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Good morning! Did you have a good weekend?

I definitely did…first with a Christmas party, then second with a surprise trip home. Well, it was only a surprise to one person…my dad!

After more than 30 years with his company, my dad is retiring; his last day of work will be this Friday. In celebration, my mom has secretly been planning a surprise open house for him for MONTHS.

I woke up and had a quick breakfast before Eric and I were off to London.


Banana oats – oatmeal, unsweetened almond milk and egg whites with maple extract and cinnamon stirred in. I added a chopped banana and topped it with peanut butter and jam. Always does the trick. 🙂

Then it was time to get ready – my uncle had taken my dad to the gym and out for breakfast that morning to get my dad out of the house so my mom could get it ready. She had done a great job – she had been stockpiling snacks, appetizers and beverages for months, and had a few decorations thrown in there too.



Happy retirement!

My dad said he had honestly been surprised – he had no idea it was coming!

I don’t have a lot of pictures, because I was enjoying the social time. Bit I did make sure to grab a few for blog purposes!


This is probably less than half of all the food my mom had prepared – all sorts of crackers, chips and dip (hummus, yogurt dip, spinach dip…), chicken wings, meatballs, cheese and meats, tons of hot appetizers (sausage rolls, samosas…I had my first mozzarella stick in about a decade, and it was wonderful), and a dessert table with nanaimo bars (my absolutely favourite) and macaroons.

My contribution? I had secretly been working on it all weekend…


A golf bag chocolate cake! Keep in mind, I have never really decorated a cake before, plus I can barely draw a stick figure (to give you an example of how atrocious my artistic ability is) so I was pretty happy with how it turned out! My main goal was for people to be able to figure out what it was, so I accomplished that Smile with tongue out

My dad is a huge golf fan – which was evident by the decorations.


I loved this!  I was reading through them before we left, some were absolutely hilarious. You can come up with a lot of creative terms and expressions involving the word “ball.” Smile with tongue out

I wouldn’t even be able to begin to tell you what I ate during the day – I just munched my way throughout. So much good food!


And, a lot of party-goofiness, of course. Smile with tongue out


Shots are a lot more interesting from a test tube. Smile with tongue out

Of course, I pertook when it was time to cut the cake.


One small piece, plus another shared with Eric. Delicious, if I don’t say so myself. Smile with tongue out

Overall, it was a fabulous party – my mom did an amazing job putting it together. Happy retirement Dad! ❤


So, this last week was week nine of my Slim and Sculpt program with Carrie of This Fit Chick. This was the first week in the final phase, which has a little bit of a different set up – workouts are more cardio and small-muscle focused. When I woke up yesterday, I could barely lift my arms above my head to wash my hair – they were so sore! Clearly, it’s been a good week of exercise.

workouts skipped: none

workouts changed: I switched Sundays workout to Saturday in the interest of time, but other than that, no.

And today is another busy day – TA class, my class, a GSA meeting, and hitting the gym in there too. Better get to it!

<— Do your parents like to golf? Both of my parents golf, but my dad does it more often.

<— How was your weekend? Do anything fun?


21 thoughts on “Surprise!

  1. Happy retirement to your dad! That looks like a fun party. And I’m seriously impressed with your cake decorating skills – it looks awesome!

    PS. Since you’re so close to London, we should plan a meet up sometime! 🙂

  2. How fun! My parents don’t golf, but my husband is more than a little obsessed. He would have loved your dad’s cake. 🙂

  3. How fun! My husband LOVES golf. He would have gone crazy over that cake. 🙂

  4. Yay for your Dad! I love celebrating stuff like that. I hope he has a kick ass retirement 🙂 Oh, and I should also let you know that I gave you another shout out in my post today 🙂 Blogger love! Check it out

  5. You never really decorated a cake before??? That looks amazing!! Way to go 🙂 That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a weekend! And yay for mozzarella sticks…used to love those things…now I may have to get one sometime this week since I haven’t had one in years, either, and it sounds mighty tasty right now 🙂

  6. holy crud you made that??? man some skill there. I am glad you got to celebrate with your dad. looks like your mom really knows how to put on a party!!

  7. Eee! Happy retirement to your dad! That’s so awesome of you guys to throw him a huge party 😀 And wooooow that cake is impressive stuff. I’ve never tried anything close to that complicated… usually I struggle with cakes that just involve multiple layers.

  8. That is the COOLEST cake I’ve ever seen! I’m going to hire you to make me a cake 🙂 Congratulations to your dad!!

  9. Happy retirement to your dad! I think mine will be joining him soon 😉

  10. That cake looks a heckuva lot more wonderful than I’d have been able to pull off — both in the culinary and artistic realms. Be proud — it looks amazing!!
    Happy retirement to your Dad! May his dreams be filled with nothing but golf, mid-morning beers on a Tuesday if he so chooses, and afternoon naps! 😉

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