Our Week

Paige is definitely keeping me busy this week.
Saturday was the Great Cloth Diaper Change and we attended the event in Toronto at the Green Parent Show.  To be honest I was a little disappointed in the turnout at the event since Toronto is such a large city and this was also feeding from the surrounding communities.  There were 42 qualifying babies at the event.  Paige had so much fun up on the stage while we were waiting for the countdown.  She was having a great time scooting around and visiting with the other babies.  I picked up a couple fun toys and some chalk for Paige at the show.  Spoke to some great mom’s as well as the editor and publisher of Eco Parent.  They were great to speak to and gave me some good information.  I am really looking forward to reading the debut issue which I picked up at the show since there are a number of outdoor articles.

Can you spot Paige at the back?

Over the week-end we did some work in the yard and planted white Trilliums on either side of the stairs we built last year going down our ravine.  Last year Tessa mowed down on all but one of the few trilliums we planted, so this year we are keeping a close eye on her in hopes that she doesn’t get any of them!

We also picked out our kitchen tap and picked up our sink this week-end.  We can’t wait to see our kitchen when we get it all finished.  It is just a matter of waiting right now for the weather to improve so we can get on with painting.  We chose to go with an oiled bronze finish for the tap so now we have selected the faucet we can decide on hardware.

With Monday being a rainy day, I decided to let Paige do some more finger painting.  This time I put some paint in little containers that she could dip her hand into.  She loved it.  
We were back to swimming this week and Paige was having a great time.  We used the mats this week to try and teach the little ones flutter kick.  Paige wasn’t so into having to do the flutter kick but loved being able to move herself and the mat down the pool.  We also worked on showing them how to get out of the pool by going through the movements with them.  Paige quite enjoyed jumping off the edge of the deck afterwards.  

The weather has been very odd here this week – one day snow and hail and then yesterday was quite nice.  We started our morning at the dentist where Paige was chatting up a storm and couldn’t resist showing off her amber necklace every time someone new came into the room.  Since the weather was nice we decided to take advantage of it and spent the better part of the afternoon on the back deck and playing in the swing.  Paige loves to scoot everywhere on her bum these days so I let her sit on the deck where she could check things out.

It is another grey and rainy day here today.  Thank goodness for all of this rain since we definitely needed it.  Paige and I are off to check out a new music & movement program this afternoon.  It sounds like it could be a great deal of fun and the little ones get a musical instrument at the class to take home as well.  
Tomorrow we have our weekly stroller walk, this time we are walking in a different spot so it will be nice to see somewhere new.  Afterwards Paige and I need to head to Port Hope to pick up our tree order (25 cedars & 25 serviceberry) to plant in the yard.  These were ordered through Ganaraska Conservation Area since they were selling them as a fundraiser.  I think Saturday will be pretty busy planting all of these trees.  
Really looking forward to Sunday when we are hosting a “Learn to Grow Your Own Vegetables” seminar at our place being put on by The Backyard Urban Farm Co.  There are 5 of us attending, so looking forward to learning some new skills which will hopefully make it easier this year and maybe more plentiful?  Hopefully we have some decent weather for this since it will be all outside.
On another note, I have a guest post up about hiking with your little one. You can check it out at

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2 thoughts on “Our Week

  1. Hi Katy. I love that you're growing your own vegetables, what a treat for Paige. I just planted a few banana trees this year, the biggest one will hopefully produce some yummy bananas in a few months. Darwin just loves bananas so he will be excited to try them. I also just planted 2 mango seedlings but will have to wait years before they fruit. In the meantime I pick from my neighbor's which hangs over the fence. I also planted a pomogranate tree and I have a couple snow pea bushes. But I'd also like to plant some herbs and veggies. What do you suggest?


  2. Hi Rajvee, wish we could grow the tropical fruit here, Paige loves Mango. I didn't realize you could get Bananas so soon after planting.
    As for planting herbs & veggies, peas, beans and zucchini are low maintenance and fairly fool proof. If you decide to plant zucchini, a couple plants will give you plenty. If you have a problem with rabbits, planting onions in your garden will help to keep them away. Lettuce is another fairly easy crop however as temperatures near the high 20oC's it can start to bolt which will make it quite bitter. As for herbs, mint & lemon balm are easy, but can very quickly spread so the trick is to bury a can and then plant them in the can to contain them. You just have to keep an eye for rust on these plants. If they show rust you will need to remove the plants and the surrounding dirt. Lavender will keep mice away. Lemon Thyme helps with mosquitoes. Parsley is another easy herb as well as chives. Rosemary doesn't require anything special either. Basil can attract bugs so it can be hit or miss. We have also had luck with oregano & sage.


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