As a kid I loved Halloween- dressing up, getting free candy, sorting the candy and making 'strategic deals' with my siblings to create the perfect collection of my favourite treats. I mean even now I'm thinking WOW... life doesn't get much better than that! HA.
One of the best things about Halloween growing up was that my mom actually sewed all of our costumes herself! That meant that the costume possibilities were actually endless! One year my brother Robert wanted to be a flashlight and so my mom created a flashlight costume for him that actually shone light! One year I wanted to be a piece of cake (don't ask me why...lol) so my mom sewed a piece of cake with a life-sized fork to boot! One year John wanted to be a mummy and my mom made him a mummy costume. When he got to school everyone thought he was a chicken... ha ha. I guess you can't win 'em all!
I wanted to carry on the tradition of creating costumes for my kids SO this year was super special because, along with my mom, I actually helped to sew Lotte's first Halloween costume!
What did we decide to dress up as this year?
The characters from CHARLOTTE'S WEB... obviously! I decided on our costume almost immediately after we decided on the name Charlotte for our new babe. And even though I don't typically like spiders in my home... I'm willing to make an exception for this one!
This year we went trick-or-treating for the first time in about 15 years! Honestly...I had forgotten how much fun it is! Especially when you have a crew like ours- 2 monkeys, 1 unicorn, 1 cowboy and 1 spider... it doesn't get much cuter!
HAPPY SUGAR-COMA RECOVERY DAY, EVERYONE! xo
Guys! I love Fall for SO many reasons (hello Thanksgiving, apple picking, sweater weather, crunchy leaves, ALL of the pie, cute baby clothes etc.) but at the top of that list is Soupfest! Soupfest is an annual event that takes place in Holland Landing that consists of about 25 soup makers gathering under a big white tent to serve all different types of soup to about 2000 event attendees! It's just the best! David and I have participated in Soupfest on behalf of Bijoy's restaurant for the last 4 years and it's become a fave Fall tradition!
This year I thought it would be cool if my church (Richmond Hill Community Church) made and served a soup at Soupfest. Honestly...I had NO IDEA how much work it would be to make 40 litres of soup in a non-industrial kitchen with household pots, food processors etc. Let's just say it was a LOT! Next year we'll be starting the preparation at least two days in advance and gathering a bigger team to help! HA.
In the end all of our hard work definitely payed off! Not only did we get to connect with hundreds of people from our community, but we also ended up winning the award for BEST homemade soup! Woohoo!
So what was our award winning soup? PUMPKIN, CURRY, COCONUT SOUP! And YES- it tasted as good as it sounds! Check out the recipe below and if you end up making the soup...be sure to let me know!
Before I delivered Lotte I had BIG plans for my maternity leave. I envisioned myself heavily investing in this blog, crushing my fitness goals, starting a business (LOL), joining every single mommy-baby class offered and cooking bangin' meals for David to come home to (HA HA HA)!
Well, I think David's reaction to one of my most recent 'bangin'' meals- "It's okay Julia... you're just in a Summer slump. Why don't you stick with something you already know how to make.... like tacos!"- serves as a pretty good indication of how my mat leave plans have been going!
So, if not blogging, exercising, class-taking, business-starting etc. then what HAVE I been doing?
Well let's see...
Lots of bouncing and cuddling
Lots of documenting- first smile, first 'standing', first grabbing, first bike ride, first boat ride
Lots of singing- countless repetitions and renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Head and Shoulders and My God is So Big
Lots of walking, talking and cottage time with Nana and Grandpa
Lots of coffee drinking
Lots of celebrating little things like eye contact, smiling, holding, grabbing, standing and rolling over
Some lunch-ing with friends
A little bit of crying
Lots of diaper changing and outfit changing
Lots of mall walking and window shopping
Daily belly-laughing with David about being parents and the funny things that Lotte does
Lots of wondering- What will Lotte be like when she's older? Are we doing this parenting thing right? And most importantly... what colour will her eyes be?!? ;)
Lots of storytelling, stuffy naming and character inventing
Lots of kissing and rocking
While the first 4.5 months of my mat leave may have looked different than I imagined, these seemingly "ordinary" activities have filled my days with so much JOY and I'm so thankful to have had the time to enjoy them! What a gift!
Here's to the next 7.5 months of mat leave being filled with no fewer cuddles, convos, kisses, walks or laughs... but hopefully at least a couple more blog posts! ;)
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,