I wanted to share a little Christmas cheer with you from the boys. I don't usually like to hear such gruesome things are you are about to hear, but who am I kidding, the boys love it. Boys will be boys. It is funny how kids can hear a song sung by an older child a few times and remember it, word for word. Yet they can't remember to wash their hands after going potty when I swear I tell them a dozen times a day!! Here is to the little pleasures in life. Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Now that they had mastered the flat, the boys wanted to try a little hill. There was a few spills.....a little of this....
A little of that........
Sam got tired about 1.5km in and decided to get into the sled. We were so proud and amazed at how far he went. Daddy tried to go over a little snow bank and made the sled tip. Oh dear!
Then we finally made it to the cabin and feasted on mandarins and chips. We started a fire and sat back and thought about what we had achieved. I was so happy to be spending such a memorable time with my family.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
View of the house from the street
Nana also came for dinner last week which we think is a pretty special treat. After dinner all the boys were watching the curling on tv with Nana. Priceless little moments. Nana explaining what is happening, the excitement of a shot made and laughing at each others silliness.
And Cath, I know you will appreciate this one....Sam was eating a christmas cookie today, dropped some on the ground and then bent over and licked it off the floor!! Kev and I just looked at each other and laughed. What elso do you do in that situation!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
* Harry is loving learning to read and write. He is practicing all the time. Kevin was busy cooking dinner one night and Harry wrote this letter to my mum by himself. It really is amazing what children can do when they are interested.
* Oh the joy of setting up the Christmas tree and decorations. It is so exciting with the boys being that little bit older now and explaining where all the Christmas ornaments came from. We got our tree from a friends farm and it is just perfect. Thanks guys!
* We celebrated Gail's birthday in early December. Melanie and I made her a frozen yogurt cake. It was pretty yummy and easy to make. I got the recipe from a book my mum gave me years ago "purely Golden Door". She got it at this amazing retreat called the Golden Door and they had a cook book filled with their yummy low fat treats.
almond and fig torte with mango & tropical sorbet
¼ cup carob powder
1 cup apricots
1 cup died dates
½ cup of shelled whole almonds
1 cup best quality dried figs
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ tablespoon orange juice
2 litres of low fat sorbet/frozen yogurt (2 different flavours, 1 litre of each)
1½ punnets blueberries, frozen
1. Blend almonds, apricots, figs and dates in a food processor until resembling rough breadcrumbs. Add zest, orange juice and carob and blend for a further minute.
2. Remove and place mixture between 2 pieces of greaseproof paper approx 40cm x 40 cm.
3. Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture to a 2 mm thickness.
4. Remove the top sheet of baking paper and cut 2 discs to the diameter of the spring-form tin you are using.
Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to cover the bottom of the spring-form tin. This dessert is made upside down in the tin. Firstly, lightly cover the bottom with frozen blueberries, then spoon 1 litre tub of slightly softened sorbet on top of the berries, add one disc of fruit and nut mixture on top of the sorbet and freeze for 1 hour to firm up the sorbet. Repeat sorbet, then fruit and nut disc and freeze for 4 hours. Remove from mould and turn up the right way. Garnish with extra tropical fruit and mint leaves!
* The boys took me on a hike last weekend to their new 'spot'.
You see, while I was away they were exploring the mountain that backs onto our soon to be new home. They have picked out the perfect spot for a cabin that daddy is going to help them build.
We explored a place beside it too that they have named Monster Rock Gully. It was a fun but very cold hike! I think the thermals are definitely coming out of the box this week.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
The fun we all had dressing up. Actually I think Kev and I may have had more fun!!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But alas, look what we started to see on our trip to Kelowna this weekend.....snow minged in with the glorius Autumn colours.
And then yesterday it happened.....we got our first snow fall. Sam came running in to the kitchen, face beaming and said "Mum, it is real snowing now. I am so happy!!!" and turned and ran back to the window. So I guess winter is Sam's favourite season now.
I think for now I am going to take my weary tush and sit in my comfy knitting chair and finish a scarf I started almost 7 years ago with my beautiful grandmother. There is only a few rows to go and it will be lovely to give it to Harry. I started it before he was born and he will get it just before his 6th birthday. I sure hope my other projects won't take that long!!!!
Happy snowy days.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I was very excited to make this birthday banner for my niece for her 2nd birthday. The pattern is from Amanda Blake Soule's book "The Creative Family". I loved making them and I am looking forward to making some for the boys now too. They are a great project to learn to sew on and there is things that I will do differently next time of course, but that is all part of the learning experience!
I made a little bag too for her to keep her banner in. I made it a triangle shape to remind them of what is inside. I had a lot of fun making it especially as I got some help from Kevin's grandma. It is so nice to spend time with her and even nicer when we have a project to work on.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I would like to introduce to you Grumpy Guy.....
While he may be a strange looking fellow he is a very much loved part of our family. He originally belonged to my husbands grandfather. When he sadly passed in early 1999 Kevin and his cousin Jodi both expressed interest in becoming Grumpy Guy's new owners. Kevin decided that as he would be travelling overseas for a few years that he would send Grumpy Guy to Jodi with a note, offering to share him. They would each have the pleasure of his company for a couple of years and then send him back. This has been going on ever since and we just received Grumpy Guy back in our home. He still contains the original note Kevin sent Jodi, a photo of the two family's from 1988 and a new note that Jodi composed updating Grumpy Guy on the past 10 years.
I love that they started this tradition, that their family love is strong and unlike most family's, instead of feuding over a piece of memorabilia, came up with a new, fun family tradition. The best part is that the kids were interested in the story and it sparked some lovely conversations between us all. I think it is a great way to bond and I would love to hear what traditions you have in your families. So I will leave you with this beautiful image of my niece Arwynn doing her Grumpy Guy impression.....priceless!
At present (before the snow flies) we are parking on level ground to the house, just near the garden shed. However when it snows, we will be parking down here.......
A small but cosy space. I can see myself snuggled on my chair knitting the winter away.
My new 'nook' in the kitchen where I can work and oversee the kids at the same time.