Monday, April 10, 2017

A cold day, a warm day, a birthday.

Hoo golly, was this weekend ever a frolic. There was a food truck festival in the next town over, so we braved the weather and it was cold and people need to stop telling me how warm it was this time last year because by the time WE showed up in July, it was raining again (you may recall). Anyway: food trucks; cold.

Got this dim sum platter.

Got this ham hock with sauerkraut and some super dry rye bread, it was not great.

Got this Godzilla mac n cheese, with seaweed bits and Japanese mayo. Geneva in the back tryna snatch the fork.

Got a bag of mini donuts, for warms if nothing else.

Went home oh man so cold.

BUT! Sunday morning was bright and sunny, and there was a barn-burner a'happening. A bbq competition. A meat roast!

We got there like 10 minutes after start, and still had to park a mile down the road and walk, but it was WORTH IT.

Immediately we walk in, there's this giant wood-burning oven, and they hand us two slices of this mango-pineapple chutney, pulled duck, goat cheese pizza.

Some couple dozen vendors showed up to participate in the competition, but also to just like roast a whole pig and then chop it up in front of us and let us squirt one of four bbq sauces on it. I asked the girls later what their favorite part was, and they BOTH said the pig that was being cut up! Even though they also got their faces painted, and other rad things. The wierdos.

Eleanor was a unicorn.

Geneva was a doggo.

And then much later, when we found the balloon animals, Geneva got a unicorn and Eleanor got a dog. On purpose they did this.

Anyway. Grill marks here,

cheese scone there,

baby riblet eats a riblet.

And then we all rolled home.

And THEN. We went to Frankie's birthday party, for whom we had gotten a horse (we spent a non-zero amount of time brushing that horse's mane).

I was like, Let's wrap him up so he still looks like the thing he is! It'll be hilarious. It turned out to be SUPER DIFFICULT but also look at him he looks majestic.

The girls had ice cream sundaes,

they played out in the warms,

the horse was ceremoniously unwrapped!

And then we all ate Chinese food and rolled ourselves home.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Ladies' Day (and a bit)

I had a Ladies' Day! It was basically flawless. Those of us with kids got our husbands to take Monday off work, those of us with jobs took Monday off work ourselves, the mom with the biggest van drove around and picked us all up Sunday after lunch, we were like WHY DID WE NOT THINK TO MAKE A PLAYLIST, we drove in to Vancouver, to the Hyatt, and went straight to the rooftop hot tub.

It was so sunny! It has been raining for weeks, I have been so depressed, but all of a sudden it was bright and clear and we had a reservation at The Alibi Room to amble towards!

I had a ginger beer

and a fried chicken jalapeƱo burger.

THEN! We went to Flyover Canada which I HONESTLY THOUGHT was going to be lame, but they strap you into this roller-coaster-style bench and then you're out over this massive screen and soaring over Canada, and tipping when the camera tips and being misted in the face when you go over Niagara Falls and SCREAMING IN GENUINE TERROR the first time you shoot out over a cliff. It was so great.

In the morning, we lay around in our jams in our two adjoining rooms and gabbed, until it was time to wander (IN THE SUNSHINE) down to Cafe Medina.

Look at this fricassee I had! That egg is making a break for it. Friends I had spare ribs in my breakfast.

And then we called for a round of waffles, because they come with little dipping sauces in flavors like rosewater white chocolate pistachio (good) and salted caramel (great!) and creme de la fruit de passion (AMAZING).

Lookit mine waffles.

Then we rented bikes! And biked around the sea wall! In the sun!

Look at this weather though.

Havin a sit, havin a chat.

And then the girls very graciously let me skip out on them for half an hour, because I have a NEPHEW and he is my FIRST ONE OF THOSE and he is VERY NEW. He is also a sleepy little dude! Look at his teensy yawn!

So they let me run off to cuttle him and hug his parents, who also were very gracious and accommodating, and then came and got me so we wouldn't get caught in rush hour getting home, and then we came home!

It was a magical 30-ish hours, in which I did basically all the things I like doing.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Geneva has been sleeping under a quilt my mom made her, and it's been fine and it's bed-sized and everything but for some reason I am like, I need to buy this baby a proper blanket! Winter is coming! Eventually! Anyway, that has all been going very normal.

Nothing out of order here.

Yes, this is how persons sleep.

This is all highly regular.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


It's been a long spring break. We did a lot of things! But there's still so much day in the day, omg.

Somewhere in there we read a Fancy Nancy And Something To Do With Mermaids, I'm Not Always Paying Super Close Attention book, and Eleanor has been taken with the idea. 'Can we make tails, mom. Please can we make some tails.' Sure, we can make some tails.

So we went to the thrift store, found an old something 'mermaid-tail colored' in the scrap fabrics, and while the girls were napping, I banged out some tails. Don't look at them too closely.

Geneva, you glamorous beastie.

'Can we make crowns, mom? Do you have any seashells. Can we make crowns with seashells on them and wear all our jewelry and can you look through the summer things and find us each a tank top.'

We can do those things, yes.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

All dressed with places to go.

Eleanor asked me to drag out the costume trunk a while back, I like to put it away periodically when it seems like they're getting bored of it.

It took them so long to come around to the idea of wigs! I almost got rid of them all, but now they are all wigs, always.

These pictures are all taken from the same chair, in the corner by the window, because that's what I'm doing while they're dressing up. I am SITTING. Eleanor can put on all her own costumes, she can help Geneva with hers, they can do each other's velcro.

Geneva you are the saddest Zebra Bride I've ever seen.

We went to a Disney Princess Singalong at Decades Coffee shop last month, and I have BEEN to Decades, I know it is small, and also I am on facebook, I can see that 400+ people are 'interested' in the event. But we were trying to recapture something of our Saskatoon glory days, where princess appeared suddenly on the road when you were just trying to get to the splash park. Wear any old thing you can find in the trunk, I said.

We got there early, but the line-up was out the door. They were selling princess cake, princess lemonade, princess hot chocolate. We got a cookie shaped like a crown, and waited. Eleanor turned to me, remarking that we didn't have any 'exactly like' princess dresses. No we don't, I said. You had to put something together out of the bits you had, like Cinderella's mice.

Then the princesses arrived! The children swarmed! The mothers snapped at each other! 'Excuse me, I am trying to take a picture of my daughter with Ariel.' Ok! Lady, it's fine, they are gonna be here for like two hours.

I don't know if you can see Geneva in that picture, gazing lovingly up at Ariel. Or in this one, having squirmed away from me to go gaze lovingly at Cinderella. That child cut in SO many lines, due to smallness, but all she ever wanted was a hug.

Or in this one, gazing lovingly at Tiana. All the princesses were in their Beginning Of The Movie drudge clothes, so that sometimes I was like...I think that's Belle?

The lighting was terrible everywhere except in the Elsa and Anna room, where it was also ten degrees colder ('because of Elsa's powers').

Every princess complimented Eleanor on her fine blue hair, on her cat mask, on her whatever that weirdo dress is. Those princesses are so danged great. By the time we left, I don't think she cared that she didn't have a Disneydress, she was so high on her life.

And then tonight we had the cousins over while the trunk was still out, for the first time since they visited us in Saskatoon (you may recall)

It went splendidly.