My family, doing what they love



These are things they do that make me miss being with them. I wish they were just next door. All photos in a span of one week in Toronto.


Saturday night.
I posted this photo during cocktails with my husband. Here’s what my mom said…




It’s great to see them enjoying life together. They’re off to Cuba this weekend. Hence, the mojito talk. This photo was shot by my nephew Arbie Santos, my cousin’s son. He’s visiting Toronto. My folks took him around the usual spots. Niagara Falls was “usual” to us. My dad flew the chopper over the falls for many years. Lovely rainbow.


Meanwhile this is my older brother, Cyrus and his 10 year old daughter Isabel. He is quite the sportsman. Loves the outdoors and all – hunting, fishing, skiing. About ten years ago, he and my dad took me kayaking in Algonquin for 5 hours. I haven’t forgiven him for that. Now thankfully, he has a son and daughter whom he takes hunting for pheasants. This photo is from Arbie too.


“Please don’t judge my brother. He is not a book.” Hunting is a regulated sport in Canada. And he’s a great shooter. They’re having pheasant for family lunch this weekend. Did I mention that he’s a awesome cook too? Photo by Arbie Santos.


Hanni and Friends in New York
My younger sister Hanni took a couple of days off from work and family and went to New York City with her girlfriends. A great escape from work and motherhood. I love this idea. We all deserve a break like this. Hanni went with her closest friends who date back from high school – Raquel M, Hanni, Anna P, Charlotte D, Agatha M. She insisted they drop by Balthazar’s because it’s her Ate’s favourite in NY (that would be me).


Meanwhile, my brother in law -Trevor Holmes, Hanni’s husband – is participating in this year’s Movember. He normally doesn’t have a mustache. Here’s Trevor’s the spiel:

It’s Movember, the month formerly known as November, dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. Please support my efforts by making a donation here. We only have a month to grow and support these Movember moustaches, so please come along for the ride.

Thank you for donating at and for helping me change the face of men’s health. Go the Mo!


And this is my newest nephew, the son of my youngest sister Pauline. Remembrance Day is such a beautiful and solemn occasion. I love this photo. This very distinguished veteran got up from his wheelchair when my sister asked for a photo. I have a soft spot for veterans being a daughter of a military officer. Remembrance Day always reminds me to be thankful to all the men and women who fought during WW1 (and WW2 also).


This is just a portion of my family. I have three more nephews plus my brother-in-law Mathieu and my sister-in-law Julia. I miss them all.





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