Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Our Weekend in A Nutshell

This weekend heralded the beginning of spring break, though I can't say we did anything too exciting. We did make a point of getting out of the house though, it being about time to come out of hibernation :)

We found some African produce at Pete's Frootique, a gourmet grocery market. Elle is holding a cassava (can you imagine digging that root out of the ground?)
The QEII Lifestyles lottery started up again - a bi-annual lottery with all proceeds going to our city's hospital and health center. Our family is slightly obsessed with these lotteries - the grand prize is a new home, and we are always rather excited to check it out on the first day it opens for viewing. Though some (yes, I) may question the "necessity" of such a large house for our small family (think of those extended families living in 2 room apartments; think of the environmental footprint; think of the cleaning!), I have moments, such as standing in front of the granite top kitchen island, when my ambivalence dissipates. It's for a good cause, right? And for the first time, the girls did not bicker on which room would be theirs. They took it upon themselves to use the turkey wishbone, saved for such an important occasion as this, with the understanding that they were making the same wish.

The highlight of the weekend for me was a walk around a new (to me) trail. Though covered in ice, Hubby, Elle and I had a great time slipping up and down the trail. It's always a great feeling getting out in the woods, and getting some much needed exercise :)

Elle's highlight: convincing us to join her in a Frozen sing-a-long via youtube.
Pea's highlight: trying on dresses for her junior prom with her friend.


  1. We were in shorts and T-shirts over the weekend and headed to the beach. I now look like a panda from sunburn around my sunglasses. I seems weird to see snow and ice. Are the temperatures starting to increase at all?
    We're in a two bed house, so I can imagine the lure of a larger house. Not that I'd want to leave this cottage. I'm rather fond of our little squashed space we get to call (almost) our own.

    1. I envy your shorts and t-shirts! Being on the coast, we live in one of the milder areas of Canada, and though the sun is popping out, it's still chilly. We have the occasional day where the weather goes over 0 - but few so far. Gloves and scarves are still a must (for me at least).


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