Monday, April 14, 2014

Kenna's Birthday Party: Disney Frozen Edition

Kenna turned 9 on Saturday (seriously, how did this happen?!?) and we celebrated with her friends yesterday. Grammy has just asked to see pictures from the big event, and so here they are! (I'd post them on Facebook, but I don't want ALL my "friends" to know of my birthday party craziness!!)

Kenna (along with millions of other little girls around the world!!) chose Disney's FROZEN as her this year's birthday party theme! I had originally started pinning ideas for a rainbow Rainbow Loom party (her OTHER obsession) but she was pretty set on having a Frozen movie party, complete with a movie sing-a-long!  Apparently her school friends told her that her movie themed birthday (with concession and Makenna-bucks) was her best one ever.  Therefore, she did not even consider the rainbow loom theme (even with me enticing her with all my colourful pins on Pinterest)!

I, being the crazed birthday party planning mom I am, was not super thrilled about repeating this theme (I get bored). So we settled on a Frozen/snow/snowman theme, with food "order forms" that we could fill for the birthday guests. 

Invite courtesy of Andy Frew!
Table centerpiece - Jorja's Christmas present!

Kenna did the Olaf Juiceboxes

Snowflake sugar cookies were goody bag favours!
The gang!
With special guest, Stephanie! (Jorja missed the memo on the "normal" picture!
Crazy faces!
Snowman pizza
Order forms! (Courtesy of Daddy, of course!)
Present time
Birthday cake flavoured ice cream made into birthday cake! Oh irony!
The birthday girl, post candle blow!
Birthday party picnic, for pizza and then cake! (14 guests don't fit at my table!)
And so the new nine year old was happy and well-celebrated. And thankful. And all was well with the world. ;)

(Excuse the billion pictures of the food stuffs, but this was the main reason I was up till 2:30 am on Saturday night. And so I MUST post these here!)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring break is here!

I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this break! From school (the kids and my own)! From making lunches and getting out the door on time! From homework and planning! From the routine of spending days apart from my little family!

I'm soaking up this time with my favourite little (or not-so-little) people!

I'm trying to be better at taking photos, as I've not been using my camera much lately. (The good and bad of having a camera phone.)

These are from my Friday night with Jorja (Instagram bomb!).  Andy had the big kids at the Giants game, along with the Crossridge Church Junior High kids, and so J and I had a little date.  We (she!) had a maple dip donut from Timmies (thanks, Roll Up the Rim!) and then watched shows in the big king bed while painting finger nails.  Good times! And just what I needed to start my Spring Break.

Twinsies, in our green stripes!
Maple dip was her pick!  Freeeeee donut! 
#fridaynightsnuggles (Notice the nice nail polish!)
Friday snuggle silly faces!

Now it is Thursday afternoon.  I've got two batches of soup on the go, plus chicken marinating in the fridge.  Jorja is sitting beside me, munching on carrots and doing a great job of trying to read while I type.  We're both in our jammies. Makenna is drawing Olaf from the movie Frozen on the computer, and Kaleb is having a Minecraft online playdate with two girls from church.  The sun is shining and the birds are chirping and it feels and sounds like SPRING! 

Yahooooo! Good day!

Spring Break Get-Away!

We started off our spring break with little get-away to Grand Mound, Washington with our Oldham cousins to go to Great Wolf Lodge.  What a blast!  And considering I'm not normally a big water slider, that is huge compliment!  I love the consistent (warm) temperature and lack of cold breezes, and my back (and bathing suit!) is thankful for tube rides.

Because of some passport issues (Andy had renewed his as it expires in May, and the new one had not been delivered yet we were crossing the border with his hole-punched passport), we decided to head down a day early and stayed overnight in Renton.  This extended our family vacay a bit, made the drive a bit more broken up, and gave us some "just Frew" time!  The kids love the continental buffet breakfast at our hotel (no waffles this time though, so Apple Jacks and unhealthy muffins it was!) and a chance to swim in the pool in the morning before heading out.

Oldhams met us around lunchtime on Monday! Here is the Fr-oldham gang, super excited to be at Great Wolf Lodge!  Lukas told Juli he wished he could do back flips, as he was soooo excited to be there!

They were VERY excited to finally arrive!
We got settled in our room and then quickly suited up and headed to the water park.  The pictures don't do it justice!  I did try to take lots of pictures, but there was a lot of running and blurrrrr, water and splashes.  ;) Hopefully you can sense the joy and fun!

Jorja and Naya 
Post ride victory cheer
Big smiles (with a daddy in the background)
River Canyon Run
The Frew gang 

Another highlight was the buffet dinner.  The online deal we scored for GWL came with a $50 credit at the lodge, and so we chose to use it to do a buffet dinner at the Loose Moose Cottage on Monday evening.  This is a kids' dream - unlimited trips to get whatever you want!  Lukas came back from one trip with apple crisp topped with pickles.  (Unfortunately they were sweet pickles, so it wasn't the dish he had hoped for!) Janaya picked a plate of just croutons.  And the can o' whip was a huge hit too!  I think all six kids enjoyed a plate of the stuff, with maybe some fruit or cookie buried underneath! 
The plate of croutons!
Yes, there is fruit under there! 
Special Delivery for Uncle Jason!
With the big sign, before heading out.
The Fr-oldham posse!

Good times! Great memories! 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Mocha Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

Blogging (for the first time in MONTHS) to share this yummy low-carb, sugar recipe I LOVE! Who knows? Maybe I'll be back to share more. :)



Makes: 12 muffins
Dry Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 c. coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. chia seeds
  • 4-5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 c. sweetener - I use 1/4 cup. erythritol (Swerve), 1/4 c. xylitol
  • 1/4 tsp. Pure Stevia Extract
  • 1/4 c. cacoa nibs (optional)
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
Wet Ingredients
  • 4 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c. Warm Water
  • 1 c. Zucchini, Grated & Packed (~195 grams)
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
  3. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, eliminating all clumps and stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide batter evenly between twelve muffin tins lined with muffin cups.
  5. Bake at 350°F  for 25 minutes.

(adapted from Vanessa's Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins - Healthy Living How To)

Monday, July 15, 2013

More Birthday Celebrating!

Loads of June birthday in our family! Seven in our two immediate families, so this month is filled with lots celebrations.  We basically party all month long! ;)

Kaleb and Papa are" birthday buddies", as we call it, because their birthdays are only a couple days apart. This year, Grammy and Papa came down to Surrey on Father's Day afternoon.  They caught one of Kaleb's tournament baseball games, and we then headed back to our house to celebrate two of our favourite boys. 
A decade old, and one year short of seven decades!
Rice krispie cake PLUS whip cream and Smarties! Woah!

The next birthday celebration was for "Duncle Ug"!  We should have included Hudson in our celebration, since his birthday is less than a week away, but weren't that smart about it!  (Next year!) Jan was working, so we had the Frew four over for dinner and then some brownie birthday cake.
Nice faces!
And then a few days later comes Andy.  The kids and I had a blast blowing up a ton of balloons the day before and hiding them in the kids' bedroom closet so that we could surprise him with a birthday balloon wake-up the next morning. What started out as us sneaking in to cover the bed with balloons turned into a big balloon fight, with Andy trying to keep balloons off the bed and us four trying to get them on.  What a fun and memorable way to begin a birthday, according the Daddy!
We snuck in a quick birthday lunch (his steak dinner was FREE!) at the Vault!
Oreo PB Brownie Reese topped treats are the new b-day tradition for Andy!
Singing & celebrating before he heads out to boys' night at the pub for wings!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Firehall Field Trip!

With only a week left of school for the year, we are in field trip season!  Jorja's Kindy class went on a walking field trip to the fire hall last week and I was able to go along. It was a gorgeous day, which was an added bonus.

Instagram selfie of me and by Kindergartener!
Soooooo excited to be going on a field trip!
Arriving at the firehall!
With her buddy for the morning, Emily!
Posing beside the gauges and nozzles!
Love this one!
Before they got to go inside with the fire fighter!
She got to try and use the big fire hose!
The whole (crazy) gang! What a group of characters!
Stay tuned for pics from Kenna's (rainy) trip to the zoo!