Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

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.

New Year’s Fire In The Woods

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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One evening the kids and myself wanted to go into the forest beside where i live and explore the forest at night.  It gets dark early which is great and we ventured into Jackson’s Park here in Peterborough.  I gave them their camping knives and a headlamp and off we went.

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We followed the creek to find a good little spot in the snow along the bank to build a fire using the fallen deadwood.

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Up more along the creek we found a little place that is hidden.  We started to set up camp and we all had little tasks to do before the sun went down.  We would wait till darkness to start the fire and hopefully nobody would see us and call the “fuzz” and report us.

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As the smaller sticks started to catch we wanted to add larger wood on top.  We should have brought some marshmallows for our trip into the woods.  After a while and some blowing on the coals to get it to go… we had a little fire we were proud of.

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The fire cracked and flickered under some large trees we camped under.  We sat warm in the snow in our snow pants and the warm glow of the fire warmed our faces.  It was a sweet sweet moment in the still of a winter’s night in the forest the three of us.

We need to get out and explore more as a little triangle of 3

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July Trip To The South Shore

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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(above: teaser + below: photos by dan/noah/chantal)

view full OSE video here of the trip

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Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion + Woodbine Beach | 501 Queen Street Car | Exploring The6

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion was built in 1922 and is a Toronto landmark that equalled the summer for people in Toronto.  It was built as a place for people to change and go swimming in the lake.  Since the lake was very cold, 3 years later a pool was built lakeside.  Back in the 20’s it cost 25 cents for admission and you could rent towels and bathing suits.  When the pool was built, it could have up to 2,000 swimmers and a special streetcar was created to shuttle kids from all across Toronto to the pool to swim.

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In the 80’s the change rooms were demolished and rebuilt and the pool was named Gus Ryder after Maryiln Bell’s swimming coach.

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Sunnyside Pool is open for swimming during the summer, starting in June and ending in September. In 2012, the pool is open from 10 AM until 8 PM, with a break from 3:45 PM until 5 PM. During heat alerts, the pool stays open until 11:45 PM.  You can park along the Lakeshore or it’s very easy to get to by taking the 501 Queen TTC streetcar and jump off at Parkside Dr.  It’s about a 4 min walk from there.

My kids love exploring.  They love the TTC and the streetcar. The lure of the “Red-Rocket” and I think I am in love with it also.  I picked them up on Saturday and asked them if they wanted to explore and hit a pool in Toronto that in the 20’s was the worlds largest outdoor pool.  I told them it’s on the other side of Downtown and we can take the streetcar to it.  We jumped on the Train from Ajax and jumped off at Danforth… walked down to Main Subway station and jumped on the subway west to Bathurst to jump off to have some Hero Burger at Honest Ed’s.

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Just down the street on Bloor across from Honest Ed’s is Snakes and Latte’s which is pretty cool.  We were going to check it out but the kids wanted to jump on the TTC and head to the pool after eating.  Before we did that we went around Honest Ed’s and it’s a pile of Giant Tiger stuff scattered around in a maze.  We regret not buying “Jesus” and we will pick him up the next time we are down there.  Everyone needs a co-pilot 😉

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We also got off the Streetcar to explore Queen West before heading to the pool to swim for the afternoon and into the late evening.  The kids loved sitting on the streetcar with an open window and just watching citylife walking around along the strip and the collection of stores and patios and people enjoying the summer.

We did some steath camping in a secret spot and set up our tent around midnight and had a long sleep.  The next day we picked up a TTC daypass and decided to hit Woodbine Olympic Pool in the Beaches on the Sunday.

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It’s a pretty cool beach right along the lake with the sandy beach right beside it.  Swimming is free and it’s open all day.  We got to ride on the Streetcar again along Queen.  After swimming the kids wanted to go along Queen again for a ride so we jumped on and went downtown and jumped off at Spadina to have a bite to eat and people watch crossing the street at Queen & Spadina which was hilarious.

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Noah wanted to ride on the new style of Street car so we jumped on the 510 North to Bloor to catch the subway back to the LRT and jumped on a double decker Go Bus to Ajax.

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Two days of swimming, catching rays and exploring with some steath urban secret camping… can’t go wrong with that.