Tuesday, 28 August 2012

I'm alive....

Just enjoying (and being productive) for ten vacation days.

I'll be back atcha really soon and will catch up on all my Photo-a-Day August posts too!

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of my sweet boys and my amazing nieces taken at the Delawana Inn this past weekend.  I am so beyond blessed.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 21 - Cool

Photo-a-Day August - Day 21 - Cool

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Another year has come and gone...

Friday was my 43rd birthday.  FORTY-THREE.  How the heck did THAT happen?

My Mum and the boys took me out for a nice dinner at Montana's where I was humiliated by the Montana's staff, who had me wear moose antlers while they sang the longest birthday song EVER as loud as they possibly could...look:

We had a lot of fun though and afterwards, went back to Mum's house for cake.

Saturday morning was an early one.  Threepeat, Middleman and I had to leave the house at 5:45 am to get to an 8:00 am game in Keswick.  We were up before the sun!  After a really, REALLY good game, we were tied at 0-0.  We went into penalty kicks, and after six shots per team, we lost on the seventh shot.  Devastated doesn't describe how we all felt.  What a hard way to lose.  :(

We headed home and Hubster and the boys tore out all of our ratty grass in the front yard.  It was so full of weeds and dry patches that we fugured the best thing to do it pull it all out and then replace it with new sod.  It's all levelled off now and just needs the new sod, which I hope Hubster will get on soon!

On Saturday afternoon, Threepeat decided, out of the blue, that he wanted Hubster to take his training wheels off his bike.  He has only ridden his bike a few times this summer, with the training wheels on, so I have no idea what prompted him to suddenly want the training wheels off!  I told Hubster to keep them handy, because chances are, they would be back on in ten minutes when Threepeat got tired of falling off.


to my absolute amazement, that child got on his bike and took off.  I held his seat TWICE...I swear...TWICE.  The third time, he told me to let him go...and go he WENT!  He was amazing!  He fell twice, but got right back on like a champ!

By Sunday afternoon, he was a pro.  He told me that Hubster took him around the school TWELVE times! 

He is so determined and we are soooo proud of him!

Saturday night, we hung out around the house after a long day out in the sun.

Sunday morning, I made bacon and eggs and then did a little laundry.  We headed over to Kath and Bru's house after our bouncer pick up and had a great BBQ.  We had been trying for literally months to find a time to get together and yesterday was FINALLY that day.  As always, we ate lots and had lots of laughs.

We got home around 8:30 and then one of my neighbs invited me over for a belated birthday glass of wine.  We chatted in her backyard in front of the fire and caught up.  It was such a nice way to end the weekend.

So, another year is gone and I am 43.  Sigh...getting old. Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 20 - Today

Photo-a-Day August - Day 20 - Today

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 19 - Hole

Photo-a-Day August - Day 19 -Hole

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 18 - Inside

Photo-a-Day August - Day 18 - Inside

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 17 - Faces

Photo-a-Day August - Day 17 - Faces

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 16 - Food

Photo-a-Day August - Day 16 - Food

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 15 - Ready

Photo-a-Day August - Day 15 - Ready

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 14

Photo-a-Day August - Day 14 - Arrow

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Simple

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Simple.  Photo-a-Day August can't any simpler...and SO much fun!

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Great day!

Today, we went to a picnic at the local conservation area.  I admit, the last time I went to a picnic at a conservation area, it was for the COFFA club and I was probably 12 years old.  Don't even ask me what COFFA stands for.  All I remember is that there were races and prizes at their picnics and that they were TONS of fun.

Today's picnic was run by Cattolica Eraclea Social Club.  We had SO much fun!  Middleman's friend from soccer invited us a couple of weeks ago.  I will admit that this morning, I was regretting our RSVP while I sorted through a load of laundry that was almost taller than me.  I contemplated cancelling.  But I didn't.  Instead, I headed over to St. Phillip's Bakery and got some still warm buns, some cooked turkey breast and some prosciutto.  I also got a bag of tarralli (non-Italian friends, google it!).  I then went to Shopper's Drug Mart and got three bags of chips and a 12 pack of water bottles.  I drove home to pick up the clan and we headed to Boyd Park for about 12:15.

The weather was iffy and I was concerned that we would end up soaked and miserable, but thank goodness, we only got a couple of spurts of misting.  The kids played soccer and some oldtimer games like wrapping each other in toilet paper and trying to pop a balloon with an egg inside without cracking the egg.  Every child walked away with a bag full of goodies.  There were pinatas and a clown/magician who made AWESOME balloon creatures as well as a facepainter and a tattoo artist (OK..they were stick-on).  There may or may not have been about an hour where I didn't see or hear Threepeat.  He was so busy playing that I didn't even know he was there!!!  Boy Oneder and Middleman played soccer with the other older kids and had a blast themselves!  We brought Rosie with us and she was a GEM.  Lots of kids petting her and she was so patient and good.  SO glad to have her.

Boy Oneder decided to walk home with Hubster and Rosie.  The park is about 6 kilometres from our house, and the first kilometre is ALL uphill.  Yeah...have fun with THAT boys.  We'll stay here and have fun and then DRIVE home.  Thank you very much.

We all brought our own lunches, but at 5:00, they served up some wicked sausages on buns and hot dogs for the kids.  There was a raffle, which I didn't win, but was glad to "donate" to.  

At 6:00, I took a good look at Threepeat and decided it was time to go home.  He was COVERED, from head to toe in mud.  He was in DESPERATE need of a shower!  So, after many "five minute warnings", we finally headed home.  .

I had SUCH a nice time.  I met some new people and spent time with a few people from our soccer team.  I am so blessed to have such good friends in the absence of family.  We are very sparse in the family department.  Since Joanne died and Mark remarried, we rarely see them...they live so darned far away, so it's hard with nine kids between us to get together with all the extracurricular activities and the vast distance between us.  All we really have is my Mom and Husbter's Mom.  That's why days like today are such blessings.  Friends who take the place of missing family.  It felt like home there today.

Thankful, tired and blessed...that's me. Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 -Spoon

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Spoon

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 11 - Purple

Photo-a-Day August - Day 11 - Purple

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Baked Panzarotti

Yummy!  One of my favourite things to make for my family is baked panzarotti.  They are like pizzas, but all closed up and full of yumminess!  They are so easy to make too!

What you will need:


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced (I used a scallion today because that's what I had in the house)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 bottle of tomato puree (usually, I use our homemade sauce, but it takes longer to cook, so I cheated with the store-bought puree today) :)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup wine (red or white will do)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper

  • Store-bought baby!  I'm not gonna lie...making pizza dough is hard work, so I cheat here.  I am making 5 panzarotti, so I bought two pizza dough balls...explained below
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing on top

  • Whatever your heart desires!  In my case, I am using three cheese mix, mushrooms, bacon (which I pre-cooked in the microwave) and cacciatore salami.  Anything goes here peeps.

Heat oil in large frying pan.  Add onion, garlic and chili flakes.  Saute until tender. 

Add puree and swill out the bottle with water to add to the sauce...about half a bottle. 

Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper, sugar and wine.  Stir well.  Bring to a slow boil and then reduce heat and simmer for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Break each of the pizza dough into pieces.  In my case, I broke the first ball in half (one for Hubster and one for Boy Oneder).  I broke the second ball into three for Middleman, Threepeat and I...simply because we can't eat the big ones like the big boys.  Roll each piece out into a circle.   Don't worry if it's not a perfect circle. :)

Add about 1/4 cup of sauce for each panzarotto.  You want to keep some sauce aside for dipping. 

Add fillings, leaving an inch border all the way around your circle. 

Fold dough over into half and press edges with thumbs to seal.  Brush with beaten egg.  Place on a greased baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown. 

Serve with a small bowl of sauce for each person to dip and a nice green salad.

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Photo-a-Day August - Day 10 - Ring

Photo-a-Day August - Day 10 - Ring

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 9 - Messy

Photo-a-Day August - Day 9 - Messy
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 8 -

Photo-a-Day August - Day 8 - Glasses

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sign, sign everywhere a sign...

When Boy Oneder started studying for his G1 Licence a couple of months ago, he brought home that little book that we all studied from way back when G1's were called 365's.  Remember, you would buy the book from Canadian Tire and study all that it had to offer in preparation for your learner's permit?  That coveted day when you got the freedom to climb behind the wheel of your Dad's car and independence was yours?

I got to looking through the book and really, not a lot has changed.  I mean, there are sections now on not texting and driving and stuff, but the basics like Traffic Signs and Safety Signs are the same...universal is good when it comes to learning to drive I guess. 

Now that Boy Oneder has his G1, and we have moved on from the book part of driving, he has moved on to actually driving a vehicle.  He is my baby and although he is 16, he is SO not old enough to be driving a car!  I know, when *I* was 16, I was very ready to drive, but that was ME.  I look at him and see that squirming little newborn and think, 'he is SO not old enough to drive!'  Luckily, he is an excellent and very responsible driver.  He's actually learning to drive the Jeep, which has a standard transmission...pretty good, if you ask me.

I am in the process of looking into driving lessons for him (it will decrease his insurance premiums once he has his G2 and then his G licence).  Talk about EXPENSIVE!!  Once he gets his full licence, the next thing will be that he wants to buy a car.  Once that happens, we will need Parking Signs for our driveway!!! Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 7

Photo-a-Day August - Day 7 - 8 O'Clock

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Monday, 6 August 2012

Photo-A-Day August - Day 6 - Writing

Boy Oneder's gift to us from a few years ago:

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Fourth Boy and Threepeat

We met our little Dudley yesterday.  If it was even possible, he was cuter in person than in the photos.  Threepeat LOVED him and Hubster fell in love almost immediately:

We can't wait to bring him home in September!

In other exciting news, Threepeat lost his first tooth last night!  As with everything Threepeat does, it was WAY earlier than the older boys.  Boy Oneder and Middleman were well into grade one before they lost their first tooth and here's Threepeat, barely 5!!

The Tooth Fairy took his tooth and left $5.25, all in change.  Being five years old, he thinks he is RICH now!  If we had given him a $5.00 bill, he would not be as rich as he is with all his coins!  He even told his brothers that if they needed to borrow money, he was their guy "Cuz I'm LOADED!"  LOL!  Oh that Threepeat!

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Photo-A-Day August - Day 5 - Logo

My Photo-A-Day August Entry for Day 5 :


Tim Horton's...the best coffee in the world!

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

It's Dudley Day!

Today is the day the boys and I have been waiting for since July 15th, when little Dudley was born!!  We get to meet him today! WOOHOO!!!

We obviously can't bring him home yet...that will happen on September 16th, but today is an awesome day because we get to love on him a little bit!

I'm also looking forward to finally meeting my co-worker, Dawn, who is Dudley's "Grandma"!!! 

It's a very long drive (2.5 hours) but it will be worth it just to hold that little dude in my hand (and I do mean HAND...he is THAT little!!!!)

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Photo-a-Day-August Day 4 - Somewhere you sat

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Today's entry:  Somewhere you sat:

My mini-van.  I LOVE my minivan and it's so comfy, I could sit for hours in the driver's seat.
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Friday, 3 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - COIN

Today's Photo-A-Day August entry - COIN

A Canadian Quarter
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Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Kissing Disease

Boy Oneder has "kissing disease" aka mononucleosis.  Well, we THINK so anyway.

We were back at the doctor's office today because he is still in so much pain.  The glands in his neck are swollen like golf balls and his throat is very, very sore.  He can hardly swallow.

Originally, the walk-in clinic doctor told him he had strep throat and bronchitis.  He was prescribed antibiotics, but didn't get better, so we returned to the doctor last week.  The doctor at our family practice told him it was not strep and suspected mono.  He advised Boy Oneder to stop the antibiotics and just ride out the virus.

Yesterday, he was in excrutiating pain, so I made an appointment with our doctor for today.  He confirmed that he thought it was mono, but sent him for a blood test to confirm.  I have to admit that sitting with Boy Oneder in the waiting room of the lab was priceless.  He was TERRIFED of having his blood drawn...he IS his mother's son!  I HATE needles.  Anyway, he was so scared and sweaty and shaky that other people in the waiting room noticed.  Soon, the entire place was mocking him (gently of course) and got him laughing as well.  They all wished him luck as he walked in to the room and those that remained cheered and clapped for him as he came out.  Love it.

I filled his prescription for a mouth rinse which is supposed to numb his throat, so that he can at least eat and sleep.

We will get the results of the test tomorrow (I hope) and then, at least we will have an aswer on this three week illness.

Poor dude.  That's what he gets for sharing straws (because of course, MY sweet innocent boy has never kissed anyone...including his girlfriend of three months!) ;)  {covers her ears and sings, "Lalalalalalalala!"} Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - One

Today's Photo-a-Day August Entry....ONE

My Mom's dog, Milo, turned one on July 30th.  Happy Birthday Milo!!
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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Photo a Day - August Challenge

Today, being August 1st, I am going to be starting a month long challenge.  Photo-a-Day August is a list of photos to take for the month of August.  I've really been looking forward to it!  If you are going to play along, comment with your link so that we can all enjoy your take on the subjects we are to take photos of!

Here's my first entry for "Outside":

And THANK GOODNESS this is outside!!  YUCK!!
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