Thursday, 22 May 2014
I've been continuing with art classes, and really enjoying it. This is my latest painting. I'm not sure if it is finished or not. It's at the stage where I'm scared to do anything else to it, although Colin says there are too many hard edges. Perhaps the door needs more detail or texture. And I think it's a bit too blue......
Party at the weekend.... grandson Isaac will be five. Menu (birthday boy's choice): BIG sandwiches with pickles, cheese and mayo AND a big "chunk-er" of chocolate cake. Sounds good, right?
Sunday, 9 June 2013
The first 4th birthday was celebrated at his Montessori Pre-school classroom a week early. He was the V.I.P. for the morning and got to sit on the Birthday Chair while all the other children sat on the floor and sang to him and were allowed to ask him questions such as "What is your favourite animal?" (giraffe) "What is your favourite car?" (taxi).
And the fancy birthday cake is cardboard.... it gets recycled for every birthday!
Unfortunately the teachers lighter had run out of fuel and he had to pretend to blow the candles out. But he didn't mind!
The second 4th birthday was celebrated at the weekend with a family BBQ in the back yard. This time the cake was real, and so were the candles.
There's nothing better than a chocolate cake covered with multicoloured Smarties.
It was a nice sunny day and the paddling pool and the garden hose got a lot of use.
The third 4th birthday was on his actual birthday, when they finished up the remnants of the birthday cake and Isey and I went to watch his mummy play baseball. All excitement is over for another year. Happy Birthday Isaac.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
First you wash your hands, write your name on your chef's hat, and put on your apron.
Then you are ready to start. Squish the dough so it's nice and round and flat (don't drop it on the floor, well, not all of it!).
It doesn't matter if you put your sleeve in it.... does it, Mom?
While the pizza is in the oven it's time to make a cookie for dessert.
The cookie goes into the oven as soon as the pizza is done.... and then it's time to eat!
No birthday party is complete without a birthday cake. This one had five candles and Callum blew them all out in one big puff. He's been saying he's been feeling as though he is five for a long time....
Happy Birthday, Callum!
Monday, 6 August 2012
|One year old today!|
Sunday, 27 May 2012
YoungerSon and the Bride invited the family to celebrate Isaac's third birthday.
What kind of birthday cake would you like, Isaac? With no hesitation he said A BLUE CAR!
So that's what Auntie J made for him, with a green one thrown in for good measure. Mmmm... Oreo cookie wheels. And candy tail lights. But the icing didn't like the heat.... we should have left it in the fridge.... and suffered a partial meltdown, but it tasted good anyway.
Isaac had no complaints.
He blew all three candles out with some timely help from his cousin Callum. There's something very enticing about blowing candles out, no matter whose birthday it is.
Isaac pronounced the cake "very yummy".
Callum was in complete agreement.
After all, these boys are experienced cakeologists.... they know a good birthday cake when they taste one.
The cake soon disappeared, leaving a couple of cute faces smeared with blue icing.
Then they started on the chocolate chip cookies.
And what do you think they would like for their birthdays? I'll give you three guesses. That's right.... Hair!
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Callum: I want a Dragon!
Mummy: A dragon! Are you sure?
Callum: Yes, I want a really big green dragon and I want him to be very very scary and breathing fire out of his nose and I want him next to a police car.
Mummy: Next to a police car?
Callum: Yes, standing next to a police car and breathing fire on the police car and I want his tail to have broken the police car window and the policeman is trying to arrest the dragon.
Mummy (hoping he'll forget): Oh my goodness. That would be quite a birthday cake!
But he didn't forget.
The Equestrienne did a fantastic job, right?
Friday, 1 July 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
Canada is 144 years old today!
I'll be heading to OlderSon's "country estate" to enjoy a family gathering. There'll be 5 children, 8 adults, and a crazy dog. We'll be BBQing, watching the kids fight over who rides the Gator, playing baseball in the front yard, catching up with family news, having a bonfire and letting off fireworks when it gets dark. And eating and drinking, of course.
My mission this morning is to make a blueberry and apple pie as my contribution to the feast, so I'd better get on with it.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Yup... now I'm TWO!
Auntie J got me a cake.... with Lightnin' McQueen and Tow Mater on the top. Isn't it great? Let me grab it... YIKES! What's that gooey red stuff all over my hands? (See naughty little finger marks bottom right.)
Help! Wash hands, Daddy! I all yucky!
OK, all cleaned up. Hmmmm... now I'm not sure of the next move. And there's my cousin waiting for his cake.
OK, Mummy lit the candle so that means it's my cue to blo-o-o-o-ow!
Now everyone is happily munching on my cake... and I get to play with the toys.
WooHoo! Being TWO is a blast so far. I must make sure I'm TWO more often!
Saturday, 26 February 2011
OlderSon and The Equestrienne booked a birthday party at the local 5-pin bowling alley (YAY! Glow In The Dark Bowling) but it turned out to be a brutal weather day with high winds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures, and not all the birthday guests could brave the roads to join in the Glow In The Dark fun.
Oh well, bad weather's to be expected in Canada for a February birthday. Perhaps Callum should celebrate an official birthday in June, like the Queen.
The Equestrienne created yet another work of art in the form of a scrumptious birthday cake. Cakes 1 and 2 were a train and a car. All forms of transport, I wonder what next year will be? I'm told that the big C on the tail stands for CallumAir.
He did a great job of blowing out the candles.
And then he ate one of the wings. And then it was prezzie time.
Saturday, 6 November 2010
And I have a really good excuse.
I've been house hunting. I've looked at big, small, old, new, detached, semi-detached, town houses, condos.
But I've finally got myself a new home and I move in a couple of weeks.
So now I'm doing this.
And since I last posted, this happened. Yes, I had a birthday. A significant one too. I can't imagine how I got to be this old (not telling just HOW old) but it's better than the alternative!
So the whole family got together and we went for a birthday dinner at the Mandarin Chinese Buffet. Mmmm... buffet style Chinese food, and if that doesn't suit you, there's pizza, or roast beef, or spare ribs or sushi.... I love the baked salmon and the spicy shrimp, and the hot and sour soup, and the mango salad... it's all so good!
And then home for a cuppa and fancy birthday cupcakes.
And finally both my grandboys. It's hard to get a picture of them both at the same time, they move so fast.
We've had a couple of new family additions in UK recently. William (baby brother to Oliver) arrived 4 weeks ago and baby Charlie arrived last week, cousins to each other and new second cousins for Callum and Isaac. That makes 5 little boys born in the last 3 years in our family.
And in The Bride's family there are 4 more little boys all under 4 years old.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
And to mark this auspicious occasion, there was a special family party this weekend in YoungerSon's back yard, and his clever Auntie J created a very special dinosaur cake.
Chocolate buttons for spots, chocolate chips for toenails and Hershey kisses for those scary spikes all along his back. But how could he look scary with that friendly smile on his face?
Isaac needed a little bit of help from his mummy when it came to blowing the candle out.
He was offered a handful of dinosaur tail before the cake was cut, but when his fingers sunk into the soft icing, he screamed blue murder and desperately tried to wipe the icing off..... he's never touched anything that squishy and green before.
But once he discovered that it tasted pretty good, he soon cheered up!
And then it was time for the prezzies. Lots of them too. He told me that the best part was ripping the paper up.
Isaac had a terrific time at his party with all his cousins and second cousins and uncles and aunties and Grandma and Grandpa and Nana and great grandparents and friends and babies and kids. He wishes he could have a party like that every day!
In Isaac's words.... "WOW!"
Sunday, 21 February 2010
That's TWO YEARS!
And that's how long I have been a Nana to Callum.
The Equestrienne waved her magic wooden spoon and created a fabulous Birthday Cake in the shape of a car.... VW bug convertible rally car to be exact. Oreo cookies for wheels, and liquorice allsorts for headlights, steering wheel and chequered flag, and a liquorice tailpipe!
"If my arm was just a little bit longer, I could taste the icing....."
The party included aunts, uncles, cousins, Grandma and Nana, and family friends.
On the menu: pizza, veggies and dip, more pizza, chips, grapes, pretzels, M&Ms, and even more pizza!
But first, Callum and his cousins went outside to help OlderSon tap the maple trees. It's getting close to maple syrup time. They helped drill the trees, hammer in the spiles and hang the buckets to catch the sap. (The blue bucket on tree to the right)
And then they made an alien snowman.... scary, isn't he? "Take me to your leader..."
Finally, it was Birthday Cake time. "I blow candles out!"
And then it was time to open the presents. Callum wasn't quite sure why he was getting presents, but he certainly knew how to open them.
And the best prezzies? A little blue car from Nana (same colour as Nana's car), and a road play mat from Grandma. Perfect combination!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
The Fourth Day of November, Two Thousand and Eight.
A date to remember.
A date for celebrations.
A date for congratulations.
A date for special messages... and this is the very special message I received today!
And I believe there's something else VERY SPECIAL going on in the USA today too...
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
No2Son with his best prezzie.
No1Son sizing up his next shot. He won the first two games, but only because he could hurl the ball harder than anyone else.
Then we headed to the bowling alley. All the ten pin lanes were busy, so we bowled "small ball", which turned out to be miniature ten pin bowling on a regulation size lane with a five pin ball.... a lot harder then regular ten pin I think.
The Space Cadet shows his rather unorthodox bowling style. He said he was pathetic. We were kind and said he was merely erratic.