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Foto Friday: A Missing Piece

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (visit her blog to see others). It’s not that I have an obsessive personality, but when my daughter suggested working on a puzzle together….

And after all that work

And after all that work

A Missing Piece: I use to do puzzles all the time. I actually owned one of those puzzle rolls (you know that piece of felt you build the puzzle on and then roll it up out of the way). I think I still have the puzzle roll in the basement. I wonder if there’s a puzzle rolled up inside it still?

Since we’re planning a trip to DisneyWorld next month, my oldest daughter wanted to work on this pin puzzle. I hesitated because my daughter doesn’t have the greatest attention span with some things. The largest puzzle she’s worked on, that we’ve worked on together has been twenty-five pieces. This was a five hundred piece puzzle. But that aside I still agreed to do the puzzle.

My original idea was to help with only a few pieces. But as soon as my fingers touched one of those cut-out pieces I was hooked. I worked on the puzzle with my daughter, who quickly lost interest in it (no surprise), but I kept going. It didn’t help that it was on the dining room table, calling me every time I came near it. While I waited for my computer to start up, I placed a Mickey piece. Clearing the breakfast dishes, some Donald Duck. Even last night at midnight I was working on it.

And the closer the puzzle got to being finished, the more obsessed I got with completing it. At this stage I was no longer doing a fun puzzle with the kids, I was on a mission to complete it, forget the kids (though really they had no interest and were wondering why I wasn’t feeding them dinner).

And the moment came, the last piece. I placed it in and stood back looking at all my work. And what should I see staring back at me? One glaring empty hole where a puzzle piece should be. Oh crap! It might be hiding in the dining room somewhere, but it’s more likely that it’s been sucked up by the vacuum yesterday. And the worst part is I want to do another puzzle. Between blogging and doing puzzles I’ll never get any writing done.

Foto Friday: Carrots are still Carrots

Happy Foto Friday.

It’s time for another Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta. Hope over to her blog to see other camera clickers. This week is all about those picky eaters out there:

You can't fool me

You can't fool me

Carrots are still Carrots: My two year old is at that stage where she doesn’t eat much during the day. I’m lucky if I can get her to sit at the table for a full five minutes. Since she doesn’t eat much, I (try to) make an effort in what she has access to eating; making sure she gets enough fruits and vegetables. But along with her limited food intake, she’s also developed a picky side. Like most parents desperate to get their kids to eat well, I’ve employed tricks. My daughter is a big fan of eating trees (broccoli florettes). She had no interest in them until we called them mini trees (thank you Gisele on TVO kids). I can’t explain it, but you don’t question what works.

So on to conquer other vegetables. One of our favourite children’s book authors is Lauren Child. Her Lola and Charlie book I’ll will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato is a great book about picky eaters. We tried to employ the tricks big brother Charlie used to get little sister Lola to eat foods she doesn’t like (and there are a lot of them). One dinner, with the help of my other two kids, we tried to convince our youngest that Orange Twigglers from the Cat Planet (a.k.a. carrots) were indeed delicious. But she taught us a lesson: A carrot known by any other name still tastes like a carrot. Yuck! Well you can’t will them all.

Foto Friday: Food Fixes Everything

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (jump over to her blog to see other participants). Our Canada Day didn’t end up like we planned, which brings me to today’s photo:

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Food Fixes Everything: We usually visit my sister and her family at their farm. Well they don’t really live on a farm, but when you’re from the city any house that has corn fields surrounding it is called a farm in my book. So we were suppose to go up to the farm for some games and BBQ. Well I got hit with a bug and seemed to transfer it to my sister over the phone so we agreed it would be better to postpone our visit until the August long weekend.

Of course I had to play the Bad Mommy role and break the news to my kids. No matter how many times I hear ‘You’re so unfair‘ it hurts. So I wanted to do something so our Canada Day wouldn’t seem like a complete downer. My husband did some grocery shopping for me and picked-up a batch of strawberries. Now I love baking, but I’m not a great baker (more a great eater), so when I found this recipe for Strawberry Tarts it looked easy enough for even me.

Easy Strawberry Tart

– 9-inch frozen pie crust (I used 12 mini tarts)
– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 3 cups whole strawberries, washed and hulled

1. Bake the piecrust/tart shells according to the package directions and set it aside to cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Spoon the filling into the cooled piecrust/tart shells, spreading it evenly in the shell. Arrange the strawberries, bottoms up, on top of the filling.

Chill for 1 hour before serving.

The results: happy children and maybe a not so terrible Canada Day (Because we all know food fixes everything)

Coutesty of Strawberry-Recipes.com

Foto Friday: No more school

Happy Foto Friday

It’s Friday and I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other snap happy people on her blog). Two of my three kids go to school (grade 1 and junior kindergarten) and yesterday was their last day of school. So this Friday has some extra special significance.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

No more school: School is over and summer vacation has begun. But before the summer camps and family vacations, the trips to the library for the summer reading club and the playdates with friends, there’s time for just plain nothing. (to note, my youngest who doesn’t go to school seems to be enjoying the taking it easy part of summer)

Happy Summer Vacation!

Foto Friday: Underwater Obsession

Happy Foto Friday

It’s the last Friday of June. The last Friday of school. The last Friday before my daughter starts swim camp. which brings me to today’s picture for Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other clickers on her blog).

Ready for some deep sea diving

Ready for some deep sea diving

Underwater Obsession: My 7yo has been taking swimming lessons since she was six months old. Like most babies she loved the water. When it came time to float around on her back in a life jacket, most times she would fall asleep, that’s how relaxed she felt in the water. Then she went through a stage of not wanting anything to do with the water, especially if it involved her head. That has passed. Now she is obsessed. She loved being UNDER water now. My two youngest hate when they have their hair washed versus my oldest who would prefer to wash her hair everyday,  just so she can lay submerged in the tub. And in one week my oldest starts swim camp for the first time. Nine days of swimming and being in the pool. She’s very excited. Maybe we have a deep sea diver developing in our midst.

Foto Friday: Lego Cookies

Happy Foto Friday

Another Friday and I’m participating again with Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see a list of other participants on Carrie’s blog). Lately we’re all about Lego at our house:

Build with them, then eat them

Build with them, then eat them

Lego Cookies: On a recent trip to Disneyworld we visited the large Lego store in Downtown Disney. Lego is big in our house, always will be. We have buckets of blocks, no, buckets of buckets of blocks. Large Duplo. Small Lego. The different sets work together well just like my three kids when they’re playing with them. So at the Lego store I found a cookie roller, like one of those pasta rollers or cutters. It’s designed to cut Lego blocks. So I made a batch of shortbread Lego Cookies. The kids loved them. And even though they’re cookies and don’t really work like Lego, that didn’t stop my son from building structures and towers for his Lego guys. Then he promptly ate them (the cookies, not the guys).

Foto Friday: Freezies

Happy Foto Friday

And it’s another Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta submission (visit her blog for more entries). I can’t believe this is the last Friday in May. Before you know it summer will be here. Which brings me to this weeks photo:

A Summer Treat

A Summer Treat

Freezies: We’ve just started T-ball with our two oldest kids. I was talking to my son the other day about what his favourite part of T-ball was. His response? The after game treat. Well, at least he’s honest. Most times the treat is a freezie. Nothing says summer like a frozen stick of coloured sugar water. The brighter the colour the better — for staining your tongue that is. What treat reminds you of summer?

Foto Friday: Budding Photographer

Happy Foto Friday

Like every Friday, I’m participating again in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta. Check her blog for other snap happy people. Fitting for foto friday, today’s image is brought to your by another photo enthusiast in my family.

Portrait of a little sister

Portrait of a little sister

Budding Photographer: Perhaps it’s because I’m always taking pictures of my kids, now my oldest daughter has developed an interest in photography. One Christmas her uncle and aunt gave her a kids digital camera and she’s been glued to it. Her favourite subject is her brother and sister, of course. My daughter has taken a number of great ‘posed’ shots of her siblings, but this unplanned shot is by far my favourite. And I think the lower quality image produced by her camera give this picture a great texture. I don’t think I’d be able to get a shot like this, even if I tried.

Foto Friday: Vacation BC (Before Children)

Happy Foto Friday.

I’m participating again with Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other participants photos on her site here). The long weekend is upon us, a time when people like to travel. I’m not of course, but it makes me think of travelling, which brings us to this weeks Photo.

Fifth year anniversary, before kids.

Fifth year anniversary, before kids.

BC (Before Children): For our fifth anniversary I wanted to do something special, go somewhere special. So I started researching online and found Majahuitas Resort. A few emails back and forth and we were booked. When we arrived though, I was having second thoughts about the whole idea. The only way you could get to the resort was by motor boat. That’s not what was giving me second thoughts, it was the fact that the guy driving the boat was going pretty fast and I thought my husband and I were going to go overboard.  Thankfully we arrived in one piece and never regretted our decision after that. There were only 9 casitas and they all had three walls, with one open wall facing out to the water. The people who worked there as well as the people who stayed were fantastic and you got to know them well as you ate at a large communal table during dinner. In this photo I sit on our deck overlooking the water, the same deck the staff served us our private anniversary dinner on. Hard to believe that was over five years ago.

Foto Friday: Constructing Flowers

Happy Foto Friday

It’s Friday and once again I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other snappy happy participants here). The nice weather has me thinking of vacation, long weekends, and road trips. Which brings me to this week’s foto.

Construction Flowers in West Virginia

Construction Flowers in West Virginia

Construction Flowers: Last summer, on a drive south to Florida, we passed through West Virginia. We passed this great outdoor art exhibit at an intersection on the highway (just caught it as we were driving so I’m not sure exactly where it is). There was a whole garden made out of construction and city and street signs. What a great idea for reusing old signage and brightening up a dull highway drive.