pancakes!

BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST!

Maeve’s (not so) mini stack.

nom nom.

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back on the grid.. for at least a couple of weeks

we’ve been so busy camping and getting ready to camp when we’re home that i’ve fallen super behind in posting. it’s not like anything exciting has been happening though.

we’re still not doing anything in regards to TTC. i am pretty sure i JUST OVULATED this weekend… UGH. that means that it happened on like day 27!?!?! i knew this would end up being a long cycle. always when i want my period more than anything the world that’s when it ends up being one of my longer cycles.

bon echo was great and challenging and a post about that trip iscoming soon 🙂

we were supposed to have this weekend off but my girlfriend, who is a police officer, didn’t get approved for the 12/13th weekend so we ended up going up north to her cabin this weekend. it’s a little cabin in the middle of nowhere. very quaint. very primitive. we had a great time.

my friend’s mother lives on bernard lake. just a little fun fact for you – lake bernard is the largest lake in the WORLD without an island 🙂 we chilled out on the beach. got to go to the washroom and sit on a nice toilet seat hahaha and had electricity and running water for cooking woo hoo!

we headed back to the cabin for dinner and after dinner we ate magic mushrooms. i know – GASP!!! there were nine of us and i think the last time any of had done them was like 10 years ago at one of their old cottage parties. i had kind of forgotten what they were like. i did remember that i get a tummy ache when they are kicking in and i stay pretty queasy the whole time while on them. we ate just a little bit and played cards against humanity. best game ever for shrooms. we laughed until we cried, couldn’t breathe and wanted to throw up. talk about a great time! bahahaha

i am sure a lot of you are thinking – you’re trying to become a mother and you’re doing drugs?! and the answer to that is yes, yes i am.  i also drank booze and smoked cigarettes. have done a lot for my health and my body while TTC. i’ve put so many aspects of my life on hold.  i’m not currently stimming for IVF, i’m not doing a FET and i’m not pregnant. i have 4 wonderful embryos frozen so i’m going to live my life while i’m in TTC limbo and i don’t feel badly about any of it.

the only bummer from the weekend was that chris and i were a little off balance.  he was being grumpy and that made me grumpy.  oh well, you can’t win them all!  i bruised up my leg pretty good.  the deck at the cabin was a mish-mash of boards with lots of holes where you could fall through.  we set up the chairs and made a “no moving the chairs” rule.  obviously not everyone was following that rule because i went to sit outside and my chair totally gave way and i almost fell right through the deck!  then we were playing a frisbee game where you throw a frisbee and try to knock a beer bottle off a platform but instead of a frisbee we were using a small, hard plastic garbage can lid.  of course with my eye on the beer bottle i didn’t notice the lid going right for my leg and of course it hit the exact same spot as my bruise! FML bahahaha

on the way home on sunday we stopped in to see my brother the girls at my parent’s house. good gracious those little girls are the effing sweetest little things. emily is walking. she’s got the speed wobbles still but she’s so good at balancing herself.  it’s pretty hilarious watching her. norah is just the biggest ham. she’s sweet and funny and dramatic. that kid could be an actress someday and we’d all be able to say we called it from the age of 2!

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BON ECHO PROVINCIAL PARK

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we’re headed to Bon Echo Provincial Park this weekend for a 4 day camping trip.

we’ve planned a few camping trips this summer since it’s the first time in a few years that i don’t work on weekends  -YIPEE!

bon echo is a 4 hour drive from our place  – a little bit southwest of bancroft ontario.  the park is known for the 1.5 km long sheer rock face that rises 100 metres above Mazinaw Lake and features over 260 Aboriginal pictographs – one of the largest visible collections in Canada.

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there a number of hiking trails –

Abes and Essens Lake Trail – 3 interconnecting looped trails:  Clutes 3.5 km (1.5 hours); Essens Lake 9.6 km (4 hours) and Abes 17 km (7 hours) moderate to difficult.
Some sections offer panoramic views that are particularly spectacular in fall.  Hike for a day or camp at one of the five campsites along the trail (campsite reservations required).

Bon Echo Creek Trail: 1 km (40 minutes), linear, easy
Take a leisurely walk along the Bon Echo Creek.

Cliff Top Trail – 1.5 km (1 hour), linear, moderate to difficult
This trail is only accessible by water. A ferry service (fees apply), will take you to the start of the trail. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Stairs and a pathway take hikers to the top of Mazinaw Rock to three observation decks overlooking the lake.

High Pines Trail – 1.7 km (1 hour), loop, moderate
Hikers pass a variety of forest and wetland communities including tall pines, groves of hemlock and quiet forest ponds.

Shield Trail – 4.8 km (2 hours), loop, moderate 
Follow a section of the old Addington Road as it penetrates the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield where you will see hardwood forests, cedar lowlands and a beaver swamp.

Pet Exercise Trail – 1.4 km (1 hour), loop, easy
Let your furry friend off-leash on this designated pet exercise trail.

canoe routes –

Kishkebus Canoe Route – 21 km (6 hours), loop, moderate to difficult
This day paddle takes you past Aboriginal pictographs to the still waters of the nature reserve on the east side of the park.  Please note: there is a 1.5 km portage.

Joeperry and Pearson Lakes
Spend a relaxing day paddling in motorboat free lakes or reserve one of the 25 backcountry campsites. There is a 500m portage from the parking lot to the launch. Joeperry Lake also features a natural sandy beach.

Mazinaw Lake
Launch your canoe or rent one at the lagoon and you can paddle on Mazinaw Lake. Head over to Mazinaw Rock to view one of Canada’s largest visible collections of Aboriginal pictographs.

Mississippi River Canoe Route – 104 km (5 days), 17 portages, moderate
For more information on this route, contact the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

 

this is the first time our campsite will be on an island so we’ve had to pack light!  we’ve done a great job to pack tightly and efficiently. gear is gear and there are some things you just can’t get around – tent, sleeping bags, clothes.  food though, food is a big one.

thanks to pinterest i found good lists of foods to pack for camping light.  “instants” like potatoes and oatmeal.  “shake and pour” pancakes.

one trick i liked was “omelette in a bag”.  you add all your toppings and eggs to a steamable ziplock bag and boil in water for the campfire. great idea!

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campfire quesadillas.  make ahead and grill in foil.  perfect!

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just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you must eat junk.  yes it’s easy to pack and eat junk but it’s just as easy to eat healthy and well!

our camping menu is as follows –

Dinner Saturday  – Instant potatoes, steak, HP sauce, green beans (pre-steamed)

 

Sunday breakfast – omelette in a bag, pastries, instant coffee

 

Sunday lunch – grilled cheese and fruit

 

Sunday dinner – chicken quesadilla, sour cream, salsa

 

Monday breakfast – fruit, pancakes, instant coffee

 

Monday lunch – corn on the cob and mac and cheese

 

Monday dinner – roasted garlic and baguette, lipton noodle packs

Tuesday breakfast – oatmeal, fruit, instant coffee

Tuesday lunch – eat on the road

Snacks – trail mix, brie and jam, marshmallows, oatmeal cookies, rice cakes

 

as you can see, it’s pretty easy to eat well even when you have pack light and fresh.  we have two meals with meat (we will be bringing a small cold soft cooler).  every meal has fresh fruit or veggies.  we are taking bananas, apples, oranges and cherries as our fruit.  they all have a skin to protect them and clean and easy to eat.  i love to eat berries usually but they are soft, spoil fast and are staining if there is an “accident” in the food bag hahaha.  all the veggies can either be grilled or boiled.

BOX WINE AND FORTY CREEK

of course we can’t forget the beverages!!!!  tetra packs and plastic bottles are ideal for camping.

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wine choices are very limited, in 1L packs anyway, but i found a red and a white from Italy that i’m giving a try this weekend.

I also found some helpful compilations while i was searching for camping food ideas.  one is 22 essential diagrams for camping.  some very helpful information in this one.  the other is just fun tips and tricks for the campsite.

to all my Canadian friends – have a SAFE and FUN Canada Day long weekend!  to the rest of my friends have a safe and fun regular weekend hahaha

🙂

family day

family day

last year on this day i was preparing for surgery for my second ectopic pregnancy, which meant my only remaining fallopian tube would be removed and i would no longer have the chance to ever have children naturally.

this day will forever be bittersweet (even when we do eventually have children).

you never forget your losses.

our chance at a family ended one year ago today but we have a whole new year to try again.

we miss you and loved you for the brief time you were ours.
never in our arms, forever in our hearts. mommy and daddy will always love you.

xox