Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What's Up Wednesday: May 2019

Once again, it's time for What's Up Wednesday.
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What we're eating this week... We're still eating our Country of the Week food and on Sunday we made Rwandan pancakes. They were delicious and we highly recommend them. You can find the recipe we used here.

Also, on Sunday, I bought cherries and Sam and I have been eating a lot of them. Yum!

What I'm reminiscing about... I've been thinking about our trip to Vienna when Sam was fourteen months old, which happened in May 2010. We traveled with our best friends (and some other people) and it was really fun! You can read all about it (from Dave's perspective) here. Since that is our "Vienna" tag with all the posts in reverse order, if you're really interested, the first post is here.
Okay, now I just want to go back, both to Vienna and to when Sam was a baby!

What I'm loving... I'm loving that both kids have learned to bike and now we can bike to school or to other places. Like on Sunday, when Rachel and I biked to the closest garden centre.
We no longer need our Chariot for kids but it's handy for transporting things.

What we've been up to... All the yard work. A more extensive post is coming soon but I'm so excited about the "before" and "after" pictures of our yard! I'm also excited that Rachel (and to a lesser extent, Sam) have been really helpful with the yard work as well.
left: our clothesline bed before; right: our clothesline bed after

What I'm dreading... Once again, thankfully, this is a hard question for me to answer this month. I'm not really dreading much of anything right now. Life is full with soccer and baseball and all that entails. But I'm not particularly dreading anything. Yay!

What I'm working on... All the yard work. See "What we've been up to" above. It's been such a rainy, slow start to spring, that every nice (read: not raining) day, we're outside, attacking another portion of the yard. I will try to do a full yard "before" and "after" blog post on Friday, but we'll see if I get it done :) "It" being "the post" not "the yard work"!

What I'm excited about... My parents are coming to visit on Friday for a few days. I'll write more about that below but I'm excited to see them.

What I'm watching/reading... Although we're not true basketball fans, we are Canadian, so lately we've been watching a lot of Raptors basketball! They made it to the NBA Championship Series on Saturday night so we'll be watching a lot of basketball, hopefully cheering them on to victory, over these next few weeks.
Raptors 3' x 5' 'We The North' Flag 
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I'm back on my World War II kick and I'm currently devouring Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson. I may have to review it on the blog because I am finding it fascinating. And then I took a break from it on Saturday to read The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal, the fourth book in the Maggie Hope series. Which, by the way, is also about World War II. Ha!
Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope Mystery, #4)
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What I'm listening to... Dave and I went to see the musical Come From Away for my birthday. It was AMAZING! If you have the chance to see it, GO! I want to go again. Anyways, we bought the soundtrack and I've been listening to it 24/7. I can't listen to the song "Prayer" without crying or the song "Heave Away" without singing really loudly.
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What I'm wearing... Dirt! Ha! It's everywhere! I really hope you aren't reading my blog hoping to figure out the latest fashion trends :)
This is from May 2010 when we landscaped the back yard at our rental house. These hands belong to Sam (who was crawling around), my dad, Dave, and me. Lately Dave's hands, and my knees, have been sporting this look! I used this picture because a) I love it and b) I didn't have a recent one of me wearing dirt :)

What I'm doing this weekend... Well, I raved about Come From Away on the phone to my parents and they decided to come see it -- and us! So we're hanging out with my parents this weekend! Whooo hooo!!!

What I'm looking forward to next month... Rachel turns 8, Dave and I will celebrate 11 years of marriage at the end of June, and school ends at the end of the month. And since the pool opened last weekend, we'll probably have a few nights at the pool. Whooo hooo!!!

What else is new... While a lot of people reading this likely have kids who are, or are close to, finished school for the year, we still have twenty days of school left, after today. Yes, we will still be in school for the next What's Up Wednesday in June :( Reading blogs of people who live in The States makes me want to be DONE already. So for those of you who are already in summer vacation mode, enjoy some extra summer for us :) 


  1. I know I've been reading your blog for a few years now because I was like...Yay...the Chariot!

  2. I am not ready for school to be out yet! Happy for another month. And the weather certainly doesn't feel like summer yet, despite our best efforts on Sunday. Go Raps!!

    1. I agree the weather doesn't feel like summer yet but with all the American bloggers writing about school ending, I'm starting to get ready! And yes GO RAPS!!!

  3. Yay for pool nights! Hopefully it will warm up soon enough! I am very ready for school to end!


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