Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Honest Answers | The Royal York Hotel Edition

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

we went downtown and checked in to the royal york hotel and dropped off our backpacks and headed over to Wayne Gretzky’s for lunch.  kids never been and chantal has not expanded her food selection and she settled in with the grilled cheese that was really good.  noah and myself picked up “the great one” burger which was really good with a double patty.  seventy four bones later we hit the hotel to check out the pool which was warm, narrow and long.  a little hot tubing.  we were pretty full so we decided we would eat after the movie.

i picked up some tickets for the movie “Free Solo” which was up on bloor.  hit this blog post for more about the movie.  the plan was to go there and eat after and hit snakes and lattes and play games into the night.  the movie was awesome and after we went down the street to starbucks and filled up on sweet foamy goodness.

snakes and lattes in the annex was packed with a 3 hour wait.  so we hit the google and found another boardgame cafe south on dundas west.  we called and they held a table for us and we got there to play some new games and a little cockroach poker.

my goodness… almost 1am.  time to grab a taxi and get back to the hotel. we still have a round of honest answers to record.  at the hotel we each wrote our 7 questions on some hotel stationary and we set up my phone to record us in bed answering the entire 21 questions.  we shot 38 minutes of footage that i knocked down to 9 minutes that you can watch on YouTube.   I had to cut out some questions to protect the kids and me with some of our answers.

 

how to make coffee at the royal york hotel below…

Little Baller

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Chantal decided to play ball in her last year.  She didn’t play last year and did Soccer and Volleyball.  They didn’t have a good team since being at DOC and this year they hit a sweet flow and got stronger and stronger as the year went along.  They won gold at a tourney as the season was coming to the crunch.  In LOSSA they won gold and they represented the region at OFSSA in London, Ontario.

I was super excited and pulled out the old songs mixed in with what they listen to and made a little mixtape.  I was super nervous for OFSSA since there would be some super strong teams.  I was at work and following on Twitter and YouTube which they had some difficulty streaming the games.

 

First game they came out and won 67-62 in a game that they took the lead by 10ish points and the other team chipped in and made it close at the end.  The next day they won again and they didn’t play that good and it was basically a even game at the end of each quarter.

 

 

In the third game which I could watch on YouTube at work… they got smoked by Mother Theresa who won OFSSA the year before.  The press killed them…. but what a great memory going to OFSSA to compete at a chance to go far into the Tourney.  Smiley is below with Chantal who was born on the same night at the same hospital.  I’m happy that they played together.  They had a banquet to start of the tourney and the two shots are from the festivities.

Growing…

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Applied to Brock University ( Bachelor of Physical Education )

Lakehead University

UIOT ( Bachelor of Health Sciences (HON) | Kinesiology )

Trent University ( Bachelor of Health Sciences | Kinesiology )

i miss her being 5 years old…  excited for her future

The Cold War Is Over

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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it happened.  it really happened.  she stopped lying to them.  they heard they didn’t have internet at home.  the boyfriend would let Noah watch YouTube videos on his laptop.  my kids know if they took that laptop into a forest you could not watch YouTube on it.

she gave in.

they were now online.

i gave Noah my older iPhone.  i put apps on it and i logged him into his Facebook account.

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on Instagram… kids follow everyone.  just like me following 1,600 strangers on Tumblr.  so when FB says… “Noah, you should know so and so to add…”

he just added.  he has limited people on FB so it was mostly people i was friends with.

i noticed he added like 4 people.  some i didn’t know.

he was at school on wifi.

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i had to login to his FB and cancel all the requests he sent and delete the people he added.  i had to explain that you add people to FB that you really know and you have an interest in them + want to share.

they have wifi and that’s all the matters.

Sixteen

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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I can’t believe it.  What??  Sixteen!!!

I remember every picture I have taken of her.  I can close my eyes and hear her smile.

Her laugh.  Her spirit.

She is giving and kind.

I’m honestly at a loss for words.  I can type and type about her.

I love her so much and I miss her like crazy.

She is a beautiful woman in so many ways.

Happy Birthday!

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She is always my little Boo and will always share a half of my heart… no matter how old she becomes…

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Noah + The Reading | Late Night Card Game

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

 

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I grew up with UNO.  This little card game was developed in 1971 and I used to play it when I was about 10 and up.  Kids love it.  We have the “Dare” version.  So what we do is we write down about 7 dares each.  Then the other two people have to agree.  If all three of us agree then it’s written down on paper and crumpled up.  So we usually have about 20-30 dares for people to do.  If you get a wild card then you can pick up 2 cards or do a dare.

We save 3 dares and who ever skips by not doing a dare might have to do the last 3 dares if they skipped the most during the hands that we play.

Last time I had the kids… I rented the Super4 which we call it since it’s just a good deal and lots of laughs.  Plus they have a pool with no lifeguard so it’s a free for all in the pool.

Earlier in the night Chantal asked why is their a bible in the drawer.  I told her there is one in every room.  She opened up a random page and was reading one verse.  It was a funny verse and we ended up using it in the game.

The dare was:  You had to read the verse we found to the lady at the front desk.  Just walk up and ask her if you can read something and read it and thank her for her time.  It was just a giddy night and I could not stop laughing.  Such a funny night.  I have lots of dares recorded but this one we will share.

UNO Dares At The Super8 | Noah And The Reading from Dan Deveau on Vimeo.