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Archive for November 2011

day 301 - the last few days of daylight savings time

Monday, 28 November 2011

I find this time of year very depressing. Pretty soon daylight savings time will come to an end and the condensation on the windows in the morning will turn to frost.



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day 300 - a trip to the pumps

Sunday, 27 November 2011

A random gas fill up. $1.16 isn't too bad when you consider it's been much higher than this at times but it's highway robbery when you consider the price has doubled in nine years.



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day 299 - help me pinterest

Note to self: the next time you ask "Do I really need to use a double boiler?", the answer is YES. YOU REALLY DO NEED TO USE A DOUBLE BOILER.



Note to Pinterest: the burned pan cleaning method didn't work. Neither did the baking soda and perioxide "miracle" method.

The method that worked was scrubbing the hell out of it with steel wool. Works every time.

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day 298 - happy birthday grandad

In true Castanheiro fashion, birthday celebrations always include at least two celebrations. One during the birthday party and a second one on the actual day.

Happy birthday Dad!



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day 297 - where's the flood

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Skating night. A night where I try to keep us as organized as possible, but things always seem to go missing. Tonight it was the snow pants.

I received a frantic call from Jason on my way home from work asking where the snow pants were. The closet was my response and it probably made the most sense, but I forgot about the clear garbage bag on the floor full of clothes for goodwill.

It turns out I was wrong. The boys' 18-24 month sized snow pants still fit. They make perfectly good shorts.



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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sigh. I'm still not feeling inspired so I had to go back in the archives for this picture. It's one of my favourites of the boys and it was taken in the first days they were home from the hospital.

It's been 4-1/2 years and it's still incredibly easy to tell them apart in this picture. That's Owen on the left with the birthmark on his forehead and Ethan on the right.

Sorry I don't have anything new this week. I just haven't had a chance to get out with my camera. I'm hoping I can get out sometime this weekend and try attempt number two at Christmas pictures. The first attempt was a disaster.

Have a great weekend everybody!



Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.






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day 296 - first annual pinterfest

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Yes. You heard me. Today was Pinterfest. A day to create and eat A LOT.

Today a bunch of us got together to try out some Pinterest inspired crafts and recipes. It was a huge hit and we had a great time. How could you not with food like this:

Cheddar bacon ranch pulls,



pizza bites,



heart shaped cinnamon rolls, peanut butter rice krispie treats,



pumpkin spice cupcakes,



Coraline cookies,
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Skor cheese ball,



and the baked potato soup I made. It looked amazing and would have tasted fantastic had I not burned the hell out of the pot. Crap.

But I would still recommend the recipe. I believe it would have been quite good without the burnt taste.



And what event would be complete without a Pinterest inspired photo booth?



It was a GREAT day. The only thing better than pinning is actually trying some of the stuff out. And who knows - these events could turn out to be a regular occurrence.

Thanks, ladies!

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day 295 - last wedding of the year

Saturday, 19 November 2011

It was really cold and overcast today, but thankfully it didn't rain. Today my dad and I shot our last wedding of the year.

Slowly catching up.....only a month behind now.....


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day 294 - jolly phonics

This morning Ava was teaching Owen her Jolly Phonics.

That's about it for today. It was one of those days where it was hard to get pictures worked into a full day that's getting shorter and shorter as daylight savings time comes to an end. Boooooooo.



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day 293 - a miserable fall day

What a miserable day today. It was a long, wet walk to the car after work.

Unfortunately winter is definitely on the way.


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day 292 - cuz it ain't a bun son

Sometimes I worry about my generation. One day we are going to be running the world and that's pretty scary.

Then two weeks ago I heard a young child in a public bathroom singing "Walk this Way" and his mother correcting the lyrics.

One week ago Maggie told me that she was driving in the car with Ava and in the middle of Katy Perry's "California Girls", Ava screamed out "this is Snoop Dogg!"

This week my daughter informed me that her favourite songs are "Song 2" (thanks to a commercial for the movie Hop) and "Welcome to the Jungle".

Then a month ago I saw this sign:



You know, we might make out okay after all.

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day 291 - watching the sun come up

Here we are watching the sunset.

Yeah, yeah. I know it's the sunrise but don't waste your breath. They'll disagree with you every time.



(Ethan left, Owen right)



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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Happy Friday everyone! Not sure about you, but the time of year is killing my creativity. I'm in a bit of a slump right now. I haven't taken very many pictures lately, so I don't have anything fabulous to share.

I did go to Maggie's house a couple of weeks ago and had a chance to play with her beautiful little puppies who were so cute and made me want to get a second dog. Then I sat down until I felt better. LOL

I hope you had a fantastic week and that you are feeling more inspired than I am! Have a wonderful weekend!



Have a great weekend everybody!

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.






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day 290 - the joy that is skating lessons

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The bump bump bump of the dance music playing as the children arrive at the arena.

The sound of the blades hitting the ice.

The excitement of the children as they wave to their parents and glide around.

The shrieking and crying of my sons at centre ice drowning all of this out because they hate skating lessons.

This is the joy of Monday nights.



I've been thinking. If this whole hockey superstar thing doesn't pan out, maybe my kids can form a band.

But with much nicer hair.

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day 289 - happy 65th skippy

Monday, 14 November 2011

Today we celebrated my dad's 65th birthday. It's one of those occasions where I sit back and wonder how the hell we got to this point. How can I have a dad that is 65? The answer is simple. He had me when he was really old. Like 45. ;)

Here he is blowing out his candles with some help from Ethan.

From the angle I'm on, the cake looks a tad suggestive.

They're balloons, people.



Happy Birthday Skippy!!!

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day 288 - it's all about the shoes

The birthday party circuit continues. Every time I go to the store to buy a birthday party present, Ava gets invited to another one. This is the third of five parties, five weekends in a row.

Today was the birthday at the horseback riding place. The weather was miserable and I fully planned to get drenched while I watched Ava ride, so I left my camera at home. Much to my surprise, the entire thing was indoors.

So while I did take some pictures today, you are stuck with iPhone quality pictures.

The horse's name? Lucky.

The footwear? Epic.



The party? A huge hit. We even got to see a girl practice jumping with her horse.

Who knows? We might even have a future jockey on our hands and that's really something considering how much courage it took this shy kid to get up on that horse and ride him around in front of all of the parents and helpers.





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day 287 - all you need is love...and occasional retail therapy

It's been a long time since I bought myself anything so it was time for some retail therapy today.

I have a love/hate relationship with you, Old Navy. The Old Navy Collectibles line? LOVE. Buying a pair of pajama pants only to discover some old lady's name ironed inside after you wore them all night? NOT COOL.

It's been five years and I still don't forgive you, but I'll get over it eventually. After all, everybody needs a signature story to tell at parties.



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