Doodled invites for yet another birthday

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Spent this lazy Sunday planning the kid’s upcoming birthday… Doodling her invites and making some homemade decorations, while reminiscing about birthdays past.

She told me her best year was the mermaid party – when she was three! Clearly she didn’t get her memory skills from me.  That year I made her this horrible cake. It was only a month after moving into the house, and we had yet to realize the oven cooked a little hotter than it should. In an attempt to mask the awful unfluffy inside, I covered the outside in blue icing creating peaks to resemble water, which I later realized had too much food colouring and it stained everything it touched. I sprinkled graham crackers on one side to look like a sandy beach, placed gummy fish throughout the water and made crabs out of skittles and licorice shoelaces…. It was not well done. It was like the kid made it herself.

But thankfully her memory was that I created a GLOBE covered in beautiful blue water and wonderful sea creatures… Such a creative rose coloured memory.

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She’s been through a lot, but every bit helped create the beautiful genius she is today. She has her daddy’s mathemetician brain, and that crazy part of me that’s hopeful to no end, and just plain silly. Those who know me know what I’m talking about.

She has all our good qualities and more. She’s my pride and joy … But I do wish time could slow down a little.

In two weeks she will be eleven.. then 13 … Then 16 with a car … Then 19 and moving out … Then 25 with her own family …

Breathe. Just breathe.

My simple wish (because the mother gets one wish for every birthday wish of her child) is that she always stays close. That she never stops talking to me. That she never lets go of her playfulness. That she remains silly and funny and smart, and she never changes anything just because someone else asks her to.

That’s not too much to ask on an eleventh birthday, right?!

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Cave man for a day

Today we donned our best leopard tees and ugly plastic teeth in celebration of my baby girls birthday.

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We ate jumbo chicken, giant potato fries, along with yummy (+ healthy) cucumber, bananas and mangos. After our full sized meal we put in our fake teeth and headed out to see “the croods

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There have been so many great kids movies lately, but this one topped the charts. Intense, gripping, thrilling, exciting … I even survived the tear-jerking “i love you too” moments.

We returned home and stuffed our faces with the gluten-free banana + chocolate chip cake, smothered in cocoa-cream cheese icing. First year if the ten that the cake was both edible and visually appealing – yeah me!

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Wish I had photos from previous birthday cuz those cakes were funny (now that the moment has passed that is) … Burnt, flat, melted, blue teeth-staining icing.. one year the kids didn’t even EAT it. But finally I’ve got this baking thing in track. Basically, the more you do something, the better you get.

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Then came the gift opening – Lego, jewelry and monster high. Plus some even MADE her the funniest cards. I’m so glad she has friends with her same weird sense if humor. And good kids too.

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But now we are all completely exhausted and ready for a 4:30 nap – like tea time for the modern parent.

Warm Sunday stew day

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Its a sunny but brisk winter day here in the ole Ontario, and it reminds me of weekends when I was younger. Warm wonderful smells of dinner cooking while mom cleaned or scrubed or organized something. (go figure this is what I do too). Plus rather than buying groceries I realized we have lots of little bits of vegetables floating around in the fridge… One sweet potato, one cup of corn, tiny bit of broccoli and green beans… All together it makes for a nice full pot o’stew. Also I’ve learned, casserole style is what I do best. I am definately NOT the “no food can touch kid”. I purposely mix it all up into a heap! I have to give credit to my first real job back in the day, working in the kitchen of a restaurant. They had preset recipes, and most were chills or soups. That right there taught me the basis of cassarol’in … And, it stuck. So I’m cassarol’in with beef broth today. And.. yeeeah me – I didn’t even need a recipe this time. Can’t wait to eat it