Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nathan's Soccer Tryouts

A couple weeks ago, I received an email inviting Nathan along to try out sessions to be considered for next year's development teams.

For Andrew and I, it doesn't matter whether he makes it onto the development team or not. We're just thrilled that he was chosen as one of the players who showed enough potential to be considered to tryout for the highest division next year.

We never imagined soccer to be his sport - he was so passive and always hung back near the net when he first started. But over the past 3 years, he's had two really fantastic coaches who have helped him learn the game and have challenged him to be a better player.

Nathan has come such a long way since he first started and we're so happy he's achieved this because soccer is something he chose for himself and he really enjoys it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August: Right Now

Unplugging our fridge for the next 3 days. Hopefully this will fix all the temperature issues we've been having for the past little while.

Throwing out all the food from our fridge . It sucks. I hate wasting food and it makes me angry, so I yelled at Andrew the whole time (sorry) we were debating whether to throw the food out right away or wait until tomorrow. As if delaying the inevitable would ease the pain.

Washing two loads of bedding for some refugee families. Hung it out in the sun, only to have it get rained on when an unsuspected rain shower passed overhead. Oh well.

Spreading my time between way too many commitments and projects. None of them are my own.

Looking forward to next week when I'll hopefully have a bit more time to myself.

Feeling unsettled. When things don't go according to plan, it really throws me off.

Marveling at how much my little herbs have flourished from all the rain we've been getting. Especially the mint.

Slacking with my yoga routine, big time. It's a good thing yoga pants are stretchy.

Pulling out my t-shirts because even though it's still chilly at night, it's getting warmer during the day! Yay!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trampoline Ninja

Is there any better place to practice your ninja moves than on a trampoline? Nathan joined a large group of his friends at Sky Zone over the weekend to celebrate his friend's birthday. They had an amazing time and of all the pictures I took, this was the only one that came out relatively non-blurry. Lucky, seeing as how my phone died as soon as I snapped this shot! Anyone want to get me a new phone?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Noodle Love

The best cure for a cold, rainy and exhausting weekend. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Maple Bacon Muffins

Where have these been all my life? Some of my most memorable childhood (let's not kid here) breakfasts involved bacon and maple syrup. I can't believe I never thought to turn that delicious combination into a muffin. It's so much easier to take these babies on the go than pancakes or French toasts!

Maple Bacon Muffins (from

2 cups flour
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup maple syrup

In a large bowl, combine flour, bacon, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together, then stir into dry ingredients until just moistened.

Fill creased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400°F/200°C for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The muffins didn't rise up as much as I hoped they would, but it really didn't matter because they were so packed with flavour.


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