Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An EXTRA Long Weekend!!

Bonjour!!  I finally found a few minutes to type up a post!  Life continues to be busy, but in a good way now, unlike a month ago.  So Monday was a holiday here in Canada which meant no work (YAY!!) and I took Friday off as well so it was like a mini holiday for me.  It also felt like Sarah-fest as my baby girl turned 12 on Friday and the “party” continued over the course of the 4 days.IMG_0508  
How it happened that she is already 12, I have no idea.  My hubby and I are stumped as to where the years have gone.  Yikes!
We had to go to Toronto on Friday for an appointment with Sarah so we decided to make a day of it.  We were done at the hospital by 11am and seeing as the weather was beautiful we walked a few blocks over to the Eaton Centre for some shopping.  I snapped some photos along the way…
 IMG_5692IMG_5713IMG_5694 IMG_5707 IMG_5710 IMG_5711 IMG_5712 IMG_5693  The kids were starving so we stopped at a random Swiss Chalet for some eats.  I rolled with a chicken wrap and side salad:IMG_5702
I didn’t care much for the white wrap; it was like glue on my teeth….but I did eat the insides.  Noah put back a 1/3 rack of ribs and most of his Caesar salad!  He was a hungry pussy cat!IMG_5703
At the mall we walked and shopped and walked and shopped some more!  My back was KILLING me by the time we left.  Look how tired everyone was!!IMG_5705  
I did find a few things that I bought which I think are pretty sweet!  These ever so comfy pair of Gee WaWa flats:IMG_5749 The ever popular NARS Illuminator in Orgasm: IMG_5719 IMG_5720
BTW, this stuff is GREAT!!  Totally worth the dinero.  And we couldn’t leave without hitting up Lululemon, of course!  I behaved this time and only bought a t-shirt and tank, both in red:

These are 2 of my favourite styles at Lulu.  The racer backs are AWESOME on their own or for layering.  The best purchase of the day made the birthday girl VERY happy; a Blackberry Curve!IMG_5706 See that grin?  HA!  She had no idea we were buying that for her and was clueless when we went into the TELUS store because she though her Dad was buying a new case for his iphone!  LOL  We rolled into town around 6pm and made one last stop for dinner at Kelsey’s where I enjoyed a fresh, delicious salad:IMG_5718 We did start the meal with some calamari; another b-day request!IMG_5717
Saturday was demo day…we’re redoing our rec room.  I’ve been taking lots of before, middle and after pictures for another post, but here’s a glimpse at what I spent most of the day hauling from the room up a flight of stairs to a dumpster in our drive way:IMG_5721 Once we were showered and presentable we made a Costco and Home Depot run for BBQ and reno supplies.  We spent the evening thoroughly enjoying the nice weather out on our deck.  At 9pm hubby and I decided to go for a 4 mile walk while the kids watched Ace Venture: Pet Detective.  I swear they could watch that a thousand times and not get sick of it!  HA!
Sunday was family BBQ day for Sarah’s birthday.  We kept it casual with 3 salads (Caesar, pasta & corn), sausages, burgers and an Oreo ice cream cake; birthday girls choice.  Around the goodie table!!IMG_5743   Here’s a look at the pasta and corn salads:IMG_5734
I threw the pasta one together with ingredients I had on hand; 2 cups cooked pasta, 1 head of romaine, a yellow bell pepper, half a red onion, black olives, feta, cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley and green beans.  I dressed it with Kraft Fig Balsamic dressing.IMG_5736   The corn salad was from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry.IMG_5735   It’s got a Southwestern flair that I love.  Every time I make it the kids think I’m cooking tacos!  LOL  Table snacks included cherries (no photo), Food Should Taste Good multi grain chips and PB stuffed pretzels:IMG_5740 IMG_5738   Here are some photos from the night!IMG_5742 IMG_0582 IMG_0551 IMG_0555 IMG_0573
Monday was a glorious, free day!  A no make up, hair in a pony tail, comfy clothes kinda day!  Our new windows were installed in the rec room.  They look awesome!  While my hubby and his buddy were at that I did some weeding, transplanted a few plants, baked 2 batches of muffins, read magazines that have been accumulating and watched TV.   Eats looked like this:IMG_5627 IMG_0353 IMG_5650
Before I take off I wanted to show you a little pick me up gift that I received in the mail from a fellow Canadian blogger!   Carla knew that April was a rough month for me so she hooked me up with a homemade coffee cuff and coaster!  IMG_0430
How awesome is that?!  She’s a great seamstress to be sure.  I also placed an order with her for a custom table runner for my new dining room sideboard:IMG_0447 IMG_0444 IMG_0445 IMG_0446
I emailed her about this on a Thursday night.  By Friday morning she sent me some fabric samples, I picked the combo I liked and she had it in the mail for me by Friday night.  How’s THAT for great service!!  Check out her site; My 1/2 Dozen Daily….you’ll be glad you  did!!
Well, I’m off to get some blog reading done before I catch some zzz’s.  Take care!
Bye for now!!


  1. I love your fam!! I often get scared about having kids but if I had two kids as sweet as yours, I'd be on board! Love the table and I are both the purple lovers. Happy Birthday to Sarah! What an awesome present. I bet she is thrilled!

  2. Ah, what a great birthday for Sarah!!!! Even your son is looking older and older every time i see a picture of him!!! :D h how time flies...and makes me realize i'm going to be 26 in 4 months...madness!

  3. Happy Birthday to your baby!!!!!! Your day Friday sounds fabulous. I love days filled with walking, shopping, and good eats! CUTE flats. Love the foods at the cookout too. I want that corn salad. I can't wait to see the pictures of the finished rec room. Have a good one :)

  4. what a wonderful birthday celebration, she is 12 but she looks like a pretty woman already , you and your hubby must be so pround of her!!!
    you spent the four days of mini vacation so well, shopping, eating goodies, meet with the family and relax! perfection! :)

  5. Ok, don't be freaked out by this, but you know how sometimes when you see someone you remember your dreams from the previous night?! Well, your daughter was in my dream last night! ISn't that weird?? I know that sounds creepy, since I don't know you, but I was looking at your blog last night before bed, and I am pretty sure that's why! I read the post and never posted a comment. So strange.

    Anyway, I love how long days of shopping can be fun and also a great workout. It's like killing two birds with one stone! I LOVE Sephora. That place is so dangerous for me. I go in and always come out with something.

    Glad you had a nice weekend, and enjoy the res of your week!

    Oh, and by the way, I love the coasters and coffee cuffs. I wish I was creative like that.

  6. So glad that things have been busy in a good way lately! :) And I'm glad Sarah had a great birthday weekend! It's crazy how quickly they grow up... The teenager won't be a teenager for much longer... And some days I feel barely a day over 20! ;)

  7. Happy Birthday to Sarah!!! She's seems so grown up for 12 years old! Don't worry, you still have AT LEAST 40 years before she's officially grown up. ;) I know my dad will think I'm still 8 no matter how old I'll get.

    You all sure had a busy, busy weekend! All that shopping would wear me out.

  8. What a blasty! Oh my gosh, can you believe your little princessa is 12?! She is stunning and sweet. Both your kids. Love them.
    Those shoes are just to DIE FOR! I would LOVE to own a pair like that!
    Enjoy the highlighter, Krista! I purchased some as well awhile back but haven't gotten too into it - I keep using their powder highlight. I think this liquid one will be perfect for summer.

  9. Happy Birthday to Sarah! Looks like the birthday festivities were super fun! Love your adorable gold flats, Krista!

  10. Happy Birthday to Sarah! Looks like you guys had a great time in the Tdot. And a great long weekend in general!

    I'm so with you on the Swiss Chalet wraps, not a huge fan. The innards are great though :)
    And I hear wonders about this NARS Orgasm. I just MIGHT have to splurge next time I actually get myself to a Sephora store.

  11. Looks like Sarah had an absolutely fabulous birthday!! :) Lucky girl! I bet she's on it 24/7!! lol! As always your food looks great (minus calamari, GAG!!) and thanks so much for the sweet complients! You're one of kind, Krista! :) Hugs!!

  12. Happy belated birthday to your dear daughter!!

    Hope you're doing well this weekend xo

  13. Aww I remember being 12--such a fun age! Sarah seems super mature for her age though, which is how I was too!! Looks like she had a birthday fit for a princess :-)

    And to answer your question about school, I switched to completely online classes through the same university I was attending. So I will be finishing my senior fall and spring semester online so I can still work too! :-)

    It's great to catch up with you!

  14. Your family is the BEST! I love seeing pics of everyone! Happy Birthday to her! I think I said happy birthday to her on facebook! She is so sweet! U are doing a good job raising her and your son! Hubby is too!

    LOVE the Lulu goods and Love Nars Orgasm, the BEST!!!!

    I am so glad you are doing well, I miss u! I love when you pop by my blog! I have been so busy!

    Have a great night! xoxo <3


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