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day 243 {grilled cheese}

Monday, 31 August 2009

This was my only picture today. Jason went golfing after work, so the kids and I ate light for dinner: grilled cheese and Dora the Explorer vegetable soup.

The red tomato substance on Ava's place illustrates a big difference between her and I. In my world those two things will never touch as ketchup is meant for hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries. In hers it is a necessity with everything, including Kraft Dinner ::shivers:: which she said she ate for lunch Tuesday when the babysitter was here. YUCK!



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day 242 {reading}

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Another quiet day at home. I finally really got into The Time Traveler's Wife. I would end up finishing it Tuesday night. I will refrain from giving my review of it except to say I give it a big meh. Is it worth reading? In short, yes, because really it was good in parts if you can get past the first 100 pages or so. Beyond that I won't say anything for those of you who still want to read it or see the movie. Do I still want to see the movie? I think so.



Anyway, here's Ethan helping me read. Reading didn't last long in the morning with So You Think You Can Dance blasting in the background and the boys sitting in my lap trying to slap the book out of my hands



and chewing on my slippers (he stopped briefly to smile).



Later in the day I made banana bread with two willing helpers. They might actually be useful if they didn't climb on the counter and sit in the middle of it. On that note I have to say that I have been converted. No more banana bread with shortening for me. This recipe rocks.



That was it for Sunday. Thanks for looking!

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day 241 {mini me}

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Sorry everyone - playing catch up a bit. Things have been pretty busy but I've still been taking my pictures.

Here is our Saturday, day 241. In the morning, Ava and I headed out to Timmy's to pick up breakfast for the three members of our household who do not feed our meals to the dog. It was a lazy day so were in fat pants mode as we headed out in our matching duds:



She is such a mini-version of me. We both like tea



and she takes it exactly like me with two milk and two sugar.



Wow. That was totally unexciting wasn't it? It's not going to get better for this week's pictures. It's been a tough week for me with little inspiration to be found. :(

One more picture from Saturday. Ava went to a sleepover at my parents' house. The miner's hat is quickly becoming a regular fashion accessory.



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day 240 {science centre}

Friday, 28 August 2009

Today we went to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. I haven't been there in years and Ava has never been. We thought it would be a fun outing and a good chance for Ava to spend time with her aunt and cousins.





This was one of the Kidspark areas for children under the age of 8.





There was a cool marketplace where the kids could pick out their own groceries and then carry them to the checkout. What amazed me about the place was how it functioned with little to no instruction to the kids. The kids ran the cash registers and shared the baskets and carts and they put all of the groceries away when they were done. I didn't see one fight either. It was pretty cool to see complete strangers playing together and following the rules. Think Lord of the Flies before they whacked Piggy lol.



I wish.



Ava's legs in the same mirror:



Hey look - it's me 20 lbs ago.



Ovary hotline. How may I help you?



This was the funniest thing I saw all day. The Human Body area was full of phones where you could pick up the receiver and hear all about different things. I think Ava and Natalia covered every one of the phones in the reproductive area. I looked over and saw them standing under a massive set of ovaries and I just had to take this picture.

Ava playing the steel drums. Nana Great would be so proud. :)



Ava making something go up and down (how right brained did that sound?):



Aunt Jen trying to keep her contact lenses from flying out of her eyes.



The lizards and snakes exhibit.



I couldn't believe it when Ava turned to me and told me she wanted to see a snake.



Other randoms from the day included Ava and Natalia running in the Science Centre,



Ava playing in the fountain at the front entrance, Natalia was quite attached to Uncle Jason,



the two little miners after a trip to the gift shop and us at the front entrance.





Here's Natalia looking for airplanes near the airport on the way home.





That was it. It was a fun day. Thanks for looking!

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day 239 {here we go again}

Thursday, 27 August 2009

It wouldn't be a Thursday afternoon in the McDougall house if there wasn't couch stuffing flying through the air. I was folding a load of laundry in the kitchen and I turned around to see couch stuffing everywhere.



Ethan was caught red handed.



That was it. I didn't take many pictures today as we didn't do a whole lot other than run errands.

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day 238 {pizzookies}

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Oh. My. God. I made pizzookies today and they were AMAZING. We have a saying at work for desserts that are this good but I can hear my mother saying "Jennifer..." and shaking her head in disgust so I won't repeat it. I'll just say that it was one of the best desserts I've ever had and I'm not a big dessert fan. And other than a brief love affair with Haagen Daas cookie dough ice cream in the late 90s, I don't really like ice cream.

Anyway, I highly recommend it. I used my mom's homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe and instead of using ramekins, I used French onion soup bowls. They were slightly bigger but not enough to warrant spending $20 on ramekins which I don't have. One batch of cookie dough made 4 pizzookies.

My Mom's Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour (all purpose)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream together shortening, brown sugar and white sugar, then beaten egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and gradually blend into creamed mixture. Stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

(Follow the pizzookie recipe at Our Best Bites at this point OR)

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 F for approximately 10-12 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.


Here's what it looked like after 15 minutes in the oven, all golden around the edges and gooey on the inside:



Here is my lovely assistant with her pizzokie loaded with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce:



It didn't stand a chance. (If you look closely, she even has it on her shoulder.)



Anyway, that was dinner. The day was pretty busy before and after that. Earlier in the day we went to Costco. One of very few twin friendly places. Other than Zehrs/Loblaws, Costco is one of the only places that has room for two babies to ride in the front of the cart. Everywhere else only has room for one.



On the way there we took the Bethel Road. This is the perfect road for anybody who likes rollercoasters but doesn't want to pay the $50 to get into Canada's Wonderland. As you can see, Ava loved it.



We tried corn on the cob on the barbecue for the first time. It turned out okay but the individual wrapping was a pain. The end result was exactly the same as boiling it on the stove so I don't think it was really worth it.



Ava and I bought more sparklers while we were out and played some more after dark.



This is supposed to be "I {heart} you". This is take two. Take one had a backwards 'u'.





As I close out the day I am furious with Dell Canada. My brand new laptop stopped working today after a Vista update. After 45 minutes on the phone they determined it was a software problem (apparently the 1 year warranty only covers hardware). I was told I was going to be transferred to the software department where I would have to pay a "meager" fee to have them fix the problem. Turns out the "meager" fee was $129! I DON'T THINK SO. Three hours later and I have fixed it myself, all of my files are backed up and it was FREE. My advice for the day? If somebody tries to sell you a computer with Vista on it, run in the other direction as fast as you can because it is complete garbage.

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