because sometimes i like to post a bunch of instagram photos on my blog. you can follow me @lrthomson, if you'd like!

eggs & toast for breakfast // he loves the bosch
the first hazelnut torte i've ever made // photo shrine for the birthday boy
avocado face mask in the morning // buddies at costco
my sweet boy
ollie & evan - bffs // sam fell asleep when we watched "milo & otis"
working on baby shower invites for rachaels baby boy, due in may // the finished product
ollie & tavin wrestling at rachaels birthday dinner - funny boys // when did he get so big?
valentines crafts & photoshoot
friendship bracelet making // a fresh haircut 
a sick, cuddly baby
my friend andrea from high school was in edmonton, so we got to have lunch together
clearing out the cupboards // he got mad when there was nothing left within reach
gathering photos for ollies birthday wall // tearing toilet paper makes him happy
new bread recipe found here // ollie & daddy playing


family day fun

family day is the best! who doesn't love a holiday monday with specific instructions to hang out with your family? the whole long weekend was awesome, actually! 

we had amazing weather on saturday, so the three of us decided to enjoy the afternoon at the silver skate festival, a speed skating festival that happens yearly in edmonton. there were ice sculptures and hot chocolate and (my favourite) maple syrup that was boiled & poured onto snow, with which we got to make maple syrup popsicles! yum.

ollie was pretty upset he didn't get one...
on sunday we had our friends the malmbergs & the cardonas over for dinner. kaylee & i have been planning ollie & tatums wedding since she found out she was having a girl, and on sunday the two love birds shared their first kiss! really. ollie crawled over to scott, who was holding tatum, pulled himself up, grabbed tatums shoulders and planted one right on her lips. bold little man! when the cardonas got there, theo decided he would also kiss tatum. he also took his first steps towards brian! it was a monumental evening, to say the least. 

she decided she didn't like all the attention anymore. 
monday was the official holiday, so we took advantage of brians day off work and went to the petting zoo at bonnie doon mall! the malmbergs & the cardonas also came, so monday was basically a continuation of sundays party. :) we thought ollie & theo would like the animals more than they did....ha ha. 

theo liked the bunny...ollie did not. 
and ollie finished off the holiday monday by eating an apple. that made up for the traumatizing petting zoo experience.



happy valentines day from my little stud. i'm glad i'm his only valentine this year...this boy is going to break some hearts in the future (because i'll always be his only valentine...right?)


all hail!

i worked at planet organic, an organic supermarket, while i was in college. it was a short bus ride from my house and my work as a cashier was pretty easy. i loved working there; lots of great people and an awesome discount on delicious food. hail-to-the-kale salad was always a favourite. i was reintroduced to it by a friend who brought it to a lunch potluck and it made me remember how much i love it. i found the recipe and made a batch last week. mmm...just thinking about it makes me want more. i ate it all week and it got brians stamp of approval. it is super simple to make and lasts in the fridge for days.

Hail-to-the-Kale Salad

  This salad is loaded with crunch. The combination of kale, carrots, cabbage and seeds makes a salad that is audibly delicious. Kale is extremely good for you, but make sure you chop it finely.


1 bunch Kale, chopped 1 bunch
3 cups Carrots, grated 750 ml
1/2 head Purple cabbage, thinly sliced 1/2 head
1/2 cup Tamari pumpkin seeds (see method below) 125 ml
1/2 cup Tamari sunflower seeds (see method below) 125 ml
1/2 cup Flax or hemp oil 125 ml
1/3 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos 80 ml
5 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 75 ml
1 tsp Oregano, dried 5 ml


Wash kale and chop. Be careful to rinse the leaves to remove dirt and grit.

In a cast iron skillet over medium to high heat, stir sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Remove from heat when they’re toasted golden brown. While the skillet is hot, add in a few drops of tamari, which will sear onto the seeds. Remove and let cool.

In a large bowl combine chopped kale, carrots, cabbage and seeds. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together oil, Bragg Liquid Aminos, vinegar and oregano and pour over kale mixture. Toss until evenly coated and chill 2 hours before serving. This salad keeps well refrigerated 2-3 days.

Yields 8 - 10 servings.
(found here.)
i didn't use the tamari method for my seeds, just toasted them lightly in the oven with a bit of salt and let them cool. 
not only is this salad super tasty, it is so good for you. kale is a dark leafy green that is packed with vitamins k, c & a, calcium, potassium and lutein. per calorie, it has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10% more vitamin c than spinach. kale is good for your eyes, skin, bones, reduces the risk of heart disease & cancer, aids in weight loss and lowers cholesterol. so all hail the kale! 


when the henries come to visit

my brother jess & his wife jayna & all of their kiddos came to edmonton yesterday. jess & jayna went to the temple and then out to dinner, so we had the kids at our place all day. we practiced having five kids and let me tell you, i sure am glad we'll be out of this apartment by the time that day comes. ha! we had fun with them here! brian enjoyed tossing evan around and ollie loved having his cousins around. he watched them all day long and had fun playing with them.

brian told evan he was going to put him in jail, so he threw him in ollies crib. 
then he put the rest of the kiddos in, too! 

i'm not sure what abbi is doing to grace in this next picture, but sam has the cutest little smile in the back and ollie & evan are the best of chums.

and seriously. i love evan with his arm around ollie! 

sam is a stud.

colouring cuties.

we threw all the boys in the bath together at the end of the night.

cute bums!

thanks for coming to visit! we love having you here.