Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Long Weekend

We had a fantastic long weekend!

On Friday, we headed up to Toronto. On the way in, we visited a friend of mine and her husband. They made us taco pie for lunch, and then we went for a walk in their area. They live less than 5 minutes from the beach, and it was so gorgeous!

Fig. 1: Evan enjoying the view.

After lunch, we headed in to downtown Toronto, checked in to our hotel, and Evan had a snack of Cheerios. Then we went out for dinner. Unfortunately, we walked out of the hotel right as the Blue Jay's game let out, so every restaurant within a 5-block radius of the stadium was completely packed. So, we had to walk for about 20 minutes to find a place that a) was suitable to bring an 8-month old, and b) had food we actually wanted to eat. We ended up at this family restaurant - not the greatest cuisine, but it did the trick. Then we bought a couple snacks and went back to the hotel so Evan could get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Fig. 2: For such a little guy, he can sure take up a lot of room. When we woke up in the morning, he was perpendicular to the regular sleeping direction.

The next morning we got up and headed to the zoo! We were worried the weather was going to turn on us (the forecast was for high temperatures and humidity, with thunderstorms), but it was perfect. Evan didn't really seem interested in the animals, but we had a good time anyway.

Fig. 3: Elephant! More zoo pictures to come on Wednesday.

After that, we went back into the city to meet a friend of ours (DH's best-man) for coffee and to see his awesome new apartment. Then, we drove home.

I guess this could constitute our first family vacation, even though it was less than 48-hours. Even though it was short, we still learned some valuable lessons:
  • Keeping Evan's schedule is of vital importance for everyone's sanity
  • Mom & Dad skipping meals is not a good idea
  • Having food and snacks on hand is a good idea
  • Ready-to-go formula is a blessing (for those of us using formula)
  • It's best to give Evan breaks from being in his car seat and/or stroller
  • You do have to sacrifice things for your child when it comes to travel (like limiting your choice of restaurants, or only doing 1-2 things a day), but things are also more fun with him.
Getting back on Saturday evening was wonderful. We were able to get Evan to bed at a reasonable time and relax before heading to bed ourselves. Then, we had Sunday to catch up on all of our usual weekend chores. Plus, we had time to make an amazing dinner of ribs, corn, potatoes, wine, and rhubarb crisp.

I love long weekends, and I have a feeling we're really going to enjoy and take advantage of them now that we're both working again.