer?  What are some of your favorite places to go?

W - For once, my vacation isn't all about working.  I am actually taking some time off, more or less.  We always visit family, but this time we're also going to spend a few days in Washington, DC.  My vacation is making me exhausted though.

H - As Wayne says, I am getting a real vacation this time.  We ususally stay half the family at his parents and half at mine, but all the kids want to sleep at Nana and Papa's so I've been the only one sleeping at my parents - it's been nice not to have to deal with the kids waking up in the middle of the night...  

And here is our 5th Question:  What is your favorite age for a child?  Are you a baby person or do you prefer older kids?

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Sundays in the City: Toronto Harbour

This week's photos come from our trip to Toronto - this is an annual pilgramage to visit friends and family, and for Liam, it also includes an adventure on the Toronto Transit System.  This time their adventure took them to the Toronto Harbour. Lots to see, including some planes taking off and landing at the Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport:




Six Word Saturday

A successful vacation means forgetting work.

On this vacation, I have been good about not constantly checking email but I am starting to get antsy about work left undone at the moment.  I do know that nothing I do is that vital that it cannot wait but it is hard to release the thoughts.  

Planes Fire and Resue Activities for the kids!

Our boys (and their Aunt Catherine) are excited to see the new Planes movie - Planes Fire and Rescue - this weekend! To build their anticipation, I am downolading some fun Race to the Rescue Activites for them to do before and after the movie. I thought I'd share them with you too!

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Friday fragments

It's Wayne here.  Forgive me as I am posting from my phone.   I have not posted much lately but I thought I would share some observations from our trip to Toronto.
  • Running in Toronto on garbage day is like negotiating an obstacle course.   One has to dodge the large sized garbage bins on tiny sidewalks while leaping over spilled garbage from the green bins.
    • On a side note:  running in Toronto is not fun.   Bikes try to run you over on the sidewalks:  cars,  buses and especially taxis try to maim you on the road.   People look at you strange when you say good morning to them and give you dirty looks when you pass them on the side walk.
  • I do love my hometown but it has become an ugly city.   While there are some pretty sections many more parts are in disrepair.
    • On a side note: We are so blessed to live in the beauty that is Charleston.
  • Being on the subway in Toronto is like watching tech zombies.  Everyone just stares down at their device in a blank stare. Spooky.
    • On a side note: I have had very nice TTC drivers.  They get a lot of hassle in Toronto but the ones I have had have provided some of the better customer service I have received here (though admittedly it is a low bar here.   Once again we are oh so spoiled living in Charleston).
  • The boys are having a great time with their grandparents.  They love having built in playmates.
    • On a side note:  If is wasn't for family here, I would probably not come back.   From a tourism perspective - this city's product is a) lackluster: b) overpriced: and c) served by people who don't seem to care.   It is sad to say this about my hometown.   It badly needs a tourism face lift.
Thanks to Mrs. 4444's for hosting.
Half-Past Kissin' Time

Three New Fun Summer Romance E-Reads!

I love loading my e-reader up with fun and sexy reads that are just long enough for a good long stretch of watching the kids play or hanging out at the beach and these three just came out today and I think you should check them out too!

Photo of the Week: Home again

There are many things I miss about being home in Toronto, not the least of which are my family and friends, but there is something so satisfying about the ritual of Tim Horton's to know that I am well and truly 'Home'...


Plus, it's a yummy part of coming home, too!

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The Return of Monday Quiz About Me! #MQAM

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together.  A special shout out this week to Judy from Retired-not-Tired for getting Heather off her butt and getting the questions up!

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. It is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month - if you had to share one courtesy that you'd like everyone to show, what would it be?

2. Today is Pandemonium Day!  What creates pandemonium in your life?

3. This week also celebrates National Cavier Day (the 18th) - Have you ever tried cavier? Do you like it?


4. My boys are looking forward to next Sunday, National Lollypop Day!  What is your favorite lollypop flavor?  When was the last time you had a lollypop?

Our Responses:

1. It is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month - if you had to share one courtesy that you'd like everyone to show, what would it be?

W - Don't cell phone and drive - don't talk, don't text, don't even look at it!

H - Finish your cellphone calls before you need to interact with people in person - I hate getting in line behind people who talk through lines at the grocery store and other places they should actually interact with live bodies...

2. Today (Monday) is Pandemonium Day!  What creates pandemonium in your life?

W - I have three children... they don't all sleep through the night at the same time.

H - Ditto...

3. This week also celebrates National Cavier Day (the 18th) - Have you ever tried cavier? Do you like it?

W - I don't mind cavier - but it has to be the good stuff.  Cheap cavier is way too salty.

H - I have to say that cavier is probably one of my least favorite fish products, but used right, it's not bad.

4. My boys are looking forward to next Sunday, National Lollypop Day!  What is your favorite lollypop flavor?  When was the last time you had a lollypop?

W - I haven't had a lollypop in years.  I am on a pretty strict diet right now, so I try not to think of them.  My mom says my favorite was tootsie pops when I was a kid.

H - I haven't had one in a while either, but my favorite are sour apple blowpops.

And here is our 5th Question:  Do you enjoy exercising?  What do you do to keep fit?

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The return of our Friday Fragments

Wayne hasn't been blogging because he's been running every day - I hate him... he's been running for less than a month and he's already regularly running 5K or more every day... if I started running I'd be able to get to the end of our road... more or less...

He's also lost twenty pounds.

I haven't been blogging regularly because I've been caught up in the kids world... their end of school and summer schedules haven't made it easy to carve out blogging time... we also have had several wonderful visits from family and it's meant that blogging fell by the wayside a bit...

We are leaving for our Summer Adventure on Saturday - it all starts with an overnight drive to Toronto to see family and will continue with visits to a cottage, Ottawa, Hershey PA, and finally Washington, DC before heading home - or at least that's the plan...

We've already had several fun detours in our planning - and we expect that Murphy will guide our trip, so the best laid plans may all fly out the window... the most recent one involves adjusting our arrival in Toronto because the city (in it's infinte wisdom) is shutting down two of the major arteries into the city from 2 am Sunday to 12 Noon for a Triathalon... I appreciate a good race, but hate when it interferes with our travel plans...

As for the kids, well... Everything is AWESOME with the boys... and if you have Lego fanatics at your house you'll know what that means... if not, check out this youtube clip:


We were also invaded by a variety of Ninja Turtles this week - all seemingly arriving in a similar disguise - you can check out the whole post here

And if you are sad that I am ending my fragments here, you might want to continue reading my latest rant... just click here!

Hooking up once again with the fabulous Mrs. 4444 and the rest of the crew -
Half-Past Kissin' Time