Friday, February 26, 2021

Friday Favourites


Happy Friday, the end of February, I can't believe it.  Spring is on its way, and these pink tulips are a sign of that. Natasha this is for you!

The Humber River is thawing out.  I took a walk at lunch the other day and took a few photos.   We'll see if the ice comes flowing down to cause any damage and flooding or if it will be gradual enough. 

Yesterday I wrote about some spring things and at the top of the list for my must-haves for spring were rubber boots.  I've already worn them.

I know many of us are feeling fatigued by the pandemic and lockdown.  I mean, personally I'm feeling alright with staying at home (with the caveat that this is because the kids are at school), but I do know some people are more anxious or depressed than I am feeling.  For those of you that feel overwhelmed, I leave you with this bible verse.  Give your problems to God, and you will feel lighter. 

We are playing hooky today (or rather we properly requested holidays and told the school the kids will be absent) and we are going skiing.  It looks like it will be a bit warmer than we had last week which can be good and bad.  Either way, we are happy to be going!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika

Thursday, February 25, 2021

March Musings


Linking up for the first time with Holly and Patty for Monthly Musings (I've used their prompt before but missed linking up.) 

1. What are your spring must have pieces?

Rubber boots. I have tall Hunter boots and short Sorel boots, both are handy for different situations.

2. What are your spring must have accessories?

Sunglasses.  As soon as it starts getting brighter, then I need to grab my shades.

3. How do you transition your wardrobe to spring?

I put away all of our big winter jackets, boots, hats, mittens, etc. and get down the sandals and light jackets.  As for my indoor clothes, this year I'll probably switch from my sweatpants to my shorter yoga pants, haha.  I have a drawer of sweaters that I haven't even worn this year but I'll pack those up again and replace them with my spring/summer clothes.

4. What are your favourite colours to wear in spring?

I have some mint green pants that I've had for several years and I'm always happy to get those back out. 

5. Any spring fashion advice?

Check the temperature before heading out.  Even though it may look warm and sunny, it can still be cold, or it can cool down quickly in the late afternoon.  Dress in layers and bring a scarf.  

6. Do you change up your makeup in spring?

No.  My makeup routine (currently non-existent since I'm not going to work) is the same throughout the year, well a normal year.    

7. Do you change up your skincare in spring?

I need less cream than I use in the winter, but no major changes. 

8. Do you have a favourite spring scent?

Not a perfume, but I love lilacs. 

9. Best budget tips for updating your wardrobe?

One, you probably don't need to buy much, most of your clothes are probably fine. Two check out the Gap and Old Navy, they always have sales, and you can pick up a few fun, colourful, new items there that won't cost too much.

10. Do you think you'll be wearing dresses this spring?

Perhaps, although it isn't usually warm enough until May or June, which I suppose is still spring. 

(May 2020, keep those toques handy, snow can happen anytime)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What's up Wednesday

What we're eating this week...

Sunday - Chili
Monday - Homemade chicken nuggets, potatoes, and vegetables
Tuesday - Spaghetti and Meatballs
Wednesday - Risotto
Thursday - Salad Bowls
Friday - Order Out
Saturday - Pizza

What I'm reminiscing about...
I was thinking about Hawaii for a number of different reasons this week, so I was thinking about our trip there in January 2020 (see posts here).

What I'm loving...
I love that the kids are back in school.  They went back on the 16th and it has been glorious.  I don't feel so exhausted at the end of each day, and I know the kids are happy to be back with their friends. 

What we've been up to...
Enjoying all of the snow - we have skied, skated, gone sledding, and made forts.  I'm so glad I made the decision a few years ago to just love winter and enjoy what it has to offer. I used to really dread winter but now I'm almost disappointed that it's almost over. 

What I'm dreading...
There isn't much that I am dreading right now, which is nice!

What I'm working on...
Summer camp registrations.  There are only a few that have registration open so far, so it's difficult to understand what the options will actually be.  

What I'm excited about...
I'm excited that the vaccines are on their way, although I know it has been slower than many have expected.  Honestly I didn't even think we would get a vaccine at all, let alone so quickly.  I have confidence that once we get going, Canada will do well at rolling them out.  

What I'm watching/reading...
We are watching Schitt's Creek, Wandavison, and the Great Canadian Baking Show.  We also watched The Dig on Netflix which was pretty good actually. 

I just finished Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch (signed by Peter and everything!).  It is a really great book and each chapter is about a different extraordinary Canadian, and they really are extraordinary.  I would definitely recommend it. And now I am reading Two Trees Make  Forest by Jessica J. Lee which is a non-fiction book about Taiwan. 

What I'm listening to...
Inspired by Bridgerton, my current playlist on Spotify is "Pop Goes Classical".  (Speaking of Bridgerton, did you see the Duke of Hastings on SNL last week, we loved him!)

What I'm doing this weekend...
Skiing :)  We are taking the day off on Friday to go skiing and then going back on Sunday.  The temperatures are warming up and I think winter won't be with us too much longer.  

What I'm looking forward to next month...
St. Patrick's Day, Dave's birthday, and hopefully a few more days of skiing. 

(2019 St. Patrick's Day at an actual restaurant)

What else is new...
Our church is offering a weekly Lenten study on Wednesdays at noon (EST), with a focus on social justice issues, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in.  I didn't go last week since I chose to go skating instead, but I am hoping to go today.  You can go to the website here to get the meeting details.

Thanks for checking in with me today :)

Linking up with Shay

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Weekend Recap

Yesterday I posted about my Friday as a Day in the Life style post.

On Saturday morning we were ready to hit the slopes.  We had gone skiing once in December and then ski hills were shut down until finally opening back up on Tuesday, February 16.  Our season passes were refunded and the lesson program cancelled, but we got our lift tickets online ahead of time.  Q has been excited to get back skiing. 

It was a beautiful day!

We did a couple of runs down the bunny hill to get Q comfortable again. 

But it didn't take long and soon we were on the big lift together.

E and I did some runs of our own while Dave took Q down the hill.

Water and snack break at the car.

We met our friends there. They parked beside us so we could have lunch together, and we did a few runs throughout the day.

Q was killing it!  I have more confidence that he will know how to stop and turn.  That makes it much more relaxing to go down the hill with him.

We parked by the chair lift so we skied to the car to have our lunch.  The lodge is offering some indoor dining and take out, but we just brought our lunch and ate at the car.

It clouded over slightly in the afternoon, but was still a great day.  We had six hour passes and we pretty much spent the whole time skiing.  

We made a charcuterie board for our dinner when we got home.

We were all comfy and cozy after a great day of being outside.  We watched Ratatouille.

On Sunday I picked up our grocery order at 9:00 am and when I got home, we packed up the running stroller to go skating.

Another beautiful day.  Lessard Park was the place to be on Sunday morning. 

Q spent a bit of time just playing in the snow at the side of the rink, but he was happy.

Dave had walked over to get coffees and donuts from The Golden Gecko while we were skating. We had those after lunch when we got home. 

The kids did some St. Patrick's Day drawings.  And I took down the Valentine's Day decorations.

Then we went outside to go sledding for a bit.  Someone had built a ramp at the bottom so that added to the fun.

We had chilli for supper and watched a couple of shows before bed.  Winter is not over yet but you can tell it is ending, and we have enjoyed this winter weekend. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Day in the Life

 On Friday I documented my day in photos for this Day in the Life Post. It was a busy day with lots of running around.

My alarm was set for 6:15 but Q woke up around 5:00 and came in our room.  I could not fall back to sleep and I also didn't want to wait for my alarm to go off and wake him up, so I just got up early.

And went downstairs to do my workout.

I did a virtual pre-recorded 30 minute Saor class with Sylvia.  Getting up early actually worked out since I was done by 6:30 and didn't feel rushed.

Then I went upstairs and got everything ready for the kids for school.  Lunches, water, clean masks, health checks, sneakers, and all the outdoor gear.

We had leftover salmon from the night before so I ate that cold with some spelt toast for my breakfast.  

The kids came down for breakfast.  (Dave was outside shovelling.)

We got in the car to go to school and were right on time to hear the Kiss 92.5 Mix, kicked off by Mocha's "It's Fridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!".

Bye kids.

Then I drove downtown to my office.  I usually have to go in once a month or so to pick up documents that my boss has signed.  Mexico and other Latin American countries where we do business have more formal legal requirements like original signatures.   Views are still there.

I managed to finish up before lunch (and I am just so much more efficient when I am at my office, instead of being at home, I got a lot done). I drove home and ate the smoothie bowl that Dave had made that morning.

Then we went to Costco to get gas...

...and a few things inside.

I did some more work when I got home although my afternoon was slower than it has been lately and that was nice. 

Dave had made cinnamon buns that morning and he finished them off when we got home.

We were going skiing the next day so I got our box of ski stuff ready to go.  And we got the Thule box on the top of the car and Dave put the skis in.

I also made this lentil soup from @earthyandy's cookbook.  I wanted to bring it for my lunch skiing the next day.  It was quick to make and I had all of the ingredients in my cupboard.


Dave picked up the kids from school and when they got back, they worked on the fort in the front yard.

I went outside to see the progress and snap a few photos of course. 

And I washed the masks.  The kids go through more at school now and I am double masking to they are used up quickly.

For supper we had chicken cordon bleu, rice, and vegetables.  Then while I cleaned up, Dave and the kids made frosting for the cinnamon buns.  Our plan was to take them skiing and also give some to our friends that we were meeting up there.

After putting Q to bed, I made lunches for skiing the next day.

Then I went downstairs where E and Dave were playing Zelda and I did a grocery order to pick up on Sunday morning. 

E went to bed shortly after that and Dave and I watched Schitt's Creek, probably one too many episodes but we were still in bed at a good time. 

See I told you it was a busy day! 

Check out other Day in the Life posts here.