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Oops – we’ve been MIA

So turns out the whole two under two thing is no joke.  We haven’t abandoned our list, though have completely abandoned blogging for a few months (because, let’s be real, when I get 4 and a half minutes to myself, I’m lying on the couch, attempting to watch Netflix, catch up on news and stress eating chocolate).

I have a whole backlog of items to post and we’re hoping to get back on track soon!

Wishing everyone the best of the New Year!

Sam, Adam, Henry & Poppy


Well, we’ve been sitting on a big secret.  Not on purpose, but our blog has taken a backseat lately, so we just forgot to mention it.  Baby #2 is joining us in less than two months (!!), and recently we’ve had to reevaluate a lot of things.  We’ve decided we didn’t want to change our current list to make it more manageable/pregnancy & baby friendly BUT we have decided to spread our current 100 over 2016/2017 and then get back on the 100 per year train after that once the littles are easier to do things with.

As our pals at Band of Characters have reassured us in the past, it’s our blog, our rules, right?  (Also if you want to follow along with a family just rocking the 100 things challenge, check out their blog!)


The 2016/2017 List

Here we go again; round four!  We’re switching things up a bit this year and leaving 10 flex spots to fill with those things you just can’t plan for; and in a city like Toronto, new places and events and things to see and do are popping up daily!

Progress: 29/100

  1. Gingerbread house
  2. Visit the Toronto sign
  3. Rep our hood
  4. Joyce Winter Classic 2016
  5. Ice cream shop crawl
  6. Old fashioned pop shop
  7. Kite festival
  8. Bat hike
  9. The Bay holiday windows
  10. Knife throwing
  11. Pumpkin parade
  12. Carve a pumpkin – family edition
  13. Saucy Pierogi
  14. Toronto’s Kitchen Library
  15. Family Book Awards
  16. Make doughnuts
  17. Cacao 70
  18. Take Henry to the Badlands
  19. Make our own bread for one month
  20. Graffiti Alley
  21. Find the Toronto half house
  22. Make our own cheese
  23. Porter House pub
  24. Make a terrarium
  25. Track & Field
  26. Double feature
  27. Live colourfully
  28. Go sledding
  29. The Colo(u)r Run
  30. TCR Night
  31. Family movie night
  32. Go to an open mic night
  33. Be tourists
  34. Create bucket lists
  35. Feed the ducks
  36. Make bird feeders
  37. Make bird or squirrel houses
  38. Blind tasting & rating
  39. Memories jar
  40. Strawberry picking
  41. Cottage getaway
  42. Build a snowman
  43. Indoor picnic
  44. Yarn bomb
  45. Give back
  46. At home car wash
  47. 5 Photos challenge – Toronto
  48. Children’s Discovery Centre
  49. Yorkville Ice Fest
  50. Trek or Treat Family 1K
  51. Touch a snake
  52. Roll all our loose change
  53. Bluegrass Brunch
  54. Brickworks’ Children’s Garden
  55. Toronto Sculpture Garden
  56. Jamie Bell Adventure Playground
  57. Christmas Market at night
  58. Science Centre
  59. CBC Museum
  60. Ride a swan
  61. Casa Loma
  62. Maker Pizza
  63. Make a water garden
  64. Make an ant farm
  65. Make an Insect hotel
  66. Nature painting
  67. Bobbie Sue’s
  68. 1 photo every hour for a day
  69. Stop motion project
  70. Feed the chickadees with Henry
  71. Make snow globes
  72. Pick raspberries
  73. Apple picking
  74. Make a wreath
  75. Baked French toast
  76. Write to Santa
  77. Dough ornaments
  78. Make a felt play board
  79. Rage room
  80. Flip a table
  81. Yamchops Vegetarian butcher
  82. Royal Botanical Gardens Christmas
  83. Brickworks’ Winter Village
  84. Henry’s first skate
  85. Go antiquing
  86. Meal plan
  87. Henry’s first haircut
  88. Adam: run a 10K
  89. Sam: complete a 2nd knitting project
  90. YPT’s One Thing Leads to Another
  91. Brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
  92. OG Chimney Cone
  93. Put together the 2018 list
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Making a few more changes – the baby effect

We’re making a few more swaps on the list due to three baby related reasons; 1. Baby Henry was almost two entire weeks late which eliminated the window for a couple things.  2.  He arrived via emergency c-section, with an unexpected longer recovery time. And 3. I’m not sure I’ll be able to leave him for more than 5 minutes until he goes to school (even then, I’m sceptical), so we had to take off a couple things that weren’t baby friendly.

I am hoping these are all attainable, and that we get this list finished.  Everything that we are taking off are being added to our 2015 list, so we still will get them done eventually!

Moved to 2015;

#4. Go to a comedy show
#44. Hike the Beltline Trail
#69. Corn maze
#75. Royal Winter Fair
#88. Visit the Toronto Archives
#90. Ping pong date

Replaced with;

#4. Give back
#44. Take photos with Santa
#69. Install bird feeders on the balcony
#75. Vendor Queens Market at the Brickworks
#88.  Try butter coffee at Hula Girl
#90. Donut vending machine

Making some changes

Ok, folks, after some discussion, Adam and I are making a couple changes to the list, to accommodate our new reality (largely my increasingly limited physical abilities and managing our budget with all the new gear we need to get).

So, we are swapping out three items from our list for some alternates.  They will reappear again on future lists (we have a working document of ideas, so they’ll go back on there for now).  

The three items coming off are;

#71 – Shakespeare in High Park 
#73 – Take a tour of another city
#99 – Ride in a limo

#71 is off due to the fact I just can’t sit on the ground (or anywhere) comfortably for 2+ hours.  #73 is off, as we had planned on three vacations this year (Ireland, plus two others), but due to the wee one our plans changed a little (a lot) this year.  Finally, #99 is coming off just as it’s a larger ticket item, and we’re just about to get all the remaining baby gear, leaving our remaining “fun” budget in an alarming position. 

So, below are the items that are coming in to fill the gaps;

#71 – Go to a lavender farm
#73 – Get some Toronto BBQ
#99 – Make fancy homemade popsicles

(Can you guess which one made the list due to cravings?)

The 2014 List

We had such an amazing year in 2013 we decided to do it again.  New Year, new list!

Our progress so far: 100/100.

  1. Play the lottery
  2. Visit the Aberfoyle Antique Market
  3. Make a fort
  4. Give back
  5. Go to a live taping of a TV show
  6. Go curling
  7. Bake a cake for someone
  8. Go berry picking
  9. Pick flowers at a flower farm
  10. Visit a maple syrup farm
  11. Axe throwing
  12. Make pierogi
  13. Roast pumpkin seeds
  14. Make pickles
  15. Go to the Badlands
  16. Baby’s first Christmas tree
  17. Visit the Yarmouth Street Elephant
  18. Make lasagna from scratch
  19. Wander Kensington Market
  20. Go to the Junction Flea
  21. Create a submission for Dear Photograph
  22. Watermelon seed spitting contest
  23. Take an outdoor yoga class
  24. Play with sparklers
  25. Go to the Scarborough Bluffs
  26. Go to a Toronto dumpling restaurant
  27. Batting cages
  28. Cherry picking
  29. Go to Sugar Beach
  30. Get an ice cream from Tom’s Dairy Freeze
  31. Get flowers from Toronto’s Flower Market
  32. Distillery Christmas Market
  33. Watch a sunset
  34. Get lost in Honest Ed’s
  35. Vinyl treasure hunting
  36. Go to the Junction Farmer’s Market
  37. Ride a tandem bike
  38. Try Momofoku’s Crack Pie
  39. Visit the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo
  40. Join Postcrossing
  41. Take photobooth photos
  42. Learn to make balloon animals
  43. Make each other breakfast in bed
  44. Take photos with Santa
  45. Carve a pumpkin
  46. Make mulled wine
  47. Ride the Port Dalhousie carousel.
  48. Go to the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
  49. Camp at Killbear Provincial Park
  50. Get Toronto Library Cards
  51. Go to a Toronto Street Festival
  52. Ripley’s Aquarium
  53. Make pizza over a campfire
  54. Make a pie from scratch
  55. Take tilt shift photos 
  56. Have a candlelight dinner
  57. Host a dinner for our parents
  58. St Lawrence Market
  59. Do line drawing portraits of each other
  60. Milk a cow
  61. Make three recipes from our cookbook collection
  62. Bubblegum bubble blowing competition
  63. Colonel Sam Smith’s skating trail
  64. Go to Kitten & the Bear for scones & jam
  65. Mini-putt
  66. Attend a Wild Wild West potluck
  67. ROM Friday Night Live
  68. Make apple butter
  69. Install bird feeders on the balcony
  70. Firework show at Niagara Falls
  71. Go to a lavender farm
  72. Winter camping
  73. Get some Toronto BBQ
  74. Visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens
  75. Vendor Queens Market at the Brickworks
  76. Canadian Canoe Museum
  77. Visit Allan Gardens
  78. Visit Riverdale Park
  79. Let a friend plan our day
  80. Ice bubbles
  81. Halton County Radial Railway Museum
  82. (Run) another 5k together
  83. Plant an indoor succulent garden
  84. Make maple syrup candy
  85. Baby’s first Christmas
  86. Visit a local Arboretum
  87. Go dog sledding (again!)
  88. Try butter coffee at Hula Girl
  89. Make each other a mix tape
  90. Donut vending machine
  91. Mail Christmas cards
  92. Eat a caramel apple
  93. Brewer’s Backyard at the Brickworks
  94. Paddle making workshop
  95. Outdoor concert
  96. Saw a log together
  97. Order room service
  98. Go to Ireland
  99. Make fancy homemade popsicles
  100. Make a 1 second everyday video

Bonus List:
The Biggest Bonus
That Biggest Bonus: The Sweetest Thing
Bonus #1. Move
Bonus #2. Decorate a nursery.

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Bonus Things

We are back from Africa, and I am working on getting together all our blog posts of the things we crossed off while we were away.  It was an amazing trip and I’m excited to share everything we experienced!

We also have a few Bonus Things to add to our list.  First, cage diving with Great White Sharks in Cape Town.  Second, our list item #33 is to Go to South Africa.  We also spent two nights and an amazing day in Zimbabwe, so we added that in. We spent a night in Livingston, Zambia, so while it feels a little like cheating, we’ve added it to the list.  Finally, we visited Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side), and as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it had to make the list.  All these and more will be posted later this week!

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The 2013 List

It’s going to be a great year!  Our progress so far: 100/100

  1. Dog sledding
  2. Make jam from scratch
  3. Make bannock bread over the campfire
  4. Go camping
  5. Ride bikes on Centre Island
  6. Go to Poutini’s (Sam’s first poutine)
  7. Go on a road trip with a destination in mind.
  8. Go on a road trip with no destination in mind.
  9. Go to Leslieville Farmer’s Market
  10. Feed the chickadees at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  11. Go bird watching.
  12. Go to a live concert.
  13. Make a meal for friends/family.
  14. Make pasta from scratch.
  15. Go to a museum
  16. Go to an art gallery.
  17. Watch a movie outside
  18. Go to the drive-in
  19. Have a winter picnic
  20. Drink a fancy bottle of champagne.
  21. Complete a puzzle together 
  22. Read a book together.
  23. Go to the races at Woodbine.
  24. Do a wine tasting tour.
  25. Make snow angels.
  26. Climb a tree.
  27. Go apple picking.
  28. Take an archery lesson at Casa Loma.
  29. Go to a country fair.
  30. Read while drifting in a canoe
  31. Have a summer picnic.
  32. Dance in the rain.
  33. Go to South Africa.
  34. Make S’moreos over the camp fire
  35. Take a tour at a Toronto brewery.
  36. Take a cooking class.
  37. Try 5 new fruit beers
  38. Make our own beer.
  39. Go through the Blue Mountain caves & suspension bridge
  40. Go bowling
  41. Go swimming in a Great Lake
  42. Send someone a letter by mail just because.
  43. Go 24 hrs technology free.
  44. Plant our own herb garden.
  45. Hike on the Escarpment
  46. Try an Ethiopian restaurant
  47. Go to a movie at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles
  48. Order the communal menu at Cafe Belong
  49. Go to a live sport event
  50. Try a new restaurant during Winterlicious (Jan 25-Feb 7, resos start Jan 10)
  51. Get a book from The Monkey’s Paw book vending machine Biblio-Mat
  52. Build a headboard
  53. Find our favourite Mac’n’cheese in Toronto
  54. Frame and hang all the art in the apartment
  55. Try a new restaurant during Summerlicious.
  56. Organize the storage closet.
  57. Clean and organize the balcony.
  58. Organize the office closet.
  59. Go kayaking.
  60. Do something for a charity
  61. See the oldest (sugar) maple tree in Canada
  62. Write a haiku poem
  63. Build a snowman
  64. Ice skate at the Brickworks
  65. Make bread.
  66. Host an ice cream party.
  67. Paint a picture.
  68. Set off fireworks.
  69. Make eggs Benedict/Florentine at home
  70. Star gaze somewhere without light pollution.
  71. Learn a magic trick
  72. Winter hot tubbing.
  73. Go snowshoeing
  74. Go snorkelling.
  75. Help build a house.
  76. Make ice cream.
  77. Do the Colo(u)r Run 5k
  78. Buy art from a local artist.
  79. Go to the Ex
  80. Find out our parents favourite movies and watch them in an afternoon.
  81. Take a pottery class.
  82. See a show at the Fringe Fest.
  83. Watch a sunrise
  84. Make sushi
  85. Fly a kite
  86. Go to a driving range.
  87. Get a hot chocolate from SOMA
  88. Go tobogganing
  89. Go skating during one of the DJ Skate nights at Harbourfront
  90. Name a star.
  91. Play old school arcade games.
  92. Go to a local art show.
  93. Walk in fresh snow.
  94. Go to Medieval Times.
  95. Dress up for a fancy night out.
  96. Create a signature drink.
  97. Make gingerbread cookies.
  98. Purge our apartment of anything we don’t know to be useful or beautiful.
  99. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger.
  100. Write a blog.

Bonus Things;

Bonus 1. Cage dive with Great White Sharks.
Bonus 2. Go to Zimbabwe.
Bonus 3. Go to Zambia.
Bonus 4. See Victoria Falls.
Bonus 5. Go to New York.
Bonus 6. Go to Chicago

2013, let’s do this!

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