SOLD!

Last August, we made the decision to put our house up for sale. I haven’t written about the reasons why, but I will. Promise.

We’ve had a number of people come through for showings and every single one of them LOVED it. I mean, how could you not? Each one of them had a reason why they couldn’t place an offer, most of them being reasons why we chose to list our house. Then, in the dead of winter, my kids told me there was a car in our driveway. I walked out and met a young couple who had seen our listing and contacted our Realtors, who told them to drive out and see if they liked the area. Our house was the opposite of looking like it does during a showing, but I invited them in and we showed them around.

They listed their house, received an offer, and placed an offer on our house subject to the sale of their house going final. Their deal went firm on Friday afternoon, our home was inspected yesterday, and our house sale went firm today, less than an hour ago.

SOLD!

Yay!!!

(I love that I was talking to my friend Theresa when I got the call from Amanda, and she took this photo as I was hearing the news.)

We have to be out of here on May 28th (EXACTLY ONE MONTH FROM TODAY) and there’s absolutely nothing we want to buy, but at least we have Apex if nothing comes up. Never a dull moment, folks.

Sunday Funday

Life is busy in our end of the world, but it’s good. It should be REALLY good in two days or so, maybe, but that’s a story for Tuesday or Wednesday. Maybe.

We have so many concrete things in our lives: Work, school, activities, our morning routine. Oh, our morning routine. As busy and discombobulated as our days may be, our morning routine is a constant. It launches me into my day and has me looking forward to it as I drift off to sleep.

6:45. I wake up to the sound of G & N making breakfast for themselves, or I wake up when they should be up and walk into their room. I rub their cheeks and tell them that it’s morning. We meet in the kitchen for morning hugs and they make breakfast for themselves and hit the button on the coffee maker. I then head upstairs to wash my face and pull myself together. I do this in the kids’ bathroom so as to not wake up Mr. Masters, but will peek into our bedroom every few minutes to see if he’s awake.

7:00. Mr. Masters is (usually) awake and I take a break from my morning routine to get our breakfast started. Four eggs, sunny side up, sprinkled with cheddar cheese.

7:10. Mr Masters makes his way downstairs. He heads outside to get the dogs (they sleep in the shop, because Zoey (our rescue dog) has a barking affliction), then comes inside and takes over cooking breakfast while I continue to pull myself together while answering emails on my phone.

7:15. I ask the boys if they have everything they need for school. Do they have gym strip? Do I need to sign anything? Do they have their planners? They have everything covered.

7:18. Both boys are asking what time it is, because they leave the house at 7:20 to catch the bus. I tell them the time, and ask them yet again if they need anything. Nope.

7:20. They say so many goodbyes. I love you! Bye! Have a great day! I love you, bye! See you after school!

7:21. Wait! Mom! I need you to sign this. And I need my runners!

7:22. It’s quiet. I have coffee, and sunny side up eggs on toast. Peace.

7:40. It’s time to wake up up Little Miss Sleepy Pants. I’ve found that bringing in Naomi the Wonder Kitten helps ease my daughter from asleep to awake with minimal casualties.

7:55. The phone rings. “Mom? I forgot my gym strip and planner.”

It all gets even busier after that, but our regular morning routine is something to leap from and fall back on. It’s a quiet chaos. I don’t know where that came from, but I like it. Quiet chaos with a side of eggs cooked sunny side up.

My kids’ elementary school has been promoting packing a litterless lunch since my eldest started attending there seven years ago. They probably had the policy in place beforehand, but I was in the throes of preschoolers and toddlers and babies and was not (yet) in the school system. We make a conscious effort around our home to be kind to the Earth, by creating as little waste as we can. With April being Earth month and the fact that we use reusable containers, I loved the idea of Funkins to promote being friendlier to our environment. We use cloth napkins at holiday dinners — why not use them in the kids’ lunch boxes?

Here is where I confess that while we use reusable containers and be as litterless as possible, I have never packed any kind of napkin in my kids’ lunch. This is probably why I have to throw their hoodies in the wash every two days because that’s where they wipe their hands after eating lunch. Thank you, Funkins, for (now) keeping their hoodies clean and saving me extra laundry.

My kids were curious about the package I received in the mail, and so was I. They wanted to look at all of the options, but I told them that I wanted to take photos of the untouched Funkins before we used and abused them.

Funkins!

Funkins

Funkins!

Graham claimed the robot one, and Nathan claimed one of the sports ones (Basketball). Emily had four of the girly ones and opted for the purple one first. She loves purple.

Lunchkins!

What a great idea, hey? Do you do litterless lunches?

I am taking part in the Funkins blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.

 

Sunny Running

Life is good. Life is busy. Life is…life.

(The above photo is from today’s “extra” run for the kids’ school marathon. A few of us come on Mondays at lunch and are swarmed by kids who just want to run. For fun.)(There were about thirty kids behind me in this shot.) (SO AMAZING.)

I’m at the point in the month (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about)(So do you Men) where everything is BIG and STRESSFUL and OVERWHELMING and WHERE IS MY PLATE OF NACHOS? I know this in my head, but if someone could be the hormone whisperer, we would be friends for life. Talk me down, hormone whisperer, if you exist.

In the absence of a hormone whisperer, I’m going to write some positive points to balance the hormonal voices in my head.

1. My kids are in sports that they love. Graham’s rugby team won their game today! Emily and Nathan are crushing it in baseball! Nathan is also playing in a basketball league for kids a year older than he is and nailing it!

(We’re not going to talk about driving times and coaching times and such required by us parents, because we’re trying not to have a hormonal tornado.)

2. We’re all healthy. Nathan had an annoying cold for a few days, but that’s that. Yay, health!

3. In the midst of all of the sports, Matthew is still getting to the gym three days a week. I’m still getting to boot camp two days a week, and running three days a week. Physical benefits aside, the stress burn is so crucial to keeping us balanced emotionally. (I’m sure the hormone whisperer approves.)

4. The sun is shining and the grass is green and it was 26 degrees Celsius today. My two kids who get freckles have a fresh dusting on their noses and that other kid just gets darker like his Dad does. We all soak up the sun differently.

5. After a stressful year of Matthew being in school full-time, it stops June 6th. He’s going to finish a Certificate in Leadership, and go back later for another year to complete his Masters in Leadership. Maybe. JUNE SIXTH is Independence Day around here.

Tell me something good, friends.

My challenge, if I chose to accept it, was to take a basic recipe from Kraft, add two ingredients of my choosing, and share it with all of you. We’re talking about peanut butter, friends. Of course I was up to the challenge.

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Kraft Peanut Butter is a staple in our house, for everything from sandwiches to cookies. I was given the three base ingredients (Kraft Peanut Butter, oats, and honey) and knew immediately what I would add: Chocolate chips and hazelnut spread. Because chocolate chips and hazelnut spread are awesome.

These no-bake Peanut Butter Snack Bites are the easiest thing to make.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of large flaked rolled oats
½ cup Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
¼ cup honey
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Hazelnut spread

DIRECTIONS:

MIX together the first four ingredients in a medium bowl until blended.
ROLL into 20 (1-inch) balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each.
make an indent in the top of each cookie with your finger.
CHILL for 20 to 30 min.
Remove from the fridge and fill the indent with hazelnut spread

Peanut Butter Snack Bite Delights



Suggested serving size is 2 to 3 of the bites represented in the above photo

My kids (and husband) LOVED them, and we call them Peanut Butter Snack Bite Delights. I made a second batch to share with our extended family at Easter and they were gone in no time.

Kids and bites

Here’s where I tell you that you need to visit sheblogs Canada to enter the Make It Yours photo contest. By sharing a photo of your Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe, you will be entered to win 1 of 4 Kraft Peanut Butter prize packs.

Follow the hashtag #MyKPBsnackbite to join the conversation on Twitter and for more Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipes, visit www.sticktogether.ca

Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.

 

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