Saturday, October 15, 2016

In the van..

I haven't totally given up my chauffeur status and today was one of the days that reminded me....

Kiandra and I drove to our 5th Aerial silk class. Our 6 week beginner class ends next week. I learned a few more tricks and I hope Kiandra can snap a few pictures next week of some of the stuff I've learned.

Then we drove home and Kaden was still in was almost 11:30am! Those full days of school and volleyball are getting to him!

His second hockey tryout was in the early afternoon:

Kiandra and I did some errands, including a stop at the bread store to buy these 20 items for $23.98.

Then we went back to pick Kaden up:

and then in the late afternoon  I drove Kiandra to set where she will be an extra in a Christmas movie:

I *almost* drove from there to Kaden's volleyball tournament over an hour away but thankfully the coach told Kaden he didn't have to come. I was glad to just go home instead of more hours in the van!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Conrad's Birthday Supper

In the rush of yesterday's packed day, I didn't make Conrad's traditional birthday supper yesterday. I decided that since Kaden did NOT have volleyball after school today (this may be only the second time since school started) that I would surprise Conrad with his favourite meal instead of heading out like we usually do on Friday nights.

Here's Conrad's favourite chicken cordon blue's kind of a lazy version but it is his favourite!


  1. Use a meat pounder to flatten the chicken breats.
  2. Place 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese in the center of each breast.
  3. Roll up and place seam side down in a casserole dish.
  4. Securing with a toothpick if necessary.
  5. Bake, covered, for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  6. While it is baking, mix together remaining ingredients.
  7. Pour over cooked chicken and bake until sauce bubbles.
  8. I usually serve with noodles.
*for an even lazier version, lay ham and cover with a slice of cheese over chicken and bake until chicken is cooked and cheese is melted. Pour on sauce (make sure it isn't too cold to break the glass pan!)  and then bake until bubbly.

Today is your birthday!!

Conrad's 42nd birthday consisted of errands:

and then the girls took him to the Pizza Hut buffet for lunch. 

He got to watch Kaden's volleyball game:

followed by a quick supper at Five Guys:

Then he was off to his Thursday night floor hockey:

and now that Kaden is old enough to join in, he went along:

The girls and I popped by near the end of the night to bring birthday cupcakes for all the guys:

I hope the birthday boy knows how much he is loved and appreciated!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

Last school photos....she's had them for awhile but I'm just getting to see them now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hockey Try-Outs Begin!

It seems like most teams in the city are already formed and Kaden's first try out was this evening. This is the first time (I think ever!) that he hasn't known and practiced with his team on Thanksgiving weekend and so this seems a bit late.


Kaden didn't even look too bad out there considering that he hasn't really been on the ice since the season ended in March. His volleyball season has prevented him from joining in on some of the extra ice times that his old team has planned. 
It will be interesting to find out who will be on Kaden's team this year. They are predicting a bit of an upset due to things happening at the AAA and AA levels which will affect the players trying out. We should know Kaden's team by late next week.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dinner for 16!

I love Thanksgiving dinner and I find it to be one of the easiest meals to host. So much of the prep can be done the day before and so the day of the dinner is much more enjoyable. My dream is to one day have a big huge table with everyone around it but for now I have to settle for 2 table for 10:
and one table for 6:
I love Fall decorations too:
Dinner is served!
Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, 2 kinds of stuffing (boxed and homemade), gravy, coleslaw, corn, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese (brought by my BIL and his girlfriend), salad (brought by my SIL), pickles, and buns:
and pie for dessert! Costco pumpkin pie and homemade French silk and homemade coconut cream pie with whip cream.
Our tables for 16 included: Conrad's parents:
Conrad's oldest brother and his wife and their 4 boys, Conrad's other brother and his girlfriend:
and for the first time ever we had a "significant other" in attendance. She got stuck at the "kids" table with all the boy cousins and Kaden. Who would have thought that Kaden would be the first of our children to bring a "date" to the family gathering. Kaden had been at her gathering yesterday and today she came to his.
Kiandra drove Maddy home after and I just had to snap a picture of these two in their matching jackets:
(Yes...he is a wee bit taller than her!) 

It makes me wonder how many will be around our table next Thanksgiving??

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Ice Cream for supper...


When Kaden gets invited to a family gathering and the girls head off to work the evening shift Conrad and I are left alone for supper...and this is where we ended up:

perhaps a preview of what's in store when the kids leave the nest, lol!
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