Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Guess Who!

Frig ok, so last night we finally got around to carving those pumpkins we picked ourselves from the Pumpkin Festival last weekend. I thought about doing it with Mya but then thought that it would just be easier on me if she was in bed. So, when I got home from work last night I popped the thawed pie I made earlier in the month into the oven and started laying out the newspaper. I seem to remember pumpkin gutting being much more fun than it was this time but anyways...
Adam crawled away from his computer game and decided to partake in the pumpkin carving fun and I challenged him to see who could carve a better pumpkin. Just as we finished carving, the pie came out of the oven and when we were done cleaning up the pie was ready to eat. It. Was. So. Good. Much better than the one I baked for Thanksgiving.

Now, it's time for you to guess whose pumpkin is whose?

I think we're gonna run out today to get some tea lights because that's the only thing missing from these beauties.

Friday, October 29, 2010

AppleCheeks Giveaway!

Ok, so I know I've mentioned AppleCheeks before but I'm gonna mention them again. They are having an awesome giveaway on their website and I would really really like to win. I'm sure you would really like to win too so head on over and enter by doing one or all of the six mentioned ways to enter. We've been thinking of getting some AppleCheeks but where Mya will be potty trained soon we thought it was better to wait but I'm still crazy interested and would love to win a starter kit. How kick ass would that be? I never win anything...maybe October 31st will be my lucky day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Festival

This weekend our beloved farm (a local farm that is not really ours but we like to think it is) put on their annual Pumpkin Festival. There promised to be hay rides, baked goods, music, apple picking, pumpkin picking and lots of other fun things to do. Their hours are 10-5 everyday of the week and in order to pack in as much fun as we could before having to leave for lunch/naptime we got there shortly after 10am. When we got there and realized that we were the only ones there, it appeared that not everyone had the same goal as us. We were taken in however and given hot chocolate and hot apple cider while we sat by the warm fire and looked at old photo albums. When we were done our drinks we went back outside and saw that others had decided to join in the Pumpkin Festival fun. We hopped on the first tractor ride that took us on a tour of the farm and made a couple stops for us to pick apples. We didn't actually pick apples though because we're still trying to get through the apples from our first visit to the farm.

Mya had a great time eating apples though!

Then it was off to the pumpkin patch where we made sure to pick the most perfect pumpkin! The ground was a little bumpy which made it hard for little feet to walk on without getting tripped up.

After this it was time to go home and have lunch and hit the hay. In the next couple days we'll be carving up his and hers pumpkins so you'll have to stay tuned to see if you can guess who's is whose!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin People

Every year in October our town puts together pumpkin people and puts them on display in different areas and every time we drive by some of them Mya points and gets excited. So, we thought that this afternoon would be a good time to take Mya out and get acquainted with them.

Happy October!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year Thanksgiving was held at our house and Nana and Scott came to help us celebrate. We started off the weekend by going for a hike to Cape Split. Warning: Hiking to Cape Split is NOT suitable for hiking with children. Me and Adam assumed it was only like a half hour hike because really, why would a hike exist that takes longer than half an hour? Nana assumed we knew it was a TWO HOUR hike...each way! We did not. I mean, we went equipped with the backpack to carry the bebe in, but it wasn't enough. She of course got tired of being carried around in it and she got tired in general because she had missed nap time. When we reached the end however, there was a beautiful view waiting for us. It was breath taking actually. It was impossible to take a picture and capture everything you saw, so I took a video but even that didn't do it justice.

It was like I was standing on the edge of the Earth! The next day I paid the price though. My feet didn't hurt. My legs didn't hurt. My back didn't hurt. But my hips were making my walk like an old lady. Every step hurt! I started to wonder if that's what arthritis felt like. I put some heat on it last night before bed and it helped when I woke up this morning. I'm not back to normal yet but hopefully I will be soon.

The next day was spent baking and cooking and I rocked it! I had already made the bread and apple pear pie and froze it so it just needed to thaw. That left the turkey and the pumpkin pies. I had never made a turkey before so Nana helped out but the pies were all mine. It was quite the spread in the end: mashed potatoes, roasted squash, homemade bread, homemade stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy and homemade pies for dessert. Needless to say I ate enough calories to kill a horse.

Before bird

After bird

Not bad, huh?

Thanksgiving family pic

We ended the night with some fuzzy jammies and a bedtime story

Friday, October 1, 2010

Random Friday Post

I realized today that I hadn't posted in almost a week and for some people (me) that's normal although there are people (my sister) who seem to think that I should post more often. I don't have anything overly interesting to post about today but I'll see if I can come up with something to jot down.

So, last night I watched the documentary "Babies" and I have to say I really liked it even though it had no dialogue. It followed four babies from birth to around their first birthday and they were from San Francisco, Malaysia, Namibia, and Tokyo, Japan. I'd have to say that the culture that intrigued me the most was that of the baby born in Malaysia. This is because Japan and the U.S. have a modern culture that somewhat mirrors ours and I could assume how the people of Namibia live (I don't want to appear rude, but after watching the movie it was clear that I was right in my assumptions that the people of Namibia lived a very simple, primitive life with no electricity or running water, modern amenities, etc). However, the baby born in Malaysia lived in a yurt with his family in a wide open field with animals running around and one might assume he was born at home yet he was born in a hospital like most North American babies are. When it was time to go home, the mom took the baby in her arms and climbed on the back of the motorcycle driven by her husband (their slightly older son rode on the bike too in front of dad) and off they went to their yurt sweet yurt. Throughout the film you could see modern items in their home, and by modern, I mean common things we have in our homes like a bed but also cell phones, electric hair clippers, and a laptop. It struck me as odd that they would have these things yet still lead what I consider a rather primitive way of life. There's a scene where mom is giving baby a bath in a little basin on the floor and she asks her other son to bring the pitcher of water to her lips. She takes the water in and you assume she's having a drink until she starts to shoot the water from her mouth onto her baby to rinse him off. The scene then changes to the baby born in San Francisco and she's getting a shower with dad but he's rinsing her off with a removable shower head. It definitely showed the differences of raising children in different cultures. One thing that rang true across the board though is that we all love our babies the same.

So, we're having my inlaws over for Thanksgiving and I'm going to cook a turkey. I'm supposed to cook it and I said I would but I'm starting to wonder what I was thinking. I plan on making a couple homemade pumpkin pies too and I'm not worried about that because I've done it before and because baking is just so much easier! Speaking of baking, I should get my butt in gear soon and start using up some of those apples we picked the other weekend. They had to be retired to the fridge this morning because the fruit flies thought they were going to get a bite. I found a recipe online for apple pear pie and it sounds so delish! It even had an alternative for pears to make it a holiday pie: cranberries. Awesome, right? I know! Espesh if I can get it made ahead of time and just freeze it. Onto my next topic: we want to get a deep freeze and I'm kicking myself for not going ahead and agreeing with Adam that we should've gotten the one at Home Depot that was on clearance for $150. I didn't think then that we needed one and I've also come to learn that deep freezes are much more expensive than 150 bucks. Stupid me. So now I've been trying to find one on Kijiji but they're all super old and costing the same price as the clearance one! Stupid stupid me. Oh well, I'll just have to cram my little freezer over the fridge as best as I can until we find one.

So, Nova Scotia is having a bit of heat wave at the mo and it is currently 28 and feels like 38. I'm not making this up. It is October 1st and I'm sitting here typing in my underwear with 2 fans blowing on me. It's that hot. We're supposed to get a thunder and lightening storm tonight so hopefully that'll change things and bring on fall.

Alright, enough ranting. It's time for me to get dressed and start getting things ready to leave the house. I have to get the husband from work and then I'm going to enjoy my Friday off. It's my favorite day of the week actually...the only day I don't have to go to work and I can relax and not rush out the door the moment Adam gets home.

Ah, life is grand!