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Questions and Answers

Cheila over at Pink for Days posted questions for her readers on her blog.  She encouraged us to reply in her comments section, but I decided to be a rebel and post my answers here.  I’ve written about most of these things on my blog anyways over the years (gosh, that makes me sound old).

  1. What is your first name?  Sophie
  2. Do you have a middle name? Nope
  3. Can you tell me your age and birthday? I’m 32.  My birthday is in the first week of December (bonus points for anyone who figures out when exactly – it’s in my blog…somewhere).
  4. Where in the world are you? I’m in Eastern Canada
  5. What is your maternal language? What language do you speak at home? Do you speak any other languages? My maternal language is French.  I also speak English (duh).
  6. Are you married? If so, how many years? Did you have a big wedding? I am!  It’ll be a year on May 21st.  We had a very small wedding.  As far as I remember, there were 21 of us including, myself, my husband and our two kids (because I was pregnant with Elliot at the time).
  7. Are you single? Do you have a boyfriend? if so, how many years have you been together?  Though my husband and I have been married less than a year, we’ve been together almost 10.
  8. Are you a mom or dad? How many babes do you have? Can you tell me their first names or nicknames and ages?  I’m a mom to three beautiful littles.  Charles (4), Amélie (2.5) and Elliot (9 months).
  9. What do you do for a living?  You mean when I’m not on maternity leave?  Ha!  I’m a special ed teacher in high school.
  10. What did you study in University? Did you attend?  I studied…wait for it…Education!
  11. What’s your favorite book?  Do I really have to pick one?  Hum: Le Petit Prince, The Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials series are among my favourites.
  12. What’s your favorite movie? I really enjoy Les Choristes.
  13. What is your favorite band or artist? I love Mauvais Sort.  I also enjoy The Civil Wars.
    If we’re talking instrumental, I’d go with James Galaway or Jean-Pierre Rampal (two amazing flutists).
  14. What is your favorite food? Oh sushi!  Definitely sushi.
  15. Do you have any hobbies?  Too many.  Gaming, crochet, running, reading, blogging, baking…
  16. What sports/activities do you practice?  I run and do some at-home crossfit-like workouts.
  17. Do you have any pets? Can you tell me their names?  Sadly no.  We had leopard geckos before having kids.  I’ve talked my husband into letting me have a dog once all our kids are in school.
  18. What time is it for you right now?  Right now, it’s 5:17pm.  But this post is scheduled for 8am tomorrow (March 27th).
  19. Why do you blog? I blog to connect with others, to comment, exchange ideas, empty my too-full mind, share the craziness that comes with having three young kiddos.  I also love writing.
  20. What do you love about blogging? Is there something you don’t like?  I love commenting and replying to comments others take the time to write.  I’m not sure if there’s anything I don’t like about blogging.

So, there you have it.  Now you all know a little more about me!

Do you have a question for me?  Leave it in the comments section and I’ll gladly answer.  If anyone else would like to post their answers to these 20 questions (or a selection of them), feel free to link your post.

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#MyFirstPostRevisited

I was recently tagged by the lovely Amanda over at Adventures with Amanda.  I seriously love this blogger!  She’s so positive and energetic and so fun to interact with.  Plus, she’s getting married in less than a month!!!

It’s funny, despite writing my first post over four years ago (holy crap, I’ve been at this for a while!) I still remember most details about it.  I remember the date, I remember where I was sitting, what I was doing, what time it was.  I’m fairly certain that I could write it out here pretty accurately without even looking at it.

Here it is:

Hi, my name is Sophie.  I am 28 today and the proud mother of an adorable two week old little boy.

Hehe…reading through those first two sentences, I almost feel as though they belong in a support group.  What would this group be, you ask?  I’d call it the Association for Sleep-Deprived-Perpetually-Worried-First-Time-Mothers (ASDPWFTM).  Hum, perhaps a bit long, I’ll have to work on it…

But this brings me to my second point: the reason I decided to start this blog.  It’s simple really, my adorable two week old is going through his second growth spurt and I need to find something to do whilst he is seemingly perpetually latched onto me to eat.

In short, the point of this blog isn’t to inform you (though you will surely learn plenty as you read about my experiences), but rather to keep myself from going crazy!

Happy reading!049

So, there you have it!

Care to share your first post?  Feel free to link up!

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Recipe: Cornbread (no cornmeal)

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Yesterday, I mentioned that I would be trying out a cornbread recipe.  Boy was it delicious!  Now, bear in mind that I had never tasted cornbread prior to yesterday (never mind made it), but if I were a corn kernel, I would make it my life’s objective to made into this beauty.  It was sweet, moist and super corny (in a good way hahaha!) and had a wonderful texture.  Plus, it has the most lovely yellow colour.

Given that I had to modify the original recipe slightly to exclude the honey (because of Elliot) and to substitute the margarine for butter (which we always have on hand), I figured I’d give myself a bit of a creative license and apply a few more modifications.  Here is the (very) slightly adapted version of the recipe that I made yesterday.  You can find the link to the original recipe in yesterday’s TTT post.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz (≈ 2½ cups) frozen corn kernels, divided
  • 1.5 cups (215 g) flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup (55 g) unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, place butter, milk and 12 oz (or about 2 cups) of frozen corn kernels.  Stir occasionally until butter is completely melted and corn had thawed, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add both eggs and whisk them into the dry ingredients until you obtain a thick paste.
  4. Once your corn is ready, remove saucepan from heat puree with an immersion blender.img_2712
  5.  Whisk pureed corn mixture into the dry ingredients bowl.  Add reserved corn kernels (3 oz or about ½ cup) and mix well.img_2713
  6. Pour into greased deep dish pie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.img_2715
  7. Wait for it to cool enough to cut out a nice slice for a picture, have a little taste before putting the slice back into the dish for supper but gobble it all up instead.

It is pretty sweet.  Sweet enough that it could seriously be dessert.  To be honest, I was afraid it would be too sweet.  I served it with some pan seared pork tenderloin medallions which I rubbed with a paste made of a mix of worcestershire sauce, paprika, garlic powder and salt and a garlic spinach-kale puree.  It turns out, however that it complemented this meal with absolute perfection.

If you try it, let me know!

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Oh How Things Have Changed

When I was a kid, by the start of December, I would usually be flipping through the Christmas special version of the Sears catalog.  I remember flipping through page after page getting excited by a whole bunch of cool-looking toys and gadgets.  I could spend quite a lot of time doing this.

A couple of weeks ago, we received a small booklet from a nearby toy and game shop with a whole bunch of really interesting…well…toys and games.  I was sure that Charles would get excited by it, but he flipped through it once and then moved on to other things.

Today, he looked at a set of flyers that I just couldn’t pry out of his hands to get him to bed.  He kept exclaiming at each page and pointing more than a few items.  He seriously spent a good half-hour pouring through the content, never tiring of turning the same pages over and over again.

Anyone want to gander a guess at what he was getting all excited about?

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Yup, these are indeed grocery flyers.
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Woot Woot!

You know how there are some days where you can’t seem to get anything done and there are others where everything seems to go your way?  Well today was one of those days.  Today, I felt like a superstar.

It all started at 6:30 with a run.  I ran for 30 minutes consecutively for the first time!  It was sooooo awesome.  I managed to get just over 4km in that time.  I’m really happy (in case you haven’t already noticed) because I had set the goal to run 30 consecutive minutes or run 5k by the end of July and I did it (with 13 days to spare!).

First 30 min run

When I got back, the kiddos were finishing up their breakfast with their dad and I sat down with them.  We played downstairs while I took care of some laundry until it was time for Amélie’s nap.  Once she was down, Charles helped me wash the windows in his room (he was quite proud and started washing everything else in sight in his room as I finished up).  Amélie woke up, we had a little snack and then we left for the grocery store to buy a few things that we were missing for lunch.

Waiting at the red light for our turn to cross.
Waiting at the red light for our turn to cross.

I realized that though these little wagons are super practical, they are also quite hard to pull with 50lbs of kids inside.  Oh well, second workout of the day LOL!.

When we got back, we got lunch going, they took their nap and then, we went to the water park.  It wasn’t super duper hot, but it was hot enough for a bit of water to be refreshing.  And since I can’t go in our pool with two kids at the same time, it was a great alternative.  Charles got wet…and then he got dirty.

He didn’t really care though and his sister was having a blast looking at her brother playing in the sand while she was in the swing.

Notice the feet inside the swing.  This is her preferred method.
Notice the feet inside the swing. This is her preferred method.

It was really great because I saw Charles interact with kids his own age.  This isn’t something that I’m accustomed to seeing because he is usually really shy.  I think that having something in common with his friend helped break the ice though.

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Can anyone spot the common theme?

Both kids were all smiles on our way home…

image…and ready to keep playing once we reached our destination.  Charles kept himself busy with a branch he found (seriously, what *is* it with boys and branches?).

And Amélie was her cute and silly self (when she realized that she wasn’t going to be able to grab my phone from me, she tried to remove her hat, but missed and pinched her cheek instead).

Charles decided to help me finish up my laundry by gathering all of our remaining clothespins in the same spot…

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They Ate My Breakfast

When I get back from my morning runs, I am usually famished.  Recently, I’ve been enjoying a big bowl of fruit with some (canned) coconut milk and a spoonful of natural almond butter as my post-run breakfast of choice.  This morning, I fancied some raspberries in my fruit bowl, so I sent my superhero (aka Charles in one of his Batman pyjamas) out in the yard with a small plastic bowl to go and pick somefor me.  He was all too happy to oblige.

Working hard to find some yummy raspberries.
Working hard to find some yummy raspberries.

He stayed there for a good 5 minutes finding (and no doubt sampling) as many of the berries as he could.  When he came back inside, he didn’t come find me in the kitchen.  I finished cutting my peach and poked my head out of the kitchen to find this going on.

They couldn't resist some fresh-picked berries.
They couldn’t resist some fresh-picked berries.

I had two little birdies eating part of my breakfast (could you blame them, though?).  I ate my raspberry-less breakfast as I watched Charles make more trips out to fetch some more fruit for his sister and he to share.  Of course, his sister waited patiently for the next wave of berries to arrive between each trip.

Hum, I wonder if he's coming back soon.
Hum, I wonder if he’s coming back soon.

All in all, I had a pretty good breakfast.

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Maybe I Should Just Try Benadryl

Usually, Amélie goes down for bed at 7.

Usually, after our short bedtime routine, I just pop her in her crib with a kiss, leave her room, close the door and spend the next 2-3 hours before my own bedtime picking up the house and having some me time.

Sometimes, she’ll be overtired and will start crying as soon as I put her down.  Usually, all she needs is for me to rub her back for about 5 minutes before she falls asleep.

But tonight, oh tonight.

It’s now 9:15 and she’s still not sleeping.  The dada and I have formed a tag team.  None of our strategies have worked.

Not one.

Rocking? Nope.

Walking? Nope.

Nursing? Nope.

Singing? Nope.

Holding? Nope.

Nope. NOPE. NOPE!

I put her down, she cries.

I rub her back, she squirms.

I try to apply a bit of pressure on her hips to stop her from moving, she screams.

I pick her up, she puts her thumb in her mouth and puts her head on my shoulder.  *Yes!*

NOPE!

Ten seconds later she’s squirming, pulling my hair, pinching me, headbutting me.

I seriously tried everything short of giving her Benadryl to make her drowsy.  (I almost seriously considered it)

The last time the dada came up to take over, I all but threw her in his arms.

Then, I went outside, on the balcony and closed the door.

Silence.

The dada managed to put her down, by the way.  It’s now 9:20 and she’s alseep…for now.

Dads are awesome like that.

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YES!!!!

Today’s run has been at the back of my mind since I first started the Couch to 5k running program.  Before today, you always alternate between running and recovery periods.  Before today, the longest consecutive minutes of running I had ever done were 8 minutes…two days ago.  Before that, the longest consecutive minutes of running I had ever done were 7 minutes…back in 1999 when I first participated in a 5k run at school.

I’m sure you understand that when I saw that the Week 5, day 3 program was to run 20 minutes without any recovery time I thought there was a mistake.  Upon consulting Dr. Google, I realized that 20 straight minutes was indeed the program and I almost gave up, right then and there.

But I kept at my training.  Week after week, running got easier.  I came to a point where I told myself that I would be able to do 20 minutes of running eventually.  But you know what?  I did it!  On my first try!  I just got back.  Today, I was able to run 20 minutes without even feeling the need to slow down.

All I can say is: YES!!!