Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sickness woes

First, Mya got sick. Then, I got sick with her cough/cold. Now we're both sick and miserable and I had to find out that they no longer make cough medicine for anyone under 6 years! Worst idea ever, but least I found something I could give her.

Mama Vicks, meet baby Vicks:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Food Inc.

Tonight I had the pleasure of watching Food Inc. on the CBC website. It's a documentary showing you how our eating has changed in the last 50 years and where the food we eat comes from. It was shocking to say the least! I always thought I was smart about the food choices I made but I'm starting to realize that is not the case. That's partly because of the way we, the consumer, are lied to and we can't be expected to make smart decisions when we don't have all the information...until now. It's sad that the big companies control so much of the meat and other food we eat (because they only care about money, they don't care about the quality of the food people are eating!) but they only control so much. It's ultimately up to us, the people who buy this food, to change the way the system works. Everytime a product is scanned, you're basically voting for which food you prefer, which food you would rather eat and if enough of the good stuff is voted for, then the major companies will have to conform.

Anyways, I'll stop babbling and just give you the link so you can go enjoy it for yourself!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A day with dad!

Well, this is my first time posting on our blog, but hopefully it won't be my last. Today, Mabyn had to leave to go to a funeral, so I am at home spending the day with my 2nd favorite girl in the world.

After she woke up from her terribly short one hour nap this morning, I looked at the temperature to see that it had gone up to a beautifully sunny 16 degrees. I got her dressed and out we went for a walk.....sort of.....

I let her walk around outside a bit and she was having so much fun we never actually made it anywhere. It's the first time she's been able to play outside and know what was actually going on (last time she was about 6 months old :P)

Here are a couple of pictures of the fun, and a video of her after she got tired of it all :)


Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did


Monday, April 19, 2010

Birthday party pictures!

On Friday we received a cd in the mail. What was on the cd you ask and who was it from? It was from our birthday photographer and it was full of birthday pics from Mya's birthday! Yay! I was so excited to finally see all the pictures she took. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sorry it's so long but blogger wouldn't let me upload the pics and put them where I wanted so I was left to put them all in a straight line. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Friday, April 16, 2010

New boots!

Last night we got our care package from Alberta...well, Mya did. She's the only one special enough to get mail at this house. Inside the package was a pair of rubber boots!

She was so happy to be wearing her rubber boots that we thought it would be nice to take a video to show auntie Jessica:

She can't walk in them very well, but I think she'll get the hang of it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New car thoughts

So lately, we've been thinking about getting a new car. Not brand new, but new to us. This is because of a few different reasons:

-our car is not getting any younger
-because our car is now considered to have reached "old age", it seems there is always something wrong with it that needs to be replaced/fixed
-our car is small and can't accommodate our growing family and our adventures
-our car cannot hold a rear-facing car seat

Please note: the last two points are not some sort of secret way of telling you I am pregnant. Because I'm not. I'm just simply pointing out that our family will likely have more than one kid in it someday and when that someday comes, we will need a car that can hold all of us at once along with any equipment children/babies usually come with.

Adam and I both really like the idea of getting a Toyota because we know they are good vehicles that last a really long time. They are quality made and kick ass. However, the only car Toyota makes that we would consider big enough is the Rav4, and we never thought of ourselves as SUV people. Now, some of you might say, "The Rav4 isn't really considered an SUV, it's kind of smaller than all the other SUV's out there" and that is true, it actually is quite small for an SUV and doesn't really have much more room inside than a Camry would. However, if it's no bigger than a Camry inside, do we really want it then?

I'm starting to like the look of Subarus. Don't ask me why cause I don't really know the answer. I just feel like something about them appeals to me and I could see myself driving one. Now, that could totally change if we were to take one for a test drive. For all I know, I could totally hate them. Out of the Subaru line up I'm liking the Outback and the Forester and I know that the Forester falls under the SUV category again, but oh well! Who knows? Maybe we are SUV people and that's what we'll end up with.

My goal here is to get a good quality car that will last us a long time and that we won't outgrow as our family grows. I don't want to be going through this again in 5 years because we realize our car is too small for us.

So, any helpful suggestions on buying new cars?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pretty bathroom

This week we decided we needed to buy a few things for our bathroom for our company that's coming in May. This included a new shower curtain (bye bye Christmas shower curtain!), a new bath mat and some new towels. With only 2 adults who live and shower here we were able to get by with four bath towels (6 really, but the other 2 sucked and never got used) but with extra people staying with us we thought that four towels probably wouldn't cut it. Let me just start by saying how much I love a good towel. Especially when it's right out of the dryer....! New towels are always the softest too.

The bathroom doesn't look as good as I would like it to but I guess that's the price you pay when you're renting and you aren't allowed to paint. We went with a white shower curtain with a waffle pattern (is that right?) on it because we thought white would be easy to match to other colors and also because Walmart had ugly patterns on their other fabric curtains (and because I tend to see a sample of the pattern and think it looks nice until I get it home and put up and then I hate it). We bought some fluffy, soft towels in blue, green and white and a complementing green bath mat (also soft and fluffy). The picture doesn't do it justice but trust me, it does actually look better than it did before. Hopefully our guests think it looks ok too!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fun at the park


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

A friend of mine gave me a recipe for Hot Fudge Sundae Cake that she got from one of her mom's old Betty Crocker cookbooks. Unfortunately, the cookbook is no longer able to be purchased in stores, but fortunately for me, that doesn't matter because I already have the recipe!

Just in case my picture of the cake in our crappy pan appeals to you, I will give you the recipe:

1 cup flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp veg. oil
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups hot tap water

Mix first 5 ingredients into greased (or non stick) 9x9 pan. Then mix milk, oil, and vanilla into mixture until smooth. Spread evenly through pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of mixture, then sprinkle cocoa on top of brown sugar. Pour in water all over. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

I mixed it all up in a bowl first cause I hate mixing things in the pan they're supposed to bake's a weird thing I have.

As it cooks, the cake becomes cakey on top and underneath this chocolatey sauce is created. It was so yummy! If you're smart (smarter than me) you'll make it right before supper so it'll still be warm when you eat it. I made it earlier in the day so I had to nuke it in the microwave. We had it for dessert yesterday after supper...and because I made it with special milk, Mya was able to have a taste too. I think it's safe to say my child will be following in my footsteps and be a chocoholic like myself.

She was quite fond of it and cried when it was all gone. Little does she know, there's more in the pan for dessert tonight...that is, if I don't eat it all before then!