Author Archives: Lindsey Knudson

Weekend Recap

Ok I think we had our final cold and snowy weekend! Maybe…fingers crossed!

Friday

We watched some horrible Netflix movie – it is so bad I don’t remember the name and would not share it if I did! All Netflix Original movies we have watched so far as bad – anyone else find this?

Saturday

Chloe’s party day! We kept things simple with a bunny theme which meant I kept up the Easter decor 😉 And a small party. I love big parties and all but they are tiring so now we try and keep them under 10 kids, and ones that are similar in age.

Chloe pre-party:

The decor:

My Mom made this awesome bean bag toss and carrots bean bags for the kids to play!

It was a busy afternoon, but all the kids did great and the mess was minimal – win!

I had to go to the local food and beverage expo that night as my work had a booth, it was fun to get out for a few hours but by 10pm (when it ended) I was tired!

Sunday

The morning was spent working out, crafting, and colouring. Avery loves to colour these days and her colouring has come a long way in the past bit!

Both girls had cabin fever so we headed out after nap time to the park with the sled. It was a beautiful afternoon, if it was January 😉 But after a really cold week I will take any sun!

As much fun as we all had lets hope this is the last time we are sledding in snowpants for awhile!

Avery helped me work on supper, we made our first recipes from the Hot for Food cookbook, See Food Chowder and Pesto Twists!

Both turned out awesome and it made a ton!

Now onto our week! I have two early work mornings – yawn – and my in-laws are coming to town!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

Short work weeks are the best! Well unless you have a sick kid! Miss. C is not feeling great – bad timing with it being her birthday! Poor kid.

Monday we a ‘fun’ day – I took C to the Dr after her breathing was a tad off, while there she ran into the counter and cut the corner of her eye. If it had been a millimeter over she would have needed stitches – OY. Then we ran to Chapters to grab a cookbook I wanted and she was trying to get a toy, it fell hit her in the face and she got a bleeding nose. So it was a Monday!

We did get out for coffee unharmed!

Early before all the mishaps we spent the time morning colouring and baking:

We had a little celebration Wednesday for her, she tried to grab the lit candle:

And took Chloe out for the supper of her choice, Subway!

I am excited for the meal plan this week thanks to my new cookbook – Vegan Comfort Classics!

Saturday – Black Bean burgers (Costco)

Sunday – Cheesy Pesto Bread Twists & See Food Chowder – Vegan Comfort Classics

Monday – One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Spicy Peanut Noodles – Vegan Comfort Classics

Wednesday – Turkey bacon BLTs & sweet potato fries

Thursday – Easy Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry – Damn Delicious 

Friday – Blackened Shrimp Tacos – Budget Bytes

This weekend we are having a party for Chloe and that is it – I have been lacking motivation lately with this weather – hopefully spring finds us soon!

Lindsey

Chloe – Two Years

Today our Chloe turns two! I really have no idea how we welcomed her two long years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. She is exactly what we needed, and definately the ying to my yang.

Chloe is the silliest, yet most serious little girl – for those you know that know her you will understand this statement! She will make you work for a smile but warm up to you fast and being her typical, silly self.

Now serious Chloe…

I joke that she is more like a boy versus girl – she is non-stop go and gets into everything! She keeps us all on our toes 24/7.  This has earned her the nickname “Chlo-nado”.

She is growing like a weed and most days can out eat me, she is 25.5lbs and 32.5″ tall. She still has the dairy issue but we are working through that and hope she grows out of it soon!  Besides dairy she eats 98% of foods and loves it all! She has a soft spot for chocolate like me 😉

She is taking her sweeettt time talking. And it has got to the point where I swear she does not say things just to bug me! But if she really wants something she can then say almost any word she needs to. Oh did I mention she is stubborn? Thankfully she has great comprehension and listens pretty well 😉

She loves to help, and is the first one to jump to anything you ask her to do – or anyone else. With this she is also very empathetic and will also be the first one to give a hug if someone is upset or crying.

We are excited to enter the “two’s” with Chloe and know she will only become more and more fun. Happy birthday Chloe!
Lindsey

Easter Weekend Recap

Hope everyone had their fill of chocolate this weekend – we sure have! It was a full long weekend and I actually have today off too!

Friday

We worked out, got groceries, baked and then spent the day doing the big bed swap.

And took some Easter photos of this girls:

A few months back I found a bed for Chloe on Wayfair, Avery insisted she get a new bed and she would give hers to Chloe. Long story short, it actually worked better to do it this way so that is what we did.

However, come Friday Avery was less than happy about Chloe getting her bed – even with the reminders this was her choice. But after a few hours of crying (no joke) and her bed was all set-up life was a-okay once again.

Chloe in her new bed!

I was not sure how well it would look and fit in her room but it looks great and leaves more space than I thought still.

Avery’s new bed:

That night Avery decided to sleep with Chloe so she was not scared – I thought for sure this would be a horrible idea but it went over well!

We finished the day watching Pitch Perfect 3 – which did not disappoint!

Saturday

Besides a 2am “water” call from Chloe then at 5am she woke up and turned on her light her first night went great!

I went to a morning spin class – and got my butt kicked as usual. Once I got home we got ready to head to Easter dinner with Chad’s extended family on his Step-Mom’s side. I took no photos all day, between visiting and chasing after Chloe there was no time 😉

Again Avery requested a “sleepover” with Chloe, so we let them, before we went to bed I snapped this photo:

We played Easter bunny and called it a night!

Sunday

The girls had another great night and both were up at their usual time. We did the egg hunt thing, then had a small breakfast since we were going out for brunch with my family.

Their Easter baskets:

Bother nap times so far in the big girl bed have been almost too easy…”Chloe it is nap time” “Ok” and she goes to her bed and goes right to sleep – I feel like this is a trick!

During nap time I cleaned, Avery and Chad played with the Lego the Easter bunny brought her:

Later we ran a few errands then spent the rest of the day around home. I wish we had nicer weather to get outside as I think we all need some fresh air but it was still a great weekend!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

Yay for short work weeks! This week we did get out one night for some bike riding and the girls found the first bug of the year – a fly – they were amazed 😉

I made a stop at my favourite cupcake place this week & bought my co-workers cupcakes – lucky for Chad and the girls there were some leftover.

I also had a weak childhood memory moment and bought a Lite-Brite online. I said I was saving it as a gift for a birthday or Christmas but I could not resist opening it with Avery last night:

Anyone else ready for BBQ season? I know we are! We are warm weather BBQ’ers so onto another non-BBQ week of meal plans:

Saturday – Easter dinner

Sunday – Greek Turkey Tacos – Whitney Bond

Monday – Tuscan Grilled Chicken & quinoa – Easy Family Recipes

Tuesday – One Pot Ratatouille Spaghetti – Wallflower Kitchen

Wednesday – Out for C’s birthday

Thursday – Veggie Burrito Bowls

Friday – Pizza

Weekend plans! An Easter dinner, Easter brunch, of course the whole egg hunt thing –> my favourite part, a spin class and we will see what Mother Nature brings to plan the rest! Wishing everyone a happy Easter!

Lindsey