I took Oscar out of school yesterday and we went on an adventure down to the Royal Ontario Museum to explore. I think the weather has gotten us into a funk, he’s been staying for lunches at school so that I can get work done – needless to say I think it has been a lot of indoor time at school, so my Mommy Instincts were to get out of the house for a day and just learn on our own. Oscar took his camera along to document the excursion, and to snap photos of things he liked at the Museum, so that we could print off the photos at home and then try to draw them on our own. Continue Reading →
I went to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) on Friday with my Mom and Oscar as it was a PD day for the little dude. I forgot how much I loved the ROM. It’s pretty much the best place ever. They do the best exhibits, the place is open and not at all claustephobic (I get overwhelmed with big crowds etc) but even on such a busy day as most kids in the city had the day off, once you got past the major line to get in – it wasn’t crowded at all. I got so excited being there that I bought a family membership because I have plans on going back solo to wander exhibits and just find inspiration within their walls.
Oscar really wanted to see the dinosaurs. We just chose the dino exhibit and the Egypt (my Mom wanted to see the Mummies!)* and then we went home. We snapped a ton of pictures…
*Side note, the Mummy was a wee bit scarier than I remembered and I was like “Don’t draw attention to it, don’t draw attention to it” for fear that if I did, Oscar would get spooked. Then he walked up to it, said ‘ “Hey! There’s someone in there!” and then walked away. Well, that went better than I thought. But I’m still haunted by the Mummy.
And then came home to draw some of the things that we saw.
Ps., This may be so weird but Oscar and I continue to laugh at this monkey… who looks like he’s smiling for the camera. “SAY CHEEEEEEESE!”
Two nights ago Aubrey and I packed our bags and checked into the Fairmont Royal York for a night off in our own city. I did a similar “vacation” with my Mom close to a year ago – the two of us checked into our own rooms, and just relaxed at the hotel (I had meant to blog about it but totally forgot) Anyhow, with Oscar sleeping over with his Uncle Pete and my Mom, Aubrey and I just hung out together like we used to do pre-parenthood. We walked up to the Eaton Centre and popped into Chapter’s and I picked up two books I had been interested in, and we walked back to the hotel and sat in the Gold Floor lounge and read our books uninterrupted and ate appetizers all night. No shows. No major event. Just quiet, sitting across from each other in a beautiful lounge. It was the best night ever. The Gold Floor gives you access to private check in, and a lounge that serves coffee, tea, appetizers and desserts – and in the morning, a beautiful buffet of breakfast. All I wanted to do was to sit in the lounge all night and read a book. And that is just what we did. Aubrey and I slept in until 9:30 in the morning. Heaven. When we were going to pick up Oscar from my Mom’s house later on that afternoon we remarked how it was crazy how we felt like we had been away on a vacation – but we were in our own city. I can’t recommend this kind of vacation enough. Just pick a hotel that has amenities that makes it feel luxurious for a night – I’m sure lots of hotels in the city are divine and perhaps we’ll explore others in years to come. But I adore this hotel and really do recommend buying a new book, sitting in the lounge and doing absolutely nothing.