last days of summer

Around here the unofficial end of summer is signaled by the opening and closing of the CNE. It’s one of my favourite things to do in the summer. The sights, sounds and smells of the CNE are something I remember from my childhood. Taking the girls there now is an extension of my own memories.

Of course, the CNE is not the without it’s share of gastronomy — this year the craze is deep fried butter (which was surprising good and not disgusting as it sounds) and red velvet pancakes and pulled pork BBQ (which was rather disappointing).

And a highlight was this guy — a walking, talking tree — pretty cool!

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extra long weekending

I have tomorrow off work, so it’s an extra long weekend for me! So besides 2 egg hunts, lots of chocolate, cookies and other goodies, we get to continue the fun on Monday!

The girls searched for eggs in our living room with their cousins. This little guy, who turns one in about 2 weeks, was able to snatch 2 eggs from the big girls!

Another egg hunt to the girls delight + plus extra yummy and very beautiful bunny-shaped french toast, chocolate and jam filled pancake “balls” and egg, bacon and biscuit tarts – we were spoiled by our friend who really knows how to throw a good party!
So how was our Easter weekend? That face says it all, doesn’t it?!

How did you spend your Easter?

weekending

I woke up an hour ahead and to full sun today. What a delight!

Out to brunch we went and then to the park, for play and a walk with some friends.

It was the perfect way to spend a late Sunday morning.

And come back home to be inspired for the week ahead by the likes of these:

:: colour therapy in the form of crochet baby blankets – love – especially the neon pink and turquoise mixed in.
:: sweet idea for inclusions in letters or packages. I love the idea of getting an extra surprise in the mail!
:: fun tutorial to turn office paper and other vintage paper scraps into booklets – love.

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Enjoy! Happy weekend, friends!

ho! ho! ho!

For years, my friends and I have all gathered to celebrate Christmas together. In the pre-kids days, we would take turns hosting. Now with each of us with families of our own we chip in to rent a place and the hubbies take turns playing Santa. This year, my man was the Big Guy.

I have to admit, he was pretty convincing, although some of the older kids, including K, suspected that he wasn’t the real deal. Boy, it’s a tough crowd!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

halloweening

 

halloween 2010

I’m a little late with the Halloween post seeing that it’s 2 days past, but better late than never, right? Can you guess who requested the pumpkin carvings this year? K is really into the Disney princesses. We listen to a CD of the songs from the movies on the way to and from school daily.

 

K had the best time. She actually didn’t want to come in and kept insisting that we visit “…just one more house, please!” over and over again.

L fell asleep promptly at 7pm, just as K and hubby and a few friends headed out the door, so I sat on our front porch dishing out the candy so the constant doorbell chime wouldn’t wake her. It was a cold night.

So my little roo pretty much slept through Halloween, but a least we snapped a few photos of her in her costume.