Monday, September 27, 2010

These are Apple Days!

This morning was dedicated to apples! Oh, glorious, glorious apples... Apple pies, apple crisp, apple sauce, apple juice, apple syrup... wait, what? That's right, apple syrup.

Luckily, in my lazy internet browsing one day, I ran across this little post over on "Sunny Side Up". It got my head racing. Apple Syrup - seriously, why not?

So today I set out trying it for myself. I sense another pancake day approaching quicker than I had initially intended!

And how do you get all those apple peels? You make apple sauce and apple juice. H.Bo LOVES natural apple juice. I boil apple chunks in a pot of water to get them tender enough to puree into apple sauce, then the leftover water from boiling is strained and frozen. No sugar added, and he gulps it down like crazy. Ahhhh, simple and satisfying:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fabulous Family Day

The weather forecast today said it would be sunny, cloudy, sunny, cloudy all day long. So, we took the good with the bad. When the sun was out, so were we! When it wasn't... we made do with tons of other things!

Our Fabulous Family Day started with homemade pancakes - Always a hit:

Then, miraculous, right when we were ready to get outside, the sun shone down - We were out the door in search of leaves. H.Bo (AKA: Hunter) was so eager to collect leaves that we filled the envelope up before we even left our yard! He's a very diligent little leaf collector:

The forecast didn't lie, we did end up getting cloudy/cold parts of the day. That's when we decided to go to the library. We needed to rotate our basket of books to represent the appropriate season. With the autumn solstice having just past, we figured we better get on it.

On our reading list these days:

The Very Busy Spider - Eric Carle

Terrific Trains - Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Although not a 'seasonal' book, trains never go out of style in this house!

Dora's Chilly Day - Kiki Thorpe

Apple Cider Making Days - Ann Purmell

Then, to finish the day off, D, H.Bo and I headed out for dinner. We won't tell you where, but H.Bo got to wear moose antlers while sipping his chocolate milk : )


Friday, September 24, 2010

EFL - Making Airplanes!

Our boy loves crafts. He loves them in the morning, he loves them in the afternoon... He loves them in the evening, and underneath the moon!

He. Loves. Crafts.

Luckily, so does his mother! :) ...And his father has been known to get right in there as well (see "Making Robots" for further proof)

Today's adventure in Extremely Frugal Living was making airplanes. Material list?
- Toilet paper rolls
- Scrapbooking paper
- self-adhesive foam letters and shapes (thanks grandma!)
- glue

Hunter picked out the colours he wanted for his airplane -We were all rather stereotypical in our colour choices. Hunter and daddy did blue planes, mommy did a pink plane with white hearts.

After all was said and done with the airplanes (they were built, they were flown, and they were crashed multiple times!), Hunter wanted to continue playing with the foam letters/numbers and shapes.

We traced them out on to construction paper, removed the backing and let him stick them in the lines as he counted the numbers. He did an incredible job!

Until next time :)


Friday, September 17, 2010

Great Day For a Fair!

The Richmond Fair brings back a lot of memories for me. As a child, it was the single most exciting event of the fall. We would bundle up in our rain gear (inevitably, it always rains on Richmond Fair Parade day), and head to my grandparents house. They lived so close to the parade route that we could have seen it from their front yard.

Alas, my brother and I would make our way to the 'main drag' and stand on the sidewalk like everyone else in the town that day.

Grandpa always marched with the Legion parade, and it always made me so proud to see him, dressed in his finest. We would always wave at him, knowing that he couldn't wave back... but he let us know he saw us with a wink or a smirk!

After the parade was over, we'd head down to the fair grounds. My mom, grandma and I would usually go through the craft tents/exhibits and look at the giant pumpkins, or the prize-winning quilts. After that, we checked out the petting zoo and I would occasionally take a ride on the ponies.

My favourite part of the fair was riding on The Scrambler with my mom. It was one of the few rides she agreed to go on, and I loved being squished up against her as the buckets felt like they were going to fly off their hinges!

Last, and certainly not least, we would stop at the fudge stand. The Richmond Fair has the BEST fudge in the entire world. The best.

Now that I'm an adult, I still think back very fondly on my Richmond Fair days, and am so fortunate that I can still attend... Now, I'm on the other end of it - gathering at my in-laws house (who live on the same street that my own grandparents lived on), and watching the magic in my sons eyes as he sees all the fancy horses at the parade, and listens to the bagpipers pipe their way down McBean Street.

This was our first year taking Hunter to the fair. It was likely bad timing on our part - we chose to go in the evening so we could see our cousins compete in the demolition derby, not the day, which can be rather frightening for a 2 year old! Despite the loud noises, screaming teens and bright lights, he seemed to enjoy himself... Especially;

1. His first pogo!

2. His first fair ride (which he waited - very patiently! - for 3 turns to be able to get on)

By the end, he was ready to go home, covering his ears and saying "too loud, mommy".

Live and learn - Next year we'll take him during the day.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

No Words Needed (NWN) - The Great Outdoors

We went for a walk. It was glorious.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Extremely Frugal Living (EFL) - Play Castle!

It all started with a mother's simple question: "What do you want to do today?"

The answer: "Play castle!!"

Uh-oh. Mom's in trouble. Play Castle, you say?! Let's gather some materials and see what we can come up with...

Cardboard box? Check! (thanks dad for digging this out of the basement!)
Paint? Check!
Fabric scraps? Check!
Glue? Check!
Little People to live in the castle? Check!

Well, that wasn't hard, now was it? We gathered all the materials together, and H.Bo went down for a nap. Perfect time for mom and dad to do some heavy-duty cutting and painting!

By the time he woke up, we were ready to "Play Castle"!

Watching his imagination soar...


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

a year and a half in review

Every week or so, I think to myself "yes, it's time I update my blog". Or "I should really blog this!". It seems that those thoughts have been carried on week-after-week without such an update for over a year and a half! Shame on me.

Alas, the time has come; a year and a half in review (a very very quick review), and then back to regular updates (for serious).

Hunter turned 1 - and we celebrated in PEI:This was a very common look through the vacation - He didn't enjoy sand, he didn't enjoy water, and his first 'taste' of icing barely convinced him that any of this was a good idea.

Then, he turned two! We celebrated here in Ottawa, with all the fam. No sand, no water, but a better liking now of icing! It was Toy Story themed, and he had a blast:

We got married on June 25th (2010, that is). Day went by without anything bad happening! Sunny, glorious day, that went just as we had hoped - Beautifully!:
Crafting has slowed. All of the items that are even remotely noteworthy are below:

Quilted Coasters:

J & D's Wedding Pillows

A & M's Dining Room Coasters

H.Bo's Art Smock

There's more, but what sense is there living in the past? More to come. Really this time.