We are making the most of a mild(ish) winter, skiing most weekends, including a visit to a new hill recently and its equally creepy and cute sentiers des toutous (teddy bear trail). We also took advantage of a sunny Saturday afternoon to visit Montreal's first ever snow village, complete with hotel, restaurant and chapel. The coolest thing I've seen in a long time, quite literally. Apparently the hotel is booked solid - not sure that I would be tempted to spend the night here but checking out all the themed rooms was fun, including this one - perfect for hockey fans!
I'm keeping up with the running...although it's pretty icy here right now, so I am very grateful for our second hand running machine in the basement. I saw this today on pinterest - so true! Just the bit of motivation I needed to keep going to week 3!
Chalkboard paint is probably considered a "not" on a hot or not list of trends these days. It's one of those things that has been done to death and this project is no exception. But I had half a tin of leftover paint knocking about and decided to use it up making these placemats I bought on sale (previously a hideous Christmas design).
My children's classrooms have smart boards these days so apparently old skool chalkboard slates rock! The children love them and they're proving quite useful for notes, spellings and calculations at homework time. Just a light sanding and two coats did the trick. Although I will point out that good ventillation is a must - I decided to paint these in our basement (outside or in the garage is just too cold) and the paint fumes were ridiculous!
I'm turning 40 this year and I'm suddenly feeling a bit middle aged. So I'm using a free C25K podcast to build myself up to running 5K again. Or should I say jogging. I'm not an athlete and I'm horribly out of shape, but I have (pre children) run two half marathons, so I know that it's entirely possible. My new year's resolution is not to compete in a race necessarily, but simply to get fitter, stronger and a little less wobbly in the thigh department. This week I went for my second run with a friend outside at -14C wearing hubby's yaktrax to stop any spectacular slidey ice wipeouts. So far so good!
We've had a very mild winter so far with relatively little snow. That all changed this week with a snowstorm on Thursday and the children's first skiing lesson today. The temperature hovered around the -18C mark with a "feels like" like rating of -25C. The feels like factor basically accounts for the windchill - so despite barely any flesh on show due to a combination of goggles, ski masks and neck warmers we all returned from a chilly mountain this evening with rosy cheeks and frozen toes.
The weather also gave my husband a chance to try out a little science experiment we had previously seen on youtube.
Shortly after new year we packed up and drove to NYC to spend a few days exploring while my husband was working there. He's a fairly frequent visitor to Manhattan and this time we decided to all tag along for some family fun. It's been 15 years since my last (and only) visit. I'd almost forgotten how breathtaking it is and the children loved the excitiment and noise too. We were lucky enough to stay in the heart of the city and walked for miles every day taking in all the sites.
A bunch of neighbourhood mums got together with our children this weekend and decorated these mini gingerbread houses. I made the houses up with a friend the day before using graham crackers and icing à la Martha and then they went to town with icing and candy. Not before I photographed them in the dusting of snow we had in the morning. Madness, but they looked so magical! The Christmas after we first moved into our house, a neighbour, who we barely knew and who has since unfortunately moved away, delivered one of these on a plate with a bag of candy and a bag of home made icing to each of the children in the neighbourhood, ready to decorate. Such a wonderful and unexpected gift that my children have never forgotten.
This year, I'm opting for a simple Christmas in my home. That doesn't mean I don't want to put up decorations for the house, buy gifts or make the season any less special for my family, but I just really want to focus on simple this year.
As I get older (and although you wouldn't necessarily realize it looking at the state of my house) clutter and too much "stuff" bothers me more and more. And although I am certainly not a minimalist by any stretch, this time of year the thought of Christmas decorations everywhere makes me feel slightly overwhelmed instead of joyful. I recently came to the realization that although we have amassed quite a few Christmas decorations over the years, many of them highly sentimental, I don't have to use all of them, every year.
A revelation I tell you. Why did it take me so long to work that out?!!
I'm Lina, a Brit married to a Canadian, living in Montreal. I'm mum to two little lovelies, working part time and keeping myself sane by sewing and other crafty related making.
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