Wednesday, December 31, 2008

good bye 08

Today is the last day of 2008. We actually have plans to go to a friends place to ring in the new year, in a very relaxed, low-key, taking the kids sort of way. But I really wouldn't want it any other way. Oh, and we are also bringing tin foil hats, more on that later. I am trying to get excited and also get some food ready to bring. I've been a bit ill the last 24 hours, so it's slow going. Happy New Year all.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

baking and breathing

I don't know about all of you, but these days after Christmas and before Olivia goes back to school and the routine that goes along with all of that, are times for breathing. The mad days of preperation are over. Graham is still at home, although he is spending time working on our basement, still home if I need to run out for a minute, or a diaper needs changing. Smile. The kids are spending lots of time playing, inside and out. Olivia went skating yesterday. Today we are packing up the Christmas decorations, baking foccacia bread and preparing spinach canneloni for dinner. I got a panini press for Christmas, so the the foccacia bread and the new press made yummy lunch. It is nice to have time to do things, hope you do too.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

i totally copied!

I thought that this year would be a good year to start 'sibling gifts' between my children. Mostly for Olivia. She is a fantastic gift-giver and always has a card ready for any occasion. Smile. At first I thought I would just let them each choose a small toy, but then I ready this post and it totally clicked! Handmade sibbling gifts! So, yesterday and today(last minute, hey? maybe you should ask about the project happening as we speak in the basement...just the way we do things) I only have a photo of the gift from Levi and Olivia to Sadie, the other 2 are wrapped already. A tutu!! Olivia had a harder time making it than I had anticipated, but I thought it was tons of fun! And SO CUTE! Go ahead and check out the original post(, but for those of you with little girls, you will likely be getting one or more of these item sometime, for birthdays or whatever, so don't bother making them yourself. Smile again. We made a fabric sack for Levi to tote around all his small cars and I made 2 ribbon covered flower headbands for Olivia(I think those are my favorite) I didn't involve Levi in that project since he can't keep a secret if his life depended on it! Maybe next year. Here is Olivia really concentrating to get the ribbons even in length.
All done.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

7 days of Christmas...

Recently I came across a post on a blog I enjoy frequenting, {A}, entitled 'December Daily'. "December Daily is a way to celebrate the traditions and everyday blessings during the month of December." Neat idea; I am officially inspired. But since it is already the middle of December, and I am really not such a devoted crafter(lots of ideas, not much time), I thought maybe I would try to do it for just a week, the week before Christmas. I also happen to have a cute little chipboard journal that I think would work really well for just one week. I hesitate to give you the link to what has inspired me in fear of not living up to it's greatness, but here it is anyway. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

divine caramel popcorn

I have been bugging a friend for awhile about this recipe, and now I have it! It is divine! The best I have ever tasted. When Olivia came home from school this afternoon, we quickly shelled the peanuts, popped the corn, and now we have a big panful cooling on the table. Levi can't stop sniffing it. I can't wait to chow down when the children are in bed tonight. Hopefully there will be some left for tomorrow's after-christmas-concert-treats...

Caramel Popcorn
(you will need a very large bowl to toss the
popcorn and the sauce in)
16 cups popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanuts

Pop kernels and add peanuts.
Melt next 3 ingredients and bring to a full boil.
Add vanilla.
Pour the liquid ingredients onto the popcorn.
Mix until evenly coated.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

christmas stockings

Here are our new christmas stockings. I started and finished them this afternoon! Yay! Looks like I should have ironed before taking the photo.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

gingerbread boys

Holiday baking has begun! Today we made gingerbread boys. I think gingerbread is my favorite holiday cookie. Levi's 'help' stopped when I handed him the whisk for the dry ingredients and he realized in made a nifty guitar. Olivia would do it all if I asked her to, and today she did fabulously carefully cutting out the boys and dressing them up with silver 'buttons'.

Friday, December 5, 2008

after school treats

After we make the chilly trek to retrieve Olivia from school, ,my children always claim to be 'starving'. Today was extra chilly and I had the thought to make apple cider. Perfect for the time of year, don't you think? And so easy to make. Apple juice and cinnamon sticks are all you really need. Cranberry juice and a few extra spices are nice, if you have them. The amounts are also up to you, whatever you family enjoys to sip. We also had a nice little bowl of maple popcorn today, thanks to my nice epicure lady, Denise, from the other evening. Yummy.

Scrounging for the last bits.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

going to crafty planet

A couple weekends ago my mom, my sister, Sadie and myself headed to Minneapolis for a weekend of shopping. Minneapolis has so much great shopping! It was fun to go to all of our favorite places. But this was hands down my favorite of the weekend. Crafty Planet. A little shop we found when searching online for a place to get fabric by Amy Butler. It was way better than we were expecting! There was not one piece of fabric in there that wasn't pretty. And the prices were great! The girls that were working were very helpful and fun. I really have nothing negative to say about it. I will definately go again. You should too. In the meantime, you can check out their website,
Amy Butler heaven.

More yummy fabrics.

Lots of cute patterns and books.

Have a seat.


There have been a few time lately, in the mall, walking down the sidewalk, where I have heard the occasional parent pull out this line, "you must listen to me, or santa won't come to our house" What?? Is santa god? Who still tells their child that santa exists?? Seriously, I sort of thought that was a thing of the past. I am wrong apparently, Olivia came home from school yesterday and said, "you know mom, Julia really believes that santa is real(insert eye roll here)". My girlfriends daughter also cam home and said, "I'm pretty sure our family are the only ones who don't think santa is for real". I thought it was understood by all around here what was real and what was not, until this morning with Levi(who is 3), who started saying "so, when santa comes..."(what??!) I thought comparing the old man to something Levi relates to would work. Bob the Builder. Santa isn't real, just like bob the builder isn't real. "MOM! BOB THE BUILDER IS REAL!" I guess we'll have to work on that.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

christmas countdown

I did it! It took many hours, but now it is done and so cute! Our Christmas countdown 'calender'. sure beats the really ugly cardboard ones with the gross chocolate, don't you think? It is instead filled with little activities, riddles, and outings.

catching up

I am SO behind in my posting...I have many good ideas that I intend to share, and then don't. I will try to get caught up this week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

laundry day

After my man graham mentioned that he may not have any more clean undies and sadie barfed on our sheets this morning, I decided that today better be laundry day. Is this what laundry day looks like for you? I count six big loads here, this doesn't include graham's work clothes(since he is at work), about half the bedding, and also at least one more load that I know is waiting downstairs. Laundry is not a task I hate, but it is going to take a small miracle to complete today. Here I go!(smile)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sadie's birthday party

Here are some images from Sadie's birthday party. I was pretty pleased with how things turned out. Of course there are always things I would have done year, right? Sadie was also under the weather, as you can tell in the photos. But, we had given her tylenol, so she was pretty calm throughout. A good thing for a little girl who doesn't fair well in crowds. We served brunch, and cupcakes of course. Coconut and chocolate, both with vanilla cream frosting. I made those fun purple pom-pom flowers that are hanging from the ceiling. Too bad they all fell down a few times and one of them looks pretty squished in the photos. I will definately make those again; super cute, super cheap, super easy!

Hey there, you're standing a little close.


I made mini berry-banana muffins for the children, grown-ups had a full-sized version on their table. My favorite banana muffins, hands down. I will post the recipe later.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

how to know a boy is the son of a framer

Today at lunch, Levi was eating a slice of pizza, and as he took a bite, all the toppings slid off at once. He laughed and said "Mom! The roof came off the pizza!"

it's winter now

Winter has arrived in Winnipeg. We had our first snowfall of the season last Thursday and it was a big one! Luckily, our kids find this first snow quite amusing, so they've been have lots of fun outside. Looks like Levi also finds it relaxing. (hint-go buy your kids some nice sturdy kid-sized shovels and your front porch will stay nice and snow free!)

house projects and margaritas

I thought this was pretty funny. I don't use margarita's to get though my home projects, I can relate to the house in shambles part. Maybe I should try a margarita...

Monday, November 10, 2008

happy birthday baby!

sadie turns 1 today! although we are not having her official celebration until saturday(with lots and lots of family) we are taking many pictures and having a 'just our family' special dinner and banana cake tonight. here she is super happy to be getting into her birthday bath.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

the last few nights...

...have looked like this. Is it her lingering cold? New teeth? We don't know. Does Mommy have a headache? Yes. The second image is dramatic Sadie, hanging her head in a desparate attempt to look extra sad. The last image is the worst quality, but gives you the best idea of how it's been.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Here is another sweet homemade kitchen for the kids. For the details, click on the link below.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

counting down

Sweet November! I love it! All the nastiness of halloween is over and the preperation for Christmas can begin. Today also began the official countdown to Sadie's 1st birthday(nov.10)! Yikes! Where did the time go? Look at that baby! I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. Party plans are in the works and my heart is aching a little, not quite ready for her to grow up.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

look what came in the mail!

I recieved a package in the mail yesterday from someone close to my heart. Anyway, it was a belated birthday gift for me and an early birthday gift for my youngest, sweet Sadie. Check it out, I am totally in love with the birds she sent for our Christmas tree!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

kitchen for the kids

this kitchen is so cool, I sent the link off to my parents, maybe Dad wants a project??? If not, I will have to figure out a way to inspire G to make it.(smile)
Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh How To: Build a Play Kitchen from Ikea Components

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

our bedroom

I have put off writing my first post for oh-so-long now because I felt it needed to be perfect/inspirational/make you wanna come back...since I haven't come up with anything that meets that criteria, I thought I would start off with my bedroom mini reno. Since we have lived in our little house (4 1/2 years now) the only thing we ever did to our nest was throw a coat of paint on the walls. It was an easy room to throw stuff in and just shut the door if anyone happened to pop by. I have finally had enough of the nastiness! No, I won't be posting any 'before' pictures, way too enbarrassing! But here is a bit of what I have done so far. I love this paper. I am happy.