Sunday we tossed both kids and half the house in the car and drove to Toronto. I was presenting at a conference on Monday and wanted to see a few talks Tuesday and Wednesday. Since parenting solo at home is not really much different than parenting solo at a hotel (hahahahahaha...) Rob and the kids tagged along.As it turns out, a lot of presenters apparently lost travel funding in the economic downturn or couldn't get travel visas or just forgot to show up--whatever the reason, a lot of sessions were canceled at the last minute resulting in more downtime than I'd expected.
I was done at 3 on Monday so the we took the kids on a ferry boat to Centre Island. There's a little amusement park--one of those "buy a sheet of tickets and give 2-3 for each ride" places--on the island and so we spent most of the afternoon watching the kids drive little cars and ooh over bunnies. We got in on the fun to ride the train and Ferris wheel and drive some actual boats around, but mostly it was Katie and Jorge being Katie and Jorge. We also went through the garden maze and walked out on the pier for a bit before heading back on the ferry. It was the perfect day.
Rob and the kids hit the hotel pool Tuesday and we spent the evening walking around the Harbour area. Then Wednesday after some morning sessions we packed up and headed home.
On our way home we stopped off at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The kids had been to the American side once but it was an ice-y nighttime visit--not ideal. Rob and I had been to the American side on a beautiful August afternoon a few years ago, but lacked the paperwork to get across the bridge. Only Rob had been to the Canadian side and that was over 15 years ago; so it was a (sort of) new treat for all of us. Unfortunately in addition to the general misty ambiance that comes with the place it was actually raining so we had limited time by the railing.
Luckily we had packed the kids raincoats and umbrellas just in case. Rob and I were damp for most of the drive but the kids were dry enough to fall asleep a bit in the car.