Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The dreaded house hold cold....

Yep... Snotty noses, constant whining, coughing til you wake yourself up, sore throats, itchy ears... You name it, our house has it.
Kaylee was kind enough to bring home her findings from the germ factory (aka daycare) last week. She was really sick for about 2 or 3 days and now all of the lingering affects are still in full force.***Side note- Kaylee probably goes to the cleanest daycare there is... Germ factory refers to the germ breeders she plays with on a daily basis- I love you and your cleanliness Melissa!-End side note*** She passed it along to the hubs, who like Kaylee, does not handle being sick well. I will say he is trying to be tough this time. Tougher then normal anyhow. Whether or not this is due to hunting season opening on Friday and him certainly not going to miss it...I am not sure. Having to deal with me after him being "deathly" ill for a week and then heading into the cold damp woods might not go over so well.
Very sick little one.
Needless to say, he has been slightly better at handling illness this go around. That is not to say he does not exploit my need to take care of people, especially those I love and especially when they are ill.
Sunday night, sick hubby, took a swig of NyQuil and headed to bed. Kaylee was sleeping and I crawled in bed to read before turning out the light.
And then it began.... The NyQuil snore... Yep... The cover your head with a pillow and sing to yourself so you don't hear it kind of snore. Except, don't cover your head or sing too loud, you might not hear if your sick toddler wakes up and calls for you. UGH.
Said toddler did indeed wake up. About 4 or 5 times throughout the night. Now I am not talking about an infant. I am talking about my almost 4 year old. The one who has never been a great sleeper, no matter what method I have used. Add a cold to that and it makes for a cranky Momma on Monday.
Also, I have a touch of this ickiness.
There... I am done whining.

Other then the colds, I have been a cooking machine. I cooked the most amazing prime rib on Sunday. It was delectable!!! Slow cooked on the grill, with grilled veggies as a side. MMM.
Roast started in red wine sauce, with onions, then
moved to the grill with dripping to be caught.
Roasted veggies- Zucchini, baby potatoes, onions, mushrooms
and garlic. Yum.

Saturday I made a chicken cacciatore. I have never made this before. I pulled the crock pot down and wiped the dust off it. I have to admit, it is not a kitchen tool I often use. However, I threw the ingredients in, I found a recipe online and loosely followed it (as I usually do with recipes- hence why I am a bad baker). I put everything in the pot and walked away. A couple hours later the fragrance in my house was mmmm. I made a simple rice to go with it and the three of us sat down to enjoy. I did forget to take a picture of this one however.

Also, an apple pork loin roast... Just think about that for a sec.... Yep, was as good as it sounds. Other then that, we have just been settling into a fall routine. Darkness comes so much sooner, so after work/daycare, we spend the little bit of time out in the backyard playing with the dogs. Then inside for chores, supper, bath and bed.

Hubs plate- pork loin, steamed broccoli, oven
roasted taters, warm buttered buns and the onions
that cooked with the roast.
It's a simple little life. One most days I love. Some days I feel trapped by chores and the endless list that goes with them. However I think most people must feel that way.

One last note... I broached the idea to the hubs of no cell phones after he gets home from work... I am the worst, when we sit down to watch tv together and pulling out my phone to chat with Mum, surf facebook, more often then not, chatting with Holly. I know he does it too- less often then me. And I also know we both have a tendency to get annoyed at each other for it.

So I know there is a lot of talk about less technology... What are your thoughts? Do you throw the iPhone, laptop or whatever other gadget aside once your home with the family? Would love to hear what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday Y'all!!!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Fun!

Hey Y'all!

It's been a while. I have been crazy busy and not sure what to babble about. The last few weeks have been fun and activity filled! I had the wonderful pleasure of... I am going to call it "meeting" Holly and her family. I say this because, while yes we have met before, we were children and I vaguely remember.
When I told her my first memory of her when we were snotty, arrogant teenagers we both laughed hysterically! I digress...

On the road to the apple farm. Ham Bone.
Her and her family, piled into the car and made the long journey to Halifax. They had many people to see and stops to make, however I did get to share some great time with her. Lots of wine, and tons of laughs. Our families are compatible. We are both at points in our lives, where hitting the town to party, is the farthest thing from our interest. Instead, a bottle of wine, a deck of cards and the radio meant a great time was had by all!
Also on the agenda lately, our family tradition of apple and pumpkin picking. This is something I have done since I can remember. As a child, it always meant, heading out to Nanny and Poppa's house, piling everyone into Dad's van and heading out to a farm. We did this every single year. We would run around looking for the perfect pumpkin. As with everything else, Mom had to give the pumpkin "face" a stamp of approval before it made it into the wagon. Nanny would run around with us and laugh. My goodness I can hear her laugh clear as day. 
My Nanny passed away a year and a half ago. It is hard to believe as she was such an important figure in my life. She helped to shape the traditions I now carry on in my life, and hand down to my child. She was truly an amazing woman. Whenever we have a family get together (which isn't very often these days), I usually have at least one person say that I am just like my grandmother. I take that as a huge compliment. I hope I can be as positive an influence on people in my life as she was on mine. 
Anywho, Jordon, Kaylee and I loaded up into the truck and headed to the valley for some apply picking. We have done the same little routine each and every year. We don't do well with change apparently. I had heard about this "super cool" farm in the valley, that had a corn maze and pumpkin picking. I thought about it, however we still ended up heading first to Danial's U-Pick for our apple, which was a blast, and then the Farmer Dill's for our pumpkin picking. 
Kaylee had a blast. She ran and played. Climbed the ladders to pick the perfect apple and then ran around and pointed to each and every pumpkin telling me that was the one she wanted.
In the end, we ended up with far more pumpkins than a family of 3 needs however, Kaylee was in her glory. 
We barrelled back into the truck to head home. Daddy loading up the pumpkins, Kaylee was just buckled into the car seat, ready to hit the road until..... "I HAVE TO PEEEEEEE". It never seizes to amaze me. We were in the little house to pay for the pumpkins, not 5 minutes prior to this moment. The house that has a little bathroom. I took the time to ask "Do you have to pee before we go Kaylee?". She looked up at me with those big brown eyes and said "No Mummy!". And yet here we were, seconds from pulling out of the crowded street with a toddler who had to go NOW.
I unfastened her from the car seat as quickly as my fingers would allow me, pulled her out of the truck, pants around the ankles and held her up to pee on the side of the street. Yep.... I was that Mom. You do what you have to do.... I pulled a wipe out of my purse (never leave home without them) and gave her a little wipe. Dribbles on my hand and Jordon laughing hysterically at me, we then loaded back into the truck to head home. We spent the afternoon decorating the front of the house with our few decorations. Kaylee arranged and rearranged about 15 times. Asking me to "come and look" each and every time. I looked down at that little girl and thought.... We are lucky.

So, that is about it around here folks. What have you been up to? What fall traditions do you have?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday!

I leave you with this photo of the little miss, who really did NOT want to go to daycare this morning.... I can't help but laugh. 

Cranky Kaylee!