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Thursday Thirteen #3: Places we love in Ontario

If you haven't figured it out by now, our family loves out of town trips... we love to explore nearby cities... we love the see different places during winter, spring, summer and fall... we love long driving (though my kids are not too keen about that)... we love to take the kids to different playgrounds and beaches... and we love just driving up north or going south or east and west... where ever our car takes us, we make sure we had a fun-filled day!

This is another part of Thursday Thirteen.

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Thirteen Places We Love in Ontario

  1. Niagara Falls
    [we take all of our visitors here. My kids love seeing the rainbow over the falls. And we've been there during winter, spring, summer and fall.]
  2. Blue Mountain, Collingwood
    [Our first skiing trip. I had a blast eventhough my body ache the next few days.]
  3. Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan
    [Need I say more?]
  4. Flower Pot Island, Tobermory and Lion’s head, Isthmus Bay
    [Another weekend getaway for paddling and canoeing.]
  5. Sauble Falls and Beach, Wiarton
    [The best sunset view along Lake Huron...]
  6. Lions Lookout, Huntsville
    [The best Fall view, my favorite season...]
  7. Inverhuron Provincial Park
    [The sandy beach along Lake Huron... this is a 3-hours drive, one way.]
  8. Science North, Sudbury
    [This is where we celebrated our 10th Anniversary with the kids... our farthest day trip so far, it took us 4 hours to drive one way.]
  9. African Lion Safari, Cambridge
    [We experience something different from the other zoos that we've visited before... this time, we are the one "cage" inside the car/bus while the animals roam around the reserves.]
  10. Forks of the Credit, Caledon
    [Welcoming spring time with some BBQ picnic.]
  11. Badlands, Caledon
    [We got here by accident, we were actually lost... and we just pulled over when we saw this place from the highway. Kids had so much fun jumping up and down the badlands.]
  12. Cobourg, Northumberland County
    [Our family loves the beach. We watched our first Canada Day's fireworks display here... this is along Lake Ontario.]
  13. Dunes beach, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo
    [Ending the summer with yet another BBQ picnic with friends along Lake Ontario.]
To those who live in Ontario, can you suggest more places for us to visit?

Tag #9: 7 Songs

I've been tagged by Liz to list down my top 7 songs... [Liz, sorry for the delay]

One of my earliest post was about the songs of my life... and they are still at the top of my list.

  1. My theme song -- I will survive by Gloria Taylor
  2. Dedicated to hubby -- Because you loved me by Celine Dion
  3. Our song -- Have I told you lately (that I love you) by Rod Stewart
  4. For our kids -- The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston
  5. Do I make you proud by Taylor Hicks
  6. How did you know by Gary V
  7. You are my song by Martin Nievera
What are your top 7 songs?

Kids and TV: new house rules

Thank you all for your comments and inputs in my dilemna about my kids and TV. I hate it that they have to sit right in front of the TV all the time, and no matter how many times I told them to move back, they will find their way in front of the TV again and again.

One of my son's teacher told me that her 2 children doesn't watch TV on weekdays and can only watch 2 hours on the weekends. When I first heard this I thought that is impossible to do. I myself is a TV addict. Even though I may not really be watching, I leave the TV on.

And I don't think my kids can stay away from the TV when they are home. That's the first thing they do when they woke up and when they get home from school. Banning the TV is impossible. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try... Here's my new house rules:

  • No TV from Monday to Thursday.
  • Friday/Saturday/Sunday - they are allowed to watch 2 hours of TV each day... if they don't agree on the show they want to watch, each of them will get an hour of TV time per day.
  • Saturday (max of 6 hours) is computer/nintendo/gameboy day. BUT only if they don't have homework and they clean up their room.
  • their TV time on weekends can get shorter or longer depending on where they are seated.
Taking Tani's advice, I rearrange my living room. I move my center table to block the TV, its now on a slanting position. It doesn't look nice, but it will do for now. I told them that they have to sit behind the table or on the couch and that they will only get 1 warning to move back or no more TV for the rest of the day.

So far so good. It works for the past 2 weeks already! You might wonder what my kids are doing monday to thursday after school. Well, they do their homework and they play with their toys/boardgames,they read books and play outdoor. And I am happy to say that they don't fight as much too [they fight a lot over the TV shows they want to watch and now that is out] and they are playing "together"!

I've met a family here with 2 teenage kids. These kids are not used to watching TV eversince they were young. They've never subscribe to cable TV, even back in the Philippines. And in Canada, you only get 5 local channels (I think) without cable TV. So I think this will really work!

Now, I just have to make sure hubby implement these rules especially when I'm not home.

Conversation #17: "I don't do dare"

Here's a proof of Patricia riding the Silver Streak (again)... a friend of mine took this picture. We're in the very front row! And she loved it!

My friend E, her son Jericho and my son waited for about 30 minutes while I line up on this ride with Patricia and E's 2 daughters.

While waiting for us, my friend E challenge Patrick:

E: "Patrick, why don't you try that ride and then I will ride it after you."
PATRICK: "No. You go ahead first."
E: "I dare you to do it."
PATRICK, firmly said: "NO. I don't do dare."

I wanted to applaud my son for saying this. I hope he will grow up with this in mind all the time. I wouldn't want him to do things that he doesn't want to do. Nor be pressured by his peers to do "unthinkable" things.

Thursday Thirteen #2: Words to Live by

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Thirteen "3-word Phrases" To Live By

When you say these phrases it has the power to build new friendships, strengthen the old ones and restore relationships that is in danger.

1. I'll be there
2. I miss you
3. I respect you
4. Maybe you're right
5. Maybe I’m wrong
6. Please forgive me
7. I thank you
8. Count on me
9. Let me help
10. I understand you
11. Go for it
12. I love you

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Conversation #16: Tooth Fairy

My daughter has always been excited about losing a tooth so she can get some change from the Tooth Fairy like her brother.

She lost her tooth last wednesday and silly me, I totally forgot about it... so the next morning:

PATRICIA: [with a sad look on her face and in her voice] "Why didn't the Tooth Fairy come, mommy?"
ME: "I don't know. Maybe a lot of kids lost their tooth and she didn't have enough time to drop by last night."
ME: [feeling sorry for her] "maybe she will come by tonight."

That cheer her up... but her brother had to say something about it:

PATRICK: "No, she won't come anymore, because she only come on the first day."
PATRICIA: "Is that true, mommy?" [again the sad face]
ME: "Don't worry, I'm sure she will stop by tonight." [silently reminding myself not to forget again]

The next day, there was a smile on her face when she saw the $2 under her pillow.

Thursday Thirteen #1: Physical Characteristic About Me

I found this interesting site called the Thursday Thirteen through a fellow scrapper pal, Liz and thought it's about time I try it out... it looks interesting.

So here's your chance to get to know me a little more...

Thirteen Physical Characteristic About Me

  1. My hair is black
  2. and straight
  3. My eyes are black
  4. I'm 5'4" tall
  5. I'm a little overweight for my height
  6. I have a birth mark
  7. Pre-pregnancy I wear a shoe size of 6.5
  8. now its 7.5
  9. I have stretch mark [most mothers do]
  10. I have C-section stitches [from child birth]
  11. Majority of my clothes are in dark color like black or blue [I believe it makes me look thinner]
  12. I am comfortable with just jeans, t-shirt and rubber shoes
  13. I don't wear makeup of any kind [except on formal parties]

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A mother's love

I recieved this from my inbox and thought I'd share it with all of you... whether you are the biological, surrogate, stepmother, foster or adopted mother, our LOVE for a child is of the same depth.

Pork Chop or Tiger Cubs

In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only "orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of wiener pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.

Would they become cubs or pork chops?

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Kids and TV

What's with the TV and kids sitting right in front of it? I can't really understand why my kids would always sit on the carpet right in front of the TV. We do have a couch.

Of course, whenever I see them sitting like that, I would ask them to back out. They will back out. And then there they go again. On my 3rd warning, I will turn it off. And no more TV for the next 1-2 hours. They're not happy with it but they don't have a choice. And yet, there they go again.

I can't let them go on one day without TV (unless we are out of the house) because they will drive me crazy! I need help!

What can I do? I don't want to keep on telling them where they should be seated. It is like this everyday single day... whenever I leave them with the TV, the next time I see them, they will be right in front of it again... my son started wearing glasses at the age of 7.

There has been 2 occasion where my daughter accidentally pushed the TV and it fell on the floor. Lucky for them, it is under warranty and it was fixed. I told them that once it is no longer repairable, that's it, no more TV for them.

I am so glad that school started again, that means less TV time for them.

Any suggestions? Is it much better to let them play gameboy and/or computer instead of watching TV? Which one is the lesser evil?

Tag #8: Q and A

I got tag by DJ. [To DJ: I decided to skip questions #11-15.]

  1. Are you happy/satisfied with your blog with it's content and look?
    Of course. It may not contain 100% me, but it is still me.

  2. Does your family know about your blog?
    Nope (except for hubby)! At least I hope not.

  3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?
    Not really embarrassed, but I prefer to use my blog to meet other bloggers/online friends.

  4. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?
    Yes and no.

  5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?

  6. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?
    Yes, I have a counter in my blog.

  7. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?
    My blog is partly a photo blog.

  8. Admit. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?
    Yes and no. Depends on the blog that you read.

  9. Do you think that bloggers society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?
    Both. Depends on the blog that you read.

  10. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it's a normal thing?
    Everyone has its own opinion. It's part of blogging.
Care to answer these questions?

Banff National Park

Awesome, breathtaking view taken by hubby on his trip to Banff National Park in Alberta... This slideshow contains 24 pictures...

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Canada's Wonderland (continuation)

When it comes to water rides, I am not as daring as the roller coaster rides, simply because I don't like water! I don't know how to swim or even float. And I don't think I will have the courage to learn how to swim. I had a very bad experience when I was a kid.

I couldn't take my kids on any of the water ride that day since I had my period. I don't have problem with my son going alone because I know he can take care of himself and that he wouldn't do something that he doesn't like. I am not comfortable leaving my daughter in the hands of his brother though. It's a good thing that my friend K was there to accompany my kids line up while I wait for them. K is not keen on heights, but she did agree to accompany my kids for this one but backed out at the last minute.

On Riptide Racer, rival sliders compete for first place as they take the liquid fast track down an enormous eight-lane splashway.

Do you need a little washing?