Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Moon Movie

November 20th....that's when the latest Twilight movie will be hitting the big screens
New Moon
I'm very excited...not sure if I'll actually get to the theatres or if I'll just wait for it to come out on DVD but either way it's exciting.
If you haven't checked out the trailer yet, you should.
Click HERE to view it!
Today's Quote
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.  
~James Dent

Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend in Review

What a weekend....so busy but oh so productive
Friday night I had an engagement session. Quite happy with those results. A sneak peek will be up on the photo blog later this week.
Saturday Kristen & I headed out for our usual garage sale routine where we discovered an Estate sale. I've never been to one before but boy did I have the time. This house had the BEST atiques and vintage items. I did get a couple of things. One is shown on my photo blog today. The other I'll show at a later time (lets just say it's a really cool photography prop)
Then we spent the evening with family, who had invited us to their house for a delicious dinner. Yum!
Sunday Kristen & I headed to Home Depot to get the supplies need to complete our basement AND...I bought the paint for the nursery. Hoping to have that done in the next couple of weeks before I go to Nfld on vacation. Figure if the nursery is empty, clean and painted then it'll be much easier to bring things home from the baby shower that my mom and friends are hosting while I'm there. Which I must admit I am pretty excited about.
And then last night we decided to unwind by watching the movie Gran Torino
 This movie is VERY predictable YET I loved it.
Seriously....its been a while since I liked a movie this much.
Today's Quote
Manners are the kindness we give without judgment or expectation.
             ~Tom Chiarella

Friday, June 26, 2009

Food Friday: Backyard BBQ

Last weekend we hosted our 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ
Yes it was raining but that didn't keep us from still having a great time 
Today I'll share some of the food & menu that we did for the day
Crackers & Melba Toast served with Roasted Red Pepper dip
Veggie Tray with Renee's Buttermilk Ranch Dressing...seriously this stuff is SO much better than regular ranch dressing

Newfie Appetizers which I really didn't want to make but Kristen requested them
Main Course (this is where Kristen comes in since he's the bbq master at our house)
Preparing the chicken....it passed Boone's inspection
Marinated and refrigerated overnight
The same with the beef roasts
Then the actual day of the bbq I forgot to take "after" photos...here's the best I could do since I remembered way late.....
Oh and we had smoked salmon too
Sidedish Menu
Baked Potatoe Bar with topping choices of butter, plain sour cream, sour cream & chives, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon
Corn on the cob
Grilled green beans in butter & garlic
Dinner Rolls
Again I remembered to take a photo after the fact...here's the leftovers....lol
Jen's Caramel Cheesecake, which I TOTALLY forgot to take a picture of and it was probably the hit of the party. Everyone who tried it loved it and I even sent out the recipe afterwards :)
Hey Dollies, this was Myrna's recipe. Again delicious!
And a healthier choice, a fruit tray of strawberries, clementines, mango and kiwi
Mmm....makes me want to go and prepare everything all over again. Yummy!
Today's Quote
"It will be fine for a barbecue tonight, all this talk of hurricane force winds is rubbish" - John Fish

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby Update: 26 Weeks

I think I'm 26 weeks, yes I'm 26 weeks this week. 
Obviously my forgetfulness hasn't lessened any, and with this brutal but awesome heat that we're getting my feet have taken it's toll with swelling.
But I'm not complaining, I love summer. I love these hots sunny days. 
I just wish I were relaxing in my backyard with my feet up, getting some Vitamin D and watching Boone play in his pool.
Instead of sitting all day in an office which is what is causing the swelling :(
According to my baby books the baby should be just under 2lbs by now and starting to put on weight, or "fill out" Kristen commented last night that he thinks my stomach feels firmer. I told him it must be everything getting tighter where the baby is getting bigger and there's only so much room in there...he, he.
Other than the swelling bothering me I feel really good. Sleeping at night has been a little more restless but not unbearable. I still feel rested in the morning. I'm feeling the baby move lots and lots so that's a good thing.
And I'm cotinually growing which is good for the baby but not so good for my ego :)
I'm still really enjoying the experience of being pregnant. Quite surreal somedays but such a miracle.
Today I finish up with a pregnancy quote that I thought was pretty cute.....LOL
Today's Quote
Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.  ~Rita Rudner

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Turkey Vultures

While out for a Sunday afternoon drive down a country road Kristen saw this!
That's right a turkey vulture.
I find them kind of ugly & creepy looking. But very fascinating just the same.
He was patient for a minute or so for me to snap off a couple quick photos but then he flew away

So we went on our way....
While making our way back down the country road. Kristen noticed that they had flown up in a tree
Then it was his turn to take a couple of photos
Kristen took this photo which is my favourite of the vulutres even though it's more of a scenic photo rather than one of the turkey vultures themselves.
Today's Quote
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  
~John Muir

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2nd Annual Backyard BBQ

Last week was nuts! From Wednesday evening until Saturday I'm not sure if there was a day that I didn't go to the grocery store. But it's all good, Kristen and I love the work and preparations that go into our annual BBQ. 
Good food and good times, can't ask for more than that. 
Here are a few photos from Saturday :)
Oh yeah.....I was there too :)
Thanks to everyone who came....I seriously love you all. 
You're all such good friends and you truly enrich our lives.
Today's Quote
“I took advantage, sucked up the nutrients that I could find, forged relationships with others in order to grow, bathed in the sunlight of the moment.”
Novella Carpenter, from the book Farm City

Monday, June 22, 2009

Boone Is One!

One year ago yesterday Boone came into the world :)
So yesterday we decided to celebrate
First we let Boone play with the sprinkler in the backyard
 It was pretty hot on Sunday so then he took a dunk in his pool

Then he played with his toy...about 10 minutes after I took these photos I had to throw it in the garbage because he had it torn to pieces and was starting to eat the plastic
Then we headed to the front yard for some Kodak moments
This is my FAVOURITE :) 
Isn't he beautiful? I might be a biased Mommy but yeah....I think he looks awesome in this photo
His ribbon says "Birthday Boy" if you can't read it clearly

The rest of the day he would play, sleep, play, sleep....until dinner time we took a few more photos
His 1 year old candle in his food. I know it looks gross but it's still cute
Time for gifts....well one gift...a new sheep toy! When Kristen brought it out from the store, I said this is cute enough to go in the nursery...we can't give this to Boone!!
But it was Boone's gift and he loved it...even this morning he was still walking around the house with it in his mouth.
And that was Boone's first birthday. Not sure if we'll do the same next year considering we'll have a little one crawling around but it'd sure be nice if we could :)
Today's Quote

"I know for sure that life is full of delightful treasures, if we take a moment to look around." — Oprah

Friday, June 19, 2009

Food Friday: Drying Herbs

Have you started your herb garden yet?
If yes, here's a little step by step tutorial on how to dry your herbs when there's just to many growing out of your pot and so little time to use them fresh.
I read a blog called Purple Lemon Designs where she did a post about doing just that.
Read the step by step instructions HERE

And Happy Birthday to my bro
This photo was at Christmas....which you probably have figured out by looking at the tree
Today's Quote
“What it comes down to, for me, is that people want to do what will make them happy, but in order to understand that they really have to understand their world and what is going on around them.”
Mark Zuckerberg

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Port Dover

And now some photos of around town and the pier from our day trip to Port Dover
 Kristen & his buddy Boone
What's that you're looking at Boone?
Ahhh I see....ducks
The beach...no dogs allowed!
The lighthouse & some seagulls 
Today's Quote

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
-- Elbert Hubbard