Fatherhood


Nike Tennis Camps

My son just spent the week at a Nike Tennis Camp at James Gardens, which is a fantastic camp located on the Humber River, with four tennis courts, clubhouse access and nature trails.

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There are three other Nike Tennis Camps located in Toronto that offer a unique camp atmosphere, and are designed to help young athletes improve their game, hit a tonne of balls, and have fun! Sign up is still open, with weekly sessions available from July 16 to August 31. Use the code TORONTOMIKE when registering and SAVE $50 per child and per week. Here's where you go to register.

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Nike Tennis Camp highlights include:

  • 6 hrs of Multi-Sport programming daily including tennis, soccer, basketball, and more!
  • Daily Instruction from Certified Coaches; 1:6-8 teacher to student ratio
  • Half Day and Full Day programs available for ages 4-14 of all skill levels
  • Every camper receives Nike Sports Camps T-shirt and other Nike Prizes

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My kid had a blast and next week's Kindergarten Camp is now sure to be a letdown for the guy.

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Humbercrest's Most Famous Graduate

My oldest daughter is graduating from grade eight next week and moving on to high school next September. Last night, I attended her final concert at Humbercrest Public School, and since my youngest two are attending a different primary school, it was the last time I'll ever be in that building. 12 years and out!

This school has pictures of all the grade eight classes in the hallway by the main entrance, so on my way out I made sure to snap a picture of their most famous graduate.

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Can anyone recognize one of the grade eight students from the class of 2002? Here's a closer look...

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Happy Father's Day!

Me and the kids

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Happy 4th Birthday!

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Owlette by Jarvis

The 3-year-old drew this picture today. He tells me it's Owlette from PJ Masks. The likeness is uncanny. I think I have a prodigy on my hands.

Jarvis drew this

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Sweet Morgan

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Happy 16th Birthday!

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James's 16th birthday cake

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 275: Jarvis Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 275In this 275th episode, Mike and his 3-year-old son play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 32:56.

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Never Tell Me the Odds

Despite my best efforts, my oldest never took to baseball. I knew I was in trouble during the pennant race of 2015 when he chose to watch a preseason Leafs game over a Jays game against the Yankees. He just doesn't love baseball the way I do.

In his 15 summers of life, he's probably seen about 15 games at the dome. He was there with me in 2008 when Gregg Zaun hit a walk-off grand slam, he was there last Thursday when Steve Pearce hit a walk-off grand slam and he was there today when Steve Pearce did it yet again.

In case you think walk-off grand slams are common in Blue Jays history, let me tell you there have been exactly three since my son was born. There have only ever been four, the first being a 1988 walk-off by George Bell. Somehow, against all odds, my son has seen all three Blue Jays walk-off grand slams in his lifetime.

And he's done so by only attending about 15 games. Whip out your calculators and figure out the odds on that one. It hurts my brain to think about it.

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Sunrise in Toronto

My oldest daughter turned 13 today. She wanted to start the day before dawn with a short ride to the waterfront to watch the sun rise.

We got up at 5:30 am and watched the sun come up. It was spectacular, and I took some great pics.

Here's a few of them.

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Fire in the sky

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