Sunday, March 29, 2009
Today, the boys got a front row introduction as, while propped up to take in all the action outside (it was a nice day and the street was teeming with cellphone-and-Starbucks-equipped humanity, but none of them remotely interested in the real estate for sale), Merlin popped up to demonstrate enhancements to his usual head-butt-and-strut routine, which never fails to attract Maggie's attention.
But when I stepped out to take a photo, he dashed off...not that he's afraid of me--Merlin has scaled me like I was a tree trunk on several occassions.
The show over, the boys must've felt leaning up on the furniture was too much like exercise, and cried to be put back in their chairs. Maggie and Minnie retreated to the back windows to eyeball the steady stream of finches, pigeons, squirrels, and neighbourhood strays that make our place an ideal location for the next "Dr. Doolittle"....
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
On the other hand, I've been mainlining Neo Citrin since Thursday and have only succeeded in doping myself up into a permanent waking coma. Wonder if I can convincingly forge Dr. P's signature to get a shot of that steroid for myself...?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
With a little patience we got the car seats in the Snap 'N Go and strolled past many shops, the boys sleepily oblivious to the rampant consumerism around them. That is, until we arrived at the mecca of recession spending. I managed to steer through the Wal-Mart with the boys still blissfully unaware of the swarm of activity around them... until we reached the checkout. Then Carter woke up, looked around, scrunched up his face and promptly started crying. To which, I thought, well, isn't that how everyone feels when they're in a checkout line at Wal-Mart?
Nonna decided the best course of action was to minimize the trauma and take them outside to wait for me to pay up. After that we headed home as Nonna was a bit tired, and we had a very nice visit with neighbor Norma, her daughter Nancy and grandson Ethan, who was fascinated while I fed Nathaniel. As much as going shopping can be a total pain, I'm glad the weather is finally nice enough for us to see the big wide world around us.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
It was a decidedly low-key affair--why invite any more pandemonium into the already turbulent mean streets of downtown Toronto?
Saddling up in the trusty Snap-And-Go with Lidia as their pilot and navigator, the boys snoozed for the entirety of the tour, which took them along a gloriously balmy King Street West...
...past their old man's workplace...(from where he was taking an extended lunch...shhhhhh...)
...but not without attracting a number of admiring passers-by (this would occur at about every intersection)...this fellow-new-mom didn't take me up on my offer to have a drag (she might have misunderstood that I was referring to a race ala "Rebel Without A Cause", and not the sensitive issue of public smoking)...
...then north on Bathurst, past the ultra-cool toy store (where their father has already dropped some serious coin)...
...and around the corner onto fashionable Queen Street West, where I picked up a quickie Pizza Pizza combo for lunch (and took advantage of the stroller's handy storage compartment)...
...where traffic was surprisingly easy to navigate...(but over time, the damage done to our wheels from the streetcar tracks will likely inspire a lawsuit--boys, your college is paid for!)
...the boys will know cool shops like The Magic Pony collectibles store and gallery soon enough...
After a brief stop at the ATM (and no less than three additional admirers!), it was time to return to the comparatively bucolic quiet of Adelaide Street....
Enjoy the sweet ride, boyos--it doesn't get any better than this!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Today was a banner day for the boys in more ways than one: for those keeping score, 11:15 am marked the end of dynamic duo's official third month on the face of this earth. Seems like only yesterday they came into the world crying, kicking, and peeing---and well, I suppose nothing much has changed in either of those departments, really...
But they are growing--both Carter and Nathaniel have surpassed the ten-pound mark (more than doubling their birth weights!) and as a result their once cozy co-sleeper has become as crowded as a Tokyo subway car during rush hour.
Today, Lidia decided to give each of them a "test nap" in their cribs, which have sat largely vacant since I first slapped them together in a panic the week they were born, and have served largely as new hiding spots for Minnie and Maggie. When I got home from work, Carter was snoozing contentedly under his jungle animal mobile, and Nathaniel was wide-eyed and excited by the hovering characters from A.A. Milne's classic Pooh (of course, they're both too young to properly appreciate the "Batman: Animated Series" cel and storyboards and Alex Ross-autographed issue of "X-Men #500" I've got framed over their cribs).
By late-evening though, after some tummy time on the jungle playset, they were restless and crying out for their familiar roost--and that's perfectly fine by me...there's plenty of time for everything...no need to rush...