I pretty much live for the weekends... and brunch has always been one of my favourite weekend activities. Sometimes we bundle up and go to one of our favourite breakfast places, and other times we stay home and have friends over. Now that I'm working I miss having play dates, so a sunday brunch/playdate was a good activity for everyone. It was also nice not to have to leave the house when the temperatures dipped to minus thirty. Brr... spring cannot arrive soon enough for me!
It's pretty entertaining watching a three year old, two year old, and one year old play hungry hippo. I actually don't think this was the official hungry hippo, but rather a 'hungry farm' version, which differs a little to what I played as a kid. Our biggest obstacle was making sure Poppy didn't eat the marbles, but once the muffins were out of the oven her attention was diverted. The babe loves to eat!
This past monday was a holiday, and after breakfast I asked the kids what they wanted to do. I suggested going for a walk on the river, to which Soren promptly replied 'no'. So I asked him if he wanted to go to his grandparents, which was met with an enthusiastic 'YES!!' Tyler and I don't get too many opportunities to do things without the kids, especially during the day, so I quickly made a plan. After a quick call to my parents, we dropped the kids off and headed to the forks.
We laced up our skates and cruised down the river, passing the various warming huts. I loved the little red chairs made out of recycled wood - meant for people learning how to skate or for those who needed a break. Of course, we saw quite a few able-bodied adults being pushed along too...
After skating for a bit we stopped for some complimentary hot chocolate, and warmed our feet by the many bonfires that were being lit by the festival du voyageur volunteers. While it was pretty cold out, the fires made a big difference and it was lots of fun to listen to live music and people watch. We topped off our lunch date by getting some delicious fish and chips, and then picked up our babes just in time for naps.
Valentine's Day was a big event in our house this year! Usually, we keep it pretty low key, and enjoy a home-made cake that my husband lovingly bakes. This year, with the kiddos at nursery/daycare, I needed to send valentines day cards and treats to all of their little friends. Late thursday night I found myself baking heart-shaped cookies, writing out valentines, and trying (and failing) to remember all of the kids names. Off they went on friday morning with bags full of treats, and when they came home from school they delighted in showing me everything that they received. Wow - valentines seems to be turning into a mini-christmas! Smarties, lolly-pops, small toys, and of course cute little cards spilled out of their bags.
The fun continued on saturday with the real valentines day, and we ventured out to Chapters and starbucks - which was all decked out in valentines hearts. I'm sure a few more treats were eaten, but not by me. I'm trying not to eat sugar for the month of february, after a combination of gaining five pounds and feeling like I was eating waaaay too much crap. It's been going ok so far, although all of the valentines treats have certainly been tempting.
On sunday it was my in-laws fifty-first wedding anniversary, so we celebrated with a family dinner at our place. I made home-made pizzas, cheating a little with dough from la grotta, and we enjoyed delicious cannelloni and salad that others brought. The show-stopper was a salted caramel pineapple upside down cake, courtesy of my husband. It smelled sooo good as he was making the caramel sauce, so I had to try a little bite. After downing four pieces of pizza, Poppy went to bed, and Soren decided to take a seat in his old highchair. Lots of vino was consumed, and we all had a lovely evening.
I wanted to include some links from previous years cakes... but sadly I realize that my blog has some issues! Awhile back I had someone re-design my site, and it looks like they have made some major changes on the back-end. This means I will have to re-design the site, which I definitely wasn't planning on doing right now. I've quickly removed all of the broken links, but I see that things still aren't great - for instance there is no 'home' button. All the more reason for me to learn how to code, at least a little bit. Sigh.