Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating this week...
Sunday - leftover turkey dinner
Monday - macaroni and cheese with peas and broccoli 
Tuesday - lentils, roasted vegetables, kale, avocado, and spiced yoghurt (mixed together in a bowl)
Wednesday - Chicken Quinoa Stew in the slow cooker
Thursday - Pad Thai with spaghetti squash instead of noodles
Friday and Saturday - no plans yet but will probably go out once

What I'm reminiscing about...
I looked back at my April What's Up Wednesdays from years' past and saw some cute photos of my little guys. 

What I'm loving...
I am always happy when spring arrives and the weather is warmer and the evenings are lighter.  It's taken a little while to actually warm up but I think spring is actually here.  I have been seeing the flowering trees in France and England through some Instagram accounts I follow, and ours should be showing up very soon. 

What we've been up to...
Getting outside even if it's not warm.  Q loves to go outside and is keen to get his boots/shoes and jacket on.  If it's raining, he knows he just needs his hood up.  

What I'm dreading...
6:00 weekday practices for E's t-ball and and games and practice for soccer.  It will be a hustle to get home and get supper (and then make it to my workout classes for 8:00). 

What I'm working on...
Slowly but surely I will get through all of my clothing drawers, E's clothes, and the kitchen to weed out things that can be throw out or donated.  E's clothes can be saved for Q of course, my clothes can be donated, and the kitchen stuff will be going to our church's yard sale in May. 

What I'm excited about...
There is a new workout schedule and reset eating plan starting next week from my workout group and I'm excited to see new recipes and try new classes.  It is a lot of prep work to strictly eat the reset menu but I do feel so much better when I do, that it is worth it. 

What I'm watching/reading...
We are watching all of the sports (hockey and basketball playoffs, and baseball).  We are also watching Game of Thrones, Veep, and Island of Bryan.  I also started The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix. 

Stay tuned for my April book review on tomorrow's post.  

What I'm listening to...
Mary Poppins soundtrack is on repeat around here still.  It's catchy!

What I'm wearing...
No jacket! Well at least yesterday it was warm enough to go without.  Which is too bad since I just got a new trench coat from Banana Republic.  I got tired of looking around the stores for one, so I just went on the BR website and ordered one, and it was 40% off that day. 
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What I'm doing this weekend...
E has a pre-season t-ball game on Saturday so we will be High Park for a little bit, but no other set plans other than that and church. 

What I'm looking forward to next month...
More t-ball games, soccer for E starting up, Mother's Day, our 10th anniversary, a visit from my dad, and a Blue Jays game. 

What else is new...
Not much else!  Happy Spring!

Linking up with Shay and Sheaffer.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Weekend Recap

We had a busy Easter weekend at Dave's parents' house.  We were not able to get away too early on Thursday, but we packed up and got as far as Cambridge to eat supper at Boston Pizza before continuing on.  BP, always a reliable choice. 

Up early on Friday morning and greeted by more rain  We had pancakes and sausages to start our morning.

Then Q helped Grandma make icing for the Easter cake.

And then both boys helped to decorate it.

We watched

Photo bomber!

We watched a movie and played some games and read.  After Q's nap, we ventured outside for a walk. It was cold!!!

Dave's cousin and her husband arrived before supper, and we all tucked into homemade baked beans and fish cakes.  Then we watched the Leafs and Raptors games. 

Contemplating the Easter cake for breakfast on Saturday morning.

But we had this instead - smoked salmon and bagels, and fruit salad.

Then ready for his next meal!

After lunch we went downtown to The Refined Fool brewery while Q was napping (and stayed home with Grandma).  E and I were in the back of the bus.

First up Clue, and then a simple trivia/betting game.

A cozy way to spend a rainy afternoon. 

We had our turkey dinner that night and had my cherry pie for dessert.

Another early morning on Sunday to see what the Easter Bunny had brought us!  I made them sit at the bottom of the stairs while Dave threw on some clothes. 

A few treats.

And some for the adults.

Hunting for the eggs

Then, trying to shove as many jelly beans as possible in his mouth.

He ended up having to spit some out. 

Ready for church.

We went to a local United Church service and it was very nice.  They serve coffee at the beginning that you get to take into the sanctuary with you.  The boys went up to the listen to the children's story and then followed the kids out for Sunday School, so the service was quite relaxing for us after all.  They had a great time and we heard the good news that He is risen!!

Playing a little bit in the church gym before leaving. 

This is how you get Dave to come to church - offer a chance to shoot hoops!

Our best attempt at a family photo when we got home. 

When we got home, there was a Chase piñata hanging up in the backyard.

Treats for everyone, including a scavenger hunt to find beers and activity books in the yard.

Then Q had a nap, and the rest of rested too.  I took Q over to the closest playground but it was pretty flooded out from the previous days of rain.  We ended up at a different one and Q enjoyed the slide a few times.

Another Leafs game when we got back, and a few more board games, and then the Raptors game.  Playoffs are a busy time!

We got packed up on Monday morning.  We decided to do a hike on our way home, and we chose the town of Strathroy, which is close to London, and not too far out of the way for Dave's parents to join us.  We found a little conservation park, and then a playground, and spent an hour or so in the bright sun and fresh air.   Then we grabbed some lunch at A and W before driving home.

A great weekend spent with family!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Happy Easter

Sunday is the big day when Jesus rose from his tomb and met Mary on the road - alive!! Can you imagine how she felt?  How fortunate I feel that I have Jesus in my life.  There is a hymn called "What a Friend We Have in Jesus".  It is a familiar one and it sort of falls into the same category as "Jesus Loves Me" and "All Things Bright and Beautiful", but the other day we sang it in church and I really heard the lyrics and the second line is "What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer".  I'm not someone who believes that God will solve my problem for me, but it is nice to share the burden, to put everything to Him so He can walk with me, or more often I am asking Him to walk with others who need some extra care. Because He sent his son Jesus to live on Earth, He gets it, He understands suffering.  As we celebrate Easter, we will certainly be enjoying a few chocolate eggs, but it is also a great time to remember the core beliefs of Christians. 
Regardless of whether you are celebrating the Risen Christ, or just a visit from the Easter Bunny, Happy Easter to you!  I hope you have some nice time with family and that you'll see the sun wherever you are.

See you back here on Tuesday after our long weekend. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Why travelling in Europe

I was reminded this week, after seeing Notre Dame in flames, how much I love visiting Europe.  We have been lucky to visit Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal (with an airport stop in Germany if that counts!).  Europe will always be my ultimate destination, I feel comfortable there, even though the language may be different.  It is close enough to home (Starbucks anyone) but is another world.

One of the things I especially appreciate is the history, mostly often captured in churches we have visited.  I know the Catholic Church (and the Protestants for that matter) have a sordid past but I do truly love to step into a church and feel the spirits of the people who have been there before.  I imagine the people, some famous, some not, that have walked up those same aisles, who have prayed for things I could never imagine, and have dedicated their lives to the service of God, either as a priest, nun, or architect (think Gaudí). Those people believed in a higher calling and the church is an extension of that.  Those churches are sacred places and although they made of just stone and wood, they have stood by and have witnessed decades and centuries.  We take them for granted, but when one of them is burning down, like on Monday, it really does put into perspective what has happened before.  Napoleon, for goodness sake, had his coronation at Notre Dame, Napoleon!

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City

We were here first thing in the morning - the light coming through the windows, the faint singing coming from another room, so peaceful 

Notre Dame in 2009

Sagrada Familia - Gaudí walked down these stairs

And it's not just churches, when we walked through the streets of Venice and attended the Vivaldi concert, I could imagine Vivaldi himself scurrying through those same streets to get to a performance.  Or thinking of Princess Diana walking up the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral for her wedding.  Or Irish peasants being held in the courtyard of Dublin Castle by the English.

Having really only seen a handful of these historic buildings and sites, it makes me want to book another European holiday right now! Scotland where my grandfather was stationed during the war?  Istanbul (not Constantinople)? Germany?