the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint


Oh how I would love to shout that from a mountain top this morning.  I’m going on day 7 of having no voice.  It finally came back yesterday enough that people can hear what I’m saying but prior to that I was at a whisper for the entire week.  This morning is a little better yet so I have faith that I’m on the mend.

As it happened, last weekend I received a package of loose leaf tea from someone that I lent some baby clothes to.  I’ve never been one for hot drinks of any kind but having lost my voice, I figured a cup of herbal tea would be a good addition to my breakfast routine.  I picked up this little guy as an infuser and low and behold am finding myself looking forward to a cup of tea every morning.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, I recommend checking out this organic and locally sourced herbal tea!

Despite not having a voice, I decided on taking a day-trip to Montreal with the boys to celebrate my nephew’s third birthday!  We were on the road by 8:30am and made it in time to play at the park for a few minutes before lunch.  We spent the afternoon going back and forth from the park playing with sandcastles and dinosaurs.

My sister hosted a birthday party for Chaz that evening with three of his friends and their families.  We were pumped to be there for taco dinner and a dinosaur cake!  Shortly after dinner, I got the boys in their jammies, loaded the car and was back on the road by 8pm.  We came, we played, we ate, we partied!

I was excited to quietly hang (again, no voice) with a friend and creator of Gooseandco Boutique at the party.  If you haven’t yet checked out my review of her Grow With Me pants, you should do that here.  While in Montreal this time, I picked up this mega cute sweater for Jude.  It will be the perfect light weight layer for the spring/summer.

We were all a little tired (read: cranky) getting up on Friday but with the help of a morning playdate, Dad having the afternoon off and an another full day of sunshine, we were all smiles.

We even got around to starting some of our seeds for the garden.  This is our 5th year growing a garden together in the backyard.  At the end of every season, we strategize about what went well and what we’d like to change for the following year.

This year we’re trying something new and using our 30x40ft space to plant mostly root vegetables that we intend to harvest and store in the fall to be eaten throughout the winter.  During market season, we make a point to go every Saturday morning so we will stock up fresh fruits and vegetables while they’re in season.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress as it goes along.

Yesterday we started carrots, beets, parsnips, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe and a few leafy greens – spinach and kale.  We had help from the kids so…. we’ll see.

Last thing before signing off and heading outside, I want to share about our favourite new bakery.  We started buying from Wilkie’s Bakery at the Carp Farmers Market last spring.  In the fall, we joined their bread share program and looked forward to picking up our two loaves every two weeks throughout the winter.  They recently opened their own bakery in Pembrooke so we made the trip as a family on Monday to check it out!  We enjoyed home made soup, panini sandwiches, a muffin and an amazing sticky bun.  Be sure to look for them at the Carp Farmer’s Market or enjoy a drive to Pembrooke!  Either way, we’re thrilled to be supporting these guys and their delicious food.

Have a great week!  See you Wednesday…by then it will officially be race month.  Yikes!


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