2018 beau’s oktoberfest: great food, great beers, and a lot of mud

Life has been crazy lately, and I still haven’t had the chance to share this year’s Beau’s Oktoberfest yet. It may seem a bit late to talk about it, given that October is already over and Beau’s Oktoberfest was actually in September, but since we loved it so much this year again, I really wanted to share our weekend in beautiful Vankleek Hill with all of you. And the good news is that we only have to wait another 11 months until the next one, instead of the usual 12!

We were sooo excited about Beau’s Oktoberfest’s 10th edition: we had bought our tickets at the brewery earlier this summer, scheduled our babysitters months ago, had made plans to meet with friends and family throughout the weekend, had prepared outfits in advance for both Friday and Saturday, and considering that in the last few years we had sunny days over 40 degree Celsius as well as rainy days closer to zero degree Celsius, we had prepared outfit options for all possible weather conditions… but NOPE, we did not! My beautiful Hunter Boots and my lovely rain jacket could not take on what stormed through our region on that Friday evening.

Never in my wildest dreams I would have thought a tornado would hit so close to home. So I left work at 4 on that Friday afternoon and I remember the sky in my rear mirror being somewhat scary. Driving home was weird, sunny in front, purple and gray on top, and pitch black in the back. Picked up the boys at school, met Brian at home, packed up the car and left, still not knowing what was about to happen in Ottawa and surrounding areas that night. Nearly minutes after we left, we got a weather warning on our iPhones and at the same time a tornado was touching down in a few towns and villages close to us. We were so lucky, some, not as much. The pictures we saw from places close to us just made me cry; and still makes me.

So we arrived safely to my Mom’s and hid there for a while hoping the wind and rain would calm down. Once we thought the storm had passed, we decided to venture to Vankleek Hill to attend our beloved Oktoberfest. Unfortunately, as we arrived, the rain had picked up again, and they had to close it down for the night due to another approaching storm. Clad in our rain boots and ponchos, a bunch of us gathered at a local restaurant and spent the evening there having a few Beau’s beers while talking about what had just hit our region, thanking our lucky star we had been spared, hoping no one had been hurt.

By next morning, we were in top shape and ready to party! So we dressed up in our best rubber boots and out of the door we were. Pretzels, craft beers and live music here we come!

I was still hungry from the night before, which I guess was a good thing, cause I had carefully planned ahead my menu for the weekend, and I still wanted to try all of it, so having to squeeze a two-day menu into a one-day event was going to be a challenge, but I was up for it! When we got there, the fairground was a mess… like, a muddy mess. Thank God we were both wearing our rubber boots. Some areas were okay, but most of it was covered with mud. If I wouldn’t have worn my Hunter boots, I wouldn’t have made it out of there alive. And by that I mean I wouldn’t have been able to get to the pretzel vendor, which was surrounded by a foot deep of mud and water… but I made it there, twice actually!

Sadly, one of my favourite vendors had to cancel due to the storm. But don’t worry, I will satisfy my raclette craving very soon as we got reservations at Meule & Caquelon next weekend! So as we were walking around the fairground, we met with friends everywhere, at every corner we turned and every tap bar we stopped at. We shared drinks, tried amazing food and listened to music I’m not used to listen to. Brian had told me there was one show he absolutely didn’t wanted to miss, so he dragged me to the small stage just in time for the show; what I didn’t know was that he was about to turn into a real groupie in front of the stage, listening to this local singer songwriter I had never really heard of. Well, Rory Taillon, you have a fan for life! And I agree with my husband, yours was the best show at this year’s Oktoberfest.

We then visited the Midway Games, definitely one of our favorite things at Beau’s Oktoberfest. After all, who can pass on a game of Plinko? Not me! Can’t remember who won but it was so much fun. We also played a game of sling shots, which we sucked at and didn’t win anything. Then played a few rounds of ring toss on the beer bottles. Then ended it with Brian’s new found favorite, Roll In Zie Hay, a balance and precision game where he won three times in a row and then wouldn’t shut up about it! Overall, we basically spent 40 bucks to win a Beau’s pin, but what the heck, Brian really wanted it, he was happy about it, so it was totally worth it!

This year’s awards for best food go to the Reuben Egg Rolls from Moose McGuire’s… those were simply AMAZING, and also to the 3 frozen ice cream treats I had from Pascale’s Ice Cream! Please don’t judge, I do not drink alcohol, but I can definitely hold my ice cream!

I may not have been able to try everything, but I definitely try many things… so I’d like to give a shout out to the Smoque Shack for their Brisket Mac and Cheese Cone, for our local favorite Vert Fourchette for their delicious Beer Battered Fish-on-a-stick, and to Hintonburg Public House for their out-of-my-mind Seed to Sausage Jalapeño & Cheese Curd Smoke Corn Dog.

We were once again in awe from all the keg toss competitions, the stein holding competitions (that Brian still didn’t do but once again said he would try ‘next’ year), and this year’s most fun to watch: the team-pulling-truck competition. Boy, I would never sign up for this, but it was truly awesome to watch! And once again, that guy on the mic is worth alone the entrance fee, as he’s just so clever and funny in congratulating and insulting the participants. Can’t wait to hear him make fun of my husband if he ever decides to do the stein holding competition!

As the tradition goes, we once again ended up at good ol’ Miss Hawkesbury, and once again, ended up doing Tequila shots… yep, they were all drunk already but found a way to convince me they had to do shots to keep the tradition alive! When the place doesn’t have enough shot glasses for 7 people, you know it’s time to go home! But they do have the best pizza and poutine in town, so I watched them doing shots while I enjoyed the last item on my previously planned Beau’s Oktoberfest weekend menu. And I agree, you don’t mess with traditions… so we’ll be back next year!!!

It was definitely another great Oktoberfest! I wouldn’t imagine an end-of-summer or beginning-of-fall season without it. It is definitely one of my favorite outside activities of the year, year after year (probably Brian’s favorite!). Finally, I’d like to add that you guys did an amazing job dealing with all the unexpected and unforeseen turn of events that happened on Friday evening. I am really proud to be a Beau’s fan, and we can’t wait for next year’s; let’s all just hope the next one will be less eventful, weather wise. Prost my friends.

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halloween kids friendly movie night

Well finally, let the fall decorations season begin!!! I’ve actually been quite good so far, it’s almost October and I’ve only started decorating for fall earlier this week; but boy has this got me in like a full-blown Halloween mood! I’m pretty sure I have more Halloween decorations than I have for Christmas’ or anything else, and I am not done. I know I will buy more, it’s just a question of when I’ll have time to go to Home Sense or Target next! So this week the boys have been going crazy pulling out everything from our Halloween boxes, trying on some old costumes and decorating every crooks and cranny they can find; but of course I’m okay with this. I actually love it! I always feel like my house loses weight when I see stuff going out of the house instead of in! So since I got my eyes on some new things to come in, I decided I needed to have some sort of purging week… and I did… and it feels so good to sell and give stuff away. You know, to make room for new stuff!

 I’ve got a few festive outings planned for next weekend. I want to hit Courges & Cie, a gorgeous pumpkin patch I’ve blogged about last year, and I also want to visit our local farmer’s market to go see my friend Pascal Ice Cream. One other thing on the list for the weekend is a Halloween movie marathon! But not the gory type… no wayyyy. I can’t handle scary movies very well and neither does my husband (if you know him, you know what I mean), so instead, I will watch some fun and good and cute and almost scary movies from our own collection; well, family movies! Since we don’t have cable here, the only thing the boys watch are movies, so I always keep a small basket filled with their current favorites close to the TV, but around this time of year, it is filled with Halloween themed and festive movies. So I decided to round up our favs and maybe you could have a fun movie night at home yourself!

1- Harry Potter: Of course this had to be number one. It couldn’t be anything else. My boys are NOT scared, at all, of all the HP movies. We are all addicts and we’re not ashamed of it! The entire collection can be seen over and over again, so if you haven’t watch Harry in a while, this Halloween season is the perfect time! 

2- Mickey Mouse Monster Musical: I can’t tell you how many time my kids have watched this DVD. I think I know every single lines of the shows. Yet, I’m excited to sing “Monster Boogie” every single time. With only 22 minutes per episodes, these are fun to watch in the morning while the kids eat breakfast or while you need keep them quiet while you are getting ready for work… or not so quiet with all the singing! 

3- Adams Family: My brother and I watched this on and on when we were kids. I just LOVE that movie. I’ve watched it last year and it still holds up even 30 years later. I’m sure you’ve seen this before… but you need to see it again! 

4- Ghostbuster: No, no, no, no, no… not the new one, even if I’m all for “Girl Power” and stuff, nooo, not the new one; but the very first one! I still think it is way more funny than scary, and that’s probably why I love it. We usually all get a good laugh watching this. And now, I bet the song is stuck in your head… right? Well you’re welcome! I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

5- Hocus Pocus: Okay, so this one is mostly for me! My boys think it’s freaking boring, my husband judges me for watching it in loops year after year, but I get such a thrill out of watching it 20 times per season, they just don’t understand, and I just can’t explain it. Also, there’s a book sequel out that I’m currently reading, so I’m really into it right now, and can’t wait to watch it for the first time in 2018. This is clearly a must… every… single… year! It is fun, light and so amusing to watch Bette sing; and what can I say, I just can’t get enough of it!

6- Monsters Inc. & University: These two movies are simply AMAZING! Make a marathon out of it. Order pizza, wear festive pj’s, have a bowl of popcorn with candy, and just sit back and enjoy. You will have the best of time, guaranteed. Can they make a 3rd one? Please.

7- Hotel Transylvania: HEY kids’ movie lovers, you got to watch these ones. Adam Sandler is to die for. Great for the kids, yet so many clever lines for adults; and the music is amazing! The third movie will be out on DVD or Blu-ray in the next few weeks, so you can have a three movies marathon in the comfort of your couch… which I know we will.

8- E.T.: Kind of afraid to say this, but I’ve never seen ET. I know I’ve seen part of it, and I know was afraid while seeing it, but this year is the year. I’m doing this for you, my beautiful Drew. I’ve bought the illustrated ET book and I intend on reading it to the boys and then watch the movie with them. We’ll see how it goes. At least I know that if I’m scared, we’re all going to be scared together!

9- The Nightmare Before Christmas: For me it’s a Halloween movie, for some, Christmas (although it is clearly NOT!). I was not a fan of it growing up, but I’ve been for the last couple of years. Best part for me: the music. And last year, Liam learned it on the piano… so we will keep on watching it, and then get him to practice. It’s Tim Burton… so, like always… NOT for everyone!

10- Casper: Can I keep you? Oh, Devon Sawa… I was so in love with the teenage version of you. I still remember the summer the movie came out, I went to see it twice in one weekend with my friend Jannick. My Mimi had bought me a Casper pajama and the soundtrack, and I was so obsess… and I think it is STILL amazing! Right? We will watch this for sure a few times before October 31st!

So many other movies could have made the cut, but I tried to keep the list somewhat kids friendly. After all, Halloween is for kids, right? Well, for kids and for adults like ME!!! Hope you have fun watching some of these movies; I have to run now, the boys are waiting for me to see if ET goes back home or what. Enjoy fall my friends, this is the best time of the year!

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and the lemon goes to?

And the winner is…

Well first, I would like to thank everyone who entered this free giveaway. Your support means the world to me and I’m so glad you keep on coming back for more lemon drop every week! You guys are simply awesome and you are the reason why I keep on doing this.

So now, congrats to Janik Pichette, the winner of a bottle of Young Living LEMON essential oil and a bottle of wine! Thank you Janik for sharing my blog with your friends!

And to all of you who didn’t win this time, I swear I’ll have some more giveaways in the near future! Thanks for sharing the love my lemon friends! Every like, every share and every comment means a lot to me.  

Hope you all had a great weekend. And you know what, you should all want to come back in a few days for this great pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe I’m going to share!  

 

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favorite fall finds

Well, you know what? According to me, Fall starts tomorrow… I actually don’t care about the real date, but the boys are back to school, I’m back at work after a summer off, Halloween decorations are hitting the stores, Beau’s Oktoberfest is just a few weeks away and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are back at Starbucks. But guess what? I love Fall, so no complaining here!

Back to school usually means lots of time spent shopping in store and online… and I’m not the one to complain about that either, but this year, I spent way more time browsing than shopping, since beside a few pair of jeans and shoes, most of the boys clothes seemed to still fit perfectly. So here’s some of my Favorite Fall Finds from all this shopping and browsing I’ve done this past few weeks.

1- I actually bought this for Logan because as soon as I spotted it in store, I thought of him. Gymboree Wild One sweater is super soft and light but still cozy and warm. Can’t wait to pair this with rusty coloured pants.

2- Every girl, young and old, need a Chambray dress. I mean come on! You can wear it year round, paired up with flip flops, cute flats or awesome Hunter boots. I love the style of this dress with the original collar style. And this one won’t break the bank. So, way to go Joe Fresh!

3- Okay… I’m not getting these because they cost like an arm and a leg and I couldn’t just buy one and would end up ordering a pair for each of us… BUT, if I would have the budget, we would all be wearing Blundstone. I LOVE these boots, and imagining them on my boys… with a chunky sweater… be still my heart!

4- Do they make these in my size? I’m actually not joking. Pompoms, gold and pink… eh, hello! These shoes have my 8-years-old-self singing! For all of you with girls, please get your daughter a pair at Gymboree!

5- Here’s the perfect pair of Hunter Boots to go with that new Chambray dress of yours! I got my Hunters about 5 years ago and I think I’m due for a new pair. I never thought I would wear them as much as I did. Expensive but so worth it.

6- My mom makes most of my hats but I got my sight on this one. I must have been a Kate Spade handbag or something in my previous life because I’m attracted to EVERYTHING this company does. Cute and warm hat for crisp Fall days.

7- Talking about gorgeous handbag, I’ve got my sight on this one. The color is AMAZING… and again, just gorgeous with the Chambray dress or paired down with comfy jeans and a soft knit! And yes, from Kate Spade. Like, I could totally see this color as a lipstick, right?!

8- I’m all about Pompoms, I just can’t get enough. And when I spotted this JCrew girl sweater, I immediately imagined my fictional daughter wearing this!

9- In my opinion, pink is and will ALWAYS be in… and this dusty pink and cream combo screams “Let’s take a walk”. Well you know what, enough with the browsing, this time I’m buying! I really need this one since my workplace is always freezing cold. So why not be warm, comfy and cute at the same time with this RW&Co pink cardigan with suede patches.

I’m kind of in a crimson/plum/dusty rose mood palette this season and I can’t wait to start wearing my new vest to work. So, now that back to school shopping is done… it’s time to think about Fall activities and Halloween costumes! I just love Fall and this weather and the colder nights, and I think September will be a great one. Happy early Fall my fellow lemon friends!

 

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it’s a lemon birthday and giveaway

Pop the champagne, blow the candles and let’s celebrate my friends! My Lemon Drop Life turned 2 earlier this week and I couldn’t be more excited about it! So much happened in the last two years and I’m so glad I get to share it with all of you.

The boys have no clue that I blog, or what it means to blog, and I guess that’s a good thing, for now! Hopefully they’ll appreciate it later on. All I know is that they keep on asking me to take more pictures, to do more crafts and to go to new places, all things I love; which makes me enjoying writing about it and then sharing it with you. So thank you Liam and Logan!

Let’s hope this thing keeps on growing and bringing more people together from everywhere. Thank you to all my supporters, all the people that cheer me on, the ones who share my posts and to every single one of you who takes few minutes of your precious time each week to read about my lemons and my stories!

Here’s a little something to help celebrate! I’m giving away a bottle of Young Living Lemon essential oil, as well as a nice bottle of red wine personally selected by my very own wine connoisseur, Brian. All you have to do is be or become a SUSCRIBER to mylemondroplife.com, TAG two (2) of your friends on social media and SHARE this post! You have one week to do so and you don’t want to miss on that!!!

Oh, and if the winner is not living in a drivable distance, I will ship the essential oil as well as a Visa Pre-Paid credit card so you can treat yourself to something else than wine. I know that’s what I would do!!!

Cheers and thank you all, you truly make my life better.

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i love lavender

Ever since I visited Maison Lavande last year (you may read about that hilarious post right here), I knew I was going to go back this year! So last week I decided to plan a road trip there with my Mom and the boys, and also with my aunt Lise-Ann who decided to join us as well, so early Saturday morning, we all piled up into my car and left for beautiful Maison Lavande. I’m pretty sure that everyone who visits Maison Lavande immediately falls in love with the place… and wants to go back after that… well I know did, and I know I will never skip a year from now on.

The moment I arrived I felt the same way I felt the first time I visited the place, just so quaint and peaceful. And as soon as they walked in, my Mom and my aunt both understood my obsession for the place! The lavender field is breathtaking. We took hundreds of pictures, just like everyone else in the field, as it’s just so pretty, so of course you want to bring those shots back home with you. Some professional photographers also offer sessions, and it’s something I may look into for next year!

So we slowly made our way across the field, walked into the forest trail, visited the chicken coop, had a picnic underneath an apple tree and ended our lunch with a delicious Lavender Frozen Yogurt! We also spent a lot of time in the quiet area at the back of the field where a couple of dozens of hammock chairs and some large bean bags are right there for you to use and relax. I wish we weren’t as tight on time so the boys could have taken a nap on the bags. They wanted too and so did I! Next time boys, for sure, like come on, a nap in a lavender heaven; count me IN!

Maison Lavande have two gorgeous boutiques where you can buy everything your lavender heart desires! Liam got a lavender essential oil roll-on (that I will re-create next week with my girlfriends at our first Essential Oils Make & Take) while I got a bubbly lavender and apple drink and a oatmeal and lavender cookie. The cookie was sooo good that I decided to attempt my own version on Sunday and it turned out AMAZING! I will be sharing my recipe later on this week.

So for now, here’s a few of the pictures I took trying to make you fall in love with the place. If you’re in the Montreal/Ottawa region, you HAVE to make the drive and visit. I wish I owned shares but I don’t so this is purely from my point of view… not sponsored or anything! Just for my love for lavender and for Maison Lavande! But you have to do it quick, because due to the massive heat wave last week, the flowers have exploded and the lavender season will be shorter than it usually is. So make plans to visit anytime in the next 2 weeks… as they’re opened every day. We might just see each other somewhere in the hammocks section!

 

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summer list 2018

And just like that, school is over, work is over, it’s summer time, and the best of all: NO MORE LUNCHES to prepare every morning!

Coming up with this list was so much fun. The boys came up with such great ideas of their own: having our own puppet theatre, play Uno, make ice cream, etc. Some of the ideas didn’t make the cut: iPad marathon, eat McDonalds every day (to get all of the Mario Bros’ toys) and stay in pj’s every day! Overall, I’m so excited about our summer 2018, and hopefully we’ll have time to do everything on the list, and much more. We already have a Boston getaway planned for late July, Logan’s 6th birthday celebrations in a few weeks, some day trips planned here and there and of course lots and lots of pool time.

Within a few hours of being on vacation we had already crossed off a few items on the list! Is there ANYTHING more satisfying than to check off a list? I don’t think so! Even if it’s just a chore. So just a few hours after our vacation started we visited a strawberry field, then made 4 batches of jam, played Uno (all weekend long) and watched fireworks on Saturday night. Not bad for our first weekend of summer fun!

Here’s a few more items on our to do list for this summer:

SUMMER 2018

-have a pool party

-go to the drive-in

-go to a water park

-play mini-golf

-go boating

-buy a Slip N’ Slide and play all day long!

-go fishing

-make popsicles

-visit an aquarium

-fly kites

-movie marathon

-eat at a Taco Truck

-start a book club

-watch a baseball game (at Fenway)

-play outside in the rain

I would like to know about your favourite summer activities as I am always looking for ideas and things to do with the boys. Please share them with me! It so much fun to incorporate new activities in our usual routine. Even if I like to be a little lazy during the summer and spend as much time as possible at home by the pool, I’m always willing when it comes to seeing new places or doing new things!

Hope you have the best summer ever filled with many of your favorite drinks (hint hint, here’s my Sangria recipe)! I know I sure plan to. I have so many things I want to do and so many activities already planned… I’m really looking forward to doing them all! But you know what, although I have really high expectations for some of the things I plan to do, I know that not all of them will turned out being a success or as I had imagined it to be, but I do not worry about it as summer time is meant to be messy, chaotic, unexpected and crazy, with absolutely no routine, as this is what makes it so much fun! Happy summer 2018 to all of you!

 

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incredible weekend

What a weekend!  So much crammed into 2 and half days, you’d think we were crazy! But no, we’re just trying to get to the finish line. Next Friday, when school and work come to an end, we’ll be off for 2 months!  Soccer, swim lessons, school BBQ, field trips, birthday party, staff party, movies and piano recitals are just a few of the things we’ve done in the last couple of days. I can’t wait to lounge in my pj’s next week, no alarm (besides my kids), no routines, just enjoying each others company and all that summer has to offer!

On Friday night I had my end of school year party and we had so much fun. We had Escape Manor come to our school and set up a classroom with the game. We didn’t get out but we had a blast, working with each other trying to solve clues.  Losing didn’t dampen our spirits so we headed out to a local pub for dinner. We were also celebrating one of my friend’s retirement. Since the boys we’re at my Mom’s, I had planned to meet up with Brian for a date after my party but it ran a bit longer than anticipated so I had him join us. We stayed out past midnight, chatting with a few of my coworkers and closing the place down!

The boys came home the next morning, bursting to jump into the pool. It was a picture perfect summer day, splashing away and giggling until they fell asleep for a much needed afternoon nap…for all of us.

We’ve been awaiting the new Incredibles movie for a while now and the boys had a countdown going on to the big day. We made shirts on Wednesday (that they have been wearing, EVERY SINGLE DAY, SINCE) and I bought felt masks for them to complete the outfit. I made Incredibles donuts, Incredibles popcorn and downloaded and printed lots of fun Incredibles activities. I had tickets for the evening show and it was so much fun.  It was the first time Logan didn’t ask to go to the bathroom a million times and sat watching the entire movie. What a relief! I think we’ll have to go back. They’ve only asked me 54 times since we came out of the theatre!

Today is Father’s Day and Brian has a round of golf planned with his dad, brother and uncle. That means we will only see him around supper time. The boys have prepared a few gifts at school for him and he’ll be joining Logan’s class tomorrow for a Father’s Day lunch. Last week, I prepared a few questions for the boys to answer about their Papa. Their answers are so funny, I just have to share them with you.  Enjoy!

Mon Papa

1-The thing my dad loves to do most:

Logan: Play Mario Odyssey

Liam: Play Nintendo

2-I love when my dad:

Logan: Helps me.

Liam: Plays with me.

3-My dad is good at:

Logan: Play Plant’s vs. Zombies 2

Liam: Baseball

4-I think my dad is funny because:

Logan: He’s “Tannant” (meaning he acts crazy)

Liam: He’s ” Très tannant” (very crazy!!!!)

5-I know my dad loves me because:

Logan: He gives me kisses

Liam: He says “I love you”

6-The thing I love to do most with my dad:

Logan: Play in the pool

Liam: Play Wii (the gaming ‘theme’ always comes back!!!)

7-My dad’s favourite store:

Logan: Wine and beer store

Liam: I’m going to quote this one, ” A la bière”

8-The thing my dad says often:

Logan: “Let’s make a sandwich”(meaning the boys make ‘layers’ on top of him to make a sandwich)

Liam: A bad word.

9-My dad’s favourite meal:

Logan: Spaghetti

Liam: Spaghetti

10-I love my dad because:

Logan: He’s beautiful

Liam: He’s funny

Happy Father’s Day to all the “Incredibles” fathers we know and love! Hope you get to spend the day with the people you cherish the most. A very special HFD to Brian, who keeps up with all our crazyness, who watches endless Youtube tutorials on “how to play Plant’s vs. Zombies” and “how to build a shelving unit to store all of my wife’s crap”, who let’s me paint flowers on our bathroom wall only to paint over it because I don’t love it, who coaches soccer, who cuts our own Christmas tree, who hangs picture frames in dangerous places, who cooks the best BBQ ribs, who buys me reading socks, who prepares the essential oil diffuser every night, who encourages me with my blog, who works hard, who plans the best trips, who loves baseball, beer, spaghetti, and us!  You’re OUR Mr. Incredible! We love you!  xox

 

 

 

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best summer reads 2018

So today I haven’t seen the sun yet and it’s been pouring rain all day, but seriously, prior to that, it’s been kind of an awesome stretch here in beautiful Ottawa, and it finally feels like summer has arrived! I have so many activities planned, places I want to visit, things I want to do around (and not around) the house, etc. that I will try to come up with a fun summer bucket list in the next few days. And yes, of course I will be posting it here! Oh, and while thinking about my summer bucket list, that got me thinking that there was another list I had to come up with: a summer book list! One of my New Years’ resolutions was to read more… and we’re in May now, and I have been reading a lot; so I am happy to say that this resolution is still on!

I’ve made a list of my current and upcoming reading material for the summer… and those books are just too good that I got to share: here it goes:

1- All we ever wanted by Emily Giffin. Emily is probably my favorite writer ever (tied with JK Rowling, of course). I’ve been reading her books since my second year at university. Back then, I did end up ditching many classes to keep on reading Something Borrowed and then Something Blue. Now, her latest book will be out late June and I will be one of the first in line to get a copy of it on its release date for sure!

2- I’m a huge fan of books made into movies, I know, I know, I’m one of those, but you know, I do read the book first, I don’t just go and watch the movie… and I agree that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, easily, always (and sometimes the book is okay or just good and then the movie is a complete disaster, like thanks a lot Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan for totally ruining this for me! So, back to my list… I was at the movie theatre two weeks ago and a preview came on and I was immediately hooked! My friend Eve told me it was a book series… and I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. Anyway, since then I have read the first book of the series, Crazy Rich Asians, and I’m already halfway through the second one, China Rich Girlfriend. And of course I will read the third one, Rich People Problems, as soon as I’m off work for the summer! (They don’t know it yet, but the boys will get to enjoy the Ipad a little bit more during their first week of summer vacation while Mommy is reading her book!!!)

3- Another book that has been sitting on my nightstand is I am Malala. I’ve been wanting to read this forever and just haven’t got around to it yet. That girl has been through so much and still finds the strength to empower girls and women. Way to go Malala. So I will read her book sometime this summer.

4- Emma by Jane Austen. I’ve never read Emma and I want to. It’s actually on a bucket list of its own!

5- Bloom: Finding beauty in the unexpected-A Memoir by Kelle Hampton. I’ve been following Kelle’s blog and Instagram feed (THE BEST) forever and I love the way she writes and shares the story of her daughter Nella. Nella was born with Down Syndrome and Kelle wrote about her family’s journey. Be prepared to cry, cause I often do while reading her blog post, which mean I can just imagine what her book will do to me.

6- Of course, once again, Harry Potter. Liam is really into it and it makes me so happy to share this with him. I’ve bought the first book of the series in French and I plan on reading it with him sometime this summer while lounging in the backyard. He loves the movies, so as I’ve said earlier, of course he’ll prefer the book!

So, have you read anything interesting lately? What’s your favourite book. Please share… as I’m reading about a book a week lately and I intend on keeping the streak alive all summer long! Also, please recommend books for kids… Liam is almost done with grade 1 and he (finally) loves to read. Also, with Logan following closely and going into grade 1 next year, we’ll probably spend a lot of time at the library this summer looking for interesting books!

Hope you liked this list and that is gave you the inspiration to read more or some ideas as to what to read next! Once you’ll start one of these books, you won’t be able to stop! Also, since I’m talking about book, I am so happy that a new Indigo book store just opened near my workplace… and if I was a Crazy Rich Girlfriend, I would have definitely bought some shares, as this is easily one of my favorite store ever!

Thanks for reading mylemondroplife readers!

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mother’s day

So they say better late than sorry, right? Well here comes my Mother’s Day weekend blog post! I know it’s well past us now, but it was just too good of a weekend not to share it; as it had what every great weekend should have: great food, family, flowers and lots of love!

We had decided to switch it up a little bit this year and do something different than our annual Mother’s Day dinner at my mom’s since my brother was working all day long, and it turned out great.

So let’s start at on the Friday… I was invited by Logan’s teacher Mme Janie and Mme Manon to attend a Mother’s Day brunch. The kids had decorated the classroom, prepared breakfast for all the mom’s and learned some cute songs. Logan was super excited to give me the card he had made for me, and I was lucky enough to come back from school with some nice potted flowers for me to take home. It was my last time at a MD brunch in this classroom, and let’s just say my heart broke a little bit as I was walking down the hallway. My babies are growing up so fast and I’m not sure I’m ready to face it… oh well, that’s another story for another time I guess!

So back to the weekend… we had a fun and relaxing Saturday, and then on Sunday morning, the boys woke me up pretty early, and not even to wish me Happy Mother’s Day, but to ask me to charge their freaking Nintendo DS. Yeah, I was kind of upset! But not long after (I reminded them), they remembered what we had talked about the day before and then showered me with love over and over again all morning long. Liam had made the best Mother’s Day card EVER. So simple, with beautiful words and with a Disney castle on the top that he had drew just for me, ‘because it’s your favourite place in the world’ he said, and with another drawing of us in our backyard pool ‘because it’s our favourite place at home’ he added. I also received an awesome recipe book, a beautiful avocado candle (hello guacamole!) and some pink reading socks, of course! Thank you family!

Later on Sunday, my mom and Frank joined us for lunch at Joey Rideau in the Ottawa market. It’s now definitely one of my favourite restaurant in the city, and I wanted to bring my mom there since her and Frank had never been and I thought it was about time for them try it. And they were not disappointed! It was just sooo good, as always! Like best dumplings in town! Frank had the fish tacos and they looked delicious, my mom had a nice warm roast beef sandwich and Brian had a spicy shrimp flatbread… Miam for everyone! We then took a stroll down to Major’s Hill Park for the Tulip Festival. We do try to go every year to watch and enjoy the thousands of flowers scattered across the city. We always talk about going to see different spots, but it seems like we always end up in the ByWard Market, and that’s ok, because it is just so beautiful there! So we took lots of pictures, had a Beaver Tail and some ice cream, and enjoy some time outside. The weather was pretty amazing on that day and being together was the best gift of all. It’s corny, but it’s true!

After a couple of hours walking up and down the Market, the boys were pretty beat up and we decided it was time to leave. Since we didn’t have our usual dinner plans at my mom’s, we decided to drive down to Hawkesbury and crash my mother-in-law’s Mother’s Day dinner with Brian’s siblings. Yep, the boys slept a full hour all the way down from Ottawa to Hawkesbury, but when they woke up, they were pretty happy that they were going to spend some time with their cousins. With both Jay-Jay (Jeremy) and Nini (Noémie) in High School now, they’re super busy and we don’t see enough of them, so the boys were really excited to see them. They all played ball outside for a little while, then had some fun taking some SnapChat pictures, while also (of course) taking advantage of their cousins’ iPads and electronic devices! We had a great BBQ diner: burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings and the best whipped cream and strawberry dessert! I was so glad we made the decision to drive down to see everyone!

So that was my Mother’s Day weekend; now here’s a little piece about me. You know what? Not being a mom was never an option for me. I feel like it’s the ONLY thing I wanted to be while growing up. Well, I won’t lie (and people close to me know all about this), the only thing I ever wanted while growing up was to be the mom of many cute little brown hair girls, but it didn’t happened; and now, I actually feel like I got all I ever wanted, and have all I’ll ever need to be happy, cause I have them. Let’s just say that being the mom of two boys had brought me joy beyond anything I could have imagined. Being their mom is amazing. I now know the names of all the cars from the Cars’ movie, I have watched endless YouTube videos on how to finish Nintendo games and on how to access various Mario Bros’ secret exits, I now own a baseball glove so I can play catch with them, and I have even mastered some wrestling techniques so I play fight with them when they feel like it. I may not braid hair daily, or buy cute dresses or have dance parties, but I have discovered so many new things I now love and couldn’t live without. Well, the one thing I for sure couldn’t live without is them, and I am so grateful to be their mom.

When you’re a mom, you need help from all the other moms in your life. The saying “It takes a village” is so true. My friends help me every day by sharing their fears, joy and triumphs, and by being there for me, at any time of the day. My family and in-laws are always willing to lend a hand and to be there for us. And then there’s my Mom. I could have never done any of this without her. She drops everything the minute I need help with the boys of with anything else. She has played countless games of bingos and memory cards with them. She knits everything their heart desires and also rocks them every chances she gets. I had such an awesome Mimi growing up that I often wondered if my mom would be able to fill her shoes! And she did. She’s just the best. The best thing my Mom gives us is time and lots of love. When I tell the boys that their Mimi is coming over, they’re just so genuinely happy. And I understand this feeling completely, because I feel the same way when she’s coming over. We’ve always been very close, shared the same interests and passion for baking, shopping and going to Disney! The only thing we don’t share is the love for gardening! And luckily for me, she loves it so much that she does most of mine every year! She might OVER SHARE videos on my Messenger account, but if it’s the price I have to pay for having the best Mom, well then I’ll keep on watching all of her funny videos!

I hope you celebrated all of the amazing women in your life on this Mother’s Day; I know I did. Spending the day with my Mom and my boys on that day meant so much. My mother is simply amazing and she takes on so much to make us happy. I’m so proud of her and love her so much. I won’t say she’s my best friend, because she’s so much more: she my mother.

 

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