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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

It's Soccer Season!


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We spent quite a bit of time on the soccer field this weekend.  I guess it's only fitting since Euro Cup started this weekend.  Although my three are far from competing they all played pretty well too.

This year Sydney and Haley are both on the same soccer team, which makes my life so much easier getting them to where they need to be on time.  They practice/play twice a week.  This year they are also having a bunch of "under the lights games" which means LATE games on Friday nights.  The following pics are from Friday night's  9 p.m. game (which didn't start until 9:15p.m).  Usually at about 9 p.m. the girls are making their way to bed not to play soccer at full speed.

Sydney likes to be goal keeper, because she hates to run.

She is actually quite good and can get the ball quite far with her powerful kicks.

She's not afraid of the ball hitting her in the face. 
 I cringe every time she is on the ground and I see someone trying to kick it away from her.

When she does make it out of the net, she is usually defence.  

So far this season, Haley has been playing Forward position (left, right). 
She has scored twice. Once was Friday night.

The picture above was taken towards the end of the game.

She had been giving it her all.  Just look at her tired, red face.

Then there is Anthony. 
His team name is the Blue Whales and he plays on Saturday mornings on a co-ed Under 6 team..

Anthony gives it his all when he is on the field but only when either Scott or I yell for him to "get the ball".  
But usually he is looking around or looking for us and letting us how tired he is. 
Or asking "when is snack time, I'm hungry!" although he jus had breakfast an hour before. It is hilarious to watch this age group. They all run together like a herd.
The picture above, was the best I could get from him on Saturday morning. He just wasn't in the mood for pics. oh well...

I love soccer, I honestly do.  It doesn't matter if it is at the Under 14/under 12 level or the Under 6 level. 
I love getting the kids in my soccer-mom-mobile and getting out there and cheering my kids on all summer long.  At the end of the season, I'm always sad to see it go. And sad to say goodbye to the other soccer moms that I have spent a full hour chatting with and getting to know.

So tell me, are you a soccer mom? Or do your kids play another sport?

Friday, 8 June 2012

Teen Girl's Bedroom: Furniture Update

Do you remember my House Project List?  Well, I feel like my I'm finally making some headway, and not spending a fortune doing it.

On the list was Sydney's bedroom, specifically #2 " New bed (do I paint existing or look for new)"

There is no room in the budget this year for new furniture.  

So this is what I was working with:

That pink bed frame I bought at a garage sale for $5 (headboard, foot board and rails) about 7 years ago.

Every time we moved the frame shifted a little, until finally we put the box spring and mattress on the ground.  The glue on the headboard/foot board was coming undone so I had to glue each piece back together.

The dresser was a hand me down from my bachelorette days.  I think everyone must of have one of these orange darlings in their past (or present).

So, I lightly sanded all the furniture, until I could get that awesome sheen off.  Then I found a full can of paint in the basement.  I'm not really sure what it was from, but it was full and exactly what I wanted. Awesome!!  

It took me a couple of days to get everything done.

This is what the bed looks like now!

We are using her old duvet cover and pillow that we bought at Ikea. As you can see the walls have also been painted.

And the dresser:

To update the dresser, I bought new pulls and handles at Home Depot.

So, in the end I spent about $15 (on dresser jewellery) because I had everything else in the house.  (I'm not counting the money I spent whenever it was I bought the paint)

So back to the House Project List: and I can cross a few items off

Sydney's Room

1. new colour scheme/paint  - Aqua, Fuchsia, yellow
2. New bed (do I paint existing or look for new) - paint existing
3. New comforter/duvet/bedsheets/pillows - bought new yellow sheets at Zellers  - $10, (clearance), re-using her duvet and cover
4. artwork
5. New dresser (do I paint/fix existing or look for new)
6. organize closet
7. curtains

Yay, it feels good to get those items checked off. 

What do you think so far? Don't the colours look so pretty together and perfect for a teenage girl?

I'm linking up:

TDC Before and After

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Grilled Vegetables with Quinoa


Like everyone else I know, I have been trying really hard to eat  healthier and cleaner meals.  Both to loose weight as well as for more energy. 

The other day, as I was cleaning out the fridge, I noticed a bunch of vegetables needed to be used up. I realized I had all the ingredients to make Grilled Vegetables with Quinoa. 

Grilled Vegetables with Quinoa and  sliced steak

 I had bought the Quinoa awhile ago at Costco, 
and I have been dying to try it out.

I read the instructions on the back of package 
and cooked up about 1/2 cup. Super easy.

These are the vegetables that I wanted to use up.

I brushed them with some olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper. 
Then on the grill they went for a few minutes.

Once the vegetables were done, I chopped them up into a bowl and added a few tablespoons of basil pesto. Then I added in the cooked Quinoa.  I had some homemade balsamic vinaigrette that I sprinkled on top and tossed it all up.  The only thing I wish I had on hand was feta... that would have been great too.

My Hubby is a meat guy so, I also grilled up a steak on the side and sliced it up.  Although you could just eat the Grilled veggies with Quinoa on it's own.  It was yummy eaten cold the next day too.

It's amazing what recipes you can come up with when you just put together random ingredients. 

Do you do that? Come up with yummy meals without trying very hard? Or do you need recipe?

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ordinary Days

Hey! Hey!

One of my favourite bloggers, Sarah, often writes a post called Ordinary Days, which I love.  So I thought I'd do the same

I did a camera dump and here are some pictures from the past few months that I found.  

In no particular order.

Sorry, for some blurry pictures.  I blame it on lousy lighting. (not my camera skills :) )

One day while we were outside playing, 
I caught Anthony laughing hard at one of his friends.

When he caught me taking the picture, 
this is the look that I quickly got.

I took this picture one day 
when I was out for a walk with the kids.
So pretty.

Great Wolfe Lodge, Niagara.

Haley would go full speed on all of the rides and then would come back to lazy river to catch her breath. 

And then be off again.

I wish I had her energy.

Easter Day.

Guess who found the Bunny's Bounty?

Earlier this year, Sydney decided that she wanted to
 attend a local Catholic high school.  
Then, she signed herself up for a series of classes so that she could receive her sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.  
My sister (her godmother) was her Confirmation sponsor.
I was happy with her decision.
I was happy I let her make the decision.

This is dinner from the other night...

Grilled vegetables with Quinoa and Sliced Beef

Sooo yummy!

Guess what I am working on?

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Mudroom: The Demolition edition

Happy Monday!
First, thank-you for the comments on my recent diagnosis.  Although, it's a little freaky to think about, I have no doubt that I will be just fine in the end.  I just got to get a new doctor, that's all! :)

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you'll remember that a few months ago I started dreaming about beautiful Mud Rooms.  Of course as soon as I mentioned it to my hubby that I was "thinking" about it and showed him, he took as "do it NOW!".

This is what we are starting with.

This is the view that I have every day from my kitchen island.  Every morning and every night. Ummm... It looks especially bad on this particular day, because I had removed everything from behind the washing tub and THEN took pictures.  Awesome! (at least the AFTER pictures will look fantastic ;)

This is what is on the opposite wall. 
(I think in the box I had paint for or from my hubby's office)

So once I got the go ahead from hubby (about two seconds after I told him), I started looking around to see what needed to be done.

I knew I wanted that small closet removed and a the washing tub.  I can probably count the number of times  on one hand that I've used the tub over the past 6 1/2 years that we have lived in the house. So I started to take it part and disconnect the water lines. Cause you know, I'm a plumber and all.  Yeah, not so much.  

You can't really tell from this picture, but the water lines are actually going through the metal wash tub.  I quickly realized I needed a REAL plumber. uuuuggghhh  My quick little job all of a sudden didn't seem so quick! >:(

So I called around to family and friends and no one knew of a good plumber.  I even put the call out on Facebook. 
Nothing, Nada, Zilch!
Enter Kijiji, and about a week later I found Dave the Plumber!  He came in a couple days later and within 45 minutes had the tub, cut out, and the lines disconnected, and the water lines capped off.  He only left the lines to the washer going.  I was happy to pay him $50 and have it done right.

Next, I needed the small closet torn down. 
Hubby was happy to do the demolition.

Anthony was happy to help.
Do you notice Anthony's construction hat (from dollar store)? Safety first.

And here is what the space looked like after they were done
tearing the closet apart.

And the ceiling...

Lovely hole in the ceiling and the wall isn't it?!?! 
What you can't see is that the floor tiles were cut around the closet walls. So when the walls were removed we ended up with a gape in the floor. 
After thinking and re-thinking, I think my best bet is to chip away the tiles and replace them.  Lucky for me we have left over tiles in the basement.

Shortly after the hubby's tear down (with help from anthony), the kids got sick and then of course I got sick.  Then we took a mini vacation to Great Wolfe Lodge. And the room sat like this for what seemed like an eternity.

Last month while we had an electrican in to fix the pool electrical panel outside he noticed my mess and mentioned he knew of a guy! His guy came out the following weekend and patched up the holes in the ceiling for me and wall.  I probably could have done it myself, but I really didn't want to.  So $50 later, all of my holes are now patched.

The room is still far from done, but we have progress.  I'm determined to have it completed by the end of June. My parents are visiting in July, and I want to show off have the project completed.  I'm pretty sure I can do the remainder of the work myself.  I think...

Still to do:

Replace broken floor  tiles, and grout
Paint Ceiling
Paint beadboard panels
Build Bench
Install shelves above bench
Paint existing cabinets
Replace Cabinet door pulls
Install countertop over the washer dryer.
Accessories (baskets for shelves, key hook, etc)
Art on walls

So have you taken on any projects and then quickly found out you needed help?
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