Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hoodoo you love? Pinnacles Provincial Park

We had a hot dry start to our spring where we live, which is uncharacteristicAlong with this warm weather, thankfully so far this year we have only had to deal with a couple days of forest fire smoke making it into our city and affecting our air quality.

We are trying to take advantage of the smoke free time we have to get out and explore while we have the chance.

Last weekend we lucked out with our youngest was away on a birthday party sleepover so we were able to venture out with just our dog and eldest for a nice hike.

We ventured off towards Quesnel, headed to Pinnacles Provincial Park where the weather looked to be nicer as our city was calling for storms.

Pinnacles Provincial Park is located about 8km West of Quesnel  on Pinnacles Road (which is paved). The road leading up to Pinnacles is a winding road but very easily accessible.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mama Kat Thursday: Something I'm Growing

For this week I chose the prompt  - show us someting you're growing since our garden is starting to come in. We changed things up a bit this year based on our favourites from last year. Carrots were the clear winner for favorite crop so we expanded our planting area. 

This hole area is carrots this year as they are our favorite garden vegetable! The taste is so much better than store bought ones. 

Cherry tomatoes for snacking on

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

BBQ dinner gone wrong

It's both been a while since I wrote a blog post and linked up with Mama Kat's weekly writing prompts. This week I had a story to share that fits in with two of the prompts - A time I wasted money and also tried something new...

We have had some unseasonably warm temperatures to start us off into Spring this year. 

As the weather warms up you can be sure to find us cooking our dinners outdoors on the BBQ. 

Once summer hits, and the kids are out of school our schedule becomes more lax and we switch up our menu for easy summer foods which often include grilling some meat with some simple fruit and veggie sides. 

On our weekly Costco shop recently we found some great seasoned pork ribs we hadn't tried before. With only 3 of us to eat them, we were able to split the pack into two meals. Pork is not something we eat often due to one of us having difficulty digesting it but it's nice to switch it up from chicken, beef and seafood occasionally. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Creepy Crawly Critters - Lice

The start of School is always an interesting time. Kids are excited to get back and see their friends and I know for us as parents we look forward to settling back into our regular routine.

School also brings with it unfortunately some unwanted things such as germs and illness. 

And lice - which has always made me itchy just thinking about it.

Unfortunately, this past week we got to deal with it. I do count ourselves lucky that it was the 1st time. With two kids it's nice to have made it this long before encountering it. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

The change in play

When I was growing up – and when the majority of you were growing up I imagine there was no such thing as a “play date”. When you wanted to play with someone you rode your bike or walked over and knocked on their door to see if they wanted to come out. Most times, unless they were grounded they were allowed out since most parents sent their kids out to play until the street lights came on or it was time for dinner. We might even pick up a phone and call our friends. Concepts that nowadays seem foreign to kids.

The one thing there definitely wasn’t during those times was parent involvement in the process. No one consulted their calendar to see when it would work to get John and Jane together to play. We just played. We weren’t trying to schedule play time around excessive amounts of extracurricular activities some kids are involved in or parents hectic schedules. We came home from school dropped our stuff off (some of us even had keys to let ourselves in while our parents were still at work) and then took off to a friend’s house. We came and went out of our friends’ houses in the neighborhood as if we lived there too, sometimes staying for dinner or vice versa.