Monday, April 21, 2014

A Wonderful Easter Sunday Morning At Home

Sunday morning was all about the Easter Bunny coming for a visit even though he didn’t need to as we had our own little Easter Bunny all dressed up like a ‘wabbit’!

I’m ready to meet the Easter Bunny whenever he comes, Grandpa!mason_easter1

I’m pretty sure our little man had no idea what was going on when he woke and his Mom brought him down to the kitchen on Sunday morning and told him the Easter Bunny had been here.  Mason was far more interested in watching Rylie run around the kitchen all excited because…..well, because everyone else was all excited.  At just 10 months it was just another day of growing up for our little guy.  That didn’t stop all of us from letting him know it was a pretty exciting day though!

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Quite correctly, Carrie has not yet introduced Mason to chocolate, candies or any of those other sweet delights we all seem to love.  There will be plenty of time for him to enjoy those when he’s just a little bit older.  Right now, he seems quite happy with the yams, peas, carrots and chicken etc. that his Mom blends for his daily meals.  Mason’s a healthy eater and seems to love everything.  I’ve asked Carrie to blend up some Brussel Sprouts to see if he’ll eat those!!

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After breakfast we took Mason into our living room and got down on the floor with him so he could crawl around on the carpet.  He loved that especially when his Grammy, and me, on our hands and knees, would chase him pretending to be a T-Rex.  Mason sure loved that but I think his Grammy and Grandpa will have very sore knees for a few days.

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All too soon, it was time for Carrie and Mason to head home back down to Victoria as they were going to a girl-friend of Carrie’s for an Easter Egg Hunt.  With that, we began the hunt around our house looking for all the stuff our little man might have left.  We found a few little socks, some blocks and other toys but hopefully we got everything important into his bags to take home. 

Mason’s sad face – does this mean I have to go home now, Grandpa?IMG_2046

We bundled up all of Mason’s belongings including his stroller and took them out to the car.  Then, it was time to say goodbye to our little man until the next time we visit down in Victoria.  He seemed to know that getting his jacket and shoes on meant he was leaving and I, for one, was just as sad to see him go.  What a very busy but enormously fun 24 hours we had with Mason sleeping over.  After his Grammy and Grandpa fully recover, we’ll be ready to do it again!!

Happy Easter, Mason!mason_easter6

Have a great Monday and thanks again for visiting!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Little Man Sleepover Before The Easter Bunny

As I sat down in front of my computer Saturday evening to write this post I was totally exhausted.  It wasn’t from work that’s for sure as I didn’t do a stitch of that all day.  Instead, Carrie and Mason arrived at 10am and with the exception of a 2 hour afternoon nap our little man has kept us busy all day.  He’s a real going concern now, crawling all over and curious about anything and everything within his reach!  It was a wonderfully, fun day but, man, he just wore me out!.

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I’d forgotten just how much energy a 10 month old baby has.  Mason was on the move every chance he got.  Once in a while, I could corner him and get him to play blocks but other than that he was just a little explorer on the move.  He’s quite taken with Molly and Rylie too and watches them as they move around the house.  I’m not sure Mason quite know what to make of the pups.

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After our little man finished up his lunch around noon, Carrie decided to take him upstairs for his afternoon nap.  That was also a good time for Grandpa and his Grammy to catch our breath and get a few winks in to. 

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Mason brought up a beautiful Birthday Cake for his Grammy!  It was made by a local bakery very close to where Carrie lives.  This has not been a good weekend for weight-watching but what the heck, it’s Paulette’s birthday and we have to celebrate a little bit, right?  The cake was absolutely as good as it looked.

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After dinner last night, everyone got settled into their jammies including Mason, and I downloaded the movie Philomena.  I’m not a big Judi Dench fan usually but this was a good movie based on a true story. After the movie, everyone went to bed early to await the arrival of the Easter Bunny!

Have a great Sunday and thanks again for visiting!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Birthday For Sweet P

Normally, Paulette and I let our birthday’s slide by without much fanfare so Friday morning I was quite shocked to see Paulette’s blog pop-up on my sidebar saying Who’s Got A Birthday?  Sure enough it was Paulette announcing to all that she was indeed a year older.  There had to be reason for this and when I started reading I knew why.  Mama Bear was so proud of our daughter Erin – the new quilter, crafty-person and blogger extraordinaire she just wanted to brag a bit.

As usual, Paulette tells a story much better than I can so I’m going to let her do it.

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From Paulette’s Blog

Normally I let my birthday slide…no mention…no fuss, no muss…but not this year!  My quilting daughter MADE me this year’s gift and I couldn’t be more thrilled…and of course I have to brag, I mean…share it with all my quilting friends!!

Check it out!

First up, she painted three Mason Jars with Annie Sloan paint, then waxed and buffed them!  LOVE THEM!!

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I pulled off the clear plastic to revealed this…lots of quilting goodness…and a quilter’s best friend..CHOCOLATE!!  Lots of CHOCOLATE!

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WOOL in the prettiest Spring colours!  Ahhh…the way to a mother’s heart…

Erin made this beautiful Stitching BagIMG_0768[3]

Erin MADE the bag!  I almost fell over as this is no easy bag to make!  Do you see the partitions?  Now that would be difficult to make… and the lining and the padding, the quilting!  Where did she learn how to do that?

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Look out Heritage Guild, I’m going to be one stylin’ mama as I carry in my new bag!!

End of Paulette’s Blog

Erin just posted the details on how she made the above cute little tote for her Mom’s Birthday.  You can read about the tote and how it was made here.

So, what was left for me to do as an encore for Paulette’s Birthday?  How about a nice Italian dinner made by yours truly?  It’s true, doubters, I can cook.  I decided to go with a tried and true favourite of our Sausage and Peppers Ziti.

First step – cooking the Italian Sausages on our George Foreman Grill

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I printed the recipe off the hustled to the grocery store to pick up some Italian Sausage, Green and Red Peppers, Basil, Tomatoes, Garlic and spices.  Back home, I quickly found our George Foreman Grill hidden away in the basement of our 5’er.  Once I had it plugged in and heated up it took no time at all to cook the Italian Sausages perfectly.

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Since I was cooking anyway, I decided I’d make a big batch of this stuff as we’ll have it for dinner when Carrie and Mason come for a sleepover on Saturday.  I’m sure there’ll still be a lot left over for Carrie to take home and we’ll freeze the rest.

All the sausages cut up into bite size piecesIMG_2008

A few green and red peppers, basil and garlicIMG_2010

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For the tomatoes base I cheated and used Hunt’s Rich and Zesty Italian Sauce.  It’s a lot better than anything I could ever dream of making from scratch and it’s actually quite good.  I just add some tomatoes to it and all’s good.  After sautéing the green and red peppers, I added all the rest of the ingredients including the Italian Sausage and let it simmer on the stove for about an hour.  All that was left was to boil some water and cook the Penne pasta.

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We’re pretty excited about our Little Man coming up for a sleepover Saturday night so he’ll be here when the Easter Bunny arrives on Sunday morning!

Mason pulling books off the shelves and scattering them on the floor

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Carrie sent us some photos of Mason’s newest trick.  Now that he can pull himself up and stand he likes to pull all the books off the bookshelves and scatter them on the floor.  Then, he expect his Mom to put them all back in place so he can do it again – and again, and again!  I think we’ve got our work cut out for us!!

Have a great Saturday and thanks again for visiting!