Nephews

I have to say I love these guys! I celebrated my birthday last weekend and my nephews came up to join in the celebration.

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I was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan and if you look closely you can see that Adam is holding a small model of the Enterprise :) He’s a fan too!

Ezra and Daisy, the two fair-haired members of the family.

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It was a gorgeous day, which makes it even more fun to play in the remaining areas of snow.

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It was warm, sunny and just really felt like the perfect spring day. I decided to lie down on the deck for a nap, but Ezra kept checking in on me :)

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Between celebrating with the nephews (and their parents and mine) at the farm last Saturday and a birthday game night with friends the Friday before, I had an awesome birthday.

Also, here is the impressive cake Ellen made for me. Loved it!

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful spring and enjoying warmer weather!

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Easter Weekend

And it’s April already! I have to say March flew by, but it was busy too. I finally wrote my first biology midterm (much needed progress made!) and then I had a really bad cold or flu that knocked me out just at the end of the month. Happily I’m feeling better and am making progress towards my second midterm in biology. This past weekend was Easter and my sister and I picked up our nephews for a weekend up at the farm. I decided it would be fun to try and make an Easter bunny cake from a really simple idea of cutting a round cake into ears and a bowtie. It was really easy and I think turned out quite cute. I made a lemonade cake and it was a nice change from my regular go to of chocolate cake. Perfect for a spring dessert. I didn’t plan ahead about how to decorate it, just used what I had on hand and kept it pretty natural (even used the juice from crushed strawberries to turn some of the icing pink for the ears and bowtie). If I had planned ahead a little more, I probably would have covered the bowtie in blueberries instead of just leaving it pink…maybe next year :)

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I helped collect some sap this weekend and hopefully dad will be able to do some boiling this week. Maple syrup season is always such a nice time of year, possibly because it coincides with some of the first warmer weather of spring which is always a nice feeling of warmth and new beginnings.

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And then there was this cuteness this weekend!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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Adam’s Skiing progress

I just wanted to post a quick video of Adam skiing this past weekend. We have him skiing from the top of Blue Mountain to the bottom on a green run which is pretty exciting. He definitely has some speed which surprises us (and sometimes scares us!) as he is generally a pretty cautious guy. There were a few times where we were yelling at him to “turn up hill” to get him to slow down and sometimes his skis looked at bit wobbly and we thought for sure a wipe out was coming, but he continued to surprise us and regain control (or maybe he always had it and we’re just being overprotective). We need to work on getting him a bit more forward on his skis and getting some more movement, but all in all he’s doing great!

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Adam’s party

We celebrated Adam’s birthday over the weekend up at the farm. We skied for about an hour in the morning (Sunday was cold!) and then headed back for his party, which again consisted of 6 adults and a one year old who napped through most of it. I know there will come a time, and probably sooner than later, where he’ll be more excited for a friends party, but I’m loving it while it lasts.

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Afternoon Ski Jan 31

We had a great day skiing today! We finally got Adam to ski all by himself on the next hill up from the Magic Carpet. It’s a bit of a jump in slope and had made Adam nervous, but he skied from the top of the run to the bottom twice! He also had good control and speed so we were all really impressed.

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Tiny Houses

I love the tiny house movement and spent some time yesterday and today googling different homes. They are so perfectly cute! I came across a blog of a couple going across Canada and the States with their little home in tow – so cool! Love the writing style and photography on their blog.

Also, love this family from New Zealand and their home (and garden)!

And one more from New Zealand. It’s on a truck, but it opens up into a castle (sort of) with the washroom and shower being in the turrets! Incredible.

I would like to build a tiny house that can be off grid (and green) and just place it in a spot with the most incredible views. And I would like a horse. Thought I should add that in while I’m putting things out into the universe…and, of course, world peace.

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Just a few snacks

I tried my hand at making frozen yogurt yesterday. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but it was pretty close.

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I realise as I post these ice cream pictures, that unless I make a chocolate or swirl type, they are all going to look the same. I promise though that this is the frozen yogurt picture, and not the vanilla ice cream or almond milk ice cream that I made before :)

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It was pretty good. It definitely did not taste like frozen yogurt that you buy at Menchies or Yogen Fruz, but not bad.

I was also craving something with chocolate yesterday, but only had chocolate chips. I thought I would make chocolate covered pretzals, but in the end instead of drizzling the melted chocolate chips over the pretzals, I took a short cut and decided to dunk them. It was quite good!

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I love that I’m posting this just days after talking about doing the Kind Diet again – have obviously not started, but obviously should!

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