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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Life, Lately


I volunteered to help put together a cookbook for a P&F fundraiser. I've been slacking big time but I finally got around to making and photographing my recipe. Now, just to write up a blurb about it. What can I say about these cheddar apple muffins


The boys have been spending a lot of time indoors, playing together. It's funny what they get up to. They wanted to move this mattress to their Lego room and I had to take a picture because all I could hear in my head was Ross yelling, "PIVOT!"


We finally got to hang these prints. Turns out if you import art from Canada, you also need to import frames from Canada. Thanks, Jay and Andrew for making this happen. 


We went out for dim sum (twice) to make up for a miserable dim sum experience that happened while Andrew was away. It was much better this time around.


Andrew's going to be working a lot of weekends for this rotation so we brought the boys to SeaWorld on one of his days off. They got to run around and get some fresh air. This was right before they spotted Andrew holding a 3-scoop ice cream, and came running and screaming at him. They scream for ice cream!


We have to take the boys out or else they transform into ninja gangster/goofballs. hehe

Thursday, September 25, 2014

10 Days

We survived.

The last week of Term 3 was the busiest we've had in a long time and as luck would have it, it was the week Andrew was away in Toronto preparing for and doing his practical exam.

I overcommitted to way too many things. It doesn't seem like so much when it's just one project. Then, I committed to one project from four different places, and suddenly I was gasping for air again.

We survived...

... dropping Andrew off at the airport,


... finding Nathan a pair of futsal shoes just 15 minutes before his first preseason game,


... last minute preparations for our church's Open Day


which involved letting the boys get messy with paint!


We survived a meltdown which ensued when I decided we were going to miss Nathan's soccer presentation day because I was absolutely too exhausted to drive out to the field, find a parking spot and wade through crowds of people and kids hyped up on sugar. That was the first time I wished that Andrew was still around to bring the boys out. Nathan managed to catch some of the fireworks from my window so I think he sort of forgave me.


We survived a week filled work and volunteer meetings, morning teas and lunches to celebrate the end of term, dinners out with friends, last minute planning/scrambling and last day of school festivities. By the end of the week, I was ready for the weekend. Except that the weekend was also jam-packed with activities.

We survived our church Open Day, followed by a laser tag birthday party, followed by an indoor trampoline park party the next day and I was done. DONE!


The next two days were a breeze. 9am swimming lessons were nothing compared to the 9 days before. Even when we had to pick Andrew up from the airport before the second lesson. 

By the end of 10 days, I was absolutely exhausted but so glad to have Andrew home. Especially since he came bearing yummy gifts, like bags of popcorn the size of my torso.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

He's In!

Three tryout sessions later, Nathan's been offered a spot in next year's development team!


We let Nathan decide and he's accepted that spot.

Nathan had his last tryout on Thursday and we received an email from the coach later that night. Before we gave Nathan the good news, I asked him why he wanted to be on the development team. He told me he wanted to be on the team to keep developing his skills with his friends. I gently told him that some of his friends might not be on his team next year. Then he reminded me that he can make new friends and when he started playing with some of his old teammates, he didn't know them either.

Hmm, good point.

For now, we have a couple weeks off before Nathan starts indoor soccer. Then, we'll go straight into pre-season training, soccer three times a week and all that jazz. This sport is really becoming a huge part of our life!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chicken Karaage

Two recipes in one week? Why not. This one's too good not to share!

Around here, we love chicken karaage but the only time we have it is when we go out to Sushi Train. That is, until I got this recipe from my friend and we tried making it for ourselves at home. It's easy to make, doesn't take too much time and the best part? Lots of leftover to take as lunch the next day!

We served ours on sushi rice, garnished with cucumber and avocado slices, drizzled with sweet soy sauce and a squeeze of kewpie mayo. It was absolutely delicious.


CHICKEN KARAAGE

Ingredients: 
1 kg chicken, cut into 1" cubes
60mL soy sauce
60mL mirin
1 tbsp sake (optional)
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, chopped up
potato starch

Directions:
1. Marinate the chicken in mixture of soy sauce, mirin, sake, ginger and garlic for at least 2 hours.
2. Coat chicken with potato starch. We like to put the starch and a few pieces of chicken in a container with a lid and let the boys shake it.
3. Fry in oil at medium heat for 4 minutes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Photo A Day: August 2014

243 days down, 0 to go.


August was a huge struggle for me. I was physically and creatively drained and it was hard for me to keep up with this challenge. I like having my Instagram feed chronological - that's how it's supposed to be! But when I started falling behind on the challenge, it really held up the rest of the photos I wanted to share. After a while, there was no point in tagging #latergram because all my photos became later and later grams.

Even up until the 29th, I really thought I could catch up. I only had 9 prompts to catch up with. But by the 31st, I knew I wasn't going to finish off the month and on the first day of September, I had absolutely no desire to start off the new months of prompts at all.

So that's that. Photo a day has been a good challenge for me over the past one and a half years, but all good things must come to an end and this challenge has run its course and now I'm done with it.

I'll still be on Instagram, just not participating in FMS's photo a day anymore.


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