Month in Pictures – October

Month in Pictures | November 10, 2016 | By

October!

My how you flew by!

What a great month!  With great photo opportunities!  We went to a corn maze, and apple picking – which always leads to some great pictures (when someone remembers the camera….).  We also went to a local farm, had family dinners, Halloween, and normal every day stuff. 

(Whew – what a busy month!  I’m exhausting myself just listing it off.)

We had amazing weather for the first part of the month, and then were shocked into reality in the second half.  Fall really IS here!  The colours were amazing – some are holding on, mostly yellows and browns.  But the real beautiful colours are gone until next year.  

Whilst I look forward to winter in some aspects, I am overwhelmed by the thought that we could perhaps have months upon months of feet of snow.  Also by the thought that Christmas is coming.  I generally don’t feel overwhelmed by this until, I don’t know, December 24th, but I’m feeling it already this year.  The weeks have been soaring by so quickly, that I’m sure Christmas is going to arrive tomorrow, or maybe the following day.

Anyhow.  On to the photos.

Our Apple Picking Adventures:
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Some Autumn Leaf Throwing Madness:
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Pumpkin Heads and a Silly Goose:
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**I was much more excited about this than Briar was, apparently.

**The boys picking apples.
**The whole famjam.
**Cael and Jude raking, and throwing leaves at their grandparents’ house.
**Jude and his pumpkin
**Cael and his pumpkin
**Silly goose of a girl – saying CHEESE!

If you’re from the States, looking for a recipe for Thanksgiving, check out this Pumpkin Crumb Cheesecake recipe, or this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe.

A Month In Pictures – September

Month in Pictures | October 14, 2016 | By

September. 

Where are you?!

I seriously don’t know where it went. 

Wayy too fast, as seems to be my song and dance these days.  The hours, days, weeks, months… years!  They just whiz by me like a bullet.  Light-speed even.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, and will again, but WOW!  I really don’t understand how it happens so fast.  

Sunglasses baby! - September Month In Pictures

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We started homeschooling, ate many meals, and too many cookies, enjoyed the amazingly warm weather, got to the beach a few final times, appreciated the company of friends and family, and made some new friends!  Park dates, at the house play dates.  The kids definitely had fun. 

And I did too!  A dear friend came for a visit from wayy down in the States, and we got to go out for supper with some other equally dear & amazing friends.  We had visits at the house, and got to go for coffee together.  I love keeping in touch with people.  

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Hubby and a friend of ours started making cheese at home.  They’re starting to get pretty good at it.  

We had 60th wedding anniversary celebrations for a sweet couple in the family.  (60 years!  It’s that crazy!?)

It was a pretty busy month!  (Aren’t they all?)  And it was a beautiful month.  I saw someone recently use the tag #sutumn on a post.  (Summer + Autumn… get it?)  Because it’s now October and it is so nice people are still going for a swim now and then.  I have pulled out some shorts (so great!) on more than one occasion.  

**I bought Briar some shades on clearance.  They are SO funny.  And she rocks them with all she’s got!  She’s really coming into a funny, spitfire personality as she nears on her second birthday.

**Jude generally doesn’t like pictures.  But I grabbed this one, even though it’s blurry.  He has such a sweet smile, it melts Mommy’s heart. 

**My friend from away and Briar Bear!  It is soooo special to me to see my kids connect with friends that are uber important to me.  I’m lucky enough to have some living close by, but this girl is away.  So it was fantastic to see her and Briar together again.

**Girls night out!  So much fun. Great food.  It took us about 45 minutes to order because we couldn’t stop talking long enough to look at the menus.  Ha.  

**We make cookies on a weekly basis-ish.  These were so yummy and cute!  We also cooked up some molasses cookies, and I can’t remember what else!

**Imagination Station: Breakfast Edition.  Jude has the most brilliant imagination!  It’s so fun to watch these two play together (when they aren’t arguing!).  

A Month In Pictures – August

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Another month – so many more pictures.  I had the camera out quite a bit this month.  Not for long shoots, but just to catch random day-to-day occurrences.  I know this sounds depressing, but I keep thinking that these kids won’t be small, cute, and funny for very long. (And thank goodness for that from a discipline/parenting point of view.  Whoever thought it would be easy to raise good kids?  It’s tough.)  Anyhow.  I try to get pictures when they’re being them.  Which means they’re not always the best ‘styled’ pictures.  But they’re my kids.  You know?

Jude - Cocoa Mustache

We had a super busy month.  It just kept getting busier, trying to stuff as much as we could (mostly as much as could) into getting the most out of the warm summer season.  I’m still trying to squeeze summer things in.

 Movie and Popcorn

We did ALL.  The.  Things.  

Wedding day

We hung out at church camp on and off for two weeks, had beach picnics, playground dates, made lots of food, decorated a few cakes, jumped on the trampoline forever and a day, went to a wedding.  It seemed like we were gone every evening.  Which was fantastic.  Part of me is happy it’s coming to a more scheduled end.  The rest of me is screaming, and bucking at the idea of having an organized anything.  

Fam Jam at the wedding

I think I’ve mentioned before, we are starting to homeschool Cael this fall, starting next week.  So the scheduling is starting to become real.  He’s super pumped, and I’m excited and nervous.  But I think it’ll be good.  They scary part is trying to school with two littles.  And the fact that his education is in my hands.  I’ll update on how that’s going…

Cael's Cheesy Smile

So, this is the final hurrah to August.  Not to summer.  We still have a few weeks left of that.  Get it straight, eh?  I’ll do a last hurrah to summer next month.  ūüėČ  And a welcome dance to leggings and long sleeved shirts.  And lattes.  (Though, who in their right mind really gives those up over summer?  NOT ME!)

**Jude decided he wanted hot cocoa in the middle of August.  I’m down with cocoa any time of the year.  He had the best hot cocoa mustache going on. 

**We had to take some chill time – movie and popcorn time!  

**My handsome (but grumpy-looking/he doesn’t like pictures) hubby and I at a beautiful wedding.

**The whole fam-jam at the wedding.  Briar and Jude were flower girl/ring bearer, respectively.

**Cael – how he’s starting school is beyond me.  My handsome oldest dude. 

A Month in Pictures

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I was thinking that maybe I should do a series called, “A Year In Pictures”, instead of just a month, seeing as I’ve had such a bad rap as far as posting regularly in the past 3 or so years.  But, we can strive to improve, right?  Even when we’re in the midst of three kids driving us absolutely bonkers at times.  Right?  

Right? 

Somebody please tell me I’m not the only one going crazy. 

Breakfast Smiles

Really though, as much as they might drive me insane, they are pretty darn cute.  And I really want to document their cute, ever-growing faces here.  So a MONTH in pictures it shall be.  Maybe someday we’ll be able to get down to a week in pics.  That’d be something, eh?

We’ve been loving the warm weather.  I really feel like it’s been a great summer here!  So much warm weather.  Only one straight week of rain since May.  That’s got to be a record.  At least for the last few years.  It’s been hot.  I.  LOVE.  Hot.  

We were given a second-hand trampoline from my lovely aunt and uncle, and the kids have been jumping their little hearts out.  Briar has actually become quite an accomplished jumper, for a one-year old!  It’s so funny to watch them all on it.  (Except when it’s not.  Like when they’re driving me bonkers.  But it’s worth it – most of the time.)

Breakfast Smiles - Briar edition

We’ve been at the beach quite a bit, which is lovely.  The summer outside times remind me why I don’t work full-time.  Being able to hang outside with the kids is awesome.  

Cael - Chopping Help

This month of pictures comes to you from JUNE, because I refuse to believe that July is almost over.  There must be a scientific explanation for why summer flies by like a bat out of heck, where winter only flies at a breakneck speed.  Anyone know why?  It’s craziness.  I suppose it’s because we try to cramp alllll the fun outside things in a couple of months.  But hey, what can you do?  Let’s enjoy it.  It’s pretty amazing.  

Jude - Horseback

***Believe it or not, it’s super hard to catch a picture of Jude smiling!  He doesn’t like the camera.  Breakfast is the best time.  

***Briar loves her breakfast too.  Can you tell? 

***Cael’s learning how to help Mommy chop stuff.  Rhubarb here – freezing a bunch for winter.

***That photo-scared Jude is not-too-scared-to-ride-a-horse-though Jude.  Funny, eh?  

That wraps up photos for June.  I’ll get to July in a few weeks! 

 

New year, new baby…. hasn’t this happened before?

Etc | February 25, 2015 | By

Wow.  So, I know I sound like an extremely broken record, but IT HAS BEEN WAY TOO LONG.

Thanks to my mother-in-law for mentioning that she wanted a post on her newest grandbaby.

And let me tell you… she has reason to want it.  It’s her first granddaughter!  We had a GIRL!

November 7, after many hours of contractions, and about 30 seconds of pushing, little miss Briar was born!  We were super shocked to see a little girl, instead of a boy (I just assumed I’d have a load of boys, taking from our families), and oh-so very excited.  She is such a sweetheart.  I love her to bits.  And while I struggle with the colour pink, it has made its way into my household.  The boys are loving her.  Mind you, one of the two (*cough, JUDE, cough*), might tend to be a bit rough in his affections.  But really, they love her to bits.  Not to mention she’s already got Daddy’s heart all swirled around her little fingers.  Daddy took parental leave, so he’s been home with us since November!  We are so enjoying that.

In other news, Jude’s hair is GREAT.  Growing the curls out because it’s just too adorable to cut.

Cael is growing like a little weed, and he’s quick as a whip.

Also, we’ve most definitely been having lots of food goings on.  A few pictures have been taken, but not enough for a food post.  No worries – hopefully one will come soon!

Here are some of the great food things that have been happening lately:

Spiderman Cake, made by me, using my grandmother’s recipe (which sadly, I don’t think is posted yet…)

Hot Cocoa Cake from Pass the Sushi

Pretzel Hot Dogs from Spoonforkbacon

 

 

**I really was doubting I’d ever have a little girl, but here we are!
**Little miss Briar
**Daddy and Briar. Did I mention he grew a beard?
**Jude-the-dude’s curly locks
**Cael kind of wanted to go on the school bus that morning
**Jude turned 2! And he loves Spiderman, so I whipped up a Spiderman cake!
**Hot cocoa cake for Daddy’s 25th birthday!
**Pretzel hot dogs

Yogurt Fruit Pops

Etc | May 25, 2013 | By

It’s been way to long, again. ¬†I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be saying that a lot.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about that may help people to understand why I’ve not been overly up on everything. ¬†When you have a second kid, you’d think you would only have twice as much laundry, that it would only take twice as long to get ready to go somewhere, there would only be twice as many tears. ¬†However, I’ve come to discover that a second child means about 5 times more laundry, it takes about 15 minutes to get ready, as opposed to 2 minutes, and the tears tend to be innumerable and unstoppable at times.

Growing boy

 

{Isn’t he growing?! ¬†Such a cute little guy, my handsome man.}

There is good news though, it also mean innumerable laughs, and smiles.  I get to spend more time with my boys getting them ready before we go somewhere.

… and there’s really nothing good about 5 times as much laundry. ¬†Well, except that [maybe] when it’s sunny out, I have an excuse to stand outside – to hang up laundry. ¬†That’s about it.

Yummy pops!

 

{My sick, sweet little boy.  Cutest.  Kid.  Ever.}

My son likes yogurt. ¬†Of the frozen kind. ¬†And I don’t mean frozen yogurt, I mean yogurt that’s been frozen. ¬†We usually freeze yogurt tubes, and he has them for a healthy snack. ¬†But the other day, I was inspired by this sweet blog. ¬†But I made it even easier. ¬†Just get a popsicle mold (mine is from Walmart, $3), some sliced fruit, and some yogurt. ¬†Whatever kinds you want of everything! ¬†It’s completely customizable.

Yogurt Fruit Pops (our version)

Slices strawberries and mandarins

Peach yogurt and vanilla yogurt.

Pour and plop into molds.  Freeze and enjoy!  Super yummy, and awesomely delicious.

Sick boy

 

{Poor guy spent the beginning of the week sick.  So he extra enjoyed the pops.}

(Especially on a nice sunny, warm day, if anyone is enjoying those right now… ¬†it’s been raining here for over a week…)

If it’s raining there like it is here, why don’t you make some hot sweet¬†milk to enjoy instead?

 

Doily Table Runner

Etc | April 12, 2013 | By

I’m back again. ¬†And so soon! ¬†(Not really, but sooner than I expected.)

Doily Runner

With another non-food creation. ¬†All thanks to Pinterest for the great idea (however, I only saw it, and didn’t pin it, so I have no sweet clue where it originally came from). ¬†By the way – follow me on Pinterest!¬† It’s such a great place for ideas, a good place to waste spend time surfing cool things, and it’s just cool. ¬†So there. ¬†Do it.

Doily Runner

 

Doily Runner

So, this is really quite ridiculous. ¬†Easy peasy. ¬†Just find some doilies. ¬†Wait – do what I did. ¬†Go to your mom (or grandmother), and ask them if they have any extra kicking around. ¬†I discovered quickly that my mother might just have a¬†fetish… ¬†or maybe it’s my grandmother (I think that’s where they all came from). ¬†¬† ¬†Either way, find some doilies. Having a bunch of different ones looks pretty cool. ¬†Then, find some thread and a needle. ¬†Sew them together using small stitches (so they are unnoticeable). ¬†Annnddd… ¬†TAADAA! ¬†C’est tout! ¬†I think it looks really sweet too. ¬†Adds a nice, feminine touch to my living room.

Doily Runner

Hope you guys like the how to’s, instead of just food all the time. ¬†What can I say? ¬†I’m feeling crafty. ¬†Not sure why. ¬†Just am. ¬† If you are hungry though check out this great recipe for Raspberry Scones. ¬†Get a coffee, and eat one o’these yummy devils. ¬†It’ll do you good on this snowy, not-so-springy weekend. ¬†Enjoy!

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{I just can’t leave you all without a pic of at least one of the boys. ¬†Cael in Daddy’s hat and a friends shoes. ¬†Great smile.}

Knit Headbands

Etc | March 18, 2013 | By

I’m baaaaccckkkk.  And not pregnant anymore!

Knit headbands

I’d like to have some sort of good, quirky, true excuse for not having posted since October.  But the truth is…  I just didn’t.  I wanted to, truly.  It just didn’t happen.  Perhaps it had something to do with being preggers, Christmas, a newborn.  Let’s say it did.  (But honestly, I had lots of time I could have spent doing this instead of the myriads of other things I did.)  I miss this.

So we’re going to try to get back into it.  I have to rely on hubby to remind me to do this.  He’s a pretty good nagger motivator.  Really though, he’s great at getting me into these things.

First off, let’s get an update.  A lot can happen in 5 months.  (Wow, has it really been that long?!)  And a lot DID happen.  Lots of cooking and baking happened.  Quite a bit of knitting, wrapping, eating, decorating…  doing wayy too much…  happened as well.  Oh, and I had a baby.  That was probably the biggest thing that happened.

Jude

{Say hey to my newest, cutest little guy}

January 16, Jude came into the world at a whopping 9lbs 2oz.  I have no idea how he was so big.  It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know how big he was going to be before I went into labour…  He was so worth it though.  Such a good, happy, handsome little man.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of him.  (Hope you don’t mind!)

Brothers

{Cael likes his new brother…most of the time.  Typical siblings…}

I thought we’d start off the new year (a few months late) with something different.  Over Christmas, I got a pattern for some knit headbands, that I looooved.  Anyhow, I made three.  One for my friend’s birthday, one for my mom’s birthday, and one for me!  You see, I was out to make 2, but after my mom’s was done, and I had tried it on…  Well, let’s just say she didn’t get that one.  Never try on something you’re supposed to be giving away, if you like it at all, it might just have to stay with you.

Mom's headband

{Mom ended up with this one.  I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it – she looks super cute!  Most stylish Mom ever}

I got the pattern from a friend, it’s super easy, and mega versatile.  You can really make it with any kind of yard, any size needles, and any thickness.  But I’ll give you the standard to start with.  When it comes to making the flower, just go by the instructions.  It doesn’t sound right, but once you start to cast off, you’ll be amazed at what happens.  It’s really quite neat.

MY headband

{This one was supposed to be for my mom.  She loves pink.  I abhor pink.  I tried it on.  I loved it.  Make sense?}

Knit Headband

Size 8 needles, thick fluffy yarn, tapestry needle

Cast on number of stitches based on thickness of yarn and width of headband you are looking for. **You must make sure to end each row on purl no matter how many stitches you choose or the ribbing will not work.**  (12 for the thinner version and 16 for the thicker version)

Row 1 till end: k2, p2 until desired length is achieved (test on head, should fit snug b/c will most likely stretch a bit)

Cast off and cut yarn leaving a few inches to sew seam.

Flower

Size 8 needles, any yarn (light weight is easier to use for these)

Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1:  Knit

Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl

Row 3: knit into the front and back of each stitch (20 st)

Row 5: knit into the front and back of each stitch (40 st)

Row 7: knit into the front and back of each stitch (80 st)

Row 8: Purl

Cast off, assemble flower, sewing with loose ends.  Attach to the seam of the headband.

Again, I kind of messed around with how many stitches to use for the different widths of headbands and sizes of flowers.  Shout out if you want to know exactly what I did.  They turned out super cute!

Sarah's headband.

{My friend Sarah got this darling.  I’ve also got to get a picture of her with it on, because she looks gorgeous (WITH and without it on)}

Cael update anybody?  He’s getting big!  He says almost everything we say, and is starting to put words together.

Hiding

Smile! Or not.

{Funny, as soon as I told him to smile, he gave me the evil stare}

He is 100% boy.  Cars, trains, animals, guns, fighting noises, fighting, you name it.  If you associate it with the male species, he loves it.  Anyhow.  I hope you guys enjoy the headbands.  Food next time, I promise.  I won’t promise that it will be soon, but hopefully it’ll be before August.  No more 5 month intervals.  Okay?  Peace.

Mommy & baby

{Mommy and baby Jude}

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It's been a long, long time.

Etc | August 2, 2012 | By

Hey everybody.

Can I just say how sorry I am that it’s been so long since I last posted? ¬†To be honest, I’ve had recipes and photos ready, but absolutely zero motivation to share them. ¬†Today must be different though. ¬†I decided that I just needed to post. ¬†It had to be done. ¬†It’s a rainy summer day here, and I really should be doing the dishes. ¬†But dishes are about at the bottom of my “What I LIKE To Do” list. ¬†They also score the bottom of my priority list. ¬†Just come over, you’ll understand when you see the piles of dirty dishes on my counter.

So, instead of doing the dishes, I’m sitting down with a cup of Vanilla Nut Creme tea, and I’m [finally] writing a post. ¬†This one won’t include a recipe, but one shall follow SOON, and when I say SOON, I mean like today or tomorrow. ¬†Because, I also decided to make scones before doing the dishes. ¬†You might say they partially inspired me to finally share. ¬†The other factor was the fact that a few people in the last week have said that they love reading about all the food I post. ¬†One guy said, ‘I have one question for you: ¬†Why haven’t you been posting anything?” ¬†I told him that I found out I was pregnant, and that was pretty much it. ¬†It’s amazing how draining creating a baby is. ¬†They are like little energy leeches, even at only a few weeks in there.

Would anybody like an update? ¬†I’m almost 17 weeks pregnant, my baby bump popped last week (out of nowhere), and I’m feeling great, other than being exhausted! ¬†I’m super glad nausea is¬†over with¬†– I was SO tired of feeling sick allllll the time.

A lot has happened since the last post. ¬†I’ll just give a couple highlights from the last few weeks. ¬†Cael turned 1! ¬†How time flies! ¬†We went to a Rascal Flatts concert (have I mentioned that they are my all time favourite, and I¬†actually¬†got to see them LIVE?!). ¬†We also went camping for a night with a bunch of other young families. ¬†And we drove 22 hours to visit some family and friends in Ontario – Which included much driving, Canada’s Wonderland, lots of great food, a beautiful wedding, a bit of shopping, and not enough sleep. ¬†It was really a great time. ¬†How summer is flying by! ¬†It’s insane. ¬†I cannot believe that August has arrived already and has been slipping by as I’ve been trying to put my house back together from all the packing and unpacking and birthday presents that have been going on here.

{Hubby was a photographer for some of our younger friends on prom night. ¬†We both joined them all for dinner. ¬†I got to dress up – definitely the highlight for me… well, along with awesome food.}

I hope this suffices as an apology post. ¬†I will make it up to you with a stellar scone recipe in a short while. ¬†I must go, as my scones need to be removed from the oven – they smell so good! ¬†Peace out guys. ¬†Happy August 2nd! ¬†ūüôā

Crazy, this thing called life.

Etc | April 1, 2012 | By

So,  I’m completely sorry that I’ve been MIA this week.  Thing is, life happens, whether we’re ready for it or not… and…  well – We bought a house!  So that’s my excuse.  (I think it’s a pretty good one, don’t you?)  We’ve spent the last few days at the lawyers office, then painting, painting, painting, garbaging, cleaning… and wrecking the place.  I arrived back at the house yesterday after taking an hour break to a wall being torn down…  Mess.  Everywhere.  But it’s good.  It’s going to make the place look much bigger and more spacious.  And most importantly, it’s going to INCREASE my kitchen space!  (ie – More baking space!!)

Anyhow.  I do have another post almost ready to go.  And I’ll be sharing that with you in the next few days.  Because, (did I mention I’m taking a university course?) I have 2 assignments and an exam to do in the next 3 days, AND my great little bro has a birthday this week too (so I’ve got to get baking that cake!!), and in the midst of all that, I’ve got to look after my hubby, little boy, and try to post something… BUT it WILL happen!  Okay?

Do you believe me?

While you’re waiting for that post/recipe.  I wanted to share this picture with you.  We went out for supper last week to Mateus Bistro, and we ordered scallops (and other great things) for appetizers.

{Photo courtesy of my wonderful hubby}

Don’t they look amazing?  They were realllly cool tasting.  Like, surprising, and very yummy to those taste buds.

Anyhow – I’ll be back to you soon!  Have a great Sunday afternoon!