Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TDIH December 29

Going waaaaaaay back for this "This Day In History" all the way back to December 2004.
Here is the original post 
But if you fish through the pics in the post you will find this one:
Hard to believe that little boy turned into this:

Take care

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas from my family to yours, I hope you are having a wonderful day.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies!

I am officially on holidays now(woot-woot) and yesterday the kids and I made Gingerbread cookies to start off the Xmas holidays.
For anybody who wants to follow along the recipe is here the cookies turned out very good and tasty.
We mixed everything up the night before and let it chill in the fridge, then you are able to roll the dough out better.
Once the dough is rolled out it is time to get the cutting shapes out, here is Isla showing you all the cutters we have:
There were lots of shapes and sizes to make but the main ones to use were the Gingerbread-men...Gingerbread-people if we are being PC :-)...

Once we got all the shapes cut out it was in to the oven to bake:
Out of the oven with Isla "inspecting" them:
And of course now we needed to decorate the cookies, the fun and sticky part!
Here is a close up of Isla at work!
And here is what the cookie looked like after she was done with it, I think there was literally an inch of icing on it!
The final products with a _little_ less icing:
The cookies will be left out for Santa , whom I am sure will enjoy them :-)

That is all for now
Take care

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Jenny

This past saturday was Jenny's birthday, I won't say which one :-)
On friday night my mom and dad came over to watch the kids, so we could go out for a movie. We went to see the new Harry Potter movie... it was scary!
The next morning we let the birthday girl sleep in, as much young kids will let you.
And being a birthday girl that means you get birthday cake! So the kids and I set out to make that cake. The kids couldn't decide if what kind of cake: Isla wanted chocolate  and Keir wanted vanilla.... so we decided on both.
The 2nd and 4th teir are vanilla and the 1st and 3rd are chocolate
We went with a vanilla butter cream icing
We also went with some Cookies and Cream chocolate bar crumbled up on the top (white and chocolate get it?)
We  had a nice family supper and then it was cake time!
Blowing out the candles:
The birthday crown (leftover from Keir's Bday)
The Cake and Ice cream
And just in case you were wondering what a three year old wears to such an occasion, the answer is simple... a ballet leotard of course. Or at least that is what Isla wore:-)

That is all for now
Take care

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Go to the Google

This could be classified under "kids say the darndest things" 
Keir and I where in the kitchen and he said to me: "Dad do I have a popular name?"
I said: "Not really, you have a very unique name, which means not many people have the same name as you"
To which Keir replied: "Can we go to the computer and the google and search for any more Keirs?"
I really couldn't stop laughing for 5mins....
But in honor of Keir I went to the Google and did a little searching
a straight "Keir Hardie" google search comes back with the obvious

pic here
Keir Hardie was the founder of the Labour party in Britain

The next search for just Keir shows up an actor named Keir Dullea, who played  the the astronaut David Bowmen in 2001: A Space Odyssey 

So there you go Keir, there are a couple of other people named Keir


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Workout of the Week Nov 29th

OK so this isn't truly a workout (I did do a workout, 60min  with a main set of 2*10min at a HARD pace) but Isla  decided to join me for part of that workout:
we set her tricycle up with a couple of blocks of wood under the forks so she could  spin in place with me.
Smiling but working hard:
Hard at work:
Drinking water...just like daddy
Isla lasted about 20mins all together, about 15mins at the start then she took a break and went upstairs and came back down for 5more minutes right near the end of my workout.
And yes the family room is a mess or more appropriately a construction zone! We have made (and are still making) some changes since the plumbing/sewer work we had done back in October. We are getting close to being finished and there will be a post with all the details!
That is all for now
Take care