Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in review

One of my favourite parts of the end of the year, beginning of a new year, is looking back at what was accomplished and then looking forward to what the new year might bring. 2009 turned out to be a fantastic year, and we had a lot of fun!! So, what made the year exciting and fun?

For me, it was something like this:
-on January 9th, we welcomed Sullivan John Brent Andrusiak into our family. He was born via scheduled c-section. The surgery and recovery were a bit rocky (I choose not to remember all the nausea and vomiting that were involved). He was born healthy weighing a whopping 8 pounds 13 ounces (keep in mind his brother only weighed 1 pound 13 ounces when he was born). Sullivan's birth was emotional and special. We actually got to hear him cry when he was born, and we got to hold him right away. And, I got to have him stay right in the room with me!! And, when I checked out of the hospital, he got to come too. It might not seem like these details matter, but with Sebastian, none of this happened... he was taken away on a ventilator after only a glimpse, to stay in the NICU where he was for 72 days before coming home for good). So, Sullivan was special in that even though he was our second child, he still let us experience all sorts of firsts!!
-In March, I started training with a trainer. The road to recovery after the c-section was rocky at best and it was nice to be six weeks out and starting to work out again.
-In May, I ran the Mother's Day run with my friend Cindy doing her first ever 5km run. I love this race. We again raised well over $1000 for the NICU and once again, our shirts were decorated as "proud preemie parents", with Sebastian having his own shirt with "NICU grad" on it. This was the 4th time we did this race, and the third time for Sebastian.
-In August, I attempted to run a 10km in under an hour. I did not succeed. I was devastated. This was the Ronald McDonald House Rock The House Run. It was a hot day and I just didn't have it in me. At the 8km point I needed a break and in the end, it took me 1:01:45. It didn't matter that this was more than two minutes faster than my previous best 10km, I had set myself up and failed in the process. In the end though, I was happy that I still finished and did better than I had and, this gave me the determination to do better the next time!!
-In September I completed my first ever triathlon. This was a women's triathlon in Leduc. It was a sprint distance and involved 750m of swimming, 20km of bike riding (2 out and back loops), and 5km of running (again two out and back loops). It was so much fun. It was neat getting body marked and it was neat doing laps, then running out of the pool to transition to get my shoes on and get out biking. And then once the bike was over, putting on a hat and running. I finished strong and even after swimming and biking, still managed to run my 5km in under 30 minutes, which felt great!!
-also in September was Melissa's road race. This is one of my favourite races. I did the 10km which of course includes a huge hill. It was a great run. It was a little different this year, but in a good way. We got to run along the river for awhile which was a nice change. When I completed 9km, it became apparent that I just might be able to finish in under an hour, so I ran like I'd never run before and finished in 59:53. I was so excited and happy. This was a goal I have had in the back of my mind forever, but suddenly it was a reality. It made me cry even (I'm such an emotional suck sometimes!!). So, this race that I always loved, I now love even more because it was the race where I first broke an hour!!
-the first weekend in October was the Ambulance Chasers run. This was my second 10km where I would break an hour. This time, there were no huge hills to slow me down and I ended up finishing in 57:29. I figured I'd be under an hour but even that was faster than I ever could have imagined!! Suddenly, I'm not just a plodder anymore (not that there's anything wrong with that). Now, there's actually a chance I can maybe someday finish a half or a full at a 6 mile an hour pace!!
-in October, we finally reached the race we'd been training all summer for. The Okanagan Half Marathon. It was a challenge getting there (can you say big snow storm with nasty roads... thank goodness for winter tires... thanks mom!!). There were three of there to run the race, and for Cindy and Cathy, it was their first half marathon ever. For me, it was my 8th half marathon. My goal was about 2:15. I figured that would be a big improvement over my previous best of 2:27 whatever. I ran and ran and ended up finishing in 2:04:44. I was shocked. Truly, this meant that I was running at 10km an hour for the whole thing. It meant that my pace was 5:55 per kilometre. If you had told me at the beginning of the year I could have kept that pace up for 21km, I would have laughed, but suddenly it was real!! Of course the downside was, I ended up with a heel spur and plantar fasciaitis (which I am still battling), but I made some huge gains in my running that I never really believed I could do.

So that was my 2009. It was great. I loved it. However, as a family, we had a few more adventures...
-In May, I went to Europe with my mom and baby Sullivan. It was a fantastic trip. We went to Munich and then Prien to visit with my friend from my days at Disney. So much fun. After that, we took the train to Salzburg. Such a beautiful city!! Then finally we spent time in Paris. My mom even did a day at Disneyland Paris with me. It was fantastic!! I got to go on Space Mountain, Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean, even the Tower of Terror. And how can you go wrong with the Eiffel Tower and shopping in Paris!!
-In July, my mom and I took the boys to Kamloops, Vancouver, Seattle and SunPeaks. We did and saw all kinds of things. Jeremy was working, but flew out to Vancouver for the weekend and we drove down to Seattle. The car was a bit squishy with all of us, but it worked and we had an amazing time. I also got to reconnect with an old friend from my Girl Guide days and her kids at the Space Needle and Science Centre. We had a good time and took lots of pictures from our road trip!!
-In July, I went hiking with my friend Jody and Sullivan in a kidpack. We managed to get to the top of Ha Ling in Canmore. It was a bit sketchy at the top with some tough footwork, but Sullivan can officially say he has been to the top of a mountain!! And, since it was Jody's first time getting to the top of a mountain, it was an accomplishment all around!!
-In August, we went with Cindy and family to the top of Sulphur Mountain as a hike. We were originally thinking a nice short hike around Lake Louise, but instead, our little three year olds hiked over 5km to the top of a mountain, gaining about 700 m of elevation in the process. It was fantastic!!
-in December, we headed to Orlando and went on the Disney Wonder to the Bahamas, then spent a week at Disneyworld. It was a super fun trip and fun to go with another family. We had an amazing time and even booked to go on another cruise in 2011!!

Sebastian did lots too this year...
-he took skating lessons twice, the first time being a frustrating experience for both of us. By the end of his second class though, he was actually skating without a whole lot of help. It was great.
-he also took swimming lessons twice. Currently he's hanging out in SeaTurtle. He does well, but is a little afraid of putting his head in the water, so we are working on that!!
-he started preschool and although tears abound some days, he has done so well learning songs, days of the week, taking turns, playing with other kids, going to the library, swimming etc. I am amazed by him every day. He is doing great. From his very scary start to where he is now, is nothing short of a miracle!!
-over the summer, Sebastian did his very own training. He had a poster and ran 41 kilometres, then in October, at the kids race of the Okanagan Marathon, he completed his final 1.2km, so that when he crossed the line and finished, he had run a whole marathon. I was so proud of him. He stopped to walk a few times, and finished near the end, but he kept going and did great. He's my little hero and I look forward to him someday running a race with me!!

And Sullivan, of course he did tons of changes. He's gone from that lumpy sleepy baby phase to an active kid who army crawled, then regular crawled, and who is now standing and shuffling along furniture and the like. He loves playing with cars and pretty much doing anything he can copy his brother doing. He is an eating machine, and it's so different having a baby that eats so well after all the challenges we have had (and still have), with Sebastian and his eating. They are totally different kids when it comes to eating!! I am guessing the six teeth he has only help in that cause. And now, he's on the verge of being a year old. His baby days are nearly behind him and the toddler phase is calling his name. He's attentive and happy and he's been a real joy to have in our family. I look forward to all the changes the next year will bring for him!!

And then there is Jeremy. He's fantastic. He's been working all year, while I chase my little adventures. He's the best supporter ever at the races and does a great job getting the boys to cheer me on too!! I appreciate him so much for supporting my dreams. He's got big plans for this year and is already hard at work trying to achieve them. I just know he will!!

As for 2010, I'm diving a bit more into triathlons, hoping to complete a few including the Calgary Ironman 70.3 in August, and maybe the Olympic distance one in Canmore in July. I am also hoping to take a personal training course. I want to help others follow their dreams as well, and since many dreams involve marathons and races and the like, it seems only fitting that I get some real training to go along with my experience. I also went to part time at my job so I can still get Sebastian to preschool and to his appointments at the Children's. I'd love to win the lottery and just spend the rest of my life doing fun things for others, but so far I just haven't had the winning ticket. Soon though. And I want to start figuring out how I can live in a warmer climate. Winter is nice in that picture perfect postcard kind of way, but I'd way rather live in a tropical climate. I much prefer heat. Bring it on... so if you have any ideas, let me know!! And finally, we'll still be doing the Mother's Day Run, because once again the money is buying equipment for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Calgary. So, let's see just how great 2010 can be... I gotta feeling, that this year's gonna be a good good year...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Disney Cruise... loving the verandah...

So I keep meaning to add more details about the cruise we were on, aboard the Disney Wonder and I keep not getting around to it. So, here's my next little post. We love the cruise. We absolutely love nearly everything about it. It's fun being at sea. It's fun feeling important. It's fun walking down the hall and someone says hi to you just because. It's also fun having a verandah. We have done this cruise four times now. And three out of four times we have had a verandah. One time, we had an outside room with porthole windows. It was not nearly as fun. And we will probably only ever do a cruise with a verandah if we have any say in the matter!! Having a verandah is nice. You can open your door and just listen to the ocean. Plus, this time, while we were waiting to sail, we saw a sea turtle. Too cool!! And the kids love it. Sullivan climbed in and out the door hundreds of times. It was great. And Jeremy got to chat with Ed until the wee hours of the morning on the verandah while everyone else in our family's were sleeping. And with little kids, you can still be in your room while they nap, but sit out on the verandah enjoying the heat and sounds of the ocean.

Dad and Sebastian with the Carnival ship in the background.

And, as we were booking for a future cruise, we asked for the cheapest category that still included a verandah. The crew member we were dealing with us suggested the second cheapest, because then we'd still have plexiglass that the kids can see through. I never would have thought of this, but our little guys can see much better with the plexiglass than if it was a solid verandah. Thanks for paying attention to the details for us, so we don't have to!! As you can see from the pictures, Sullivan absolutely loved standing outside checking out the views (in this case Nassau, Bahamas).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Home for the holidays...

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes.

We got to build a home, a gingerbread home. This was a really fun challenge. Last year we built little gingerbread houses for the boys to decorate. This year, we built them little houses and then built bigger houses for us moms to decorate. It was fun. Cindy's family and our family built the houses and had a great time. Ed really got into it and Edan's house was a masterpiece. Sebastian wanted nothing to do with the house I made for him, so instead, he built a train with his dad (that was a kit). The houses turned out well and everyone had fun making them, but even more so will be the fun in eating them!!

The actual gingerbread recipe was simple enough to make. I chose the Good Housekeeping one. I ended up adding a bit of extra cream and that seemed to help a lot with it not being so dry. I baked the house the day before then assembled them the morning of the day we were meeting to decorate. I found the glue to stick them together rather interesting. Basically all you do is put sugar in a pot and it slowly melts. I may have stepped away at an inopportune moment but that's what happens when you have a baby and his diaper needed changing. Needless to say, when I finished washing up from that, the sugar was really dark. I'm not sure if it would have been quite so dark if I hadn't been otherwise occupied for five minutes. It still worked really well. One piece fell off and broke into six pieces and the "glue" was perfect to put those pieces back together. So much so, that both Jeremy and Ed thought that's how the side was supposed to look, not realizing it was actually bits of glue to fix my broken piece.

We had all sorts of candy, as is evidenced by the pictures. Smarties, penguins, trees, mini jawbreakers (love them as Christmas lights!!), mini wheats, pretzels, marshmallows, coconut, etc. The royal icing worked well but definitely got easier to work with as the time passed and it warmed up a little from holding the piping bags. It was a super fun afternoon and I look forward to doing this again next year!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Life jacket anyone?

On December 3rd, we boarded the Disney Wonder for a three night cruise to the Bahamas. It was so incredible. I loved it. This was our fourth Disney cruise, Sebastian's 2nd and Sullivan's 1st. We had a blast. What's not to love really, even the rough seas made for a good night's sleep! On the first day there is a mandatory drill where everyone has to wear their life jacket and go to their muster stations. Sebastian thought this was the coolest thing ever. After all, there was a whistle on his life jacket and a light. When you are three, that's about as cool as it gets. Even Sullivan had fun in his little life jacket!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Love it!!

Ever since I got the iPhone, I have hardly spent any time on the computer and my blog is definitely suffering because of it. Of course my boys keep me busy every day, but I don't want to forget to update my blog!!

My boys are now both immunized for the H1N1 shot. I know there has been a lot of controversy over this and whether or not it is needed. Because Sebastian was a preemie, he has pretty poor lungs, and the idea of him getting a flu that might impact his lungs is truly scary to me. A regular cold does him no good and he often ends up on inhalers just so his little lungs can fight it better, so I didn't want to take any chances with him. And, Sullivan was in the high risk age category, so he went as well. Then, came the part where a 3 year old no longer needed the second dose, unless of course they had pre-existing conditions. So, because he has inhalers, Sebastian ended up getting the second shot. Both my husband and I felt that was important for him. He's been through enough and the idea of getting really sick from a flu just didn't sit well with us. Plus, since we are going on a trip in just over a week, we figured it was the wise thing to do since we'll be on airplanes and around people that way.

Sullivan is popping lots of teeth. He had four (two on the top and two on the bottom), and I noticed yesterday that another one has popped on the top as well. He's fairly mild mannered most of the time, and you wouldn't have even known he was getting all these teeth!! He's standing up all the time now and plays like his brother does. It's very cute. He will now take a car and run it along the floor exactly the way Sebastian does. Sebastian doesn't always appreciate these gestures however and can often be heard saying "give him a baby toy, I don't want him playing with --fill in the blank with anything Sebastian designates as his own--".

Here's a picture where you can actually see Sullivan's teeth!! He's playing with the stuff in the baking cupboard. Loves it!!

Here is my very serious big boy helping himself to cookies...

And enjoying the cookies... he gets this love of cookies from his dad...

Do the boys look excited to go on the trip or what. So excited that they'd even stow away in the luggage!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Homemade sushi anyone?

The November 2009 Daring Cooks' Challenge has been chosen by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of Bite Me Kitchen. They chose Sushi, specifically Dragon Rolls, Nigiri and Spiral Rolls

I loved this challenge. I got together with my friend Cindy and her husband and we had the best time. Together with my husband we each played a role in assembling our sushi rolls. It was great!! Everyone had fun making them, and we all had fun eating them!! It was such a wonderful and refreshing challenge. Although we've made sushi before, we hadn't made these specific rolls. As well, nobody was a big fan of the eel, but we got brave and decided to try it again. And, wouldn't you know it, it was excellent. Some of the fillings we used included avocado, peppers, barbequed pork, barbequed eel, roe, salmon, shrimp tempura, cucumber, hoisin sauce, mayo, and crab.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

We had a fun day today. Started out the day carving pumpkins, then driving around the city to take the kids to their uncles and grandma's house. And then finished the day with some trick or treating. Loved it!! Sebastian did all sorts of costumes this week. He was Peter Pan at preschool and this afternoon. He was Goofy on the dayhome and then for Halloween night he was Ratatouille. And Sullivan played the role of a skunk, or when with his brother, one of Peter Pan's lost boys. Too cute!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Macarons anyone?

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

I was very excited about this challenge and had even mentioned to Jeremy that I really wanted to try making macarons. After being in France earlier in the year, and trying these up close and personal from Fachon, I was anxious to give them a shot. They are known to be somewhat difficult at times and after trying to make them, I totally get that.

The first set I made were flavoured with lime zest and that was it. I had some leftover coconut cream pudding and used that as the filler. They were unbelievably good. I loved them. I gobbled them up. Unfortunately I didn't have much of that, so I decided to make a white chocolate ganache infused with pina colada tea. I simmered the cream with a couple spoonfuls of the loose tea, then strained it and poured it over the chocolate. Although it was sort of a pink colour originally, once it was poured onto the white chocolate and mixed in, it became more of a purple colour. It tasted okay, but I think I might added a bit more tea than I should have because it was a strong floral type taste, and slightly stronger than I might have liked. And, although the macarons turned out okay, I wasn't as happy with them as I wanted to be. They had their "feet" but they seemed a little more hollow than I think is ideal.

The second set we made, we did half vanilla and half chocolate. We baked two trays at a time, and in the future, I think I would only do one tray at a time, because the chocolate ones, although they seemed to have feet and look good, upon removing from the oven, and sitting for a few minutes no longer looked as good as they originally had. The vanilla ones seemed to look worse so I baked them a lot longer and that seemed to help. They were very fragile. This time around, we filled them with coconut buttercream. We also had a little bit of chocolate truffle ganache and tried that as well. The coconut buttercream was good, but I liked the coconut cream pudding better (basically the same thing without the butter).

I'm so glad I got to make these although I found them a bit frustrating. Some of them stuck to the silpat and others broke really easy while still others seemed just fine. It was a great challenge and I look forward to making them again sometime and perhaps trying other flavours or other recipes just to see if I find something that let's me feel confident in what I am doing because at no time did I ever feel 100% confident with making these (of course was 100% confident eating them!!)

Friday, October 23, 2009

PJ day...

So, last night had a few wakeups that I didn't really need. I know it's par for the course and we've always had issues with Sebastian waking, but every now and then, the two boys trade off their waking times so well that the poor parents don't get much sleep. Oh well, it's all good and today we've decided to just be in our pj's for the day (mom included at the moment). Sebastian loves wearing his pyjamas and would wear them all day every day if he had anything to say about it!! We've been playing piano, playing trains, building blocks. I love it!!

Sullivan is busy these days trying to stand up on anything that he can grab. He likes this being vertical stuff and it is so much fun to watch although not so much when he tumbles. And, that brings me to the stairs. He thinks he's fine to climb the stairs, but not so much. He can climb up a stair or two, but then in typical baby fashion, has his mind on something else and forgets that he's only half way up the stairs and will fall without someone there. So, the baby gate is up a lot more these days. Maybe a helmet would help keep him safe...

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend in Kelowna. It was fantastic!! We went there with two other families and the moms all ran the Okanagan Half Marathon while the kids ran the kids race. Everyone finished their races and did great.

Sebastian had been running all summer to finish 41km ahead of race day, so that when he ran the kids race, he would have completed a full 42km. We had a lot of fun with his runs during the summer. He usually wore the Garmin and loved that!! So, it was especially fun to see him finish the kids race, at three years old. He wasn't the fastest (actually I think only two kids were behind him), but we did stop halfway through for a potty break. And, he did run most of his race. I was so proud of him!!

On a personal note, this was my first big race since having Sullivan. I started training in March and have been working hard on the running ever since. I completed several races this year, and for the first time ever finished a 10km race in under an hour. And, just in case that was a fluke (at 59:53 at Melissa's Road Race in Banff), I also did it again the next week at the Ambulance Chasers 10km with a time of 57:29. It was fantastic to finally reach this milestone. And it really made me excited for the half marathon. I had no idea what my pace or time might be and was hoping to finish around 2:15. However, shock of the century, I actually finished in 2:04:44. That meant that my pace was 10km/hr. I was shocked. The downside however, is that since completing the half marathon, my heel has been hurting to the point that I actually went to the doctor, and am now not running for the next month. It is not fun going from my best ever running to not allowed to run at all. Oh well, I will get better and get past this and move onto the next race...

But I'm ignoring the kids and it's almost lunchtime, so really, I must attend to that!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vietnamese Pho...

The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen. The recipes are from her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.

This was a great challenge. My husband and I love trying foods from various places and we absolutely love Vietnamese food, so this one was a natural for us. I made the basic chicken version. On the same day we had the soup, I had also made coconut cream filled vol au vents (the September challenge from The Daring Bakers), so it was a good day of cooking full of new recipes all around. The soup turned out fantastic and I was very happy with it. It amazes me how such a simple fresh soup can taste so amazingly good! It is definitely a recipe worth trying.

Here is the recipe and we pretty much followed it exactly. Enjoy!!


For the Chicken Pho Broth:
2 tbsp. whole coriander seeds
4 whole cloves
2 whole star anise
2 quarts (2 liters/8 cups/64 fluid ounces) store-bought or homemade chicken stock
1 whole chicken breast (bone in or boneless)
½ onion
1 3-inch (7.5 cm) chunk of ginger, sliced and smashed with side of knife
1 to 2 tbsps. sugar
1 to 2 tbsps. fish sauce

1 lb. (500 grams/16 ounces) dried rice noodles (about ¼ inch/6 mm wide)


2 cups (200 grams/7 ounces) bean sprouts, washed and tails pinched off
Fresh cilantro (coriander) tops (leaves and tender stems)
½ cup (50 grams/approx. 2 ounces) shaved red onions
½ lime, cut into 4 wedges
Sriracha chili sauce
Hoisin sauce
Sliced fresh chili peppers of your choice


To make the Chicken Pho Broth: heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the coriander seeds, cloves and star anise and toast until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Immediately spoon out the spices to avoid burning.
In a large pot, add all the ingredients (including the toasted spices) and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes, skimming the surface frequently.
Use tongs to remove the chicken breasts and shred the meat with your fingers, discarding the bone if you have used bone-in breasts.
Taste the broth and add more fish sauce or sugar, if needed. Strain the broth and discard the solids.
Prepare the noodles as per directions on the package.
Ladle the broth into bowls. Then divide the shredded chicken breast and the soft noodles evenly into each bowl.
Have the accompaniments spread out on the table. Each person can customize their own bowl with these ingredients.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Vols-Au-Vents Sharon style

The September 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan.

It took me forever to get to this challenge. In part because we had the warmest September in quite sometime and partly because September was just a really busy month. But, I was very excited to try puff pastry so I didn't want to let this challenge pass me by. So, I got to it, and here I am, one week late, posting about it.

I made the full recipe of puff pastry and it was great. Making the pastry itself was actually quite fun. You put the flour and water together in a food processor, and then once you have a workable dough, you put your flattened pound of butter inside it and wrap it up. Then, you get to do several turns of the dough where you roll it out, fold it up, turn it and roll it out, fold it up again. In between it goes into the fridge. I have never made dough like this before so it was a complete new experience but one that I would definitely repeat again. It was fun and it actually worked!! Then, when it's time to cut out your pastry it's quite fun building the little vols-au-vents. Here is the pastries after baking but before filling...

The recipe makes quite a bit and I used it three different times, with three different fillings:

Filling #1 is what I like to call, shrimp sensation. It was made up of shrimp, green onions, corn, cheddar, cream cheese, pepper and salt. It worked out really nice and we were blown away with how buttery and lovely the pastry worked. I didn't know for sure if it would but it was fun watching it grow in the oven. This filling was tasty and we enjoyed it, even though it was a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Filling #2 was a sausage dip. We used hot Italian sausages (2), and fried them up without the casings, then added cream cheese, sour cream, diced green peppers, cheddar cheese, paprika, pepper and salt. Again, they were tasty. This time around we made big ones and little small appetizer sized ones. They got excellent reviews from our samplers.

Filling #3 was a coconut cream custard made of coconut milk, cream, whole milk, vanilla bean, toasted coconut, egg yolks, a whole egg and sugar. It was fantastic. I drizzled chocolate over them to give them a finished look. Our taste testers once again approved with how they turned out.

It was a lot of fun playing with this dough and trying both sweet and savoury options. And now, I am no longer afraid of puff pastry and look forward to making it again someday. Or maybe I'll my phyllo pastry, or croissants, or something else. Bring it on I tell you, bring it on...

Monday, September 28, 2009

The best weekend...

Our family had an amazing weekend. On Friday my parents came over for dinner, along with my brother. It was nice. And then, Saturday morning, we drove out to Banff because I had a 10km race. And I ran my race in under an hour. That's the first time I was ever under an hour. We went out to Banff with Cindy and her family and it was just a great weekend. Spaghetti dinner, stinky cave, hot tub, hiking, picnic lunch and even made it home in time to get the dog!!

Here's a few pictures from the weekend...

Monday, September 21, 2009

They're brothers...

So, now that Sullivan is crawling around all the time, I knew it was only a matter of time until he discovered the dog's water dish, and I knew he'd love it. And he did. So, rather than just pull him away right away, I went and grabbed the camera. And took a few pictures. Sebastian thought it was sooooo cool that I was taking pictures of Sullivan playing in the water, so he wanted to play too and show Sullivan just how much fun it could be. Needless to say, they had a blast, and I was reminded of when Sebastian was just little and playing with the dog's water for the first time. So here's some pictures of then, and now...

Sebastian aged 13 months (well, almost anyhow)

Sullivan aged 8 months (and a bit)

My favourite shot of Sebastian with the water

And Sullivan having fun with the water

Big brother showing little brother what to do (not that he needed help, but so sweet of him)

And Sebastian beyond thrilled that he was actually allowed to play in puppy's water, if only for a few minutes!!

So, now begins the game of cat and mouse trying to keep Sullivan out of the dog's water and him slowly learning the word "no". Why is it that has to be one of the first words kids understand?? Oh well, it was cute and it showed me just how similar they are (if not in size, then at least in areas of interest!!)