Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What's Up Wednesday: March 2019

It's What's Up Wednesday. I just love these posts. Not only do I like reading the new ones, but I love going back and re-reading ones I wrote a few years ago to see what was going on then.
image from here

What we're eating this week... We're still going strong on our Country of the Week pilot project. Last week I made naan for the first time as we explored India and on Monday we ate Australian meat pies. Now I'm looking for Norwegian recipes! Although it wasn't the intention of this project, I'm very much enjoying adding international cuisine to our menu.

What I'm reminiscing about... Baby Sam. On Saturday, Sam turns TEN so I've been thinking a lot about the weeks after he was born.
The top three pictures are within a couple of weeks (days!) of Sam's birth. The bottom picture is from mid-June so he was just over two months old.

What I'm loving... SPRING!!! And the fact that I (usually) no longer have to bundle up to head outside. And I'm not slipping on ice. And I can (usually) wear my runners as opposed to my winter boots. Did I mention, SPRING?!?!?
What we've been up to... We've been getting back into the swing of things after March Break and have jumped right into Sam's birthday celebrations. This past Saturday we celebrated SIX birthdays with Tim and Janice and their family -- all the ones from January to March. (Tim and Janice currently have an international student living with them. Livia's was one of the birthdays we celebrated.) And then on Sunday, we took Sam and Willem to see Percy Jackson:The Lightning Thief musical in Toronto.

What I'm dreading... I don't know that I'm dreading anything right now. Last month I was dreading March Break and it turned out to be pretty good. You can read my March Break post here. Life is in a pretty good spot right now. I just hope I have the energy for three more weekends of birthday celebrating! Ha!

What I'm working on... I've been trying to get all the house things done before the weather gets really nice and I focus on all the outside things. And I've been figuring out Sam's birthday celebrations. Besides the two things I mentioned above, he's also having a party with church friends and a separate party with school friends.

What I'm excited about... Major League Baseball opening day is on THURSDAY!!! With Spring training, many of the games aren't being broadcast on our local radio but as of Thursday, I will be listening to all baseball, all the time. YAY!!!

What I'm watching/reading... Dave and I started Season Two of Grey's Anatomy. Ugh. Some of the medical stories are ripping my heart out :( And I've been reading all the books. So far in March I've read 19 books and there are still five days of the month left. The best books I've read this month are Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by C.N. Lester and Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. I didn't mean to love non-fiction the most this month but that appears to be what's happened!

What I'm listening to... I'm really stuck on this one. I don't know what sounds define this month. Sadness :(

What I'm wearing... Well I took a chance and put my heavy winter jacket away so I've been alternating between my lighter winter jacket and my spring jacket. And then I'm alternating between running shoes and my Hunter rainboots. I got Rachel (my seven year old daughter) to take these pictures for me. I wore the outerwear on the left in the morning and the outerwear on the right in the afternoon.
 These photos are pretty good if you consider 
a 7 year old took them with a DSLR!

What I'm doing this weekend... Going to see a Blue Jays game with Tim and Janice and family for Sam's TENTH birthday! He is sooooo excited to see the Blue Jays play on his actual birthday.
These pictures are from the last time we went with Tim, Janice, Tessa, and Willem to a Blue Jays game to celebrate Sam's birthday. This was in May 2016. You can read about it here.

What I'm looking forward to next month... All of our activities which started in September (weekly church evening, dance, piano) are winding down in April. I'm ready to be done. And I need to get prepared for the summer (May - July) activities! Haha! 

What else is new... I just started a new volunteering position with an organization called Strong Start. The organization helps kids who are struggling learn some of the basic building blocks of reading. I'm working with three kids in Kindergarten or Grade 1 once a week and today will be my second week of volunteering. I completed four hours of volunteer training and a school orientation before I started and it's been very meaningful.

Bonus question: What is your favourite Easter side dish?

My favourite Easter meal is baked (or BBQ) farmer's sausage (which either we or my parents bring from Saskatchewan) which we then eat with homemade potato salad. However we have no farmer's sausage in our freezer so I'm not sure what we'll eat this Easter. Maybe if the weather is nice enough we'll have our first BBQ of the year but that's a big maybe...
Easter 2016 -- the perfect meal of BBQ farmer's sausage and homemade potato salad.
And it looks like I threw a chickpea salad in there as well.


  1. Wow TEN feels so OLD; I think it's the double-digits that just make it feel like... wow. And also HOORAY FOR SPRING! The sun is out, the flowers are coming up, and I just want to be outside every single second. So happy! Also, I'm so intrigued by your Easter meal. I've never had BBQ farmer's sausage. I'm hosting Easter this year and trying to figure out what to do. Easter is not a particularly big holiday for us (we do baskets, but not the bunny). My parents are coming over and I'm trying to figure out what to make (I hate ham, which I know is traditional Easter). I'm thinking a roast chicken, challah, scalloped potatoes, and chocolate pecan pie. No potato salad because I hate egg.

  2. I like that you've included meat as a side dish! Have fun watching the Blue Jays! Let's play ball!

    1. I kind of forgot that it was supposed to be side dishes only :) Ooops. And yes, Let's Go Blue Jays!!!

  3. Love the blue boots!

    The other day I ordered a happy meal for one of the kids and the drive-thru person asked if it was for a boy or a girl. In the back of my mind I was wondering what a trans gender person would have thought.


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