Tuesday, June 24, 2014

14 Month Old Fun

There are lots of things that Wyatt likes to do... for about 10 minutes at a time. This kid sure has a short attention span, but I assume this is all normal?  I'm lucky to get the chance to be a stay at home mom, so we can discover lots of new things together.  One of his newer loves is fish.  Or as he says.... issssshhh!! When we make the trip to go to Vaughan Mills, I always make sure to go through Bass Pro Shops.  It's the best free aquarium around.

Something Wyatt does many times a day is go through his drawer.  We childproofed all the the other ones he could get to, and left this big bottom one open.  There are a bunch of random things in there, toys and (safe) kitchen tools he has highjacked from us.  The kid loves measuring cups!

He loves going for walks/runs in the stroller.  Yay!  He's usually very calm, except for the occasional yell of "BUS!".  I try to take our daily walk when the school busses go by so he can have some fun pointing them out.

After our almost daily tour of the neighborhood, we hit up the park.  We are so lucky to have one only 1 block away!  He gets right out of the stroller and starts throwing mulch.  I'm pretty sure the park will be missing all of it by the end of the summer.

He also started to have a desire to climb stairs.  Yikes!  We need to get a gate asap.

He finally started liking his stuffed animals!  One of his faves is Curious George.  Wyatt loves having his little buddy in the swing with him.

Wyatt loves to read!  As you can see is is already reading Spanish, what a genius.

He loves to look for birds, "buhds".  So glad we have a nice area for his high chair that he can stare outside and point them out.

Wyatt loves to be in the shopping cart... as long as its moving.  When I stop for too long, the screams begin.  I didn't know a person so tiny could be so loud.

Now that it's summer we can spend much more time outside!  He loves to run around with his bat...

.... and play in the sprinkler.

It's so fun seeing all the little things that make him happy.  Can't wait for all the new discoveries to come :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Father's Day Feasting

I hope everyone had an awesome Father's Day!  We sure did...and had some amazing home cooked food in the process.  First up on the menu, Bacon Egg Boats.  When I was reading Tiff's blog, Love, Sweat & Beers, I knew I had to make it for the hubby for breakfast.  He is a bacon and egg lover for sure.

These babies did not disappoint!  It was a perfect ratio of all the ingredients.  I will be making these again soon.  The recipe was easy and delicious!

We ran some errands and hunger slowly crept back in.  It was a beautiful day out, so Jay grilled up some chicken for tacos.

We also made some homemade salsa and guacamole.  Oh, and you can't forget the cheese.  I love good ol cheddar.  I might be somewhat of a cheese addict.

The tacos hit the spot!  I wish there was better Mexican food near our house.  But Mexican restaurants in the Toronto suburbs are few and far between.

Between all these meals, Jay was hard at work, installing ceiling fans and fixing our glider (one of the arms snapped off, boo!).  It's what he told me he wanted to do for Father's day, I swear!  Jay and Wyatt also had plenty of fun together :)

Last but not least was our amazing dinner.  One of Jay's favorite foods is a nice steak.  Jay put a couple Ribeyes on the cast iron skillet and I sautéed some spinach for a side dish.  It was a great meal to cap off a great day... and I did not even have room for dessert.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bring on the Smoke

While Mom was visiting, I wanted to show her around some of the neighborhoods in Toronto.  While we were walking around The Beach, our tummies were rumbling.  It was perfect timing when we walked right by Hogtown Smoke...the smell beckoned us and we walked right in for lunch.  We got a perfect spot by the window so Wyatt could watch the cars go by.

We both wanted to devour the whole menu, but decided to order sandwiches since it would be "less food", ha!  While we were waiting for our meals, I eyed up the sauces on the table.  First their signature sauces, Hogmother (milder) and Father (spicier).  I personally didn't find that much of a difference in the heat level.  Both were tangy, well spiced, and a little sweet.  The father just being a little higher on the heat scale.

The two I didn't try were the Mango Habanero (way spicy!) and the Black & Blueberry (sweet).  I'll have to check those out next time!

Huge plates of food were coming our way, and I couldn't wait to take a bite.  My meal was the Brisket Sandwich. Their signature meat was served on a nice fluffy bun.  The 18-hour smoked brisket was smoky, succulent and fell apart as I was picking some for Wyatt.  My non-meat loving son (shocker I know!) even liked it.  One of the sides I chose were fries.  Look at that gigantic mound of fried taters!  My only wish was that the fries were crispier.

My other side was the chili.  It was a couple dollars more as an upgrade, but worth it!  It was pork and brisket chili goodness topped with cheese and sour cream.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

My mom got the Pulled Pork Sandwich with sweet potato fries and vinegar slaw.  The pork was tender and delicious.

After eating almost all my sandwich and maybe getting through 1/3 of my sides, I knew it was time to throw in the towel.  My stomach couldn't handle any more food!  Luckily we walked a couple miles afterwards. Maybe I burned off a few bites of chili?  I can't wait to bring the hubby to Hogtown Smoke, he sure loves his meat!

What is your favorite barbecue meal?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Life Lately

Hi there!  I know I haven't been posting regularly, bad bad bad.  Mom has been up from Florida to visit and we have been running around alot and having fun.  I need to schedule a time to blog!  When do all the other mom bloggers find time to blog?

Wyatt and Daddy at a Farmer's Market

First a Bella update... she found a home!  A loving lady who was a mommy to another American Bulldog is taking Bella into her family.  Bella is going to be one lucky girl.

Up here in Canada we have been enjoying the great outdoors!  Wyatt's new obsession is throwing mulch.  That's all he wants to do when we go to the park.  Forget all that fancy playground equipment.  This kid apparently doesn't need much to keep himself entertained.

The sun is up here from 5:00 am until 9:30 pm, it's crazy that this photo below was taken at 9:00 pm!

We have had some awesome meals in Toronto (reviews to come).

smoked brisket from Hogtown Smoke

... and we've had some awesome meals at home.  Love me some Taco Tuesday!

I was on the lookout for goslings and we finally found some.  Wyatt loved it... he couldn't stop saying "duck".
Wyatt and Abuela with the "ducks"

We have a backyard bunny too.

Then yesterday I had a horrible pain from my lower back to my left knee.  My hubby told me it was probably the sciatic nerve.  I tried to take a couple advil and tough it out, but the pain was horrible!!!  Thankfully my mom was here to take care of Wyatt while I went to the doctor.  Today the pain is better, but I need to take breaks to lay down. I hope it goes away soon.  I need to get back to exercising, I have been slacking off big time.

the "i'm bored" picture in the doctor's waiting room

My goal for the rest of the summer is to eat clean 90% of the time and workout at least 5 days a week.   The hubby and I are going to Mexico at the end of August and I want to feel good when I'm walking around the beach in a bikini.

What have you been up to lately?  Any vacation plans?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bella Needs Your Help!

Hi Friends!  Our beautiful dog Bella needs a new family to call her own. When we moved from California to Ontario, we were of course planning on taking her with us.  In the midst of trying to get all the information we needed to bring her north of the border, we found out we were unable to bring her due to the breed laws.

Bella went to live with a friend in Florida, but unfortunately they could not keep her.  Another friend is currently fostering her but she needs a forever home.  She is currently in South Florida but we will send her anywhere in the U.S. to a good family!!

Bella is a super sweet American Bulldog who loves to cuddle!  She is house trained and loves other dogs and kids.  She is about 7 years old and is very active and playful.

We miss our Bella so much and wish we could have kept her.  She will always be our little baby.  We will do whatever we can to help her.

Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalie2040@gmail.com if you would like more information on giving Bella a home!

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