12 Jun 2017

TRAVELS: VANCOUVER'S BEST PANORAMA

























29-05-2017

We started the day by relaxing in the hotel. After husband went to work the children watched some shows on Treehouse (we don't have television so watching treehouse during our travels is their little treat), whilst I got ready for the day.

After lunch which I bought from Harvest, the little deli shop down the studios, we went to Queen Elizabeth Park. The idea was mainly to visit the Bloedel Conservatory. 

Once there my jaw dropped by the breathtaking views overlooking Vancouver. So the trek up there was worth it. I believe that's one of the reasons why I'm totally and helplessly in love with that city. 

Anyways, before taking it all in we went into the conservatory which was fairly cheap for the three of us, about $10. The children loved it. We took photos of the birds. We were enjoying the tour until I saw a mouse. I didn't freak out as I would if I saw one in my house, but it was time for us to go get some fresh air. 
We bought ice cream and went to
enjoy the view that is complete gratis (free). I took photos with my telephoto lens and I was glad because I could see some monuments from that distance. The children were into running and just playing with the gorgeous view as their backdrop.

To top off the amazing visit to Queen Elizabeth Park the children saw the Seasons in the Park restaurant and wanted to eat there. I would have never entered, I don't know why, maybe because it didn't see myself in such a beautiful location I just admired the amazing architecture afar. With its glass windows and chandeliers. The children kept running towards the building so after they said "Mum let's go to eat at the chalet." I went to see the menu to see if it was something we would enjoy or more likely I could afford (I've been to some posh restaurants that I ended up paying too much and eating too little). The price was reasonable so we got a table and I'm telling, you should stop by Seasons in the Park for a meal when you're are in Vancouver. 

The waiter was so kind and captured a moment for me to remember with the children. 

It was such a beautiful day. The children had fun and I enjoyed each minute of it.

How to get there

I walked to junction Blanca and 16th Ave. and took bus 33. I then changed at junction of Cambie Street and W 42th Ave. to take bus 15 towards Olympic Village Station. I got off at junction of Cambie Street and W 33rd Ave, in front of a church which I don't remember the name. I walked the remaining 10 minutes up to my destination. It would cost you $5.50 for a return. 

She sat there just for a fraction to take in the beauty of the place.


They face you make when you are photographed by your sister and mother!

7 Jun 2017

TRAVELS: VANCOUVER DAY 1









TOI woke up at 5:30am, too early for Vancouver time zone but okay for Saskatchewan time zone. AOI slept thirty minutes more. 
AMI was sleeping in a different room because we couldn't book a family room. I went to check if he was okay. He was having a lie in. When he woke up he prepared us breakfast and after the children were fed he took them to explore the premises. I got myself ready for the day in the meantime. 
When they came back we decided to do a proper food shopping. It was so hot at 10am. First we had snack at the McDonald at the university village. 
After that we found some shops just off Allison road and bought some food for the week. We did a quick detour through the affluent neighbourhood with beautiful houses and flowers trees that reminded me of some houses in the affluent neighbourhoods in Ghana. There was an open house so we went to view. It was priced $1.000.000.000, just for the plot because the house itself needs some work. On our was back we saw that there was an event at the university swimming pools on campus so we went to watch the competition. 
After some time we decided to go have lunch. Once at home AMI made spaghetti, tomatoes sautéed in margarine with bacon. After that the children and I stayed in AMI's room to tidy up and load up the dishes whilst he went into our room to get ready for an impromptus presentation on career in academia. He went to the conference around 12pm. 

Around 1pm I decided to go for another exploration around campus. We started off going to 18th floor to enjoy the spectacular views! Once back on the ground we turned right in the compound and the children found a little hole that their pretended it was a dinosaur excavation. TOI said he's a scientist. They played in the dirt for a while then we carried onto the Education Building just opposite the studios. We walked just onto the bus stop through the trees that surrounds one of the residence trees. It was very hot and TOI was getting red faced and thirsty so we returned home. They watched some of their favourite shows on treehouse (a treat because we don't have tv at home just Netflix) and later had snack. 

Our last exploration was behind the studios, where my room's over looks. 


20 May 2017

TODDLER FRIENDLY BANANA BREAD RECIPE



 I don't know when or how TOI's love for banana bread began but it did and around this time of year he starts asking for banana bread. We've be baking together for the last year or so, he would probably be able to tell you what is needed in the recipe because it's so simple.

Well today I'm sharing the recipe and I hope you try it and like it.



INGREDIENT

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup xylitol sugar
3 bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt





PREPARATION
Preheat oven at 350º
Step 1 Mix flour, baking soda and salt (set aside)
Step 2 Mash the bananas, add sugar and oil
Combine step 1 and 2 
Oil parchment paper and place bread baking tray
Put in the oven and let bake for 50+minutes until the inside is well bake, barbecue stick should come out dry

Serve warm

12 May 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY





  Look at his eyes, don't mind my unflattering self lol, lol

If I let what the mirror told me at the time about my body I wouldn't be here looking at these photos with loving eyes. I am not as big as I thought at the time.

I'm writing this because us mothers are so harsh on our appearance. We shy away from the camera  because the mirror tells us all the negative things that we end up believing but that are far from the truth.

Our children are growing, their personality and silliness.

For instance my children are at a stage where they are more opinionated, and they find funny saying hundred times bottom or potty. This silliness is giving me headaches but I flashback in time and go dovey eyes because look at them, how cute are they.

So for this mother's day and beyond let's step in front of the camera at least once a week, with our without our children. Do self portraits, selfies, ask your friends, your better halves or hire a professional photographers to document your motherhood journey.

Let's tell our story to glorify our Father.




2 May 2017

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: APRIL QUICK UPDATE



Before I was in bed for my worst flu in ages. Losing my voice, coughing and cold.

 Feeding the bird that kept flying away because the boy wouldn't stand still

 Spring still shy
 Taking a break from the hike to get the sand out of the rain boot

Me:"Can I take a photo of you?"
Him: "No, I can't stop. I'm busy." he was helping his daddy renovate the laundry room

He took his duty very seriously.

She was the first to come down with the flu

Uncle always on call for reading a books

  Visiting our beautiful city

May, just a month short from half of the year.
I have done a lot but still in a worldly sense I've done nothing much. But I'm grateful for where I'm right now. My younger brother came for a visit the whole month of April. We all had a blast having him over and the children got on very well with him. We didn't much because during and soon after the Easter break we were all ill. I was ill the last week of the month, I was so destroyed as never before.

For May, though I predict another busy month, I pray God to gift me wise words to write for a better content in my next novel. To edit more photos and organize for our summer trip.
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