Sunday, February 27, 2011

One of the worst weekends of my life........

Last weekend was one of the worst weekends of my life. I had been looking so forward to it because it was not only a long weekend but sunday (the 20th) was my youngests 4th birthday. We had planned a special day of swimming and then a trip to the toy store to pick out a special present then dinner out at a restaurant of her choice. Unfortunately we had some very bad luck.

The weekend started out just fine. The kids had swimming lessons Friday night then we came home, had supper, bath and bed. Saturday we woke up normal time and dh had to go into work for a few hours then pick up the tile for our kitchen then he was coming home. The kids and I had breakfast then I sent them to the basement to clean up. I was sorting through the laundry when I heard screaming and crying coming from the basement. My youngest came up with blood dripping down her face. I grabbed a cloth and asked what happened. Turned out she had been walking with a ballpoint pen and had tripped and got the pen in her eye! I called my husband and burst into tears explaining what I knew and told him I was taking her to the nearest emergency room and he left work to meet me there. After a quick exam the doctor called an eye specialist and he sent us to the Royal Alex hospital where they do all the eye surgery. We quickly dropped the oldest off with my mom and headed to the alex. The specialist looked at her eye, dilated it and gave her an eye exam. It was hard for him to get a really good look in her eye but he felt that her eye was ok but she had a severe laceration to the eyelid (her eyelid was almost cut in half) so she needed surgery to close the wound and then once she was under they could take a better look at the eye. They got her scheduled pretty quickly for surgery so we did all the pre-op stuff and then they took her down to the OR. I was able to put on a gown and cap and come in till they put her under then I had to leave. She was a real trooper - she talked with the nurses while I talked to the surgeon and she was really brave till the anesthesiologist then she started screaming for mommy and curled up into a little ball on the bed. They had to restrain her to use the gas to knock her out and I felt like bursting into tears yet again. I had to leave after that and dh was in the waiting area. As soon as I saw him i did burst into tears again and cried the entire time she was in surgery. All I could think about was the last thing she told me before they put her under. Broke my heart and still does when I think about it today.

Ollie: knock, knock
Me: Whos there?
Ollie: Mommy
Me: Mommy who?
Ollie: Mommy I'm your best friend!

All I could think about was what if those were the last words she every said to me? They should have knocked me out with the gas too because I was close to hysterical. Thank god it was a relatively short surgery (about 45 min). Once they had her under and they were able to take a good look at her eye they saw that not only did she have a severe laceration to her eyelid but she also had a laceration on the membrane of her eye. Thankfully, both will heal with no damage to her vision (as far as they can tell she has 20/20 vision). She was freaking out after the surgery because she had a patch over her eye and she couldn't see. After 45 mins of trying to soothe her I told dh to rip the damn thing off and as soon as we did and she could see us she calmed right down. She drank some apple juice and they brought her a popsicle. She rested for a bit and I read to her then she fell asleep. They kept us for a couple of hours after the surgery then they let us go home.

I can't say enough about all the nurses and doctors that took care of us at the Alex. They have a pediatric day surgery unit at the Alex thats closed on weekends but they brought a nurse in from there and she was excellent with Ollie and with us. So funny and kind! The OR nurses were super friendly with Ollie and they gave her a cap just like mine to wear and took a picture of the 3 of us before she went into the OR. The surgeon was amazing - I felt very at ease talking to him and felt confident about her surgery. The unit nurse gave Ollie and really nice gund teddy bear and some stickers and bracelets before we left and she called a few days later to see how we were doing and to say hi to Ollie. She packed up all our medicine for Ollie and made sure we had everything we needed before we left the hospital.

We got home around 10 pm that night and it was close to 11 before we all went to bed. I though she would be so tired that she would sleep in. Nope. She was up at 7 the next morning (her birthday) and she ran and played like nothing happened. It was an exciting day for her because all my family was calling her and coming by to see her - both for her birthday and for the surgery. We still took her to the toy store to pick out a special toy and then out to dinner but by the time we went to dinner she was complaining about her eye and we went straight home after that. A warm bath, some tylenol and a few books and she was out. The next day she really complained about her eye and she was super tired - all the "excitement" for the last few days had really caught up with her. It was another early to bed night.

So this week I have no awesome food photos to share. We've just been eating a lot of bean soups and salads. The kitchen and bathrooms have been a mess with the wall repairs being done and the tiles going up. I'm so glad all these renos are almost done. Ollie hasn't been able to go to preschool this week and it really bummed her out but she sees the surgeon tomorrow for a follow up and hopefully she'll be able to go back this week. This week has been a real fight sometimes trying to get her to put the drops in her eyes and stuff but her eye looks a 1000 times better.

Hopefully next week is a better week!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Love is in the air.....

Happy Belated Valentines Day! We had a super busy weekend so this post is a little late but better late than never!

On Saturday we had my niece's birthday party. My niece and Ollie were actually born on the same day and in the past we've done birthday parties for them together and separate and this year we decided to do separate parties. So this past saturday we had Brianna's birthday. My bro and sil had this ballon lady/tatoo artist come and the kids loved her. Gabbie and Ollie each got 2 tatoos and Gabbie got a Tiger balloon animal and Ollie picked a cat. For supper my sil made sloppy joes and she made us a separate pot of vegan sloppy joes and she made a salad of mixed greens with strawberries and a raspberry vinaigrette and for dessert she made a vegan apple crisp and some vegan chocolate cupcakes with coconut buttercream frosting. i provided some So Delicious Coconut coconut milk ice cream to go along with the crisp and cupcakes. I know - their awesome! My sil always makes sure there is plenty for us to eat when we have a family dinner at their house.

We celebrated Valentines Day on Sunday night. We put the kids to bed early and DH placed an order for pick up at our favourite Italian restaurant. We always have an incredible meal from their and they are very good about making sure their is no dairy or eggs in the food. I started with a panzanella salad. its got roasted peppers, olives, capers, romaine and a tomatoe vinaigrette. Then we shared some brushetta - some tomatoe and an artichoke one. Both are fantastic but the artichoke one is my favourite! then i had the vegetariana pizza with no cheese. Hands down my favourite pizza! Artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, olives, roasted peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes - love it! for me this supper was a million times better than any flowers I could have got! We gave the kids each a small bag of cocoa kissed SaviSeeds and a panda red licorice stick.

The girls had their valentines Day parties at school as well. I made chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes with orange buttercream frosting (pictured above). The kids went crazy for them and needless to say Gabbie didn't bring home any leftovers. For Ollies class I made heart shaped rice crispie squares using dandies and earth balance. They turned good too and Ollie was super excited to bring them to school. I also brought her one of the cupcakes that I made for Gabbie's class since I was pretty sure the cupcakes provided at her party wouldn't be vegan. Ollie also had a very cool surprise at her party. Zelda the stuff animal zookeeper came and did a show for them. Wow was it ever good - the kids just loved her! Ollie was smiling and laughing the whole time and at the end the kids each got to pick a balloon animal. Ollie asked her to make a black puppy for her. She had such a good day but it really wore her out and she went to bed pretty early that night!

I can't believe the week is only have done! I'm so glad we have a long weekend coming up this weekend (the 3rd Monday in february here is family day)!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Banana Crumble and sick, sick, sick!

We seem to be in this really weird weather pattern lately - really cold temps for a few days then really warm (relatively speaking) temps for a few days. On one hand its great to have a break from the cold but on the other hand it feels like mother nature is taunting us with a little taste of warm weather. Lets just say I'm really looking forward to spring!

Last cold snap I felt like a comfort meal and had some extra time for dinner prep that night so I made some mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy (from the vegan table - best gravy ever!) and served it with some veggies, salad and dr preggers california burgers. But these weren't your average mashed potatoes - these ones had a special ingredient in them that made them extra creamy and delicious. And that secret ingredient was beans! I put half a can of navy beans in the food processor and added a couple of tbsp's of water and blended it all up. Then i added the bean puree to the mashed potatoes along with some roasted garlic. The bean puree adds a really creaminess to the potatoes - almost reminiscent of cream cheese. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed!

Ollie got struck down by some sort of stomach bug Wednesday night. She was complaining of a sore knee when I put her to bed and once she fell asleep she was tossing and turning a lot. She woke up whining around 11 pm saying her knee hurt. I rubbed it a bit and told her a good sleep would fix it but I could still hear her tossing and turning in her bed and I knew it was her stomach that was bothering her. I asked her if she was gonna throw up and she said no. 10 minutes lately we heard some nit great sounds coming from her room. We ran in and sure enough she had puked everywhere. We stripped her bedding and I gave her a bath (had to wash her hair and everything) and when we remade her bed I layered lots of towels on the mattress incase she was sick again and couldn't make it to the bathroom. Good thing I did that because she was sick all night long. We went through every single towel we own - even the beach towels! Thankfully she seemed to be feeling better in the morning. She rested on the couch the whole day but she kept some bland food and water down.

She's feeling much better today and eating normally which is good because we had a lot to do today. We left early this morning to go get a birthday present for a party tomorrow and then we had to go to Planet Organic. Dino kale was on special so I grabbed 3 heads and a bunch of other stuff and the kids picked out a new cereal to try (Love Crunch from Nature's Path - chocolate chunks, strawberries and raspberries with coconut and flax granola. It has to be good right?!) then we headed over to save on foods to finish off our list. Then the poor car was in serious need of a washing so we did that then we headed home. I spent the afternoon washing and chopping kale, carrots, broccoli, etc.

Off to swimming lessons then we're relaxing tonight. Got a big tomorrow with the birthday party!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Back to the food

Sorry for my blogger absence. I have a good excuse - I've spent the month of January painting. As I've mentioned before we're doing some renovations and I've spent every weekend in the month of January painting with my Dad's help. And since I spend all weekend painting I don't get any laundry, etc done so I spend the rest of the week catching up on housework and getting ready for the next weekend of painting. The good news is we are really close to done and I only have a few more weekends to go.

Now on to the food! I mentioned in my last post that we got a Cuisinart griddler for Christmas and what an awesome gift that has been. It comes with 2 flat plates and 2 grill plates and we're using it almost everyday. One of our favourite things to make is a panini sandwich and our favourite panini right now is thin sliced avocado, roasted red peppers, black olives, artichoke hearts, thin sliced tomatoes and red onion and mozza daiya. So, so good. And the pictures turned put pretty good too - so good I decided to show you two of them!

And to go with it I used up some of the panini ingredients and make a really good salad with some romaine and balsamic dressing. I think I added some white beans to the salad too. The girls aren't too keen on the paninis so I usually just make them a grilled cheese using daiya. Speaking of Daiya I am so excited for the Pepperjack Daiya to hit the store shelves in March!

I've also been doing some baking. I made the homestyle chocolate chip cookies from vive but I used spelt flour. I usually use spelt for all my baking. I want to start experimenting with some gluten free baking - both my niece and my sister have to cut the gluten out for awhile so I bought some of the Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour to try. The bag says you can use it 1:1 in your recipes so it should work just fine. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I also made a chocolate cake (the magic chocolate cake from JOVB). There was a birthday celebrated at Ollie's preschool and I found out the night before so I needed to whip up something quick. I added some of the enjoy life chocolate chips in the batter and threw some of the lets do organic sprinkles on and called it done. The other kids had these store bought cupcakes and Ollie had a generous piece of cake. Personally I think Ollie's cake was better than the cupcakes. Just saying.

Not pictured but also made were a batch of mini coconut carob muffins from vive and a batch of mini banana choc chip muffins from JOVB . The girls like taking mini muffins in their lunches so I try to make sure I always have a good supply in the fridge.