robots, diner parties, birthday parties and a wedding

Well, it’s already Thursday and we’re still trying to recuperate from our crazy weekend!  Let’s just say that sometimes, I may over estimate how much time we actually have!

It all started on Friday morning when we went blueberry picking as I explained in last week’s post.  We got back home, baked a little bit, had lunch, and then decided to leave for downtown Ottawa to watch La Machine.

La Machine was a 4-day event for the celebration of Canada 150th.  A dragon and a spider, chasing each other around the city.  They were huge, and so spectacular.  To get there, we took the bus from Orleans, and it wasn’t that bad, as it took us only 50 minutes to get there.  We then started to run around the By Ward Market to find them.  We were spellbound by these robots the second we saw them.  The boys couldn’t get enough.  After an hour in the scorching heat, in was time to leave for the bus station and make our way back home.  Well THAT my friend was an adventure of its own… the three of us stuck on the bridge for almost an hour, waiting for our bus along with 5000 other people.  When our bus finally got there, we hoped on, glued to other passengers for a very long 80 minutes!  Boy oh boy was I glad to see my car and my A\C when I got off that bus!

We all took showers, changed, and then were on our way for diner at my Mom’s.  We had relatives that came down from Kitchener for the weekend, so we wanted to spend time with them, but by 11pm it was time to leave, and finally, by midnight, we were back home and ready for bed.  I was done… and needed some sleep as the next day was somewhat over planned as well!

On Saturday morning, we got ready and drove to our friends’ camping site for a kid’s birthday party.  Spent a few hours there with our friends and then had to change camping lots for another 2 birthday parties.  Brian’s sister’s kids are now so big… 12 and 13 already!  So I spent some time with Brian’s family while the boys rode the golf carts and played with their cousins.  Then, we had to go back home to get all dressed up cause at 6pm it was wedding time, as my little brother was getting married!

So went back home, the kids took a nap, we changed and got ready.  Yeah, my brother got married… still can’t actually believe it, but he did!  Congrats Alex and Crystal!  We had a great time with some family members we clearly don’t see enough.  They had a clown for the kids and they had so much fun.  Our house is still full of balloon swords, and balloon microphones, one octopus, as well as some other stuff I don’t really know what is it and probably don’t want to know!

Sunday morning, let’s say it was hard to get out of bed.  We all slept in till 9.  Don’t think it has ever happened… but I loved it!  We then ran errands, prepare diner and waited for our guests.  The weather was gorgeous and we spent the afternoon in the pool.  Made some Cubano pork sandwiches and had fluffy cheesecake for dessert.  Another late night!  But its summer, so who cares!?!

Well, Brian did, since he was working on Monday morning… but as for us, we crashed on the couch for most of the day!  Way too lazy to do anything or to tackle any chores or errands we needed done.  I made the boys watch Harry Potter for the first time since it was Harry’s birthday.  We also made a Hagrid style cake!  I really hope my love for Potter will be passed on to them!  They may not want to fly a broom like I do, but later this week we’ll be making our own wands.  And they’re the one who asked for it, so I guess that’s good a start!

Finally, on Tuesday it was our 8th wedding anniversary.  Not sure when we’ll have time for a date night, but I surely can’t wait.  For now, we celebrated with soccer night and then a visit to Brian’s dad to see more relatives from Chicoutimi that were visiting for the weekend.

Hope you also had a great -but less crowded- weekend like we did!  If not, well it’s not too late to start planning for the long weekend since tomorrow’s already Friday!

Happy Thursday and happy long weekend!!!

 

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camp woods-part 1

Well, it took a while for the summer to start, but now it seems like it’s flying by so quickly; with half of it already gone by.  Camp Woods is something I started 3 years ago… being at home for the summer months with the boys, I didn’t want them to get bored -or to get bored myself!!!- doing the same old things every day.  So when spring time comes I always start looking online for some fun crafts and activities to do with them; you know, things that might interest us, movies we will want to see and stuff we will have fun to do at home.  I always consider their ‘flavor of the week’, and the things they love at the moment, and then I start planning ahead for my homemade summer camp!  Every week has its own little special twist including a few fun activities and surprises!  I’m not a strict camp monitor, so we go with the flow and add or remove stuff as the weeks go by.  This year the boys are still into Disney, Mario Bros, Cars and Minions.  We will also have a Minecraft week soon -although I hate everything about Minecraft- since the boys are really into it!

So here’s a few things we did the last few weeks:

-went for ice cream cone on Monday morning

-made popsicles sticks painted with Cars characters

-baked Minions cookies, then sneaked them into the theater to watch the movie

-made Minions sundaes

-had a last minute sleep over with our cousins

-built Cars Land in my kitchen and dining room, using basically everything we own

-made mini-pizza and had a pic-nic in our basement when it rained

-watch way to many movies (cause it just keeps on raining)

-made Mickey Mouse shaped avocado and egg sandwiches (all sandwiches should be eaten like that)

-built outside forts

-made some Mickey hats

-went to the cottage for paddle board and sea-doo

-made a Mickey Mouse ice cream cone (and nope, I didn’t share that one with the boys… made one and ate it while they were playing downstairs!!!)

-played at the park

-took the bouncer out of the garage every week to play outside with our neighbors

-tried to learn swimming with swimmers

-and much much more

Honestly, this year is a little bit harder… they aren’t as excited about all of this like they were before.  And we find ourselves with -probably- the same problem other parents face as well: the iPad thing.  Well, electronics in general in our case, with the iPad being the worst one, or their favorite one.  We don’t have cable or satellite so they don’t asked for TV much; but every day is a struggle to keep them away from the iPad.  So we had to set limits that we try to respect, but still, it seems like all they want to do as soon as they have a minute without anything planned is to play on the DS, or iPad, or Wii.  So that’s why I got to start planning my summer activities in the spring to keep them entertained!!!

So two weeks ago, we left the boys with my mom and then had a night out in Montreal.  We had bought tickets a while ago to go see Cirque du Soleil.  And it was awesome!!!  We can’t wait to bring the boys to see one, probably this one later this summer!  After the show we took a stroll on the docks of the Vieux Port and it was the best.  It had been a while since we’ve been there, and it was so nice.  With so many activities for both adults and kids.  As always, there were nice patios, but also zip lines, and shows and some shopping on a boardwalk.  For the kids, there was a bouncy pirate castle land, some ropes courses (not for kids, but for teens, or close-to-be teens), IMAX and so much more.  We plan to visit with my sister-in-law later this summer.  It was nice to be out just the two of us; we need to make more time for date nights like that.  And Cirque du Soleil is always a winner for us as we both love it so much.

So this week is all about Logan.  Baby Loggy is turning 5 on Friday and I want to savor and bottle up his last days of being 4.  He’s so excited about his ‘music’ birthday, it’s all he talks about, he doesn’t even realise how distressed I am that my baby is turning 5.  I will share some pictures of his birthday party next week… but let’s just say that I made some of the most fun and hilarious kids Beatles costumes ever!  I’m sure birthday number five will also be one to remember!

With 4 weeks left before going back to work, I want to spend more one on one time with the boys, I want to put the electronics aside a little and plan together what we want to do!  Let me know what are your summer plans, the fun things your family do, and your tricks for getting them off the freakin iPad!!!

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beautiful maison lavande

Last year, a friend of mine posted a picture of herself and her mom in the middle of a lavender field.  It was gorgeous, and as soon as I saw that picture I knew I had to visit that place.  I had never heard of it before.  So I looked it up, only to find out that it was about 45 minutes away from my mom’s place.  It is called Maison Lavande.  While I was looking at their website, I saw so many incredibly gorgeous photos; and I couldn’t wait to go.  But summer weekends being so busy, it’s not easy to find time for a full Saturday for some ‘me’ time.

So it took almost a year, but finally, on Friday, with nothing planned for the Saturday, I called my friend Cath, told her where I wanted to go… and right away she was on-board and coming with me!  So we made plans, called Maison Lavande and booked us massages for the next day!

So on Saturday morning, with my big girl camera in my hand, I was ready to take some amazing shots!  To say I was ready is an understatement.  The beauty of the fields simply took my breath away.  It was calm, and pure, and serene, and it kind of smelled like heaven.  For a girl who loves lavender and use it almost every day, it was just perfect.  I fell in love.  Every little detail had been thought of: chairs in the fields, quiet areas, and cute little bistro with awesome food.  I could have sat there for the entire day, just doing nothing, just being present while surrounded with purple everything.

We got there early, there were not to many visitors yet and it felt like we had the fields for ourselves.  We started to take pictures while enjoying the beautiful scenery.  We met a young man, Alec, who right away made us feel welcomed.  We had missed the first tour, so he offered to give us a private tour.  Well, thanks a lot Alec!  He only had been working at Maison Lavande for a month, but he was so great and so helpful, especially when it was time to get some pictures of the both of us!  He showed us around, answered all of our questions and gave us tips on lavender.  Who knew lavender could be used to repel lice!  Thanks for the tip Alec… but hopefully a tip I’ll never have to use in my home!  He said the founders and their families were all working there.  It was built by family for family.  And it’s really the feeling you get when you’re there.  You feel like you know them and share their love for the place and for lavender.  If you decide to check it out, I suggest you seek out Alec, he’s the best!

So after the tour, we picked up our lunches and headed to the field to eat in some big purple Adirondack chairs.  We had ham and brie sandwiches with two salads.  We also had drinks included with our massage deal: ‘Moût de pommes pétillant à la Lavande’.  Not gonna translate this one, but it was simply to die for.  Bubbly, fresh, delicious with a subtle hint of lavender.  It was so good that I decided to buy some more to bring back home.  I highly recommend you to do the same!

After lunch we headed to the quiet area and waited for our massages.  WAIT FOR IT.  Our tree house massages!  Yep, you’ve read it right… Maison Lavande is now offering massages in a 40 foot high tree house surrounded by lavender fields.  How awesome is that!!!

So we got up in the tree house, got ready on the massage table and then the massage therapist opened up the curtains.  From my table, all I could see was the lavender fields.  It was one of the best massage experience ever.  The breeze on my back, the silence except for the sounds of nature, and of course, the smell.  I felt relaxed right away.  It felt sooo good!  All I could think of was like “OMG, this is the most awesome thing I’ve done in a really long time”.  And then… SLAP!!!  In an instant, weather changed, like drastically!  The curtains started to fly and hit me.  Huge winds blowing into the tree house, and then the storm… which seemed like the mother of all storms from up there!  It was so bad.  The therapist was trying so hard to secure the drapes but with all the wind it was impossible.  I was lying naked on the table, laughing so hard about all of it… and then the water started to leak from the roof down on my neck!  Let’s just say I got up really fast as it was really cold.  We both held down the drapes together, clad in my mini-robe, while trying to take a picture of the storm!  I just kept on laughing.  That poor girl, she felt so bad, but it was clearly not her fault.  Let’s just say that mother nature is kicking my butt this year… and this time it was my naked butt while in a 40 foot tree house… yeah, there’s a first for everything!

So once the storm had passed, we placed the table in between the roofs to avoid the cold water from dropping down my back and I tried to relax for the last 15 minutes of my massage.  One of the staff was waiting for us in a golf cart to bring us back to the main house.  Even with the rain, I can say that this was one of the best experience ever.  I will be going back yearly for a tree house massage at Maison Lavande… but next time, I will make sure there’s no storm in the forecast!

After our massages, we weren’t ready to leave yet, so we fed the chickens, walked on a pathway in the forest and then had lavender frozen yogurt. Delish!  We stopped in the boutiques to stock up on lavender products: cookies, olive oil, eye lavender pillow, essential oil and a lavender lemonade.  This place is just awesome.  I will be visiting Maison Lavande again, and you should too.  If you want to go this year, I would suggest you hurry, as the beautiful flowers are in bloom up until the beginning of August.  Book a tree house massage, try the delicious drinks, bring your own picnic or eat from the bistro, get some of their great products… and of course, take hundreds of beautiful pictures and savour the unique taste of lavender frozen yogurt.  It’s so worth it!

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strawberry jam forever

It’s official, we’re on vacation.  And what did I do on my first day of vacation?  Wake up super early and went strawberry picking.  Dragged the boys, as I thought they would like it, but within 5 minutes they were already bored.  Turns out they really like jam but not as much working for it and picking up berries.

So I woke one minute before my usual 6:10 am alarm.  Way to go.  Lounged with the boys and then got ready to visit Les Jardins Lamoureux in Hawkesbury.  Jojo, Lulu and my Mom tagged along.  Within one hour we had 7 huge baskets filled to the brim.  It was a gorgeous morning, perfect weather, but boy, picking strawberries is not easy!  I will now have much more appreciation for the berries that I will buy at the store!

Logan had a meltdown.  He picked about 11 berries before he called it quit.  So I decided to fill his basket for him, but as soon as I started putting some in the basket, he started balling.  You can’t touch his food; I should have known better!  Well, nothing like a 4 years old meltdown in the middle of a strawberry field.  He kept on saying ‘I only want 11’.  Oh well, too bad.  I filled the rest of it!

We came back home and took our first summer vacation nap.  Two glorious hours of sleep and then waking up to the smell of strawberries in the entire house.  Heaven.

I think we made 5 batches of jam in a 12 hour period.  The boys didn’t liked the strawberry picking, but making the jam, they loved it… with all the licking and the sticky fingers and the happy faces.

I used a Club House envelop.  The recipe is on the packets but I’m sharing anyway!

No Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam

What you need:

4 cups of strawberries

1 1/2 cups of sugar

Club House Freezer Jam packet

Glass jars

How to:

Wash jars.  Chop the strawberries and place in a large mixing bowl.  Add sugar and mix.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Even though they say not to, I blended the berries.  I’m not a fan of chunky jam.  So at this point, I used a hand held mixer and blended the berries.  Sprinkle the gelling powder and mix well for 3 minutes.  Let stand for 5.  Stir again before pouring in the jars.  Seal tight.  Store in fridge for up to 6 weeks or in the freezer for a year.

So now I think we have more jam than what we’d probably be able to eat over the next 3 years… so if you’re in a jam, drop by our place and pick up a jar!

I know what’s for lunch today: Strawberry sandwiches.  Our fav!  Now, if only the warm weather would cooperate it would actually feel like a vacation and I could enjoy some freshly picked strawberry outside by the pool.

Have an awesome week mylemondroplife followers!

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float like a cadillac, sting like a beemer

It’s already June, the summer is here, it’s the end of the school year, the days keep on going by so quickly, there’s so much to do at work, but you know what… by the end of the week, no matter what, I’ll be on VACATION for two full months.

It seems like our minds have been on over-drive for Lighting McQueen, Mater and their friends for the last couple of weeks.  We’ve known about Cars 3, the new Disney/Pixar movie, coming out for almost a year now and the boys have been counting the days for at least the last 30 of them.

We had planned on seeing the movie on Saturday night at the drive-in, cause watching Cars in a car is a must!  We actually saw Cars 2 in Lake George 6 years ago at the drive-in with 6 month old Liam sitting/sleeping on my lap, and we loved it!  But on Thursday night, after a long day at work I decided to surprise the boys with a last minute trip to the theater to watch the movie premiere.  They were ecstatic.  And we all fell in love with the movie, all over again.

Two weeks ago, at 1 am, while not sleeping and scrolling on Facebook, I found a meet-Lightning-McQueen-event at the Kanata Canadian Tire.  The next morning, we had breakfast, packed our toy cars, drove to Kanata and got in line.  We arrived early, so by 10:05 we had already had our picture taken.  We then played with remote controlled Cars for a little while before driving back home.  So happy we had decided to go early… we did NOT end up waiting an hour and a half like some of the other moms did.

After meeting McQueen, the boys started to watch the two Cars movies and play with their little cars non-stop.  So let’s just say that my summer Camp Woods tradition is back and last week was Cars week!  The boys bought cars from the new movie with their chore money, we played games, they wore matching pj’s (of course my fav!) and then it was drive-in time!

We spent Saturday morning buying treats and fun drinks, baking a cake and making McQueen eyes for our car (a must for watching Cars at the drive-in, right?).  Brian was really not impressed with my suggestion (more like me begging to do it!!!) to install the McQueen eyes right before entering the drive-in lot.  Well, I think he may have considered doing it for a second, but then said no!  That did not stopped me… cause that’s the first thing I did right after he had stopped the car!

It was really hot and humid, but thankfully the rain and storm held off.  So while I was installing my McQueen eyes, Brian was installing something almost as essential as popcorn at the Gatineau drive-in: nets on our windows!  At our local drive-in there are two large movie screens, hundreds of cars and a lot of mosquitos… or billions of mosquitos as Brian kept complaining about before, during and after the movie.  So we ate tons of crap and sweets with the saltiest popcorn ever!  It was just great.  The boys and myself seated in the front while Brian and Jojo watched the movie on the back seat with their own wine mini-bar!  We had to crank up the air conditioner once in a while, but beside that, it was pretty quiet other than the casual KA-CHOW the boys made every time they saw McQueen doing something funny!

I didn’t expect crying during Cars 3, but boy I did.  I was so nostalgic… and, you know what, it was not only because of how much I love McQueen… but more because things are changing so much, the boys are growing up so fast, and the world seems so messed up sometimes, all around us, while all we’re actually trying to do is to find our place and be healthy and keep on enjoying small things that make us happy.

Well, there are no better things in life than spending a Saturday night, all snuggling in our car, making memories and laughing all together.  I hope the boys will remember these summer nights for as long as I will.  ‘Forever could never be long enough for me; together could never be close enough for me’ as long as I have them both sitting on my lap for an entire movie at the drive-in! (BTW, lyrics from the group Train).

So, for all Cars Movie lovers, this new movie is a must. We will probably end up seeing it again in the theater in the next few weeks.  And so should you!  But until then, we will continue to have fun, to enjoy life and summer, while keep on racing to the finish line… KA-CHOW!!!

 

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a few pictures in the orchard

I love pictures… I think you already know that by now!  So, I’ve been attempting to take some family pictures for a while, but without any success with all the parties, activities, golf, work, etc… it seems like we always end up having a reason to push back our photo session.

So last Wednesday, we finally had 30 minutes without anything to do after work/school and before a diner in Orleans we were all attending, so I’ve gathered all of our clothes, picked up the boys at school and drove back to Orleans for a photo shoot!

At first I wanted to go the Lincoln Park in Ottawa where there’s hundreds of Cherry Blossom trees, but no time for that this year, so we’ve ended up at the Orleans Fruit Farm where we usually go apple picking.  And it was gorgeous.

I had called earlier in the day to see if they would let us take some pictures, and they did!  So we had the orchard to ourselves; hundreds of beautiful apple trees all in delicate white flowers waiting for us!  We only had about 20 minutes to change clothes, find a nice spot and take some pictures… so it was rush rush rush.  I convinced one of my friend to tag along so she could take some pictures of the four of us.  I have to say, I trained the boys incredibly well!  They knew exactly how to pose and what to do… she would just say ‘Hey, Liam’, and he would get close to a tree, strike a pose and look at the camera with a nice, happy and proud smile… they were both so funny!  They always find ways to crack me up and take silly pictures.

Of course I wish we would have had more time for the photoshoot and had more time to prep ourselves, but these will have to do for this year.  Maybe next year I’ll splurge and hire a photographer for an official family photoshoot!  You should definitely think of going to the Orleans Fruit Farm, for pictures, but also for their amazing products.  I can’t wait for their tasty strawberries, but with this weather I guess I’ll eat some in September or something.

Hope you have a great weekend, I know we will, cause it’s Bry’s birthday tomorrow!

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a mess, a pool and a pic nic

For the first time this year the sun came out for an entire weekend, and what did we ended up doing?  Striping off the paint from our deck, oh yeah, almost all weekend long.  BORING!

We’ve been pushing back this tedious task for weeks now, but we’ve finally started.  When I start something, I like to finish it as soon as possible, but I don’t see this one being finished anytime soon… and that’s so discouraging!

Friday night we attended the Confirmation of my niece Nini and nephew Jay-Jay.  So right after work, we drove down to our hometown, ordered pizza from our favorite pizza place, and then headed to church for the celebration.

Saturday morning, I slept in!  Not sure when was the last time I slept until 8:24; which is when my phone rang!  Oh well, we had a lot of work to do, so I had to get up eventually anyway.  Let just say that we’re not the best at doing renovation.  We have no clue what we’re doing.  Give me crafts any day of the week, but renovations, well it seems like it often ends up as fail.  And we did fail.   We had borrowed my father-in-law water pressure machine to clean the deck and get it ready for painting.  Brian thought there was not enough pressure, so he texted our friend Mat to borrow his gas pressure washer.  Well that one had a lot of pressure, like way too much as it literally stripped the wood from the deck!  When wet, while Brian was doing it, I couldn’t really see the damaged he was doing, but as soon as it dried up a little, I couldn’t believe it, it was a disaster!  At least we didn’t ruined all of it, since I’ve noticed he wasn’t doing it right after about 30 minutes… but still, we now have to sand 1/4 of the deck before we can paint it.  Brian’s response when I came out to see how he was doing with the deck and realized he was ruining it was: ‘well, the guy on YouTube said…’; oh boy, don’t quit your day job honey!  We spent the entire day on Saturday working on this task.  So long, and boring.  At least we had friends over for BBQ and drinks to make it a fun day!

Sunday morning, back to cleaning the deck.  I would say we are now 3/4 done with the stripping and cleaning part.  Then sanding and painting.  Brian left for golf and the boys and I had our first swim of the season.  Yay!  I have no clue what was the water temperature, and I don’t want to know, but let me tell you it was really cold.  The boys didn’t care either… and Logan jumped in it without even touching it first and stayed there for at least 40 minutes.  We had a blast, jumping, splashing and swimming around.  I bought the most awesome pool float, a TACO!  Not sure who gets all these ideas for amazing pool float, but I’m obsessed with them and I keep on buying some more!!!

After our swim, we took a nap.  Nothing better than a nap after spending time in the sun and the pool.  We then packed a lunch and headed to the park for our first pic-nic of the summer.  Perfect weather, with lots of mosquitos and lots of rocks to throw in the water.  We found a table near the water to eat our snacks and then played in the structures and slides.  When I asked the boys what they liked the most about our day, Logan said jumping in the pool while Liam preferred throwing rocks in the water.  He just loves to throw rocks in the water!

So for the first nice weekend of the summer, let say we worked hard and played hard!  Can’t wait to do it all over again next week… minus the mess we made on the deck… hopefully, by then, my backyard patio will be nice again!  Hope your weekend was great as well and that this week goes by fast!

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a long weekend and a mango popsicle

So, who partied all weekend long?  I wish it was me; but instead it ended up being like the most lengthy, rainy, and crappy long weekend of my life!  Well, I might be exaggerating here a little, cause I did plenty and had some fun… but today, without the sun on a day off work, it’s so easy to be grumpy!

My mom came over on Friday morning and cleaned up all the flower beds and then planted some new flowers.  I’m not the best at gardening… my Mom tho, she’s the Queen!  I’m so thankful that I had the pleasure to come home after work to see all these beautiful flowers in front of my house, without having to do any of the work.  To thank her, I asked her to stay over for diner, cooked us a nice meal on the BBQ, and then chilled and relaxed with her all evening long.

Saturday morning, my father-in-law came over to help us built our new gazebo.  Not sure why I always do this, but I ALWAYS underestimate the time or effort a certain task will take.  Like putting up the gazebo.  It was sooooo long and tedious.  So happy we had help.  At first I thought Brian and I could built it in like 3-4 hours or so… then Brian got mad at me for telling him this shouldn’t be ‘that’ hard to do… but, got to admit, this time he was right.  It was a way tougher job than I expected… it was actually like he told me at first (and also like it was saying on the box): 2-3 persons for 10-12 hours!  Thank God his father came over to help! But now it’s done and it looks gorgeous.  Can’t wait for the sun to come out and go hide in the shade under my new awesome gazebo with my favorite drink in my hand!

So, Brian started to play ball this weekend, again…  I never get used to it.  I have no problems being by myself, but being by myself during the weekend, when it’s raining, blahhhh.  So, Saturday I made Mangoes & Pistachios Popsicle with the boys… delish!  We then watched a movie with popcorn and candies, built forts and played Minecraft.  Yep, the boys discovered Minecraft last weekend, and now, they want to play the game, but they get frustrated at me for being so clueless for video games, which doesn’t help me gain points with them!  Oh well, they’ll get over it.  Or they’ll ask Brian once he’ll be back from his freakin softball tournament!

Sunday was more of the same except for a super nice long nap!  I’ve been eyeing a Black Forest Cake recipe for a long time and decided it was the right day for it.  Turned out gorgeous, but the taste was a little disappointing.  So right after our nap, we packed up our things and headed for my Mom’s for diner, dressed in our pj’s.  Jojo and Lulu even came over for dessert to try my new Black Forest cake!  No one really complained about it, but we did all agree that my Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake was the best and that I should stop trying to make a better one!

Finally, today, for Patriots Day, we went to Ottawa for lunch at The King Eddy.  Loved it.  Loud music to cover up the boys’ noise, awesome fries, great atmosphere, and awesome food.  My pick was the ‘Chicken and Waffles’.  Wow!  The chicken was so juicy and crispy, and the waffles, I’d say they were like award winning waffles!  You got to try if you can!  We then walked in the By-ward Market, found the new Ottawa sign for the Canada 150th celebrations, tried to take some pictures (along with hundreds of others trying to do the same), bought fresh produce, and then got caught in the rain!

So, since the cake was like somewhere between an awesome looking dessert and a disaster, I’m leaving you with only the Popsicle recipe:  Tangy, sweet and nutty… based on a Ricardo recipe, but adjusted to my taste, of course!  Bought the popsicle mold from Amazon.ca… and they turned out to be just like all the Popsicle on Pinterest!  Pretty sure I’ll be making popsicles non-stop all summer long… so come over and enjoy one by the pool!

Mangoes and Pistachios Popsicle

what you need:

4 cups of frozen mangoes

1\2 cup of sugar

1\2 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1\4 cup of pistachios chopped

How to:

Thaw the frozen mangoes.  Puree in a blender and strain in a strainer.  Throw away the pulps.   Add the sugar and yogurt.  Mix well.  Place the mango mixture in the popsicle mold.  Leave a small gap on top and add some of the chopped pistachios.  Place a popsicle stick in the mold and freeze for a few hours.

Warning, you should hide when you’re eating these popsicles, if not, you’ll end up having to share!  Enjoy!

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may the fourth be with you

In our home, any reason is a good one to celebrate!  So now that the boys are into Star Wars, ‘May the Fourth be with you’ was a good reason enough to have our own little Star Wars waffle party.

I found a Star Wars waffle maker back in December at Wal-Mart; and of course I had to buy it 5 months in advance just for May 4th; and as I expected, it was a hit with the boys.

So we whipped up some batter, dressed up in our Star Wars pj’s, and ate whipped cream and delicious maple syrup waffles.  All that while watching Star Wars Lego.

We will also have a Star Wars week during Camp Wood this summer, so I didn’t want to go overboard with the activities.  I’ll have to keep them entertained all summer long after all, which won’t be an easy task, so I must keep some interesting stuff up my sleeves!  Last week we ended up painting terra cotta pots with their favorite Star Wars characters and then planted a plant in it for their room.  Let see how long these last… as they are supposed to take care of it!  Yeah right.

It’s fun to have some out of the ordinary day in the middle of the week.  It changes the routine, and they just love doing stuff during the week that we usually do during the weekend.  So find a day, find a theme, and go along for some out the ordinary fun this week!

I’ve also included a little video of Liam, playing the Star Wars Theme song.  I’m so happy he’s playing the piano.  Let’s hope he continues to love it.  We’re so proud of you!

May the Fourth be with you!

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earth day

Earth Day was more like Earth week at our place!  And that’s a good thing!
We started to celebrate Earth Day more and more over the last couple of years, and now we’ve started to educate our babies to do the same.
With everything happening in the world, I believe that it’s up to each and everyone one of us to do our part.  And I know I still don’t do enough, but I try hard, and I know that in the end, trying is better that not doing anything.  And I encourage everyone to keep trying!
It’s fun to see the schools involved.  Last week, Liam’s classroom had to bring a flashlight to school to read.  They closed all the lights and spent some time with older students reading to them.  A few weeks ago, I was looking at Pinterest with Liam and we saw some Earth cupcakes.  He asked me if we could do some.  So last week, we whipped up 80 cupcakes that I sent to their classroom!  I remember how I loved it when my mom was baking stuff for my school friends, so I decided to do it as well; plus baking cupcakes is always fun and it makes me happy!

At my school, we had kindergarten students pick up trash in the rain.  The kids were so happy to jump in puddles all while cleaning in the community and surrounding areas.  We also had a day without trash, where no trash can were allowed and everything from their lunch bags had to be recycled or composted.  It’s a great way to teach kids about taking care of our beautiful planet.
At home, the kids love to do chores (for stickers, that later turns into treats), so lately I’ve started to let them sort out the recycling.  We did Earth hour a few weeks back where we all gathered in my bed and read books with a flashlight;  the only problem is that I found out the next day that we did it one day late!  Oh well, you know what, we still made a difference that day, I think… but even if we didn’t, the kids think they did, and they now start to understand that these things are important and make a difference, and teaching them THAT, will, one day, make a difference.  And THAT counts.

So this year for Earth day, we planted a tree.  A PINK one.  Of course I picked out a pink tree!  Brian was playing golf with some friends when I decided to go to our local greenhouse and pick out our next tree with the kids.  I paid for it and told them my husband would come and pick it up later that day.  Our front lawn maple tree was getting sick, and then last year we were told it was slowly dying.  By mid-September it had no more leaves in it, and this spring, it had absolutely no buds.  So when Brian pulled in the street with the pink tree coming out is 4Runner tailgate window, yeah, some of the neighbors made fun of him, but I bet there’ll be more pink trees on my street by the end of the week!  It is so beautiful!

We also planted some veggies, flowers and strawberries in the backyard.  The boys love to play outside, and in the dirt; they made houses for worms and caterpillars, played with chalk, and made some feeders for the birds.  We finally all helped Brian cut our maple tree and dig a hole for the new pink tree.  By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, but it was all worth it.  The best part for the boys was probably watering the plants (and themselves)!  But they still took their jobs seriously!

So did you do your part for Earth Day?  Please share if you have any tricks to help our planet!

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