Sunday, July 19, 2009

Camping at Vee Lake

On a whim, we went camping on Saturday night. The campgrounds around town were all full, so rather than drive far and pay, we just went out to a lake not far from town and set up our tent. Our friends, Jenn and Byron, came with us for the bonfire and me and Nikki stayed for the night. The mosquitoes were quite bad and we were kept busy protecting our young ones but once the fire started going strong, the insects left us alone.

Nikki and Winnie in front of the fire

Our insect-repelling fire

The aluminum-foil-covered object is a banana, split open and stuff with marshmallows and chocolate, a Banana Boat

Our tent, a MEC Lightfield 4 season, which I highly recommend

Inside the tent with the Winster

Her first camp-out

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pure Winnie, Vol. 3

I've got a fever... and the only prescription is more Winifred!

Dadda and Winnie cookin' up a storm

Colin and Winnie hangin' out on a chair

Sleeping beauty in Nikki's hotel room

The girl in her carrier

Taking a bath

Drying off

Snoozin' on the couch

Playing on the kitchen floor

Playing peekaboo with dadda



Last week we made a lovely dish called ratatouille, baked vegetables, basically. Here I am frying the onion and prepare the other vegetables: peppers, eggplant, zucchini.

Frying the vegetables in olive oil, readying the diced tomatoes

Adding the herbs

Putting the cooked vegetables into a baking pan and covering with breadcrumbs and cheese


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pure Winnie, Vol.2

After an hour of crying, Winnie gives up and falls asleep

On the couch


Gnawing Sophie the Giraffe

All her favourite stuff

Helping momma chop zucchini

Wiping up her drool

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Food - Spiced Kebabs

Tonight's dinner was a winner. Spiced kebabs grilled on the BBQ with a tomato-onion-olive salad and homemade hummus. We tucked them into into mini-pitas for quite the treat.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Life

Our new life without kids is going pretty well. I get to bike to work everyday which is very satisfying and fun. We are eating a lot better, too.

Tonight's dinner was an arugula salad with herbs, cashews, asparagus and goat's cheese, along with grilled Great Slave whitefish with a chili-lime vinaigrette.

Playing with Winnie on the couch

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kids Gone

Well, our foster children have gone home for a week now. We do miss them but we are enjoying our time with each other and with Winnie. We are eating much healthier, lots of vegetables, and our house is much cleaner.

Our crazy ex-toddler

Crazy house not long before they left!

Winnie and her best bud Colin