Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Baby Smiles

Today when I put Scarlett down for both her naps, she startled awake, focused on my face, smiled at me, then slowly closed her eyes and drifted into a peaceful sleep. 

There has never been anything that has made me feel more important or loved.  Except maybe when Nevin did it to me, but I can't remember those moments, so this time around I'm recording it. 

It reminds me of these pictures I took of Scarlett way back when she was two weeks old.  Ahhh.... love.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Perth Car Mat

Today I finished one of many crafty projects I've been looking forward to sharing with you.  Its mostly accurate, with only probably about four or five little streets missing (my apologies to the residents of McLean Blvd.)  I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Perth, pre-landmarks
Foster Street lights (at Wilson and at Gore)
The ferris wheel is my favourite.

Its still looking a little bland.  What should I add to it?

Friday, 22 July 2011

When life gives you lemons... make Rasperry Lemonade Pie!

Last night, I was not at my best.  When one only turns on ones air conditioner on the very worst hottest days of the year, one should not be surprized when said air conditioner breaks on the hottest day of the year.  The day when the forecast-ed low is 32 degrees Celsius.  So we unbundled the kids and had a little family camp-in in the basement.  Scarlett in her playpen, Shawn on the couch, and Nevin and I on an old Ikea mattress.  So, I was a little frustrated when I went to bed.  And at 11pm. And midnight.  And 2am.  And definitely at 3am, when Nevin repeatedly kicked me in the face (must've been quite the dream).  And 4am.  But not so much at 5:12am when the kids were up for the day; at that point I was just tired.

No word of a lie, I started nodding off while reading Nevin his library books at 11am.

But, after lunch, things started to take a turn for the better.  Since the house was so hot, both the kids had monster naps, which meant I could too.  I woke up ready to fix the day.  That is where the Raspberry Lemonade Pie comes in... because in my world, nothing fixes a day like pie.  It was our first time this summer.  Its perfect for hot summer days.  And before dinner, Shawn's brother came over and fixed the air conditioner.  Thank Goodness for the tradespeople in our lives!  Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Really Slow Food

Yesterday was a very busy day, and at the end of it, I was exhausted.  So let me catch you up on my biggest project of the day:  I made pitas.  It was my first time.  Why would I do such a thing?  Well, Shawn and I have been dabbling in vegetarian/cheap meals, so I had made chickpea Greek salad for supper.  The problem with such meals is that they aren't really something to look forward to after a long day at work, so I upped the ante a little.

Nevin, lining things up, as usual.
I have posted the recipe below, but I have to be completely honest with you.  The ingredients are easy, but it takes some commitment to make pitas.  I think it took longer to make these things than it did to give birth to my daughter.  It was totally worth it though, when it worked and the big dough balloons came out of the oven.

p.s. I took some great pics along the way, including a picture of my famous pita fish (What?  It wasn't famous?  It is now.  What?  Only three people read my blog?  Well, the word "famous" is all relative.)... he is really cute - his cheeks are all puffed up - but I knocked the camera and now the USB is broken.  So, you have to make due with a picture of Nevin from May.  He's cuter than the fish anyways, right?

Monday, 18 July 2011

Why have McDonald's when you can have 'Gourmet'?

A wise man once told me, probably shortly after his car broke down, "Sasha, if you can't marry a doctor, marry a mechanic."  

I'm not sure he was thinking 'bike' mechanic, but since I hate driving and love biking, Shawn fits the bill.  And on the plus side for the wise man us and our financial security, Shawn's dad is a car mechanic.  Tonight, yet again, Shawn's dad came to the rescue and saved us a ton of money.

Clearly, its Gourmet.

And, to celebrate, we went to a greasy spoon, dirt cheap restaurant called the The Gourmet.  Not only did I love the food, I also love the owner's sarcasm.

Nevin with the coolest waiting room toy EVER.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Sasha and Shawn’s Dream Staycation

We all need something to look forward to, and I can tell you, as much as I adore my children, I CAN NOT WAIT to have a summer off from being pregnant or nursing.  This is the fourth consecutive summer of having someone tethered to me in one way or another.  I love it, but I’m ready for a break.  Next summer is THE summer.  And after this weekend, I think I’ve figured out how to celebrate with Shawn.  Exactly one year from now, we will send the kids off to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s (or Nana and Papa Bear’s) and we will have Sasha and Shawn’s Dream Staycation.  Since I’m writing it down a full year in advance, it has to happen, right?
The bridge my Gramp built... I love this town!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Don't be late, its a picnic date!

Today Shawn and I went on a date.  Of course, we had a couple little people tagging along.

Mmm... peanut butter and banana sandwiches with the kids.  Such a romantic date night!

After nap time and a quick kiddy-pool swim with the neighbours, the kids and I headed to where the action was down town.  The ever-popular Stewart Park Festival.  Shawn met us after work, and we had a picnic in the park with the back drop of live music.  We stuck around for two acts - Eric Bibb and Dan Mangan.  They were fantastic.

To be honest, Dan Mangan played through Nevin's bedtime, so we bribed him with ice cream and made it to the second last song of his set (and then packed up and walked across the park reeeeaalllly slow so that we could listen to the last song).

What's the end of a date without visiting where it all started?

Good days end with live music.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Best Summer Breakfast

Nevin's verdict is in.  The best summertime breakfast is... Northern Ontario blueberries courtesy of PapaBear, raspberries courtesy of Nana (and her garden), homemade granola courtesy of Daddy, and homemade yogurt courtesy of Mommy (and her love of bacteria).
Thanks Nana and PapaBear!

Maple granola recipe below....

Monday, 11 July 2011

The Ultimate Summer Supper

Tonight, we had THE BEST summer supper.  It was light, easy, and delicious.  We had chicken caesar salads, bread, pink lemonade and strawberry pie with whip cream.  Yum.
Don't tell me this doesn't look delicious!

The pie is super easy, and the pastry I used for it does not involve rolling - its more of a cross between pastry and shortbread.  Read on below for the recipes.

As a totally unrelated side-note-my-evening-was-great story, my two-year-old is hilarious.  Tonight before bath, Shawn said, "Can you say, 'For shizzle?'"  Nevin, unprompted, said "Fo shizzle," crossed his arms across his chest, and then said, "Wooooord."

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Pink sandwiches... you know what that means...

Today Scarlett and I had a classic ladies day out.  It was a baby shower day.  We ate dainty pink and green sandwiches, drank punch and tea, and chatted about babies in a quaint and bright church basement.  And my friend went home with all sorts of goodies and handful of toiletries to get her started.

Sophie, this is only for your safety.  I promise.
I got her a Sophie, a leash for Sophie, and, for practicality and immediacy's sake, a giant box of wipes.

What's your go-to shower gift?

p.s. If you're wondering, yes, I did have a couple great pics from the shower (you should've seen the cake!), but I just accidentally deleted them five minutes ago.  I'm becoming more and more like my mother every single day.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Saturday Morning Run

Were you driving on Drummond Street this morning at around 8am?  Yes?  Oh, so you are wondering who the jogging girl was with the plastic bag full of technicoloured little boys underwear dangling like a cape from her bra strap?  Right.  Well, that was me.  And to my neighbours, who may not have noticed:  I know, it was pretty sneaky of my to pretend that the plastic bag was full of ice and I was icing my shoulder when I could get the knots undone upon turning onto our street.  Fortunately, it wasn't anything a pair of scissors and a befuddled husband couldn't solve.  So, what was on my mind today?  I was in a less creative mood today and carried more domestic thoughts through my run...

Welcome to the world, little brother Bronsenn!

- Potty training... clearly.  Nevin seems to be the last man standing... in diapers.  After the August long weekend, she's over, Grover.  Or you're going to scamper, Pampers.  Hence, the situation I found myself in today.  Mid-run, I came across a yard sale with underwear.  A bagful for 25 cents.  I couldn't resist.  I also couldn't carry them home.  We are now the proud owners of 22 pairs of mini-man underwear.  That should last the first two days, right?

- Babies! In the last week and a half, three of my close friends and my brother all welcomed babies into their lives.  The most recent was last night.  Such a happy time!  Their mother's all have very different birth stories to tell - two c-sections, two natural, ranging from 2 hours labour to 60 hours (JGL, you will ALWAYS be my hero!) - but they all have one thing in common.  All the moms are great at naming babies.  Lachlan, Keegan, Braden, Bronsenn. Good job, girls!

I was definitely smiling on today's run :)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

That's one long meter stick!

This is a catch up post.  Remember I said I did all sorts of things last Thursday and Friday?  Well, one of the things I did was finish a crafty little project, and for once it turned out looking even better than I'd hoped it would.  I made a giant measuring stick.  Its for measuring a recording my kids heights.  The usual problem with these things is that it needs to be classic, because what is cutesy now certainly will go the way of the 1970s golden fridge by the time my kids graduate high school. 
Going to 7 feet may have been a little ambitious, but then  again, maybe not.

How do you record your kids heights?

For directions, read on.

Monday, 4 July 2011

World's Hottest Petting Zoo Experience

Mondays are Shawn's day off.  So, since the rest of the world is busy, Mondays have become our get lots done and/or make memories day.  You'll be happy to know, memories were made today, and thanks to the blog, they shall be remembered.  We may be the best parents in the world.  Or the most neglectful.  Your perspective really just depends on if your name is Nevin or Scarlett.
Laughing at Lemurs
We drove to Saunders Country Critters and Garden Center.  I got some awesome begonias.  Just kidding.  Its basically a glorified petting zoo, with a dash of predators and a smidgen of exotics.  We drove over an hour (thank Goodness for air conditioning), paid too much admission, and walked around in the blistering heat just to rock our two-year-old's world.  And he loved it.  Mission complete.  He'll be telling stories about goats and giggling about bouncing lemurs until at least Thursday.  Scarlett, on the other hand, was just along for the ride.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Canada Day 2011

Thursday and Friday I did a few things, so the next few posts will be catch up.  First up... Canada Day.  Hooray for democracy, freedom, and poutine.

Mmmm... poutine dinner to celebrate!

We made memories.  If you want to see a day-in-the-life, see the pics after the jump.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Saturday Morning Run

Today’s run was more of drive.  My mom and I got up early and went to Almonte for a yard sale and spent the morning, sans Nevin.  It was so refreshing.  Like, “Sure, honey go out for a few beers with the guys tonight AND go mountain biking with the guys tomorrow” (and honestly mean it!) kind of refreshing.

-         We started at the yard sale that Emily from Blackbird had at her house.  I picked up great stuff for the house… I’ve included pictures of a few of the things.  Blackbird might just be one of my new favourite stores.
-         We hung out for over and hour at Palms Coffee Shop.  Over an hour!  Talking!  With no one wiping their running nose on me or coming dangerously close to killing themselves.  Its one of those places that displays art, too.  I was totally inspired by the textiles by Caitlin Barrie.  I think I might take some fabric like this and staple it around dollar store canvases.  I think it’d look great in a grouping.  Thoughts?
-         While looking for cool fabric, I came across this.  I think I can do it with some remnants, dollar store acrylics and a little inspiration.  It might have to be part of the aforementioned grouping.
-         We also went to a great kids consignment store called Kentfield Kids.  No junk, all cute, and mostly 50% off because they have to clear out the summer stuff.  When I went to check out, I saw some of these by the cash.  Both my sisters-in-laws need them, for totally different reasons.  Love it.

Not sure where the bird's going, but the mat is really cute!

Really, what can't you do with an elasticized beaded belt?

Happy Saturday!
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